Aug. 19, 2015

The second episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast is now live (if you missed the first one, which is about racing on Grand Island in the Upper Peninsula, it was released last week and you can check it out here » )
On the latest show, Heather catches up with runner, triathlete, Ironman finisher and race director Joel Gaff. Joel, founder of race management and timing services company Endurance Evolution, talks about the northern Michigan events he puts on throughout the year, including the Traverse City Trail Running Festival in April, Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K in June, Traverse City Triathlon in August and the upcoming Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K set for Oct. 3, 2015 in Empire, Mich. There are some exciting changes to this fall event, which Joel details for listeners.
Retro Running Pic: Joel, circa 1985, and his big sis at a hometown race - "The Stetholope" - held at Munson Hospital. Joel talks about this race (his first ever) during the podcast.
Retro Running Pic: Joel, circa 1985, and his big sis at a hometown race – “The Stetholope” – held at Munson Hospital. Joel talks about this race (his first ever) during the podcast.
Their conversation also covers Joel’s recent decision to spend time in another beautiful and runner-friendly area of the country — Portland, Ore. — and how he’s taking what he’s learning from that city’s racing scene and bringing it back to all that he’s doing here in Michigan. Heather and Joel chat about the importance of downtime and breaks from training and racing, and what’s next for Joel in the coming months. (Hint: the Ironman distance is calling his name again …)

*If you enjoy what you’re hearing on the Michigan Runner Girl show, I’d be so grateful if you’d take a few moments to write a review on iTunes. This will help more runners and Michigan lovers like yourself find the podcasts. Thank you!! Also, the quickest way to get the podcasts is to subscribe to the show via iTunes. Clicking this link will automatically download the shows to your iTunes account. 

A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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