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  • Captivating Coral [Outfit of the week]

    Sophie Coral DressIt's Memorial Day weekend! Have you seen the Sophie dress by Lole? This eco-friendly, stretchy, sweat-wicking, summertime stunner is more than just cute, it's functional too. It's the stylish way to soak up some sun without feeling sticky. Can I have it in every color, please?

    Madeira One-Piece CoralI am so obsessed with this Madeira One-Piece by Lole. Truth be told, I have a weakness for anything floral print. But this swimsuit takes it up a notch with it's cinched rope detail, open back, and classy plunge neckline. Long story short, this swimsuit is 100% fabulous. Scarf Floral Coral What better way to add a pop of color with the Sophie dress than the Daisha Scarf by Lole? Be creative and wear it as a wrap with the Madeira One-Piece or be daring and wear it as a head scarf in your rooftop convertible. The ways to wear this are endless. Long story short, this scarf is 100% cute. Days off, check. Plans, check. Outfit, check.  Pasalo bien!

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  • Healthy Running with Addaday

    Mobility, Massage, and More!

    Robert Forster, P.T., will teach how to prevent and recover from running injuries. He will also dive deeper into massage techniques and the benefits a runner will get from practicing self-massage regularly, incorporating Addaday products he helped design.

    Sign up for this free event today!

    Gazelle Sports Holland
    Tuesday, May 26 @ 7pm
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    Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo
    Wednesday, May 27 @ 7pm
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    Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids
    Thursday, May 28 @ 7pm
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  • The Responsible Company - our partners are giving back!

    Gazelle Sports is a certified Benefit Corporation. That means we’ve committed to using our business as a force for good.

    We pursue a triple bottom line, measuring our success not only in profits generated, but also in the positive social and environmental impacts we have on our community. Our focus is on the three P’s, people, planet and lastly, profits.

    We also partner with responsible companies that are focused on making a difference. Here's more about what they're doing:

    ADIDAS:

    • Adidas is recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and, in 2015, Adidas was ranked third on an index of Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.
    • By 2018, Adidas aims to source 100% sustainable cotton.
    • Adidas has terminated relationships with suppliers who do not meet environmental, safety and human rights compliance.

     

    ASICS:

    • Asics donated $692,160 to community organizations from 2013-2014.

     

    BROOKS:

    • Brooks’ headquarters in Seattle, WA, are LEED Platinum certified, which means it uses 75% less energy than a typical building.
    • Brooks is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and, in 2014, became a Bluesign System partner as a way to enhance transparency and improve the sustainability of its apparel supply chain.
    • In the last two years, Brooks has donated over $1 million through their Run B’cause program, which supports organizations that promote healthy, active lifestyles in their communities.

     

    CLIF:

    • By the end of 2015, Clif aims to be 90% Zero Waste at corporate headquarters, field events and facilities that make their food.
    • By the end of 2015, Clif aims to be 90% Zero Waste at corporate headquarters, field events and facilities that make their food.
    • Clif headquarters are LEED Platinum certified, and their office fleet and marketing trucks run on biodiesel.

     

    FEETURES:

    • Feetures is a Friend of the Forest, which means a portion of each sale is donated to The National Forest Foundation.
    • Feetures uses eco-friendly packaging which is composed of recycled paper and uses soy-based inks.

     

    KEEN:

    • Through the Hybrid.Care giving program, Keen works with non-profit partners to make a difference in the places outdoor enthusiasts love now and for future generations.

     

    NEW BALANCE:

    • New Balance is the only major shoe manufacturing company still making shoes in the US - they’ve now made or assembled more than 4 million pairs in the USA.
    • New Balance is a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and a participating company and board member of the Fair Labor Association.

     

    NIKE:

    • 88% of Nike apparel contains at least 5% organic cotton.
    • In the last 5 years, Nike has recycled 2 billion water bottles, turning them into material.
    • Nike donated $95.5 million in community contributions in 2013.

     

    PATAGONIA:

    • Patagonia sources 100% traceable down - a commitment that promises their down will come from responsible and humane farms.
    • Patagonia is a certified B Corp, just like us! They’re committed to using their business as a force for good.
    • Patagonia has a 1% for the Planet policy - 1% of profits each year are donated to environmentally-focused organizations working to keep our planet healthy.

     

    PRANA:

    • Prana manufactures at least 20% of its products in the USA.

     

    SMARTWOOL:

    • All Smartwool products are made in the US with the finest merino wool.
    • Smartwool, like us,  supports Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that encourages girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

     

    THE NORTH FACE:

    • The North Face’s headquarters is 100% powered by on-site solar and wind sources.
    • The down used in The North Face’s products is responsible down certified, meaning it comes from sources that are committed to being humane and cruelty-free.
    • The North Face’s headquarters is 100% powered by on-site solar and wind sources.

     

    TOAD&Co:

    • Every unit of Toad&Co clothing is picked, packed, and shipped with unmatched enthusiasm by the PAC work crew. PAC is a life-skills training group that provides adults with developmental disabilities with training and work opportunities.

     

     

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  • Are you ready for your race?

    By Shawna Fitzgerald, Women's Apparel Specialist

    Are you ready for your race?

    Several Gazelle Sports sponsored races are just around the corner! Are you ready?  Huntington Reeds Lake Run 5k is June 6th and the Brian Diemer 5k is June 10th.  These are the last two races of the Gazelle Sports Triple Crown Series and are a blast to participate in!

    Nike Impossibly Lite Jacket Pink

    We've got all the gadgets, gear, and gizmos you might need for your big race day! The Nike Impossibly Lite Jacket and the New Balance Ultra Hooded Jacket are both must-haves as we are training in this rainy weather.

    • 100% Nylon makes them lightweight and breathable.
    • Self-packing by fitting into it's own front chest pocket!
    • Hooks and handles allow this piece to easily store as you go.
    • DWR coating to increase durability and water-resistance.

    Body Glide PinkYou've been dedicated to your training but you feel something has gone terribly wrong. Ouch! You've just realized your beautiful running form isn't preventing chafing. Now with every step you feel your shirt rubbing, your bra band, your socks... you get it.

    Start race day with a generous layer of Body Glide to create an invisible barrier against chafing, irritation and raw skin caused by rubbing.  Reach your goals pain-free, and dare I say, bleed-free!

    SmartWool Women's Socks SmartWool socks are a smart choice for any run any day. Wool is a phenomenal fiber that naturally manages moisture and regulates temperature. This natural antibacterial wicks sweat, evaporates it and ultimately prevents odor and blisters. Take care of SmartWool and SmartWool will take care of you. Keep the care simple by avoiding

    • bleach
    • dryer sheets
    • fabric softner
    • tech wash

    While all of these tools might be a staple in your regular washing routine, they might actually reverse the natural benefits of these socks. Keep it simple and you will have some super happy feet.

    Run happy!

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  • Outfit of the Week: Sun protection from Lole

    By Shawna Fitzgerald, Women's Apparel Specialist

    This week we're featuring something that never goes out of style - protecting yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays. We've got tons of running and lifestyle apparel at Gazelle Sports that offer UPF 50 rated protection built right into the fabric. Here' are just a few options from Lolë that can double as fitness and lifestyle pieces that will protect you from the sun no matter what the day might bring:

    lsw1232-y181Essential Jacket: The Essential is a Lolë classic for its feminine fit, and technical finesse. Four-way stretch and a moisture-wicking poly blend fabric with a UPF 50+ factor make this piece an essential layering piece from Spring to Summer.

     

    lsw1312-n244Cardio 2 Tee: The Cardio tee is the perfect addition to your weekly workout routine, with four-way stretch fabric for ease of movement. It's also  super soft and wicks moisture to keep you comfortable. Featuring an iPod pocket on the back and a reflective logo, you'll choose this stylish shirt time and again for both looks and functionality. And don't forget that UPF 50+ rated protection!

     

    lsw1183-g288_2000x2000_300_rgbRefresh Pant: These relaxed fit pants go with the flow, anywhere you go. Lightweight and wrinkle resistant,  the Refresh Pant is perfect for strolling about town or for a spin on the bike. Featuring a stylish low-rise, two hand pockets, a zip pocket and a reflective logo, plus UPF 50+ protection, you won't want to wear anything else all season long.

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  • Outfit of the week: Spring Running with Saucony

    By Shawna Fitzgerald, Women's Apparel Specialist

    Nothing puts an extra pep in your step like a new running outfit, and we've got some great Spring styles in from not only Saucony, featured here, but all of our awesome brands like Nike, Brooks and Lole.  Check out this week's outfit:

    SA81420-TWLFMT_1SAUCONY FREEDOM TANK:
    Ventilite mesh is located in high-sweat areas to keep you cool and comfortable. Flatlock seams  keep you chafe free, and four-way stretch material makes movement easy breezy while wicking sweat so you feel dry and fly.

    SA81392-HRZTWL_3SAUCONY SCOOT MINI CAPRI:
    With the same features as the Freedom Tank, like Ventilite mesh, flatlock seams and four-way stretch material, this capri will keep you comfy and stylish from studio to street.

    S10269-1_1SAUCONY ZEALOT:
    This neutral running shoe features ISOFIT,  which hugs your foot for a custom fit feel. It also has maximum cushioning, lessening the impact of each foot strike for increased comfort, and the proprietary PWRGRID+  Platform adds 20% more cushion which means 20% more comfort!

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  • Why you should get on the Good Form Running bandwagon

    Whether you’re an experienced marathoner or the farthest you’ve ever run is to the bathroom after eating a questionable chili dog at the state fair, the free Good Form Running clinics offered by Gazelle Sports are well worth the hour and 15 minutes you’ll spend learning some pretty cool things that will get you running further and faster, no matter your experience level.

    I fall somewhere in between the two runners I’ve mentioned above with a couple full marathons under my belt and numerous half marathons, and I thought my form was pretty darn good. I already knew all about midfoot striking and had long ago committed myself to a shorter, faster stride. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should come to a Good Form Running clinic soon!

    As it turns out, I still had a few things to learn. At this clinic, attendees get the dubious honor of being caught on camera by the extremely well-trained Gazelle Sports staff, and their various running forms critiqued by said staff. They point out exactly what you’re doing well and where you can improve. They also give you the tools you need in order to improve. I was given a couple pointers that I’ve since implemented in my weekly runs that have actually made me faster with less fatigue.

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    The best part of the Good Form Running clinic? The staff who teach it. At the clinic I attended, both facilitators had their stories to tell of how Good Form Running changed their lives. Rob could barely jog 100 yards without issues. And Emily, though an experienced college athlete, struggled with an almost crippling post-race soreness. After making some changes to their running form, the same changes they recommend to attendees of their Good Form Running clinics, each of them found success with running that converted them for life to the tenants of good form. That’s exactly what they hope to inspire through these clinics and the lessons they teach.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in jogging and walking your way through your first 5K or you’ve qualified for Boston and are driving towards a new PR, these clinics will help you run better, faster and farther than you ever have before.

    Learn more or sign up here.

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  • Ted's Top Ten - Spring Running Shoes 2015

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    As we launch into spring the snow goes away, the days get longer, you awaken to the sound of robins chirping, and when you look into your closet it hits you… “I need new running shoes!”

    What better time to tell you what shoes I AM most excited about this spring than now with the first installment of TED’S TOP TEN.

    Brooks Launch 2 110188_702_L

    #10 Brooks Launch 2 - After several years of indecision over whether Brooks was going to keep moving forward with this shoe, they FINALLY decided to give it an update. The second version of the cult-classic lightweight trainer has much of the technology you’d see on higher end shoes, but at only $100.

    Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 - 717075-001

    #9 Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 - This is another lightweight shoe that I have used for everything from kicking around the office in jeans that aren’t blue, to crossfit, to the five mile loop by my house. The upper is simply one of the best I’ve ever tried.

    Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 110181_813_L

    #8 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 - Not only is this our best selling shoe for the past seven years for its wonderful fit and stable platform, but now it comes in a bunch of fun “see me” colors.

    Saucony Triumph ISO - S20262-1

    #7 Saucony Triumph ISO - This is the first of two shoes from Saucony’s “ISO fit” series to make the list. The upper has a “booty” construction that is kept secure with a very light and flexible exoskeleton. The result is a super responsive, premium high mileage cushion shoe that feels like it wants to go fast.

    Mizuno Inspire 11 410635-7D90

    #6 Mizuno Inspire 11 - If you hated version 10, just forget it ever existed… that’s what Mizuno did.  The upper has been totally re-done to make it feel much more like the familiar Inspire that customers have trusted for years. Mizuno’s goal is to have you forget about your shoes on the run, and they delivered on this Inspire.

    Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7 - B40269

    #5 Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7 - If you’re a runner and you haven’t yet tried on an Adidas “Boost” shoe, it’s time. I don’t tend to get too wrapped up in the midsole technologies, but Boost delivers in the most noticeable way of any shoe I’ve run in. It feels VERY bouncy, and the added durability alone helps justify the premium price tag.

    New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay 980 v2 m980gy

    #4 New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay 980 v2 - This shoe just hit shelves a couple weeks ago and is killing it. I was a little skeptical when my rep insisted it should go up against some of the big dogs in the cushioned category, but she was right.

    Hoka Clifton 30609031-CCGRY

    #3 Hoka Clifton - Having TONS of cushion usually comes at a cost, typically in the form of weight. Not so here. “Hi. I’m the Clifton, and I’m both lighter and softer than 90 percent of the shoes in the store.”

    #2 Asics GEL-Nimbus 17 - Asics rarely makes significant changes to their franchise models.  And why would they when they’re constantly leading the industry? Well, the new Nimbus is very different and WAY better. The entire upper is made of this beautiful engineered mesh that sits on a lighter, softer, more responsive midsole. It’s as close to perfect as I’ve felt in a premium cushion shoe.

    Saucony Zealot ISO - S20269-1

    #1 Saucony Zealot ISO - Remember, this is my personal #1 choice. I’ve got a body that more closely resembles a linebacker than a distance runner, and I wear a size 14 shoe. Typically, I bottom out lighter weight shoes. And most trainers scaled to a size 14 feel a bit heavy and clunky. After 50 miles in the Zealot, I’m in love! It’s a lightweight cushioned shoe, but definitely has enough midsole to be a higher mileage, everyday trainer… even for me! All that AND it has the amazing new ISO fit upper that makes the shoe feel like its a part of your foot.

    And there you have it, my Top Ten running shoes for the season. My challenge to everyone next time you stop in Gazelle Sports: try on something new. You might be surprised by what your feet fall in love with.

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  • NEW 100% Natural and organic fuel for your active lifestyle

    Clif Organic Energy Food NEW Clif Organic Energy Food
    The next generation of sports nutrition. Inspired by the home recipes of Team Clif Bar athletes, each recipe is designed to provide endurance athletes with energy from real food ingredients like those they could find in their own kitchens, satisfying cravings for either real fruit or salty comfort food.
    Flavors: Banana Mango w/ Coconut, Banana Beet w/ GingerGazelle Sports Staff Review:
    “I try to eat as cleanly as possible, and finding fuel for my long runs is a persistent problem. The new Clif Organic Energy Foods are unbelievable! The taste is great, it's easy on my stomach, and the real food in this gives me steady energy without leaving me prone to bonks.”
    -Rob Andro, Professional Outreach Administrator, Gazelle Sports GR

    Huma Energy Gels

    Huma Energy Gels
    Great tasting, 100% natural, long-lasting performance energy gels from Huma give you a steady energy release with no crashes thanks to the use of ground chia seeds.
    Flavors: Strawberries, Café Mocha, Apples & Cinnamon, Lemonade

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  • What do I wear for an adventure race?

    Check out this podcast from the ForeShore Adventure Run!
    Our own Kyle Klooster, store manager for Gazelle Sports Holland, talks about proper athletic apparel for competing in adventure runs.

     

    The ForeShore Adventure Run will be held at Pere Marquette Beach on May 16, 2015, and will feature over 15 obstacles on a wet and sandy 5k course. Learn more: foreshore.org.

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  • Gazelle Sports expanding to Detroit Metro area

     

    West Michigan-based retailer Gazelle Sports will open a fourth location this summer, expanding into the Metro Detroit area.

     

    The running, soccer and active lifestyle specialty retailer will launch a Northville store in the highly anticipated Northville Park Place shopping center located at Seven Mile and Haggerty roads. Gazelle Sports Northville is targeting a June opening.

     

    “We want to provide a different kind of customer experience, one we don’t think is currently available in this area,” said Chris Lampen-Crowell, Gazelle Sports co-owner. “We bring an amazing retail experience to active people and those who want to get moving, both in terms of our staff and their ability to help individuals at any fitness level, but also in terms of the breadth of our product assortment...particularly apparel that isn’t currently available in the area.”

     

    Gazelle Sports specializes in footwear and apparel for its customers’ active lifestyles. Whether it’s product for a first or fiftieth 5K, Monday yoga class or a Saturday soccer tournament, Gazelle Sports is committed to providing its customers with the best product and the “world’s best customer care,” as the retailer’s mission statement promises. “Our new sales associates experience 50 to 60 hours of training before working independently on our sales floor, while continuing education averages two hours a week,” reports Lampen-Crowell.

     

    Gazelle Sports is already well known to many in greater Northville via its local soccer club involvement through Gazelle Sports’ Team Division. Gazelle Sports Northville will offer a unique soccer experience within the store along with its industry-leading running expertise. Gazelle Sports was named one of the Top Four Running Stores in the nation in 2012 by Competitor Magazine and has made its Top 50 list every year for nearly a decade.

     

    “We have really solid roots in terms of our belief system and why we’re in business,” Lampen-Crowell said. “To grow and continue to be in business over a span of 30 years, you have to be highly adaptable but also never lose your focus. Gazelle Sports builds on relationships; relationships with our employees and relationships with our customers, our vendors and our communities. We’re more than just a transactional business.”

     

    That commitment to being more than a transactional business led Gazelle Sports to become a Certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp) in 2013, a designation awarded by B Lab, a non-profit group that promotes sustainable business practices. Each company must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency before it can be awarded B Corp status.

     

    B Corp certified companies are actively leading the way in which success in business is defined by developing equitable and sustainable best practices to help solve social, environmental and business problems. B Corps work to make a real difference for all of their stakeholders: owners, customers, employees, communities and the world.

     

    “We’re more than just another company moving in to make a profit,” Lampen-Crowell said. “We’re a company that is trying to impact people’s health and the health of a community. We’re a company that cares.”

     

    That focus on individual and community health is apparent in the relationships Gazelle Sports forms with community charity partners. Kent County Girls on the Run and Gazelle Sports have partnered for more than 11 years, both sharing a mission of promoting health, confidence and joy.

     

    “Gazelle Sports’ commitment to outstanding customer service and community investment is apparent in every interaction and with staff at every level,” said Lori Burgess, director of Kent County Girls on the Run. “I've never seen a company that so clearly lives out this type of commitment on a daily basis. Their investment goes beyond our girls. Gazelle Sports is investing in the lives of our families, coaches and volunteers. They approach every project they are involved in with consistent quality of service and a desire to serve the customer and the community.”

     

    Robert Ezelle, chief professional officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo, stressed the same service to community.

     

    “Gazelle Sports has total impact on the community by its involvement in community issues and by offering solutions to community problems, and ultimately giving back to the community by spearheading many non-profit fundraising events that help improve the quality of life of our residents,” Ezelle said.

     

    With current locations in Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo forming a combined 76 years of retail experience, the Gazelle Sports team is excited to bring their knowledge and exceptional customer care to the Northville market.

     

    “We’ve been building our company so we could support growth,” Lampen-Crowell said. “We’ve been significantly investing in our infrastructure and human resources so that we can grow while keeping our mission and values aligned and at the forefront of everything we do. At the end of the day, we want to inspire and help people to be active and fit, support them in their movement goals, and to be a thriving business so we can continue our efforts in this regard.”

     

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  • The NEW Smartwool PhD

    See what our staff has to say about the new PhD Run socks from Smartwool.

    “The sock of all socks! I can’t rave about this sock enough. It combines all my favorite aspects of a sock bundled into one. The fit is phenomenal, it keeps blisters at bay and feels great under foot. The high performance merino wool is the best of the best and will keep you comfortable all year round.”
    - Susan Hoddinott
    “Self-admittedly, I am a sock-ohalic. My sock drawer runneth over. But the new Smartwool PhD socks are special because I find myself digging past all other options to find them. They combine the best aspects of all my favorite brands into the perfect pair of socks!”
    - Darin Piippo
    “The new Smartwool Run PhD socks are incredible! They provide the perfect amount of cushioning and softness that hugs your foot in the best way possible. They are by far my favorite socks to run in!”
    - Cara Zerbel
    “I love the new SmartWool socks! The fit is better for my foot, with a snugger women’s-specific fit. I also like the cushion that the new sock provides - the perfect amount of softness without being too much. Its a perfect sock for me!”
    - Michelle Staal
    “My feelings for the new Smartwool PhD line can be described best with a haiku:
    Cozy in winter
    Blister free longer running
    My feet do not stink”
    - Evan Groendyk
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