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Editor’s Notes: When I Ran By Scott Sullivan High School Runner of the Year: Grant Fisher By Jeff Hollobaugh

Prep Mile 40 Years Ago Made History By Jeff Hollobaugh

Top Milers in Michigan Prep History By Jeff Hollobaugh


Book Review: Hollobaugh’s ‘Mile” is Useful, Engaging Read

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Letter to the Editor

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By Ron Marinucci

Fall Shoe Review By Cregg Weinmann

Shedding Light on Those Who Stay in Shade By Kacey Tulley

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Run Across Congo Opens Eyes, Hearts to Need


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Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard

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About the cover: Grant Fisher wins the 1600 meter run in 4:00.28 at the MHSAA L.P. Division I, Track and Field Finals, Rockford, Michigan, May 30, 2015.

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Firecracker 5K Embraces Course Change By Tracey Cohen Krzyzanowski Repeats, Perzyk Wins First Pterodactyl By Charles Douglas McEwen

Stanko, Dutcher Win Plymouth Triples By C. D. McEwen From the Back of the Pack: Anderson Runs Honor Friend By Mickey Fivenson

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No Shock, Electric Bolt Run Keeps Growing By C. D. McEwen Despite Storm and TumblingTree, Triceratops Tri Lives On By Charles Douglas McEwen

Hatfield, Kasten Double-Dip at Atwood Runs By C. D. McEwen Bord, Wickens Smash Cipriano Course Marks By Charles Douglas McEwen By Charles Douglas McEwen

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Legend Steps Up 10-Mile to Half Marathon By Tracey Cohen Tomorrow’s Heroes Shine at Super Run By Kacey Tulley

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Editor’s Notes

When I Ran


By Scott Sullivan

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hen I ran, fall meant time to focus. Cool trails invited long runs if I was training for a marathon. Crisp evenings made track intervals less daunting. Chameleon leaves were magic.

If a thing is worth doing it’s worth doing well, my Dad said. When my wife talked me into entering races when I turned 40, I went Type A on her. We went to running camps in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Vermont and Maine. We romped on beautiful paths, made friends who worked and played hard and learned how to get the most from our bodies.

I loved racing more than it loved me, competing all over Michigan, in the Boston Marathon, New York, Florida, on and on ... I did tempo runs, hill workouts and track repeats; used a stopwatch and heart-rate monitor; studied VO2 max and different shoe makes. I was no more gifted mentally than physically, but the mental part was engaging. When I ran, wonder waited. The Mt. Baldhead Challenge may have been my favorite. I raced it in 2002, four years before starting work as a newspaper editor in Saugatuck-Douglas, and it amazed me. Climbing all those steps, the views, trails and cool towns in which to finish …!

When Michigan Runner publishers Art and Jennie McCafferty asked me the next year to compile a list of our state’s “25 Most-Interesting Races” for the magazine’s 25th anniversary, the Challenge was an obvious choice. When the chance came later


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to edit the towns’ weekly paper, that was easy too.

I have flat feet with a large bunion on my right one. These affected my gait more and more as I piled up miles and wore down outsoles of my shoes with alarming patterns. Did I have the sense to cut back? Hell, no. I figured my ankle pain was arthritis; lots of geezers have it. When my race times grew slower faster than others my age, I tried lighter shoes and ran more miles ... When I ran, I ran with my heart. Too bad not my brain. Now I can’t, something living has been cut out of me. I can exercise biking, on indoor machines while reading and in other ways I enjoy. But it’s not the same.

Shooting photos fills some of that void. If they’re of a road race, track or cross-country meet, so much the better. Now “running” — as in helping direct — the Mt. Baldhead Challenge gratifies me too.

Jack Sheridan and Chris Yoder, who do the real work on the event, set Sept. 12 this year — can tell you there’s no end of details to attend to. So can all race directors. When the parts come together (hopefully, few things do not) on race day, the energy shared by runners, viewers and volunteers is electric. I still dream of running. The feeling of my heart pumping, lungs gasping deep for oxygen, sweat and feeling spent, yet so alive you can’t wait for next time … What can match that?

When I ran, the day’s stresses vanished. I flowed with nature. Every step was a new creation. Life could only get better. It was, and still is, the best. - MR -

By Jeff Hollobaugh

he wind had died. The lights had come on at University High’s track. On a balmy June evening in St. Louis, 14 men lined up to race the mile. Even though many of them were older and more experienced, all eyes in the crowd watched the youngest, who had just turned 18. Grant Fisher, the two-time Foot Locker champion from Grand Blanc, had learned how to deal with pressure after two years of dominating the nation’s high school scene. Yet for all his accomplishments, he knew the next four minutes of running would forever be part of his legacy.

Winning acclaim as Michigan’s High School Runner of the Year is no trivial accomplishment, as our state is one of the finest at distance running. Only California has won more Foot Locker titles than Michigan’s eight, for instance. No other state has won more than four. Distance running mecca Oregon has won zero titles in the meet’s 36-year history. Fisher probably would have been our repeat choice as Runner of the Year even without St. Louis. However, his achievement there — becoming the seventh high schooler in American history to break the legendary four-minute barrier in the mile — ended any debate. It capped a prep career that saw him win virtually every honor imaginable. For Fisher, improving beyond his “perfect” junior

With each major race this season, the drumbeat of the four-minute mile increased in tempo, no matter how much coach Mike Scannell emphasized that the barrier was not the ultimate goal. “Everybody asks,” said Scannell, “And that adds to the pressure of who he is.” He made it clear that Fisher was being trained to win, not do time trials. Did he have the potential to break four? Yes, Scannell admitted. “However, whether or not he does that is a completely different story.”

During the cross country season, Fisher ran his fastest race at the Portage Invitational, his 14:43 winning by more than 200 meters. He followed that up with dominating victories at the MHSAA finals (14:53), Foot Locker regionals (15:00) and nationals (15:03). Before the indoor season started, Scannell pledged that he would find stiffer competition for Fisher — he would need it to reach his potential. So after opening his season with a 4:07.29 mile, the senior ran 4:06.72 against college competition. He captured the MITS indoor title with a state-record 4:04.46 over the shorter 1600-meter distance. At New Balance Nationals in New York, he crafted most of a 4:01 mile until he stepped on the rail on the final turn, nearly falling. He still recovered well enough for a 4:03.54, yet another state record.

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Outdoors, Fisher’s first two serious races were 1500s against collegians. At Hillsdale’s Gina Relays, he clocked a state record 3:46.15. A week later at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, he improved all the way to 3:42.89. That only increased the pressure, as it confirmed he was knocking on the door of the fourminute mile (3:42.89 converts to a 4:00.73).

Grant Fisher celebrates his MITS indoor 1600 state-record 4:04.46 with his mom, Sonia.


year meant achieving sublime fitness and seeking out challenging races, all while coping with ever-increasing media and Internet pressure. He said last winter that he had been asked about the four-minute mile “probably about 100 times.” That guesstimate increased exponentially in the months leading to his historic St. Louis race.

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At the MHSAA finals, despite cold, wet weather, Fisher set out to produce a historic performance for his home-state crowd. He hammered the four-lapper all alone in front, crossing the 1600 finish in 4:00.28, a state record. Race officials had set up another camera 9.34 meters farther down the track, so fans wouldn’t miss out on possibly seeing history. Fisher hit the full mile in 4:01.67, another record. For good measure, he won the 3200 in gusty conditions not long after, following Ryan Robinson’s brave lead before kicking to an 8:53.41 victory.

Then came St. Louis. While Scannell and Fisher had planned the race for weeks, fans only found out the day after the state finals. The hype intensified, |

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High School Runner of the Year Grant Fisher

Among Fisher’s state titles is his 14:53 victory at the MHSAA cross country finals.

much of it generated by Flotrack in a bid to sell subscriptions to their premium service, which had an exclusive on broadcasting the event. Fisher had braced himself for the pressure, lining up alongside pro runners such as Jordan McNamara, a former Oregon star with a 3:52.42 PR. The pace didn’t go out as expected and Fisher ran only 2:01.5 at the half. He summoned his strength to cover the final two laps in 59.1 and 58.8 to finish in 3:59.38, a time only two high schoolers – Jim Ryun and Alan Webb — have ever beaten.

second state title, this time by nearly four seconds.

1:50.82. Then he used perfectly-timed kicks to finish second to Fisher in the 1600 in 4:08.04, as well as second to Brazier in the 800 in 1:52.74.

At the Brooks PR Invitational, Brazier gave a hint of his ultimate potential in demolishing the field with another record race, 1:47.55. He explained, “1:47 has been on my mind for the past few weeks.” Only three high schoolers in U.S. history have ever gone faster.

By the time he got the stick in the relay, he was , exhausted. Yet he produced a 50.9 leg to help Saline to the victory in that final race as well as in the overall team standings.

Many felt Brazier would break the national prep record of 1:46.45 in his race at USATF Juniors, but he stepped out of his lane in the heats and was disqualified. He will continue his career this fall at Texas A&M, one of the NCAA’s powerhouse track programs.

Nine days later came the race that Fisher and Scannell considered the most important of the year: his defense of the Dream Mile in New York. Using another impressive kick, Fisher ran 4:01.73 to capture what would be the final win of his high school career.

In the Dream Mile, Wetzel finished fifth in 4:04.60, a time only Fisher has bettered among Michiganders. He closed out his season at the USATF Juniors, finishing fourth in the 1500, just a stride behind Fisher. He will continue his career at Villanova University. He cites his coach, Carl Spina, with giving him the base he needs to be a collegiate athlete: “I feel very prepared going into next year.”

Wetzel, from Saline, overcame a serious knee injury that cost him most of his sophomore year of running. The consummate team performer, he has always shined on relay efforts. His senior year saw him emerge as one of the nation’s top milers as well.

After two years of being undefeated by high schoolers, Fisher finally lost in Seattle at the Brooks PR two-mile, but he did it in amazing fashion. His 8:43.57 behind Drew Hunter’s 8:42.51 ranks as the fastest second-place time in U.S. history, not to mention another in a long line of state records. A week later in the 1500 at the USATF Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., Fisher closed out his prep career with a third-place finish behind Oregon frosh Blake Haney as well as Hunter again.

Wetzel says Fisher was a big part of the reason Michigan high schoolers have had their best season ever. “You see all of his success and you want to battle for that. It makes you hungrier for success.”

At the D1 Finals, he faced the predicament of having to run four races, the 4x800-neters at the beginning of the meet, the 4x400 at the end. In between he had the 1600 and 800 and in each, would have to face the nation’s best in Fisher and Brazier. First Wetzel anchored the Hornet 4x800 team to victory in 7:38.97 by running the final two laps in

Despite ending it all on a bittersweet note, Fisher said, “I learn a lot more from the losses than the wins. You can’t win them all, but it’s important to take what you can from the races.” He is upbeat and excited about moving on to the next level. He will run for Stanford in the fall. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Author, statistician, teacher and coach Jeff Hollobaugh’s latest book, “How to Race the Mile: Learning Effective Tactics from Great Runners and Races,” is reviewed elsewhere in this issue. - MR -

State Had Other Greats

Brazier, from Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, had a breakout season as a junior in 2014, winning the national title in the 800 with a state record 1:48.61. Under the guidance of coach Kevin Winne, his improvement to his senior year was nothing short of phenomenal. In the spring he clocked 4:07.15 for 1600, as well as a sizzling 45.92 relay anchor — the fastest in state history.

Then came his jaw-dropper, a solo 1:48.07 at his regional meet that crushed his own record. No one else in state history has run faster than 1:49.27, but Brazier added a 1:48.39 prior to the Division 1 finals. At Rockford, he split 1:48.25 in the relay, a race he had intended to run easier (“I got way carried away”). That took his team from 14th to fourth place. Then, as the weather got windier, wetter and all-around uglier, he cranked out a 1:48.98 to win his

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The three first tangled this year at the MHSAA cross country finals, with Wetzel placing second in 15:20 behind Fisher, and Brazier sixth in 15:26. The only other time they all raced together came indoors at the adidas Gazelle Dream Mile in January. Fisher won ahead of Brazier’s 4:09.32 and Wetzel’s 4:09.81. It was the first time in state history that three preps bettered 4:10 in the same race.

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In Michigan we had an embarrassment of riches this year, and in a world without Grant Fisher, either Logan Wetzel or Donavan Brazier could have been heralded as the greatest runner in state history.

Donavan Brazier has speed at distances from 400 meters to the cross country 5K, here winning the Spartan Invitational Green Race.


Logan Wetzel won the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix junior boys mile in Boston, February 7. 2015.

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teve Elliott wasn’t fooling anybody. He had tried basketball and football, but ran into problems on the bus. Pontiac Central High School, in the midst of a court-ordered bussing controversy in 1972, was a tough place to be (the previous year, 10 busses had been fire-bombed).

So Elliott joined golf, swimming and then baseball. A disagreement with the baseball coach left the sophomore without a sport. He wasn’t about to go out for track; he was no runner. But Roger Shepler, the legendary Central track coach, had Elliott on his radar. He knew the gritty youngster had run a 4:40 mile in junior high. He cornered him in the crowded hallway and said, “Hey, I expect you on the track team.” “Well, coach …” muttered Elliott. “No buts,” ordered Shepler.

“Well, it’s a little late ...” said Elliott. Shepler didn’t seem to hear him. Three weeks later, Elliott won the mile at the regional meet in 4:30.

The next year Elliott got even better, thriving on 30-35 miles per week of training. In his first season of cross country, he finished 18th in the Class A individual finals, clocking 15:35 for three miles. The following spring he took second in the state championship mile as a junior, clocking 4:16.2. A hundred miles away in Midland, Jeff Randolph was also improving quickly. Third in the cross country team race in 15:08 as a junior, he also placed third at the Class A two-mile in 1974, clocking 9:17.0 behind superstars Pat Davey of Brother Rice (9:00.4) and Mike McGuire of Farmington Hills HS (9:03.7).

As seniors the rivalry between the two grew, but they didn’t even get a chance to race at the state cross country finals. Back then, individuals who qualified for the finals without their team competed in a separate race. (Before chip timing, officials rightly claimed it was a pain in the butt to score a major team championship with a bunch of nonteam runners scattered throughout the field.) So Randolph won the individual race in 14:47 with a healthy 11-second margin over Sam James of Highland Park. Elliott ran a 14:47 as well, but had to settle for second in the team race behind Flint Northern star Keith Young’s 14:38. The two seniors got to know each other on a long van ride to New York, where they went to compete as part of a Michigan all-star team. On the ride back, Elliott recalls, “Randolph was saying he was dropping down to the mile.” Young, the state’s best half-miler, jumped into the conversation too. “He said he was moving up to the mile. I was sitting back there going, ‘Hmmm, are these guys disrespecting me a little bit?’” So Elliott ran hard that winter. Randolph had the same idea but explains, “My dad, he was pretty adamant.


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He said, ‘You’re a swimmer too, and a you’re letterman in swimming. You need to seriously consider what you are doing. You’re leaving the swim team without being a senior letter swimmer if you go and run all winter.’ He made me go out for swimming again and it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I didn’t have the leg stress of running in the winter and slipping on ice. And it was really good off-season cardiovascular training. I was fit.”

At an indoor meet at Eastern Michigan University, Elliott faced off against Young and his 4:13.1 broke the state record by 3.5 seconds, beating Young’s 4:15. Young and his coach, Norb Badar, decided he would stick with the half mile for the rest of the year.

In the meantime, Randolph and his coach, Gary Jozwiak, continued to prepare for the mile. He started moving down to shorter events, regularly racing relays. His training volume didn’t increase, but it certainly got more intense.

May 31, 1975, on a beautiful allweather track at Northwestern High School in Flint, the combatants lined up for four laps of destiny. The day felt cooler than normal, overcast with temperatures in the mid-60s. The athletes fidgeted at the line, their mood somber. Some had found out that morning their hero, Steve Prefontaine, had been killed in a car crash the previous day.

Steve Elliott continued his running career at the University of Michigan.

Jozwiak, a fan of Jim Ryun’s training, incorporated that intense interval-based program with his own ideas. Nowadays, 4:30 milers who run 70 miles a week debate endlessly on the Internet whether Grant Fisher was under-training at 50 miles per week. Randolph, though, says he never did more than 10 miles a week during track season. Cross country, of course, was a different story. In the fall he might hit 20 miles a week. “I never did any long runs,” he recalls.

What Randolph was developing was the ability to sustain speed. He could easily reel off a workout of repeat quarters, all under 60 seconds. Jozwiak admits, “That was why we thought he had a shot at putting them together and breaking the four-minute mile. We thought he had a chance to do that. He could take punishment when it came to workouts … His recovery was great when he was doing repeats. He probably wondered if he was going to survive at the time.” |

Elliott, meanwhile, felt stuck in the 4:15 range. He says, “Coach Shepler started talking to me about negative splits. I said, ‘Coach, what are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Well, we concentrate so much on going out fast and holding onto the middle two quarters, then coming home. Why don’t we go out easy?’ At the Oakland County meet I went out in 2:10, and when we looked back on it we almost laughed, because the confidence of the guys running with me just swelled like crazy. And I came back with close to 2:00 for the second half. We got done and it was 4:12. I thought it was the easiest run of my life.”

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Prep Mile 40 Years Ago Made History

The gun fired and Randolph took it out for the first lap. Elliott took over on the second. Memories are hazy about just how fast they hit the lap splits. The first took about 60 seconds and a pack of runners tried to hang with them. The second lap took about 62 or 63 seconds. The runners trailing Elliott and Randolph felt the pain.

Jozwiak, standing on the far side of the track, started yelling to Randolph. “You’ve got to pick it up!” If he wanted to break the four-minute mile, he was going too slow. Randolph launched into the third lap with everything he had, Elliott battling him for every step. The rest of the field fell off dramatically.

Says Bill Spencer, who finished sixth, “When they heard that split, they just took off.”

Recalls Sam James, “Randolph and Elliott, they were gone. There is no way: we weren’t even in their area code. We were just fighting each other.” The crowd, knowing they were witnessing a historic race, roared for them to go faster.

On the final turn Elliott mounted his attack. He accelerated and swept past Randolph with ease. “Steve had the ability to turn it on and kick,” says Randolph. “That’s exactly what beat me in that mile. Because I could cruise, but at that time I wasn’t able to kick in a sudden speed change and go from a 62or 63-second lap to a 58-second. I couldn’t do that. So I had to get out there and push the pace, which is what I tried to do from early in that race. There’s a

photograph showing us coming off the last turn in that race. It is obvious he is kicking in the afterburners and I’m sitting there just cruising along. He passed me on that last turn and that’s when I realized, ‘I’ve got to get it going because he’s moving faster than me.’ I could cruise, I just couldn’t kick.” Elliott hit the finish in 4:08.2, Randolph in 4:09.2. They had crushed the championship record of 4:13.2 set in 1963 by Lou Scott of Detroit Eastern (who ran the 5000 meters in the 1968 Olympics). Both runners also bettered the state record of 4:09.4 set by Tom Duits of Hastings the year before.

James sprinted in like a maniac: “I just kept passing people. I went from eighth to third in the last 200.” Spencer wasn’t as fortunate: “My coach said not to get boxed in. I was boxed in for half the race.” For decades it ranked as the greatest prep mile in Michigan history. “It was a great race,” quips James. “I wish I could have watched it.” Results 1. Steve Elliott (Pontiac Central) 4:08.2 2. Jeff Randolph (Midland) 4:09.2 3. Sam James (Highland Park) 4:15.7 4. Eric Burt (Ann Arbor Pioneer) 4:16.2 5. Doug Sweazey (Garden City East) 4:16.6 6. Bill Spencer (Grosse Pointe South) 4:18.0 7. Dan Heikkinen (Adrian) 4:18.2 8. Tony Badalamenti (St Clair Shores) 4:18.7

Elliott and Randolph tangled again the next weekend at the Tri-State meet in Ft. Wayne, Ind. (the forerunner of the current Midwest Meet of Champions). Elliott won but was disqualified for cutting off another runner on the first lap. The next weekend, Elliott traveled to Knoxville for the AAU Junior Championships. He ran 1500 meters in the qualifying heats in 3:48.1, the equivalent of a 4:06.4 mile. The next day in the finals, he defied probability by running another 3:48.1.

On June 21 the two rivals met again in Mt. Prospect, Ill., a Chicago suburb, for the prestigious International Prep Invitational. The mercury topped 90 degrees. According to witnesses, the race played out the same. Randolph forged the pace and Elliott burned him with his kick on the final stretch to win by 2.8 seconds. Elliott’s 4:07.4 set a state record that lasted 39 years, until Grant Fisher broke it with a 4:02.02 at last year’s Dream Mile in New York.

Top Milers in Michigan Prep History

Ever since metrics hit town, milers have had it tough statistically, with three different distances to run (and sort out). The collegians and Olympians run 1500 meters for the most part, when they’re not running the classic mile distance. The 1600 is a statistical oddity run only by U.S. high schoolers.

Here is a list showing the best Michigan four-lappers of all-time, indoors and out, using the conversions of Track & Field News (the only conversions you should trust). The conversions are shown in parentheses. 1500 3:41.65+ 3:46.49+ 3:47.61 3:48.1 3:49.0+ 3:49.75+ 3:50.19+ 3:50.22+ 3:50.71+ 3:50.7+ 3:50.85+ 3:50.8

1600 3:57.93 4:03.19+ 4:04.38+ 4:04.9+ 4:05.9 4:06.70+ 4:07.15 4:07.19 4:07.71 4:07.8+ 4:07.88+ 4:07.8+

Mile 3:59.38 4:04.60 4:05.82+ 4:06.4+ 4:07.4+ 4:08.13 4:08.58+ 4:08.62+ 4:09.15+ 4:09.2 4:09.32 4:09.3+

Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc) 2015 Logan Wetzel (Saline) 2015 Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc) 2011 Steve Elliott (Pontiac Central) 1975 Dathan Ritzenhein (Rockford) 2000 Justin Switzer (Waterford Kettering) 2005 Donavan Brazier (Kenowa Hills) 2015 Earl Jones (Taylor Center) 1982 Mike Atchoo (Troy) 2009 Jeff Randolph (Midland) 1975 Connor Mora (Cedar Springs) 2013 Eric Henrickson (Portage Northern) 1978

he ran 3:59.05 for the mile in 1982.

37th Annual

All of the runners involved in the race at Northwestern High figured that day was just a step in the event’s progression. They all express shock that it took nearly 40 years for other Michigan high schoolers to top their achievements. “I didn’t see us as being any more unique or outside of the normal curve,” says Randolph. “It was just sort of the perfect storm of several runners at that level and it made for great competition. I figured within the next few years records would fall and other kids would come along and move ahead.”

Elliott agrees. “I was surprised it took so long,” he said. - MR -

Track & Field News named Elliott the top high school miler in the nation in 1975. Randolph ended the season ranked No. 5 in the U.S. Not until January of this year did Michigan fans see another race with two or more of our preps breaking 4:10.

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Not all great high school runners continue their careers in college, but many in the epic mile race did. Elliott starred at the University of Michigan, and though he never broke the four-minute mile, he came close with a 3:42.6 in the 1500 (4:00.5 converted). Randolph went on to be a two-time cross country All-American for Wisconsin. James earned All-America honors five times at Tennessee and competed in the 1980 Olympic Trials in the steeplechase. Several of the others also made their mark in the college ranks, but ironically the only one who would ever break the four-minute barrier was seventh-placer Dan Heikkinen. An All-American steeplechaser for Michigan,

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Book Review

Hollobaugh’s ‘Mile’ is

Useful, Engaging Read By Ron Marinucci “How to Race the Mile: Learning Effective Tactics from Great Runners and Races” by Jeff Hollobaugh. 327 pp., paperback. $19.99. Mercury-Chronicle Books


eff Hollobaugh is well known to Michigan track and cross country enthusiasts, especially for his writing about those high school sports. In “How to Race the Mile,” he has written a useful and entertaining book for coaches and runners at all levels of competition hoping to improve their racing at the mile and 1500-meter distances.

agree on the effectiveness of certain tactics, often even in the same race.

Just about all the tactics that could be used are revealed and dissected. Readers/racers are given much to think about: Front-running? Leading from wire-to-wire? Sitting back and kicking at the end? Surging throughout?

Within each strategy there is more to consider, including what other runners employ in the race. Should a racer have the lead, in effect, with a head start when the kicks begin? Should one push and take an early lead with a fast pace to negate others’ superior kicks? How do racers deal with opponents who employ different and even changing tactics?

“The mile is such an interesting race,” Amanda Eccleston says in the book, “because it’s the perfect combination of speed, endurance, tactics and sometimes pure luck.” With this in mind, Hollobaugh has not written a training manual, but a book that will help milers race this distance (and 1500 meters).

Practically every aspect of racing the mile is covered here in 13 chapters. Hollobaugh has scoured dozens of mile and 1500-meter races, from the Olympics and national and international championships to the European circuits and NCAA championships, describing how each was won — or lost — through the use of tactics. His vivid accounts of these races, some legendary such as Jim Ryun vs. Marty Liquori, are worth the price of the book.

In addition to his depictions, there are comments from coaches and racers themselves on the tactics of the individual races. These include perspectives/interviews with winners who may have employed good tactics to win, those who lost due to poor planning and racing, and those who did better than expected because they ran good tactical races. There are, as might be expected, conflicting views among the athletes: “Have a race strategy” or “don’t have a race plan”? Regardless, there are lessons to be learned.

Hollobaugh’s purpose is to study the tactics and strategies as a tool for learning. The book is not about setting records in the mile, but about winning and how to race most effectively. “If you need the clock to tell you you just watched a good race, it wasn’t much of a race,” he writes. It’s interesting to note, as he often does, that elite athletes might dis-


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Oftentimes once a battle begins, the best-made plans can be thrown away. Hollobaugh recounts many racers’ pre-race plans only to see them foiled by others’ plans, such as getting trapped within a gaggle of runners.

How, then, to adapt?

Hollobaugh notes, “The superior kicker will win … most of the time.” That’s the kicker, “most of the time.” He uses races to demonstrate exceptions such as a hard pace early in the race, a strong mid-race kick, and even luck and timing. Most races he cites feature men, but some key events are women’s races. Although there’s not much on training per se, one key point is made by Francie Larrieu Smith. She advocates practicing race tactics, using drills to prepare when to move and how to adapt plans in races. Former University of Michigan coach Ron Warhurst is shown to be a proponent of similar drills.

The book is thorough, including indoor racing with smaller tracks and even rabbit-led races. Here’s one spot where Hollobaugh offers his own interesting opinion. “Personally,” he writes, “I’m not a big fan of rabbited races. Throw away the stopwatch, just look at the race and most rabbited races look similar.” He likens such staged events to “more of a time trial than a test of racing skill.” Many of the racers — and their comments — |

Firecracker 5K, Ann Arbor

Firecracker 5K Embraces Course Change By Tracey Cohen ANN ARBOR (7/4/15) — Unexpected construction on the University of Michigan’s Engineering Arch forced Firecracker 5K race director Mike Highfield of Champions for Charithy to make a last-minute change for 11th annual event.

“I thought about leaving the course the same, as running through the Engineering Arch is such a tradition. But I didn’t think it safe for the runners,” Highfield said. Entrants instead were routed some 50 feet past the arch onto a covered pathway leading across the Diag, a tradition begun in 2011 when Tortoise and Hare Running Fitness Center furnished race directors .

Veteran runner Jocelyn Anderson called the detour a “pretty” alternative.

Close to 700 5K runners and more than 100 kids dash entrants vied for medals, honors and post-race food under calm, sunny skies, temperatures near 60°. Nicholas Stanko led the men, finishing in 15:03. Sarah Gryniewicz paced the women in 17:42. Rob Morgan and Laurel Park earned masters honors in 18:48 and 19:21 respectively.

Highfield believes Engineering Arch construction will be complete for next year’s race and spoke to the accuracy of this year’s impromptu course. “I re-wheeled it twice and double checked that my wheel was accurate,” he said. For complete results and information about the 12th annual Firecracker 5K and 100-Meter Kids Dash, visit - MR have a Michigan flavor: Warhurst, recent prep record-setter Grant Fisher and his coach Mike Scannell, Paul McMullen, Webb, Kevin Sullivan and Nick Willis among them. There are also many national and international stars and legends included, such as Peter Snell, Noreddine Morcelli, Hicham El Guerrouj, Said Aouita, Glenn Cunningham, Steve Ovett, Sonia O’Sullivan and more. A set of interesting charts comparing Olympic, world and U.S. best times in the 1500 and mile by decades, sidebars with athletes, and other anecdotes serve to further spice an already well-written and interesting book.

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Letter to the Editor


Pop Science Strikes Again

hanks to Scott Sullivan for his interview and review of the great Brian Diemer Family of Races. Let me correct a few minor misconceptions that may have resulted from it.

Specifically, “courtesans“ may not be involved in running prowess. We have enough scandals to deal with. However, I can raise interesting questions regarding “cortizone” (a word Scott might have misheard), stress hormones and sports performance. A number of chemicals are created and used by the body under challenging conditions. They vary between individuals and include ACTH, epinephrine (adrenaline), nor-epinephrine and cortisol. They are commonly released by the endocrine gland in different ways

the blood sugar? Well, because cortisol can can cause fat deposits and perhaps suppress immune function.

Arthur Lydiard’s approach as well, as moderate paces were part of his training recommendations.

I tried it and it works. A 122 (OK) blood sugar, 124 not so OK. I kept it up and lost five pounds with no changes in diet or exercise regimen. As Maffetone promised, I can now exercise harder and faster at a lower heart rate. There may be some of this dynamic with

There is much to be said for high-intensity interval training for you young whippersnappers, but I thought these findings may be of interest. I have yet to test these training effects on courtesans, to (I hope) my wife’s relief.

Dr. Bob Shaffer Grand Rapids

Stressors such as heat; cold, intense workouts or races can trigger this. So can psychological stress and maybe relations with courtesans. The physiological changes that result from them entering the bloodstream can increase heart rate, alertness, blood pressure, blood coagulation and distribution. The effects may be helpful in coping with or enduring these conditions (think “fight or flight”). Some of these hormones come from the great and glorious pituitary gland in the brain, some from the adrenal glands riding shotgun just above the kidneys. I’d like to call attention to specific effects of some interest. I am lucky (or unlucky) to be able to monitor one of them: increased blood sugar (perhaps to fuel that fight or flight?). As a well-equipped modern Type 1 diabetic, my devices alert me to any sudden changes in blood sugar, up or down. Normally after tough workouts, our blood sugar is used up by muscular exertion. That’s why we get  socalled “goodies” after races: to refuel. So it was for me for many years. No more. Now under these conditions, my blood sugar soars. Ouch!

We get some help in understanding what to do from controversial coach Dr. Phil Maffetone — he of the Greg Allen Ironman team. Per his formula, 180 minus age, plus or minus five heartbeats per minute (depending on conditioning and injury history) will prevent this cortisol release.

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Pterodactyl Tri, Brighton

Krzyzanowski Repeats, Perzyk Wins First Pterodactyl By Charles Douglas McEwen BRIGHTON (7/15/15) — T-Rex Series regular Karen Perzyk has collected her share of fifth- through secondplace finishes in Running Fit-sponsored  triathlons. 

At this year’s Pterodactyl Tri, Perzyk, 46, of West Bloomfield snagged her first overall victory in the series, which also includes the Triceratops Tri in June and T-Rex Tri in August. All are held Wednesday evenings at Island Lake Recreation Area. “I’ve been doing these races for six years and finally won!” she said. Perzyk emerged from the opening swim in sixth place among the women and picked off four of them during the 12.4-mile bike, but still trailed Shari Berry, 45, of South Lyon by more than a minute when she started the 5K run.

She prevailed in 1:11:23. Christine Rosender, 39, of Commerce edged Berry, who competes for Motor City Endurance, for second place, 1:11:56 to 1:12:04. Next came Maggie Rettelle, 43, of Midland in 1:12:58 and Jill Allardyce, 38, of Saginaw in 1:14:02. Berry wasn’t too upset about placing third. “You go as hard as you can for an hour,” she said. “Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. I had it during the swim and the bike, but apparently not on the run.” Rosender, who owns Level Multisport in Birmingham with her husband Adam, hoped to win the pterodactyl trophy the overall male and female finishers receive.     “I have three little girls at home, so one of these days I want to win a dinosaur,” she said.

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Karen Perzyk snagged her first overall victory in the T-Rex Triathlon Series.

Men’s winner Roman Krzyzanowski, 44, of Plymouth, another Motor City Endurance athlete, has a growing menagerie of dinosaur trophies at home.

“I was hoping I could beat Roman for the first time here,” Guertin said. “But it didn’t happen.”   

“My wife Amy, a schoolteacher uses them as displays or for storytelling. Little kids love them,” Kryzanowski said.

“People are getting stronger and faster. You have to bring your A-game when you come out here,” Kryzanowski said.

Recent Northville High School graduate Matt Schafer, 18, of Novi had the lead coming out of the lake. Krzyzanowski passed him on the bike, briefly taking over leadership. Theirry Guertin, 42, of Windsor, Ontario, then zipped by him.

Krzyzanowski finished in 1:01:01, followed by Guertin in 1:01:53. Next came Dan Lynch, 35, of Novi in 1:03:33, Zoltan Suranyi, 47, of Novi in 1:03:33 and Shafer in 1:04:13.

“Thierry put on a clinic during the biking,” Krzyzanowski said. “He opened a huge lead. I really had to go get him on the run. He didn’t come back to me.”


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“I took the lead with a little more than a mile left,” Perzyk said. “Three or four women were right behind me, so I had to give everything I had.”


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Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard Trivia: What are the masters world records for men and women in the marathon?

Nurturing A Spark

Scott Hubbard was I bummed! Kickball ruled!

For “bad” behavior, my sixthgrade teacher in San Diego, Mr. Middleholtz, said, “You have to run during recess instead of playing kickball.” Man,

Off we went to the gravel field. I went slowly, very slowly around the playing fields at a pace I maintained far beyond my expectations. Not getting to play kickball was bad enough; I’d unconciously decided the running wasn’t going to make me feel worse.

After about 25 minutes of back/forth chatter with my classmates as I trotted merrily on, my teacher could see I was enjoying the running and sat me down. That was punishment: making me watch my friends play. The running had been play, not work. I spent the rest of the day puzzled why I’d been able to carry on running that long (none of our games required anything similar) and why I seemed to like it.

Three years later, one of our gym class tests at Forsythe Junior High in Ann Arbor was a “cross country run.” It went once around a field we’d circled many times (for the 600-yard run), then looped over a manmade small hill and back to the familiar field and finish. The distance was probably around one kilometer (.62 mile). Compared to other tests, I fared better among my peers. That made me happy, as did liking the running the further I went. We had a chance to retake the test and, eager, I ran one second faster. Ah, well. The noteworthy part of this was I looked forward to seeing if I could better myself. There was only one other kid among 25 or so in the class who joined me.

There was something beyond the time I ran that attracted me to the longer running. But what? I didn’t join the track team because nobody suggested I do so and I felt I wasn’t good enough. And that’s what this is about: somebody telling you, “Hey, try out, come along, give it a shot.” Encouragement.

After my first day of high school, in 10th grade, I got a call from a guy who said he coached cross country. He had a card I’d filled out in ninth grade at a meeting to recruit athletes for the new Ann Arbor Huron High School. I’d wanted to play baseball and wrote cross country because I thought I had to if I didn’t play football in the fall. I asked 16

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Des Ryan how cross country worked and agreed to meet him the next day.

I survived that first day in my gym-class shoes and told Mom I had to get running shoes. We went downtown to Stein & Goetz after a Saturday morning workout and I got some $8 Converse with canvas uppers and gum-rubber bottoms. They were the only “running shoes” in the store. I wish I still had them!

Des had run cross country in his native Ireland and competed for the University of Michigan on a track scholarship, winning the Big 10 indoor mile one year. His enthusiasm and encouragement rang sincere and had me wanting to come back for more.

I ran my first 2-mile race one week after starting and was finally getting the hang of the sport’s demands and goals when I discovered I’d won a varsity letter. That was HUGE for this skinny 14-yearold. Soon I discovered I had an extra gear when I asked myself, “Why am I back here?” during a race, then moved through the field to catch our No. 1 runner. Learning I had latent talent was cool and I began focusing on improvement vs. getting by in workouts and races. Running was never the same for me after that. Mine is a story first of happenstance, later buoyed by energy, encouragement and discovery. There are likely better or equal runners walking the halls of high schools than are out for the team — untapped talent waiting for guidance, assurance, an invitation.

I had no expectations when I started and kept an open mind. That’s what I suggest to others thinking about starting up or who are in the early stages of figuring it all out. Like running for its own sake and it will reward you many times over. It’s been mighty good for me!

Things to Love About Running

(I’ve shared “Things to like about running” several times in the past. On a friend’s suggestion, I’m substituting “love” for “like’ this time). 1. Leaving a PR time on your watch for 24 hours or longer afterward, zeroing it out when ready to get on with a new experience. 2. Following a path just to see where it goes.

3. When those paths disappear into a woods, winding, rising, dipping, looping crazily over smooth terrain and rough, crossing bridges before emerging. They’re good for the soul. 4. Running a PR when you least expect it.

5. Advances in race scoring, from popsicle sticks for place and time “tick” sheets to chutes and pull tags to modern chip timing. 6. Pre-dawn runs down sleepy, dark stretches of |

road. Raccoons disappearing into sewers.

7. Nobody can do your running for you; you want it, you earn it. 8. Running has a grounding, magical, transformational, empowering effect.

9. Fast or slow, it’s still running and similar rewards accrue to all speeds. 10. Run-cations.

11. The day after a marathon, achy legs.

12. Qualifying for and getting accepted to run the Boston Marathon. 13. It’s never too late to start. 14. Being a coach/mentor.

15. George Sheehan: “A poet friend once told me she’d never seen a face more filled with peace than mine after a race. The peace is a positive quality; it isn’t merely the absence of stress or strife or conflict. It’s a peace that is active. A peace that is strong. A peace that has certainty. A peace that tells me I am good and holy and complete.” 16. Races that give shirts away to finishers only.

17. Any and all alternatives to tees as race giveaways.

18. A parent who starts running following the example of their child. 19. A boy starting to run because his mom does.

20. Getting a good night’s sleep two days before a race.

21. Fifth Third Bank Road Warrior coach Amy Polega has this to say in her profile: “The road welcomes me with open arms, night and day. She never judges me. She listens to me laugh, sing and cry. Always suporting me, in good weather and bad. She runs slowly when I run slowly. She speeds up when I run fast. She helps me clear my mind whenever I ask. She can be quiet, she can be noisy. She always listens. She always forgives. She is my friend.” 22. Being a member of of a relay, roads or track. 23. “Life Is Good” running apparel.

24. No two runs pass quite the same way.

25. Stay calm, a runner’s high is drug-free.

Answer: For men, Kenya’s Kenneth Mburu Mungara in 2:08:44 April 12, 2015, in Milan, Italy. For the women, Russia’s Mariya Konovalova in 2:22:27 March 8, 2015, in Nagoya, Japan. - MR -

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Plymouth Family YMCA Father’s Day Runs

Stanko, Dutcher Win Plymouth Triples

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By Charles Douglas McEwen

The Plymouth Family YMCA Father’s Day Runs have races for everyone, even the “Diaper Dash” for the youngest crawlers. PLMOUTH (6/21/15) — With the mile starting at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:15 and 10K at 8:45, runners can do all three races. Of more than 1,000 entrants this year, 70 chose to do so. To stoke competitive fires, the YMCA doles out $1,000 in cash to the top triple races. Also this year, the mile was part of the Michigan Runner of the Year Race Series, which added flavor to the competition.   Tony Filipek, 27, of Rochester, jumping out to an early lead in the mile. “It was hard to warm up my legs after doing the Grandma’s Marathon halfmarathon in Duluth, Minn., yesterday,” said Filipek. “I ran 1:08:20 there, then drove straight here to get MR Series points.” Nick Stanko, 34, of Haslett chased him. “It came down to a kick,” said Filipek, who won in 4:19.  Next came Stanko (4:22) and Bennett Prud’Homme, 25, of Farmington Hills (4:24). For the women, Alex Dutcher, 23, of Flint claimed the mile in 5:44. Next came Lisa Veneziano, 50, of Fenton (5:49) and Heidi Drallos, 52, of Commerce (6:19).

32, of Plymouth in the 5K. “He took it out pretty and steady,” Stanko said. “I just kind of hung in behind him. Towards the end I put in a kick and got it.” Stanko won in 15:47 to Windle’s 15:48. Kyle Smith, 27, of Linden finished third in 15:57. Cally Macumber 24, a University of Kentucky graduate who now runs for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Rochester Hills, dominated the women’s 5K. “I haven’t raced in a long time,” she said. “Today was my re-introduction to it.” Macumber finished in 17:23, followed by Dutcher (19:24) and Veneziano (19:30). “She was real fast,” Dutcher said of Macumber.“Super talented.” Stanko again relied on his kick in the 10K. He and Jordan Desilets, 33, of Pinckney battled to the final corner. “From the gun, I set the pace,” Stanko said. “With a mile to go, Jordan surged and put steps on me. With a quarter-mile left I got back up to him, then kicked to the finish.”

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Stanko sprinted home in 33:05. Next came Desilets (33:08) and Smith (34:12). Amber Dermyre, 25, of Canton, who won won the women’s 10K in 2012, repeated with a 40:32 personal-record time time for the distance. Next came Dutcher (41:16) and Veneziano (41:48).    Stanko earned the men’s combined 10.3-mile distances with a time of 53:15, followed by Desilets (54:15) and Windle (54:54). Dutcher claimed the women’s triple with a total time of 1:06:25. “It was a good workout that I hope will benefit me in the long run,” she said. “It was so hot toward the end, I’m happy it is over.” Next came Veneziano, who won all three races here last year, in 1:07:08 and Stephanie Kapanowski, 36, of Southgate in 1:13:00. For complete results, go o - MR -

Stanko tangled with local hero Thomas Windle, 18

“I was hurting so bad at the end, I couldn’t beat him,” Desilets said. “No way!”


The Anderson Memorial Runs for Funds, Northport

From the Back of the Pack: Anderson Runs Honor Friend NORTHPORT (7/4/15) — Christian Kotila and his dad, Peter, of Ann Arbor, co-directed the scenic Anderson Memorial Runs for Funds in memory of Northport village leader George Anderson. For the 37th year runners enjoyed the friendships and views while raising funds to fight cancer. I was friends with George for more than 55 years. The owner of Anderson’s Village Market had been recruited by legendary University of Michigan track coach Don Canham. George encouraged me to attend U-M too. Two of my sons went there too. As the “go-to guy” in Northport, George changed many lives.

Kudos to Mary Kent, who owns one of the race sponsors, The Boutique, and convinced her grandson, Peter, and his dad, Christian, to direct the race. In addition to directing, Christian almost won the 2-mile race and came back to do well in the 5K. Other sponsors were Northport Bay Boatyard, Spartan Flag, Deep’s Corner Store, Jentees Logo Gear, Kal Excavation, Thomas & Millikan, Waukazoo Tees, Bayshore Oil, Easling Construction,

By Mickey Fivenson

North Shore Outfitters, Reliable HVAC, The Pennington Collection, Candy and John Sutton, Northport Brewing, Willowbrook Mill and Tucker’s Bowl. Everyone who took part in this healthy event for a worthy cause was a winner.

Bob Gale, 77, of Chicago, a former Marine pilot who has been running for fitness most of his life, led a “Bob’s Sand Bar” team that included Stu, Katie and Nick Allen from Ada, plus Matt and Molly McGowan all the way from Denver.

Pamela Raff, 71, from Green Valley, Ariz., has rented a cottage near Northport for 25 years. Family members Jake, 8, Whitney, 13, Jessica, 39, and Jennifer, 43, joined her walking.

Ron Robinson, 65, of Omena and Detroit, has been running for more than 35 years and finds it helps him cure illnesses before they get out of hand. Dale Barrett, 55, of Livonia also stays fit by running. Michael Green, 66, of Gladwin, runs to avoid weight gain and to sleep better. Bob Panter, 75, of Traverse City, knew Anderson for many years. In our age group, he and Bob Gale both beat me like a drum.


Jen Berner, 49, of Traverse City, lost 12 pounds by running and calorie counting. Terry Prisk, 61, of Highland, is training for the Free Press Marathon and raising funds for a water project in Kenya; her daughter, Brielle, 20, is also training for the Freep and was my big loser of the day, having shed 61 pounds.

Christian and Peter hope to see you at next year’s race. Remember to consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

Mickey Fivenson, 73, of Traverse City is a stroke survivor who credits running for his current good health. He is former director of the National Cherry Festival of Races and founder of the Festival Golden Mile and wheelchair races. He has completed more than 60 marathons and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. - MR -

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Kona Run, Northville

Hills are Alive — and Then Some — at Kona Run By Charles Douglas McEwen NORTHVILLE (6/13/15) — The hills at the Kona Run come one after another — big, small and merciless.

Eric Green, 46, of Pontiac and Alexis Sinclair, 20, of West Bloomfield mowed through them with machine-like efficiency, claiming overall 10-mile victories in the event, presented by St. Mary Mercy Livonia and Kona Running Co.

Green and Sinclair, both of whom work for race director Alan Whitehead’s Road Runner Sports store in West Bloomfield, led from start to finish.

Green, who coaches at Lawrence Tech University, finished in 59:12. Next came Scott Smith, 22, of Warren in 59:49 and masters champ Jason Hall, 40, of Ann Arbor in 1:00:47. Sinclair finished in 1:05:41, nearly a mile ahead

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“The course is challenging,” Green said. “Very hilly. But there were more downhills than up.” The unseasonably-cool temperature helped. “It was a little humid,” he said. “But I liked it being cold.”

An unidentified runner and Szu-Ying Huang (bib no. 117) of Dearborn are decked out in their best hula gear for the 10 mile race.

of women’s runner-up Angela Carron, 37, of Canton (1:09:21). Rebecca Gade Savicki, 30, of Royal Oak was a distant third in 1:14:24.

Sinclair, who is entering her senior year at Amherst University, didn’t find the hills intimidating. “There are a lot of hills and mountains in western Massachusetts,” she said. “I have learned to love them.”

Salem High School sophomore-to-be Madison Justice, 15, of Canton surprised herself by winning the women’s 10K. “I didn’t think that would happen,” she said. “I just wanted to PR for myself. But once I took the lead, I thought I’d push myself to see if I could maintain it.”

Justice, who ran  46:31, took the lead after one mile but had runner-up Jenny Hall, 29, of Wixom (46:48) and third-place Courtney Schweers, 17, of Belleville (46:54) on her heels for much of the race.

Jeff Bord, 21, of Plymouth led the men’s 10K from the gun. “I wanted to go out slower than usual because of the hills and challenge,” he said. “I ran 5:18 for the first mile and tried to keep it there the whole time. I fell off on the fifth mile, so I tried to close a little faster.”

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Mike Camilleri, 36, of Howell (34:40) and John Worthingthon Jr., 20, of Warren (35:23).  

“The uphills just kept coming,” the winner said.

Few runners know the hills better than Northville High School cross country runners. Senior-to-be Ken Goolsby, 17, and sophomore-to-be Rachel Zimmer, 15, snagged 5K victories.

Zimmer (21:36) edged fellow women Gigi Kwok, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (21:39) and Addison Lentz, 15, of Novi (22:05). Goolsby (17:28) used his kick to escape Donald Alexander, 30, of Livonia (17:37). “My coaches have nicknamed me ‘The Jet’ for my kick at the end,” he said.

The Kona Run, which had a Polynesian Culture of Hawaii theme, also included a Maui Mile and 10mile two-person relay. Proceeds went to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Northville Parks and Recreation and the Northville Education Foundation.   For complete results, go to - MR -

Electric Bolt Run, Ann Arbor

No Shock, Electric Bolt Run Keeps Growing By Charles Douglas McEwen ANN ARBOR (7/26/15) — Mike Katsefaras and Amber Dermyre showed lightning in their steps at the Electric Bolt Run. Both charged out to big leads they never surrendered.

Dermyre, 25, of Canton dominated the women’s field, but still found the 8K draining. “It was hot, humid and hillier than I expected. It was hard to breathe,” she said. “It was tough.”

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“I tried to keep pushing throughout,” said Katsefaras, 25, of Pinckney. “I’m glad there was a (pace) biker leading us. That was helpful.”

Although never challenged for the lead, Katsefaras worried his brother Nick, 28, might sneak up on him at the end. “He’s beaten me in the last couple 5Ks,” Mike said. “It’s a fun rivalry.” “Mike took off hard and put me away early,” Nick said. “He was so far ahead I couldn’t even see him.”

Dermyre topped the women in 32:42. Masters champ Christine Gerdes, 41, finished second overall in 36:58. Lynn Stanfield, 60, paced the grand masters in 41:03. The course started at Riverside Park, traveled through other Huron River parks, went through Kerrytown and finished on the red bricks of North 4th Street at the farmers market. “It’s an awesome race. I would definitely do it again,” Demyre said. Electric Bolt turnout has increased nearly every year since it started in 2011. The total reached 452 this year. The race, presented by the Electrical Training Alliance and Ann Arbor Track Club, raises funds

“Many of the runners raised money beyond their entry fees,” said Joel Dalton, who directs the race with his wife, Jackie. The ETA led the charge. “It’s amazing how much money they raise,” said Dalton. “I’d expect our bottom line comes in between $15,000 and $20,000.” Calvin College junior Nick Aukerman, 20, of Ann Arbor won the 5K in 18:05. Erin Wallace, 14, of Juneau, Alaska, led the women in 21:05.  Wallace didn’t mind Ann Arbor’s hilly terrain. “I train in the mountains. Hills don’t bother me,” she said.

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Mike Katsefaras won in 26:47, David Bourque (bib no. 159), Grand Masters Winner Kate Young (bib no. 117), Ed King (bib with Nick second in 27:41. Jordan Jackson, 26, placed third in no. 64), and Mark Berke (bib no. 186) lead a pack across a bridge in the 5K. 29:43. Fourth-place Paul Mayer, 48, paced the masters in 31:05. Morris for Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (amyotrophic latAppleby, 56, claimed eighth overall and led the eral sclerosis). grand masters in 33:04.

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Amber Dermyre (bib no. 452) dominated the 8K women’s field. 22

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Triceratops Triathlon, Brighton

Despite Storm and Tumbling Tree, Triceratops Tri Lives On By Charles Douglas McEwen

BRIGHTON (6/17/15) — A fallen tree presented a challenge for race director Randy Step right before the Running Fit Triceratops Triathlon. A rainstorm blew down a huge tree across the main road that bisects Island Lake Recreation Area. Step and his volunteer-asauruses could have made use of a 10-ton triceratops to nudge it out the way, but they didn’t have one on hand. (The species died out 65 million years ago, alas.)

Rachel Jones, 45, of Novi paced the women in 1:03:14. Next came Christine Rosender, 39, of Commerce in 1:03:48 and Karen Perzyk, 46, of West Bloomfield in 1:05:10.  Jones led for much of the race. “I was catching up on

her at the end of the bike,” said Rosender. “I closed in more on the run, but didn’t have enough race left.”

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Step changed the bike course instead, trimming it to roughly 11 miles. (The triathlon generally consists of a half-mile openwater swim, 12.4-mile bike on paved road and 5K run.) Given the road remained slippery from the rain, most of the competitors didn’t mind.

Bill Khan, 52, of Fenton, a veteran runner competing in his first outdoor sprint triathlon, found the swim particularly challenging. “I’ve done a few indoor triathlons,” he said. “But this was the first one where I had to go in a lake and swim 800 yards. That really played with my head. People were kicking, pushing and arms were flailing. I had to stop several times and breaststroke to regain my bearings.” Khan, who placed 174th overall out of more than 400 finishers in 1:15:52, was glad he took part. “You’ve got really competitive people and newcomers like myself,” he said. “Running Fit always puts on a great event. 

“It’s a lot of fun, but it’s hard,” he said. The Triceratops Tri is part of Running Fit’s T-Rex Series, which also includes the Pterodactyl and T-Rex triathlons. All three races use the same course. Last year Roman Krzyzanowski, 44, of Plymouth won the series, sweeping the Triceratops and Pterodactyl and placing second in the T-Rex. He picked up here where he left off, winning easily. “It went well,” Krzyzanowski said. “It was cool and wet, but nice” He timed 55:32 on the shortened course. Dan Lynch, 35, his Motor City Endurance teammate, finished second in 57:18. Matthew Schafer, 18, of Novi placed third in 57:43. “It’s a great race,” Schafer said. “I’ve done all three in the series for the past six years and this is the best I’ve finished (place-wise). The shorter bike course helped me, because I’m a weaker biker.”


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Atwood Stadium Races, Flint

Hatfield, Kasten Double-Dip at Atwood Runs

But running the course’s unforgiving hills on a steamy, sweltering morning made the double-dip a chore. “It wasn’t pretty,” said Kasten, 29, of Lapeer. “But I got the job done.

“The 5K went well,” said Kasten, who led from the start. “It was at the end, when you were running into the sun, that it was miserable. It made you feel like you were swimming in the humidity.” She prevailed in 21:45. Next came Cassie William, 29, of Caro in 22:35 and Lisa Abraham, 30, of Chicago in 22:54. Kasten jumped out to huge lead from the gun in the 10K. “I was hoping the entire time no one would catch me, because (the heat) was brutal,” she

said. “I set out trying to run seven minutes (per mile) and couldn’t do it. I kept slowing down and hoping nobody would catch up.”

Kasten, who crossed in 46:23, was followed by Victoria Carlson, 18, of Lapeer in 47:12 and Mary Wiesen, 33, of Grand Blanc in 48:23. Carlson, a former gymnast who has endured surgery on both ankles and one knee, was competing in her first 10K. “People were yelling, ‘Second woman!’ and, ‘Keep going!’” she said. “It was great having them cheering from the sidelines. I didn’t expect that support.” Carlson planned to do her first Crim 10-mile Aug. 21. “My mom signed me up for it,” she said. “I’m pretty nervous about the Crim. I’ve been slacking on my training. But after this race, I’m more motivated.”


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FLINT (7/18/15) — For the second year in a row Angela Kasten swept the women’s 5K and 10K at the Atwood Stadium Races, presented by HealthPlus. She won fairly easily, finishing nearly one minute ahead her closest rivals in both races.

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Kreg Hatfield (bib no. 177) pulls away from D.J. Naylor in the 10K race.

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“It’s good training for the Crim,” agreed Kreg Hatfield, who swept the men’s Atwood races. “A few downhills, a lot of uphills. It’s a challenging course.”

Hatfield, 37, of Flint led the 5K from start to finish, crossing in 17:44. Next came John Niven, 51, of Swartz Creek in 18:46 and Alex Williams, 31, of Caro in 18:58.

Kids get ready to start their run.

Hatfield shared the 10K lead with D.J. Naylor, 38, of Sterling Heights until the fourth mile. “At that point, I kept running the same pace and he backed off a little,” Hatfield said. Hatfield and Naylor, who is originally from Flint, have known each other for years. “It’s good to be able to run with Kreg again,” Naylor said. “He’s obviously in good shape. He was strong at the end and ran smart.”


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Hatfield clocked 37:19. Naylor 37:38. Vincent Popyk, 17, of Grand Blanc placed third in 40:38. Some 800 people showed up for the Atwood races. Of those, about 350 did both the 5K and the 10K, which gave the race a total registration of about 1,150.

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Cipriano Classic, Farmington Hills

Bord, Wickens Smash Cipriano Course Marks Bord, 21, of Plymouth clocked 15:00, three seconds faster than his 5K personal record and 36 better than the 15:36 course record set by Ryan Rau in 2012.

“But I wanted to break 15:00 and didn’t do it,” Bord said. “I’m a little frustrated. Come on!” The event, which starts and finishes at the Farmington Hills YMCA and follows an oblong circle inside a Kendallwood subdivision, took place on a cool, comfortable evening with about 800 entrants. 

“The course is pretty flat with nice, long straightaways,” Bord said. “Temperature-wise, it was nice. Wind-wise, it was a little tough.”

Leading from the start, he finished well ahead of runner-up Bennett Prud’Homme, 25, of Farmington Hills, who timed 15:51. “He (Bord) went out like a monster,” Prud’Homme said. “He opened a gap right away.” Next came Jack Greenman, 16, of Battle

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Creek (17:04), Sean McGowan, 18, of Farmington (17:55) and Eric Solarz, 17, of Plymouth (18:04). Women’s champ Karana Wickens, 17, of Chelsea, also set personal and course records.

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FARMINGTON HILLS (6/5/15) — Jeff Bord won the fourth annual Cipriano Classic. But he wanted to run one second faster.

“I felt pretty good,” said Wickens, a soon-to-be Chelsea High School senior who finished her track season with a 3200-meter PR of 11:40 PR in the state finals. Her 19:07 time in the 5K bested her previous 19:48 best and the 19:50 course run by Kirstin Mooney in 2012.

Tanner Cipriano (bib 1) is joined by friends Paskual Pjetrushi (bib 457), Andrew Fialka (bib 702), Kevin Neumann (bib 428), and Vahan Cholakian (bib 663) all of whom finished in 24:58.

“Any day that you get a 40-second PR, it’s exciting,” Wickens said.  Next for the women came Whitney Reid, 14, in 19:25, April Tini, 54, in 19:34 and Tori Irwin, 18, in 20:53. All are from Farmington Hills. 

than $64,000 to the cause.

This event was founded in 2012 after the murder of Robert Cipriano and benefits the Cipriano Children’s Trust. Last year it donated more


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Volkslaufe, Frankenmuth

Miller Repeats at Volkslaufe with a Little Flash, Lots of Speed By Charles Douglas McEwen

She entertained thoughts of breaking Andrea Pomaransky’s course-record 1:12:12, “but got a little tired toward the end,” she said. Miller finished nearly a mile ahead of women’s runner-up Rachel Glasson, 45, of Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, who timed 1:19:19. Lindsay White, 27, of Ferndale took third in 1:21:55.  

Miller enjoys this race no matter how fast she runs. “The people in Frankenmuth are amazing,” she said. “They put on one of the best events in the state. It’s all about the fireworks, the fudge, the running and ... “Now I get to go relax, eat a bunch of junk food, drink a good beer and hang out with everyone. It’s the best!”

Central Michigan University standout Casey Voisin, 21, also had a good day at “The People’s Run.” After finishing 10th last year, Voisin surprised himself by running away with the men’s 20K title. The race started out at an almost-leisurely pace with a lead pack of five or six runners, Voisin said. “I wasn’t planning on being up front the first mile, but it was something I could handle. Then, one by one, people started falling off.” Leo Foley, 34, of Clarkston was the last of them. “At 13K, he (Voison) made a move and I fell back a little,” said Foley. “That was all she wrote.” 26

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Jesse Anderson, 25, of Fenton defended his 10K title, winning in 32:46. He was followed by Joseph Newcomb, 20, of Tekonsha (33:01) and Joe Dimambro, 26, of Davison (33:23).

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Dimambro pushed Anderson for much of the race. “I didn’t feel secure until Scott (Hubbard) announced me (over the public-addess system) as the winner,” Anderson said.

Eastern Michigan University senior Amy Frauhammer, 20, of Saline won the women’s 10K in 38:00. She too had plenty of companionship. Runner-up Samantha Allmacher, 17, of Macomb (38:05) was with her much of the way. Third-place Tammy Nowik, 41, of Clarkston finished right behind in 38:17.

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20K winner Dani Miller defended her title.

Miller, 23, a Northwood University graduate who runs for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, defended her 20K title, running a personal-record 1:14:47.

Voisin won in 1:10:12. Next came Foley in 1:11:17 and John Worthington II, 20, of Warren in 1:12:38. Eric Green, 47, of Pontiac paced the masters in 1:17:32.

“It was tough, but a good effort and I’m happy with race,” said Frauhammer, who has German heritage. “Hopefully, I’m making my ancestors proud.” Nate Bussiere, 26, of of Midland repeated as men’s 5K champ in 15:15. Cally McCumber, 24, another Hansons-Brooks runner, paced the women in 17:30. Finishing 2-3 for the men were Mitchell Klingler, 23, of Coldwater in 15:22 and Jordan Desilets, 34, of Brighton in 15:40. Next behind McCumber were Samantha Johnson, 22, of Comstock Park in 18:35 and Allie Knoll, 19, of Warren in 19:22.

“I used to run this race when I was younger,” said McCumber. “It’s been about eight years between then and now, and it’s as much fun as I remember.” |

Riley McLincha, aka the Drubbler, is a regular at the Volkslaufe.

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FRANKEMUTH (7/4/15) — Wearing a big smile and a little jewelry, Dani Miller ran a gem of a race at the 40th annual Volkslaufe, presented by the Frankenmuth Jaycees.

Early leaders in the 10K are Adam Izer (bib 1299), eventual winner Jesse Anderson (bib 1875), Joseph Newcomb (bib 1344), Joe Dimanbro (bib 305) and Winston Stoudy (bib 1868).

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Liberty Run Summer Soulstice Sainsbury Birmingham Grand Prix Photos by Victah Sailer / St. Mary’s Bee Healthy for Life Clawson Freedom Run LIvonia Rotary Spree USATF Junior Outdoor Championships Photos by Victah Sailer / USATF Outdoor Championships Photos by Victah Sailer / AJC Peachtree Road Race Photos by Victah Sailer / Independence Aquathlon National Cherry Festival Cherry Mile Caseville Movin’ and Groovin’ Triathlon Ann Arbor Mile Dart for Art Crosstown Kids Triathlon Sainsbury Anniversary Games, London, England Photos by Victah Sailer / Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Photos by Victah Sailer / Meijer LPGA 5K Pan American Games Photos by Gary Morgan Cowbell Classic Little City Run

About the cover: Greg Meyer (bib no. 1), who finished the 5K in 23:06, joins Meijer LPGA 5K race director, Doug Bostain, and Dathan Ritzenhein. Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Liberty Run, Canton, June 20, 2015

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Kids race with their “Liberty� gear.

Karen Hutt finishes the 5K in 25:14.

James Sosbe Jr,, (bib 35) carries the flag as 5K runners round a corner. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - September / October 2015


Summer Soulstice, Southfield, June 20, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Photo left: Amanda Wolski of Dearborn celebrates as she approaches the finish line.

Photo below: Runners start the 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk in this evening race. A one mile family stroll was also part of the event.


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Sainsbury Birmingham Grand Prix, Birmingham, England, (Diamond League) June 7, 2015 Photos by Victah Sailer /

Photo right: Ann Arbor resident Nicole Sifuentes competed in the 1500 meter run for Canada, finishing in 4:15.55. Photo below: Tiffany Porter (hip no. 5), competing for Great Britain, finished third in the 100m hurdles, 12.65. Also pictured are Dawn Harper-Nelson (hip no. 6), U.S., finished first, 12:58 and Queen Harrison (hop no. 4), U.S., who finished fourth, 12:71.

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St. Mary’s Bee Healthy for Life, Saginaw, June 27, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Photo above: Thalia Morales (bib 588) and a friend finish the 5K walk.

Photo left: Margaret Grathwohl shows off her best bee outfit during the 5K run. Photo right: Mike Shaler of Saginaw finished the 10K Run in 47:26.

Starting the 5K run are Paige Kloha (bib 343), Emma Brown (bib 122), master winner John Darga (bib 402), 5K winner Ed Labair (bib 401 obscured), Cassie Williams (bib 496), and Jacob Faerber (bib 381). 6

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Clawson Freedom Run, Clawson, June 28, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Kevin Sherwood, aka Capt. America, finished the 5K in 22:15.

Richard Standiford, of Warren juggled his way through the 5K.

Isabelle Verellen, age 6, of Sterling Heights, ran the 5K in 36:28.

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Livonia Rotary Spree 5K, June 28, 2015 Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

This group from Ann Arbor raced together and finished the 5K in 34:04: Jevonne R (bib 269), Susan Eldrid (bib 266) in chair, unidentified runner pushing Susan, and Angela Neihoff (bib 268) right, in yellow.

USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, Eugene, Oregon, June 25-28, 2015 Photos by Victah Sailer /

Grant Fisher, racing many college athletes, finished third in the 1500m run, 3:58.77. 8

Georgetown-bound Audrey Belf finished fourth in the 5,000m run.

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Donavan Brazier’s medal hopes in the 800m run were dashed when he stepped out of his lane in the preliminary heats.

USATF Outdoor Championships, Eugene, Oregon, June 25-28, 2015 Photos by Victah Sailer /

The women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase provided lots of drama for Michigan athletes. Leah O’Connor (hip no. 4) lost her lead after a fall on the final water jump and finished fourth in 9:31.03. Nicole Bush (left) also fell head first on a water jump, finishing 11th in 9:54.51. See photo below left.

NIcole Bush falls head first into the water jump during the steeplechase, but finished the semi-final, and raced in the final.

Tia Brooks earned Michigan’s only U.S. spot on the IAAF World Championships team with her 2nd place in the shot put.

Olympian Jeffrey Porter came close to a spot on the IAAF World Championships team with a fifth place 13.25 in the 110 meter hurdles.

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AJC Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta, Georgia, July 4, 2015

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Team USA were the runners up in the Peachtree Cup. From left are Shalane Flanagan, 32:19; Tyler Pennel, 28:45; Rachel Ward, 34:11; Christo Landry, 29:05; Janet Bawcom, 34:10; and Bobby Curtis, 29:21.

Team USA member, Bobby Curtis, is a Hansons-Brooks runner from Louisville, KY.

The 2015 edition of the AJC Peachtree Road Race featured the Peachtree Cup, a team competition among teams representing Africa, the U.S.A., Europe and Asia. Athletes in the Peachtree Cup start the 10K on a soggy 4th of July. 10

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Independence Aquathlon, Howell, July 5, 2015

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Stonesteppers coach Mike Stone of Southfield ran and swam in 36:54.

Mona Shand of Brighton finished the Run/Swim/Run in 38:39.

Defending champion Matt Inch of Dallas Texas, was runner up this year, finishing behind winner Chris Matulis of St. Joseph.

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National Cherry Festival, Cherry Mile, July 9, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Athletes competing in the Cherry Mile High School Women’s race are eventual winner, Holly Bullough (bib 21), Sielle Kearney (bib 28 obscured), Karrigan Smith (bib 31), and Amber Gall (bib 24) . Additional races were Elite Men, Elite Women, Open Men and Open Women.

Runners starting the Cherry Mile High School Men’s race include Jacob Greer (bib 40), Jason Ferrante (bib 38), Keenan Rebera (bib 47), eventual winner Anthony Berry (bib 36), Brayden Huddleston (bib 43), and Nicholas Meddaugh (bib 46). 12

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Caseville Movin’ and Groovin’ Triathlon, July 12, 2015

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Triathletes complete the swim leg of the Caseville triathlon.

Alex Laorr celebrates finishing the olympic triathlon.

The Caseville triathlon accommotes athletes of all abilities. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - September / October 2015


Ann Arbor Mile Dart for Art, Ann Arbor, July 13, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Elite men who start the Ann Arbor Mile are Ian Hancke (bib 7), Matthew Deja (bib 11), Cole Sanseverino (bib 8), Jeremy Wilk (bib 12), John Darmody II (bib 25), Jacob Sussman (bib 18), Josh Davis (bib 19), and winner Lex Williams (bib 3).

Elite women starting the mile are Brook Handler (bib 17), -Cally Macumber (bib 355 obscured);, Chrisey Zimmermann (bib 10), winner Amanda Eccleston (bib 14), Rebecca Tracy (bib 24), Carolyn Watson (bib 16 obscured), and Sarah Boyle (bib 6). 14

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Crosstown Kids Triathlon, Howell, July 17, 2015

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Aoife Oates of Chelsea, age 11, finished the triathlon in 21:06.

Sainsbury Anniversary Games, London, England, July 2

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, July 19, 2015

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Zach Ripley of Rockford was runner-up in the half marathon with a time of 1:07:56.

Andi Ripley of Rockford finished the 5K in 18:41.

The Rock “n” Roll Chicago 5K starts by Lake Michigan. 22

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Meijer LPGA 5K, Rockford, July 25, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Rachel McFarlane of East Lansing is the women’s winner in 16:59.

Michigan running legend Greg Meyer, now a Belmont resident, ran the 5K in 23:05.

The Meijer LPGA 5K is held in conjunction with the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont. Billy Robinson (bib 399) and Tom Abbott (bib 396) are members of NBC’s broadcast team. Abbott finished in 24:10, then hosted the NBC Golf Channel’s broadcast later in the day. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - September / October 2015


Pan American Games, Toronto, July 10-26, 2015 Photos by Gary Morgan

Kyra Jefferson won silver in the 200m dash, 22.72, and was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 400m relay team.

Kendall Baisden won gold in the 400m das, 51.27, and also won gold as a member of the 4 x 400m relay team.

Nate Brannen took silver in the 1500, 3:41.66, while his teammate Charles Philbert-Thiboutot won bronze. 24

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Cowbell Classic, Royal Oak, August 1, 2015

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Of course, the Cowbell Classic cow mascot has a matching cowbell.

Dan Sanderson (bib 138) of Clinton Township gets in the “cowbell� spirit as does Jessica Roy (bib 139) of Royal Oak.

Little City Run, Melvindale, August 2, 2015

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Sydney Cicalo (bib 334), age 7, and Joadie Gifford (bib 336), both of Durand finish the 5K.

Emma Kern (bib 342) and Wendy Kern (bib 341), of Ann Arbor celebrate finishing the 5K. Emma finished in 24:02 and Wendy in 29:55. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - September / October 2015


Kona Strawberry Run, Belleville

Masters the ‘Berries’ at Kona Run BELLEVILLE (6/19/15) — Is 51 the new 31?

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This didn’t surprise me, as he hosts it to bring attention to the 501c3 nonprofit group Stay in the Shade, which supports persons who are survivors or are touched in any way by melanoma.

“I’m running better now at age 51 than I ever have,” said Davis, who finished just ahead of fellow women’s masters Erin Larusso, 45, of Ypsilanti (33:41) and Danie Matusik, 43, of Chelsea (36:21). “I probably ran four minutes faster than my previous-best 8K time.”

“This is my first race in quite a while,” said Larusso, who gained ground when the winner cramped near the end. “I wasn’t even looking at my watch, because I felt good the whole time,” she said.

In 2005 Karl was diagnosed with stage IIIb melanoma. “It was crazy,” he said. “I had three surgeries, spent about 20 nights in the hospital and was only given a 50-50 chance to survive. 

“During all this I couldn’t sit idle. So I looked into starting a nonprofit to fight melanoma. Turns out it’s not that hard; a couple months later, Stay in the Shade was born.” Its purpose is near and dear to my skin as well. As we filed onto the shaded Pontiac Lake trail, I was struck by how much light Karl was shedding on the cause by his generosity. Before runners arrived, he’d set up an aid table at the halfway point. It was simple, but had enough to refresh us, then get us back to our 10-mile runs.

A life-sized pineapple joins a strawberry at the Kona Strawberry Run.

The tables at the end of his runs always hold more bars, fruit, drinks than we can fill our bellies or pockets with. They sport my favorite in the winter: coffee. I’ve done his training runs since 2007 and they always draw colorful crowds. Runners’ true colors always shine through, it seems.

Larusso’s Patient Endurance teammate Eric Green, 46, of Pontiac, captured the men’s 8K in 28:31.

I had just stepped off the plane from a runcation in the Montana mountains. The couple running in front of me said they had also lived in Montana. They shared the story of their courting there and, now, marriage.

“It was really humid out there,” said Green, who led from the start and won comfortably. “I didn’t want to go too hard because I’m doing the Summer Solstice 10K tomorrow morning. “The scenery was wonderful,” Green said of the out-andback course, which provided glimpses of Belleville Lake. “The (downtown) finish was also nice. A lot of people cheered you on.”


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s runners gathered for Karl Lopota’s Stay in the Shade 10-mile training run, many reached for the sunblock he had set out way before water, power bars and free t-shirts.

Lori Leach Davis of Lapeer made case for it, winning the first-ever Kona Strawberry 8K Run in 33:34.

Larusso chased Davis the entire race. “I passed her at the beginning, but she was right behind me the whole way,” Davis said. “I could hear her footsteps.”

Shedding Light on Those Who Stay In Shade

Melanoma survivor Brian Buckley was thankful for not just this run, but to have had 28 years to tell his story and encourage others to keep their natural color by covering up. Brian, a two-case malignant melanoma survivor, has four children and a grandchild to stay healthy for. Running helps him keep up with all of them, he said.

Marcia Beyer (bib 753) of Canton, Brooke Wess (bib 752) of Wayne, Lauren Wright (bib 771) of Livonia, and Charlise Jewel Walters (bib 1139) of Ypsilanti run the 8K.

Jason Hall, 40, of Ann Arbor finished second in 28:55. “I stayed with Eric for maybe the first five meters,” said Hall. “He was pretty quick.” Maxwell McIroy, 24, of Ann Arbor took third in 29:43.

Nicholas Dubois, 26, of Saline won the men’s 5K in 18:02, followed by Ann Arborites Shawn Tydlaska, 34 (18:24) and Aidan Delfuoco, 15 (18:32)

Heidi Fugate, 41, of Livonia won the women’s 5K in 21:01. Next came Brianna Scholfield, 19, of Belleville (21:03) and Kelly Snyder, 40, of Flat Rock (23:43). For complete results, go to  

As the run ended and we stepped back into the light, all our colors richer from the time shared, we were treated to yoga for runners by Amanda Kramer. She had found shade for us all to stretch under, shared her spectrum of cooldown knowledge and yoga practice.

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Independence Aquathlon, Howell

Matulis Beats Two-Time Champ Inch in Aquathlon

“This is the race I’ve been training for,” said Matulis, 33, of St. Joseph. “I finally won it.”

The aquathlon consists of a 2K run, 750-meter swim in Thompson Lake and finishing 2K run. “I focused on this event entirely,” said the veteran triathlete. “I didn’t bike. I did track and pool workouts, and that’s it.”

Matulis led the race coming out of the lake during each of the last two years, but surrendered it to Matt Inch, 27, of Dallas, Texas, during the final run. This year he emerged from the water with a substantial lead over Inch. “He’s swimming really well,” said Inch. “He ate me up in the water.” Matulis finished in 21:42, 17 seconds ahead of Inch. Shawn Jyawook, 41, of Ann Arbor was third overall and the top masters finisher in 22:11.

Matulis and Inch, who were teammates on the Michigan State University triathlon team, have known each other for more than a decade. The win-

ner’s wife, Cindy, was also on that team.

“I’m proud of Chris. I know how hard he’s been working for this,” she said. “He trains everyday, non-stop, to the point he sometimes feels sick afterwards.”

Cindy Matulis, 31, who gave birth to the couple’s second child last year, held her own in the women’s aquathlon, finishing fourth overall. (Chris’ brother, Mike Matulis, 41, of Grand Haven placed ninth for the men in 25:37.) Jennifer Wortman, 32, of Ann Arbor was the overall women’s winner. She also won the onemile open water swim an hour before the aquathlon, leading both from start to finish.  Wortman had only a small lead on Amy Skitzki, 42, of Livonia, at the end of the first 2K run. She expanded it dramatically during the swim, then coasted to victory in 25:26.  

“This is my first aquathlon,” the winner said. “I’d like to do more, but every other (multi-disciplinary) race involves biking and I’m not a biker.” Jennifer Erichsen, 23, of Farmington Hills came in second in 27:48. Skitzki, the top masters woman, claimed third overall in 27:50. 

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HOWELL (7/5/15) — After finishing runner-up to Matt Inch the past two years, Chris Matulis swam and ran away with the 13th annual Independence Aquathlon, hosted by the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority at the city park.

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Amy Skitzki, the top masters woman, claimed third overall in 27:50.

Wortman won the open-water swim in 21:56, followed by Erin Carpenter, 48, of Berkley in 23:46 and Jenny Birmelin, 38, of Farmington Hills in 23:57.

Keith Erichsen, 18, of Farmington, a recent North Farmington High School graduate, paced the men in 20:28. Next came Jeremy Kennedy, 38, of Ann Arbor in 20:40 and Matt West, 40, of Ypsilanti in 20:43. Some 112 competitors took part in the aquathlon and open water swim, about 40 more than last year. For complete race results, go to - MR -


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The Alden Runs, Alden

From the Back of the Pack: Alden Run Rallies Healthy Fun By Mickey Fivenson ALDEN (7//25/15) — Race director Steve Kershner and registration chair Diane Verploegh welcomed more than 450 participants to this year’s Alden 5K and 10K runs.

Runners experienced a friendly, small town setting, helpful volunteers and beautiful, wooded courses. The Downtown Alden Business Association provided ice cream cones, snacks, lots of door prizes, home-made wooden plaques and Kershner’s entertaining award presentation. Bill Swift, 72, of Traverse City, who ran his 1,024th race, said running has kept him “out of trouble. Make a point of enjoying the run, the scenery and the people,” he advised.

Age-group winner Edwardo Codagnone, 13, also claimed the distance prize for coming furthest to participate. He is from Barcelona, Spain, and was born in Milan, Italy. Edwardo, who speaks four languages, ran with 11 members of the extended family of Tom Burke, 52, of Wilmington, Del., who just nosed me out in the 5K. The run is a family tradition for the Burkes.

David Brock, 64, of Grand Rapids went to see the doctor for a broken toe. The doc asked David where his wheelchair was, then told him how serious the arthritis was in his feet. The broken toe was the least of David’s worries. He uses running and stretching to control his arthritis.

David Farmer, 58, of Okemos, runs to stay in shape and to keep up with his beautiful wife. He loves to de-stress from his gas-and-oil industry job while running and listening to music on his iPod. David’s brother and family came to the run from Calgary, Alberta.

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His wife Mary, hospitalized recently for bulging back discs, tested her fitness and recovery by walking the 5K. She finished upright and happy. Ward Nichols, 68, of Ann Arbor works for Wellness at Blue Cross-Blue Shield and has run for more than 30 years. Pat Lambert, 73, of Alaska, runs for enjoyment; Bob Britton, 59, of Traverse City because it makes him feel whole.

Jeff Hiller, 61, of Kalkaska, warmed up for the race running wind sprints. He looked like any of the other fit and trim runners until I learned he broke his back at age 44. If he had not been in running shape, he could have easily been fully paralyzed. Jeff spent a week in the hospital, was placed in a fullbody cast, forced himself to walk and then jog. He started running again seven months later. He is a race “winner.”

Rita Havel, 62, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., started running to deal with the grief of losing her 8-yearold daughter. While training, Rita was severely bitten by a German shepherd and ran the Boston Marathon seven days later. She met her husband, Jim, in 1991, during the Free Press Marathon and has a 3:42 PR at that distance. Gary VanKuilken, 57, of Texas, a 50-states marathon finisher, has completed 75 marathons with a 3:26 PR — all after a doctor told him not to run due to knee issues. His wife Denise, 57, ran the 5K. She was also told not to run by a doc due to knee issues.  Their daughter, Michelle, a neurologist practicing in Chicago, runs for cardiovascular benefits, weight management and to prevent diabetes, which is in her family. Her fiancé, Michael Johnson, is a management consultant. He runs to prevent heart disease because his father experienced a triple bypass.

Kent Walker, 74, of Baltimore, has finished many half marathons, is a cross country coach and Alden Run finish line volunteer for more than 30 years.


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Run Across Congo Opens Eyes, Hearts to Need By Ron Marinucci

he Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second-largest country in Africa in area and fourth-largest in population.

Despite having an abundance of natural resources, political instability, government corruption and economic backwardness have rendered the Congo one of the least-developed nations on earth. It has suffered 20 years of civil war, starvation, disease and AIDS. It’s been called “the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman.” Despite that, nine women from across the United States, including Randi Stoltz and Meryl Marsh of Michigan, ran seven marathons in seven days in the Congo. Four other Michiganders and another woman from Ohio organized and coordinated the achievement. Run Across Congo was the third such effort sponsored by the Traverse City-based nonprofit On the Ground. Entrepreneur Chris Treter founded OTG to support the development of communities in farming regions.

So far it has undertaken projects in Mexico and Nicaragua, plus runs across Palestine, Ethiopia and now the Congo. OTG has helped to build local water systems and schools, aid women’s access to micro-loans and develop gender-equality initiatives in those nations.

Run Across the Congo had several purposes. One was to raise awareness of the gender inequality there, especially in the eastern Congo. Another was to raise money to support a clinic for women who are victims of the sexual abuse, train soldiers’ widows in income-generating activities to support their families and communities, and encourage female ownership of and inclusion in the coffee production there. Stoltz a senior OTG staff member who helped to organize RAC, also ran in it. “Each day was 42K — the 26.2-mile marathon distance —- of running for each team member for seven straight days,” she said. “It’s hard for some folks to let that sink in when they hear or read it. But that’s what each of us did each day.” “The terrain in Southern Kivu, in the eastern Congo, ranged from hills to mountains, lakes at our side, rivers and desert stretches to lush green jungle. “Some days we’d start in the dry lowlands and climb the entire) 42K,” Stoltz went on. “Along the way, we could see the change in the texture and color of soil beneath our feet.” “Most days the temperature was at least 80 degrees when we started and hit the 100s at the peak.” Rain on the third day brought some respite, but that was the only precipitation they saw. OTG founding member Timothy Young, from


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Michigan, has been a community-service volunteer worldwide for more than 30 years. “As the incountry logistics coordinator, I was engaged in all the pre-planning, country visits and community-building required leading up to the run,” he said.

Young sees RAC as “a seedplanting expedition (which created) a platform to raise funds and awareness for the plight of women in this region.” He was “shoulder-toshoulder with the runners, attending to their daily needs, such as food, shelter, security and community visits.”

Congolese women face daily struggles for themselves and their families to survive.

Each day’s schedule differed somewhat, but not much. “Most days had us starting the run at daybreak to help beat the heat,” Young said. “We ate along the way and visited farming communi- Nine women from across the United States, including Randi Stoltz and Meryl Marsh of Michigan, ran seven ties and coffee washing stations, marathons in seven days in the Congo. all the while enjoying the beautiful landscape South Kivu shares.” At their overnight spots, the team would have dinner and a meeting. “We’d rub out our legs with Although the marathons weren’t races, time was any Coke or Fanta bottles we could scrounge,” an important factor. The team had to run not Stoltz remembered. Then it was off to sleep, often against the clock but the sun “since we had to be at in shared beds with mosquito netting. “Then we’d our destination by dark for safety,” Stoltz rememwake up to do it all over again,” she said. bered. Having also run across Palestine, Stoltz cau“When we arrived at the finish line for the day, tioned teammates “we may be sleeping on the if we weren’t at our destination for rest, we would ground or in the backyards of farmers’ homes.” Inhop in two Land Rovers,” she continued. “Fourstead, “Lodging was better than what we prepared wheel drives are a must there. We’d and drive befor. We stayed in motels, homes and ministers’ comtween one and three hours on the highway – really pounds. We had electricity or generators running “a dusty dirt road,” she noted. |

when we arrived, plus water most days.”

Food was local but included ample carbohydrates. “We ate potatoes, rice and cassava,” Stoltz said. Among the vegetables were beans, sweet potatoes and cassava (manioc) leaves cooked as greens. Protein came from eggs and meats such as chicken and goat.

For run nourishment, “we ate energy bars and food we packed individually, along with fresh avocadoes, oranges, bread and cheese we bought from markets along the way,” Stoltz said. “An ultra-run like this peels away layers of yourself you may not have known existed,” she went on. “It pushes your limits physically, mentally and emotionally in a way you’ve never experienced or expected.

“It is hard to put this experience into words. Life in the Congo is much different than anywhere I’ve traveled and unimaginable for most Americans,” she said.

“Each runner,” said Young, ”had a life-changing experience, made connections that will last a lifetime and will be advocates for women in the region for years to come.

“(RAC) was daring, challenging and unconventional in many ways. And it worked!”

“Through the conflict this vibrant culture has faced,” Stoltz said, “they continue to persevere with hope and with peace. It was an honor to meet the women and hear their stories. It was humbling to shake their hands.

“Friends have praised out team’s strength for doing this, but I drew my strength from the Congolese women. They face daily struggles for themselves and their families to survive, have had their bodies exploited as spoils of war for decades, carried pounds upon pounds of water and supplies on their backs, up mountainsides for miles. Seeing their struggles as we ran by made our runs for the day seem easy. “‘This run give us hope there are people in the world who still hope and care for us,’ one woman farmer told me.

“Our musical ambassadors (Akili Jackson from Michigan and Ben Cohen from Toledo, Ohio) collaborated each day with local musicians, artists and youths. They’re creating an album from their experiences,” Stoltz continued. After the run came Saveur du Kivu, the Congo’s first-ever coffee-cupping competition. It gave farmers knowledge behind the selling of their coffee, along for ideas to achieve more-fair prices. “Working together, we can change lives around the world,” Stoltz said. For more on RAC and OTG, visit - MR -

Running Bad


By Bob Godfrey

’ve been running since 1973, which today makes 42 years. I am 71 years old and a proud, thankful member of the 70-plus age group. Thankful because most of my competition is older than I am ... for now at least.

This notion held until last week when I placed second in a 5K and received a medal. I later learned that was second out of two in my age group; the first-place runner, age 81, finished 10 minutes faster than I did. In the race overall I placed second to last.

Running, loosely defined, can also include jogging or jogging/walking. But a real runner enters and completes races, as writer/philosopher George Sheehan once intoned to the faithful. To be a runner you must wear a bib with a number on it and finish the race, even if reduced through exhaustion, injury or illness to barely walking, creeping, crawling or being pushed or pulled over the line. I have now become a runner, but that’s a recent upgrade after my jogging years. Running was as hard for me when I started as it is today, which is counterintuitive since with practice it should get easier.

When I swam competitively in high school and college, facing a brutal practice session in cold water felt on most days impossible. Once in the pool, it wasn’t great but OK. Same with running. Getting out the door for me is like pushing a boulder uphill. Sometimes I can’t force myself to do it.

In the 1970’s through the first few years of the 2000’s, I mostly ran in the mornings. The corporate jobs I had then couldn’t be finished in time to run after work. Even if I’d been able to complete them, I couldn’t have found the resolve to head into the darkness before dinner. Then I would have been eating around 7 or 8 p.m. and missing family time. Sometimes I was too tired by then to eat anything at all. Mornings were better for the task, but the challenge never varied. Now the process is reversed. After a heart attack and placement of stents several years ago, a 2:30 p.m. nap has become obligatory. Once roused, I repair to a designated home gym in the basement, where all manner of athletic gear is consigned. It is barely organized and can’t house any more items, no matter how small or valuable they may be. I’ve been planning since moving here six years ago to straighten it out. But it’s just gotten worse with each t-shirt, running log and pair of shoes acquired. Good runners make it look effortless: seamless leg turnover with maximum speed, style, grace and yardage. Arm movements coordinate with legs. Head up, eyes straight ahead, with the occasional nearly-invisible slight turn to the left, right, up or down to calibrate space and any imminent interruption (cars, bikes, pedestrians, other runners or interlopers).

A bad runner does and is none of this. Even starting is problematic. I have no problem visualizing the benefits running will bring me. But physically setting forth is a constant struggle. If I consider it long enough, I talk myself out of going.


Here are some preferred rationales:

Weather: Whatever the current conditions or forecast, it is easy to change it mentally. For example, if it’s perfect but windy, running will be too difficult, I will need a new route and there won’t be as much advantage, so I may as well not go anyway. Feeling: If there is any pain, it may worsen or at least affect my stride. So would be better not to run altogether.

Time: It’s so close to mealtime, I’ll need to return soon and that’s just not worth the effort. So I’ll pass completely. I never run too soon after eating either, so it’s easier not to go at all. On and on ...

A balancing act ensues: Yes, I should go, can’t miss another day, need to get in at least X days this week, a race is coming up, need to train, I would feel guilty otherwise, etc. Or no: It’s too risky, there won’t be enough time to finish, I really should do X, Y and Z instead, the weather looks dicey, it’s supposed to rain later. And all the rest. On the times I do dress and make it out the door, fear sets in. One of the reasons I enjoyed morning running was the absence of other people staring, I believed, watching my every move. Although navigating in the dark is harder and potentially dangerous, it’s less tense psychologically because I am worry-free about how I look and how slow I am. Plus it gives me a great excuse: Starting in the evening, oncoming car headlights make me look down to avoid being blinded. This lets me run with less concern about being seen by others. Looking at the ground helps me sidestep ice, rocks, cracks or anything else that may jeopardize forward progress. I can jog, walk when needed and won’t be scrutinized. I can relax. Further, I seem genetically unable to walk, let alone jog or run, as fast as the average person, regardless of conditioning. Multiple empirical self-studies conducted confirm I cannot keep pace with others.

When casually walking beside or behind someone in normal urban foot traffic, I inexorably fall behind without even trying. This is my natural stride. It doesn’t lend itself well to running. In that mode I overcompensate and finish poorly. Regardless of effort expended, I can’t beat the times I’ve established in other races.

So you’re now a runner, you say, albeit a bad one. Why not just quit while you’re ahead? Facing all these challenges, there must be better and easier things to do: watching TV, dog-walking, sitting and staring into space. I know because I’ve tried all of them. Call it another form of addiction. Slow down? Yes. Run less often? OK. Don’t enter as many, or any, races? Sure. But stop completely? Not a chance. Besides, I still have to beat that 81-year-old someday. - MR -

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National Cherry Festival, Meijer Festival of Races, Traverse City

Run Thru Hell, Pinckney

Perfect Day to Run Thru Hell

From the Back of the Pack: National Cherry Festival By Mickey Fivenson

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Gary Lake, 69, of Honor, known as the Bayer Aspirin Man from national TV ads, ran the the 15K. In 2004 he suffered a heart attack caused by Joanne Tuscany (bib no. 733) & Charity Goodman (bib no. heredity issues. 732) conquered McKinley Road’s Mt. McKinley in the 15K. Through a regimen of running and a daily Bayer aspirin, he is now healthier than ever. He always places in and often wins his event. John Johnson of Indian River and Bill age group in big races. Since his heart attack, Lake has run Ruesink of Williamsburg, both 71, ran the 15K. a 3:07 marathon, survived the 2013 Boston bombing and John won his age group. Dale Gauthier, 64 of Trahas beaten former Olympian/now running author/busiverse City used to be always tired. Running cured nessman Jeff Galloway. “If you’ve suffered a heart attack, him. Dan Hitchens, 81, of Traverse, credits running don’t be timid about conditioning. Talk to your doctor, and good genes for his good health. then go for it,” Lake said.

Richard Naperala, 70, of Traverse City has controlled high cholesterol through exercise. Fellow TC residents Linda Marshall, 61, Rod and Barbara Michaelson, both 67, also credit running for helping them stay healthy. Erin Heard of Quincy, who ran her first half marathon, has also crossed skydiving off her bucket list and plans to learn scuba diving next.

Cindy Boyce, 57, of Plymouth was our biggest loser, having shed 80 pounds thanks to running. Mary Ann and Jim Linsell of Traverse City, 61 and 64 respectively, love to eat and control their weight by running. Peter Hansfor, 58, of Stratford, Ontario, started coming to Traverse 21 years ago, stayed at a 40

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PINCKNEY (8/8/15) – Race director Harrison Hensley’s Run Thru Hell 4.8- and 10-mile runs have been called bucket-list races.

Kingsley High School sophomore Rennie King ran a 5:22 in the Golden Mile and volunteers for this

From where I ran at the back of the pack, all of us were winners. We got more than our money’s worth in the form of good health and well-being, plus cherries and cookies at the finish.

Don Vanderzwaag, 75, of Holland started running 47 years ago, has lost 20 pounds and was last year’s age group winner. Lalene Kay, 59, from Berea, Ohio, who ran the 15K, ran to relieve stress through two pregnancies.

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nearby campground and ran with his entire family.

Jack Ross, 86, of Traverse ran for anger management after going through a tough divorce. He took second in his age group in the 5K, running under a false name. The still-practicing dentist has completed 25 marathons and usually wins his age group. His daughter Jessica Ross took third place in her age group in the 5K.

Running helped Jim Adair, 60, of Traverse quit smoking 15 years ago. Glen Lile, 63, runs so he can live longer. Bo Clampitt, 81, ran for stress relief during a divorce. Ex-smoker Foy Baillie, 67, of of Traverse runs for mental and physical health. Who were the fastest racers? Look them up on the National Cherry Festival website. In the meantime, Elliot and her volunteers invite you to join them at next year’s races. - MR |

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TRAVERSE CITY (7/11/15) — The 43rd annual National Cherry Festival of Races drew close to 3,300 participants for its half-marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K races. Race director Michelle Elliot, her interns and volunteers received gifts and premiums from sponsors including Meijer, Priority Health, Chateau Grand Traverse and Cherry Bay Orchard.

Mariah Mitchell (bib 498) and Dimond Williams (bib 500) encounter “The Devil.”

hilly jaunt through Hell — which brings runners back year after year for the challenge, positive energy and spirit of “Runners’ Friend” Dolores Hensley as the t-shirts called her – is a fixture. “The run’s a great tune-up for Crim,” said Sheila Allen, who knows she can compete and test her fitness each year on a course that doesn’t change and hills that don’t deflate, overseen by a loving-if-ornery race director who doesn’t waiver.

“I’m tickled pink!” Hensley beamed, pleased by the cool, overcast conditions on a day that is historically hot, muggy and miserable for running. Dominating the women’s 4.8-mile for the third straight year was Stephanie Sherman, who finished in 30:18. Nick Hartstang stormed to 47-second victory in the men’s race, crossing in 28:36. Michael Cox (54:02) and Miranda Haas (1:02:54) led their respective fields in the 10-mile competition.

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Charlevoix Marathon, Charlevoix

The Legend, Laingsburg

Charlevoix Marathon Heats Up Competition

Legend Steps Up 10Mile to Half Marathon

By Tracey Cohen

LAINGSBURG (8/1/15) — “What state is this?” asked The Legend race director Randy Step, pleased with the “beautiful day.”

By Tracey Cohen

CHARLEVOIX (6/27/15) – The Charlevoix Half Marathon, never lacking for talented runners, stepped it up a notch as the eighth race of this year’s Michigan Runner Series.

The senior masters star finished in 1:21:03, which would have won last year’s overall race by more than three minutes. This year it was good for just ninth. Still, he and his wife were impressed.

Claire Borchers, the women’s half marathon champion and second overall in 1:28:47, said,

Video frame by Jeff Zita

“The series really draws competition,” Brian Olsen said.

Nearly 600 runners, confronting blue sky, bright sun, temperatures in the 70s with no rain or wind, shared Step’s sentiment as they tackled the trails of Sleepy Hollow State Park 20 minutes north of Lansing.

“I love getting lost in the beautiful, peaceful course. “I love the constant corners and roots of the trail,” she continued. “It makes you feel like you’re going so fast! The atmosphere here is low-key but has the spirit of running and great runners.”

This aerial view of the Charlevoix course shows runners along Lake Michigan.

“I loved the Lake Michigan views and challenge of the hills,” Martha Olsen said.

Most of the 1,600 runners and walkers in the ninth annual Charlevoix Marathon, half, 10K and 5K shared those sentiments on a sunny day with calm winds and starting temperatures near 60°.

Half marathon champ Nick Stanko (1:09:19) said it took him nearly eight miles to catch recent University of Michigan graduate Morsi Rayyan, runner-up in 1:10:53. “It would have been much closer if gastrointestinal problems hadn’t slowed him down,” Stanko said.

“Good Boy Events always does a great job with their races,” the winner said.

Samuel Darling paced the men in 1:21:05. Step stepped up the original Legend 10-mile distance to a half-marathon this year, while retaining its 5-mile alternate.

Alana Garcia, 3:10:33 won the women’s marathon in 3:10:33 and Samantha McClellan the half in 1:19:12.

“Nobody signs up,” Step explained, referencing the decrease in 10-mile entrants since half marathons became more popular.

Nate Rauh-Biui (38:07) and Keane Kayla (39:49) were 10K champs. Austin Salmoe (18:25) and Victoria Ostrander (20:14) won the 5K.

Race director Ron Suffolk said he plans to make next year’s 10th anniversary race the most special yet.

For complete results and information about next year’s race, visit and

Veteran runner Lemon James was among those who welcomed the change. “I always enjoy Running Fit events,” she said. Jeremy Doody won his third-straight men’s 5-mile title in 31:13. Kelly Valente led the women in 34:22.

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The marathon also saw faster times. Niko Jeftich won in 2:33:14, followed by Carson Truesdell in 2:34:44 and Nicholas Budzyn in 2:34:52.

“We were all pretty much within eyeshot the whole way,” said Budzyn, elated about shaving more than 20 minutes from his previous marathon best time.

“It’s a beautiful course,” he went on. “I will definitely be back.” Jamie Dodge, running here for the second time, said she enjoyed the opportunity to visit family, run a “beautiful race” and hang out in a “gorgeous town.” Wisconsin resident Carolyn Gottsacker celebrated her first marathon finish, noting the “awesome sunrise” at the start.


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The Super Run, Detroit

Gallup Gallop, Ann Arbor

Tomorrow’s Heroes Shine at Super Run

Gallup Gallop’s Move to Saturday a Success

By Kacey Tulley

By Tracey Cohen

Photo courtesy of Kacey Tulley

When most entrants are missing their two front teeth, grinning ear-to-ear and dressed in superhero costumes, you know it will be a great day to spectate.

Capes become streams of color as kids take off on their Super Run quest to raise funds for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

There’s a hush among Super Run entrants, then nervous giggles as the mini-us-es inch closer to go time. These heroes have villainous potholes to leap, bolders to bound over. “Up, up and away!” the announcer shouts.

Capes become streams of color as kids take off on their Super Run quest to raise funds for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. The kids run with all they’ve got. No chip can measure that kind of pace. They run with light, happy feet ... this next generation whose times we will covet, stories we will read and places they visit we will only dream of. Our heroes who will save the world because they learned young you don’t finish without first toeing the starting line. They will sweat, breathe harder than they thought they could ... and will be OK. They run because someone ran miles beside them, believed in them and now they believe in themselves. That’s how you save the world, one race at a time, one kid at a time ... Ready, set, fly!

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ANN ARBOR (7/11/15) — Be careful what you ask for when speaking with Gallup Gallop race director Hal Wolfe. He listens and makes things happen.

“Historically the race has been held on Sunday in conjunction with Huron River Day,” said Wolfe, “but last year runners asked it be moved to Saturday. “Most Sunday races are held due to road closures, but we don’t have any roads to close!” Contained within Gallup Park, the fast, flat and scenic 5K course consists of two laps circling Geddes Pond. Wolfe, in his second year as director, moved the race’s 35th annual running to a Saturday and saw nearly 300 runner enjoy a sunny day with temperatures close to 70°. Soon-to-be-high school sophomore Shane Andrews set the pace, finishing in 19:08. Laurel Park led the women in 20:11.


Running Blind communications director Hope Springstead ran the race for the second time.

“I liked running by the water and having shade on the course,” said Andrews. “The relaxing atmosphere was nice too.”

James Edwards called Springstead an inspiration.

“It’s a beautiful location and event,” Park said.

“It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning,” Edwards said of the race.

Proceeds from the day, which also included a one-mile run, benefitted Running Blind and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Running Blind benefactor and newly-appointed communications director Hope Springstead, who ran the race for the second time, rated the Gallop highly.

“And,” Swanson added regarding the move to Saturday, “it’s nice to feel like I can take the rest of the weekend off and relax.”

“I like the sound of running over the bridges and the soft surface the woodchips provide,” said Springstead, who acted as the official race starter, then jumped in with her guide and improved on her time here last year by almost two minutes. “They give you that extra push to run faster.” Ann Arbor Track Club vice president Reed Swanson and treasurer

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Editor’s note: This article was first posted on the AATC website

Photo by Tracey Cohen

DETROIT (5/2/15) — The race starting line is an amazing place. The different colors, nervous smiles, tapping toes against the chalk line and laces tied just right can take a runner’s breath away. Even better is when shoes are mini-shoes ... ones on kids.

The race continues to support Huron River Day, and holding it on Saturday eased many logistics such as parking and city resources. Participants who returned for the next day’s festival were given free boat rides. For complete results and information on next year’s race, visit For more on its charity partners, go to and - MR -

September / October 2015 Event Calendar Tue, 9/1/15 Tue, 9/1/15 Tue, 9/1/15

Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - Vivios Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays

4-6M training runs training

Detroit Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe

(248) 356-0825 (586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325

Tue, 9/1/15 Tue, 9/1/15 Wed, 9/2/15

Pool Drool Doggy Dash PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

3.4MR/W, 2MR/W, 1MR/W 4-8 MR

Shelby Ann Arbor Utica

(906) 280-2983 (313) 815-4513 (248) 693-9900

Thu, 9/3/15 Thu, 9/3/15

Ann Arbor Running Co. / Saucony Saline Hornet Early Bird Open Meet Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

Brighton Royal Oak

(734) 649-2091 (248) 616-9665

Thu, 9/3/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15

Michigan Peach Festival 5 & 10K Run Aliferis Memorial Duathlon / Bike / 5K Awareness About Migraines

Sat, 9/5/15

Sat, 9/5/15

Beaver Island Half Marathon, 10K and 5K


10KR, 5KR/W Romeo 13.1MR, 5KR, Du; 18MB/5KR Alpena 5KR/W Lansing

Big Bad Wolf Adventure Challenge & 5K

5KR/W, adventure

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR

Beaver Island

Grand Marais Junior Triathlon Harrison Back to School Days 5K Run/Walk InTheCut 5K

wade/swim, run, bike/trike 5KR/W 5KR/W

Grand Marais Harrison Detroit

(906) 494-2700 (989) 539-1872

Marquette Marathon Marshall Run

26.2MR, 13.1MR 5KR/W

Marquette Newaygo

(906) 236-2902 (616) 866-6665

Sat, 9/5/15

Cadillac Festival of Races

Sat, 9/5/15

Labor Day 30K Run & 10K Walk/Run

Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15

Owen Scully Memorial Big Star Lake 15K & 5K PR Fitness Group Run Priority Health Move to the Beats 5K/10K

15KR, 5KR, kids run 3-20 MR 10KR/W, 5KR/W

Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15

Run for River House Run Like The Wind RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run

Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15

Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15

Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15 Sat, 9/5/15

Sun, 9/6/15

Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15

(989) 619-6115 (989) 356-9041

Big Rapids

10K, 5K, Kid’s, Tri


(231) 876-0010

(248) 685-3020

Baldwin Ann Arbor Royal Oak

(616) 394-0223 (313) 815-4513 (734) 341-5867

5KR/W, 1MFR 10KR, 5KR/W 10MR, 6MR, 3MR

Grayling Westland Detroit

(989) 370-3636 (517) 702-0226 (313) 638-2831

Running with the Cows 5K Touched by Adoption

5KR 5KR/W, kids run

New Era Portland

(231) 578-9381 (517) 599-1910

Ed Hansen Memorial Run/Walk Fall 16 Mile Marathon Training Run FreeP Course Preview Group Run

10KR, 5KR 4-16 MR 18MR - training

Ontonagon Lake Orion Detroit

(906) 884-8108 (248) 693-9900 (313) 638-2831

Grand Marais 5K Grand Marais Triathlon Hansons Group Run

5KR, kids tri Tri: 300-yardS/ 14MB/ 5KR training

Grand Marais Grand Marais Lake Orion

(906) 494-2700 (906) 478-5244 (248) 693-9900

Boyne City Triathlon

30KR, 10KR, kids run, 30KB Milford

(231) 448 - 2505

(231) 598-1918

Tri: Olympic & Sprint; Du

Boyne City


(877) 300-1392

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015


Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15

Island Lake Triathlon - Fall Jaguar Harrier Classic Kellie Sebrell Cross Country Classic

Tri: Olympic, Sprint 5KR/W, kids run 5KRW

Brighton Huron Twp. DeWitt

(734) 845-7559 (313) 382-2300 (517) 669.3418

Sun, 9/6/15 Sun, 9/6/15 Mon, 9/7/15

Michigan’s Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Trufant Jubilee Stump Chasers 5K Belding Lions Labor Day Run

triathlon, aquabike, duathlon 5KR/W 5KR, 1MW

Detroit Trufant Belding

(231) 546-2229 (616) 560-6131 (616) 794-1630

Mon, 9/7/15

En Gedi Labor Day 5K Trail Run/Walk

5KR/W, 1.5MW


Mon, 9/7/15

Jordan Valley’s George Hawley Memorial Run

10KR, 5KR/W, kids run


Mon, 9/7/15 Mon, 9/7/15

Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run Mackinac Bridge Walk


Mackinaw City St. Ignace

(517) 347-7891 (906) 643-7600

Mon, 9/7/15 Tue, 9/8/15

USA 20K Championships 20KR Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - Tony V’s Tavern 4-6M training runs

New Haven, CT Detroit

(248) 356-0825

Tue, 9/8/15 Tue, 9/8/15 Tue, 9/8/15

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays Hansons Youth Team

Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe Royal Oak

(586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325 (248) 616-9665

Tue, 9/8/15 Wed, 9/9/15 Wed, 9/9/15

PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Youth Team


Ann Arbor Utica Rochester

(313) 815-4513 (248) 693-9900 (248) 616-9665

Thu, 9/10/15 Fri, 9/11/15 Fri, 9/11/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays 9-11 Hero Run Cereal City Corporate Cup - 2 days

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

Royal Oak (248) 616-9665 Holt Battle Creek (269) 963-9622

Friday Five K


3 Disciplines Triathlon Festival of Races

triathlon, aquabike

Mon, 9/7/15 Mon, 9/7/15 Mon, 9/7/15

Fri, 9/11/15

Hart Healthy Labor Day 5K & Bridge Walk

5K, 2.2M, kidsR, hand cycling Hart

Labor Day Run & Potluck

10KR, 5KR/W, kids run

Run for CHUM Half Marathon and 5K

Fri, 9/11/15

Run Woodstock - Day 1

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

13.1MR, 5KR, kids run

training camp 4-8 MR



(231) 536-1546

(989) 274—9495

(517) 936-0295

East Tawas

(231) 546-2229

9-11 Memorial 5K 5KR/W Adam Rader Kaleidoscope of Hope Memorial Color 5KR/W Allegan Torch Run 5KR/W

Brighton Ludington Allegan

(810) 333-5289 (231) 631-7435 (616) 218-2596

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Applefest 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run Bach Trot & Mozart Mile Boots for Heroes 5K

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

Utica Lexington (810) 837-0660 Saint Louis

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Chippewa Hills Mountain Bike Race Christy’s Dance in the Park 5K City of Burton Patriot Day Hero Run

various, kids ride 5KR/W, 1MR 8KR/W, 2MR/W

Alpena Taylor Burton

(989) 727-3702 (313) 291-0352 (810) 244-1525

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

COVE Benefit Beach Walk and Run Dash for Dogs 5K Filer Credit Union Superhero Fun Run

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

Pentwater Spring Lake Manistee

(231) 869-5939 (231) 773-8689 (231) 723-3400

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

First National Bank of Wakefield Marathon Grape Lake 5K Run/Walk Grass Lake Heritage Day 5K

26.2MR 5K R/W 5KR/W

Wakefield Paw Paw Grass Lake

(906) 285-4711 (269) 657-1326 (517) 262-3032

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Happy Heart Run Harvest Stompede Holland Haven Marathon

5KR/W, 1MFR 7MR, 5KR/W 26.2MR, 13.1MR

Coldwater runningfoundation.comSuttons Bay (231) 421-1172 Grand Haven, Holland (616) 610-5782

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half Marathon Kazoo Area Foot Chase Lake Orion Night Run - Run Michigan Cheap

13.1MR & relay, 2M, kids run 4MR, 1MW 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W

Iron Mountain Portage Lake Orion

(906) 774-2200 (269) 321-9264 (989) 954-7190

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Law Enforcement Torch Run Live Centred Half Marathon Live Life Nspired 5K

5KR, 1KW 13.1MR, relay 5KR/W, 1.5MW

Port Huron Adrian Charlotte

(810) 894-9715 (517) 403-7687 (517) 543-9575

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Mackinac Island 8 Mile Road Race Max Broock Realtors’ Run on the Town 5K Michigan Remembers 9-11 5K - Lansing Area

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

Mackinac Island Birmingham Lansing

(810) 659-6493 (248) 330-3401 (517) 333-6984


Michigan Runner - September / October 2015



(734) 929-9027

Sat, 9/12/15

100MR, 100KR, 5KR


(269) 689-7490

(231) 301-8449

September / October 2015 Event Calendar

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Mt. Baldhead Challenge Mud Creek Crawl

15KR, 5KR/W, kids run 10KR, 5KR/W

Douglas Sanford

(269) 857-8241 (989) 274-9495

(810) 794-4911

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

NSO Riverwalk 5K Patriots 5K PR Fitness Group Run

5KR, 1MR 5KR/W 3-20 MR

Detroit Hillsdale Ann Arbor

(313) 961-4890 (517) 398-3056 (313) 815-4513

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Ramblin’ Rock Invitational Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Tri

HS X-C 5KR tri, du

Belleville East Grand Rapids

(734) 416-7774 (616) 949-1750

Run Down Human Trafficking Run for Life

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

Spring Lake (616) 846-2875 Sterling Heights

Sat, 9/12/15

Muskrat Classic Run



Sat, 9/12/15

Rockin’ Marathon Relay

Sat, 9/12/15

Run for Your Heart

13.1M, 10K, 5K, 1M, kids run Saginaw

(989) 754-7283

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run SOTL Storm Runners Race

10MR, 6MR, 3MR 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR

Detroit Brighton

(313) 638-2831 (734) 231-2792

Splatter 5K Run/Walk St. Mary Fall Festival 5K Prediction Run Strides Off the Vine 5K


Lapeer Morrice Bark River

(810) 245-2245 (517) 625-4260 (906) 399-9212

Grand Rapids Sandusky

(616) 458-6870 (810) 987-9337

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Sat, 9/12/15

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15

Run Woodstock - Day 2

26.2M relay


50M, 50K, 26.2M, 13.1M, 5K


(734) 929-9027

Royal Oak

The Great Beer Run

The Rx Run Walk/ Run To Remember

60M, 26.2M, 25K, 10K, 5K 5KR/W

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15 Sun, 9/13/15

Wildcat Warrior Obstacle Challenge Run/Walk Witch’s Hat Run Baker Woods Challenge

1MR/W Canton (313) 799-3889 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W, 1 MFR South Lyon (248) 207-5135 5KR, 1/2MR Hesperia

Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

Come Clean Duathlon Cooper’s Mini 5K

duathlon: 5KR/ 10MB/ 5KR 5KR/W, 1MR/W

Haslett Auburn Hills


Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

Fall 16 Mile Training Run Flaming Pickle 5K

16 MR 5KR/W, 1MR

Grosse Pointe Highland

(313) 882-1325 (248) 872-6930

Fowlerville Football Fun Run



(517) 223-6481

Hansons Group Run


Lake Orion

(248) 693-9900

Harrier Cross Country Classic


New Boston

(313) 382-2300 (517) 374-5700

Sun, 9/13/15

Sun, 9/13/15

Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

Embrace Life 5K

Growler Gallop

Bay City (248) 721-6698



10MR, 5KR

Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

5K canoe/ 20KB/ 5KR

(248) 543-1000

Sat, 9/12/15

Sat, 9/12/15 Sat, 9/12/15


(313) 304-0903


Sun, 9/13/15

Hartman Creek Trail Run

Hawk Island Sprint & Olympic Triathlon



Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

Hero for a Day 5K Pounding Pavement for Paradise 5K

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

Grand Blanc Columbiaville

Run Woodstock - Day 3


Sun, 9/13/15

26.2MR, 13.1MR, 10KR

Waupaca, WI

(715) 701-0361

(810) 962-0201

Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

TEC Fest 5K Trail for the Troops Run/Walk



St. Joseph (269) 876-0710 St. Johns

(734) 929-9027

UMich ASDA Turner’s Trot


Ann Arbor

(517) 945-6875

Mon, 9/14/15

Hansons Youth Team


Sterling Heights

(586) 323-9683

Tue, 9/15/15 Tue, 9/15/15 Tue, 9/15/15

Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - P. J.’s Lager House4-6M training runs Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays training Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays

Detroit Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe

(248) 356-0825 (586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325

Tue, 9/15/15 Tue, 9/15/15 Wed, 9/16/15

Muskegon Law Enforcement 5K PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

5KR/W, 1MR 4-8 MR

Muskegon Ann Arbo (313) 815-4513 Utica (248) 693-9900

Thu, 9/17/15

Eastgate 5K Run/Walk

5KR/W, 1/2MR

Grand Rapids

Sun, 9/13/15

Zero Prostate Cancer Run - CANCELLED


(248) 336-5735

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

Sun, 9/13/15

Royal Oak

(313) 304-0903

Sun, 9/13/15 Sun, 9/13/15

10KR, 5KR, FW

(734) 655-1595

(616) 245-9179

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015


Thu, 9/17/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

Fri, 9/18/15

Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational college and high school x-c

Sat, 9/19/15

9/11 Heroes Run

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Fri, 9/18/15

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Royal Oak

(248) 616-9665

(616) 340-2720

East Lansing

(517) 432-5510

KSRP Ride-a-Thon 5K



9/11 Heroes Run Agri-Fit Challenge

5KR, 1MR/W 5KR obstacke

University Center Ithaca

(215) 348-9080 (989) 463-5525

Alive and Running VA 5K Fun Run/Walk Allegiance Health Race to Health

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

Battle Creek Jackson

(269) 419-9134 (517) 841-7455

Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour Books for Kids 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run Bulldog Run

25MB, 50MB, 75MB, 100MB 10KR, 5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Mackinaw City Benton Harbor Adrian

(888) 455-8100 (269) 281-1244 (517) 265-5161

5KR/W, 1MR

Baker’s Dozen Beer Run

Sat, 9/19/15

Capital City River Run Sohn Kids’ Race

Central Thumb K of C 5K Run & Walk Chasing the Cure for Ovarian Cancer

5KR, 1MW Cass City 10K, 5K, 5K pump & run, 1MR Sturgis

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Colors of Cancer 5K Dirt in the Skirt 5K Doggie Dash 5K


Ypsilanti Grand Junction Kalamazoo

Funky Heart 5K

5KR, 1MW


Grosse Pointe Run

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

Grosse Pointe Farms (313) 506-3982

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15


Festival of the Forks Run


Gilda’s Family 5K Walk & Run

5KR/W, 2MW, 1MW

(877) 228-4881


(734) 484-9676 (269) 427-7777 (269) 344-1474

(989) 872-4429 (269) 651-5581


(517) 914-3181

(616) 6744-6529

Royal Oak

(248) 577-0800

Jungle Jubilee


Farmington Hills

(800) 331-7437

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Kinde Polka Fest Run Komen Grand Rapids Race for the Cure®


Kinde Grandville

(989) 450-0844 (616) 752-8262

Kona Dexter Team Marathon

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

Little Traverse Half Marathon and 10K Miles for Meals 5K Miles for Memories

26.2M relay, 13.1M, 10K, 5K

13.1MR, 10KR/W 5KR/W, 1MR/W 5KR/W, 1/2MW


Mosquito Dash MSO Mary Boes 5K Fun Run/Walk Nike/Holly/Duane Raffin X-C Invitational

2KR 5KR X-C meet, 5KR, 2MR

Moran Rochester Davisburg

Perryfest Rambler

5KR/W, kids run


Harbor Springs (231) 526-2621 St. Clair Shores (586) 212-1673 Battle Creek

(517) 974-1969

PR Fitness Group Run

3-20 MR

Ann Arbor

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Race in These Shoes Glow Run Ralph’s Kids 5K and Kids Fun Run Roy O’Brien Ford “MIles for Meals” 5K

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

Shelby Twp. (586) 668-1967 New Era St. Clair Shores (586) 498-2414

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Run and Play for Ariana Mae Run for the Hills Run for the Impact 5K

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

Grand Ledge Tipton Fowlerville

(517) 242-1327 (517) 403-5358 (517) 861-9139

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Salmon Run 5K Save the Wildlife 5K Run/Walk

10MR, 6MR, 3MR 5KR/W 5KR/W, 1MR

Detroit Grand Haven Howell

(313) 638-2831 (616) 402-7778 (517) 376-9403

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

Snap Fitness Walk/Run for Life 5K SOS Animal Rescue Dirty Dog Trail Run Turn the Village Teal

5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W, kids walk 5KR/W

Ionia Midland Rochester

(616) 522-0301 (989) 492-0042 (248) 650-3071

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sun, 9/20/15

USATF 24 Hour Championships - 2 days XTERRA Lake Superior Shore Run Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour

24 hour run Cleveland, OH 13.1 MR, 5KR, Relay, Kids Run Marquette Mackinaw City

(888) 455.8100

Sun, 9/20/15

Deerfield Park Trail Half / 10K / 5K

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR

(989) 317-5889


Capital City River Run Cooley 5K

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015

26.2MR, Relay, 13.1MR, 5K 5KR, kids run


Lansing Lansing

Mt. Pleasant

(715) 701-0361

Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15

Silver City, MI

(906) 632-3373 (248) 608-0252 (248) 328-3400

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

26.2MR, 13.1MR, 5KR

(248) 685-0043

(248) 345-6168

J Rogucki Memorial Kensington Challenge

Sat, 9/19/15


(517) 485-8116

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15

15KR, 5KR/W


(989) 667-3440

Sat, 9/19/15

Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15 Sat, 9/19/15

13.1MR/W, 13.1MB

Bay City

(313) 815-4513

(517) 485-8116 (517) 332.2681

September / October 2015 Event Calendar

Sun, 9/20/15

Detroit’s Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

Give Music Life 5K Fun Run Great Lakes Run for Recovery

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

Waterford Marquette


(734) 531-8747

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15

Hansons Group Run Hemlock Sawdusts Days Dash 5K Trail Run Huron Valley Splatter Run

training 5KR/W 5KR

Lake Orion Hemlock White Lake

(248) 693-9900 (989) 798-6369 (248) 676-8389

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15

Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run Let’s Move Day 5K and Fun Run Race Judicata

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

Grand Rapids Grand Haven Bloomfield Hills

(616) 262-4124 (616) 607-6733 (248) 334-3400

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15

Romeo 2 Richmond Half Marathon Show Your Paws 5K The Drew Crew Walk Run Roll

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

Richmond Waterford Novi

(586) 212-1673 (248) 884-2273 (248) 761-5000

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15 Tue, 9/22/15

Timber Trail Races Turtle Trot 5K Downtown Detroit Run/Walk - Atwater in the Park

13.1MR, 8MR, 5KR/W 5KR/W 4-6M training runs

Harrison Ann Arbor Grosse Pointe Park

(989) 386-6662 (517) 580-3021 (248) 356-0825

Tue, 9/22/15 Tue, 9/22/15 Tue, 9/22/15

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

training 4-8 MR

Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

(586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Wed, 9/23/15 Wed, 9/23/15 Thu, 9/24/15

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Team One Run for Wine 5K Brookwood Beer Boogie Run


Utica (248) 693-9900 Saginaw (989) 205-5838 Burton

Thu, 9/24/15 Fri, 9/25/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays U.S. Border Patrol Explorers 5K / Daria’s Dash 20 Miler Trainer

5KR/W, 1MR 20MR, 10MR, 4MR

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

5K Park It on Lakeland Trail State Park A Mother’s Wish All Feet No Hands 5K

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

Hamburg Twp. (734) 878-3407 Lake Orion (248) 459-0735 Williamston

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Brookview Pirate Run Cedarville 5 Mile Run/Walk CGRESD Area School Hero 5K Run/Walk

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

Benton Harbor Cedarville Clare

(269) 876-0710 (906) 322-2091 (989) 386-3682

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Cornerstone University Alumni & Friends 5K Crusader 5K and Madonna Mile Cupcake Run

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

Grand Rapids Livonia Auburn

(616) 222-1439 (734) 432-5426 (517) 643-6240

Holly Sparta

(248) 634-8981 (616) 887-2454

Sun, 9/20/15 Sun, 9/20/15

13.1MR, 5KR

(734) 891-6048 (906) 228-9699

Royal Oak (248) 616-9665 Harrison Charter Twp. (906) 869-7393 Ann Arbor

Sat, 9/26/15

Dances with Dirt - Hell

Diehl’s Ciderfest Run Dirty Apple Run

4 MR, 1MR 2MR obstacle

50MR, 50KR, 100 K Relay


Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Faith Community Church Run/Walk 4 Wellness Genesys Athletic Club Dash for a Difference Glow Run 5K


Mount Pleasant Grand Blanc Bellaire

(989) 817-4444 (810) 606-7518 (231) 587-5044

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Grand River Run 8KR, 5KR, 1.5MR Holland Hospital Park 2 Park 1/2 Marathon & 5K 13.1MR, 5KR Hungerford Games 50MR, 26.2MR, 13.1MR,

Ada Holland Big Rapids

(616) 975-0945 (616) 399-9190 (231) 250-9531

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Hungerford Games Trail Races Independent Bank Blue Blaze Trail Run Jefferson Cross Country Invitational

50MR, 26.2MR, 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W HS, MS XC meet

Big Rapids White Cloud Monroe

(231) 250-9531 (231) 652-3068 (734) 289-5590

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Komen Findley Race for the Cure Lace Up! For Kids! 5K


Findlay, OH Comstock Park

(419) 724-2873 (616) 901-2498

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Nickel Pickle 5K & 10K Oktoberfest Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Powerman Kids Duathlon

10KR, 5KR/W 26.2MR, 13.1MR, 5kR/W kids duathlon

Westland Spring Lake (231) 638-0730 Frankenmuth (231) 546-2229

PR Fitness Group Run Pumpkinfest Run 5K and 10K

3-20 MR 5KR

Ann Arbor South Lyon

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Sat, 9/26/15

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Mighty Mac Bridge Race


St. Ignace


(734) 929-9027

(906) 643-6950

(313) 815-4513 (248) 207-5135

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015


Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Red Flannel Festival 5K Run/Walk Run for the Son

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

Cedar Springs Kalamazoo

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

Run the Pointe RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Safe Center 5K

10KR, 5KR 10MR, 6MR, 3MR 5KR/W

Grosse Pointe Farms (248) 709-8816 Detroit (313) 638-2831 Owosso (517) 927-0785

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

St. Jude Detroit Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer 5KR/W Super Hero 5K Run/Walk 5KR/W, 1/2MR Tails to the Trails 5K Dog Charity Run 5KR/W

Sterling Heights Scotts (269) 870-0995 Shelby Twp. (586) 822-09099

Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15 Sat, 9/26/15

The Glo Run 5KR Tri to Finish Waking the Dead at Speeper State Park 5KR/W Up to 20 Mile Marathon Training Run 20M R/W

Lansing Caseville Okemos

Sat, 9/26/15 Sun, 9/27/15 Sun, 9/27/15

Wyandotte Clinic Step It Up Bronson Children’s Hospital Walk & Run Chris Voiers Bath City 5K Walk/Run


Wyandotte Kalamazoo Mount Clemens

(734) 365-3235 (269) 341-8100 (586) 615-3855

Sun, 9/27/15 Sun, 9/27/15 Sun, 9/27/15

Grand Adventure Race Hansons Group Run Komen Toledo Race for the Cure

tri: paddle/ B/ R training 5KR/W

Grand Ledge Lake Orion Toledo, OH

(517) 862-2920 (248) 693-9900 (419) 724-2873

Playmakers Autumn Classic 8K

8KR/W, 1MFR, 1/2 M FR


Sun, 9/27/15

Sun, 9/27/15

Powerman Michigan Duathlon

Road to the Broad 5K

Sun, 9/27/15 Sun, 9/27/15 Sun, 9/27/15

Scope It Out Detroit 5K Run/Walk Sobriety Today Our Purpose (S.T.O.P.) 5K Taking Steps Against Hunger

Sun, 9/27/15


(616) 634-0171 (269) 488-3605 (877) 300-1392 (517) 349-3803

(517) 349.3803



East Lansing

(231) 546-2229

5KR/W 5KR/W 6MR/W, 4MR/W

Detroit Shelby Twp. Bridgeport

(989) 430-4683 (586) 879-7000 (989) 777-5747

Sun, 9/27/15

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way

Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. Runfest 10KR, 5KR, kids run Downtown Detroit Run/Walk - Bookies Bar & Grille 4-6M training runs

Rochester Hills

Lakeview Detroit

(248) 266-6291

Tue, 9/29/15 Tue, 9/29/15 Tue, 9/29/15

Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

4-8 MR

Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

(586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Wed, 9/30/15 Thu, 10/1/15 Thu, 10/1/15

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Holland Hospital 5K School Nurse Run


Utica Royal Oak Holland

(248) 693-9900 (248) 616-9665 (616) 395-4492

Thu, 10/1/15 Fri, 10/2/15 Fri, 10/2/15

White Pumpkin 5K 5KR/W Friday Five K 5KR Running Fit Coaching Legends Classic MS & K6 Meet Cross Country

Caro Muskegon Brighton

(989) 673-4241 (734) 649-2091

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

3 2 1 Harvest Run 5MR, 2.5MR, 1mR/W Alma College Homecoming Matt Reinke Color 5K 5KR/W Armada-Geddon 5K Run/Walk/Shamble 5KR/W

West Olive Alma Armada

(616) 956-3488 (989) 533-9741 (586) 784-8873

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

B.E. Strong R.U.N. (Rise Up Now) Baby Love Run Bruckelaufe - The Bridge Race

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

Shepherd Three Rivers Frankenmuth

(269) 278-2211 (989) 652-6106

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

CASA Superhero 5K CASA Superhero Run Dash thru the Daze

5KR/W, 1/2MR 5KR/W, kids run 5KR/W, kids run

Eaton Rapids Hastings Troy

(517) 543-7500 (517) 543-7500 (248) 823-5095

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Duck Pond Run Earleen Fox/Tanger Style Pink Memorial 5K Fit 4 Fall 5K

5KR, C.D.T. 5KR/W 5KR/W

Watersmeet West Branch Saint Joseph

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Franciscan Rhythms 5K Trail Run/Walk Game Day 5K Goah! Noah!

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

Lowell Belmont Shelby Twp.

(616) 897-7842 (616) 855-1450 (586) 321-6004

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Grand Slam Fall Classic Halos for Hospice Hansons Cross-Country Invitational

10MR, 5K/W 5KR/W XC

Gladstone Detroit Sterling Heights?

(906) 399-1534 (248) 672-7705 (586) 822-8606

Sat, 10/3/15

Island Boodle 5K Run/Walk


Beaver Island

(231) 448-2505

Sun, 9/27/15 Tue, 9/29/15


Michigan Runner - September / October 2015

13.1M, 10K, 5K, kids run

(248) 613-3274



(616) 824-9100 (248) 356-0825

(906) 284-1425 (989) 685-2552 (269) 985-5496

Sat, 10/3/15

Jungle Jubilee

September / October 2015 Event Calendar 5KR/W


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

Lansing Livonia Dearborn

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Michigan State Police Fall Color 5K 5KR/W Northville Township (313) 720-5249 Mountain Challenge Benefitting Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports 5K 5KR/W/hand cycle Brighton (810) 229-9581 Mt. Bohemia Trail Running Festival 5KR, 10KR Houghton (906) 289-4105

Nikki’s Shortcut 5K for Scholarship Charity

(269) 405-3373

(248) 790-6250

(906) 225-8067 (734) 449-4437 (313) 815-4513

Sat, 10/3/15

Lansing Christian School 5K Livonia Park Run Manufacturing Day 5K

Battle Creek


Three Oaks

Oakwood Red October Run

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Over the River & Through the Woods Waterfall Trail Run 5K Park It and Run 5KR/W, kids run PR Fitness Group Run 3-20 MR

Marquette Whitmore Lake Ann Arbor

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Rail Run 100 Remembrance Run Run for a Reason 5K Run / Walk

100KR/ 100K relay 5KR/W, 1MR/W 5KR/W, 1MW

Gaylord (231) 348-8280 Traverse City (231) 941.8118 Grosse Pointe Shores (313) 343-3674

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run

10MR, 6MR, 3MR


Sat, 10/3/15

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Oktoberfest 5K 5KR/W, kids run

Sat, 10/3/15

Running Fit Coaching Legends Classic HS Meet

Salmon Run/Walk

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Sleeping Bear Marathon & Half Marathon Tara Grant Walk/Run Thru the Leaves

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15

Sat, 10/3/15

Sat, 10/3/15


(517) 882-5779 (734) 642-6664 (313) 425-3232

Sat, 10/3/15

Sat, 10/3/15

10KR, 5KR/W, 1M kid’s run

(269) 961-2411

Kellogg’s Dig ‘em Dash

Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15 Sat, 10/3/15


(800) 331-7437

Sat, 10/3/15

Beverly Hills

Cross Country

(313) 586-5486

(313) 638-2831

10KR, 5KR/W



(734) 649-2091

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

Empire Sterling Heights Leonard

(231) 715-1406 (586) 463-4430 (248) 872-5215

Vine Wine’d 5KR, 1MR/W Wayne County Heroes on Hines Half Marathon & 5K 13.1MR, 5KR/W Women for Humanity 5K Run/Walk 5KR/W

Fennville Plymouth Franklin

(269) 561-2396 (734) 261-1990

Zonta Breast Cancer Awareness Run/Walk


(989) 354-7314

Bloody Border Dash Half Marathon & Family 5K 13.1MR, 5KR

Sylvania, OH

(734) 961-3506


Betsie Valley Run

Sun, 10/4/15

Dan Jilek 5K

EVAlasting Walk/Run Fall Into Fitness 5K Run/Walk

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

Shelby Township Bad Axe

(248) 515-0778

Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15

Falling Waters Trail Run Hansons Group Run MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash

13.1M, 10K, 5K, kids run training 5KR/W, 1MR

Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15

Mt. Bohemia Trail Running Festival NE Lenawee CROP 5K Pistons Fit 5K & Fun Run

Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15


Sun, 10/4/15

Sun, 10/4/15

13.1M, 10K, 5K, kids run

(231) 745-8804

(231) 378-4578

(248) 709-8417

Concord Lake Orion East Lansing

(517) 392-8250 (248) 693-9900 (517) 355-2370

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

Houghton Tecumseh Clarkston

(906) 289-4105 (888) 297-2767 (248) 375-4065

New Boston Caro


Ann Arbor

Sun, 10/4/15

Scrumpy Skedaddle

St.John’s Waltz Applefest 5K Thumb Sprint Triathlon

5KR/W, 1MR sprint tri

Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15

Trestle Harvest Hustle Trick or Feet Kidney Run Troy HIgh School 5K and Fun Run

25KR, 13.1MR, 10KR, 4MR/W Avoca 10KR/W, 5KR/W, kids run Northville 5KR/W, kids run Troy (734) 222-9800 (248) 670-7052

Tue, 10/6/15 Tue, 10/6/15 Tue, 10/6/15

Downtown Detroit R/W - Vivio’s Food & Spirits Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays

4-6M training runs training

Detroit Sterling Heights Grosse Pointe

(248) 356-0825 (586) 323-9683 (313) 882-1325

Tue, 10/6/15 Wed, 10/7/15 Wed, 10/7/15

PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Snap Fitness Point 1K Family Fun Event

4-8 MR 1KR

Ann Arbor Utica Ionia

(313) 815-4513 (248) 693-9900 (616) 522-0301

Thu, 10/8/15 Fri, 10/9/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays The Beer Run Ann Arbor - Run Michigan Cheap

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

Royal Oak Owosso Ann Arbor

(248) 616-9665 (989) 725=8317 (989) 954-7190

Sun, 10/4/15 Sun, 10/4/15

10KR, 5KR



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

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015


Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Bark in the Dark Barnyard Dash 5K Trail Run/Walk

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15


Grand Rapids Ocford

(616) 791-8138 (248) 977-9183

Bee Brave 5K Run/Walk 5KR/W Color Fun Fest 5K 5KR/W Davison Education Foundation Great Pumpkin 5K 5KR/W, kids run

Alto Highland Park Davison

(616) 698-8054 (972) 213-4796 (810) 591-0852

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Detroit 5K and Art Bazaar Drummond Island’s Fall on the Island Festival Ether Day Frolic


Detroit (248) 436-5606 Drummond Island (800) 737-8666 Shelby Twp.

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Eye Care Do You? Eye-Care Do You Fall Colors Bridge Race

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W 13.1MR, 8KR/W, 5KR/W 5.4MR/W

Tipton Hillsdale Mackinaw City

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Fennville Goose Festival Gosling Run Footprints of Peace Track & Trail 5K Glory Days XC 5K

1/4-1M kids runs 5KR/W, 1MW 5KR

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Grave Digger’s Dash Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships Green Space 5K

5KR/W, 1MR, kidsR cross country 10KR, 5KR/W

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Guardian Gals Making Change Heart of the Hills Lane Walker Foundation 5K Run

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

(517) 887-6640 (517) 887-6640 (231) 436-5664

Fennville (616) 550-6155 Farmington Hills Portage (269) 598-8600 (248) 543-1000 (517) 627-2034 (517) 589-8159

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR/WGaylord 10KR, 5KR Bloomfield Hills 5KR/W Alma

(877) 300-1392 (800) 666-4500 (989) 621-7332

Livonia Park Run Local 3 Silver Creek Zombie Run Michigan Adventure Race - ArtPrize Edition

5KR/W 5KR 4 hour adventure race

Livonia Marquette Grand Rapids

(734) 642-6664 (906) 249-5437 (616) 460-9331

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

OktoberFAST 5K Run Run/Walk Portage Invitational PR Fitness Group Run

5KR/W, kids run x-c meet, open 5K 3-20 MR

Oxford Portage Ann Arbor

(248) 628-5000 (269) 323-5233 (313) 815-4513

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Race to Restore Rose City 5K Pumpkin Bash


Lansing Rose City

Run for Health Run for the Light

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

Hillsdale Paradise

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run

10MR, 6MR, 3MR

Sat, 10/10/15

Run 4 Wine

Sat, 10/10/15

Run Scream Run

Sat, 10/10/15

Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Pontiac Grand Ledge Mason


10KR, 5KR,1MR (941) 468-3244

Grand Blanc Ypsilanti


(810) 233-8851

(517) 437-5270 (517) 862-4865

(734) 929-9027

(313) 638-2831

St. Mary 5K

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR

5KR/W, kids run


Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Super Hero 5K Fun Run The Super Run Touching Souls 5K Walk/ Run and Remember

5KR 5KR, 1/2MR 5KR/W

Portage Frankenmuth Potterville

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15

Under the Oaks 5K Wayne County Cross Country Championships Whistlestop Marathon and Half Marathon

5KR/W Olivet HS X-C 5KR Belleville 26.2 MR, 13.1 MR, 10KR, 5KR Ashland, WI

(269) 749-7644 (734) 416-7774 (800) 284-9484

Sat, 10/10/15 Sat, 10/10/15 Sun, 10/11/15

Wild Goose Chase Wolf Lake 5K D.E.F.F. Unity Run

5KR 5KR 5KR/W, 2MR/W, 1MR/W

(269) 561-2981 (810) 231-4169 (313) 903-7126

Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15

Devil’s Dive Half Marathon and 5K Eleanor’s Run for Hope Halloween Hustle 5K

13.1MR 4MR/W 5KR/W

Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15

Hansons Group Run Hidden Forest Trail Run KDB Melanoma 5K Run/Walk

training 8.5 MR, 5.5 MR, 2.5 MR/W 5KR/W, 1MR/W

Lake Orion Clarkston MIlford

Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15

Leif ’s Run OutRun Pancreatic Cancer Portland St. Patrick Fall Festival Half Marathon 5K

10KR, 5KR, 2MR 5KR, !MW 13.1MR, 5KR/W

Norway (906) 221-0966 Shelby Twp. Portland (517) 647-1709

Sun, 10/11/15 Sun, 10/11/15

Race for Radmoor Rattlesnake Run 5K

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

Okemos Rochester

Sat, 10/10/15


Michigan Runner - September / October 2015



Fennville Brighton Dearborn

(574) 215-4779

(517) 803-5558

(269) 552-44430 (856) 777-8737 (517) 881-2658

Traverse City Detroit (313) 494-4300 Lansing (517) 483-6354 (248) 693-9900 (810) 487-0954 (313) 505-2445

(517) 351-3655 (517) 580-3021

September / October 2015 Event Calendar

Mon, 10/12/15 Tue, 10/13/15

USATF 10K Championships - Women Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

10KR training

Boston, MA Sterling Heights

(586) 323-9683

Tue, 10/13/15 Tue, 10/13/15 Wed, 10/14/15

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays

4-8 MR

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor Utica

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513 (248) 693-9900

Thu, 10/15/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Bailey’s Doggie Dash Campus Challenge Fun Run 5K

Royal Oak Rockford Sault Ste Marie

(248) 616-9665 (517) 719-1195 (906) 635-6213

Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

Dragons in the Woods 5KR/W Fr. Gabriel Richard HS Cross Country Invitational hs x-c meet Heritage Run 5K 5KR/W

Holt Dexter Lansing

(517) 922-0089 (734) 904-6431

Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

Hopeful Heart 5K Horton Lake Outbreak Livonia Park Run


Essexville Holly Livonia

(989) 239-5237 (248) 634-5552 (734) 642-6664

Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

Midland 5K Zombie Trail Run Orchards at Sunset 5K Petoskey - Run Michigan Cheap

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

Midland Suttons Bay Petoskey

(989) 837-6930 (231) 866-0959 (989) 954-7190

Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

PR Fitness Group Run Run Through the Meadows MS X-C Meet Scary Halloween Hallow

3-20 MR 5KR 5KR, 1.5MFR

Ann Arbor Brighton Port Huron

(313) 815-4513 (734) 649-2091 (810) 984-4847

Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15 Sat, 10/17/15

Step Out: Walk To Stop Diabetes The Running Dead 5K USA Half Marathon Trail Championships

4KR/W 5KR 13.1MR

Grand Rapids Lansing Bellingham, WA

(616) 458-9341

Sun, 10/18/15 Sun, 10/18/15 Sun, 10/18/15

Chili Hop 5K Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon Hansons Group Run

5KR 26.2M, 13.1M, relay, 5K training

Watervliet Detroit & Windsor Lake Orion

(269) 876-0710 (313) 222-6676 (248) 693-9900

(614) 421.7866 (989) 317-5889

5KR/W, 1MR 5KR/W

Sun, 10/18/15

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon Run for Research

26.2 M 13.1M, kids run 13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR

Columbus, OH Mt. Pleasant

Grand Rapids

(616) 293-3145

Sun, 10/18/15 Tue, 10/20/15 Tue, 10/20/15

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - TBD Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays

26.2 M, 13.1M, 5K, kids run 4-6M training runs training

Toronto, ON Detroit Sterling Heights

(416) 944-2765 (248) 356-0825 (586) 323-9683

Tue, 10/20/15 Tue, 10/20/15 Tue, 10/20/15

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run Shadywoods/Youngsters X-C Invitational

4-8 MR X-C Meet

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor Sterling Heights

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513 (586) 822-8606

Wed, 10/21/15 Thu, 10/22/15 Fri, 10/23/15

Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Friday Five K


Utica Royal Oak Muskegon

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

Fri, 10/23/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

Origami 5K Bad Apple Ultra Be Aware 5K for Suicide Prevention

5KR, kids run 3,6, or 12 hour relay or solo R 5KR/W, kids run

Mason Greenville Macomb Twp.

(517) 455-0278 (616) 835-4364 (877) 228-9550

Sun, 10/18/15 Sun, 10/18/15

26.2 MR, 13.1 MR

Cross-Country Classic

Friday Five K Gaylord - Run Michigan Cheap

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

Muskegon Gaylord (989) 954-7190

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

George Hackney Fright Night 5K Give It Away 5K / 10K Great Turtle Half Marathon

5KR/W, 1MR/W 10KR, 5KR/W 13.1 MR, 5.7 MR/W

Flushing Brighton Mackinac Island

(805) 415-6425 (810) 355-8459 (810) 487-0954

Sat, 10/24/15

Hallowed Half and Frightening 5K

13.1MR, 5KR/W,kids run


Sat, 10/24/15

Livonia Park Run

Manistee National Cross Country Invitational Michigan High School X-C U.P. State Finals PR Fitness Group Run

Sat, 10/24/15

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

Headless Horseman 5K

Ann Arbor

10KR, 5KR

(734) 330-7931

Sat, 10/24/15

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

5KR, 4KR, 3KR




(517) 546-0693

5K Xc meet, Open 5K 5KR 3-20 MR

Manistee Gladstone Ann Arbor

(231) 218-6983 (517) 332-5046 (313) 815-4513


(734) 642-6664

Michigan Runner - September / October 2015


Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

Rick’s Run 4 Kids Run 4 Your Life 5K

5KR/W 5KR/W, kids run

Ann Arbor Holland

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

Run for Your Life 5K RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Scare Away Hunger 5K Run /Walk

5KR 10MR, 6MR, 3MR 5KR/W

Holland Detroit Rochester Hills

(616) 392-3610 (313) 638-2831 (248) 651-5836

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15

The Zombie Dash USA 50 Mile Road Championships WCFY 5K Zombie Run and Mini-Monster Mile

5KR/W 50MR 5KR, 1MR/W

Grand Rapids Green Bay, WI Waterford

(616) 821-3948

Sat, 10/24/15 Sat, 10/24/15 Sun, 10/25/15

WMU Homecoming Campus Classic Zombie Fun Run Chase the Pumpkins Zombie 5K

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

Kalamazoo Lake Orion Gladstone

(269) 387-8402 (906) 399-9759

Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15

Dome Roam Fantastic Finds Running of the Brides Galluping Ghouls 5K

5KR/W/Roll 5KR 5KR/W,

East Lansing (517) 927-2447 Lansing Ann Arbor (734) 730-5820

Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15

Halloween Hustle 5K at Sleepy Hollow Hansons Group Run Monster Mash

5KR/W, kids runs training 5KR/W

Laingsburg Lake Orion Woodhaven

Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15

Run Thru Hell Halloween Screaming Banshee 5K/10K/Half Superhero 5K

8KR, 5KR/W,1MR Pinckney 13.1MR, 10KR, 5K/W, 1MR/W Potterville 5KR/W, 1MR/W, kids run Dexter

Sun, 10/25/15 Sun, 10/25/15

Tim Gordon - Quad A 10 Miler WCFY Zombie Run 5K

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

Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - TBD Hanson Speed Session -Tuesdays Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays

4-6M training runs training

Tue, 10/27/15 Wed, 10/28/15 Thu, 10/29/15

PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Wednesdays Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

4-8 MR

Tue, 10/30/15 Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15

Playmakers Spooky Fun Run Halloween Hustle 5K & 10K Jack-O’-Lantern 5K & 10K Trail Run

Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15 Sat, 10/31/15

Sun, 10/25/15

Tue, 10/27/15 Tue, 10/27/15 Tue, 10/27/15

Sat, 10/31/15

Wicked Halloween Run

10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR/W (616) 392-3610

(248) 618-7424 (248) 693-9900 (734) 675-4498 (517) 702-0226 (517) 303-3792 (734) 712-5640

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Running with Tom Henderson

The squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks around our old one-room schoolhouse in the northern Michigan woods are breathing a little easier.

a.m., July 4. I don’t need an alarm on race morning. Like magic, at the exact right time, my eyes popped open. One more minute to lay here, then it’s up, take care of morning business and head to what might be my favorite race of the year: The Butterfly Day 5K east of Mancelona.

But before my last minute of rest was up, there was a shrieking downstairs by Jade the Wonder Dog. I raced downstairs to find her, in a panic, on her feet but stuck under a chair facing the wall. I carried her outside and she went into a full seizure, twitching violently and foaming at the mouth.

Jade had wandered away, spotted a muskrat, took off across the ice and fallen through 60 yards from shore. She kept trying to crawl back up onto the ice, but it kept breaking under her. We kept shouting encouragement. She kept trying to crawl out, kept falling back in and finally gave up. She just laid in the water, her head resting on the edge of the ice, out of gas. “Daron, don’t let Maddie follow me,” I said,

Photo courtesy of T. Henderson

I’ve written about the race before. It’s a bargain at $15, is for a good cause (supporting outreach by the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies), has a tough, beautiful rolling course around Twin Lake, finishes at a small beach and includes hand-made awards and a free native perennial wildflower to all.

By Tom Henderson

I’d find her, on the other side of the spit of land that separated the river from a large inland lake, where you can often see muskrats sleeping on the ice.

There would be no race around Twin Lake today.

Last year I wrote about Jade, who was 17 then. She’d survived numerous attacks by porcupines — a good dog but not necessarily the smartest dog, she kept trying to get revenge on every porcupine she saw for what happened the last time she saw a porcupine. She had broken toes while racing through the woods, a fierce 40-pound heat-seeking missile who could, on the run, with a last-second gravity-breaking leap, pick squirrels off trees as they chattered at her from the trunk, five feet off the ground, not nearly as safe as they thought.

Several times she’d stepped on broken pieces of metal, thrown out years or decades ago and buried in dead leaves, blood pouring out of her paws as she kept running. Man, that dog loved to run. In 2006, she came close to dying for the first time.

She was my grandson’s dog then. Me and my lab, Maddie, Daron and Jade were out for a run on Belle Isle in the Detroit River, Daron having surprised me by asking if I’d go for a run with him. He was 11 then and had been doing occasional one-mile fun runs with me at races since he was three. It was early March, a cold day after a few days of spring thaw. We went past the lighthouse at the eastern end of the island, then circled around to the small piece of ground known as Hipster’s Beach. The river was flowing there and Maddie got a drink. Daron and I rested a few minutes, and when we turned to go, Jade wasn’t there. I had a feeling where

my mid-weeks. Kathleen called, hysterical, on the way to the animal hospital. Jade had lost an eye, had a bunch of cuts and was bleeding badly.

Eventually came the good news. Jade had two broken ribs and a bunch of stitches, but nothing life threatening. A week later she was running our threemile loop.

Jade was a month from being 15 then, but a gentle, timid dog until there was game to chase and catch. Her nickname? The Gentle Assassin. She had been abused as a puppy and was afraid of men when my stepdaughter got her from the humane society to be a pal for Daron when he was two. For years Jade kept a wary eye on me, ready at any moment to dodge a kick or a fist that never came. She wouldn’t walk past me in or out of the house. Then one day while she was visiting us up north, I put the leash on her and took her for a run. Soon all I had to do was hold up a pair of running shoes to send her into tail-wagging ecstasy. When Jade was 11, we took her in fulltime.

Tom Henderson & Jade handing him her collar. I wasn’t about to let my grandson watch his dog die. Either two of us were going to die or none of us.

I got down on my stomach and butterflied across the ice bit by bit until I was at the edge of the open water. I reached out, grabbed Jade by her collar at the back of her neck, and gave her a heave up and over me. As she flew, the ice gave way and I was suddenly underwater. I am 5’10”. The water depth was 5’8”. I stood on my toes and ran toward shore, fast enough to break the ice with my chest as I ran. Two minutes later we were racing to the car, all of us setting personal records. The next time Jade almost died was in deerhunting season, 2011. Once it got dark, Kathleen took Jade and Harley, our big malamute shepherd, out for a walk on the dirt road in front of our place. The road is near the top of the highest glacier moraine for miles around. Where the road peaks, there is a wide, clear oval of dirt and grass where local deer hunters park and, after the day is done, gather to pound down beers.

As Kathleen walked up the road, one of the hunters came flying down the hill, oblivious to her miner’s helmet with its bright LED light. She waved her arms, then pulled Harley off the road to the left. Jade, off leash and smart about cars, stepped off the road to the right. The driver spotted Kathleen at the last second, overreacted and swung his car hard to his left, plowing smack into Jade. I was in Detroit, where I spend


Jade got used to having no left eye. She just stopped turning left in the woods. Sort of like the equivalent of the Michigan left turn, where you go right, left and left, again, to make a left-hand turn, Jade would go right, right and right, again instead of making a blind left. She soon seemed healed, except she couldn’t pee on her own. Some would dribble out and we started putting doggie diapers on her. The vet thought it was internal bruising that would get better. It didn’t. She kept getting infected too. She wasn’t peeing enough on accident to void her bladder, and the result was repeated infections, trips to the vet and antibiotics.

Eventually, a specialist diagnosed more damage than we’d first thought. She also had a broken tail and fractured spine. The spinal injury didn’t affect her ability to run, but had left her without control of her bladder. That doctor showed us how to do deep-tissue massage to void the bladder, and it worked to a degree. But every two or three weeks Jade would stop eating because she was infected again, and it was back to the vet’s for more antibiotics. Two weeks of health, another infection, another trip to the vet.

After her last round of antibiotics, we agreed: We can’t keep doing this. It’s not fair to Jade. The next time she’d get sick, we’d put her down.

Jade was fine for two weeks. Then one day in January, Kathleen called me at work, crying. It was 9 a.m. Jade was sick again, hadn’t eaten in two days. She was taking her in to the vet at 10 and having her put down.

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Seventy minutes later, Kathleen called again, sobbing this time. “It’s OK,” I said. “We did everything we could.” “No,” she said between sobs. “You don’t understand.” There is a bush by the front door of the vet’s office in Kalkaska, and on the way in Jade stopped, sniffed the bush, lifted her leg and had her first voluntary pee in months. The nerve cells controlling her bladder had regenerated. Kathleen stuck her head in the door and cheerfully, though crying, canceled the visit. Jade retired from running last summer. We headed down the driveway and turned right on the road. Well, me and two dogs did. Jade didn’t. She stopped, looked at me, turned around and walked back to the house.

She’d had enough running, she was saying. And she never ran again. But she continued to happily go on long walks, dodging and feinting at us at the end, a game she invented late in life. Last winter, she’d go snowshoeing with us, often in deep snow. I’d break trail with Kathleen behind me and Maddie and Harley following her. Not Jade. She insisted on walking off to the side, breaking her own trail. On Monday, June 29, Kathleen called, near tears. There was something wrong with Jade. Her right rear leg was stuck out at an odd angle and she was slowly spinning in circles. If she tried to go forward, she fell down. She was taking her to the vet. She had dug a grave already in case she had to have Jade put down.

I told her to ask about getting Jade a steroid shot. See what the vet says. The vet said if it was her dog, she’d give her the steroid shot see and what the next week brought. Tuesday, Kathleen called. It was a miracle. Jade was full of energy, walking without any problem. Going in and out of the dog door and enjoying the yard. The vet thought it might be a calcium deposit from her car accident pushing on a nerve, and the steroid had quieted it down. I got up north July 2. Jade was full of vim and vigor, going out on walks with me. Eating up a storm, wandering the yard as we sat out having a fire. Kept walking past and looking at us with that big Jade smile of hers.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, Jade, who had never barked in her life, woke us up with a horrific howling, running blindly into the wall in a panic. A nightmare? I carried her outside, where she calmed down, caught her breath, walked back into the house and laid back down. Then it happened again. It was time. We called the same animal hospital that had cared for her when the car hit her.

The same vet was there this time too, on call on the Fourth of July. She said the seizure likely meant a brain tumor, with nothing to be done. We told her the story about Jade peeing on the bush the last time we took her to the vet to be put down. The vet began crying and laughing at the same time. If you’re a dog person, it’s a great story. “I keep expecting her to get up, go pee on another bush and tell me to take her home,” I joked.

The vet was gentle. She gave her a tranquilizer and we held Jade on the floor as she grew calm. Then the vet slowly injected her with a drug to stop her heart. Jade, a fighter her whole life, didn’t fight. She breathed slowly and calmly until she stopped.

I carried her out to the car and we drove home. I carried her to her grave. Maddie, upset, followed us. She sniffed Jade all up and down, then sat down and watched intently as we put her in the hole and filled it up. We piled a bunch of Petoskey stones on top of the grave, both a suitable reminder of fun times up north and deterrent for coyotes looking for an easy meal. When we were done, Maddie put her nose to the stones and kept sniffing. Then it was time for a run. In need of a stressburner, I went on the toughest five-mile loop from our place, a loop that includes two miles of the toughest, up-and-down stretch of the Ice Man Cometh mountain bike course. Maddie wanted to come, of course. We had the best five-miler we’ve had in at least a year, me powered by thoughts of Jade and all the runs we’d had, Maddie powered as usual by the pure joy of a lab going for a run. Jade was four months shy of 19, the all-time record for oldest dog ever treated at the Traverse City animal hospital, the vet said. Missed, not forgotten. - MR 54

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