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Vol. 36, No. 3

Event Calendar 36

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• AAA Race for Life


• Athleta Unleash the She • Cinco de Mayo, Flint


• Cipriano Classic

• Dexter Ann Arbor Run

• Fruitport Old Fashioned Days

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• Let’s Move Festival of Races

Editor’s Notes: Magilla

By Scott Sullivan

We’re Working Harder Than That

By Dave Foley

Beyond the Chip: Talking Boston Marathon with Natalie Davila

By Desiree Davila Linden

Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard Running and Glitter Obsessions Merge

By Kacey Tulley

On Running “Swag” By Ron Marinucci

A Year in the Zone – How I Ran a World-Record 12 Sub 2:20 Marathons in One Year

By Doug Kurtis

Running with Tom Henderson Michigan Runner Race Series - 2014

• MHSAA Track & Field Finals

• NCAA D2 T&F Championships • Sky-Tri

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K-zoo Runs for the Health of It Are Knockouts By Scott Sullivan

River Bank Sees Homecoming, Record Run

By Scott Sullivan

God, Inflatable Martians Boost Marathon Champ By Charles Douglas McEwen

Michigan Runners Help Reclaim Marathon for Boston By Anthony Targan

First Time Charmed for Novi Half-Marathon

By Anthony Targan

Williams Wallops Dad, Field at Grosse Ile Run

By Charles Douglas McEwen

1,500+ Get Back to Beach at Stony Creek

By Charles Douglas McEwen

Mile Star Willis Claims Half Marathon Debut

By Charles Douglas McEwen

Minnema and Bragg Survive Let’s Move Wind for Wins By Charles Douglas McEwen Flying Scots Pace Highland Festival Events By Scott Sullivan

Showerman, Boldt Bolt to Striders Wins By Scott Sullivan

Miles for Mankind: Year 2 and Growing Strong By Charles Douglas McEwen Records Fall at State Finals

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• 48 Years of Steve’s Run with Ron Gunn & Dave Briegel • Bank of America Chicago Marathon • Dan Jilek Memorial 5K Run • Detroit Free Press Marathon • Helen DeVos Children’s Marathon • Kona Chocolate Run ª Kona Wicked Halloween Run • Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon • MHSAA LP Cross Country Finals • New York City Marathon

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Editor’s Notes

Publisher and Chief Executive Officer

Art McCafferty Scott Sullivan Editor

Jennie McCafferty Associate Publisher

Dave Foley Mike Duff

Editors Emeritus

Jamie Fallon Composer

Rose Zylstra

Social Media Editor

Carter Sherline

Senior Photographer

Paul Aufdemberge Ian Forsyth Tom Henderson Scott Hubbard Desiree Linden Herb Lindsay Laurel Park Robin Sarris Hallop Rachael Steil Columnists

Tracey Cohen Jason Elmore Jeff Hollobaugh Dean Johnson Bill Kahn William Kalmar Dr. Edward H. Kozloff Doug Kurtis Grant Lofdahl Ron Marinucci Riley McLincha Contributors

Charles D. McEwen Gary Morgan Jim Neff Bob Schwartz Bob Seif Nick Stanko Anthony Targan Kacey Tulley Cregg Weinmann Pamela Zinkosky Michael Zuidema

Peter Draugalis Pamela Fender Tony Handlin Heather Dyc Hanks Gary Morgan Victah Sailer Donna Shields Photo / Video

Cheryl Clark

Chief Financial Officer

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By Scott Sullivan


he mind has its own mind. How does that work (or not)? Like this: “Describe your pain,” said the foot doctor. “When did it start? Where?”

Simple questions for someone who’s kept a running log 20 years. But my mind’s not minding. Instead it’s remembering the “Magilla Gorilla” theme song. “We’ve got a gorilla for sale, Magilla Gorilla for sale …” Seems Magilla, the star of a mid-1960s TV cartoon show, wears a bow tie, shorts, suspenders and undersize derby hat. In spite of these human features and fact he can talk, he languishes in the front display window of Melvin Peebles’ pet shop, eating bananas and draining the owner’s finances. Peebles keeps marking down the gorilla’s price, but whoever buys him returns him because he is so much trouble. “It crept up on me,” I told the doc. “I felt twinges in my right ankle.” “When?” “Eight or nine years ago.”

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“Eight or nine years ago!?” “Then they got worse. Hey, no pain, no gain. Plus lots of things hurt when I ran. Why discriminate?”

• Grow obsessed with a less-maiming form of exercise/vent/self-punishment? • Amputate both feet, attach prostheses and become the next Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic “Blade Runner,” minus the part about murdering his girlfriend? … but Magilla is stuck in my head instead. It’s bad enough when your body goes south. I’d like to think my mind was more focused when I was younger. But that memory may be embroidered too. With my body and mind in the toilet, the spirit is willing. But the flush is weak. The 800-pound gorilla is we all get older, wax then wane, with the lone cure death. Less predictable are the unsummoned thoughts that surface, fragments of songs and memories … that first seem to detour the flow of logic, but may enhance it. “The Magilla Gorilla Show” aired from 1964 to ‘67, but its hero has an afterlife. He appeared most recently in cameos for a 2012 MetLife commercial and in the 2013 movie “Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon.” The ape has been fodder for scholars too. St. Cloud State University ethnic studies professor Christopher Lehman says Magilla’s trials mirrored Americans’ Civil Rights-era attitudes towards racial integration. In his 2006 tome “American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era,” Lehman claimed the show perpetuated the idea non-whites should be segregated. Who knows what St. Cloud he’s on? What do I tell the doc after my mind runs through this? That everyone’s bananas? It only hurts when I laugh? At least I have something running?

“Can you pinpoint its genesis?” “Until you run out of time,” he said. In Yiddish, I thought, a “megillah” is a long, tedious or embroidered account. Like my medical woes. - MR When I blew out my right knee while trying to run (more like hobble) last summer, I said that’s it: You can reattach a meniscus, but it or other parts of me are sure to break if I keep pounding the pavement lopsided on “the worst foot and ankle Don’t miss an issue! The U.S. Postal Service I’ve ever seen,” said the doc. He runs does not forward third class mail. Please let marathons too, so he knows the illus know when you are moving so there will ness.

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Kalamazoo Marathon

K-zoo Runs for the Health of It Are Knockouts By Scott Sullivan KALAMAZOO (5/4/14) — Don’t mistake running for the mixed martial arts. As I entered Wings Stadium for the Borgess Runs for the Health of It Expo, I didn’t know it was next to the MMA signup entrance. “Ya here for the Big Event?” growled a pierced behemoth.

“It’ll be a marathon, all right! More than 20 fights full of action, knockouts and submissions! Foxy Boxing at intermissions! What division ya in?” “I’m with the media ...” “No wimps allowed!” he thundered. “Try Door No. 2.” Where was Monty Hall when I needed him? I got straightened out, but my concerns returned when I saw at least some runners duke it out the next morning. One wore giant blue boxing gloves. Another carried a light saber. When I asked why, she said, “It’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you.” As for forces, the biggest battle many faced was with the wind. As for the metaphysical “Star Wars”type “Force,” it has been with the Borgess runs 35 years and counting. This day’s races drew close to 8,500 runners, 1,500 volunteers, thousands of spectators and at least one pundit who thrived on the throng’s creativity and energy. Tent City near the start/finish boasted a church service next to the beer tent, which in turn was next

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“Yes,” I said. “The marathon.”

The Kalamazoo community spirit “keeps runners happy and coming back.” to the lost and found. I went back and forth between them. On the course were bacon and gummi bear stations, Popsicle Hill, the Chicken Lady high-fiving 5K’ers and bands all over. USA Today lists the marathon — a newcomer event here in just its fourth year — among 14 “Sensationally Scenic’ races every runner should try.” “We take pride in this celebration,” said race director Blaine Lam. “I’m amazed by the spirit our community puts into it. It keeps runners happy and coming back.” Among those returnees was Brian Reynolds, 26, of Kalamazoo, who won the marathon in its first year, skipped 2012 to run in the Boston Marathon, claimed the 5K last year, then joined two-time defending champ Justin Gillette on the marathon start line this year. The two ran side-by-side for the first four miles, then Gillette dropped back to eventually finish with his wife, Melissa, the women’s winner. Reynolds went on to prevail in 2:35:02, far ahead of Ben Foreman, 35, of Grand Rapids, runner-up in 2:40:13.

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Justin Gillette, 31, a Goshen, Ind., dairy farmer with 72 marathon wins to his credit, said winter injuries hadn’t allowed him to train successfully. “The wind was tough too,” he said. “So I dropped back.” Melissa, also 31, could have used tending the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 1, as obstacles to her training. Or receiving her doctorate recently from Notre Dame University. Or the wind. Or seeing Justin drop back to join her.

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“When I first saw him, I asked, ‘What are you


doing?‘” said Melissa. “With our schedules, we never have time to run together. We did today for almost an hour and 40 minutes.” Running third for about 20 miles, she passed the second-place runner at that point, then the leader later. She finished in 3:06:18. Next came Ashley Mauer, 23, of Portage in 3:17:04. The long-running Borgess half marathon saw Kzoo resident Jeff Nordquist, 24, repeat as men’s winner in 1:10:57, four seconds faster than his time last year. Alex Sutphen, 26, of Chicago finished runner-up in 1:16:10. Sarah Drevon, 23, of Grand Rapids, claimed the women’s half in 1:29:02, followed by Lauren McUmber, 22, of Jackson in 1:32:05. The very first Borgess Run 35 years ago was a 10K. Sponsors brought back the distance this spring and saw Brandon Wynsma and Megan James take advantage. Wynsma, 19, of Richland paced the men in 36:20, 49 seconds faster than second-place Larry Coons, 31, of Chicago. James, 43, won the women’s race in 41:32, comfortably ahead of runner-up Kristi Buckham, 31, of Kalamazoo, who finished in 44:55. Scott Evans, 30, of Kalamazoo won the men’s 5K in 16:32, topping Jacob Starr, 15, of Allegan (17:38). Diana Ladio, 26, of Kalamazoo (19:52) bested Erin Lumbard, 34, of Augusta (20:11) for the women’s title. An MMA knockout means you lose consciousness. With these runs I gained it. In a city that starts with calamity, ends with zoo, every step was sweet. For complete results and more information, visit - MR -

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Fifth Third River Bank Run, Grand Rapids

River Bank Sees Homecoming, Record Run

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Early lead men in the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K (from left) are Nicholas Hilton, (Bib 9); Chris Solinsky (38), Abedelaaziz Atmani (13), Tyler McCandless (8), defending champ Julius Keter (82, in blue), eventual USATF champ and American 25K recordtier Christo Landry (17) of Ann Arbor, and overall champ Samson Gebreyohannes Gezahi (89). GRAND RAPIDS (5/10/14) — Rare sightings delighted crowds at the 37th annual Fifth Third River Bank Run. One was sunlight at a race that’s seen rain for years. Another was Michigan resident Christo Landry setting a new U.S.-born runners’ 25K record. Then there was Dathan Ritzenhein posting his slowest 5K since growing up in nearby Rockford, yet finding — like 18,000-plus other runners on this postcard-like spring day — joy. Ritzenhein, a two-time cross country national champion in high school, went on to achieve, well, more things: three U.S. Olympic team berths, one NCAA and three U.S. cross country titles, U.S. 5,000-meter record and third-fastest marathon ever by an American, among them. 10

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So why was the 16:56 he jogged here — four minutes slower than 5K best — so fun? Ritz, 31, took the occasion of his first River Bank Run to announce he planned to move, with his wife and two children, from Portland, Ore., back to the area, where he will continue to train for marathons and help coach distance runners at Grand Valley State University. “I always wanted to come back to west Michigan and the Grand Rapids area,” he said. Landry, 27, made like the Bulgarian environmental artist Christo in wrapping up the USATF 25K title in 1:14:18, tying the time set here last year by Moroccan-born U.S. citizen Mo Trafeh. The 6’1”, 145-pound runner, who lives and trains in Ann Arbor under his former William & Mary college coach Alex Gibby, now coach at the University of Michigan, took an early-season lead in 2014


USATF points series as reward for it. Landry went out in a lead pack that saw Chris Solinsky — stepping up to road racing distances after posting track times of 26:59.6 at 10,000 meters and 12:55.53 at 5,000 meters — and Kenyan defending champ Julius Keter fall back before the race’s hill section, which runs from miles eight through 11. “I tried to run steady and let the other guys up front with me (Eritrean Samson Gebeyohannes Gezaha, Zambian Jordan Chipangama and Shadrack Biwott, a Kenya-born U.S. citizen) wear themselves out trading surges,” said Landry. It worked against all but Gezaha, whose lastmile surge helped him claim the overall triumph in 1:14:08. After Landry, whose tied-record bonus added $2,500 to his $7,000 USATF first-place

purse, came Biwott in 1:14:31 and Chipangama in 1:14:33. Although Solinsky, 29, finished well back in 1:16:43, he called it “a good first step” in tackling a new, different form of racing. The women’s race was over almost before it started, with Kellyn Johnson-Taylor, 27, opening a 100-meter gap by the five-mile mark. At eight miles, the Northern Arizona elite runner was 15 seconds ahead of pace to break Janet Bawcom’s 1:24:36 U.S. women’s 25K record, but her tempo slowed in the hills. Still, Johnson-Taylor’s 1:25:26 proved more than two minutes faster than Michigan runner Dot McMahan, 37, who followed up her win here last year by placing second in 1:27:33.

“She (Johnson-Taylor) jumped out so quickly, it was just a matter of jockeying to see who would finish second,” said McMahan, who settled for a $3,000 payday. “I knew if I pushed through the hills, I could get away from some other people.” The 25K drew a record field of more than 7,000 runners. The 10K saw Michiganians Lucas Humphrey (20:54) and Sarah Boyle (35:05) claim victories. In the 5K Landon Peacock, who went to high school at nearby Cedar Springs before going on to star at the University of Wisconsin, paced the men in 14:44. Amanda Eccleston of Ann Arbor won the women’s title in 16:49. For complete results and information about next year’s festivities, visit

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Kellyn Johnson-Taylor, 25K winner and US 25K Champion.

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We’re Working Harder Than That By Dave Foley


et’s look at calorie-burning charts. You know, the ones that say if you weigh 150 pounds and are running 10-minute miles, you will burn 659 calories in an hour. If you accelerate to six-minute miles, you will burn 1,054 calories an hour. Twenty-five years ago I was that sixminute-mile guy. Now I’m a 67-yearold doing 10-minute miles. Here’s the crazy part – I’m as exhausted running my slower pace as the faster one.

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Yet the charts say when I’m doing a 10-minutemile pace, I’m burning 400 fewer calories an hour. Something’s not right. Here’s where I think they’re wrong. Most folks who do six-minute miles display long strides, quick leg turnover and no wasted movement — they are the gazelles of the running set. Blessed with young, strong hearts and fluid, elastic muscles, they cover ground quickly. They’re like smooth-running, fuel-efficient automobiles. With the jogging set it’s different. It’s not just the discrepancies that come with getting older — the loss of muscle mass, decreased oxygen uptake and tightening of tendons — that slow us down; it’s our inefficient running form that makes getting anywhere fast an unlikelihood. If we were cars, our gas mileage would be lousy. Our strides are short, legs under-muscled and lungs can’t get the air we need. It’s going to take a lot more energy and time to run like an elite. At the end we’re gasping just as hard as the race winners. You can see that for yourself. Just stand at the finish line of a race and watch. The first runners in are textbook examples of good form. There’s no wasted movement. As more runners appear, the strides get choppier and waistlines thicker. With arms flailing and torsos twisting, these folks might even be working harder than the race leaders. I’m sure they’re burning calories at a higher rate than the charts show. Eons ago when I was capable of 15-minute 5Ks, I knew eventually I would get slower, but figured the racing wouldn’t be as painful. Oh, the naiveté of youth. I now know it hurts even more and the pain lasts longer when it takes 23 minutes


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to do 3.1 miles. Yet the charts say I’m burning 400 fewer calories than I did then. I don’t think so. Those “You burn X calories per hour at a given pace” charts also fail to take into consideration the conditions. No matter what pace you’re running — going uphill, into the wind, in sand, snow or on ice — to do that has to take more effort, yet the calories-per-mile calculation uses only the minutes-permile formula. So I disregard this type of chart. If you’re a chart watcher, use tables that eliminate the minutes-per-mile reference and instead calibrate your calorie-burning effort using terms like “slow, moderate” and “vigorous.” That puts all runners on the same page. If you’re going all-out, be it at six or 10 minutes a mile, that’s “vigorous” and your calorie-burning rate will be similar. Another instrument of deception, at least for me, is the heart rate monitor readings I get when I’m riding a spin bike. I set my target heart rate using the established formula of first subtracting my age from 220, then factoring in my resting heart rate. I do more math and eventually discover my target training zone will range from a minimum heart rate of 90 to a maximum of 137. After a warm up, we spin bikers are told to move toward the low end of our training zones — 90 in my case — which is about 65-percent effort, and already I’m huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf while my younger companions are barely breaking a sweat. The spin instructor tells us to pedal harder. My legs feel like meat on a grill. I’m dying before I reach my max rate of 137. I note everyone’s looking uncomfortable, but I’m toast. I’m not going to make to the top; 125 is the end of the line for me. I’m probably one of the few who runs every day and I’m sure the only one who’s been doing it 40 years. That’s where the problem lies. The natural consequence of aging has diminished my lung capacity somewhat, but all that running has affected my legs more. So as I pedal faster, my quad muscles give out before my lungs. The heart monitor doesn’t take that into consideration. Assuming my legs and heart will tire at the same rate just isn’t true for me. The end result is I don’t use charts or heart monitors. I follow that old adage of “listening to my body.” I’ll never run a six-minute mile again, but when legging out 10-minute miles on short, clipped strides, no matter what the charts say, I know I’m getting a big calorie burn and that’s fine with me. - MR -

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Talking Boston Marathon with Natalie Davila By Desiree Davila Linden our marathon as much about unity as it could possibly be.

Writer Desi Davila came within two seconds of winning the 2011 Boston Marathon, placing second in 2:22:38, the fastest time ever run by a U.S. women on the historic course. The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runner qualified for and started in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, but was derailed by a stress fracture of the femur. Now Desi Davila Linden, she has mounted a comeback campaign since then. -Ed.

Q. What was your first Boston Marathon like? Can you share any highlights, lowlights or something that caught you off guard, positive or negative? A. I struggled with Achilles tendonitis for a couple weeks leading up to the race and was disappointed at Mile 7 when it flared up. I had to make the decision to throw away my race plan and run more conservatively in order to finish the hilly 26.2-mile course.


he 2014 Boston Marathon was an incredible day for many reasons. It was amazing to see the strength and resilience of the running community on display after the tragic 2013 race. Personally, it was a chance to prove to myself I could run at a high level again after my rocky 2013 season. But more important for me, this Boston Marathon was the first time to share a race with my sister Natalie.

After months of hard work training for the race, I was disappointed. However, at the Newton Fire Station (about Mile 16), I caught up to roaring crowds and approached Team Hoyt pushing up the hill with the wheelchair. I remembered seeing them start the race hours before me, and as I saw the crowds embrace them and power them up the hill with their energy, I was overcome with emotion.

Natalie and I grew up playing sports together. We were soccer teammates starting at age 5 all the way through our high school years. The last time we officially shared the playing field was 1999, her senior year of high school.

It was a joy for me to share the process, an inspiration to hear how she balanced her busy life with training, and exciting to see her passion for running grow as she logged miles in preparation for the big day. I’ve always considered Natalie a role model and am constantly learning from her, so I thought this would be a fun and unique chance to pick her brain about her experience and, as usual, pick up a few nuggets of knowledge for the future:

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After high school we continued playing sports, her field hockey at UC Berkeley while I ran track and cross country at Arizona State. We were still able to share the ups and downs of athletics, but never in the same event on the same day. Needless to say, I was excited to learn she was participating in Boston 2014 and we would once again be on the same playing field.

I got choked up and realized I couldn’t make it up the hill with a busted Achilles while hyperventilating. I took a deep breath and remembered how lucky I was to be out there on two feet, doing something I loved, while raising money for such a wonderful cause and for those who could not be running that day. It was that moment that put a smile on my face. After that I enjoyed every step to the finish line. Q. What’s next? Do you see another marathon in the near future? At the same time as me, or do you feel you need your own individual spotlight? 

Desi Davila Linden competes in the 2014 Boston Marathon. complementary to my life.

Q. You work full time at Tresoro Labs and also attend Cal State Northridge, where you are pursuing a master’s degree in psychology. How did training for a marathon fit in? Was it hard to find time or did it complement your busy schedule well?

Q. You have teammates in team sports, but long distance running is typically seen as an individual pursuit. Did it feel that way? Was there any sense of team camaraderie?

A. It wasn’t always easy to find the time, but there are no secret shortcuts when it comes to marathon training and I wanted the race to be a fun and enjoyable experience. So I made my training a top priority in spite of my heavy spring workload. I got a coach and a training partner to add structure and accountability, and that helped a ton. Running turned out to be the perfect outlet and was actually quite

A. My primary motivation for running Boston this year was to raise money for victims of last year’s bombings by running for the One Fund Boston Team. Having a support network and cause like that was extremely motivational and supportive. While it wasn’t a “team” effort in the traditional sense of the word, having a group of amazing people to work with towards a common goal was inspiring. It made


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While my Boston experience was unforgettable, I still have a race goal that has gone unfulfilled, so I definitely see another marathon in my future. I’m pretty torn as to whether I would want to share the starting line of another major with you though ... It was really tough for me to start my race so far back and have no ides what was going on in the elite field. I probably burned more nervous energy in the holding area than my coach would have wanted. But, I definitely wouldn’t rule it out. Exploring a city on foot over 26.2 miles of shut-down roads and incredible support is one of the most unique experiences possible. There are many wonderful cities left to discover in such a way, so I guess you’ll have to wait and see! Thank you for your time, Natalie. I’m excited to share the road again soon. - MR -

Martian Invasion of Races, Dearborn

God, Inflatable Martians Boost Marathon Champ By Charles Douglas McEwen DEARBORN (4/12/14) — Dianne Griesser received strength from the heavens while winning the Running Fit Martian Invasion of Races marathon, but not necessarily from the red planet.

Sophia House, 22, of Milwaukee, Wisc., finished second in 3:16:47. “I’m training for a 50K,” she said, “and this was supposed to be just a training run. My goal was 3:25 and I beat that by a lot.”

“God was with me,” said Griesser, 46, of Milford, Ohio, who wore a t-shirt that read Isaiah 40:31 (“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”).

Beth Zimpfer, 23, of Lansing placed third in 3:25:23. With Griesser claiming the overall women’s title, sixth-place overall finisher Lisa Rodriguez, 43, of Chicago was awarded the masters title in 3:33:46.

The women’s champ also appreciated having Martians (green and purple blow-up mannequins) as guideposts. “I gave high-fives to every Martian at the mile markers,” said Griesser, whose 3:03:27 time broke her previous best at the distance by more than three minutes. “I was looking for 3:05, so I’m super happy.” Griesser, who came to the race with a group called Pain By Numbers, said the course’s beauty helped ease the pain of running its hills. “It was very pretty,” she said. “More than I expected. And it was a gorgeous day. After the winter I trained through, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Kenyan Peter Kemboi, 34, who trains in Newport, Ky., ran away to win the men’s marathon in 2:33:06. Runner-up Naseem Rayyan, 24, of Ypsilanti placed second with a 2:38:32 PR. 

“I was patient until 15 miles,” he said. “At 16 I tried to pick it up and run negative splits. I think I did.”


Joseph Campbell, 25, of Ann Arbor (16:01) and Erin Webster, 28, of Dearborn (16:58) were the 5K champions.

Women’s masters champ Tammy Nowik, 40, of Clarkston set a 37:53 PR. “I was targeting breaking 38 minutes and just got under that. It’s exciting when you PR in your first race of the year,” she said.

Matt Smith, 40, of Holland, was third overall and the masters winner in 2:40:29.

Andrea Blake, 35, of Dearborn paced the women at that distance in 1:31:41 despite having a foot fall asleep. “Not my best,” she said of her time. “My foot was numb. I don’t know if I had my shoes tied too tight or what. It’s OK; I’ll live.”

Elijah Karanja, 32, a Kenyan training in Hebron, Ky., won the Meteor 10K in 29:13. Former Michigan State University star Sara Boyle, 27, of Brighton led the women in 35:23.   

“After 10 miles he really started pulling away,” Rayyan said of Kemboi. “I just wanted to finish under 2:40 (his previous PR). Plus my legs started hurting, so I let him go.”

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Daniel Foley, 21, of South Lyon and Brendan Molony, 21, of Kalamazoo won the half-marathon, crossing the finish line side-by-side in 1:11:13.

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B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts

Michigan Runners Help Reclaim Marathon for Boston

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By Anthony Targan

Elite men start the B.A.A. Boston Marathon.

For those whose lives were shattered or experienced the terror firsthand, there is no going back to “normal.” However, it was human nature to want to go back to Boston, rise above and seek redemption. We wanted to reclaim Boston for the running and local communities. We wanted to believe in our collective ability to overcome fears and bond together as “Boston Strong.” Perseverance was a theme among returning runners. With so many denied the finish line last year, they were motivated to keep pushing on a hotterthan-normal Patriot’s Day. Peggy Zeeb struggled the whole race. “The only thing that kept me going,” she said, “was remembering what happened last year and knowing I had to finish.” Scott Fiske’s race wasn’t going well, “but every time I felt like tossing in the towel, I looked over and saw survivors from last year running on one good leg and smiling. That gave me the incentive to


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it! The crowds were amazing, screaming encouragement.

keep pushing on.” Kacey Tulley, “saw three men, who were missing limbs, running side by side. I wasn’t behind them for long, but long enough to know the one in the middle was hurting. The two on either side of him were giving him back pats and words I can only imagine. Whatever brought those three out to run, they weren’t going to quit; this was merely a hiccup in their story of overcoming.” Last year, friends Andrea Eisenberg and Sandra Charfoos Woolman had to stop at mile 25.5. “We were determined to finish, no matter what,” Charfoos said. Despite dehydration after mile 16, she pressed on. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, Andrea told me a spectator locked eyes with me and said, ‘Finish this for me.’” When they crossed mile 25.5, Andrea “found myself tearing up. I was going to make


“We turned the corner onto Hereford, where Sandra had heard the bombs. Then to Boylston; the crowds were wild and we could see the finish line.”

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BOSTON (4/21/14) — Like many of the 560 Michigan runners in 2013 Boston Marathon, I wondered if the event would ever be the same after the bombing tragedy.

Nick Willis wins the B.A.A. MIle & high fives spectators.

The Artushins were honored the day before the race in a ceremony in the Old North Church. “About 80 to 100 runners stood up,“ Jan said. “The deacons came out with arms outstretched with scarves, and it was announced there would be a ‘scarving’ of the runners by a parishioner. Then I felt a hand on my shoulder that felt so warm and caring. I looked at Jeff, there was a hand on his shoulder and we both had tears in our eyes.” The runners were symbolically wrapped, according to the blessing, “in love and prayer with handmade blue and gold scarves — a labor of love by knitters across the country and beyond. May the scarf warm your spirit as you maneuver a new city, carry the weight of a somber anniversary year and look down 26.2 miles with resolve.”

“Something so special happened,” said Jan, “we cannot explain. We knew some spirit or driving force was protecting and watching over us. It was the most spiritual moment of my life. The people were so warm, caring and genuine to all of us, even though we were not members of their church or community.” “The theme on the back of the shirts, ‘We all run as one,’ summed up the event,” Scott Fiske said. “There was such a feeling of community and togetherness the whole weekend!” Anthony Targan is a regular contributor and fivetime Boston finisher, most recently in 2013. - MR -

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Winner Meb Keflezighi nears the Boston Marathon finish line. The friends crossed the line holding hands and finally, “finished what we started,” Charfoos said. Just getting back to Boston took acts of courage for some. Last year, after the bombs when off, Anita Harless was separated from her husband, Andy, and their two sons. Though they were soon reunited, the terror lingered with her boys. When Harless ran the New York City Marathon in November, she could not convince them to go watch her. Still, she felt it was important to overcome that fear by returning to Boston as a family, saying, “I am running to show my boys we will not allow fear to hold us hostage. We will go in faith, trusting God to keep us safe. “This year’s marathon is like no other,” Harless continued. “It defines strength, perseverance and bravery. I refuse to back down. I will run in faith, love and hope. I have taught my boys as a family we are a team. Together we are stronger. We will go to Boston in the spirit of courage and love.”  In 2013, Tom and Jan Artushin were in the finish line grandstands waiting for friend Jeff Reider to cross when the first bomb detonated across the street. Not to be deterred, they were all back this year. “While the emotions were strong, I had to support the race after what I saw last year,” said Jan. “This year, the Bostonians, volunteers and fellow runners brought me to tears so many times during the weekend and day of the marathon. No terrorists can match the spirit and determination of the people of Boston and runners who came here to run the marathon.”


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Novi Half Marathon

First Time Charmed for Novi Half-Marathon By Anthony Targan

The turnout is a tribute to race organizer Kona Running Co. “The Kona races are the most professionally-run series in Michigan,” half-marathon winner Clint Verran said. Verran (1:09:28) edged Mike Anderson (1:09:53), but fell short of his 1:05 goal, the qualifying standard for the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon trials. He said he’d continue to chase that number. Anderson, who said he grew up running on dirt roads, felt the course was like “going home.” He and Verran ran together for about the first 10 miles. “We went in with a game plan to work together,” said Anderson, who missed his P.R. by about 20 seconds. “We kind of knew we would be out front.” Chris Esley was third overall in 1:16:11. Chris Costa paced the masters in 1:29:14. Melissa Mantel outdueled two Amandas in the women’s half marathon. “I went out a little too hard,” said Mantel, who held on to win in 1:29:04. She said her pink shirt, which read “Survivor” on

the front, was in tribute to her friend Diane, a breast cancer survivor. “I wanted to pray for her throughout my training and the race. She’s a really strong fighter,” Mantel said. “It motivated me to feel someone else’s pain and go out there and run hard.” Runner-up Amanda Wolski said Mantel went out so hard she couldn’t see her rival until the last three miles. “She was gone at the beginning and I just chased her down at the end,” said Wolski, who fell short by 13 seconds as she finished in 1:29:17. Amanda Alanouf was a close third in 1:29:41. Marie Halpin was the top women’s master in 1:34:19. Melissa Broyles of Milford dominated the women’s 10K, winning

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NOVI (5/4/14) — “May the Force Be With You” is a common sentiment of Star Wars buffs. The forces were definitely aligned for the inaugural Novi HalfMarathon. Close to 1,300 runners ran the halfmarathon, 10K and 5K, with more than half (713) tackling the half.

Clint Verran won the inaugural half marathon in 1:09:28. by almost three minutes in 44:12. “I train on the back roads and dirt roads, so this course was very similar,” she said. Amanda Maly was second in 47:04 and Sara Fulmer third in 50:29. Lori Vecchioni led the masters in 50:53. William Kane (33:56) edged Ryan Johns (34:07) for the men’s title. Jason Lerner (39:09) and Kurt Lenser (first master in 40:27) rounded out the top four.

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The 5K was the smallest field with 207 competitors, only two of whom broke 20 minutes, Yoshitaka Umeno (19:19) was the overall winner and Marissa Martz (19:26) was first woman and second overall. Military veterans of Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) provided additional inspiration in each event, with many running the courses while carrying American flags.

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In a day of firsts, it was fitting that Brianna Mozariwskyj, 16, of Shelby Township won her age group in 1:40:21 in her first half marathon. Like many beginners — and even veterans — she admitted, “I went out a little too fast. The first six miles were really hilly.” Mazariwskyi runs seven days a week, competes in cross-country and soccer, and wants to do a full marathon someday. May the force be with you, Bri! - MR -

Memorial Day Run, Grosse Ile

Williams Wallops Dad, Field at Grosse Ile Run By Charles Douglas McEwen GROSSE ILE (5/26/14) — Once upon a time, Steve Williams of Allen Park ran from start to finish in road races alongside his daughter, Sabrina Williams.

will be going to Grand Valley State University this fall. “Hopefully, I can cut that 5K time down a lot,” she said.

“We ran together and he let me win at the end,” said Sabrina, who’s improved since then.

“We’ve done this race for years,” said Steve Williams, who timed 20:29. “The men and women (the Island Road Runners) who put it on do a great job.”

Steve, now 51, tried to keep up with his 17year-old daughter in this year’s Grosse Ile Memorial Day 5K ... briefly. “After the first 50 yards, I decided it’s not going to work, he lamented. A lot of other runners had the same problem.

Only two men beat Sabrina: Jackson Kelly, 16, of Grosse Ile (18:27) and Shane Beauchamp, 40, of Dearborn (18:54).

Sabrina ran away with the women’s race for the second year in a row, timing 19:28. Next came Elizabeth Jaworski, 29, of Farmington Hills, in 22:00, and Alison Roth, 34, of Ann Arbor in 22:14. Karen Bears, 41, of Wayne led the female masters in 22:30. Sabrina Williams, who recently graduated from Allen Park High School and has a 5K PR of 18:53,

“I started out fast and tried to maintain my pace,” Kelly said. The heat and humidity were factors, said Beauchamp, who had hoped to get in under 18 minutes. Winners in the 8K were Brett Navarre, 17, of Trenton (29:43) and Lindsay White, 26, of Yspsi-

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lanti (34:33). “It’s a real fast course,” said Navarre, a soon-tobe senior at Trenton High School. “The heat got to me the last couple miles, but I pushed through it.” “I haven’t run a race shorter than a half marathon for about three years, so I wasn’t sure about my pace,” White said. Overall 8K runners-up and masters champs were Grosse Ile residents David Wilson, 47, (31:09) and Denise Kopp, 46, (35:22). Thirds went to Samuel-Jay Martin, 17, of Trenton (31:45) and Jenny Vartanian, 16, of Toledo, Ohio (35:44). The races had 723 entrants. For complete race results, go to - MR -

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Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard Trivia: What is the Canadian women’s record in the marathon?

Scott Hubbard


Setting off down a grassy gentle slope I pick up a trail that ends Between two lakes, one small, one big The grass gives way to another trail And soon I reach a “Y” and go right I’ve a hat on in case of rain I’m on a bluff above the big lake The trail falls steeply and rises sharply THWACK! My hat goes flying I see stars, look around to see “What the heck?” A tree had fallen across my path, noggin high With my hat on and head down while climbing Never saw it coming Picked the hat up, walked a minute Resumed at a trot After 10 minutes felt a hot trickle Glide onto my forehead and into my eyebrow In time, a steady flow down my cheek Blood Continued on through the woods On the state park path passing creeks More lakes, up, down, quiet, alone I wondered what somebody would think If they saw my blood-streaked face Around a bend onto a narrow bridge A guy on the bridge, I diverted my eyes and said nothing Out of character and on I ran to the finish Into a bathroom where a mirror reflected A dried red river down my face, my hat stained red I laughed at my condition to keep from crying I felt for the gash in my scalp Cleaned up, happy I’d worn the hat Which I tossed into the garbage A sacrifice to the painful lesson.

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10. Packing your running shoes in your carry-on plane bag 11. NCAA Division 3 cross country and track a field 12. Not letting weather keep you from running 13. “Exercise has the effect of defusing anger and rage, fear of anxiety. Like music, it soothes the savage in us that lies so close to the surface. We have discovered an alternative path to peace and serenity. We are coping with life quite well, thank you, on the move.” (from “The Essential Sheehan” by George Sheehan) 14. The riot of colors in running shoes in recent years 15. Susan B Komen Race(s) for the Cure 16. The Around the Bay 30K in Hamilton, Ontario, first held in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon 17. “Running with the Kenyans” by Adharanand Finn and “Terry Fox, His Story” by Leslie Scrivener. 18. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, N.Y. 19. You know it’s Forrest, with two r’s, Gump 20. Putting your gear in another room the night before so as not to wake a (roommate, spouse, etc) in the morn.

Face Time From the Thursday before the Boston Marathon on my Facebook page: “Not to be a spoilsport, but should it come to pass an American wins the Boston Marathon Monday, know this: Last weekend 12 Kenyan men broke 2:10 in European marathons. “On a regular basis, nearly year-round, we see East African dominance around the globe. More than 200 East African men broke 2:10 just last year. “What does this mean? The field at Boston is only so good. For all the foreign elites in Boston, many more won’t be there. If an American man or woman wins Boston, I won’t be as giddy as most that it ends a streak of 31 (men) and 29 (women) years. To me it’ll just be a big moment for a deserving winner. “Sure, I’ll be happy for the winner, but primarily because I’ll be familiar with their story: much more so than from among the cadre of seemingly-anonymous East Africans. The better you know somebody, the more you feel kinship with them. This is why most Americans still have a hard time warming up to naturalized citizens who do well in international compeition. Many, in the back of their minds, say, ‘Yeah, but they’re not from here.’ It’s a moot point whether this is a poor way to think. It’s what happens.” From my FB page the day after Boston: “Meb, splendid run, universally-liked man, seasoned/accomplished runner, a PR at age 38 in a fabled event — damn cool stuff. Wearing Skechers!” It’s now May 12: Boston winner Meb Keflezighi


moved to the U.S. around age 12 from Eritrea. He gained U.S. citizenship after graduating from UCLA. By all accounts he’s a smart, gracious man, outgoing, engaging and a very hard worker. It’s why he’s so well liked and thanks to picking his parents well and fine-tuned training, an exceptional runner. San Diego declared May 10 Meb Keflezighi Day. However, as I noted above, it wasn’t long after his Boston win that I started hearing as much about where he was born as about his victory. In the end, it doesn’t matter how much others embrace him as an American; he is American and a Boston Marathon winner. Wearing Skechers. American-born folks aren’t alone in how they think about and treat people from other countries. It happens everywhere, every day. Reactions vary from welcoming to vitriolic. A world of color-blind and nonprovincial humans doesn’t exist. Setting all this aside, getting to know “strangers” is humane, open-minded and the right thing to do. It helps draw us closer to others and that’s a very good thing. Answer: Lanni Marchant ran 2:28:00 in Toronto in 2013. - MR - 2/6/11 9:52 PM Page 1 MRSub0311_Sixth Vertical

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Back to the Beach Half Marathon, Washington Township

1,500+ Get Back to Beach at Stony Creek By Charles Douglas McEwen WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (5/18/14) — Familiarity bred success for Joel Kozlowski, who won the fourth annual Back to the Beach Half Marathon at Stony Creek Metropark. 

Kozlowski won in 1:24:20, his fastest time on this course. Olszewski followed in 1:25:11. Yet another masters runner, James Micklas, 46, took third in 1:25:39.

“I train here every weekend,” said Kozlowski, 42, of Macomb Township. “I’m used to the trails and hills. This feels like a home field for me.”

Sara Ropp, 25, of Auburn Hills set a women’s half marathon course record, winning in 1:29:50. Next came Christa Amalio, 35, in 1:33:28 and Katrina Obersk, 23, in 1:37:15.

Kozlowlski has run this half marathon every year since it began in 2011. “I’ve won the masters championship here twice,” he said. “But this is the first half marathon I’ve won outright.” He took the lead at three miles, then pulled away. “I felt great,” he said. “Then I looked back at about eight miles and I saw John (Olszewski) coming. ‘I’ve got to win a half marathon,’ I thought. So I went all out.”

The 10K course was no day at the beach, said Dermyre. “It’s a very rough course,” she said.

Ropp, running this race for the first time, found the hills challenging but not intimidating. “They weren’t that bad,” she said. “I knew I was in the lead, so I just kept pushing.” Back to the Beach, presented by Crittendon, gave more than 1,500 runners a choice of 5K, 10K or half marathon. All started and ended on the Eastwood Beach lawn and traveled a mix of twisty dirt trails and bike paths in the 4,461-acre park.

Olszewski , 40, also of Macomb Township, said Kozlowski took control after mile eight. “He hit the Daniel Parker, 23, of Shelby Township big hill there and accelerated going up. I couldn’t go (40:23) and Amber Dermyre, 29, of Westwith him,” Olszewski said. land (43:01) set course records in the 10K. half page horizontal template_half page horizontal 6/8/14 10:34 AM Page 1


“This is the first time I’ve led a race from start to finish,” said Parker. “During the race I was kind of nervous. I didn’t know if I went out too fast or how the hills would be. It feels really good now I’m done.”

Eric Prowse, 35, of Clawson and Shannon Vistisen, 29, of New Baltimore were the 5K winners. “I was trying to run six-minute miles,” said Prowse who clocked 19:01. “I’m a little bit over that, but I’m happy.” Vistisen was elated with her 24:41 PR. “The race was awesome, challenging and fun,” she said. Proceeds went to the Detroit Chapter of Medal4Mettle and other charities. For complete, results, go to - MR -

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Dexter Ann Arbor Run

Mile Star Willis Claims Half Marathon Debut

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By Charles Douglas McEwen

Half marathon winner Nick Willis leads.

Melissa Johnson White (bib 7310) leads the women, on her way to the 5K win.

ANN ARBOR (6/1/14) — Olympian Nick Willis’ first venture into a half marathon ended Clint Verran’s winning streak at the 41st annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, sponsored by Comerica and the Ann Arbor Track Club. The race was the Road Runners Clubs of America’s national championship at that distance and part of the Michigan Runner Race Series.

“I sneaked away from Jordan with about 5K to go,” said Verran. “I felt like I had a chance to catch the second-place guy (Zewdu). I made a move, but could never get closer than about 15 seconds.”

Verran, 39, a longtime member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, had dominated this half marathon the past two years and in 2008. But this year the race belonged to Willis, 31, a New Zealand native who won a silver medal in the 1500 meters during the 2008 Olympics. “I felt pretty comfortable most of the way,” said Willis, an ex-University of Michigan star who now lives in Ann Arbor, of his debut race at the distance. “The Ethiopian (Tewodros Zewdu, 23) and I were doing surges (as they led the race). He dropped off with three miles to go, but I knew I had better keep it going. “With a mile to go, I totally hit the wall,” Willis continued. “I barely got to the finish line. I walked the last 10 meters. It was tough.” The Kiwi star actually came to a full stop before almost gingerly stepping over the line in 1:07:06.  Zewdu took second in 1:07:21 and Verran third in 1:07:30, 20 seconds faster than his winning time last year. Verran ran much of the race riding the shoulder of Jordan Desilets, 33, of Pinckney, who finished fourth with a 1:07:55 PR.  


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Grace Kahura, 21, a Kenyan training in Hebron, Ky., paced the women. “It was a tough course,” she said, shaking her head. “So hilly.” Despite that, Kahura won easily 1:18:12. Next came Ann Arborites Dani Steinbacher, 27, in 1:21:47 and Erin Heenan, 32, in 1:22:02.   Esteban Vanegas, 43, of Alma (1:13:32) and Lisa Veneziano, 49, of Fenton (1:26:18) paced the masters. The dynamic father-daughter duo of Brian Olsen, 53, of Jackson and Kristina Olsen, 26, of Ann Arbor swept the 10K. “I was surprised to be up front,” the elder Olsen said. “I was running with Paul Mayer. We went out with a 5:35 first mile. Paul said, ‘It’s too fast for me,” and dropped off. “It was kind of too fast for me too,” Olsen went on, “because my best 5K this year is 17:40 and I went through the three (mile mark) in 17:00. I was running a 5K pace on a 10K course and thinking, ‘When are my wheels going to fall off?’” They never did. Olsen won in 36:00, followed by fellow masters Mayer, 46, of Ann Arbor (36:53) and Charles Truncale, 48, of Harrison Township (38:10). Kristina Olsen drew inspiration from her father. “He always goes out and pounds it,” she said. “He’s |

the toughest runner I know. He’s also my favorite athlete.” Kristina paced the women 40:24. “I fell into a good rhythm and kept it going,” she said. Manda Schweitzer-Miller, 28, of Ann Arbor took second in 42:14 and Jennifer Sinkwitts, 41, of Chelsea third in 42:54. Alex Ralston, 25, of Dearborn, a Hillsdale College graduate who finished runner-up here in 2012, won the 5K in 15:22. “The finish up the hill on the last mile makes it hard to get after it (time-wise),” Ralston said. “I was happy with my effort, though.” He was followed by Tony Filipek, 26, of Caro (15:40) and Josiah Swanson, 21, of Mankato (15:52). Hansons-Brooks star Melissa White, 33, of Lake Orion won with the women’s 5K in 16:57. “I haven’t done a 5K in a really long time, so it was good to shake out the legs,” White said. She beat defending and four-time women’s champ Erin Webster, 28, of Dearborn, who was second in 17:17. Third place went to another fourtime winner of this 5K, Suzanne Larsen, 36, of Fenton (17:58).  Dexter-Ann Arbor had about 5,700 entrants this year. For complete results, go to - MR -

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By Kacey Tulley


y running and glitter obsessions have found a way to merge.

I love running races but also cheering and holding signs at them. I’m a lucky “sole” because I can lace up and run carrying signs from point to point on the course without actually entering events and racing. I love to be that girl on the sidelines with the sparkly sign runners talk about after finishing.

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I have a superpower I may not have mentioned: I make a ReAlLy GrEaT sign! I love to watch other runners, grit on their faces and sweat on their chests, giving me non-energy-burning thumbs-ups as they read my usually-hilarious, possibly-inappropriate or -inspiring posters.

I also find that by volunteering at races, I get to do what I do best ... show my village how proud, honored, amazed and inspired we can be by what runners do.

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As a fan of glitter, I go through bottles at a time. In fact, I credit getting a megaphone for the Turkey Trot volunteer position I scored because Doug Kurtis couldn’t help but notice my glitter-rific signs at his events. I had him at sparkle!

I also get to introduce my daughter Montana, 6, to this world of amazing humans. Many of us run in absurd conditions, at absurd times and, sometimes, costs, but still do it. Volunteering and holding signs lets me shower runners with praise and kudos, because who doesn’t like getting their ego stroked? I can shout the shout because I have run the run.

Ann Marie Steele (left) & Kacey Tulley show off their “glitter-rific” signs at the 2014 Corktown Races.

Another perk is bringing Montana on sign-holding adventures. I get to show her it’s just as important to support others striding for finish lines as it is to be the runner. She has become an expert wahoo-er and spotter of friends while scanning endless miles of marathons and other race crowds. She’s been bundled beyond recognition while getting strollered from check-place to check-place in the cold. She’s waited in running cars until almost-exactly-calculated moments when our runners emerge to jump out at our own race pace and cheer uncontrollably. It’s a serious business, this sign-making job. Montana and I scan crowds and keep a list of ideas. We love Google and eagerly jump on Pinterest to see what we may find there. It’s an art to make a sign that is clever, quick to read and gives a snapshot into at least one of the personality traits of the runner for whom it’s in-

tended. ‘Tana and I use glitter as our signature, youknow-it’s-a-Tullz sign. I believe Mega-Sparkle is linked to mega-smiles, which, I’ve been told, may be linked to mega-PR (Power Running). The magic of a glitter-rific sign held by an enthusiastic supporter who wants the runner to have the event of their life is powerful. So I bring my daughter and friends to races we’re not running, to cheer on people we know and don’t. We learn about digging deep from the masses who pass and can barely find energy to crack a smile. But our eyes connect for a second and I know my sign has become a part of their story, and part of the reason their feet keep going. Because that’s what runners do ... keep going.

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Let’s Move Festival of Races, Mt. Clemens

Minnema and Bragg Survive Let’s Move Wind for Wins By Charles Douglas McEwen MT. CLEMENS (4/26/14)— Jimi Minnema, who won the 5K here in 2012 and 2013, ran away with this year’s half marathon at the Let’s Move Festival of Races, presented by the Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation.

Leading from the gun, Minnema timed 1:17:23, finishing comfortably ahead of runner-up Joel Kozlowski, 42, of Macomb Township. Kozlowski (1:23:00) was also the masters winner. Bruce Seguin, 63, of Harrison Township won the men’s grand masters title in 1:33:37. “It’s flat and beautiful,” said Minnema of the course. “The lead vehicles and volunteers were fantastic, stopping traffic at all the intersections. But the real competition was the wind. It made up for the lack of hills.” Kozlowski, who finished just seven seconds ahead of third-place finisher Mack Stillwagon, 40, of Romulus, also noticed the wind.

Half Marathon winner Jimi Minnema nears the finish line.

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“But today felt pretty good,” he said.

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“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Minnema, 35, of Jenison. “I changed my running form earlier this year, hoping to be more efficient. It’s bringing aches and pains I’m not used to.

Kids accumulated 25.2 miles and ran the Last Mile Kids Run on race day.

“It took you out real fast,” he said. “I was right on pace for a PR for about eight (miles).” Then he and the other runners slammed into a stiff headwind. “The whole way back it was in our faces,” Kozlowski said.

faster than her time last year.

Women’s winner Kelsey Bragg, 24, of Fenton agreed. “There was a lot of resistance coming back,” she said. “I just tried to keep my pace and not let it affect me too much.”

“This may have been the windiest race I’ve ever run,” said Shamblin. “The wind was awful coming back. I just wanted it to be done. But my time was the same as last year despite it, so I’m happy with that.”

Bragg, still recovering from a back injury, timed 1:29:05. She won her first-ever half marathon, beating runner-up Makely Lyon, 29, of Ann Arbor (1:32:22) and third-place Jacqueline McKinley, 27, of Royal Oak (1:33:17).

Joan McDonald, 60, of New Baltimore led the ran masters in 1:55:50.

Sara Lieblein, 25, of Lake Orion, led the women for much of the race. “She was 300 to 400 meters ahead of me most of the way,” Bragg said. “I was trying to catch up with her. Then she dropped out at around 10 miles.” (Lieblein actually finished fifth overall in 1:37:33.)     Laura Shamblin, 46, of Washington Township, placed fourth overall and top masters woman for the second year in a row. Her 1:34:35 was two seconds 24

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“I ran conservatively the whole way,” Bragg said. “I had no idea I was first woman (until the end).”

Blink and You’ll Miss Us won the half marathon relay in 1:34:20, followed by Team Durchez in 1:47:17 and Coyote Rock in 1:50:06.  Chippewa Valley High School senior Rachel Walny, 17, of Clinton Township won the women’s 5K for the fourth straight year in 19:24 Scott Moore, 30, of Rochester led the men in 17:42. The event was inspired by the national “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity. Proceeds went to Macomb County healthy living education and physical fitness programs.

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Let’s Move Festival of Races Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Sky-Tri Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios Carlsbad 5000 Photos by Victah Sailer /

Cinco de Mayo Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios Athleta Unleash the She Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios AAA Race for Life Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

NCAA D2 Outdoor T & F Championships Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Run Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios IAAF World Relay Championships Photos by Victah Sailer /

Novi Memorial Day Run Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios Big Fish Triathlon Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

MHSAA T & F Finals, L.P. Division 3 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios MHSAA T & F Finals, L.P. Division 4 Photos by Scott Sullivan

MHSAA T & F Finals, L.P. Division 1 Photo by Pete Draugalis /

Dexter Ann Arbor Run Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios Cipriano Classic Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios Cereal City Classic Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios adidas Grand Prix, Grant Fisher’s 4:02.02 Mile Photos by Victah Sailer /

About the cover: Saginaw Valley State University’s Tyler Grob takes fourth place in the decathlon at the NCAA Division 2 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale. Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

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Let’s Move Festival of Races, Mt. Clemens, April 26, 2014 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Scott Moore of Rochester won the 5K in 17:42.

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Rachel Walny (Thing 1) was first female and third overall in the 5K. Her Clinton Township Chippewa Valley cross country teammate, Madeline Wesley (Thing 2), was second female, fifth overall.

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Jeff Madak, Let’s Move Festival board member, recruited dozens of runners from Bethany Church. Kennedy Gosk, age 6, of Sterling Heights finishes the 5K.

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For more photos and Doug McEwen’s article on the Let’s Move Festival of Races, see Michigan Runner, July/August 2014, p. 24.

Half marathoners and 5K runners head for a turn early in the Let’s Move Festival of Races.

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Sky-Tri, Ann Arbor, April 27, 2014

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Ron Olson (left) finishes the Sprint Tri in 1:33:28. Ron’s best event was the bike, 46:15 for the 12.4 mile distance. Nathan Adox (center), age 5, finished first among the 5-6 year olds, finishing the Kids Tri in 19:27. Dee Anne Hudak (right) completed the Mini Sprint in 1:07:47; her best event was the 3 mile run, 18:34.

Carlsbad 5000, March 30, 2014

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Bobby Curtis of Hanson-Brooks, ran a fast 5K (13:59) at the Carlsbad 5000 in California for a top 10 finish. 4

Elite men start the Carlsbad 5000. Eventual winner, Dejen Gebremeskel, took the early lead. Bernard Lagat (2nd from left) set an American 5k road record of 13:18.

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Cinco de Mayo, Flint, May 3, 2014

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Jackie Piecuch of Charlotte gets attention for the words on her shirt as well as her 5K win.

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Carson Hennessey, age 10, of Davison is having fun running the 5K.

John Niven of Swartz Creek, age 50 (bib 185), gets out to an early lead in the 10K which he won in 36:26. Lori Davis of Lapeer (not pictured), also age 50, won the women’s race in 44:23. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - July / August 2014


Athleta Unleash the She, Ann Arbor, May 11, 2014

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Deanna Skelcy of Rochester won the 5K in 22:11.

Ann and Ally Friedholm of Saline, each finished the 5K in under 30 minutes: 29:52. Ally is 8 years old. 6

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Courtney Heys of Ann Arbor, pushed her way to the 10K win in 43:16.

AAA Race for Life, Westland, May 17, 2014

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Paige Brennan finished fourth overall and won the women’s 10K in 49:41

A determined Todd Gregory finished first in the 5K with a 21:48

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Charlie Maletta (bib 1503), age 7, and Ben Maletta, age 9, both of Plymouth, ran the 5K in 26:36 and 26:37 respectively.

Andrea Dunton (bib 1469) and Robert Dunton (bib 1470) ran the 5K. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - July / August 2014


Grand Valley State University hosts: NCAA Division 2, Outdoor Track & Field Championship

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Grand Valley’s Jessica Janecke, no 19, finished 3rd in the 10,000, Courtney Brewis scored points in 8th place and Alycia Thurston was 11th in the field of 21.

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Grand Valley senior, Kristen Hixson, made it look easy as she won the pole vault title with a championship record, 4.50. 10

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Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Run, Fruitport, May 24

Ali, Remy and Chad Parker near the finish of the 5K Run. Remy and Chad finished in 45:10. Ali finished earlier in 24:37.

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Deanna Near (bib 39) races Chad Colby. Deanna won the 5K in 20:10.

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Kelly Waller (bib 59) and Kathy Lundberg (bib 110) finish the 10K with the encouragement of the Fruitport High School varsity football team. Members of the team are regular volunteers at Fruitport’s Old Fashioned Days race. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - July / August 2014


The IAAF World Relay Champion


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e Inaugural nships, The Bahamas, May 25, 2014

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IAAF World Relay Championships, The Bahamas, May U.S. Women Win Gold in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Photos by Victah Sailer / Running the second leg, Geena Lara takes the baton from Chanelle Price in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

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IAAF World Relay Championships, The Bahamas, May 25, 2014

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U. S. Women take a victory lap after winning the gold in the 4 x 800m relay in an American record 8:01:58.

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Grand Blanc’s Geena Lara has the lead in the second leg of the 4 x 800m relay.

Anchor Brenda Martinez, Geena Lara, Chanelle Price and Ajee Wilson celebrate their championship in the 4 x 800m relay. 16

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Novi Memorial Day Run, Novi, May 26, 2014

Laurel Park still has amazing wheels at age 51; she won the 5K in 19:15.

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Jason Richmond of Redford won the 10K with 35:53.

Kelsey Bragg of Fenton finds herself in the 10K lead. She won in 39:32.

Big Fish Triathlon, Hadley Township, June 8, 2014

Swimmers get set for the triathlon start.

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Jill Putt of Ann Arbor wins the sprint triathlon in 1:20:28.

Joe Lombardo wins the sprint tri.

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MHSAA T & F Finals, L. P. Division 3, Comstock Park, May 31, 2014

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Annie Fuller of Manistee won the 1600m run in 4:55.64.

Sanford Meridian won the 4 x 200m relay and also won the team championship.

MHSAA T & F Finals, L.P. Division 4, Hudsonville, May 31, 2014

Breckenridge senior Kirsten Olling made it an "oct-fecta": four state crosscountry and four track 3200-meter championships in her final meet as a high school runner. 18

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A surprised Harbor Beach junior, Luke Anderson. reeled in Concord's manytime state champ Jesse Hersha to win the 1600.

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Traverse City St. Francis sophomore Holly Bullough swept the 1600 and 800, both by huge margins, and was runnerup in the 400.

MHSAA T & F Finals, L.P. Division 4, Rockford, May 31, 2014

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Sekayi Bracey of East Kentwood won the long jump, 18-07.25, then won the 100m and 200m dashes.

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Dexter Ann Arbor Run, Ann Arbor, June 1, 2014

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“The dynamic father-daughter duo of Brian Olsen, 53, of Jackson and Kristina Olsen, 26, of Ann Arbor swept the 10K.” -- C.D. McEwen. See McEwen’s article and more photos on page 22, Michigan Runner July/August, 2014.

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5K winner Alex Ralston (bib 7279) is among the early leaders.

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Cipriano Classic, Farmington Hills, June 6, 2014

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Tore Cipriano (bib 1) finishes the 5K with his brother Tanner (bib 4). Tanner finished earlier in 25:18. The race benefits the Cipriano Family and the Cipriano Children’s Trust. Tore and his mother, Rose, were seriously injuried and Robert Cipriano, Tore and Tanner’s father, was killed during a home invasion. Sister Isabella was the official race starter.

Cereal City Classic, Battle Creek, June 14, 2014

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10K and 5K runners round a corner during the Cereal City Classic. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - July / August 2014


adidas Grand Prix, New York City, June 14, 2014

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Grant Fisher wins the High School Mile in a personal best 4:02.02

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Michigan Runner TV Guide Summer/Fall Show Schedule

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sacramento, CA Waugoshance Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay, Mackinaw City

UA Plumbers and Pipefitters 5K & Pub Crawl, Ann Arbor Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL

40 Years of Steve's Run with Ron Gunn & Dave Briegel Preview of Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon with Ron Gunn

Helen DeVos Children's Marathon, Grand Rapids Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, Grand Rapids

Zero Cancer Challenge 5K. Belle Isle Playmakers Spartan Invitational - East Lansing Run Wild For the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Detroit Free Press Marathon, Detroit Kona Wicked Halloween Run, Plymouth, St. Ignace Half Marathon, St. Ignace

Brooksie Way Half Marathon, Rochester Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Vandalia

New York City Marathon, New York, NY LP MHSAA Cross Country Finals, Brooklyn Dan Jilek Memorial 5K Run, Ann Arbor Kona Chocolate Run, Plymouth

Highland Festival Road Runs, Alma

Flying Scots Pace Highland Festival Events By Scott Sullivan A (5/24/14) — Cries of “More cowbell!” took a backseat to “More (or less) bagpipes!” at the 39th annual Highland Festival Road Runs.

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Kilt-clad pipers were as inescapable on the Alma College campus as the sunshine at this Memorial weekend festival, which also included highland dancing competitions, heavy stone and caber (large log) tosses, re-enactment camp and clan gatherings, Scottish food, drinks (of course) and more.

Julie Boss, 37, of Clawson, led the women in 43:42, followed by Brandi Corkins, 21, of Brighton in 45:07.

The long-established 5K and second-year 10K runs drew 691 entrants, while 200-plus children joined fun runs. Several ran wearing kilts.

“We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” race director Jill Sandro said. “It was sunny, windless and didn’t warm up until most runners finished.”

Hometown ace Griffin Bohannon defended his 5K title with a faster time than last year, covering the flat course before the sun and heat hit their heights in 16:07. Next came Adam Sanchez, 20, also of Alma, in 16:29.

... and stayed for the festival parade, which marched down the town’s main-street start and finish.

Misty Godly, 20, of nearby Ithaca paced the women in 19:49. Next came Kelly Stapleton, 34, of Bad Axe in 20:01.

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Leaders are eventual men's 5K runnerup Adam Sanchez (Bib 290) flanked on the right by repeat 5K winner Griffin Bohannon (17) and 10K champ Matt Chovanac (yellow bib 1099).

In the 10K, master blaster Matt Chovanec, 44, of St. Louis, which occupies the Lower Peninsula’s geographic center two miles northwest of Alma, beat all comers in 35:44. Next came B.J. Tomanek, 33, of Shepherd in 39:30 and Andrew Zimmer, 38, of Mt. Pleasant in 39:37.

Misty Godly won the women’s 5K.


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Striders Classic, Grandville

Showerman, Boldt Bolt to Striders Wins By Scott Sullivan GRANDVILLE (4/19/14) — Nothing beats an April race if you’re Showerman. Brent Showerman and Paige Boldt showed they were aptly named, bolting to wins at the Striders Classic 10-mile road run, the second in this year’s Michigan Runner Race Series. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, much less lightning bolts, on this 35-degree morning. Showers were more the consequence of cold sweat. A brisk east wind, barely felt going out, proved brutal coming back on this hilly, rural course west of Grand Rapids.

Fred Bunn, 49, edged Hank Risley, 45, for men’s masters honors, crossing in 59:16 to Risley’s 59:51.

Boldt, 24, came off winning the Gazelle Girl half marathon in Grand Rapids six days earlier to dominate the women here, claiming 13th overall in 1:03:10. Next came Karen Vis, 32, in 1:06:52 and Sarah Drevon, 23, in 1:08:21. Diane DeBoer-Bunn made it a family sweep of the masters honors, pacing the over-40 women in 1:08:55. Placing 189th out of 224 finishers was Michigan age-group legend Jerry Johncock. The 86-yearold finished in 1:40:58.

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Showerman, a recent Grand Valley State University star, ran the first half with Rob Hyde, 39, and Matt Sicilia, 35, then powered away with his younger legs through the headwinds. The 24-year-old finished in 56:17, followed by Hyde in 57:15 and Sicilia in 57:41.

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“Negative splits? I doubt anyone ran those today,” Boldt said.

Eventual third-place male Matt Siciliar (left), champ Brent Showerman (center) and runner-up Rob Hyde lead the 10 mile race. Striders stores owner Steve Webster, who founded the 10-mile classic in 1999, last year added a 5-mile to the day’s menu. This year he knocked that down to a 5K. Jimi Minnema, 35, and Victor Ramirez, 25, ran away with the shorter race, clocking 16:37 and 16:39 respectively. Third overall was women’s champ Abby Geurink, 30, in 19:06.

Women's winner Paige Boldt crests one of the back-half hills.

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Miles for Mankind, Westland

Miles for Mankind: Year 2 and Growing Strong By Charles Douglas McEwen WESTLAND (5/10/14) — After making a robust debut with more than 300 runners and walkers last year, Miles for Mankind drew 471 participants for its 2014 10K, 5K and Mankind Mile.

The event, which started and finished at the Nankin Mills Recreation Area, raised $13,000 last year. “This year, it looks like we’ll be around $40,000,” Powlus said.

for the children of this community. Faith in Action will help provide the opportunity for forgotten children in Guatemala to attend high school and escape extreme poverty.”

“You always hope for more,” said raced director Scott Powlus “But we’re really thankful for the turnout we got.”

Miles for Mankind supports charities including Life Remodeled and Faith in Action. “Life Remodeled,” said its entry form, “will renovate Cody High School and the surrounding neighborhood

Six-year-old Elizabeth Schoenle of Plymouth sprinted away with the Mankind Mile, winning in 8:59. Erik Golbiw, 43, of Smiths Creek claimed the men’s race in 5:54.


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masters winner Anne Sarb, 46, of Livonia in 22:45.  

“I just got back from China last night,” said Golbiw. “I came out to run a mile and support the race. I got in from a long flight at 6 p.m., so my legs felt heavy.”

Jordan Lee, 26, of Toledo, Ohio claimed the men’s 10K in 40:12, followed by Livonia residents Russell Marschall, 35, (41:48) and Mark Waterbury, 23 (43:51).

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Defending 5K champ Hunor Tamas Csutak, 25, of Plymouth looked weightless with his seemingly-effortless strides, leading from the start to prevail in 16:55. The Romania native didn’t come close to his PR of 15:10, but said the flat, out-and-back-course on Hines Drive lends itself to such efforts.

Amy Herrmann, 32, also of Livonia, paced the women in 47:13. Next came Sarah Wycoff, 32, of Tucson, Ariz. (49:25), and Sara Parks, 25, of Birmingham (50:02).

The Popp family of Plymouth participate in the Miles for Mankind 1 Mile Run.

Shane Beauchamp, 40, of Dearborn finished second in 18:32, followed by Matt Clunis, 22, of Farmington in 18:41.

Arianna Wegienka, 14, of Brownstown Township paced the women in 21:42. Next came Kiki Rodriguez, 36, of Redford in 21:59 and women’s

It was Herrmannn’s first 10K victory. “Actually, I’ve never run a 10K before,” she said.

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MHSAA Track & Field Finals

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MHSAA Track & Field Finals Records Equaled and Set May 31, 2014 Girls UP - D1 - Kingsford 1600m run: Lindsey Ruden, Marquette, 4:55.28 (UP D1 Meet Record)

LP - D1 - Rockford High Jump: Jailah Mason, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 5-09.25 (New LP D1 Meet Record) 400m dash: Anna Jefferson, Oak Park, 53.50 (New All Division and LP Meet Record)

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1600m run: Karrigan Smith, St. Johns, 4:51.53 (New LP D2 Meet Record)

LP - D3 - Comstock Park High Jump: Sydney Bronner, Frankenmuth, 5-06 (Ties LP D3 Meet record) 100m dash: Angie Ritter, Frankenmuth, 11.94 (New LP D3 Meet Record) 4x200m relay: Frankenmuth, 1:41.17 (Sydney Bronner, Cadi Palmreuter, Sarah Beulla, Angie Ritter)(New LP D3 Meet Record) 800m run: Annie Fuller, Manistee, 2:11.40 (New LP D3 Meet Record) 200m dash: Angie Ritter, Frankenmuth, 24.72 (New LP D3 Meet Record) 3,200m run: Amber Way, Charlevoix, 10:35.33 (New LP D3 meet Record)

Concord’s Nolen Bright-Mitchell set LP D4 meet records in the 100 & 200m dashes and 4 x 400m relay.

LP D4 - Hudsonville Shot Put: Jade Madison, New Buffalo, 43-08.25 (New LP D4 Meet Record) Long Jump: Miranda Johnson, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, 18-06.50 (New LP D4 Meet Record) 100m hurdles: Michelle Davis, Reading, 15.05 (New LP D4 Meet Record) 400m dash: Michelle Davis, Reading, 57.33 (New LP D4 meet Record 200m dash: Miranda Johnson, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, 25.15 (New LP D4 Meet Record

Boys UP - D3 - Kingsford 400m dash: Cole Potvin, Cooks Big Bay deNoc, 51.17 (UP D3 Meet Record)

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Pole Vault: Noah Gary, Dexter, 16-02 (LP D1 Meet Record) 4x800m relay: Saline, 7:40.54 (Logan Wetzel, Ryan Wilkie, Ryan Gauche, Brian Blankenship) (All division meet record) 800m run: Donavan Brazier, Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, 1:50.24 (New LP D1 Meet Record)

LP - D3 - Comstock Park 400m dash: Jaylen Ghoston, Madison Heights Madison, 48.17 (New LP D3 Meet Record) 4x400m relay: Sanford Meridian, 3:21.44 (Dan Johnson, Kevin Scheibert, Jacab Ham, Jacob Wenzlick) (New LP D3 Meet Record)

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Pole Vault: Curtis Bell, Coleman, 15-01 (New LP D4 Meet Record) High Jump: Tyrell Hall, Marion, 22-11.75 (New LP D4 Meet record) 100m dash: Nolen Bright-Mitchell, Concord, 10.70 (New LP D4 Meet Record) 200m dash: Nolen Bright-Mitchell, Concord, 21.62 (New LP D4 Final Record) 4x400m relay: Concord, 3:24.19 (Lonelle Langston, Nolen Bright-Mitchell, Chase Hinkle, Zach Hudson) (New LP D4 Meet Record)


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Sydney Bronner of Frankenmuth, tied the LP D3 Meet record for the high jump with her jump of 5-06.

Saline (Logan Wetzel, Ryan Wilkie, Ryan Gauche, Brian Blankenship) set an All Division and LP meet record of 7:40.54 in the 4 x 800m relay.

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Anna Jefferson of Oak Park ran a stunning 53.50 in the 400m dash for an All Division and LP meet record.

Dexter’s Noah Gary set a new LP D1 meet record in the pole vault with his vault of 16-02.


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On Running “Swag” By Ron Marinucci ichigan runners race for many reasons. They relish the competition, with others and with themselves. They like testing their bodies, fitness and training. They enjoy the camaraderie with others. And some like the swag.


small size, it hangs down to my knees.


“When I ran the Ludington Half Marathon, runners had a choice between t-shirts or beach towels. That was a nice change,” Zeeb said.

“Next in line,” Peck continued, “is the pottery mug given at the end of the Great Lakes Relay. Our first-time team had a blast last year.”

I came across the word “swag” several times in recent weeks. Most often it was in a running/racing context. But not always. My Webster’s New World Dictionary defines it three ways, as a noun:

Upper Peninsula runner Bruce Kittle, fresh from a half marathon he ran with his son Daniel in Washington state, admitted, “I like the t-shirts, es-

“I always liked the medals,” said Michigan runner and biker Gus LaRuffa with tongue in cheek. “It’s fun to hang them around your neck when you go out for dinner that night.”

1) a swaying or buckling. 2) a valance, garland, chain, etc. hanging decoratively in a loop or curve. 3) stolen money or property.

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“Stolen money or property”? Looking way down the list of definitions, I found a somewhat-obscure meaning: “spoils; profit.” Synonyms included “prize, catch, treasure.” Whew! That’s more like it.

For runners, swag is the free stuff or giveaways at races. These can include t-shirts (although I suppose, if they come with the entry fees, they aren’t free), food, medals, trophies, plaques and other awards. Some Michigan runners, including Jillian Peck, Joe Burns, Stu and Shiela Allen, refer to swag as “bling.” Racers have different opinions about swag. Ruth Thelen is enthusiastic about it. “I like t-shirts, sweatshirts, gloves and hats. Awards — I like them all,” she said. Her favorite item(s) are sweatshirts. Former Michigan Runner Senior Runner of the Year Peggy Zeeb echoed that. “I love getting useful things like sweatshirts, if they fit,” she said. Zeeb also appreciates “a beautiful photograph of part of a race course in the fall with geese flying over. It is framed and in my living room. Probably my favorite prize was when I got to pick my favorite charity and they made a donation in my name.” She was more reserved about t-shirts. “I don’t often wear cotton t-shirts,” she said, “and they usually don’t fit anyway. Race directors need to realize half the people running are women and unisex tshirts don’t fit most women right. Even if I get a 30

“I am biased because of Medals 4 Mettle,” said Joe Burns, who heads the Detroit chapter of that charity, which gives distance running medals to people showing their own mettle fighting serious diseases. “Medals are a big thing to me.”

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pecially if it was a really enjoyable race. Every time I wear it after that, it brings back the good memories … and a smile to my face.” Mike “Flagman” Bowen likes his finishers’ coffee mugs from the Smoky Mountains Marathon and the long-sleeve green shirt from his first Marine Corps Marathon. “I have one medal, from the 1992 Boston Marathon where I ran 2:50, I’m quite proud of,” Bowen said. “It was a rare perfect day. I ran a steady pace until I saw the Citgo sign and picked it up a bit.” T-shirts he now gets “are given to my wife, Coach Patty.” “My favorite swag,” said Jillian Peck, “has to be the wooden bling I received for my first marathon on Grand Island. Dennis (her husband) ran and walked all 26.2 miles with me as a recovery run following his ankle repair. Having something handmade from Michigan for this unique trail run was a |

Burns, who is also the Back to the Beach Runs director, added, “I try to make sure the race medals there are fun to receive, but also will bring a big smile in a hospital. So this is a shout-out to keep making medals full of color. And continue that bling thing, maybe with things such as spinner centers!” “An award has to be pretty cool to merit display,” said many-time MR Runner of the Year Ian Forsyth. “My favourite (spelling correct; he was born in Canada) is the tractor trophy the overall and masters winners claim at Diemer (the Brian Diemer Family of Races) each year. Fantastic!” Flint area runner Stu Allen, who emails a running newsletter, likes his medal from last year’s Dances with Dirt, which included a built-in bottle opener. “I love races that offer the no-shirt option for a lower entry fee,” he continued. “Hats are cool, but I have hundreds of those, too.” His wife, Shiela, likes the medals, or “bling.” Bill Benton has run every day since April 22, 1977 (Yes, he’s a “streaker”), but hasn’t raced in almost 20 years. “I long for the day when a race was a race and entry fees were reasonable,” he said. “Most road races should be just that — a road race with a shirt/no-shirt option.

“Except for events geared to young children, medals or ribbons should be for higher-place finishers in reasonable age-groups,” he continued. “Events like Race for the Cure are OK since they’re meant to be fundraisers from the start. Sorry for the pun.”

run out of storage room. In 2005 I boxed up and shipped more than 200 to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I have more race coffee mugs than I can use too, especially since I don’t drink the stuff.

Michigan Runner editor emeritus Dave Foley has raced for decades and won lots of swag. “When I won my first medals, I was really proud,” he said. “But as I grew older, they were less treasured.

I still count post-race food as swag. It’s my favorite. The Riverbend Striders still hold the Great Pizza Challenge every August in Flint. My son Matt and I ran that several times — the first time he beat me was there when he was 13.

“We may have gone overboard with finisher medals,” he went on. “Maybe they’re OK in a marathon down to a half-marathon. For smaller races, how about an option to check ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on an entry blank? A colored sticker on the race number could alert finish-line folks in the chutes who gets a medal.

sandwiches, Greek salads and Coney Islands for post-race swag. And Run the Hills in Farmington Hills serves pizza at the finish too. In 1991, while Karen and I were in Buffalo, N.Y., for a family wedding, my Aunt Dolly found me a race one morning: a 4-miler at Hutch Technical High School. In the gym afterward was a bevy of homemade goods baked by moms of the school athletes: cookies, scones, cakes, brownies, pies ... Shame on me, but that’s still my favorite race swag.

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“That said, let’s continue awards to leaders, perhaps three-deep, in age-groups in small races. In mega-races, maybe go five deep. “T-shirts or other clothing items could also be options you buy with your entry. The bottom line is entry fees are too high. I realize costs are greater than in the old days, but maybe cutting back on amenities and having optional check-offs on entry blanks could help bring down the costs.” “Personally, I don’t care about swag,” said Michigan runner Tracey Cohen. “I’m sad to see race prices rise so much just to give more participation awards. “I love winning hardware as much as the next person, but care more about toeing the line and giving my all,” she went on. “That said, some of my favorite awards have been homemade, local to the area, gift certificates and gloves. I’m grateful for whatever is given. “But I pay to race, not to guarantee that I take home ‘stuff.’” When I spoke with marathon legend Bill Rodgers a few years ago at the Crim expo, he remembered, during running’s “shamateurism” era, winning toasters and tires, retrieving them from the car trunks of race directors. Me? I’m conflicted. I don’t race often any more. (Yes, high entry fees chase me away. But my kids’ activities hinder racing too.) If I win an age-group medal/award, I don’t keep it. My younger grandkids like to wear them around the house for a week or two. But then, if they are medals Medals 4 Mettle can use, I donate them. (You can drop them off at many of your local specialty running stores.) A while back, I gave a bunch to the special education department at a local high school.

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There are still two medals I’ve kept. My wife Karen made a framed award case for my 100th anniversary Boston Marathon finish — medal, certificate and a faux Runner’s World cover with my photograph on it. The other is a Free Press Marathon medal, again framed by Karen, with a photo of me finishing inside Tiger Stadium. I like the idea of optional race t-shirts for lower entry fees. I have plenty of shirts and have


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A Year in the Zone – How I Ran a WorldRecord 12 Sub 2:20 Marathons in One Year © C Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

By Doug Kurtis Reprinted from Marathon and Beyond magazine. This celebrates my 25th anniversary of setting this record.


ew runners can run one mile under 5:20, let alone string together 26 of them. This is Doug Kurtis what it takes to run a sub-2:20 marathon. In 1989, Americans ran 83 of them. Twelve were mine, setting a new world record for most sub-2:20’s in one year. There was no plan set out to accomplish this. Until halfway through the year I didn’t know the record even existed. I can thank my friend and competitor Kjell Erik Stahl from Sweden for creating it and setting me on a path that early in my running career I would have never imagined. In 1980 I ran my first sub-2:20, qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Up to that point I had run almost a dozen marathons, mostly in the 2:22 to 2:23 range. A Ford Motor Co. friend and co-worker convinced me to start training seriously to break 2:20. At the time I thought I was training seriously. He also suggested I pick a fast course that would guarantee qualifying. In 1980, the Mardi Gras Marathon had bragging rights as one of the fastest courses. It was a completely-straight course and flat as a pancake over the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the longest bridge over water in the world; 23.8 miles long. Twenty three years later, this race is still the best conditions I’ve ever run under. It had good competition and a strong tailwind. I not only broke 2:20, I smashed my previous-best time with a 2:14:15. More important, it made me believe I could break 2:20 again. 1989 is still an anomaly when compared to my other sub=2:20 years. Over a 15-year span I averaged five sub-2:20’s a year and never more than six. I only clicked off two in 1988. To run 12 sub-2:20’s in one year, you need good weather, great competition and excellent training. In 1989 I averaged 14 miles a day with 11 days off for various reasons like travel days. I totaled 5,124 miles. Also, I didn’t run marathons in February, August and September.

equate to one’s marathon time. It seems to hold true. My best ten would start at 2:22 and cut down to 2:14. Many of my training partners could handle about half of these and then trail off. Usually the short rest of a 100-meter jog between each interval would be their undoing. When I wasn’t racing, I’d add another speed workout of 5 x 1-mile repeats averaging 4:43. Michigan has produced many great distance runners such as Greg Meyer, Lisa Weidenbach, Herb Lindsey, Todd Williams, Dathan Ritzenhein and the Hansons Brooks Distance Project athletes. We aren’t blessed with the year-round great weather of California, but maybe it’s to our advantage. We are a hardy, determined lot who know how to deal with difficult weather conditions. Just getting out the door on a blustery winter day conditions you to overcome thoughts it would be easier to sit inside and watch TV. I’ve never really liked doing indoor track workouts and 1989 was no different. Finding a facility available evenings was never easy. Sometimes I crossed the border to Windsor University in Canada. In January I would usually manage to get a group of decent runners to work out. They would all try to hammer each other from the starting gate. I knew the group wouldn’t be around long if we kept this up, so I suggested each team member take a turn leading one of the intervals. This worked for a few months. By March I was the only one still putting in the work. Unlike the great training teams today, I didn’t have national-caliber athletes to train with. I was on a running club that made running fun. The Redford Road Runners were a great group of people who were as much about socializing as running. I felt like part of a big family and they changed my perspective. I was no longer just an elite runner; I could relate just as well to people who weren’t elites but took their running seriously. Little did I know they would help prepare me to be a race director of large fun runs. Ford Motor Co. also made it possible for me to train and compete. I worked in a building that had lockers, showers and an excellent cafeteria. From there I could run around many impeccably-kept-up homes in Dearborn. I had a fairly busy job, but the flexibility to get in five to six miles during my lunch hour. For a number of years I was able to take numerous days off without pay, but 1989 wasn’t one of them; my boss made sure I had plenty of projects to work on. Marathons weren’t the only races I ran that year. I competed in a variety of distances. At the Dexter Ann Arbor Half marathon I set an age 37 record of 1:05:06. A 24:04 gave me another record at the 8K Allen Park Street Fair race.

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Houston, We Have Lift Off This was a new marathon for me on a course I wasn’t familiar with. I was encouraged to come to Houston by Kathy Molitor, who I met at the Rio Marathon. She went on to compete as a U.S. athlete in the Pan-Am Games marathon in Indianapolis. She gave me a tour of the course and pointed out beautiful fountains and old-money homes. I was most impressed by the finish at the George R. Brown Convention Center, an ideal place to recuperate after the race. There was lots of room to pick up your gear, post-race treats and awards, all in the confines of a beautiful warm place. I used this idea for my own event in Detroit, the Fifth Third Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. The wonderful thing about using a convention center is they can accommodate large numbers of participants. The Trot has grown from 4,000 to 20,000 runner in just eight years and we could not have done it without a convention center. Houston was the slowest of my 12 sub-2:20’s, but probably required the most effort. December is never an ideal training month due to the holidays, and it’s hard to be disciplined when you have so many opportunities to attend fun parties. I chose Houston because other runners had told me how well it was organized. Not just for the course and weekend activities, but for bringing in great competition. I prefer running marathons with a good field of athletes. It’s harder to run a fast race when you have do all the work by yourself. Unfortunately, during the second half of the race I was left in no man’s land. I had to keep telling myself to run smart. What I remember most was saying a prayer to myself with two miles to go. I was so close to a sub2:20 and felt I deserved one for the effort I was putting in. So I made a request to give me this one. Result: 2:19:51, 18th place.

Barcelona, Spain: Making my Friends Look Good In January I got a call from Andy and Yolonda Rodriguez, directors of the New York City Marathon medical staff. I had met them years earlier through their daughter Gloria, a NYCM volunteer. We had traveled together to the Manila Marathon, a race I had won. They asked if I would be interested in accompanying them to the Barcelona Marathon. They would be there to help prepare the medical staff for the 1992 Olympics. I jumped at the opportunity. We arrived in Barcelona several days early so we could meet with some of the organizers. They graciously invited us to see cultural activities and view some of the most unusual architecture in the world. You can’t go to

Barcelona and miss Gaudi’s sculpture and especially La Sagrada Familia, a church that towers over the area. Going out early also gave me time to run the last six miles of the course. When I give clinics to first-time runners, one of my tips is see the course. At a minimum, I suggest driving the last six miles. We are most tired at this point and it helps to be familiar with your surroundings. It can make a huge difference in your race when you can visualize where you are on the course and see the finish line in your head. This turned out to be especially true for Barcelona. The last few miles had a number of twists and turns before finishing near the Olympic stadium. I spent the last few days before the race running over this section, so I was very familiar with it. The field of athletes was decent and of similar caliber. So I thought I had a chance to do well. I ran a smart tactical race that put me in third place with a couple miles to go. The leaders were never more than ten yards ahead of me. I felt good but couldn’t judge the effort of my competitors. I took the risk to push past them through those last tricky turns and tried to get out of their line of sight. By the time they realized the finish line was in sight, it was too late to catch me. My time spent on the course paid off and I won by six seconds. Result: 2:16:37, first.

New Jersey Waterfront Marathon, U.S. National Championships I don’t remember a lot about my race. Almost 3,000 runners were expected to start from the midspan of the George Washington Bridge and finish on the 50-yard line of the New York Giants’ football stadium at the Meadowlands. I had run some of the course the year before as part of the Olympic Trials. This time it was the U.S. National Championships with significant prize money. Things had changed so much from the ‘70s and early ‘80s when I first started running marathons. I remember running a number of sub-2:20’s at Boston and coming home with just a tiny medal. When the prize money finally arrived at marathons, I was smart about picking ones that gave me a reasonable chance for success. As a marketing graduate, I never understood why the adidas reps wanted me to compete in just the major marathons like New York City. Sure, they had great crowds of spectators, but I would get little recognition finishing outside the top ten. I preferred being the big fish in a little pond where I was more likely to have my name and sponsor logo appear in the local paper. Getting free travel expenses was nice, but I could more than make up for that by paying my own way to a marathon that had decent prize money. By 1989 I had switched shoe sponsorship to Nike and my rep, Alberto Salazar, encouraged me to run any marathon I was interested in. I returned to New Jersey in part because I was impressed with the organization. They went all out with the pomp and circumstance, which included a pre-race dinner circus theme and performances from a local symphony orchestra. This was a fun place to run and they made the course interesting.

My place showed the competitiveness of the event. The field of quality athletes definitely helped me break 2:20. Result: 2:17:42, 10th.

Ottawa, Ontario Marathon: Running Along the River Like an odd movie you order from Netflix, I had to look at the details to remember why I chose this one. Two years earlier I’d run a 2:19:59 on the same course. I finished second to Peter Maher, a two-time Olympian who would also beat me in Detroit years later. I returned in better form and thought I had a chance to win. I ran almost two minutes faster and still got second. At one point in my career I had the world record for most marathon victories, a standard legitimately broken by Chuck Engle who has now won 150. But I’ve also finished second 20 times in marathons. Nothing drives you crazier than running in second place. My friends tease me by saying I was the first loser. First place gets all the glory, but I’ve never been one to complain about my performance. I usually cross the finish line knowing I’ve run the best I could do on the day. I was fortunate to be one of the most consistent performers in the world. I remember three things about Ottawa. There was a gorgeous bronze statue of Terry Fox, the runner who, with one leg amputated, completed 3,339 miles of an attempted run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. It was very inspirational. Next to my hotel rose the Parliament’s Peace Tower clock, whose bells rang every 15 minutes. That really helped me sleep the night before the race. Yeah, right!

Watchers were the partiers. They ran down the hallways at 2 a.m. knocking on each other’s doors, trying to take photos of each other in their pajamas. I had to walk out of my room to ask that they tone it down. I competed in Cleveland ten times and completed half those under 2:20. This year it was warm and I drank too much electrolyte drink. At mile 25, I succumbed to what my stomach was telling me for the last five miles. This may have been the first time I ever threw up during a race. Result: 2:16:19, fourth.

Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth, Minn.: Confirming My Hotel This race, the second of a dozen Grandma’s Marathons, was the highlight of my year. I was ready for a great race. A friend was staying at Fitgers, a brewery converted into a hotel and shops. His room had a great view of Lake Superior and the bed was set up in a loft. After seeing his room I told race director Scott Keenan if I won the marathon, I wanted to stay there next year. I’ve stayed at Fitgers ever since. The management wouldn’t want me to stay anywhere else.

But this year I shared a room with my nemesis, Stahl. He’s the greatest marathoner to come out of Sweden. Although he had major sponsors he wore a favorite pair of shorts that were threadbare and tattered. I wanted to toss them in the garbage can, but he insisted they brought him good luck. At the startsixth vertical template_sixth 6/5/14 ing line, he kept smiling at me,vertical so I finally asked 9:37 PM Page

The course, which ran along the Rideau River, was unique in that during the winter it provided a way for locals to skate into work. Result: 2:18:06, second.

Cleveland Marathon: A Long History of Success I ’ve always had success in Cleveland. I finished second twice, once to former-Olympian Tony Sandoval, who caught me with a couple miles to go and asked how I was doing. I said just fine. Then a friend of his on the sidelines yelled to him, “Win it,” and he took off. I missed a 2:14 by two seconds. Jack Staph and his crew always put on a firstclass event and invited me to all the fun pre- and post-race festivities. I loved it when the host hotel was the Ritz Carlton. I’ll never forget watching a huge freighter negotiate a sharp right turn on the river just below the window of my room. I was almost late getting to the starting line due to waiting to see if the boat would make it. The next year I brought my kids to watch the race. It was a good thing I had my sister there to watch them, because we woke up to discover my youngest son was covered with chicken pox. Most years there was a convention going on at the hotels where we stayed. I thought the bowlers convention would be the rowdiest, but they were all in bed by 10 p.m. The ladies from Weight


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also one of the most scenic. Crossing the Murrow Memorial Bridge with Mt. Rainer up above the clouds is still one of my all-time course highlights. Result: 2:17:38, first.

what was up. He pointed to the holes in the heels of his socks and said that they were lucky for him too. I couldn’t stop laughing until the gun went off. I tell runners at my occasional talks I use mantras, or words that help me through portions of the race. Two that usually come up are “patience” and “relax.” In this race I relied on them heavily for the first 19 miles. I sat in with the lead pack and waited until I felt they were more tired than me. I threw in a 5:09 mile at 19 and the race was over. Stahl finished second almost two minutes behind. It was his 62nd sub-2:20 and my 44th.

Twin Cities: Start of a Busy Month I had a couple months of great training and now had a plan to break the sub-2:20 record. The Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul has a reputation as being first-class, on a pretty course and with top-notch competition. As with other sports, I’ve discovered you perform better at certain places than others. Running at home always has advantages. Personally, I love downhill courses like Boston. In 1994 I ran my final sub-2:20 on this course.

After the race, I asked him what was the most he had done in one year. When he told me he had done 11, I knew there was a chance I could break it. At least I would make the attempt. Result: 2:16:49, first.

My performances at Twin Cities seemed like a lot more work than the others. One year I ran a good portion of the race with Brad Hawthorne. He and I had a number of duels and his younger legs usually won out. But I was impressed he was always willing to share the workload. One year we were running together at mile 18 when masters winner Antoni Niemczak of Poland flew by us. He waved his hand, almost taunting us as he suggested we run with him. Brad and I responded at the same moment with a wave of our finger. This wasn’t my first run-in with Tony. He had been banned twice for taking illegal substances. He looked so fresh going by us I thought he must have cut the course. At another marathon, we got into a shoving match when I suggested I would disqualify him if he kept cutting all the corners off at each turn.

U.S. West Seattle Marathon: Beating the Train to #5 This was my fifth-straight Seattle Marathon victory. Twice I’d had a runner leave me midway through the race and put me so far behind I couldn’t see him. And twice I’d caught them at just about the same spot at a train track between miles 22 and 23. One was former University of Michigan standout Bill Donakowski. This time my only real challenge was a train that was crossing the track in the same spot. As I got closer, I kept wondering what I’d be able to do. The caboose cleared the course just as I arrived. While it’s fun to win, it’s tough to do it alone, especially at a sub-2:20 pace. All I had was a few friends on the course and a lead cyclist. Seattle native Mark Winder ran his best but finished 14 minutes behind me.

A note to Twin Cities finishers: If you haven’t visited the inside of St. Paul’s Cathedral near the finish line, it worth a walk over to see the spectacular architecture and sculpture inside. Result: 2:18:15, 11th.

The following year the organizers put on the Goodwill Games and it meant the end of the U.S. West Seattle Marathon. It was a big disappointment not to be chosen to represent the U.S. team — especially when one member basically jogged the race and another dropped out.

Detroit Free Press: First to Three-Peat I love running my hometown marathon. I’ve run this one 17 times. (FYI: My wife has run it 18 times.) In 1999, I became its race director. After seeing what was possible at other marathons around the

But I was left with great memories and friends who still live in the area. Detroit is the only other place where I’ve won more marathons. Seattle was

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1/15 87 Houston 18 2:19:51 39 3/19 88 Barcelona 1 2:16:37 40 16 4/30 89 New Jersey 10 2:17:42 41 5/14 90 Ottawa 2 2:18:06 42 5/21 91 Cleveland 4 2:16:19 43 6/17 92 Duluth 1 2:16:49 44 17 7/23 93 Seattle 1 2:17:38 45 18 10/8 94 St. Paul 11 2:18:15 46 10/15 95 Detroit 1 2:17:34 47 19 10/29 96 Chicago 12 2:18:31 48 11/12 97 Columbus 15 2:18:14 49 11/26 98 Bangkok 1 2:20:15 20 12/10 99 San Diego 4 2:18:15 50 Note: Doug Kurtis currently holds the world record for the most career sub 2:20’s with 76.


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world, I made major changes. In my first year, I moved the start from Windsor to Detroit so we could eliminate busing runners early in the morning. To do this, I needed the approval of the Ambassador Bridge Co. to let the runners cross their bridge. After six months of bugging them, they knew I wouldn’t go away. The sunrise as the runners cross into Canada became one of the race’s top selling points. As a bonus, I was able to bring the runners into Tiger Stadium for the finish line. This would turn out to be the last event in the stadium. The course also crosses back into the U.S. via a onemile underwater tunnel, making it one of the most unique marathons in the world. In 1989 I knew the course like the back of my hand and had tremendous support from my family and local runners. Canadian Rick Mannen, who had finished second behind me the year before, must have thought he had a shot this time since it was just one week after my race in Twin Cities and my ninth marathon this year. Mannen said he had run four marathons the year before and was tired all the time. My training was all about learning to run tired. The more I ran, the more confident and relaxed I would be at race time. The press called me rubber band man. More important to me was seeing the paper’s headlines as the first three-peat champion. After finishing second three times, I was on a roll in Detroit. I went on to win it six straight times. To date no other male runner has won it more than twice. Notch No. 9 was on this year’s post. Result: 2:17:34, first.

Chicago: Learning to Relax One thing that has stayed with me from this race occurred during mile three. I was running past a shoe rep who noticed I was holding my arms too high. “Relax the arms!” he yelled. Now I think about this throughout many of my marathons. During Olympic Trial qualifying time, I often had a swarm of runners hanging onto me. They knew how consistent I’d been and looked at me as their ticket to the trials. I usually felt flattered. More importantly, it’s easier to run fast when you have good competition around you. Many of these runners were chasing their first sub-2:20. This would be my third in a month. Acquaintances sometimes said if I’d run fewer marathons, I’d run faster times. Running faster wasn’t important to me. I’d found my niche and preferred the opportunity to travel to so many great places over spending most of my time just training. I found competing fun and still do. Large races like Chicago provide more opportunity have someone to race with. Just walking around downtown is inspiring. I’m not one to sit in my room waiting for the race. I can’t relax. I like visiting museums and shopping. Plus it’s fun walking around the expo, meeting other runners. At major races like Chicago, elite runners are often given special hospitality. Snacks, drinks and massage. I took advantage of the free massage, but I’m glad I went in two days before the race. Usually therapists are good about making it light and easy. I had to keep telling the woman I got to back off. She

hurt me enough I was sore the next day. Fortunately I was fine once I warmed up before the race. Many runners use the first few miles of the marathon as their warm up. This makes sense if you are prone to going out too fast. I usually need a couple miles of brisk running and some minimal stretching to be able to start out at 5:20 pace. Even more so if the temperatures are cold, since I keep my uniform as light as possible. I’m still surprised at how many runners I see overdressed. Most runners’ body temperatures rise above 100 degrees once they are warmed up. Extra clothing is a receptacle for holding water that weighs you down and make you less comfortable. I was fortunate to have decent weather for all of my races in 1989. Chicago was no exception and I took advantage. Number ten continued to build my confidence I could break the record. Result: 2:18:31, 12th.

rare circumstance and I was fortunate to have a once-in-a-lifetime year there.

always back away. After finishing second twice (Does this sound familiar?) to drug cheat Eddy Hellebuyck, I finally had an honest opportunity to win. This year was the Association of International Marathons convention. The top race directors from around the world were on hand. They also brought in an official course measurer to certify the course. He found it 100 meters short. I jokingly said it would probably cost me a sub-2:20. The temperatures were always so hot I wasn’t expecting to break the barrier. But with just two kilometers to go, people in the lead press truck started yelling at me I had a chance to break the record. I was so focused on just winning the race, I hadn’t made the conversion from kilometers to miles to have a sense I was only 15 seconds off, about 100 meters short. Still I had already made plans for one more shot at the record. Result: 2:20:15, first.

Columbus: In the Zone

San Diego: Almost Didn’t Happen

This was my fourth sub-2:20 in five weeks. It was a perfect day to run, a little chilly at the start but ideal by midway. One of Michigan’s finest runners, Paul Aufdemberge (who I would coach a few years later), came up on me at about the 15-mile mark. He was holding his gloves in his hand. I told him not to save them and I’d buy him another pair. So he tossed them and took off on me. I wished him well. At mile 23, I cruised by him on my way to tying Stahl’s record.

Back at work from Bangkok, I asked my boss at Ford for one day off, without pay, to chase the world record. Throughout most of my career there I was blessed with great bosses who understood my running opportunities. This year wasn’t the case. No matter how much work he piled on, it was never good enough for him. Telling me I couldn’t pursue a world record was his chance to step on me. Fortunately, his executive was a former runner who knew how hard I worked. So I went to him with my plight and he told me to ignore my boss’s decision. A few weeks later he found me a new position and an awesome boss.

When I give motivational talks to first-time marathoners, I tell them to be prepared for your photograph at the finish line. How often do you see runners stop their watch as they cross the finish line? I tell them to practice smiling with their hands up in the air at the finish line in shorter races, so they are ready to capture their first marathon finish in the best possible way. I don’t understand why so many race winners look so blasé when they cross the finish line. For me, winning a race is big deal. I’m in the moment and excited as can be to have the opportunity. I couldn’t win Columbus, but I put up two fingers representing 11 when I crossed the line. It was so exciting. Result: 2:18:14, 15th.

Bangkok: A Premonition Bangkok was one of my favorite overseas marathons. Culturally, it’s one of the most-interesting places I’ve visited. Floating markets, dramatic temples, alligator wresting and elephant rides. My hosts did everything to make my trip special and unique. They called it the land of smiles. This was my third trip to Bangkok. The year before had been King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th birthday and we finished the race on the official opening of the beatufiul, cable-stayed Kanchanaphisek Bridge. It had been unforgettable receiving our award from Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Before kneeling at her throne, we were given instructions on how to present ourselves. For example, you never turn you back on a princess. You

In 1974, when I ran my first marathon (Boston, but that’s another story), I thought I would never run another one. When I ran my first sub2:20 I was happy just to qualify for the Olympic Trials. To set a world record seemed like an impossible dream. I never thought of myself as a Don Quixote. To me, realizing dreams come from many things, such as hard work, the blessing of physical skills, a bit of luck and being able to view life and commitments as fortunate circumstances. Few people have the chance to set a world record. I managed to set three. Philosophers say it’s all about the journey. I agree. Once you set a record, it’s time to move on. Someone will eventually break it, so all you really have is knowing you broke someone else’s record. You set a new bar for the next person to focus on. What can’t be taken away is your achievement. When someone writes my obituary, I hope they ask, “Did I have passion?” How do you accomplish significant things without it? As a runner, writer and race director, I’ve experienced a lot of success. Talent and hard work help to get you there, but passion puts you on a different level. Without it I could not have set a world record.

- MR - vertical 12/7/13 10:58 AM P sixth vertical template_sixth

The race couldn’t have been set up any better. I ran with the top three runners through the halfway point, feeling comfortable and confident I could break Stahl’s record. There was no point in chasing the leaders when they picked up the pace. I wasn’t going to take any chances of blowing up. By halfway, I was right where I wanted to be. Some runners think if they are able to run ahead of the split times, they will reach their goal time. I call that time in the bank. But it usually doesn’t work out well. I use what I call energy in the bank. Finding a pace that feels within yourself and saving energy for the last miles when most runners feel tired. I spent an entire year running marathons without a watch, learning how to focus on my body not my splits. Even when I wear a watch, I pick a few mile markers to gauge where I am. In San Diego, I knew I had to hit 2:08 at mile 24 to be able to break 2:20. I had two minutes to spare and cruised to a new world record. This was my 50th sub-2:20 and it put me a dozen behind Stahl’s career total. It would be another record to chase while I still had the ability. Result: 2:18:15, fourth.


ou sometimes hear about professional athletes being “in the zone.” It’s hard to explain how you get there. So many things come into play: experience, motivation, fitness, confidence and the right opportunities. If athletes knew how to make it happen, we would do it all the time. It’s a


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July - August 2014 2013 Event July / August EventCalendar Calendar

Tue, 7/1/14 Wed, 7/2/14 Thu, 7/3/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays


Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe Royal Oak

(586) 323-9683 (248) 693-9900 (248) 616-9665

Thu, 7/3/14

Fri, 7/4/14

Reeds Lake Trail Blazer


Autocam 5K Race

5KR/W, kids run

East Grand Rapids

Fri, 7/4/14

Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K


Ann Arbor


(734) 213-1033

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Black Bear Run Boyne City Independence Day Run Clawson Firecracker Mile

12KR, 6KR/W 10KR, 2 MR/W 1 MR

Engadine Boyne City Clawson

(906) 748-1364 (231) 622-3373 (248) 588-0361

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Dorks Brothers Independence Day Run Evart Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July 5K Firecracker 5K

5KR/W, 1MR 5KR/W 5KR/W, 1MFR

Alpena Evart Corunna

Fri, 7/4/14



(616) 656-5270

(989) 354-7314 (574) 312-0913 (989) 666-3810

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Greatest 4th in the North Hadley Run

10KR, 5KR/W, FR 5KR/W

Lake City Hadley


(231) 930-4222

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Hanover Firecracker Run/Walk Hungry Duck Run Mayor’s Independence Day 5K Run

5 MR, 5KW, kids run 13.1MR, 5KR, kids fun run 5KR

Hanover Brighton Oak Park

(517) 563-2125 (810) 844-0180 (248) 691-7555

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Pace for Poverty Run Paul Revere Run Ryan Shay Midsummer Night Run

10KR, 5KR, Color Dash 10MR, 3MR 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR

Richland Harbor Springs Central Lake

(269) 806-6399 (231) 526-2059 (231) 544-2815

Fri, 7/4/14 Fri, 7/4/14

Smile Through the Miles Sunday Lake Run

10KR/W, 5KR/W 2.8MR

Johannesburg Wakefield Lowell

(989) 858-5240 (906) 932-1848

(616) 260-2669

Fri, 7/4/14

Firecracker 5K

(616) 949-2110

T-Rex Trail 10-Miler

10MR, 5MR

(231) 839-2280 (248) 622-1738

Fri, 7/4/14

Fri, 7/4/14

USA 10K Championships

Sat, 7/5/14


Bostwick Lake Triathlon

20K, 10K, 5K, kids run Tri: .4MS/ 14MB/ 3MR

Frankenmuth Rockford

(989) 860-3388 (616) 821-9862

Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14

Coach Kelly Races Duo at the Ledge Fannie “A” Open Water Challenge

10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR 13.1MR, 5KR/W, kids run 23M rowing, paddling

St. Louis Grand Ledge Alpena

(989) 330-2430 (517) 627-2735 (989) 354-7314

Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14

Hills & Dales Freedom Festival 5K/8K Kenya Dig It? 5K & 10K and 2 Mile Walk L.A.S.S.I, 5K Run/Walk

8KR, 5KR/W 5KR, 2MW 5KR/W

Cass City Tecumseh Pentwater

(989) 872-2084 (517) 423-3676 (231) 869-4730

Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14

Manistee Firecracker 5K Over the Top Xtreme 5K Paddleboard Races - Rotary Island

5KR/W, 1 KFR 5KR 2M & 4M paddleboard

Manistee Gaylord Alpena

(231) 233-1433 (231) 546-2229 (989) 354-7314


Michigan Runner - July / August 2014



Atlanta, GA

July / August 2014 Event Calendar Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14 Sat, 7/5/14

Pickerel Run 6.7MR/wheel, 5K, kids run Run Posey Lake 4 Mile 4MR/W USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships - 2 days

Algonac Hudson track and field meet Howell

(517) 546-0693

Sun, 7/6/14 Sun, 7/6/14 Mon, 7/7/14

The Sparkler 5K USA Mountain Running Championships Nerd Run 5K

Luna Pier Lincoln, NH Parma

(734) 770-8951 (517) 841-8221

Tue, 7/8/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

Richmond Park Cross Country Doozie’s Ice Cream Fun Run/Walk Series

5KR, 1.5MR, kids run 5MR, 3MR, 1MR

Grand Rapids Mt. Pleasant

Sterling Heights

(586) 323-9683

Wed, 7/9/14

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

Grand Ledge Summer Recreation Track and Field

track meet-all comers

Grand Ledge

(517) 627-9076

Auburn Cornstalk 5K Run/Walk


Grosse Pointe


(248) 693-9900

(989) 686-0246

Royal Oak

(248) 616-9665

Sun, 7/6/14

Tue, 7/8/14 Wed, 7/9/14 Wed, 7/9/14

Thu, 7/10/14 Thu, 7/10/14

Independence Aquathlon & Open Water Swim 2KR/ 750m S/ 2KR

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

5KR/W distance tba 5KR/W training


(616) 240-6756 (989) 772-0323

(586) 323-9683

Fri, 7/11/14

Hansons 3 Mile X-C Race Series #2

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

Anchor Bay Triathlon 1/2MS/ 17.7KB/ 4.8i3K Bastille Days 5K Run/Walk and 15KR 15KR, 5KR/W Big Brothers Big Sisters Pioneer Days Fun Run/Walk 10KR, 2MR/W

New Baltimore Fenton Negaunee

(586) 725-0291 (810) 766-9089 (906) 475-7801

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

Brandon Warrior Warm-up Chesaning Showboat River Run Clear Lake Adventure Weekend - 2 days

5KR, 2.5KR obstacle race 5KR/W, Kids’ Fun Run Tri: 3K Kayak/ 10KB/ 5KR

Ortonville Chesaning Shingleton (800) 255-3055 (906) 250-4900

Sat, 7/12/14

Dances with Dirt - Devil’s Lake

Coach Cole Memorial 5K Run/Walk

5KR/W, 400mFR



Sterling Heights

Fri, 7/11/14

Beta 5K

3 MR

(248) 840-9711 (517) 403-8666

Norton Shores/ Muskegon

Dart for the Arts

50M, 50K, 26.2M, 13.1M, 10K Baraboo, WI

10KR, 5KR/W

Elkhart, IN

(734) 929-9027

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

Elsie Dairy Dash Focus on Fitness Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Arts 5K

5KR/W 5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Elsie Harbor Beach Parchment

(989) 834-5742 (989) 479-5023 (269) 342-5996

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

Lakeshore Miracle Run Manistique Paper Chase 10K & 5K Run/Walk Mastodon Mayhem Challenge

10KR 10KR/W, 5KR/W 3MR

Holland Manistique Saline

(616) 392-2282 (906) 341-5557 (734) 316-2119

Sat, 7/12/14

Cherry Festival Meijer Festival of Races

13.1MR, 15KR, 5KR/W

Traverse City

(800) 968-3380

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

River Splash Dash Rockford Area Kids Triathlon Son of a Sailor Hess Lake 10K Run/Walk

5KR, 1MW, kids run triathlon: kids 2-17 13.1MR, 7MR/W

Detroit Rockford Newaygo

(313) 531-2500 (517) 719-1195 (616) 915-7436

Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14 Sat, 7/12/14

Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon Tawas Kiwanis Run by the Bay The Color Run

triathlon, duathlon 5KR/W 5KR/W

Adrian East Tawas Lansing

(517) 264-4872 (989) 332-6197 (855) 662-6567

Sat, 7/12/14

Waugoshance Trail Marathon

Ubly Homecoming 5K Run/Walk



Sat, 7/12/14

Sat, 7/12/14

Sat, 7/12/14

Sat, 7/12/14

Muddy Watters Trail Series

Portofino’s Run for Art 5K


5KR/W, kids run

Rochester Hills Wyandotte

(269) 330-2823

(574) 293-1683

(248) 320-5705 (734) 507-1789

Weidman Days 5K Run

26.2MR, 13.1MR, 26.2M relay Mackinaw City



(715) 701-0360

Sat, 7/12/14 Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14

Wolf Lake 5K Back to the Beach Triathlon Clark Lake Triathlon & Duathlon

5KR/W tri: half iron, olympic, sprint; du triathlon, duathlon

Muskegon Caseville Clark Lake

Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14

Classic Rock 5K Clear Lake Adventure

5KR/W 3K Kayak/ 10KB/ 5KR

Grand Rapids Manistique

Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14

Grand HavenTriathlon & Duathlon Inter-Rockin Tri, Du,Sprint Tri Jazz Lake Michigan Running Camp - 5 days

triathlon, duathlon triathlon, duathlon, aquabike camp

Sat, 7/12/14

Sat, 7/12/14

Sun, 7/13/14

Gallup Gallop

5KR/W, 1 MR

(989) 658-2249

(989) 506-8845

(231) 740-9712 (877) 300-1392 (419) 829-2398

Ann Arbor

(906) 280-5364

(734) 975-9199

Grand Haven Interlochen Norton Shores

(616) 843-1808 (231) 546-2229 (734) 474-0584


Michigan Runner - July / August 2014


July / August 2014 Event Calendar Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14

Little Feats 5K Little Traverse Triathlon Moving Towards a Cure® 5K

5KR/W Tri: 600mS/ 20MB/ 4MR 5KR/W, 1MW

Okemos Harbor Springs Grand Rapids

(231) 487-1713 (727) 781-4673

Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14 Sun, 7/13/14 Mon, 7/14/14

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Sunrise Run Pirates on the Run Run Your Bass Off Town Crier 5K & 10K

10KR, 5KR, 1.5MW 5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W, kids’ run

Detroit Bay City Crystal Falls Saugatuck

(313) 365-3203 (989) 895-8596 (906) 367-2800 (616) 848-9313

Tue, 7/15/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

Fallasburg Park Trail 5 Mile Fun Run

5MR, 1.5MR



(586) 323-9683

5KR/W, 1MR/W

Sterling Heights

(616) 949-0569

Camp Sunshine’s Run for the Sun


(616) 994-9897

Wed, 7/16/14 Wed, 7/16/14

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Pterodactyl Triathlon & Kids’ Clinic

track meet-all comers

Grand Ledge

Grosse Pointe Brighton

(517) 627-9076

(248) 693-9900 (734) 929-9027

Wed, 7/16/14

Thu, 7/17/14

Ryan Shay Mile

1MR - invitational



Thu, 7/17/14

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships - 4 days

Royal Oak

track & field meet

(248) 616-9665

Fri, 7/18/14 Fri, 7/18/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Great Lakes Relay - 3 days Midland River Run Alpenfest Run

270 M Relay 10KR, 5KR/W 10KR/W, 5KR/W, 1MR

Eastpointe Midland Gaylord

(313) 885-3256 (989) 858-3768

Sat, 7/19/14

Atwood Stadium Run/Walk

Baldwin Troutarama 5K Bear River Crawl

5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W

Baldwin Petoskey


(810) 238-5981

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Capa Magic Ride and 5K Chris Cook Memorial Run Christian Adventures Race

5KR/W 10MR, 5KR/W 5MR/ 2Mcanoe/ 12MB

Hillsdale Fremont Rodney

(517) 437-3100 (231) 924-6045 (866) 796-4453

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Escape to Belle Isle The Spirit of Detroit Challenge 10KR, 5KR/W, kids run Families Against Narcotics Run Drugs Out of Town 5KR/W Farmington Founders Festival 4 Mile 4 MR

Detroit Fraser Farmington

(810) 333-1740 (586) 483-8500 (248) 473-1800

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Fish Feast 5K Run/ Walk Forge Through Hell 5K Extreme Challenge Freedom 5K

5KR/W, 1MR 5KR 5KR, kids run

St. Ignace Pinckney Potterville

(906) 298-0398 (734) 878-5656

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Friends of Fishtown 5K Gopher the Gold IC Perch Run

5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W, 1KFR 4 MR, 1MR/W

Leland Shelby Township Ira Twp.

(231) 256-8878 (586) 677-4190 (586) 405-2282

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Ionia Free Fair 5K Race Kingsley Heritage Days 5K and Fun Run Marquette County YMCA Triathlon

3MR 5KR/W, 1MR/W triathlon

Ionia Kingsley Marquette

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Sat, 7/19/14

Orthopaedic Rehab Rose Run Port Austin Runs

Port City Run

10KR, 5KR, 1/2MFR 8KR, 2 MR/W

Jackson Port Austin

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Race for the YMCA Republic Bank Canal Run/Walk Run for Hope

10KR, 5KR/W 13.1MR, 10MR/W, 5MR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14

Run Thru Sparta Sister Lakes Triathlons Strut for Strays 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14 Sun, 7/20/14 Sun, 7/20/14

Tue, 7/15/14

Wed, 7/16/14 Wed, 7/16/14

Sat, 7/19/14 Sat, 7/19/14


Grand Ledge Track and Field Series - Finale

Tri: 1/2MS/ 12.4 MB/ 5KR

10KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

(231) 547-3407

Winston-Salem, NC

(231) 745-4688 (231) 347-9300

(616) 523-1800 (906) 630-0494 (906) 227-9622 (517) 937-6521 (517) 614-6627

St. Joseph Hancock Linden

(269) 428-9622 (906) 483-1153 (810) 735-4807

5KR/W, kid’s run Tri: Olympic, Sprint 5KR/W

Sparta Dowagiac Battle Creek

(616) 887-1116 (231) 546-2229 (269) 963-1796

Tri del Sol Tri-City Kids Triathlon Wolverine Crusader

triathlon, duathlon,, kids tri triathlon: distances vary by age 3MR

Middleville Midland Belmont

(616) 855-1982 (989) 600-9671 (616) 855-9504

YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon 3 Disciplines Tri Holly Battle of Waterloo

Tri: sprint, kids tri triathlon, aquabike 10 stage adventure tri

Negaunee Holly Grass Lake

(906) 227-9622 (231) 546-2229 (734) 678-5045

Michigan Runner - July / August 2014

5KR/W, 1M



(231) 352-7698

July / August 2014 Event Calendar Sun, 7/20/14 Sun, 7/20/14 Sun, 7/20/14

Grand Rapids Dirty Herd Trail Run Jazz Lake Michigan Running Camp - 5 days Run for Fame

4MR, 2MR camp 10KR, 5KR/W

Grand Rapids Norton Shores Lansing

Sun, 7/20/14 Sun, 7/20/14

Tri-Triathlons Vestaburg 5K Run/Walk

Tri: Sprint, Aquabike 5KR/W, kids run

Holly Vestaburg

(231) 546-2229 (989) 621-0092

(586) 323-9682

Mon, 7/21/14 Tue, 7/22/14

USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships - 7 days Aman Park Trail Run 5.5MR, kids run/bike/run

track & field meet Grand Rapids

Humble, TX (616) 742-0384

Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Run

Glen Arbor

(231) 334-7363

(248) 693-9900 (248) 616-9665

Mon, 7/21/14

Hansons Middle/High School X-C Day Camp 4 days camp

Shelby Township

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

Wed, 7/23/14 Thu, 7/24/14

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays


Grosse Pointe Royal Oak

Sat, 7/26/14

Cookie 5K Walk & Run


Grand Rapids

Sat, 7/26/14

Crosstown Kids Triathlon

Cristo Rey 5K



Dream, Believe, Achieve Triathlon


triathlon, aquabike



(517) 546-0693

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Sat, 7/26/14

Fowler 5K / Jeff Weiber Memorial 5K Glow in the Park Grand Rapids

5KR/W/ Rollerblade 5KR

Grand Island Trail Marathon & Half Marathon 26.2 MR, 13.1MR

Fowler Walker


(989) 593-2881 (313) 304-0903

(715) 701-0360

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Hudson XC Booster 5k Open Jeff Drenth Memorial Foot Race / Ryan Shay Mile Life Walk 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run/Walk

5KR 10KR, 5KR, 1MFR 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MW

Hudson Charlevoix Detroit

(517) 286-6931 (231) 675-1746 (313) 393-2446

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Lost Lake Woods Club 5K Trail Run / 3K Trail Walk 5KR, 3KW MCYF 5K Fabulous Fun Run/Walk 5KR, kids run Michigan Warrior Dash 3MR obstacle race

Lincoln Fruitport Mt. Morris

(989) 736-8197 (616) 899-5482 (773) 687-4595

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Munger Spud Run Olivet Eagle 5K Run/Walk Promise Race 5K

5KR/W 5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Munger Olivet Laingsburg

(989) 615-3793 (269) 749-7631 (517) 582-1112

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Sat, 7/26/14

Road Runner Classic Run Like Hale 10K

Steve’s Run

8KR, 5KR/W, 1MR 10KR, 1/2MFR

Northville Hale

(248) 231-6114 (248) 854-6319

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Summer Racing Series The G.R.A. 10K Tri Cities Family Coast Guard Festival 5K & 10 K

10KR/W 10KR 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR

Edmore Grayling Grand Haven

(989) 427-4348 (989) 348-9266 (616) 842-7051, x20

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

TriToFinish Kids Tri Too Wyandotte Clinic Step It Up Yale Bologna Run

5KR/W 5KR, 1MR/W

Sagianw Wyandotte Yale

(734) 365-3235 (810) 387-2225

Sun, 7/27/14 Sun, 7/27/14

Sun, 7/27/14

Ele’s Place 5K

Electric Bolt 5K Hansons Group Run

5KR/W, kids run

5KR/W training


Ann Arbor Lake Orion

(734) 945-8132 (248) 693-9900

(517) 482-1315

Sun, 7/27/14 Sun, 7/27/14 Sun, 7/27/14

Mackinaw Multi-Sport Mix Portland Relay for Life Half Marathon and 5K Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon & 5K

triathlon, duathlon, 5KR 13.1MR, 5KR triathlon, 5KR

Mackinaw City Portland Rudyard

(231) 546-2229 (906) 478-5244

Sun, 7/27/14 Sun, 7/27/14 Sun, 7/27/14

TritoFinish Race for the Border Women’s Only Triathlon & Dri-Tri XTERRA Ionia

triathlon, duathlon, relay triathlon, duathlon triathlon, kids tri

Detroit Sylvania, OH Ionia

(877) 300-1392 (419) 829-2398 (616) 291-7573

Tue, 7/29/14 Wed, 7/30/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays


Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe

(586) 323-9683 (248) 693-9900

Wed, 7/23/14

Fri, 7/25/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Sat, 7/26/14 Sat, 7/26/14

Wed, 7/30/14

5KR/W, kids run

Grand Ledge Track and Field Series - Championship all comers

Hansons 3 Mile X-C Race Series #3 Alden Run

Run the Mountain

3MR 10KR, 5KR/W

10KR, 5KR/W, 1 MFR/W


Sterling Heights

Grand Ledge

(517) 627-9076

Shelby Tp Alden

(586) 323-9683 (231) 676-2493

(517) 372-4700 (231) 546-2229


Mt. Pleasant


(586) 323-9683

Tue, 7/22/14

Tue, 7/22/14


(616) 940-9888 (734) 474-0584 (517) 483-1624

(269) 782-1000

(989) 772-0323

Michigan Runner - July / August 2014


Thu, 7/31/14

Thu, 7/31/14 Fri, 8/1/14

Metro Way 5K Millennium Kids Triathlon

5KR/W kids tri

Wyoming Grand Rapids

Royal Oak

(248) 616-9665

Fri, 8/1/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Yooper Eco Races a-Round Green Lake Association Walk/Run AdvoKate Run

400mR, 800mR, 1600mR 5KR/W, kids run 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MW

Upper Peninsula Caledonia Rochester

(906) 361-5059 (616) 891-5835 (248) 709-7673

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Aspirus Keweenaw Copperman Triathlon Biyakathon Boyne Falls Polish Festival 5K

tri: 0.5MS/ 22MB/ 5MR 5MB/ 2M Kayak/ 5KR 5KR

Copper Harbor Harbor Beach Boyne Falls

(906) 337-7000 (231) 582-9700

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Coloma Glad-Peach Run/ Walk/ Bike Community Day 5K Cran-Hill Triathlon Crystal Run the Lake

10KR/B, 5KR/W/B, FR 5KR/W, kids runs 1/4MS/ 7MB/ 2.5MR 5MR, 3MR/W

Coloma Adrian Rodney Crystal

(269) 468-6606 (517) 263-6232 (231) 796-7669 (989) 328-1208

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Curtis Triathlon Eagle Lake Triathlon Gina Van Laar 5K Cross Country

Tri, 5KR triathlon, kids tri 5KR/W, 1/2 MFR

Curtis Edwardsburg Allendale

(906) 478-5244 (616) 403-3071

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Harbor Days Harborun 10K Hubbard Lake Triathlon I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s

10KR, 5KR/W, FR tri: sprint & olympic 5KR/W

Elk Rapids Hubbard Lake Alpena

(231) 342-1058 (989) 335-3488 (248) 433-1011

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Kayla O’Mara Memorial Run Millennium Triathlon Mint City 10 Miler, 5K & Family Fun Walk

10K, 5K, 1M,10K handcycle tri: sprint, olympic 10MR, 5KR

Goodrich Grand Rapids St. Johns

(810) 429-3991 (616) 540-9071 (989) 224-3316

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Nautical City Festival Run for Health Pepper Footraces Port Oneida Barn to Barn Trail Run/Walk

6KR/W, 1MFR/W 5KR, 1MFR 5KR/W, kids run, ?TBD

Rogers City Mackinaw City Glen Arbor

(989) 734-4691 (231) 436-5574 (231) 334-6103

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Pride Glide Memorial Race Reading PTO / Kerspilo 5K Run/Walk Ready Or Not 5K

5KR/W 5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Bay Port Reading Otsego

(989) 550-2109 (517) 283-2362 (269) 808-0613

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

Rotary Trail Trek Run Clark Lake Shermanator Triathlon & 5K Run - Tentative Date

10KR, 5KR, 1MW 12KR, 5KR/W, 3/4K Kids run 5KR, triathlon,, kids run

Fort Gratiot Clark Lake Augusta

(810) 329-5214 (517) 782-6106 (269) 731-3004

Sat, 8/2/14 Sat, 8/2/14

The Experience Tri for Life Tri, Olympic, Sprint The Legend Half Marathon, 5 & 10 Mile Trail Run 13.1MR, 10MR, 5MR

Frankenmuth Laingsburg

(231) 546-2229 (734) 929-9027

Tue, 8/5/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

Sterling Heights

(586) 323-9683

Wed, 8/6/14

Red Carpet Run 5K

West Bloomfield

(734) 929-9027

Sat, 8/2/14

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays


Tri Lakes Triathlon

Wed, 8/6/14

(616) 252-7117 (616) 540-9071

Tri: .25MS / 15MB / 5KR, 5KW Curtis training

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

Great Pizza Challenge

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

5KR/W, kids run


Royal Oak

(248) 616-9665

Thu, 8/7/14 Fri, 8/8/14 Sat, 8/9/14

Stony Creek Distance Run Fred Meijer White Pine Trail 200 Relay BWL Hometown Power 5K

10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR 200M relay - 36 legs 5KR/W, kids run

Shelby Twp Comstock Park Lansing

(248) 804-5382 (517) 702-6185

Sat, 8/9/14

Crystal Lake Team Marathon

Cheeseburger 5K Run and Walk


DARAdventure Race

14MB/ 2M kayak/ 5MW

Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14

Hey 5K Run/Walk Hoofing it for AG Kids Get Active Triathlon

5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run tri: distances vary with age

Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14

Thu, 8/7/14

Thu, 8/7/14

Sat, 8/9/14

Sat, 8/9/14


Doozie’s Ice Cream Fun Run/Walk Series

Mt. Pleasant


26.2 M Relay, 26.2MR



(989) 772-0323

(231) 930-4222


(248) 693-9900

5MR, 3MR, 1MR

Wed, 8/6/14

Grosse Pointe

(906) 478-5244

(810) 487-0954

(989) 453-4478

(517) 482-5117

Muskegon Ithaca Portage

(231) 563-6280 (269) 978-2437

Lexington 5K and Mile Fun Run 5KR, 1MR, kids race Maritime Days 5K River Run 5KR/@ Muddy Watters Trail Series Big One Halfish Marathon 13.1MR, 5-6M relay

Lexington Marine City Rochester Hills

(810) 359-3379 (248) 320-5705

National Blueberry Festival 5K NorthReach Waterfront Run Run Through the Flames

South Haven Menominee Fenton

(269) 639-2805 (715) 735-4200 (810) 629-8595

Michigan Runner - July / August 2014

10KR, 5KR 10KR, 5KR 10KR/W, 5KR/W, 1/4MFR


July / August 2014 Event Calendar

Sat, 8/9/14

Run Thru Hell

Saline’s Summerfest 5K Run/Walk

Sanford and Sun Triathlon


triathlon, duathlon


Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14

Steve’s “Raider Stomp” Storm the Beach Summer in the City 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run

10KR, 5KR/W 5KR, 2MW 5KR,1MFR

Decatur Harbor Beach Battle Creek

Sat, 8/9/14

Tahqua Trail Run

Sylvania SuperKids Triathlon / Duathlon

Tri: varies by age, kids run

Sylvania, OH

West Michigan I Tri 4 Fun Triathlon

25KR, 10KR

300 yd S / 9.25MB/ 5KR


Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14 Sun, 8/10/14

West Michigan Kids Triathlon Wood Duck Dash Camino of St. James

triathlon - varies by age 10KR, 5KR/W, kids run 8KR, 5KW

Fremont Brownstown Mason

(231) 924-2100 (734) 507-1789 (517) 676-9111


Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14

Cereal City Triathlon Lake Lansing Team Marathon Maytag Ironman 70.3 Steelhead Triathlon

Tri: sprint; Du: sprint; Relay 26.2M Relay triathlon - half ironman

Battle Creek Haslett Benton Harbor

(616) 843-1808 (517) 349-3803 (773) 404-2372

Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14

Milford Memories Fun Run Stony Creek Off Road Triathlon Swim to the Moon

10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR triathlon, duathlon 10KS, 5KS, 1.2MS, 1/2MS

Milford Shelby Township Gregory

(248) 685-7129 (877) 300-1392 (734) 678-5045

Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14 Sun, 8/10/14

Sylvania Triathlon/Duathlon The Village Triathlon Village Tri & Du

triathlon, duathlon triathlon, aquabike, duathlon triathlon, duathlon

Sylvania, OH Clarkston Clarkston

(419) 829-2398 (231) 546-2229 (231) 546-2229

Mon, 8/11/14

UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K & Pub Crawl


training training

Canton Rochester Hill

(586) 532-1300 (586) 532-1300

(734) 995-7281

Tue, 8/12/14 Tue, 8/12/14

Tue, 8/12/14

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon & Relay Training Detroit Free Press Half Marathon & Relay Training

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

training training

Shelby Twp. Troy

(586) 532-1300 (586) 532-1300

Wed, 8/13/14

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

Medaling Monkey 5K for Special Olympics


Shane Griffin Memorial 5K

Wed, 8/13/14 Thu, 8/14/14 Thu, 8/14/14

Fri, 8/15/14 Fri, 8/15/14

Sat, 8/9/14

Sat, 8/9/14

Sat, 8/9/14 Sat, 8/9/14

Tue, 8/12/14 Tue, 8/12/14

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon & Relay Training Detroit Free Press Half Marathon & Relay Training

10 MR, 4.8 MR


(231) 546-2229

(269) 423-5081 (810) 329-2486 (269) 788-4498

(724) 429-4494


Ann Arbor

(734) 878-6640

(715) 701-0360

(419) 829-2398

(231) 924-2100

Sterling Heights

(586) 323-9683

East Grand Rapids

(616) 855-1982


Grosse Pointe

Shelby Township

(248) 693-9900

(586) 757-2273

T-Rex Tri & Kids’ Tri Bauman’s Charity 5K Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

Tri: 1/2MS/ 12.4 MB/ 5KR 5KR/W, kids runs

Brighton Flint Royal Oak

(734) 929-9027 (810) 238-5981 (248) 616-9665

Marquette Trail 50 Mile /50K & Relay - 2 days Q-Town 5K & 10K

50KR relay 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR, kids run

Marquette Quincy

(906) 228-9012 (517) 283-1726

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

CFS 5K for 5 Churchill Classic Trail Run Come to the River 5K and 10K

5KR/W, kids run 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR 10KR, 5KR/W, kids run

Stevensville Cheboygan Lansing

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Sat, 8/16/14

Cruise in Shoes 5K Danish Festival Road Race

Farmington Run for the Hills

5KR/W 4MR, 2MR

Royal Oak Greenville

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon Glow in the Park Metro Detroit Grandville 5 Mile

Tri: Olympic, Sprint; Du: Sprint Vicksburg 5KR Milford 5MR Greenville

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Lauren and Theresa’s 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run Literacy Run Mitchell’s Run Through Rockford

5KR/W, 1MFR 13.1MR 5KR/W, kids run

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Old Farts Marathon, 13.1 and 5K Orthopedic Associates Fun Run Panda Bear Night Run

Sat, 8/16/14

Panther Spirit Race

Tue, 8/12/14

Wed, 8/13/14

Fri, 8/15/14

Howell Melon Run



10KR, 5KR, 1MR/W, kids’ run Howell

(517) 546-0693

(269) 925-1725 (231) 627-7111 (517) 482-1346

(616) 754-6369

(231) 546-2229 (313) 304-0903 (616) 261-9706

Traverse City Belleville Rockford

(616) 863-9168

26.2MR, 13.1MR, 5KR 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR

Lowell Port Huron Alma

(616) 260-2669 (810) 985-4900 (989) 317-5889

5KR/W, kids race


10KR, 5KR/W, 1KFR, Teams



(248) 880-3852

Michigan Runner - July / August 2014


Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Petoskey Festival on the Bay Wellness Walk & Run Run for Fun

5KR/W, kids run 5KR/W, kids run

Petoskey Okemos

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Sat, 8/16/14

Run with the Rise of the Sun Running 4 Babies: Lauren & Theresa’s Run

Running Between the Vines

5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Harrisville Traverse City Jackson

(734) 929-9027

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Simsonian 5K Kick-Off Classic Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital 5K Strides for Health

5KR, 1MR/W, teams 5KR, 1MW 5KR/W, kids run

Grosse Ile Reed City Allegan

(734) 692-3849 (231) 832-7149 (269) 673-5431

Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14 Sat, 8/16/14

Three Rivers Triathlon & Duathlon Thunder Bay Open Water Swim Tri at the Tavern

triathlon, duathlon 1MS, 1/2MS tri: sprint, mini sprint

Three Rivers Alpena Pinckney

(269) 278-2075 (989) 354-8282 (810) 923-0023

Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14

Charlevoix Triathlon Feet for Seats Grand Woods 5K

Tri: Olympic & Sprint; Du 5KR/W 5KR/W

Charlevoix Rochester Lansing

(877) 300-1392 (248) 370-3316 (517) 702-0226

Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14

Island Lake Triathlon - Summer Montrose Blueberry Road Races Petoskey Triathlons Run Some Mora

Tri: sprint or olympic 8KR/W, 5KR/W, kids run Tri: Olympic, Sprint 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR

Brighton Montrose Petoskey Ann Arbor

Sun, 8/17/14 Sun, 8/17/14

13.1MR, 5KR

Spike Day Spike Day

Royal Oak

(231) 347-4150


Traverse City Triathlon Johnson Park Cross Country 5K

triathlon 5KR

Traverse City Grandville

Wed, 8/20/14 Wed, 8/20/14

Couch to 5K Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

Riverside Park Co-Ed Relay

X-C relay, 5 alternating .5mile laps Grand Rapids

10 weeks training

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Health Plus Crim Festival of Races

Rochester Hills Grosse Pointe

Pro/HS/Young/ Open Miles

Thu, 8/21/14 Fri, 8/22/14

Fri, 8/22/14

(734) 845-7559 (810) 321-0148 (231) 546-2229 (734) 223-9162

Sun, 8/17/14 Tue, 8/19/14 Tue, 8/19/14

Royal Oak Flint

(231) 715-1406 (616) 538-2367

(586) 323-9683 (248) 693-9900

(616) 884-0088

(248) 616-9665 (810) 235.3396

OXLO Help Kids Succeed 5K


Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14

Brainy Day 5K Grand Rapids Mud Run Hastings Summerfest Run

5KR/W Nunica 5KR obstacle race, teams, kids run Kentwood 10KR, 5KR/W Hastings

Sat, 8/23/14

Health Plus Crim Festival of Races

It’s Glow Time 5K Ithaca Fun Fest 5K

5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Grand Rapids Ithaca

Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14

Joe’s Long Run Lakeport 5K / 10K Living Color United Color 5K

26.2MR, 13.1MR 10KR, 5KR 5KFR

Presque Isle Lakeport Coldwater

Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14

Rave 5K Run for the Rolls Streets of Fire 8K


Ionia Chelsea Grand Rapids (734) 475-0843 runforthe (616) 240-6756

Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14

Summer Racing Series The Hard Cider Run USA 10 km Trail Championships

5KR/W, kids run 5KR/W 10KR

Edmore Ada Laurel Springs, NC

(989) 427-4348 (937) 901-1380

Sun, 8/24/14 Sun, 8/24/14 Sun, 8/24/14

FAST-D 5K 5KR Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon & Duathlon Tri: Olympic, Sprint, Aquabike Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle 10KR/W, 5KR/W

Troy Ludington Milford

(810) 714-5768 (818) 707-8866

Sun, 8/24/14 Sun, 8/24/14 Sun, 8/24/14

MI IRON MI Titanium North Country Trail Run

triathlon, aquabike triathlon: full & half ironman 50MR, 26.2MR, 13.1 MR

Grand Rapids Plainfield Twp. Wellston

(616) 437-3199 (616) 437-3199 (888) 414-5799

Sun, 8/24/14

Sun, 8/24/14

Playmakers Classic Triathlon

tri:S/ 13MB/ 4MB

Suttons Bay

(989) 513-5195

25KR, 15K relay, 10K relay


(517) 349.3803

Vineyard to Bay 25K

5KR/W, 1M kids’ run


Sun, 8/24/14

Summer’s End Trail Run

(231) 944-4034

Tue, 8/26/14 Wed, 8/27/14 Thu, 8/28/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays


Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe Royal Oak

(586) 323-9683 (248) 693-9900 (248) 616-9665

Sat, 8/23/14 Sat, 8/23/14


Michigan Runner - July / August 2014

Lake Orion

(586) 323-9683

10M, 8K, 5K, Teddy Bear Trot Flint


(616) 837-6242 (616) 560-0434 (269) 948-3489 (810) 235.3396

(608) 316-5755

(989) 354-7314 (810) 334-5418 (517) 279-7129

July / August 2014 Event Calendar

Fri, 8/29/14

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

Sat, 8/30/14

Cadillac Festival of Races

Grand Marais 5K

Labor Day 30K Run & 10K Walk/Run

5KR, kids tri

30K, 10K, 6K, kids, 30KB


Sat, 8/30/14 Sat, 8/30/14 Sat, 8/30/14

Marquette Marathon Marshall Run Priority Health Arts in Motion 5K

26.2MR, 13.1MR, 1/2MFR 5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W

Sat, 8/30/14 Sat, 8/30/14 Sat, 8/30/14

Run Like The Wind Swampfoot 4 Mile The Rally Race

Sat, 8/30/14 Sat, 8/30/14 Sun, 8/31/14

Tiger Lily Triathlon Touched by Adoption Boyne City Triathlon

Fri, 8/29/14 Sat, 8/30/14

Sat, 8/30/14

Sat, 8/30/14

Sun, 8/31/14


Omega 5K Aliferis Memorial Duathlon / Bike / 5K

5KR Du; 18MB/ 5KR

Sterling Heights

10K, 5K, Kid’s Run, kayak tri Cadillac

Fall 16 Mile Marathon Training Run

(586) 323-9683

Norton Shores/ Muskegon Alpena (989) 356-7351 (231) 876-0010

(248) 685-3020

Marquette Newaygo Royal Oak

(906) 360-4930 (616) 866-6665 (248) 545-9200

10KR, 5KR/W 4MR, 1MR 5KR/W, FR

Westland Saint Clair Hale

(517) 702-0226

triathlon, aquabike 5KR/W, kids run Tri: Olympic & Sprint; Du

Middleville Portland Boyne City

(231) 546-2229 (517) 599-1910 (877) 300-1392

4-16 MR

Grand Marais

(906) 494-2700

(810) 614-6160

Sun, 8/31/14 Sun, 8/31/14

Grand Marais Junior Triathlon Grand Marais Triathlon

wade/swim, run, bike/trike Tri: 300-yardS/ 14MB/ 5KR

Grand Marais Grand Marais

Lake Orion

(248) 693-9900

Sun, 8/31/14 Sun, 8/31/14

Trufant Jubilee Stump Chasers 5K Zoom Thru the Zoo

5KR/W 10KR, 5KR, kids run

Trufant Grand Rapids

(616) 560-6131 (231) 546-2229

(906) 494-2700 (906) 478-5244

Featured Future Events Mon, 9/1/14 Mon, 9/1/14 Fri, 9/5/14

Labor Day Run and Potluck Run for Chum Run Woodstock - Day 1

10KR, 5KR/W, kids run 13.1MR, 5KR, kids run 100MR, 100KR

Midland Dansville Pinckney

Sat, 9/6/14 Sat, 9/6/14 Sat, 9/6/14

Run for Your Heart Run Woodstock - Day 2 Zero Prostate Cancer Run

13.1M, 10K, 5K, 1M, kids Saginaw 50M, 50K, 26.2M, 13.1M, 5M Pinckney 5KR/W, 1M kids run Detroit/Belle Isle

Sat, 9/13/14 Sun, 9/14/14 Sun, 9/14/14

John Rogucki Memorial Kensington Challenge 15KR, 5KR/W Milford Come Clean Duathlon Duathlon: 5KR/ MIB/ 5KR Lansing Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 10KR, 5KR, FW Royal Oak

Fri, 9/19/14 Sat, 9/20/14 Sat, 9/27/14

Festival of the Forks Run Baker’s Dozen Beer Run Park 2 Park 1/2 Marathon & 5K

5KR/W 13.1MR/W, 13.1MB 13.1MR, 5KR

Albion Marshall Holland

Sat, 9/27/14 Sat, 9/27/14 Sat, 10/4/14

Sam Adams Mighty Mac Bridge Race Sault International Marathon Bruckelaufe - The Bridge Race

11KR 26.2M, 13.1M, 10K, 5K 13.1MR, 5KR

St. Ignace (906) 643-6950 Sault Ste. Marie, MI (906) 632-3301 Frankenmuth (989) 295-5853`

Sat, 10/4/14 Sun, 10/5/14 Sun, 10/5/14

Oakwood Red October Betsie Valley Run Scrumpy Skedaddle

10KR, 5K/W, kids run 13.1M, 10K, 5K, kids run 10KR, 5KR

Wayne Thompsonville Flushing

Sat, 10/11/14 Sat, 10/11/14 Sun, 10/19/14

Run Sceam Run Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

10KR, 5KR,1MR 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR 26.2 MR, 13.1 MR

Ypsilanti (734) 929-9027 Vandalia (574) 215-4779 Grand Rapids (616) 293-3145

Sat, 10/25/14 Sun, 10/16/14 Sun, 11/9/14

Cross Country Classic 5KR, 4KR, 3K$ Wicked Halloween 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR Clarkston State Bank Backroads Half Marathon and 10K

Ann Arbor Plymouth Clarkston

Sun, 11/16/14

Kona Chocolate Run


10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR


(989) 274--9495 (517) 589-5252 (734) 929-9027 (989) 754-7283 (734) 929-9027 (248) 685-0043 (248) 336-5735 517-629-8110 (877) 228-4881 (616) 399-9190

(313) 586-5486 (231) 378-4578 (734) 929-9027

(734) 330-7931 (248) 345-6168 (248) 345-6168

Michigan Runner - July / August 2014


Running with Tom Henderson By Tom Henderson


hings to think about, itching for the end of the workday so I can hit the road for northern Michigan and a weekend in the woods morel mushroom hunting. Like … Dave Foley remains an inspiration. He was my longtime editor at Michigan Runner and a legend for many things, not the least his reputation for tenacious training when he was a 2:20 marathoner at the top of his game. I got a kick out of his recent column about creaking out of bed these days and slogging his painfully-slow way around the courses at up-north races. Of course, “painfully slow” is subjective. Dave and I cross paths occasionally at the Bigfoot Boogie 5K snowshoe race in Traverse City, and he’s still kicking my ass sideways and backwards.

just pretty decent. But, speaking of the Young Life Spring Thaw 5K, there were 81 finishers. One — O-N-E — broke 20 minutes. Bradley Atkins, a 16-year-old, finished in 19:46 on a decently-challenging but nothing-special course, a pretty, rolling loop through some woods and around the lake. Twenty years ago, if you’d have told me only one runner in 81 would break 20 minutes in a 5K, I would have thought it had to be some point-topoint course up a mountainside. Like … There’s something to be said for aging at least a little bit gracefully. Where once it would

Of course, there’s something to be said for not aging gracefully, too. It’ll still be mushroom-picking time Sunday, but there’s a cool trail run on Mother’s Day in Hickory Hills just outside Traverse City that me and the dog have our hearts set on. That day, the mushrooms can wait. Like … Being wistful when I look at and there are dozens of races each weekend to choose from in the Detroit area. I spent most of my running career in the Detroit area, and it was so sweet to always have a choice. Feel like running something flat and fast? No problem. Want something hilly, help you train for that fall marathon? Sure. In the mood for trails and

Some people take to hills better than others. I still like them. I especially like training on them as a follower of the “heat, hills and humidity” philosophy that doing so makes you a stronger racer. There was, watching … hmm, how to be delicate in this politically-correct era? Uh, OK … a fat short woman struggling up every hill, slowly shuffling to a near halt, then walking over the crest before breaking into a slow jog again. I got a kick out of her struggles … and my perspective, a constant 50 yards behind her. There I was, finally warmed up, feeling sort of sleek, feeling like me and the dog were kind of pouring it on, and the overweight, slowly-shuffling-then-walking woman was maintaining every bit of her lead on us. Dave, yeah, this getting old is a bitch. But, man, it still is fun when the race is over to have gotten up earlier than you wanted, made a long drive to a race on a cold, blustery day and struggled over hill and dale. Man, it still feels good, that postrace feeling of having accomplished something. Of having fought the good, though slower, fight once more. And it still looks great to the see the dog after we cross the finish line, looking up at me with that the big grin on her face. Like … I know, I promised not to write about why does nearly everyone run slow these days … to not keep talking about the good old days when running sub-40 10Ks merely meant you were slightly better than competent and sub-38s meant you were


Michigan Runner - July / August 2014

Photo courtesy of Mary Phalen.

Like … Speaking of painfully slow, there I was, working my way up a hill at the Young Life Spring Thaw 5K April 19 at the Timber Wolf Lake Lodge near Cadillac. Maybe I shoulda been looking to enter the Old Life Spring Thaw, because these old legs were having trouble getting warm on yet another cold spring day in northern Michigan.

First row, from left: Mike O’Hara, Tom Henderson, Kevin Baur, Mary Phalen, ,Kathleen Donohue.. Back row, from left, Wally Poupore, Marybeth Dillon, Jenny Gurney, John Cruz have been unthinkable not to get a run in on a sunny, 60-degree Saturday in May, now? Makes all the sense in the world. It’s been a long wait for mushroom season, and I plan to be on my feet as long as they’ll hold me tomorrow, trooping up and down the forests northeast of Traverse City, scanning the floor for black morels and, hopefully, filling my bag. We got five pounds in hunting season last year. Got a few tiny ones last weekend that I’d be too embarrassed to show, so small but nonetheless in need of picking because they were right next to a heavilytraveled trail and wouldn’t wait until we came back in a few days.


soft surfaces? There’s an assortment of those, too. Over Mother’s Day weekend there were about 25 races in Southeast Michigan to choose from, of every description and scale of difficulty. The Traverse City area, where I spend most of my weekends these days? Three, which is better than the usual choice of one. I’m not complaining. I’m glad to have one that will put up with me. But I do miss those days of calling my friends and trying to decide which of the many races around most catches our fancy. Like … Where does the time go?

Today (May 9, as I write), Mary Phalen, a running buddy from the 1980s and early ’90s in the Downtown Runners and Walkers in Detroit, posted a photo she just came across. A grand and glorious photo of nine broadly-smiling people sitting or standing against a giant redwood in the Muir Woods north of San Francisco. It was 1991 and I remember it as if it were yesterday. Then, Mike O’Hara was a legendary Detroit News sportswriter and one of my best running buddies and marathon training partners.

2014 Michigan Runner Race Series Corktown Races, 5K, Detroit - March 16 Striders Saturday Classic, 10 Mile, Grandville - April 19 Burns Park Run 10K, Ann Arbor - May 4

On a run in late 1990 he asked me if he offered to use the mountain of frequent-flyer miles he’d accumulated covering the Lions, would any of the Downtown Runners be interested in a free trip to run the Big Sur Marathon?

Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K, Grand Rapids - May 10 Dexter Ann Arbor Half Marathon, Ann Arbor - June 1 Brian Diemer Family of Races 5K, Cutlerville - June 14

Jeez, Mike, I don’t know. If you wanted to hand out gold bullion, do you think anyone would want some?

Volkslaufe 20K, Frankenmuth - July 4 Cherry Festival 15K, Traverse City - July 12 Crim Festival of Races, 10 Mile, Flint - August 23

This dude had so many frequent-flyer miles he ended up getting eight of us free airplane tickets, hotel rooms and a rental car. All we had to do was chip in on a second rental car and buy him dinners and drinks each night. And we were off on one of the grandest running vacations ever. It began with a few days in San Francisco, moved on to Carmel, then back to San Fran.

Mackinac Island Road Race, 8 Mile, Mackinac Island - Sept. 6 Sault International Marathon, Sault Ste. Marie, MI - September 27 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon - October 19 Wicked Halloween Run, 10K, Plymouth - October 26 For details, see

We partied hard, ate great, laughed our asses off and had the marathon day of our lives, which ended up with us lying on a beach after the race, watching a whale and her calf feeding and frolicking for hours a few yards off shore. God, it makes my heart ache to look at those young, beaming faces in the prime of life, on prime ground. Mike’s still around, retired but still writing for the News and on WJR radio all the time. Kevin Baur is a big construction executive in Washington. Wally Poupore was doing I.T. out in Seattle, last I heard years ago. Mary is out east, I think, married with two adopted kids. Marybeth Dillon, my girlfriend on that trip, is married to someone else now, with two kids. Jenny Gurney is still around, divorced; ran into her in a bar a couple years ago, hadn’t seen her in years, we didn’t recognize each other right away. John Cruz is still around, I think, but we haven’t talked in years. The woman in the dark hair at the right? That’s Kathleen Donohue. She was married, then. Several years later, she got divorced. In 2001, she got married, again. To me. We have those great Muir Woods and Big Sur memories in common. And mushrooms too. She’s the one who taught me how to spot the places they grow, and she’ll be guiding our hunt tomorrow. With that, I gotta run. - MR -


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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:00 am Sponsored By: Pinckney Running Club

Entry Fee: $25 Pre-Registration - received by August 2, 2014. $30.00 Late Registration. Pre-Registration Fee Waived for all Runners 70 years of age or older - Excludes On Line Sign-up.

Age Groups: (male & female) 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 3539, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-89, 90-over.

Register Online: 46

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CAUTION: Be aware there will be vehicle traffic on the roads at all times. ATTENTION RUNNERS: Please do not park on Patterson Lake Road. Come early and use the parking lots (3). Please use the Porta Johns; do not use the race course or the neighborhood. Please be considerate of the neighbors.

© Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

© Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

© Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Location: Hell Creek Ranch on Cedar Lake Road at Patterson Lake Rd. Camping Available (734) 878-3632. (This phone number for camping only.)

Awards: Trophy to overall Male and Female, overall Master Male and Female, overall Grandmaster Male and Female, overall Senior Male and Female, and first 7 places in each age group. Awards will not be mailed or delivered.


Information: (734) 878-6640

Race Director Coach Ron Gunn’s 7th Annual Old Fashion Foot Race

Non Repeat Trails

Corral Start

October 11

DR. T. K. LAWLESS PARK, 15122 Monkey Run St., Vandalia, MI 49095

Awards: Custom Medal & Custom T, 15 Age Groups, Music, Food, Fun



Cass County Parks & Mayo Clinic Cancer Research

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