At age 62, west Michigan runner and race director Don Kern is going strong—he’s running marathons (the East Canyon Marathon in Utah this summer marked #324), completing triathlons, eyeing a 4-mile swim across the Straits of Mackinac next summer, and race directing the event he helped start 15 years ago, the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay set for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Don talks about his own running and endurance sports journey over the years and how he views his athletic pursuits these days. {To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the episode using your favorite podcast app}

 

Don Kern

He also shares how the GR Marathon got its start in 2004 (a brewery was involved!), how it’s grown and evolved over the years (it started with just over 900 runners and now between 4,000-4,500 runners come out each year), and what runners can expect at this year’s milestone event (the event is known as a race “designed by runners, for runners”). Race weekend also includes a kids’ marathon on Saturday. “It’s a very very high energy event. They’re running their little hearts out and it’s a blast having them out there.”

Don also is race director of the Groundhog Marathon and Half Marathon in Grand Rapids each February and the new Millennium Meadows Marathon that takes place in GR in August. 

A special MRG listener and reader discount code is good for all of these GR races. Use the code rcRunnerGirl to receive 10% off your race entry.

 

 

 

 

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