Joel Gaff returns to the show to talk about his most recent athletic adventures, including Ironman Chattanooga and the scenic trail running out west he loves so much. Joel is behind Endurance Evolution, the race management and race timing services company based in Traverse City, Mich. (and also Portland, Ore., since Joel splits his time between these two cities). {To listen to this episode, please click on the player above}

Joel and his wife Laura at his most recent Ironman in Chattanooga, TN.

Endurance Evolution hosts a number of northern Michigan races, including the Traverse City Trail Running Festival each spring, the Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon and 5K in June, the Traverse City Triathlon in August and the popular Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K each October.
Joel gives an update on this year’s line-up of races, which are some of Heather’s favorites. He mentions that the Sleeping Bear races typically sell out, so signing up earlier rather than later is a good idea.
Joel also shares how his most recent Ironman was absolutely amazing..until the run portion (a full marathon after hours of swimming and biking!). Heather asks how he stay motivated throughout 26.2, when things got especially tough (heat played a role as well), and in hindsight what he would have done differently during his training.

Joel and Laura at a Portland area race.

This episode is sponsored by Traverse City Tourism. Coryn Briggs, digital marketing manager for Traverse City Tourism (and a runner herself), stops by the studio to share upcoming events in the area, including a bunch of opportunities to enjoy up north wine to celebrate Michigan’s wine month in May.

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A special thanks to Mike Moran, Mike Youker and Jonny Tornga of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out this studio’s work here.

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