Motivation to run starts here! Whether you’re new to running, just completed your first 5K, you’ve been running for years or are trying your hand at tri’s or ultras, check out these stories of Michigan runners. Have someone in mind you’d want us to interview? Care to share your own story? Send an email to michiganrunnergirl [at] gmail [dot] com

Northwest Michigan Runners

Rod Budnik, Traverse City »
Winner (multiple times) of the Harvest Stompede in Leelanau County, MI.  Read more »

Tony Anderson, Traverse City »
Running 50 marathons in 50 states to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Trisha Ager, Boyne City »
Trained for and ran the 2012 Bayshore Marathon to raise money for a ministry.

Joel Gaff, Traverse City »
Runner, triathlete, Ironman, co-operator of Endurance Evolution event management company

Cassy Stone, Traverse City »
Avid mountain biker and runner and mother of three.

Amy Farmer, Traverse City »
Girls on the Run coach, mom of three, marathoner

Krista Scott, Traverse City »
2013 Boston Marathon finisher

Katie Kearney, Traverse City »
Runner, creator of Naturally Nutty nut butters

Scott Mindel and Rebecca Stein-Mindel, Mt. Pleasant »
A couple that decided to lose weight together — and cross (many) finish lines together.

West Michigan Runners

Dani Beals, Grand Haven »
Chicago Marathon finisher

Bari Fitzpatrick, Grandville »
Marathoner, Half-Marathoner, lover of  living a healthy life & Michigan craft beer

Southwest Michigan Runners

Heather Quinlan, Sterling Heights, MI. – “Happy Pace Diaries” on MRG
Follow this regular MRG contributor as she aims for a sub-3:00 half-marathon (she’s running four half-marathons in 2014!)
Heather’s first post for MRG »
“Feeling Renewed as a Runner…”
“I am a Runner”
Bayshore Half Marathon Race Recap
10 Tips to Get Started Running »

Heather Ellis, southwest Michigan »
Marathon runner who has plans to try her first ultra-marathon in the near future. Read more »