On the latest episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast, I caught up with two race directors of September events. First up: Kyle Cutler, race director of the 16th annual Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run on Sunday, Sept. 17 in downtown Grand Rapids. This race features a 10 Mile and a 5K run/walk. Kyle is a marathoner and member of Run GR, the local running group that organizes the Bridge Run.

“Our focus is to provide a VIP experience for everyone,” Kyle says. “We do this through everyone receiving a medal, with spirit stations and aid stations, and great food at the finish. Whether you are after our prize money or your goal is to walk the 5K without stopping, we will celebrate you.”

“To help accomplish this, we provide free training plans, other wellness tips, and a Facebook Group for “newbies” to provide them a space to ask questions like ‘what is a packet pick up,’ ‘where should I park,’ ‘what should I wear’?”

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Photo courtesy Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run

Along with talking about why the Bridge Run is known as a “must-do race” in the Mitten State, Kyle shares a race discount code for MRG readers and listeners.

In the second half of the show, I check in with Mary Culbertson, race director of the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Sept. 17 on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K and 5K takes place Sunday, Sept. 17 on Belle Isle in Detroit.

This is the fifth anniversary of this all-female race, and organizers are celebrating with a new Expotique location—at the Detroit Boathouse on Belle Isle—yoga on the lawn, and a Saturday evening dinner cruise (which I’ll be a part of as well!)

Mary also shares details on this year’s finisher medals, lodging specials during race weekend and the cool bling runners of both the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon will receive. A race discount code also is mentioned during the show.

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