For more than 30 years, the Lake Michigan coastal town of Muskegon has welcomed runners for the annual Mercy Health Seaway Run. In recent time, some 3,000 runners have made this an early summer tradition. Race Director Andrew Buikema joins me on the Michigan Runner Girl podcast to talk about this year’s race, which takes place Saturday, June 23. New this year: a 10K race option in addition to the half marathon and 5K run/community walk. {To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post}

MRG is excited to again be partnering with the Mercy Health Seaway Run. On the show, Andrew shares all the details of this year’s event (including why the 15K is no longer around and the two places you’ll get your post-race brew, among other important info) and also talks about his own running plans this spring and summer (he’s part of a pacing group for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run and is training for the Chicago Marathon).

Last year, I ran the half marathon along with my friend Amy Keizer — we helped lead the 10-minute mile pace group, a first for me! (Pacing was so much fun.) In addition, MRG had a booth at the Mercy Health Seaway Run Healthy Lifestyle Expo the day before the race.

It ended up being a weekend getaway: Joe joined me for the expo (he also spectated the race the next day, by bike), and we spent Saturday and Sunday after the race exploring the area and checking out some great restaurants.

I’m sharing a few photos here from our weekend. We had our road bikes and rode from our hotel — the Shoreline Inn — to Muskegon State Park. It was a beautiful ride!

At the Expo.

Finished! And enjoying a cold one.

Having fun and enjoying great food and drink at 18th Amendment in downtown Muskegon.

Our Sunday ride to Muskegon State Park.

A special race discount code also is mentioned during this episode.

I am looking forward to taking part in this race again! It’s such a fun weekend! I hope you’ll join me! Learn more and sign up here »

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