It’s the summer of triathlon here at MRG — I’m proud to have finished my first one (with more to come, I hope!) — and I’m super excited to have one free entry to next month’s Traverse City Triathlon to give away to a lucky reader. Thanks to those of you who entered this giveaway over the past week.

And the winner of free entry to the Traverse City Triathlon, held Sunday, Aug. 21, is …. Kerry! Here’s what she had to say about this event:

Hi MRG! I’ve done one Tri about seven years ago …and would love to do another to keep me young :). Although I’d do the Duathlon option. I love biking and love/hate running lol! Also it falls on my mom’s birthday – it would be a good motivator to train for it, thinking of my mom. Miss her every day!

Congratulations, Kerry! Please email heather [at] michiganrunnergirl [dot] com to claim your prize!

If your name wasn’t the one picked at random, I hope you consider signing on! When race organizers Endurance Evolution say there’s truly an event for any athlete at the TC Triathlon, they’re not kidding. Along with the relay and duathlon events — in both the sprint and Olympic distances — triathlon events include sprint, Olympic and half distances. An open water event is yet another offering.

Dividing West and East Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers stunning scenery and a challenging landscape for this triathlon. The half-, Olympic- and sprint-distance races start in the calm, clean waters of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay for a loop swim. The bike courses point athletes past picturesque orchards and vineyards and over a few tough climbs.

Heading out on the run, racers follow Neahtawanta Road along the water before turning up a dirt road into the Pyatt Nature Preserve. Athletes then return to the pavement for the final stretch to the finish line at Bowers Harbor Park.

Thanks again, everyone! Learn more and sign up for next month’s Traverse City Triathlon here »

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