Michigan Runner Girl is a site written and produced by Heather Johnson Durocher, a journalist of nearly 20 years. The site also features occasional race recaps from guest contributors. Photographer and runner Beth Price of Beth Price Photography in Traverse City, Mich. is behind many of the site’s images. Michigan Runner Girl is committed to following a key set of editorial policies and attitudes. You can read more about this here »

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Here’s a great post about MRG — Who Is Michigan Runner Girl? — that you’ll want to check out »

Crossing the finish line at the 2015 Boston Marathon!

Crossing the finish line at the 2015 Boston Marathon!

Heather Johnson Durocher

I am one of the lucky ones who gets to call Michigan home. For awhile I lived elsewhere–never far, always in the beautiful Midwest, in places like Green Bay, Wisconsin and St. Paul, Minnesota–but Michigan has and always will be home. It’s where I’ve lived the majority of my 42 years on Earth, and it’s where my husband and I are raising our three beautiful kids (Joe also grew up in the Mitten State, and we’re doing our best to instill a love of the Great Lakes State in our daughter and two sons. It’s not too difficult.) My appreciation for Michigan continues to grow, as it happens to all of us as we age and mature and finally realize the simplest pleasures truly are what make life worth living. I found distance running later in life, and its gifts are seemingly endless. I’m equally as grateful for a gorgeous landscape of Great Lakes shoreline, inland lakes and rivers, forests and trails, and rolling hills which serves as a backdrop to all the outdoor playing I love so much. I call northern Michigan home–an area that continues to amaze me with its beauty–but I love exploring all parts of Michigan. I can’t wait to run, bike, kayak, stand-up paddle every last bit of it in years to come. And I look forward to sharing it here. I started this site in 2010 with the intent of chronicling my running journey. It’s since evolved into a community for endurance athletes and Michigan lovers like myself, and I couldn’t be happier about that. As a journalist with nearly 20 years experience writing for newspapers, magazines and web sites, I am excited to continue to build this community by sharing helpful information about savoring running and an active lifestyle in Michigan. Please stay for awhile, learn more about our awesome Michigan, and let me know what you’d love to read about here.

Heather’s Races & Times »

I love exploring Michigan ~ this was taken during an adventure with my friend Lisa. We spent the day running, hiking and eating our way through the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. It was a pretty perfect day.

I love exploring Michigan ~ this was taken during an adventure with my friend Lisa. We spent the day running, hiking and eating our way through the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. It was a pretty perfect day.