The Holland Haven Marathon and Half Marathon—the race starts in Grand Haven and ends in Holland, Mich.—is in its fourth year and runners now have a third race distance to choose from when signing on for this event: an 8K.
“The 8K is a great segue into longer distance races,” says Eddie Kline, who along with his wife, Jen, joins Heather on this episode to talk about the races taking place Sunday, Sept. 10. “As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers. Participants can do the Holland Haven 8K as a fun run with kids and as an 8K walk.” {Listen to this episode by clicking on the player at the top of this article}
Starting this year, runners can earn a trifecta medal—if you’ve already run both the half and full marathon and this year are planning to run the 8K. The idea is that once runners complete each distance (not in the same year, but rather come back each year and try a different distance), they’ll receive this special trifecta medal.

Eddie Kline (wearing the gray t-shirt) at this spring’s Tulip Time race in Holland, Mich.

Jen and Eddie share event details, including: where on the marathon course runners can find both bacon and pickle juice; post-race party/expo info (pig roast!); lodging specials; charity partner stories and more.

West Michigan runners, race directors and CrossFit gym owners Jen and Eddie Kline.

Eddie also opens up about his devastating fall last October that broke his back, how he recovered and healed, and what it’s been like to return to running. This journey has given him a new perspective on our sport. The experience also revealed just how beloved Jen and Eddie are in their community, which includes the many people who are part of their gym, CrossFit Soaring Ledge in Holland. There’s also a race discount code shared during the show.

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