Lottie Ferguson, a Flint runner and mom of three, is the publisher of a FlintFamilyFun.com, a site offering free and low-cost family-friendly events in Genesee County. She joins Heather on the show to talk about her love of Disney races (she’ll run her next ones this November, Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon and Disney’s Super Heroes Half Marathon), her big decision to sign up for her first marathon this fall (the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon in October), and the local running community she loves so much.

MRG-Lottie-4Lottie, who has a full race calendar this summer and into the fall, shares her favorite Michigan races, including this summer’s 40th anniversary of Flint’s Crim Festival of Races, August 25-27. As Heather and Lottie recorded this episode, President Obama was arriving in Flint to talk with residents about the city’s water crisis. Lottie, who works at the Ennis Center for Children, was looking forward to attending the president’s talk later that afternoon and shares with Heather how the water crisis has affected her beloved community and how health and fitness is more important that ever for Flint’s children and families.

Also on today’s show: a race recap of last weekend’s Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids. Jonny Tornga, a producer of the Michigan Runner Girl Podcast, ran his first road race — the 25K! — at River Bank and talks with Heather about his racing experience (which included hail near the finish!). Kelly Yauk, a Michigan Runner Girl in Traverse City who has run the River Bank Run in the past, also joins the conversation.

*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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