The annual Traverse City Trail Running Festival, organized by Endurance Evolution, is the focus of this week’s show. Heather checks in with Joel Gaff, race director and founder of Endurance Evolution (and previous podcast guest), to hear how the 2016 race is shaping up.

TCTrailFest-Logo-Square-1000This two-day event starts Friday, April 22, and carries over into Saturday, April 23, offering a variety of distances for newer and veteran trail runners alike. The courses take runners through the Pere Marquette Forest on both single track and two-track trails, beginning at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort on the east side of Traverse City. The festival kicks off with a two-person 10K relay (each runner runs 5K) on Friday evening, and the 10K, 25K and 50K individual races get underway on Saturday morning. Joel talks about this family- and spectator-friendly event, which includes a fun kids run during race packet pickup Friday night and cool post-race awards celebration on Saturday, and also shares news of Endurance Evolution’s other racing events taking place in the region throughout the year. Heather, who is gearing up for her first triathlon this June, was especially eager to talk with Joel about his flagship race, the Traverse City Triathlon held at Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula in August.

 

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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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One Response to “Episode #35: Hit the trails at this April’s Traverse City Trail Running Festival”

  1. I love what Endurance Evolution is all about nature, trails and staying active. I am the race director for an awesome trail run August 13 in Nunica MI and would love to get Endurance Evolution involved please check out our website http://www.brainyday5k.com and give me a call 616.837.6242 or email brainyday5k@gmail.com My race was founded after emergency brain surgery in 2007 left me weak and struggling. Running was my gateway to recovery and renewed confidence. Trails are my absolute favorite. Veronica aka Vern

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