When two of the funniest women you know get together—finally—to share stories of great Michigan trails to explore and fall races to run, you just know it’s going to be epic. This is, of course, what happened when Maia Turek, statewide recreation programmer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Kelly Yauk, e-marketing manager for the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, joined me in the studio for the latest episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast. {To listen to our conversation, click on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the episode by using your favorite podcast app.}

While we’ve all known one another for awhile now, this recording marked the first time Kelly, Maia and I sat down together—and just as I suspected, the gathering was one for the books. Kelly and Maia are hilarious and smart and just a ton of fun to be around. We covered a lot of ground, from the Great Beerd Run next month at the Resort (Kelly is the mastermind behind this untimed fun run 5K that incorporates beer stations throughout the course) and the creative ways runners at this event celebrate “all things beers and beards,” to the cool connection Maia and Kelly have with each other (Kelly’s dad has worked for the DNR for a long time; he is an expert on our state’s beautiful trails) and how the two of them first met (interesting tidbit: a motorcycle was involved).

Kelly Yauk and Maia Turek.

We also talk excitedly about the Iron Belle Trail, which extends more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit on a biking trail and hiking trail. The biking route utilizes many of the state’s existing bike paths, bike lanes, and signed, designated biking routes as it travels up the east side of the state, while the hiking route utilizes sidewalks, trails, and the 1,000-mile plus North Country National Scenic Trail traveling up the west side of the lower peninsula.

Get ready to laugh—and sign up for next month’s Great Beerd Run—when you listen to this episode. Kelly and I convinced Maia to join the fun at the 5K on Nov. 10—you all should join us, too. (Discount code shared during the show!)

The Michigan Runner Girl Show is made possible in part by the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

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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 

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