The Hawk Island Triathlon, set for this coming weekend, June 4-5, features both sprint and Olympic distances as well as a kids event. Andrew Cusmano, special events coordinator at the South Lansing Community Development Association, which is behind the triathlon, joins Heather on this episode to talk about the upcoming event. Andrew, who just graduated from Michigan State University, talks about the Hawk Island Triathlon, now in its 10th year, is beginner-friendly. Each finisher receives a cool medal and there are plenty of cool prizes, too. The kids’ race, held on Friday June 4, attracts about 200 kids each year, and is also very beginner-friendly — kids come out and just have a lot of fun, Andrew says. Heather and Andrew also talk about his impressive running career — he ran at MSU, was able to run in two NCAA Championships and was an all-region selection for cross country. He also has a super cool new job and coaching position that they talk about on the show. Registration for this year’s Hawk Island Triathlon — the sprint and Olympic distances take place Saturday, June 5 — closes Thursday, June 2. Register here »

photo courtesy Dane Robison of TimeFrame Photography.

photo courtesy Dane Robison of TimeFrame Photography.

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