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Editor’s Notes: The Gift By Scott Sullivan Running Made New Again By Dave Foley

Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard


Michigan-To-New York Run Nets More Than $20K for Charity

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Beyond the Chip: Tempting Fate

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By Ron Marinucci

My 100-Mile Quest By Tracey Cohen

A Timely Debate: Can You Outrun Father Time? By Anthony Targan

Seven Years Cancer Free – and Still Running By Bill Kalmar

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At the Races 7

Mt. Baldhead Challenge Brings Sun, Smiles, Success


Hock, Foley Find Ways to Win Brooksie Way By C. D. McEwen

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By Scott Sullivan

Drier Dances with Dirt Still Tests By C. D. McEwen Schulist Shines at Soggy Spartan Invitational By C. D. McEwen

Girl Power Abounds at Detroit Event By C. D. McEwen

EMU Celebration Features Runners from 15 State Schools By Scott Sullivan

Kenyans Claim Crim, State Runners Fare Well Too By Charles Douglas McEwen

Runners Enjoy Perfect Weather, Beautiful Course at Crusader 5K By Laurel Park

Storm Adds Rain, Electricity to Melon Run By C. D. McEwen Labor Day 30K Veteran Thrives on Hills By C. D. McEwen

Friends Wolski, Gryniewicz Run Wild Together at Detroit Zoo By C. D. McEwen

Dapper Partridge Dashes to Red Carpet Victory By C. D. McEwen

Broyles, Desilets Claim First Wins at Kensington By C. D. McEwen

Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K, Pub Crawl Support Semper Fi By Charles Douglas McEwen

Krzyzanowski Brings Broom to T-Rex Tri, Cleans Up By C. D. McEwen

Run for Chum Half Marathon Photos by Dane Robison Glow in the Park Photos by Carter Sherline

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Editor’s Notes

Art McCafferty Scott Sullivan Editor

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

Tracey Cohen Bob Godfrey Jeff Hollobaugh Dean Johnson Bill Kahn William Kalmar Dr. Edward H. Kozloff Doug Kurtis Ron Marinucci Riley McLincha

ying young has advantages. Take running great Steve Prefontaine (19511975), who said:


curse back.

• Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.

I ran years ago with Dick Buerkle, one of the few who beat “Pre” in the latter’s lifetime. “With” is relative; Dick, in his 50s, was pacing a group on a trail run. “Slow down for us young guys,” we had to beg him.

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The Gift

• I’m going to work so it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I’m the only one who can win it.

Dick’s take 30 years after Pre’s fatal car crash: rage at his rival’s arrogance mixed with affection that made him weep.

Die at 24 and words lack time to come back to haunt you. Arthritis and Alzheimer’s are not issues. You don’t curse your face in the mirror and hear it

My brother Steve died of cancer at age 35, leaving two young children. Knowing cure might kill him, he left instructions for a wake in celebration of love and laughter. You remain as alive as your memory gives others joy, he figured.

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Attitude is everything when you’re young. It’s even more so as you get older, but never-say-die gives way to forgiving yourself for living. You did not lose because you were gutless; someone else ran faster. Then more someone elses ... then almost everyone. They’re not bleeding or even winded.

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I would like to resurrect post-Pre to hear his views on today’s mega-races. Would he see one winner and 9,999 losers? Ten thousand winners for having the guts to do it, no matter how much or little they drew from their innate limits/gifts? I learned from Steve, my brother, to see mirrors in everyone. The me’s who vanish ahead are past me’s; older, future me’s lag behind.. I picture the last me neither quitting nor in limbo, but running on, his unspent energy turning engines that drive the world. - MR -

Mt. Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck/Douglas

Mt. Baldhead Challenge Brings Sun, Smiles, Success By Scott Sullivan

SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS (9/12/15) — The sun shone and smiles were bright as 333 runners and walkers enjoyed the 16th annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge.

Participants came from as far as San Francisco to tackle a 15K course that included stretches along Lake Michigan, through wooded trails to the Ox-Bow Art School campus, up the 302 Mt. Baldhead steps and down more trails to and through Oval Beach.

Both it and the 5K course ran beside Kalamazoo Lake through a marina, on a boardwalk, up 14 “baby steps” and through a “wildlife section”/sculpture garden to Beery Field in Douglas, where both had started.

There food, drinks, cheering and prizes waited. The park also hosted a “Little Feet, Big Feat” free children’s run during Friday’s early packet pickup.

Photo by Erin Wilkinson

The Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary-sponsored event raised funds for local charities while showing off the community’s scenic splendors.

Jessie Martineau (left) and Wendy Gravelyn jump for joy during the Mt. Baldhead Challenge stretch along Oval Beach.

Post-race comments on the MBC Facebook page made it clear volunteers put the area’s best foot forward:

“Great work putting together a fantastic race! Thank you!” said John Halquist,

“What a gorgeous day! Great job, everyone! :)” wrote Danielle Besteman-Ruder. “My first year, loved the race course!! The volunteers were awesome!!” said Melissa Konieczyny Iden. “We had a blast! Thank you for a well-organized and fun race. We’ll be back next year!” wrote Amanda Forrest. “Fantastic race!!! Will definitely be back next year!” Laurie Bailey Birkholz said.

Former Aquinas College runner Rob Veldman, 27, romped to victory in the 15K, finishing in a course-record 56:42. Next came James Grosse, 35, in 1:02:02. Masters (over age 40) champion Kevin Kraay, 56, of Holland placed third overall in 1:02:34.

Sarah Drevon, 24, of Grand Rapids was the women’s 15K champ in 1:07:39. Miriam Beyer, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y., finished close behind in 1:08:06. Laurie Birkholz, 40, of Saugatuck paced the masters and was third overall in 1:09:04. Defending champ Corey Gorgas, 14, headed a host of Saugatuck High School athletes who dominated the 5K. Gorgas, like his varsity teammates, treated the race as an alternately-fast, then relaxedpace workout, yet prevailed in 18:34. Christian Post, 16, and middle schooler Nick Pettinga, 13, finished 2-3 in 19:40 and 20:24.

Indian girls coach Angelina Bauer, 34, placed third overall and first among women in 19:55, despite running with a rib she cracked dancing with her husband, boys coach Rick Bauer. Next came two of her girls team athletes: Rudy Joon, 16, in 21:10, and Thea Johnson, 14, in 21:28. Men’s and women’s 5K masters honors went to John Maat, 52, of Zeeland in 22:43; and Carol Springer, 50, of Saugatuck in 23:28.

All full-price entrants received custom technical wicking t-shirts, on-course aid stations and support,


limited-edition James Brandess art for top men and women overall and masters winners, top-three agegroup medals, food, drinks and more. Proceeds went to Rotary local projects including:

• Saugatuck High School Interact Club mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where last year nine students helped provide clean water and toilet facilities for needy families. • The community’s Fourth of July celebration, Saugatuck High School Senior of the Year scholarship, Christian Neighbors food pantry, Armed Forces Day luncheon and many more.

Michigan Runner magazine created YouTube video coverage with drone footage shot by Douglas photographer Jeff Zita. Local still photographers Erin Wilkinson, Marty Raebel and Kim Zahnow also furnished pictures runners can peruse and purchase online.

Shows and photos can be viewed, and complete results found, at the race website, - MR -

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HealthPlus Brooksie Way, Rochester

Hock, Foley Find Ways to Win Brooksie Way

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By Charles Douglas McEwen

Half marathoners start the HealthPlus Brooksie Way. ROCHESTER (9/27/15) — Leah Foley, 38, of Goodrich has accumulated great memories at the HealthPlus Brooksie Way, now in its eighth year. Four years ago, right after she crossed the finish, she received a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Leo Foley — which she happily accepted. In 2012, newly married, she broke through for her first victory in the half marathon, after a close second in 2010 and a closer one the next year.

Foley set a personal record of 1:22:20 in in her 2012 win. “I was in ridiculous shape for that race,” she remembered. 8

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This year she won the half marathon for a second time — nine months after giving birth to the couple’s first child. Foley “only” finished in 1:26:42, but was happy to win again. “It was kind of a last-minute decision to run,” she said afterward. “I haven’t had a lot of distance training recently. I’m really happy with how it went. I surprised myself.

“It’s always tenuous to lead from the start,” Foley continued. “I kept expecting someone to pass me, but no one ever did.”

Women’s runner-up Danielle Savard, 33, of Rochester Hills timed 1:27:20. Next came Amber |

Dermyre, 25, of Canton in 1:28:37; Anne Lovelace, 25, of Rochester Hills in 1:29:04; and masters queen Heather Lewandowski, 41, Chesterfield in 1:29:50. 

Former Lake Orion High School star Max Hock, 27, of Mason, Ohio, won the men’s half marathon in 1:10:59, the fastest time here since former Olympian Brian Sell blazed a 1:06:27 in 2009. “Beautiful day, course and crowd,” Hock said.

The race started with four men, including Hock and defending champ Donald Richmond, 30, of Portland, leading.


Running Made New Again

he invitation came and I accepted, agreeing again to coach junior high distance runners. It would be the first time I had coached since 2003 when I retired as a teacher and coach from the Cadillac school system.

The kids would be the same, of that I was sure; 12- and 13-year-olds don’t change. Their default setting at this age is “go.” They are dynamos of boundless energy.

At 68, the inevitable changes of aging have visited me. This wouldn’t be a problem if my coaching would be done standing on the sidelines with a clipboard. But my nature is to be out there running most of the workouts with the kids. That’s how I’d done it during my 27 years coaching track and cross country. Clearly this time around I’d have to make some changes. As a younger coach, running with the athletes allowed me to gauge how the workout was going. Whether it was intervals, hill repeats or tempo runs, as I grew more fatigued, I knew they were also tiring. This helped me know when it was time to conclude the workout.

For young athletes those indicators don’t change — a junior high runner in the 2010s will tire at the same rate as one did in the 1970s.

It would be different for me. My physiological tent is collapsing. Each year the runner in me diminishes — shrinking muscle mass, declining oxygen uptake and the ominous-sounding loss of one heartbeat per year — all scientific fact, all depressing. I didn’t need research studies to tell me my pace was slowing. It had been apparent to me since my 40s and was confirmed by my race times. Still I looked forward to being a coach again. It felt good to be among the throng of 100 kids

“We ran pretty fast for the first six miles,” said Richmond. “Then Max really put the hammer down and took off.” All faced the Dutton Road hill (Mt. Dutton?) after the seven-mile mark. “It was a hell of a hill,” said Hock, shaking his head. “It’s not real steep at first, but it just gets harder.”

Richmond took second in 1:13:02. Next came Alex Ratliff, 21, of Macomb in 1:15:02; Scott Smith, 22, of Warren in 1:15:39; and Ryan Beck, 35, of Royal Oak in 1:18:56.

By Dave Foley milling around the gym on the first day of practice. After stretches and a warm-up, the team took off for a two-mile run to a local elementary school and back. Streaming out of the gym, they raced across the parking lot oblivious to the biting icy March wind.

As expected, the rabbits charged to the front. Most were about to discover their sprint, while fine for 200 yards, wasn’t going to last for two miles. The phrase “feel the burn” was about to become real for them.

Some of these frontrunners weren’t pretenders and would still be going hard at the end. As they rounded the first corner, it would be the last time I’d see them. I was way back in the pack; my choppy stride carrying me at barely a nine-minute pace. I am now and will always be a back-of-the-pack runner.

But I was not alone; jogging with me were kids who probably wouldn’t become stars of the distance team. If they were frustrated it wasn’t obvious. They seemed to be having a good time. What’s not to like about spending an hour-and-a half after school with friends? Yet I knew the new ones, out for track for the first time, wondered what would happen. The outof-breathness and heaviness in the legs they felt were unwelcome visitors.

It fell to me to be the encourager, the one who boosted their spirits and told them success might not come overnight or even next month, but if they persevered, they’d get faster. I told them about kids on my former teams who went from back-of-thepack runners to regional medal winners.

Talking with them helped me too. Too often on my runs alone, I dwell on how my running is deteriorating. Here, I was thinking about the kids I was with. In trying to help them, I forgot about my personal woes. It felt good.

Eric Green, 47, of Pontiac paced the masters in 1:20:05. “The Dutton hill was brutal,” he said. “But once I got to the top, I knew no one else would catch me.” John Worthington, 21, of Warren captured the men’s 10K in 34:50. Mary Williams, 27, of Clarkston paced the women in 45:42. Cam Santangelo, 24, of Troy won the men’s 5K in 17:51 while Jill Peterson, 26, of Westland topped the women in 21:32.


I knew, after a 12-year break from coaching, this season would be a challenge. When I last coached these kids were babies. Then everyone knew me as the guy who had been teaching and coaching forever and a runner good enough to finish near the top in local races. If you came out for the team, you probably had had me as a teacher or your siblings or your parents had run on my teams. But I had no history with these kids. On the first day of practice what they saw was a whitehaired old guy who ran funny.

In the weeks that followed, I taught them about racing strategies, how not to get boxed in, how to draft and pace themselves so they’d still have a sprint at the end. We talked about nutrition, injury prevention and psyching themselves up for races — stuff I hadn’t thought about for years. I never ran any faster and some days my legs ached. While my return to coaching lifted my spirits, it didn’t put a spring in my step — that possibility vanished years ago. As the weeks went by I fell even farther back in the pack as my young runners found their speed. But their exuberance was contagious. I found myself sharing in the fun as we ran “the bear” workout and enjoyed telling stupid jokes as we sat and stretched after practice.

Being with these kids helped bring the joy back into my running. I felt like I’d been given a sip from the proverbial Fountain of Youth. Though I love to run, recently having logged my 90,000th mile, last winter I was stagnating. Out running alone, I tended to fret about my declining fitness and slowing pace.

A season with the junior high track team changed all that. Their enthusiasm and earnest dedication buoyed my spirits, helping me rediscover the joy of running. I’m back feeling good about my daily runs and looking forward to the boost I’ll get next spring when track season starts again. - MR -

Race director Deb Flynn said this year’s Brooksie Way, which included a first-year children’s race, went smoothly. Proceeds went to programs that encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

“The event has grown,” Flynn said. “People in the community have embraced it. Our kids race is something for future runners. We always look forward. We’ll start planning next year’s race tomorrow.” For complete results, visit - MR -

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Dances with Dirt, Hell/Pinckney

Drier Dances With Dirt Still Tests By Charles Douglas McEwen

PINCKNEY (9/26/15) — Things went swimmingly at Running Fit’s Dances With Dirt, in part because the 140 ultramarathoners and 365 100K team relay runners didn’t have to do any swimming.

“There was still plenty of muck,” said Jonathan Hastings. “But last year was a lot wetter.”

Hastings, 40, of Columbus, Ohio, won the 50-mile trail run for the second straight year, dropping his time from 7:59:27 to 7:33:04. 

Magagna won in 8:52:11. Next came McBride in 9:50:45 and Kathie Noe in 10:30:00.

Women’s 50K winner Melissa Davies, 35, of College Park, Pa., traveled more than 400 miles to run this race. “It’s awesome as always,” said Davis, who finished runner-up here 11 years ago. “It’s a beautiful course. It kicks your ass — as it should!”

The trails were still plenty testing. “You have to pick your way through a lot of the terrain,” said Hastings. “You can end up with a 12- or 14-minute mile trying to climb over fallen trees and boulders and things like that.” Steve Barber finished a distance second in 7:56:10. Vic Marlow took third in 8:51:16.

Women’s winner Michelle Magagna, a 3:34:59 marathoner doing her first race longer than 26.2 miles, finished right behind Marlow.

“I started really slow,” said Magagna, 24, of Ann Arbor, who ran behind Kristi McBridge before passing her on mile 32. “I was scared I was going to trip and hurt myself in the dark. (The race started at 6:15 a.m.) A couple other people might have fallen

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Cristina Noble, 40, of Brighton finished second in 5:53:14 and Kathy Roche Wallace third in 6:06:59.

Michelle Magagna won her first ultra-marathon.

“It was drier, I’ve trained well and am more familiar with the course,” he said. “It got a little rough toward the end as it heated up, but I persevered.”


What was the best part? “I didn’t get lost,” she said.

Photo by Charles Douglas McEwen

This summer’s mild drought made Pinckney Recreation Area trails dry and fast. It kept creeks and streams from becoming raging rivers. (Runners here cross through a stream several times and at one point run half a mile in it, so the lower water levels were appreciated.)

down, but I managed to stay upright.”

Noble led through the 25-mile mark. “With about six miles left, she (Davies) looked really fresh and zoomed by me. I knew there was no way I’d catch her,” Noble said. 

Andrew Bucci, 42, of Rochester, N.Y., won the men’s 50K in 4:27:21. “I wish I lived closer,” he said. “I can’t come to Michigan as often as I’d like. All the stuff Running Fit puts on is a boatload of fun. I love running trails. It’s all like a big party out here.” Next came Matthew Zigich in 4:51:58 and John Burton in 5:00:28.

The 100K five-person team relay came down to ringer against ringer, as the Albion Ringers (7:36:05) finished first and the Onsted Ringers (7:54:24) second. Trolling for Trail Chix captured third in 8:08:11. In the all-female team category, the Bobcats (9:26:11) beat Got Milf (9:40:50).

For complete results, go to - MR -

Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard Trivia: With this issue, how many times has this column appeared in Michigan Runner?

was doing and I repeated what I’d told the other guy. He said I couldn’t go through. He also asked for ID, so I watched him write down info from my driver’s license.

When? A question on the Southeast Michigan Runners Facebook forum asked, “When do you call yourself a runner? How do you define that?”

Frustrated, I went back around the corner on Woodward and saw a WDIV (Detroit TV) truck. I leaned in and asked what was going on. The reporter looked at me, pointed to the church and said, “Al Gore’s in there.” Ah, nice, on a campaign stop. That explained the Secret Service and tight security.

There are many ways to define being a runner. Arriving at an answer is never-ending, always evolving . The process provides immediate and longrange benefits. Running is good. Its rewards keep us coming back for more.

When I asked him why I couldn’t go, he also said, ‘’I can’t tell you.” Remember, I’d already had a long day, was tired, hot and thirsty with only a couple miles to the end.


I took over as Michigan Final Signatory for TAC (The Athletics Congress, now USATF) in January 1986. The title Scott Hubbard meant I reviewed course certification applications for the national governing body and, if all appeared OK, signed off and sent back a letter of certification to the measurer. I’m retiring Dec. 31 after 30 years. For quite a while it seemed only Ralph Dewey in Grand Rapids and I were measuring courses. After about 15 years of that, we’d had enough.

My favorite Freep story was from 1999, when it first crossed the Ambassdor Bridge and finished in Tiger Stadium. Very tired, hot and thirsty, I came to the Grand Circus Park area, around 23 miles. I turned right off Woodward and immediately my eyes were filled with vehicles, people dressed in black and a barrier across my path. I saw a cop car on the other side but didn’t hesitate to aim for the small opening near the curb. I did not want to stop. I knew I’d be through there in about 20 seconds.

When I was a yard from the barrier a voice barked from the cop car speaker to “Stop.” I did. An officer got out, walked over and told me I couldn’t go further. When I asked why, he said he couldn’t tell me. I explained what I was doing and how soon I’d be out of the area. He grabbed a radio and called somebody. About 15 seconds later another car flew up, stopped and a sergeant got out. He asked what I 12

1. Resting pulse rate significantly higher than normal taken first thing in the morning

Photo courtesy of Scott Hubbard

I have plenty of good measuring stories, but most come from the Detroit Free Press Marathon that I handled from the mid-‘80s to around 2010. Then, the guy taking over for me as the final state signatory, Mark Neal, joined me on some Freep measurements and I was pleased to turn the marathon job over to him.

Signs. I’ve shared these signs of overdoing it from time to time in this space, because it doesn’t hurt to do so but can hurt plenty if you ignore them. The trick in training is to balance stress loads. Improved performance without illness or injury is a good thing.

But if the stress loads get too heavy from running or outside sources, you may develop these symptoms. Ignore these signs and more serious trouble might follow. Interpreting them and acting (cutting back, stopping, etc) will usually head off trouble. The signs are worth posting on the refrigerator as regular reminders.

I asked for help and quite a few new faces started measuring, thank goodness! Anybody can measure a course for certification, provided they follow guidelines laid out in the USATF pamphlet. It’s a lot about math, time, early mornings, riding the shortest possible route (SPR) and drawing a good map. I’m not sure how many courses I’ve measured since December 1981, but it runs into the hundreds including just about every major event in Michigan (measurement or re-measurement for accuracy with records on the line).

Running writer/philosopher Dr. George Sheehan said you can consider yourself a runner, “When you fill out a race application.” My response came quickly on the forum: “When you don’t feel guilty about saying it.”

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2. Sudden, dramatic weight loss

3. Difficulty falling or staying asleep

4. Sores in and around the mouth, and other skin eruptions

5. Symptoms of the cold or flu (sniffles, sore throat, fever)

From left: John Vardigan, Doug Tompkins, and Scott Hubbard. I asked how long he’d be in the church and was told, “Not long, he has another stop about 10 minutes up Woodward.” OK, mystery solved. I settled on the grass and waited. Ten minutes later there was a flurry of activity and a bunch of vehicles headed north on Woodward. I resumed my measuring, lucky I’d remembered to note my Jones counter number when I stopped (the counters are tools of the trade).

We are fortunate to have a lot of good measurers around the state, including a couple in the UP, plus prolific measurers Don Kern on the west side of the LP and Joe Baldwin on the east. I’ve enjoyed working with all of them. I’ll still be able to sign off on measurements I do myself and those have dwindled, happily, to a handful per year. |

6. Swollen, tender glands in the neck, groin or underarms

7. Labored breathing during mild exertion of training

8. Dizziness or nausea before, during or after exercise

9. Clumsiness, tripping or kicking yourself during a run over a smooth surface 10. Any muscle, tendon or joint pain or stiffness that remains after the first few minutes of running

Reunion. There was a gathering of Eagles (and

Hurons) on the Eastern Michigan University campus Sept. 5. We were there to take part in “A Tribute to a Legacy,” the addition of former long-time men’s cross country and track and field coach Bob Parks’ name to the outdoor track facility. A few hundred alums returned, first to watch a morning cross country meet at Eagle Crest Golf Course, followed by a tailgate social get-together at

Michigan-to-New York Run Nets More Than $20K for Charity


avina McNaney’s RunMI2NY, recounted in the last Michigan Runner issue, came to a successful conclusion. Beginning in Pinckney, she ran the 466.5 miles to Point Sodus, N.Y., in 14 days, finishing July 3.

Well, she ran a bit more than the planned miles. During one logistical foul-up, “I managed to run six miles off course,” she admitted. Her husband, “Team Steve,” had given her instructions for the final miles of one day’s run. “But with 30 miles under my belt that day, I was not understanding,” McNaney said. She took a wrong turn — just a slight one, but enough to get her lost. Steve found her after some harrowing moments for both of them. Weather was “the most challenging aspect,” she said. “Heat was not my friend, but rain was welcomed.” Overnight recovery — “paramount” said McNaney — included a 20-minute Epsom soak, shower, muscle cream, compression socks, ice for swelling, light stretches and “a painful massage from my sweet husband.” There were also dinner and sleep. Waking, “I stretched for 10 minutes before my feet even hit the floor,” she remembered. “I was good to go every morning. It shocked me, but I really was.”

By Ron Marinucci

all but six days. One neighbor donned pink bunny ears and rode his fat-tire bike for her first 12 miles. On the penultimate day, she was joined by six women who call themselves “the Bagel Bunch” and other runners from the local Fleet Feet. McNaney was also greeted by her children and a nephew who ran 14 miles with her. With 14 miles left on her journey, “People were popping out of the woodwork to run with me,” she remembered. At 14, 11, nine and three miles remaining, in they came. Her brother Joe, “who is not a runner,” ran the last 14 miles with her. High school friends and local prep cross country runners joined too.

“By the time I crossed the finish there were 40 people running with me,” said McNaney. “Another 200 were waiting to see me cross. I think I had stage fright.” She has mixed feelings about being done. “My body is happy to be resting,” said McNaney. “My feet, ankles and knees are recovering and I get to sleep after 5 a.m. “I am very happy to be with my little girls. The

time away from them was difficult,” she remembered. “On the other hand, I’ll miss having so much time with my husband. We worked well together and got into a perfect routine.

“I now have an itch for a long run whenever I see a town or city limit sign. I crave to run past instead of just driving past in a car. They represented milestones in my journey; I ran past them with butterflies in my stomach and clutched tears. I have a feeling that longing won’t quickly subside.” McNaney thanked sponsors and donors who helped her raise more than $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She’s also excited about inspiring other runners.

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Other runners and bikers accompanied her on

the EMU president’s home.

I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who spent as much time chatting up old friends and scanning the crowd as watching the cross meet. Pre-ordered special mock-up adidas shoes and commemorative tees were handed out at the tailgate affair.

Everybody moved a quarter-mile north to Rynearson Stadium for a football game between EMU and Old Dominion. All the alums and current athletes sat on the visitors side. At halftime, all were invited down to the south goal line and introduced. After the game came the unveiling of the addition of the old (just turned 85) coach’s name to the now-Olds-Marshall-Parks Track. There were plenty of laughs, catching up and pictures over the course of the pretty, warm day. Thanks to the athletic department for all their work in pulling it together. It was easily one of the coolest days I’ve ever spent in the sport!

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Schulist Shines at Soggy Spartan Invitational By Charles Douglas McEwen

EAST LANSING (9/18/15) — Close to 8,000 college, high and grade school students splish-splashed their way around a rain-soaked Forest Akers East Golf Course at Michigan State University’s Spartan Invitational. A pre-race storm left behind serious puddles

and humidity, none of which slowed down MSU junior Rachele Schulist. “I took the lead, it felt right and I rolled with it,” she said.

Schulist, who finished fourth overall in last year’s NCAA Division I Championships to lead the Spartans to the team title, broke to a big lead early in the College Women’s 6K, then coasted to a 21:01 finish.

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With this first invitational under her belt, Schulist looked forward to the year ahead. “The team is doing well and we have a lot of young talent,” the winner said. The Spartans packed five runners into the top 15, including eighth-place redshirt freshman Erin McDonald (21:47) and 14th-place redshirt sophomore Kelsie Schwartz (22:03).

Karenna Duffey won the Spartan Elite high school girls 5K.

“We know we have big shoes to fill,” said McDonald, referring to last year’s team. “We have big goals. Anything’s possible. We try not to focus on quantifiable goals like times. We just try to work together as a team to have the best outcome we can.”

Nathan Martin, 25, of Concord, a Spring Arbor University graduate who ran unattached, finished first in the College Men’s 8K. “It was my first cross country race in more than a year and a bit tougher than I thought it would be. But it was fine,” he said. Martin edged unattached MSU freshman Ryan Robinson, 24:42 to 24:44. “I took the lead early,” Martin said. “Then I backed off to see what the field would do, making sure I stayed in contact with leaders. During the last mile, me and the other guy (Robinson) raced each other to the finish.” In third place, Clark Ruiz, the MSU team’s first official finisher, clocked 25:03. “The course was squishy,” said the junior from Big Rapids. “The rain also made it muddy — a little treacherous. It was a lot of fun.” Emmanuel Korir, a Kenyan who now lives in the United States, finished in 25:08 running unattached. T.J. Carey, an MSU junior also running unattached, placed fifth in 25:10.

Rockford senior Isaac Harding won the Spartan Elite 5K boys race.


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Junior teammate Alexis Wiersma kicked to finish in 21:07. Next came Bowling Green freshman Rachel Walny in 21:26, Hillsdale senior Emily Oren in 21:32 and MSU junior Shelby Jackson in 21:36.

Rachele Schulist lead early to win the College Women’s 6K. Studebaker clung close to her into the last quartermile before Duffey ended things with her kick.

“I was nervous beforehand,” Duffey said. “I wasn’t quite sure how things would turn out. At the end of the race, my coach (from the sidelines) shouted, ‘Come on, you’ve got to go now! Either you make a move or she does. And that’s who wins.’  said.

“I really had to push it the last mile,” Duffey

Studebaker finished second in 18:05 and led Centreville to a team triumph.

No one was more surprised than Whitehall junior Maya Hector to win the girls Bronze (Divisions 2 and 3 schools) 5K. “I was not expecting this at all,” said the 16-year-old. “I wanted to break 19:00. But I’m thrilled that I won the race.” Win or lose, Hector adores this invitational. “I get excited every year to come here because of all the other runners,” she said. “I love the atmosphere, positivity and everything!” Linden junior Alia Frederick led her team to the Bronze title, timing 19:51.    

Benzie Central junior Brayden Huddleston ran away with the boys Bronze 5K and led his team to the title in 16:21.  For complete results, go to

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Rockford senior Isaac Harding won the Spartan Elite 5K boys race in 15:32. Novi High School, with a balanced attack, edged Northville for the team title.

Among the starters in the men’s open race are Emmanuel Korir (bib 8180) 4th, Nate Martin (bib 8035) 1st, Joey Southgate (bib 753) 6th, Nick Renberg (bib 599) 11th.

Ponytails fly.


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Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, Detroit

Girl Power Abounds at Detroit Event By Charles Douglas McEwen

DETROIT (9/20/15) — “I run for peanut butter!” one woman’s t-shirt read. Another bore a less-enthused sentiment.

Nov. 1 New York City Marathon, “and I think I ran faster.” She actually ran a 6:58 pace.

No matter how they felt running, all relished crossing the finish line at the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, held on Belle Isle, Michigan’s newest state park.

Third-place finisher Jessica Wortinger, 31, of Westland also enjoyed the women’s-only aspect. “I liked the vibe,” she said. “All the women out here, the encouraging signs along the way, the woman-power thing — it’s motivating.”

“It’s kind of nice to run against only women. It’s a different camaraderie,” she said.

“Everything hurts and I’m dying,” it said.

“The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women is our charity partner,” said race director Mary Culbertson. “We have a team of about 10 Detroit Medical Center Epic Heart Heroes who run for the cause as well. They are women who have come back from some type of cardiovascular disease and committed themselves to a healthy lifestyle.

Winner Amber Dermyre leads Amanda Wolski.

“Some have pacemakers, some have had hypertension, some have had an aortic aneurysm,” she continued. “They’re amazing women.” (Their bios may be seen at Amber Dermyre led the half marathon from the start and won easily.

“I always expect to win,” said Dermyre, 25, of Canton. “That’s my mindset, regardless of who is here.”

Her 1:27:48 shattered her personal record at the distance by more than three minutes. “I think I did well because I started out slower and conserved energy then. Amanda Wolski, 34, of Dearborn finished second in 1:31:14.  “I was planning on doing a 7:20 (minutes per mile) pace,” said Wolski, who was training for the


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Wortinger also ran a PR of 1:37:03. “I smashed my 1:40:32 former record,” she added. “I’m super excited. I’ll be on a runner’s high all day!”

Photo by Charles Douglas McEwen

Close to 1,600 women did either the American Home Fitness-sponsored half-marathon or 5K. The third annual races helped them raise money too.

Ella Willis, 58, of Detroit led the masters in 1:41:09. Jean Knaak, 54, of Barada (2:08:28) and Ashley Leger, 29, of Allen Park (2:07:03) won the motherdaughter division.

Alia Posgrove celebrated her first overall win ever in the 5K. “It was cool to break the tape,” said the 33-year-old Detroit resident. Posgrove finished in 21:18. Next came training partner Stefanie Heyser, 27 of Grosse Pointe Park in 21:26. Posgrove led from the start but knew Heyser was on her heels. “Today’s my birthday,” said Posgrove. “So she let me win, I think.”

Heather Durocher, 40, of Traverse City topped the masters in 23:43. She and her daughter Emma, 15, who crossed the finish line with her, also took home the mother-daughter title .

In the three-generations category, Meadow and Julie Pratt, 9, and 41, (36:46 and 44:42) of Jackson and Diane Morse, 64, of Stockbridge (44:44) won. For complete results, go to - MR -

Beyond the Chip

Tempting Fate


By Laurel Park

heoretically, humans are highly evolved, intelligent creatures capable of rational thought. For the most part, that seems accurate. But now and then I see something that makes me wonder.

sual distractions are everywhere, it’s easy for drivers to miss the little human trotting alongside the road. On more than one occasion I’ve run up behind one of these folks and scared the wits out of them as I passed. Occasionally I’ll see what I call the “Mensa Hat Trick”: dark clothing, iPhone and running with traffic instead of against it. I just cross my fingers and hope luck is on their side.

I classify these events into two categories: Stupid Human Tricks (with a nod to David Letterman) and Darwin Award nominees. A Stupid Human Trick is behavior that begs the question, “What on earth were you hoping to accomplish with that?” A Darwin Award nominee goes to someone who aims to significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating himself from it (see

The common denominator to both scenarios is minimizing the odds of a tragedy. In a collision between a car and a human, the car is going to win every time; the only question is whether the damage to the human will be life-altering or life-ending. Over the years I’ve had countless people tell me it’s the driver’s responsibility to be aware of runners on the road. I agree, and tell them they can argue that point when, and if, they emerge from the coma. Drivers in Ann Arbor are generally accustomed to having runners or cyclists sharing the road, but that’s not the case everywhere and runners shouldn’t assume all drivers have a high level of awareness. I’ve certainly had my share of close calls from cars pulling out of hidden driveways, or rushed drivers sliding through yellow lights and stop signs. It’s fine to say it’s the driver’s job, but the runner bears some responsibility as well.

My husband, Rich, and I work within a couple miles of each other in Livonia and most days we carpool. The traffic on M-14 is your typical morning/evening rush-hour stuff; predictable slowdowns near the US-23 and I-275 interchanges, with the majority of the drive pretty good although crowded.

Darwin Award nominees are less obvious, but the consequences can be tragic. A typical example is people riding motorcycles on the highway without wearing a helmet. I don’t see that as much as I used to, but every now and then I’ll be cruising along when some Easy Rider wannabe zooms by at 75+ mph with the wind blowing through his/her hair. It looks free and exciting, and a recipe for disaster. Not that a helmet would guarantee survival in a crash at that speed, but it would tilt the odds a bit more in the rider’s favor.

I do most of my running in the early morning before work. Thus, except for a few glorious weeks in the summer, I am running in total darkness. I’m constantly amazed when I encounter fellow runners or walkers who aren’t wearing any reflective clothing. Nothing — nada. It’s probably pretty low on the list of Truly Dangerous Behaviors, but it blows my mind just the same. I don’t understand why anyone would take that risk, regardless of whether they run on lightly-traveled back roads, in well-lit subdivisions or even through wooded trails (ankle ligaments be damned). How is being essentially invisible a good idea? Maybe they just haven’t thought about the potential consequences. I’ve had numerous peo18

There is also an element of selfishness to my perspective. I don’t want to be the driver who doesn’t see the runner until it’s too late. I don’t want to lie awake at night with the sound of the impact echoing in my brain. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life haunted by the fact I destroyed someone else’s.

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Stupid Human Tricks abound. Every morning, without fail, we see at least one driver who thinks impatience will improve the commute. These are the folks who rush up behind the car in front of them, tailgate for a bit, then dart into the other lane at the first possible moment and rush up behind the car in front of them, tailgate for a bit, then dart into the other lane … you get the idea. Another favorite is drivers who ride the bumper of the car in front of them during slowdowns, as if increasing the odds of a rear-end collision will make the traffic ahead move any faster. What really hurts is when the offending vehicle has a “Michigan Alumnus” license plate holder.

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Laurel Park competes in the 2014 Burns Park Run.

ple tell me how much they hate reflective vests because they’re so uncomfortable or they get all slimy and gross. Fine — wear a belt or hat or ankle bands or something. Google “reflective gear running” and look at all the options. Years ago, when the choices were far more limited, I bought some adhesive reflective tape and attached a few short strips to the front and back of my clothing. Low-tech but effective.

A related frustration is people who run along busy roads during the day wearing dark, hard-to-see clothing that blends perfectly with the surroundings. Many of these folks are also plugged in, lost in their tunes and only marginally aware of what’s going on around them. Particularly in the summer and early fall, when the trees and flowers are in bloom and vi|

I joke about Darwin Award nominees, but the potential consequences aren’t a laughing matter. The death of Perry Badia last fall was a punch in the gut. I don’t know the details of the accident and don’t want to imply that Perry was in any way at fault, but regardless, the outcome is permanent. Several years ago, elite marathoner Jenny Crain was hit by a car during a training run while crossing an intersection less than a mile from her home. The car had pulled out to pass another car that was slowing for a red light, and the driver didn’t see her. She survived, but suffered permanent brain damage. Maybe three seconds, one way or the other, would have made the difference. But that didn’t happen. “You’re fighting a losing battle,” my husband tells me. I know, but maybe by raising the issue, a few people will think twice. And yes, running is an inherently risky activity, although certainly not at the level of some other sports. Short of living life in a cocoon, nothing will completely eliminate risk. But it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to minimize that risk as much as possible. The human race is depending on it. - MR -

My 100-Mile Quest


By Tracey Cohen

un 100 miles?

All woes were forgiven and forgotten upon the exhilarating sights and sounds of the finish line, where I was given the royal treatment by race crew, volunteers, spectators and foes in the form of friends, the ultrarunner M.O.

Ask me 10 years ago and my answer would have been a definitive “No.” Not because I thought it crazy or unfathomable, but because as much as I love to run, I had no interest in the distance.

The party burned electric and exhaustion was overruled. My trusty Honda delivered me to my door step, devoted Labrador, Bailey Kennedy, soap and sleep.

But as life has proven over and again, things change.

Morning came quickly, Bailey aware only of her basic needs: food first, our walk thereafter.

Somewhere in the time I learned such goals were set and achieved, I began to see logic in training for said distance. It wasn’t the lure of the coveted belt buckle finisher award, bragging rights, peer pressure or bucket list phenomenon.

Those first steps were painful, most perplexing for my loyal girl, looking at me with amusement as if to say, “Really? C’mon, let’s go!” Patience is neither of our strong suits. Progress, a blessing in disguise, continued thereafter — so much so I already have a 100-mile race wish list despite knowing caution to be a virtue. Dream big, dream often, dream dreams you never thought to dream before. The world is our playground; hidden treasures wait to be unearthed.

But not without challenges along the way; first and foremost — commitment.

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Since running my first ultramarathon in Africa during my Peace Corps service 2004, I slowly developed interest in training for and achieving challenges beyond 26.2 miles. Personal success fueled the fire, delivering me to the 2015 Run Woodstock Hallucination 100 Mile start line.

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“What are you waiting for?” was the push I needed from a friend who knows how I waiver to “jump Tracey Cohen competes in the Run Woodinto the deep end“ despite being stock Hallucination 100 Mile. ready to go. From there I trained hard and consistently, as much as life would allow. lored to fit my life and mine alone. My methods, outside the box for some, were taiDespite a cranky hip coordinating its arrival with family health issues, I arrived at Hell Creek Ranch in Pinckney Friday, Sept. 11, with “Woodstock or bust,” thoughts wavering between “I got this” and “What the @#*! am I thinking?” Thinking is overrated. “Just do it” became my motto. I decided not to consider miles endured or remaining, but simply to count the loops, six equating to 100-mile victory. Whether inspired by my autism or otherwise, I thought it a privilege to be outside on the trail, my only responsibility putting one foot in front of the other fast enough to make the 30-hour cutoff.

“Bailey Kennedy”

What a privilege it was, despite a few obstacles: a trusted headlamp which became oh-so-untrustworthy despite three battery changes; feet that screamed “Enough!” far too soon; poor decision making resulting in the kindness of another runner literally giving me the shirt off his back.


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Eastern Michigan Tribute to a Legacy, Cross Country Celebration, Ypsilanti

EMU Celebration Features Runners from 15 State Schools By Scott Sullivan

YPSILANTI (9/5/15) — Parks had drive. So do Michigan college runners.

Joining EMU harriers tackling the Eagle Crest Golf Course turf on a muggy morning were peers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State, Western Michigan, UM Dearborn, Albion, Northwood, Spring Arbor, Madonna, Lawrence Tech and Siena Heights; plus Lansing, Jackson, Mott and Oakland community colleges. Many were preschoolers when Parks retired, having run at Eastern, then coached the Hurons (now Eagles) to 31 Mid-American Conference championships. The 22-time MAC Coach of the Year’s runners won six NAIA and NCAA team titles. Parks was NCAA National Coach of the Year once and regional Coach of the Year nine times.

The day’s non-scored “Tribute to a Legacy” runs framed a ceremony adding Parks’ name to EMU’s Olds-Marshall Track. His successor, John Goodridge, has hardly faltered. His men’s team hosted the day’s festivities having won 10 MAC titles in Goodridge’s 15 years, including the last five straight. The Eagles are favored to make those 11 and six this fall.

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So it was fitting Eastern Michigan University, where Bob Parks was men’s cross country and track coach from 1967 to 2001, hosted a season-opening cross celebration attended by teams from 15 state schools in his honor.

EMU women’s coach Sue Parks — Bob’s daughter — also saw her team loosen up for defense of its conference title. “Legacy” indeed.

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The EMU Celebration involved men’s and women’s 5K races, consisting of two 2.5K loops on a lush, mildly-rolling course that has hosted two

Eastern Michigan cross country / track and field alumni return to celebrate their coach, Bob Parks.

NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships and previous MAC Championships. Storms could be heard rumbling south of Ford Lake — and that’s where they stayed.

Rarely do NCAA Divisions 1, 2 and 3 athletes run with NAIA and community college harriers, stars with freshman walk-ons and alumni. Many knew each other from Michigan high school competitions, some having been teammates, now again together. Although the runs were unscored, athletes looking to test their fitness and impress coaches made for exciting racing.

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UM’s pre-season 12th-ranked men’s team placed 10 of 12 athletes in uniform among the top 17, paced by firstplace senior Mason Ferlic in 14:56.1. Second, running unattached, was Wolverine junior Connor Mora in 15:02.5. UM junior/sophomore Aaron Baumgarten claimed third out of 186 men in 15:04.3.

UM’s women, also ranked 12th, placed all 12 athletes in the top 25 of the 115-runner field, led by junior Erin Finn, running unattached, winning in an unofficial course-record time of 16:54.9.

“Today was definitely a rust-buster,” said Finn, coming back from a leg injury that shelved her during much of last fall. “It’s the first thing I have done at that effort-level in a while, but it felt great. I am so blessed and lucky to be back out there.” Western’s Maria McDaniel finished second in 17:06.9 and Eastern’s Jordann McDermitt third in 17:12.9.

“It’s a special weekend for EMU track and field and cross country,” Goodridge said. “The wonderful support from our alums was incredible. “This celebration is honoring every studentathlete who has ever worn the uniform,” he continued. “That has been going on for well over 100 years and done so with great distinction.

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Riley McLincha Charles D. McEwen Gary Morgan Jim Neff Bob Schwartz Bob Shaffer Ryan Squanda Nick Stanko Anthony Targan Kacey Tulley Cregg Weinmann Pamela Zinkosky Michael Zuidema

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Auto-Owners Spartan Invitational Drone video still by Alex Harrison Cereal City Triathlon Run for the Hills Island Lake Triathlon Run for the Rolls 5K Run Michigan Cheap, Battle Creek Run Woodstock Mackinac Island Eight Mile Photos by Greg Sadler / Embrace Life 5K Photos by Greg Sadler / Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo HealthPlus Brooksie Way Oakwood Red October Run Run for Wine Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon MetroHealth Grand Rapids Marathon

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Cereal City Triathlon, Battle Creek, August 9, 2015

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Events at the WIllard Park Beach included Aquabike, Duathlon, and a Sprint Triathlon.

Photo left: We don’t know if she swam or rode her bike, but she’s strong in the riding leg. Photo right: The sprint triathlon attracted athletes of all ages.

Run for the Hills, Farmington, August 15, 2015

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Iris MacDougall (bib 13), Joshua Dail,(bib 6) and Benjamin Fleming (bib 8) each finished the 1K Run in the top ten.

Christie Asam (bib 264) ran the 5K in 23:58.

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Island Lake Triathlon, Brighton, August 16, 2015 Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Sebastian Tochowicz (bib 289) completes in the Olympic Triathlon with winner Courtney Kistler (bib 136). 6

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Run for the Rolls 5K, Chelsea, August 29, 2015 Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

lCollin Calley (bib 743) ran the 5K in 24:30 while his dad, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, finished in 24:49. (Dad did stop to take a few photos along the way.) Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - November / December 2015


Run Michigan Cheap, Battle Creek, August 30, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Maggy Zidar (center) and Jim Zittel (right) each run races every weekend. They ran the 15K together and finished in 1:37:01.

The Run Michigan Cheap series features low entry fees, numerical tags rather than bibs, accurate distances and accurate timing. Although we can’t identify the young runner in pink and the tall guy wearing a Notre Dame shirt, we’re pretty sure they are related. 8

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Run Woodstock, Pinckney, September 11-12, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Former firefighter John Loudermilk completed the 100K race in 19 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds.Originally registered for the 100 Mile race, Run Woodstock recorded his 100K finish.

Ann Arbor’s Annie-Norah Beveridge (bib 1016), a 2015 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, won the marathon in 3:36:27.

Lemon James, sporting an outfit worthy of the Woodstock era, plays for the 100K and 100 Mile starts on Day 1. James won the 5K on Day 2 in 22:42. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - November / December 2015


Mackinac Island Eight Mile, September 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Sadler /

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Amber Dermyre of Canton won in 52:46.

Mike and Jane Kovatch of Fishers, Indiana, each finished in 1:21:22.

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Runners enjoy post-race sunshine at host hotel, Mission Point Resort. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - November / December 2015


Embrace Life 5K, Livonia, September 13, 2015

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An unidentified runner celebrates her finish. Megan Mizzi (bib 309) finishes in 24:55 while squads of cheerleaders cheer on the finishers.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, September 13, 2015

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On a sunny day in Royal Oak, runners start the Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 10K. 14

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HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon, Rochester, September 27, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Jessica Wu of Troy, age 8, ran the 5K in 38:39.

Amy McNeil pushed her way to second place in the 10K.

Max Hoch of Mason, Ohio, won the half marathon in 1:10:59 Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - November / December 2015


Oakwood Red October Run, Wayne, October 3, 2015 Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Brian Olsen (left) of Jackson (36:29) & Steve Menovcik (bib 109) of Grand Ledge (36:34) are among Michigan’s best masters runners.

Sister Beth Wood, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters, was the oldest runner, by ten years, in the 10K. Her bib #86 is also her age.

Kira Garry of Ann Arbor beat all the men and all the women to take first overall in the 5K, 17:05.

Erin Webster of Dearborn beat all the men and all the women except winner Kira Garry to take second in the 5K, 17:38.


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Run for Wine, Grand Blanc, October 10, 2015

Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Wine bottles mark the course for the four mile Run for Wine on The Jewel Golf Course in Grand Blanc.

Runners faced steep hill near the finish. This unidentified runner had to make a little extra effort. Michigan Runner Photo Gallery - November / December 2015


Sandhill Crane All Trail Half Marathon, Vandalia, Octo Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

tober 10, 2015

Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon, Windsor & Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

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MetroHealth Grand Rapids Marathon, October 18, 201 Drone video still by Jeff Zita / Z-drones Photography


HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, Flint

Kenyans Claim Crim, State Runners Fare Well Too

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By Charles Douglas McEwen

Elite men starting the Crim 10 Mile are, from left Emmanuel Korir (bib 21), 50:37, 20th; Sammy Rotich (bib 16), 50:38, 21st; Kimutai Cheruiyot (bib 19), 47:32, 4th; Leonard Korir (bib 81), 47:00, 1st; Dathan Ritzenhein (behind Korir), 47:16, 3rd; Noah Chepngabit (bib 11), 49:56, 15th; Nicholas Too (bib 13), 49:33, 14th; Richard Kessio (bib 15), 50:05, 17th; Moses Kipsiro (bib 9), 47:01, 2nd. FLINT (8/22/15) — Leonard Korir won the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races 10-miler by one second. Just how he drew it up? “With a mile to go,” said Korir, 28, of Iten, Kenya, “I knew (Moses) Kipsiro (also age 28, of Uganda) was this close.” (Korir indicated about an inch with his fingers.)

“I told myself, ‘Wait and see the last 100 meters,’” Korir continued. “Then I tried to push it. I pushed, pushed and he didn’t react, so I thought I had it.”

Korir finished in 46:59, seven seconds shy of his 10-mile personal record, but one tick better than Kipsiro. Did he care about missing his standard? “No!” he exclaimed. “Just trying to win! People were cheering for us and I loved it!” Michigan’s Dathan Ritzenhein ran stride-forstride with the two Africans for much of the race before finishing third in a personal-record 47:16.

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hein, 32, of Belmont. “I’m thrilled that I stayed with them till the last mile. I was feeling good, but they really picked it up from there. Korir’s trimph ended Julius Kogo’s five-year winning streak. Kenyan Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton’s two-year women’s reign also ended, although she was only 11 seconds slower than her winning time last year.

Caroline Rotich, 30, of Nyahururu, Kenya, who won here in 2012, reclaimed the women’s 10mile title. “Aliphene is my training mate (in Santa Fe, N.M.),” Rotich said. “I know what she’s capable of doing — and she knows what I can do.

“There was a big group of us leaders up to four miles,” she continued. “There were four of us at five miles, then just two of us at six. At seven or eight, I was by myself.”

Rotich didn’t surge massively. “I kept my pace honest,” she said. “I stayed strong and just kept going.” |

Rotich finished in 53:06, followed by TuliamukBolton in 53:27. Next came Monica Ngige, 21 (54:14) and Ann Wanjiru (54:16), both Kenyans who train in Lansing. Overall, Michigan runners did well at Crim, led by Ritzenhein, the first American-born male this century to finish as high as third in the 10mile. Ninth overall and the second state runner was Nathan Martin, 25, of Concord, who clocked 48:39. Zachary Ornelas, 24, of Ann Arbor placed 12th overall in 49:22. “I thought best-case scenario, I run 49:40 or 49:50, because I heard it was hilly,” Ornelas said. “But I felt amazing. I think mile nine was my fastest mile; it must have been 4:40 or something. “When I saw 49:22 on the clock, I thought, ‘That’s weird.’ I didn’t think I could run that fast.”

Sarah Boyle, 29, of Brighton topped all Michigan women for the second year in a row. Her sev-

enth-place overall time of 55:06 was 23 seconds faster than last year. Next came two state college students. Gabi Anzalone, 21, Fenton, a fifth-year senior at the University of Wisconsin who has won both the 5K and 8K here in the past, timed 57:03. Jordann McDermitt, 19, of Davison, a standout at Eastern Michigan University, placed 12th overall in 58:02 McKayla Hanson, 28, of Davison won her third straight women’s handcycle 10-mile competition in 48:13, averaging 12.62 mph with a max speed of 23.6 mph on the downhills. For the men, Tom Davis, 38, of Fremont, Ind., triumphed in 26:38, missing the course record by just half a minute.

Todd Straka, 48, of Boulder, Col. (16:26) and Paige Boldt, 26, of Grand Rapids (18:27) won the 5K. Matthew Popielarz, 23, of Ann Arbor (26:12) and Samantha Johnson, 22, of Comstock Park (30:53) captured the 8K. Both the latter led pretty much from the start. © C. Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

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“That’s kind of what I was hoping for with my time,” said Popielarz. “I’m not in that amazing shape right now. I just wanted to have a good time and compete. This is good race to do that at.” 

Third place Dathan Ritzenhein is Michigan’s top finisher.

“I’ve never raced an 8K before,” said Johnson. “So this was a new experience. It wasn’t the hardest or easiest course I’ve run, but it had some significant hills.”   

Jordan Desilets (left) congratulates Sarah Boyle on her finish as top Michigan woman.

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Crusader 5K, Livonia

Runners Enjoy Perfect Weather, Beautiful Course at Crusader 5K

LIVONIA (9/26/15) — Perfect weather greeted participants in the third annual Crusader 5K, hosted by Madonna University’s Office of Student Life. Proceeds went to the student emergency relief fund, which provides financial support to students experiencing emergency situations. An untimed Madonna Mile was also offered.

The fast, picturesque loop course starts and ends on campus, with the middle two miles circling the Felician Sisters Central Convent grounds. While not perfectly flat, the elevation changes are gradual. The final mile features a long, slightly downhill section bordered by a canopy of large trees. “When people think of Livonia, they probably envision flat, concrete roads and industrial buildings,” said one runner. “This course is very different from that. It’s gorgeous.” Laurel Park, 52, was the overall winner with a

By Laurel Park

time of 18:41. Second went to Ian McCracken, 21, in 19.46. Danielle Kanclerz, 22, took third in 20:50. “Ian took off at the gun and Danielle was right behind him,” Park said. “I thought both of them went out a little too aggressively, so I settled into a comfortable pace and worked my way up. “The first half mile or so is flat, then you hit about a quarter mile of gradual incline. It’s not that bad, but if you go out too fast you pay the price,” she said. Park passed McCracken for the lead at about the halfway point.

Schoolcraft College cross country runners Audrey Baetz and Caitlin Goyer, both 19, finished fifth and ninth respectively.


“I was satisfied with my race because it’s my fastest time so far,” said Baetz. “The race was very well organized with volunteers at every turn making sure nobody got lost. I know I can go faster and push myself harder.” “I was happy with my race,” added Goyer. “I had my best 5K time ever.”

Coffee and hot cider provided by sponsor Biggby Coffee were available for runners afterward. “The warm cider at the end was a nice touch,” said Baetz.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event. A beautiful course, outstanding organization and free parking just steps from the start/finish line make the Crusader 5K a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. - MR -

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Melon Run, Howell

Storm Adds Rain, Electricity to Melon Run By Charles Douglas McEwen

HOWELL (8/14/15) — The 38th annual Melon Run started like most of its predecessors: with abundant heat and humidity. But as 700 or so runners made their way through the hills, things got really wild.

Beazley and fellow Michigan State University women’s cross country team redshirt freshman Kelsie Schwartz, 19, of Brighton, led the way in the 10K. They ran the final two miles into the teeth of the storm, but didn’t mind the pelting rain very much.

“The sky lit up just before the mile mark,” said Nick Katsefaras, 28, of Pinckney. “Lightning was everywhere!” Loud thunder declared even more emphatically a storm was on its way.     

The Katsefarases dueled with each other for much of the race. Mike took the lead on the second mile, then Nick snatched it away midway through the third. “When Nick went by, I thought, ‘He’s got it,’” Mike said. “We were going up a hill and he kills me on hills every day when we’re training.”

Nick led until right before the three-mile mark. “Then (Mike) rocketed by me with less than 200 yards to go,” Nick said. Mike Katsefaras won in 16:05, five seconds ahead of Nick. Kevin McKown, 22, of Sylvania, Ohio, took third in 16:15.

Eastern Michigan University sophomore Jordann McDermitt, 19, of Davison dominated the women’s field. Leading from the get-go, she finished in 17:07. Next came Audrey Ladd, 16, of West Bloomfield (18:21) and Bekah Smeltzer, 26, of

Kelsie Schwartz (bib 660) and Kennedy Beazley beat all the women and all the men in the 10K. Kalamazoo (18:32).       

The top 5K runners finished before the brunt of the storm came through. Not so the 10K runners.

“The wind came first,” recalled Kennedy Beazley, 19, of Highland. “At about the four-mile mark, it just started pouring rain.”

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“It definitely made things more exciting,” added Nick’s brother, Mike, 25, of Pinckney. 

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Katsefaras, who was running the 5K, had no worries. “It was kind of nice,” he said. “We had some cool breezes the last mile. It helped motivate us.”

Superman carries his bride to the finish line during the 10K downpour.

“I liked it,” Schwartz said. “It was a good course. Thompson Lake was really pretty. And the people were awesome.”  

The teammates led all the women — and men as well — to the finish line. Beazley finished 39:09, Schwartz in 39:11. Cortney Boes, 30, of Brighton took third in 48:30. © C. Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Bruce Mayrund, 36, of Brighton won the men’s 10K in 40:30, followed by Zachary Mitchell, 23, of Gregory in 42:24 and Joseph Rukstelo, 33, of White Lake in 42:29.

Zaryah Griffin, 9, of Pinkney dashed to victory in the kids mile run in 6:14. Sean Elberson, 10, of Howell was second overall and the first boy in 6:29.   The event was presented by the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority. For complete results, go to

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A Timely Debate: Can You Outrun Father Time? Scarlett Jo Hansen (Moderator): On behalf of the League of Women Runners, I’d like to welcome audience members to this important debate. As Tom Petty sang, “I don’t know, but I’ve been told. You never slow down, you never grow old.” But is that true? Can running really forestall the aging process? Before I introduce the participants, I’d like to make a brief disclaimer. While the issues covered in this debate are very real, any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. In fact, the participants themselves may even be fictitious. Targan: I can assure you I’m very real, which is more than I can say for my opponent.

Time: We’ll see about that, buddy. Hansen: Gentlemen, please! First, allow me to in-

troduce you both. Representing the running community we have Anthony Targan, who began running at age 40. In the past dozen years, he has completed 150 races, including 14 marathons, five in Boston. Mr. Targan is not an elite runner, but he is competitive in his age group in local races. He writes regularly for Michigan Runner magazine and has been interviewed often about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Representing the inevitability of mortality is … Father Time.

Time: Life’s a bitch, then you die! Hansen: I will pose a series of questions, and

each of you will have an opportunity to answer, then make a brief rebuttal. The first question is for Mr. Targan: Aren’t you worried that running is bad for your knees?

Targan: No. I’m no doctor, but running can actu-

ally be good for your knees. A 2009 New York Times article concluded, “running may actually shield somewhat against arthritis, in part because the knee develops a kind of motion groove.” Also, “by moving and loading your knee joint, as you do when walking or running, you ‘condition’ your cartilage to the load,” citing a 2008 Stanford University study.

Time: Balderdash! That same Times article quoted

a physiologist who said, “degeneration of the cartilage in the kneecap, which reduces its shock-absorbing capacity” is inevitable in older runners.

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By Anthony Targan

ners. Each of you is getting older every day. And the older you get, the more muscle mass and bone density you lose. You’ll continue to get slower with age, take longer to recover and eventually — here’s a news flash — you will all die anyway! So why put yourselves through such agony? Have you seen your own race-day photos? Your painful grimaces are not a good look. And what are you trying to prove anyway? That you could outrun me for a few years? I will catch up with you. In the end, I always win.

Targan: Sure, Father Time. Eventually, you will

catch up with all of us. But remember: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” This quote is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but what he actually wrote is even more insightful when applied to running: “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” Similarly, I conclude: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

Time: Carpe Diem!

overstated. The media sensationalizes it because it’s ironic when fit young people die while exercising. But you’ve actually got a higher risk of dying from the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. According to a Forbes article, “Research estimates range from 0.5 to 2 deaths per 100,000 marathon runners in a given race, a far lower risk of death than in the majority of daily activities.” Also, most of those who died during marathons had pre-existing heart conditions.

Hansen: This question is for Mr. Targan. How long can you expect to improve as a runner? Targan: Mike Tymn, credited with formulating

the Seven-Year Rule,” is quoted in Runner’s World saying, “My seven-year adaptation theory was based on the fact that so many runners I talked to ran their best times an average of seven years after they started.” That article goes on to say that “lowmileage runners can stretch the seven years to well over a decade before plateauing.” In my own experience, I set most of my race PRs in 2012, the year I turned 50.

Time: And you haven’t set another one in the

Time: Just ask Pheidippides! Oh wait, you can’t.

Targan: I don’t accept that!

He died … right after running the very first marathon! Runners have been kicking the bucket at marathons ever since. Three people even died in the 2009 Detroit half-marathon. That’s enough to convince me to remain safely rooted to the couch!

lace up those running shoes and hit the road!

Targan: The risk of sudden death in marathons is

Hansen: OK, next question. Father Time, can running kill you?

Hansen: I think we can all agree with that. Let’s

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Labor Day 30K, Milford

Labor Day 30K Veteran Thrives on Hills By Charles Douglas McEwen

MILFORD (9/5/15) — Lisa Veneziano has a knack for winning Labor Day 30Ks.

The Fenton resident first won the Milford Labor Day 30K in 2008 at age 43. She won again in 2011, 2013 and 2015 — the first woman over age 50 to achieve that feat.  

“She’s an extremely good runner,” Veneziano said of Bragg. “She beats me more often than I beat her. I just have a knack right now for the longer races.”

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Veneziano and Teeple eventually caught up to Bragg. The veteran champion took the lead while Bragg followed.

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Neighbor Kelsey Bragg, 32, of Fenton and Sherrie Teeple, 42, of Grand Blanc gave Veneziano good competition. Bragg led for much of the first five miles, while the others shared second place.

The champ repeated with a time of 2:12:12. Next came Bragg in 2:12:36 and Teeple in 2:14:45. With Veneziano winning overall, Teeple was awarded the women’s masters title. Heidi Drallos, 52, of Commerce Township was similarly named grand masters champ in 2:31:04. What helped Veneziano battle the humidity, dirt roads and steep hills? “Gu, Gatorade and water,” she said. “I needed all of them today.”

Lisa Veneziano wins the 30K for the fifth time.

Bragg, running here for the first time, said she enjoyed the course. “I’m not the strongest on hills, but doing them makes me stronger. It was tough,” she said. Men’s 30K winner Luke Humphrey might have preferred one or two less hills.

“It was hard,” said Humphrey, 34, of Rochester. “I ran this in 2005 and don’t remember it being that hilly. I don’t run well in the heat either, so it was brutal for me.” Still, the long-time Hansons-Brooks Distance Project member won easily in 1:48:22. Next came Mike Camilleri, 36, of Howell (1:51:07) and Leo Foley, 34, of Goodrich (1:59:24).    

“He was gone from the gun,” Foley said of Humphrey. “Unless he blew up, I wasn’t catching him.”

Humphrey didn’t come close to blowing up but said the race took a lot out of him.“You almost have to approach it like a marathon; 18.6 (miles) is a long way,” the winner said. John Olszewski, 41, of Macomb (2:03:47) and Koji Hiraiwa, 50, of Novi (2:07:12) were the masters and grand masters winners. 26

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Labor Day events included a 30K bike race.

The 10K, also challenging, gave Lori Leach Davis a frightening moment. “Somewhere on the sixth mile, I got hit by a (mountain) bike from behind,” she said. “I hit my head and my shoulder.”

Bruised but not broken, Davis, 51, of Lapeer dusted herself off and won in 43:30. Closest to her were Dana Davidson, 23, of Royal Oak (46:50) and Stephanie Kapanowski, 36, of Southgate (47:10). How did she manage to finish after being knocked down? “Adrenaline takes over and you just go,” Davis said.    

Jonathan Miller, 39, of Royal Oak jumped out to a huge early lead and dominated the men’s 10K. “I went out quicker than I should have and paid for that a little bit,” he said. “But I was able to finish strong. So I felt good about it overall.” Miller finished in 39:20. “My goal was to run around 37 minutes. I was nowhere near that,” he said. “Still, I’ve never won a race before, so it’s kind of cool.”

Next came Gordon McWilliams, 17, of Commerce Township in 42:19 and Frederick Schwendenman, 44, of Milford in 43:31 |

Last year race director Doug Klingensmith introduced a 6K trail and dirt road run. Another Doug — Doug Goodhue, 73, of Milford — finished second in that race. This year, Goodhue ran away with it. “I can add it to my resume,” said Goodhue, who timed 25:19. “I’ve got an overall first at age 73.”

Crossing next were Jay Jones, 33, of Waterford in 27:16 and Matthew Shehab, 10, of Northville in 29:31. Stacie Gatchalian, 39, of Canton showed no mercy to her cohort, Monica McLeod, 38, of Ypsilanti, who was five months pregnant. She won in 32:40, 15 seconds ahead of McLeod (32:55).

“I gunned it a little at the end,” said Gatchalian. “At 20 weeks pregnant, I don’t have enough get-upand-go to gun it,” McLeod said. Audrey Gonzales, 10, of Novi placed third in 34:36.  Doug McKibbon, 47, of Farmington and Karen St. Louis, 35, of Novi won the 30K bike in 1:10:15 and 1:26:13, respectively.

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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, Huntington Woods

Friends Wolski, Gryniewicz Run Wild Together at Detroit Zoo By Charles Douglas McEwen

HUNTINGTON WOODS (9/13/15) — Call it a draw.   Joining hands and raising them triumphantly, Amanda Wolski and Sarah Gryniewicz tied for first place in the Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 10K.

“She was my rock through the whole thing,” said Wolski, 34, of Dearborn about Gryniewicz, 26, of Ferndale. “She talked to me the whole time. We may have annoyed guys around us with all our chatting and chattering.”

Wolski, who won this race last year, hoped to beat her personal record. Gryniewicz, a former Grand Valley State University standout who has clocked 35:53 for 10K, just wanted to run with her Run Detroit teammate. “She was strong,” Gryniewicz said of Wolski. “I’m proud of her.”

April Bertin, 33, of Ann Arbor finished third in 41:33. Next came masters champ Marie Halpin, 46, of Birmingham in 41:38.

Angela Matthews, 31, of Westland won the women’s 5K in 18:17. Stefanie Perri, 30, of Walled Lake came in second in 21:39.    “I love it! I do Run Wild every year,” said Perri. “My mom runs it too. It’s become a tradition now.”

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The two timed 40:27, which bested Wolski’s PR by 18 seconds. The weather offered a golden opportunity for a PR. “It was a little cold at the beginning,” said Gryniewicz. “But once we got going, it warmed up and was wonderful.”

Erin Seibert, 14, of Livonia snagged third in 22:22. Carolyn Kew, 50, of Commerce paced the masters in 22:45.

Scott Smith, 22, of Warren won the men’s 5K, then led for six miles of the 10K before succumbing to the kick of Steven Lawrence, 37, of Franklin. Smith ran away with the earlier, shorter race in 16:13. Masters champ David Atkinson, 45, of Grand Blanc took second in16:50; Eric Lohr, 34, of Lake Orion third in 17:30; and Paul Aufdemberge, 50, of Redford fourth in 17:35.

“Sixteen thirteen was about all I could do alone,” Smith said between races. “Now I’ll see what I can do for 10K.”

Sarah Gryniewicz (bib 2707) and Amanda Wolski (bib 2371) tied for the Run Wild 10K win. He battled not only Lawrence, but Michael Lavallee, 38, of Rochester in the longer distance. Lavallee fell off the pace around mile five and the duel came down to Smith and Lawrence.

Lawrence won in 33:37, followed by Smith in 33:42, Lavallee in 34:16 and Eric Lohr in 36:53. Shane Beauchamp, 41, of Dearborn led the masters in 38:24.

“Right at six miles I went by him. I knew I could sprint for a quarter-mile. Anything more than that, I didn’t know what I could do, but …”

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“He did all the work,” Lawrence said of Smith. “He basically set the pace, running 5:30s the whole way. I just went along for the ride and felt pretty good at the end.” (Lawrence, a former University of Michigan all-American, owns a 10K PR of 29:04.)

Run Wild had a huge turnout with more than 3,300 runners and walkers. Proceeds went to the Detroit Zoological Society to support the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals.

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Red Carpet Run, Detroit

Dapper Partridge Dashes to Red Carpet Victory

“It was hot,” said Partridge, 22, of Brighton about doing so on a warm August evening. (The race started at 7 p.m.)

He followed the pace car, a 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille with tail fins, on the circuitous route within Belle Isle Park. “I took the first mile a little fast, just to see who would stick with me,” said Patridge, who finished in 16:50. “No one did.”

“It was a little more humid than I wanted, but it was a super-nice night and race,” he said.

This year’s race started and finished at Belle Isle’s Flynn Pavilion, a more-spacious setting than last year.

“I couldn’t have done it without my Kanye, my paparazzi and my people,” said

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Zachary Johnson, 25, of Dearborn finished second in 17:25. Masters champ Shane Angove, 42, of Sterling Heights took third overall in 18:34.

Crystal Lobato, 32, of Dearborn Heights dressed as Kim Kardashian-West on her wedding day. Lyndon Marsalis,46, of Westland accompanied her playing the role of Kanye West.  

“This is a much better site,” Angove said. “But I almost missed it because they changed the date (from the first week in Flappers Anna Beernaert and Mandy August) too.” Many of the 354 Kwarsick each ran to a 33:11 finish. finishers dressed as if they were attending a Hollywood premiere. After crossing the finish line, Lobato while accepting her they walked a red carpet showing off their outbest-dressed woman award. fits. Men wore tuxedo jackets or just bow ties with “Thank you.” their running shorts. Women wore dresses or skirts. A few men wore dresses too. Wayne Ferris of DearWomen’s winner Kelly Valente, 36, of Dearborn Heights, who ran wearborn wore an off-white dress and red ing a full-length tuxedo bandanna. After finishing third in 2012 and 2013, including black pants and then second last year behind her sister, Teresa Cook, bright-red bow tie, won bestValente triumphed handily in 19:22. dressed man. “I kind of look like a butler,” Ferris said. Leslie Braun, 53, of Bloomfield Hills, rocking a mini-skirt and halter top, followed in 22:17. For complete race results, go to http://redcar“It was awesome,” said Braun, who runs for tient Endurance Runners. “I love anything on Belle Isle. It was the best 5K I’ve done in a couple years.” - MR 28

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Wearing a tuxedo with tails, vest, shirt, bow tie, running shorts and shoes, Partridge dominated the 5K race, presented by Running Fit.

Third-place Madison Justice, 15, of Canton (22:23) wore a dark blue, mid-thigh number with a lace skirt. “This is the dress I wore for freshman homecoming,” the now Salem High School sophomore said.

Photo by Charles Douglas McEwen

DETROIT (8/28/2015) — The Red Carpet Run began with Frank Sinatra played on the P.A. system. Then Josh Partridge did it “his way.”

By Charles Douglas McEwen

Winner Josh Partridge (bib 341) and Mike Whiting (bib 361) sport costumes fit for the red carpet.

Lyndon Marsalis (bib 365) and Crystal Lobato (?) finish with the same time: 40:11.

Seven Years Cancer Free – and Still Running


A recent healthcare survey indicated the average waiting time to see a general practitioner in some of America’s largest cities is 20 days. Those waits reflect symptoms of an ailing healthcare system. Perhaps my experience is an anomaly, but I want to recognize the doctors and staff of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for the quality care they’ve routinely shown me. June 2 marked the seventh anniversary of my robotic surgery there for prostate cancer. Dr. James Peabody and his talented team were supported by seemingly-always-on-duty nurse Andrea Simone.

A month after surgery, I was again running my usual five miles a day and in races. Several were 3mile run, 18-mile bike ride and 5-mile run duathlons. Now I’m 72 and win age-group medals. Last November, Dr. Peabody and I competed in the Roseville Big Bird 10K run. He finished ahead of me — after which I told him I let happen, because who wants to be embarrassed by his older patient? The anniversary of that surgery brings back memories:

Photo courtesy of Bill Kalmar

one of us are fond of visiting our physician, making an unexpected trip to the emergency room or undergoing an operation. From time to time we hear about botched surgeries where the wrong leg was removed or an incorrect diagnosis led to complications. Despite this, day in and day out, the medical profession performs intricate, life-saving operations noticed by few outside patients and family members.

By Bill Kalmar

• When told there would be little pain after the surgery, I figured this was just a way to settle my nerves. But there was no pain when I awoke. My son and I stayed up late that night watching the Red Wings play triple overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The only sign I’d had surgery were the tubes protruding from my body. • Nurse Simone was seemingly always on call with her cell phone. Any time I called, night or day, because of a problem or to ask a question, she answered, offered encouragement and wise advice. She was recently one of 10 hospital employees recognized for the Clara Award for outstanding service.

Bill Kalmar celebrates his finish at the 2014 Zero Prostate Cancer Run on Belle Isle in Detroit.

• The hospital’s partnership with the former Detroit Ritz-Carlton Hotel made for a care-free experience. People arrive from all over the world for robotic surgery and stay at the hotel because of the care and concern of its staff, who are versed in the hospital process. During our stay we met people from China, England, Japan and many U.S. cities. All marveled at the atmosphere. The hotel has now transformed itself to The Henry, which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, but the same care for people remains intact.

• Since then, all my systems have been go, which means I’ve returned to my normal routine. If you’re wondering how my marital responsibilities are progressing, ask my wife of 51 years. Both launch and landing have been successful.

• Speaking of Mary, prostate cancer patients need strong support at home. Her care and watchful eye were essential to my recovery. Having a catheter for a week is quite an experience, but she helped make it easy and even humorous. At the end of the first week we had to measure my urine output. This came in the midst of a two-day power outage, thus our measuring and cleaning the apparatus were done by flashlight. There’s something surreal when one has to pee in a measuring glass while your spouse holds a flashlight on your manliness.

• I’ve discussed prostate surgery with people at our gym and read many articles on the subject. After all that, I’m convinced that for me this was the optimum course of action. Some prefer seeds, radiation or other methods, but I would still opt robotic surgery: it’s painless and there are no lasting effects. I am now cancer free and my PSA tests have come back at 0.0 for the last five years.

© C. Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

I look forward to a long and fruitful life — and to beating Dr. Peabody in a race next year. HOUR magazine recently named him the top urologist out of 23 in that category. I’d attest to that. Nor am I surprised Ford Hospital won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for its services two years ago. When an organization  focuses on patient outcomes, we all win.

Bill Kalmar (bib 80) competes in the 2014 Zero Prostate Cancer Run along with Ethan Hall (bib 59), Brian Hall (bib 57), Erik Tungate (bib 38) and Tran Hang (bib 211).


- MR -

Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


John Rogucki Memorial Kensington Challenge, Milford

Broyles, Desilets Claim First Wins at Kensington By Charles Douglas McEwen

MILFORD (9/19/15) — Every year she runs the Kensington Challenge, Melissa Broyles does it a few seconds faster. In 2011 Broyles, now 37, of Milford finished fifth among women, completing 15K through Kensington Metropark in 1:04:25. In 2012 she finished second in 1:04:05. Last year, Broyles dropped her time to 1:01:46, good for third.  

Krys Brish, 52, of Brighton — who won the 15K in 2008 and 2009, then celebrated her 50th birthday by winning again in 2013 — turned her attention to the 5K this year.

Photo by Charles Douglas McEwen

This year she ran even faster, timing 1:01:21. Best of all, she won. 

“I wasn’t expecting to win,” Broyles said. “I usually feel pretty good at this race, but today I didn’t feel my best. I was really hoping for a 6:30 (minutes per mile) pace, but 6:35 is OK. It’s a PR, I guess. Weather-wise, this year’s challenge had a little bit of everything: a downpour at the start, a flicker of sunshine in the middle, then inyour-face gusts of wind at the end.

Averaging 5:22 a mile, Desilets won the men’s 15K easily, timing 49:58. Next came Chris Elsey, 29, of South Lyon in 53:57 and David Rogawski, 28, of Ann Arbor in 58:18.

“I’ve never done the 5K before. This short stuff is hard!” she said.

Ben Huszti won the

You’d never guess from the way she ran. Brish, handling the hills with aplomb, led from start and triumphed in 22:00. Sophia Huszti, 13, of Milford claimed second in 23:21 and Nancy Munson, 62, of Dexter third in 23:36.

“The humidity was also high,” men’s 5K in 17:58. Broyles said. “I could feel it right after mile two. Usually I feel pretty good a few miles into this race. But the humidity, wind and rain definitely affected my running.” Huszti, who goes to Muir Middle School in Milford, tolerated the wet conditions. “The Still, she loves the event. “Doug Goodhue is weather was a little harsh,” she said. “And the an amazing race director,” she said. “He always roads were slippery. But other than that, I really puts on a good race. I’ll be back next year.” liked the course.” Lori Leach Davis, 51, of Lapeer finished second in 1:05:42. Julia Kennedy, 25, of Livonia was the third-place woman in 1:06:45. 

Although Jordan Desilets made his challenge debut, he knows the course well. “I run here almost every day after work,” said the 34year-old Brighton resident. Leading from the get-go, Desilets kept a steady-Eddie (-Jordan?) pace. “I think I held 5:20s the whole way,” he said. “I dropped to maybe a 5:30 pace going up the hills and then 5:10s going down.”

Her cousin, Ben Huszti, 25, of Barberton, Ohio, won the men’s 5K in 17:58, well ahead of runner-up Dylan Miller, 22, of Ann Arbor (20:14) and third-place Josh Tait, 35, also of Ann Arbor in 20:19.

“I had hoped to run faster time-wise,” Ben Huszti said. “But the conditions were tough with the wind and rain. I’ve come in second here two or three times, so it was really nice to get a win.” For complete results and more information, visit - MR -


Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K, Ann Arbor

Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K, Pub Crawl Support Semper Fi By Charles Douglas McEwen

ANN ARBOR (8/10/15) — John Munro has won the UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K all four years it has taken place. It hasn’t been easy, though.

“I’ve had people give me a run for my money — especially, this year,” said Munro, 22, of Whitmore Lake. The winner, a plumber’s son, led early. After two miles Jason Hall, 40, of Ann Arbor zoomed by him. Munro watched Hall’s back for the next half-mile, then went for it.

“You make a decision to push through the pain or settle for second,” Munro said. “Having won it the past three years, I felt obligated to do well. So I gave it a good push for the last 600 meters and managed to take the lead back.” Munro won in 17:51 with Hall second in 18:10

“He just ran faster,” Hall said. “It’s a bit hot and the course is hilly, but it was fun.”

Christopher Samborn, 35, of Ann Arbor finished third in 19:30. With Hall runner-up overall, Joel Dinverno, 45, of Grass Lake was given top masters honors, timing 20:07. Last year’s runner-up Danie Matusik, 43, of Chelsea won the women’ race in 21:13. “I led the whole way,” she said. “I missed my PR (20:50), but it’s still a good day for me.”

Runner-up Gabriella Ring, 22, of Oak Park beat her PR by two seconds, timing 21:35. “I expected to do that because I’m really familiar with the streets here,” said Ring, who just graduated from the University of Michigan. Kris Good of Ann Arbor took third in 23:17. With Matusik the overall champion, Jennifer Fike, 47, of Ann Arbor claimed masters honors in 23:49. 

Race director Gary Morgan said the race raised about $35,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps U.S. Marines and other veterans injured in post-9/11 combat or training operations, or who face life-threatening illnesses or injuries. The UA Plumbers & Pipefitters will match that, he added, so the fund will net close to $70,000. About 250 people competed in the 5K and another 100 participated in the post-race pub crawl. For complete results, go to - MR -

T-Rex Triathlon, Brighton

Run for CHUM Half Marathon, Dansville

Krzyzanowski Brings Broom to T-Rex Tri, Cleans Up

Photos by Dane Robison

By Charles Douglas McEwen

course. Dan Lynch, 35, of Novi, his teammate and training partner, took second in 1:00:57  

Krzyzanowski added a series champion award to his individual ones. His cumulative time for the three races was 2:56:43. Lynch was runner-up in 3:01:48.

Roman Krzyzanowski completed a sweep of the three-race Running Fit T-Rex Series BRIGHTON (8/12/15) — With his victory in the T-Rex Triathlon, Roman Krzyzanowski completed a sweep of the three-race Running Fit T-Rex Series. Krzyzanowski, 44, of Plymouth also claimed the Triceratops Triathlon in June and Pterodactyl Triathlon in July. All three evening races take place at Island Lake Recreation Area and use the same half-mile swim, 20K bike and 5K run course.

Last year Krzyzanowski, who competes for Motor City Endurance, came into this race having won the first two, only to have his bid for the sweep thwarted when Will Jurkowski beat him by 59 seconds. Krzyzanowski got off to a slow start on this go-round, coming out of the water with about a dozen men ahead of him.  

“My swim was mediocre,” he said. “I’m not a good swimmer to begin with. I had to really rely on my bike and run today.”

He devoured the field during the bike. “I pedaled as hard as I could,” Kryzanowski said. “I have a new bike and I’m still adjusting to it. But it felt good.” He passed the two men left ahead of him early in the run and went on to finish in 1:00:10, one of his fastest times ever on this

Nicole Lorenz, 28, of Plymouth won her first women’s title in the series. She had never placed higher than fourth before. said.

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Next came Ben Stuart, 37, of Clio (1:01:21), Matthew Schafer, 18, of Novi (1:01:50) and Zoltan Suranyi, 47, of Novi (1:01:52).

Wendy Eckman took masters honors in the 5K with a time of 25:18.

“It’s awesome. I’m excited,” the winner

Like Krzyzanowski, Lorenz, who runs for FAST (Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon), had to come from behind. Maggie Rettelle, 43, of Midland led after the swim and bike. “I felt strong on the bike and even stronger on the run,” said Lorenz, who caught Rettelle just before the two-mile mark and went on to win in 1:07:36. Next came Rettelle in 1:08:00; Christine Rosender, 39, of Commerce in 1:08:11; Karen Perzyk, 46, of West Bloomfield in 1:09:11 and Meredith Bell, 22, of Ann Arbor in 1:11:54 .

Rosender finished the three races with a cumulative time of 3:23:55 and joined Krzyzanowski as series winners. Perzyk, who won the Pterodactyl, finished second in the series in 3:25:44. “My previous best on this course was 1:09:33,” said Perzyk, who estimates she has run close to 20 series races in recent years. “I had an amazing run and a super-fast bike.” The sunny, humidity-free weather helped. “It was a beautiful, perfect day,” Perzyk went on. “There were tough, tough female competitors today.” For complete race results, go to - MR


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Photo by Charles Douglas McEwen

“Roman goes about his business in a humble way,” said Lynch. “He always gives you a thumbs-up when he passes you. But when it comes to race time, he puts the pedal to the medal and just goes.”

Brad Vincent won the half marathon in 1:30:13 Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


November / December 2015 Event Calendar

Sun, 11/1/15 Sun, 11/1/15 Sun, 11/1/15

D.O. Monster Dash Day of the Dead Dash Hansons Group Run

5KR/W 5KR/W training

East Lansing Hudson Lake Orion

(509) 991-0492 (517) 448-8125 (248) 693-9900

Sun, 11/1/15 Sun, 11/1/15 Sun, 11/1/15

ING New York City Marathon Reset Run The Great Amazing Race Kalamazoo

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

New York City Grand Rapids Kalamazoo

(212) 423.2249 (513) 518-0528

Tue, 11/3/15 Tue, 11/3/15 Tue, 11/3/15

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run PR Fitness Group Run

4-8 MR 4-8 MR

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513 (313) 815-4513

Wed, 11/4/15 Thu, 11/5/15 Sat, 11/7/15

Post a PR Last Chance Open Race Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

Cross Country 27MB

Brighton Royal Oak Kalkaska

(734) 649-2091 (248) 616-9665 (231) 922-5926

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

d’Ear Trail 5K/ 10K Race Hideous Holiday Sweater Run

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

Haslett Milford

(517) 337-1717 (248) 595-8526

Impact Trail Run Livonia Park Run Livonia Turkey Trot

20KR, 10KR, 5KR, 20K team 5KR 5KR/W

Comstock Livonia Livonia

Sat, 11/7/15

Hot Cocoa Classic 5K & Mountain Mile at Mt. Brighton 5KR/W, 1MR/W


(734) 531-8747

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

Long John Run 5KR/W Meaningful Moments 5K 5KR/W Michigan High School Cross Country L.P. State Finals 5KR

Grand Rapids Lansing Brooklyn (517) 975-9900 (517) 332-5046

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

Muskegon Turkey Trot 5K Trail Run/Walk 5KR/W, kids run Mustache Dache 5KR/W, kids run NCAA DII Midwest Region Cross Country Championships 8KR, 6KR

Muskegon Detroit Evansville, IN

(231) 894-9693 (313) 638-2831

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

Not Frozen Yet 5K OTPR Turkey Trot Outrun Hunger

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

Grosse Ile (734) 507-1789 Oxford (248) 628-1720 Commerce Township (248) 887-3700

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

PR Fitness Group Run Red Cedar Salmon Run Rescue Run

3-20 MR 5KR/W 5KR

Ann Arbor East Lansing Benton Harbor

(313) 815-4513 (517) 614-4474 (269) 876-0710

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

Run Like a Deer 5KR Run of the Dead, a Race Through Southwest Detroit 10KR, 5KR Runner’s Fairway Series - Pine Trace Golf Club 5KR/W, 1MR/W

Linden Detroit Rochester Hills

(810) 235-3396 (313) 842-0986 (248) 852-7100

Sat, 11/7/15

Saranac - Run Michigan Cheap


(989) 954-7190

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15


Michigan Runner - November / December 2015

13.1MR, 10KR, 5KR/W


(269) 806-2492 (734) 642-6664 (734) 466-2410

November / December 2015 Event Calendar

Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15 Sat, 11/7/15

St. Clair River Turkey Trot The Burg Trail Run Tri to Finish - Cinco K Dia de los Muertos USA Marathon Trail Championships Westland Area Jaycees Veterans Day 5K

Sat, 11/7/15 Sun, 11/8/15

Woldumar Nature Center Run-a-Munk Ann Arbor - Run Michigan Cheap

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

St. Clair Laingsburg Saginaw Moab, UT Westland

(810) 329-7186 (517) 285-6487 (989) 205-5838

13.1MR, 10KR/W, 5KR/W, kids run 15KR, 10KR, 5KR/W

Lansing Ann Arbor

(517) 927-8955 (989) 954-7190

Sun, 11/8/15

Big Bird Run

Sun, 11/8/15

Clarkston State Bank Backroads Half Marathon & 10K

Sun, 11/8/15

10KR, 4KR, 1MR/W


(734) 612-5055

(586) 445-5480


Dirty Herd World Run Day Trail Run

10KR, 5KR

Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15

Fast & Furry 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk Hansons Group Run Highland Rugged Man

5KR, 1MR/W training 4.8MR, 2MW

Oxford Lake Orion Highland

Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15

iCrush 5K Mid-Land Half / 10K/ 5K Monroe Half Marathon Friendship Relay and 5K

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

Big Rapids (231) 349-9980 Midland (989) 317-5889 Monroe

Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15 Sun, 11/8/15

Rochester Area Optimist Club Bloomer Boogie Shelby Twp. Veterans Memorial Run The Listening Ear Race

5MR/W, 5KR/W, 1/2MR 5KR/W 10KR, 5KW

Rochester Hills Shelby Twp. Lansing

(248) 421-0261 (517) 337-1728

Sun, 11/8/15 Tue, 11/10/15 Tue, 11/10/15

We Are ER Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run


Eaton Rapids Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

(517) 663-5248 (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Thu, 11/12/15 Fri, 11/13/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays NCAA DI Cross Country Regionals - Great Lakes 10KR, 6KR ASME/SWE 5K Charity Run 3MR/W

Royal Oak Madison, WI Ann Arbor

(248) 616-9665 (419) 530-4925 (231) 675-9734

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Befit Festival 10K Fun Run Churchill Family 5K Fun Run Churchill’s Half Marathon

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

Royal Oak Livonia Perrysburg, OH

(734) 744-2650 (419) 327-4407

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Dirty Duel Don Dansereau Memorial Scholarship 5K Flames Turkey Trot

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

Grand Rapids Bay City Ft. Gratiot

(989) 553-6656 (810) 985-3547

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Gillette Nature Association Turkey Trail Run 5KR/W, kids run Glen Lake Turkey Trot 5KR/W, 1MR/W Katlyn’s Krew 5K for Hearts: Remembering Charlie Sanders 5KR/W

Muskegon Maple City St. Clair

(231) 798-3573 (231) 334-3061 (248) 872-2186

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Livonia Park Run 5KR Michigan Beer Mile 1MR, Team Relay NCAA DIII Cross Country Regionals - Great Lakes 8KR, 6KR

Livonia Carleton Terre Haure, IN

(734) 642-6664 (440) 775-8525

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

NJCAA D1 Cross Country National Championship 8KR, 5KR Panther Fall Classic 8KR, 5KR/W PR Fitness Group Run 3-20 MR

Fort Dodge, IA Comstock Park Ann Arbor

(864) 587-4237 (616) 785-7880 (313) 815-4513

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run 10MR, 6MR, 3MR Runner’s Fairway Series - Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club 5KR/W, 1MR/W

Detroit Clarkston

(313) 638-2831 (248) 852-7100

Schrauger Memorial 5K


Lake Orion

(248) 505-3701

5KR/W, kids run

Sault Ste Marie, MI

(906) 635-2765

Sun, 11/8/15

Sat, 11/14/15

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Sat, 11/14/15

Sat, 11/14/15 Sat, 11/14/15

Sat, 11/14/15

Sat, 11/14/15

Road Hawg Classic

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot 5K Run / Walk



4-8 MR

10KR, 5KR/W

(248) 249-3128

Capac Athletic Boosters Turkey Trot

13.1MR, 10KR/W


Battle Creek

10KR/W, 5KR/W, Iron Turkey (5 & 10K) 1MFR Dexter

(269) 342-5996

(248) 628-2065 (248) 693-9900 (248) 320-9102

(269) 969-3441

(734) 213-1033

USATF Michigan Association Junior Olympic XC Championships 5KR, 4KR, 3KR Northville

(313) 623-3029

Veterans Honor Run

(810) 743-0149

Vasa Trail Run

25KR, 10KR, 5KR


11KR, 5KR/W



(734) 929-9027

Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


Sun, 11/15/15 Sun, 11/15/15

Hansons Group Run Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

training 5KR/W, kids run

P.S. You’re My Hero Run/Walk 5KR, 2MW Stony Creek Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, Relay 26.2MR, 13.1MR, 10KR, relay Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays

Port Huron (810) 985-2301 roadrunnertiming.comUtica Grosse Pointe (313) 882-1325

Tue, 11/17/15 Tue, 11/17/15 Thu, 11/19/15

PR Fitness Group Run Wayne County Lightfest 8K Fun Run/Walk Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

4-8 MR 8KR/W

Ann Arbor Westland Royal Oak

(313) 815-4513 (734) 261-1990 (248) 616-9665

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15

Alma Turkey Trot Blitzen the Dotte

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

Alma Wyandotte

(989) 620-1031 (734) 284-5560

Grand Valley Turkey Trot 5K Holiday Hoof ICCS Turkey Trot

5KR 3.5MR, 2MW 5KR/W, 1MR

Grand Blanc Chocolate 5K

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15

Allendale Ferndale Imlay City

(248) 921-2433 (248) 591-7034 (810) 724-5695

Livonia Park Run 5KR NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships 10KR, 6KR NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships 10KR, 6KR

Livonia Louisville, KY Joplin, MO

(734) 642-6664 (812) 237-4040 (812) 237-4040

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15

NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships 8KR, 6KR Pat Kellerman Turkey Trot 5KR/W Pinch the Grinch 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR/W

Winneconne, WI Bad Axe Brighton

(920) 582-7585 (989) 269-8272 (810) 231-9288

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15

PR Fitness Group Run RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Silver Bells in the City 5K

3-20 MR 10MR, 6MR, 3MR 5KR/W

Ann Arbor Detroit Lansing

(313) 815-4513 (313) 638-2831 (517) 349-3803

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15 Sun, 11/22/15

WMU Turkey Trot Yule Run, I’ll Walk 5K Hansons Group Run

5KR/W 5KR/W training

Kalamazoo Grand Rapids Lake Orion

(269) 387-3765 (616) 233-3560 (248) 693-9900

Tue, 11/24/15 Tue, 11/24/15 Thu, 11/26/15

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run ACLC Turkey Trot

4-8 MR 5KR/W

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor Adrian

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513 (517) 265-7255



Thu, 11/26/15

Allegan Turkey Trot

Grand Blanc

(810) 238-5981

Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15 Sat, 11/21/15


(248) 345-6168

Kona Chocolate Run

Sat, 11/21/15


(248) 693-9900 (248) 530-5024

Sun, 11/15/15

Sun, 11/15/15 Sun, 11/15/15 Tue, 11/17/15

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

Lake Orion Portage

Thu, 11/26/15

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot


Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15

Deerfield Park 5K Turkey Trot Dorks Brothers Turkey Trot Eastside Track Club Turkey Trot


Shepherd Alpena Oregon, OH (989) 354-7314 (419) 931-8484

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15

Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler Gazelle Sports Gobble Wobble Gobbler Gallop Trail Run

15KR, 4MR 4.1MR/W, 1MFR/W 5KR/W, 1MR

Fort Wayne, IN East Grand Rapids Saginaw

(260) 436-4824 (616) 940-9888 (989) 513-5195

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15

Hands & Feet Turkey Trot 5KR Kalamazoo Area Runners Turkey Trot Prediction 5K 5KR/W Lakeview Turkey Trot 5KR/W

Adrian Kalamazoo Lakeview

(517) 423-3676 (269) 929-4954 (616) 824-9100

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15

Lansing Turkey Trot MCAR Run/Walk for Shelter Smoke the Turkey 5K


Lansing Monroe Sylvania, OH

(517) 702-0226 (734) 242-6866 (419) 841-5597

Thu, 11/26/15

Ann Arbor

Chemical Bank/ Niles/Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MFR


(248) 446-1315

(269) 683-1552

Thu, 11/26/15

Strategic Staffing Solutions Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 10KR, 5KR/W, 1MR/W Detroit

Thanks+Giving Fun Run The ANTI-Turkey Trot Life Time Fitness

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

Grosse Ile Shelby Twp.

(313) 247-4149

(734) 507-1789 (586) 532-1300

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15

The Mighty Gobbler Turkey Trail Trot - 2 day event Turkey Trot

5KR/W, 1MR/W 10KR, 4MR, 2.5MW 5KR/W

Troy Shelby Twp. Gladstone

(248) 643-0176 (248) 872-5215 (906) 428-4457

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15


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November / December 2015 Event Calendar

Thu, 11/26/15 Thu, 11/26/15 Fri, 11/27/15

Turkey Trot - Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan 5KR/W, 1MR/W Up North Media’s Traverse City Turkey Trot for Charities 5MR, 5KR 5K Glow Run/Walk 5KR/W

Canton Traverse City Owosso

(734) 483-5600 (231) 932-5646

Fri, 11/27/15 Fri, 11/27/15 Sat, 11/28/15

Fantasy 5K Turkey Trail Trot - 2 day event Gobbler Gallop

5KR 4MR 4MR/W, 1MR

Howell Shelby Twp. Milford

(517) 546-3020 (248) 872-5215 (248) 676-9080

Sat, 11/28/15 Sat, 11/28/15 Sat, 11/28/15 Sat, 11/28/15 Sat, 11/28/15

Livonia Park Run PR Fitness Group Run RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Toy Town Toy Trot 5K Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

5KR 3-20 MR 10MR, 6MR, 3MR 5KR/W 5KR/W

Livonia Ann Arbor Detroit Cadillac Holland

(734) 642-6664 (313) 815-4513 (313) 638-2831 (231) 775-8697 (616) 399-9086

Sat, 11/28/15 Sun, 11/29/15 Tue, 12/1/15

Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk Hansons Group Run Downtown Detroit Run / Walk - Vivio’s

5KR/W training 4-6M training runs

Kent City Lake Orion Detroit

(616) 799-0500 (248) 693-9900 (734) 673-5568

Tue, 12/1/15 Tue, 12/1/15 Thu, 12/3/15

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

4-8 MR

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor Royal Oak

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513 (248) 616-9665

Thu, 12/3/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

Run Through the Lights A Christmas Story 5K / 10K Allegan Ugly Sweater 5K

2.4MR 10KR, 5KR 5KR/W

Kalamazoo (269) 342-5996 Cleveland, OH 877-LEG-LAMP Allegan

Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

Dashing through the Snow Detroit Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Egg Nog Jog

5KR/W, 1MR/W 10KR, 5KR/W, kids run Fun Riun

Fowlerville Detroit Utica

(810) 938-1315 (248) 530-5024 (248) 616-9665

Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge Ionia Jingle Bell 5K Jingle Bell Fun Run / Walk

5KR 10KR, 5KR/W 10KR, 5KR, 2KW

Traverse City Ionia Port Huron

(231) 631-2195 (517) 702-0226 (810) 987-6400

Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Livonia Park Run Manistee Jingle Bell Run 5K

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

Grand Rapids Livonia Manistee

(616) 954-7649 (734) 642-6664 (231) 233-1433

Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

PR Fitness Group Run Reese Winter Road Race Series RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run

3-20 MR 10KR, 5KR/W 10MR, 6MR, 3MR

Ann Arbor Reese Detroit

(313) 815-4513 (989) 529-7904 (313) 638-2831

Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15 Sat, 12/5/15

Scrooge Scramble Snap Fitness Jingle Bell Fun Run Tortoise and Hare Winter Challenge

5KR/W 10KR, 5KR/W various 2K loops

Lansing Ionia Ann Arbor

(517) 899-5211 (616) 522-0301 (734) 623-9640

Christmas Present 5K Hansons Group Run

5KR/W training

Clarkston Lake Orion

(248) 623-7296 (248) 693-9900

(313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

(248) 616-9665 (989) 463-8336

Sat, 12/5/15

YMCA Santa Run

Tue, 12/8/15

Ann Arbor Track Club Winter Mini Track Meet 5000m, 1 MileR, 800m, 400m, 200m, 60m

Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

4-8 MR

Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

Thu, 12/10/15 Sat, 12/12/15 Sat, 12/12/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays Alma Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Candy Cane Run

5KR/W, kids run 6MR, 3MR, 1.5 MR

Royal Oak Alma Grand Rapids

Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Miler


Fort Wayne, IN

(260) 436-4824

(734) 642-6664

Sun, 12/6/15 Sun, 12/6/15 Tue, 12/8/15 Tue, 12/8/15

Sat, 12/12/15

5KR/W, 1MW, kids run


Sat, 12/12/15

Holiday Hustle

Livonia Park Run



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

Paw Paw Santa Run PR Fitness Group Run Rotary Jingle Belle Women’s 5K

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

Paw Paw Ann Arbor Lansing

Sat, 12/12/15

5KR, 1MR



(810) 232-9622

Ann Arbor

(734) 769-9105

(734) 929-9027

(269) 624-4841 (313) 815-4513 (517) 321-4014

Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


Sat, 12/12/15

Run Like The Dickens and Tiny Tim Trot


(248) 328-3200

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

Tinsel Toes 5K 5KR/W Ugly Sweater 5K 5KR, 1KR USATF National Club Cross Country Championships 10KR, 6KR

Battle Creek Auburn San Francisco, CA

(269) 580-1080 (517) 643-6240 (502) 320-2264

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

USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships 5KR, 3KR Hansons Group Run training Jingle Bell Run 5KR, 1MFW

Albuquerque Lake Orion New Baltimore

(843) 918-2305 (248) 693-9900 (586) 648-2525

Sun, 12/13/15 Tue, 12/15/15 Tue, 12/15/15

Shelby Township Jingle Bell Run Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

4-8 MR

Shelby Twp. Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

(586) 484-5523 (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Thu, 12/17/15 Sat, 12/19/15 Sat, 12/19/15 Sat, 12/19/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays B A R C Christmas 5K Dashing through the Snow HUFF 50K Trail Run

5KR/W 5KR/W 50 KR, 50K Relay, 10.5MR

Royal Oak Bay City Saginaw Albion, IN

(248) 616-9665 (989) 832-2267 (877) 300-1392 (260) 436-4824

Sat, 12/19/15 Sat, 12/19/15 Sat, 12/19/15

Livonia Park Run PR Fitness Group Run RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run

5KR 3-20 MR 10MR, 6MR, 3MR

Livonia Ann Arbor Detroit

(734) 642-6664 (313) 815-4513 (313) 638-2831

Sun, 12/20/15 Sun, 12/20/15 Sun, 12/20/15

Hansons Group Run Jingle Bell Run Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K Cedar Point

training 5KR/W 13.1MR, 5KR

Lake Orion Traverse City Sandusky, OH

(248) 693-9900 231.941.8118 (847) 829-4536

Sun, 12/20/15 Tue, 12/22/15 Tue, 12/22/15

Whoville 5K Run & Walk Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

5KR/W, kids run

Grand Rapids Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Sat, 12/26/15 Sat, 12/26/15 Sat, 12/26/15

Harold Webster Boxing Day 10 Mile Run Livonia Park Run PR Fitness Group Run

10MR 5KR 3-20 MR

Hamilton, ON Livonia Ann Arbor

(905) 971-6040 (734) 642-6664 (313) 815-4513

Sun, 12/27/15 Tue, 12/29/15 Tue, 12/29/15

Hansons Group Run Hansons Group Run - Tuesdays PR Fitness Group Run

training 4-8 MR

Lake Orion Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor

(248) 693-9900 (313) 882-1325 (313) 815-4513

Eve on the Ave 5K Run/Walk



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

Thu, 12/31/15

10KR, 5KR/W, Tiny Tim Trot

RUNdetroit Saturday Group Run Santa Hat Hustle

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


4-8 MR

Thu, 12/31/15

5/3 Bank New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run/Walk

Thu, 12/31/15

Midland Resolution Run

Thu, 12/31/15 Thu, 12/31/15

Hansons Group Run - Thursdays

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5KR/W, 1MR/W


New Year’s Eve 5K

Detroit Royal Oak


Royal Oak Midland



(313) 638-2831 (248) 543-1000

(517) 945-8579

(313) 886-5560

(248) 616-9665

(989) 205-3813

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Running with Tom Henderson


By Tom Henderson

hirty-four years into my running career, there is still magic.

Vineyards and were swamped by the crowds that showed up. They were way short of volunteers and porta-johns. If memory serves, the race went from like 100 the first year to 500 or 600.

running trails in the summer; and, in the winter, downhill skiing, a fat-tire loop, a snowshoe and dog loop and groomed trails for serious cross-country skiers.

There we were Sept. 12, driving toward the Leelanau Peninsula for the 15th annual Harvest Stompede.

The seven-mile course is iconic, and I can pretend that one benefit of aging is being able to take more time to soak in the impossibly-beautiful views. As my dog and I age not so gracefully together, we’ve gone from breaking 60 minutes to being happy, and exhausted, to finish in 85 or 86.

River House is a shelter for women, so the race comes with a good cause. And a killer course. It is a two-looper, which means two separate long uphills on loose sand along the side and back of the downhill ski hill. I let the dog off the leash on the first uphill, it being a warm day that was tougher on her than me. Maddie has done enough races to know the drill. You keep going till you hit the finish line, never mind if your master has abandoned you.

We were a few miles from the peninsula, heading west. It Tom Henderson was sunny overhead but there was a cloud bank over the peninsula. Just as I was about to bitch about rain on what was supposed to be a completely sunny day, a V-shaped rainbow appeared dead ahead. I’ve seen plenty of double rainbows, but this was a perfect V, tilted a bit to our left, one side going straight up, the other angled off. Kathleen shot photos with her iPhone as we drove. Then, as we turned onto the peninsula and began driving north, we saw another lifetime first — a perfect U-shaped rainbow on the driver’s side, arcing over the trees at the base of the peninsula. Except the north end of the rainbow didn’t end in the trees; it ended in the road outside my window. As I drove along, it moved with us. No pot of gold, but gold nonetheless. Somehow it was fitting that so much magic preceded one of my favorite race weekends of the year. I remember the first Stompede as if it were, well, not yesterday, but maybe 2009. It was a sunny day. I was always looking for new trail races up north and had heard about this one. I think Rick Coates had written about it for the Northern Express. The race started at a trailhead off one of the roads that goes through the middle of the Leelanau and was seven miles of gorgeous views and steep ups and downs. We were all in need of gorgeous views. Earlier that month, the Twin Towers had come down and America was still reeling. I wrote about the race immediately for Michigan Runner and for my weekly column in the Detroit News. Race officials later told me they started getting calls immediately with runners wanting to know when next year’s race would be. They moved the start the next year to Ciccone

I had emergency retinal surgery on New Year’s Eve and was basically off running for two months. It’s been a long, slow slog since trying to get into a semblance of shape. Maddie turned 11 in May and a month or two later began for the first time to start acting her age, no longer the perpetual two-year-old. By race day, we hadn’t had a single run longer than six miles. Kathleen wanted us to run the 5K — not that it is easy. Au contraire. I’ve jogged that course after finishing the seven-miler and can’t think of a tougher 5K in the state. Sort of against my better judgment, but not wanted to miss an old friend, I entered the sevenmiler, but promised myself I’d have no time goals, wouldn’t fret if anyone passed me, that to spare me and the dog, I’d walk most of the long steep uphills. I got to spend more time taking in the views. Savoring the splendid views at Black Star Farms as we ran up and down rows of grapes about to be picked, stopping to look back at Lake Michigan after the one mid-race climb of more than a mile, wondering how I had forgot those ridiculous steep hills at Mawby’s.

Then came the really fun part: two days of visiting all the participating vineyards, sampling wine paired with food at each stop that awaited all the runners and walkers. A gentle mist kept us cool during the run. The rest of the weekend, it was sun shining out of cobalt blue in the prettiest month in the prettiest corner of the state.


peaking of ups, downs and favorite races, there was the Run for River House 5K in Grayling Sept. 5. It is in a very cool place, Hanson Hills, a year-round recreation center that has a fishing pond for kids and mountain bike and




o smiles at this news, though. I got online to confirm the September date for the VASA trail runs in Traverse City, another favorite event I’ve done off and on over the last 25 years. The first time I did it, one of my running buddies was named Kathleen. She had a 15-year-old daughter, Jennie. She, her daughter and a handful of my other running buddies in Detroit made a weekend of it up north. We ran the 25K, Jennie slept in at my cabin in the forest and afterwards we all went out into the woods and helped her find various leaves for a class science project.

We ran all of the last long uphill to Ciccone’s, pulling away from a few folks we’d been dueling with the last few miles. Ten minutes after finishing, it was hard to tell who had the bigger smile, me or Maddie. We’d survived physically, thrived emotionally.


As she came across the finish line, race organizers were snapping her picture for their website and runners and families were cheering her in. Which meant more big smiles by her that couldn’t be mistaken for anything else, dog or not.

Today Kathleen and I are married, Jennie is 25 and a nurse in Detroit, and VASA is still, well, VASA. Lot of tough ups and downs in a gorgeous deep-woods setting, my accommodation to age being the 10K now instead of the 25K. But wait, no listing of VASA in September. I Googled it. Ach! The powers that be have moved it to Nov. 14, probably figuring to get folks out at a time of year when trail usage is down. Too late for color folks, too early for skiers. Damn! I loved being out there in late September, enough color on the trees to be pretty, enough green to still pretend it’s summer. Another chance to race in shorts and forget for a while how close late September up there is to snow and winter. Oh, well, better late than never, I’ll be there. - MR -

Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


Glow in the Park, Milford

Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

This evening color run put on by Trivium Racing at Camp Dearborn in Milford was all about having fun with glow sticks, bubbles, face paint and more.


Michigan Runner - November / December 2015


46th Annual

Belle Isle New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run

© Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

the longest continuously-held running event in Michigan

Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:30 pm, Belle Isle Casino, Belle Isle State Park Events

Race Entry Includes

Early Registration and Packet Pick-up

• • •

3:30 pm - Children’s 1 Mile Fun Run 4:00 pm - 5K Race Walk / Fitness Walk 4:00 pm - 5K Run - USAT&F Certified Course •

Monday, Dec. 28, 12 Noon - 5:00 pm

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up •

Thursday, Dec. 31, 12 Noon - 3:30 pm

Start, Finish, Refreshments •

Belle Isle Casino

Belle State Isle Park (except on designated race course)

Free Parking

Race Entry and Online Registration:

• • •

Long-sleeve shirt while they last All children 12 & under receive a trophy All registered Boy & Girl Scouts receive Fun Patches

• • •

NYE Toast and Festivities B-Tag timing by Everal Race Management 5K results will be posted:

Food & beverage Register early to guarantee your long-sleeved shirt First 1000 5K finishers receive finisher medals

Children (12 and under) Race Entry

All Others (13 and older) Register through Dec. 30 Register on Dec. 31

$15 $35 $40

Michigan Runner, November / December 2015  

A bimonthly publication on Michigan running, road racing, cross country, track and field and Michigan runners. Features 24 page Photo Galler...

Michigan Runner, November / December 2015  

A bimonthly publication on Michigan running, road racing, cross country, track and field and Michigan runners. Features 24 page Photo Galler...