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Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run – 2016 Tutu Run

Jill P

 

Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run is preparing to host its TUTU RUN for the fourth year at Spring Valley Park in Kalamazoo on February 21, 2016 starting at 2:00 pm.

Hundreds of tutu-clad women, men, dogs and children of all ages will be descending upon the park to support the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run scholarship fund. The 2.2 mile family friendly fun run/walk is presented by Honor Credit Union. It is not a timed race and participants of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to run or walk.

Tutus are optional (but highly encouraged) and may be purchased with online registration or on the day of the event, in limited quantity. A tutu contest will take place prior to the run in 9 categories, including a new category for Best Dog in a Tutu. Prize baskets will be provided by area shops. Registered runners of all ages may enter the tutu contest in the main tent starting at 1:00 pm on the day of the event.

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(photo courtesy of GOTR)

“Tutu Run is what we call ‘The Happiest 2.2 Miles of the Year’! It was created to bring the people of our community together in a fun, festive way after the New Year for some fun outdoors during the winter months! It’s all about being active and having FUN– exactly the things we encourage throughout our Girls on the Run program. This is a healthy activity for the whole family, as we gear up for the beginning of our 2016 Girls on the Run Season.” said Melisa Ellis Beeson, Director, Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run.

Proceeds generated from event registration will support girls in the community who may not be able to afford the Girls on the Run program participation fee. Last year, nearly $160,000 were awarded in scholarships by Girls on the Run when 60% of the more than 1,900 girls served by Girls on the Run requested either full or partial financial support. The 2016 Girls on the Run program begins the week of March 7th and will run through May 26th when the program culminates with the annual Girls on the Run 5k at Western Michigan’s Waldo Stadium. Nearly 5,000 total runners and walkers participated in the 2015 Girls on the Run 5k event.

 

More Info

Tutu Run Date/Time:

February 21, 2016

Run starts at 2:00 pm

Location:

2.2 Mile Course

Spring Valley Park, 2600 Mt Olivet Road Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Registration Fees:

$25 (includes Tutu Run t-shirt) $15 (without t-shirt)

Register for the Tutu Run:

For more information or to register for the event, please visit: www.girlsontherunkazoo.org under EVENTS.

Proceeds:

All proceeds from this event benefit Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run Girls on the Run

Tutu Contest Categories:

Best Overall Tutu, Biggest Tutu, Best Male Tutu, Best Female Tutu, Best kid’s Tutu, Best Couple Tutus, Best Group Tutus, Fastest Tutu, and Best Tutu on a Dog.

 

 

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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