The Fourth of July is almost here — do you have plans for a patriotic race? An MRG favorite to honor Independence Day: the super family-friendly Stars Stripes & Splatter, a 5K color run at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City. Color stations—manned by volunteers who toss red, white, and blue cornstarch onto runners as they pass by—are located throughout the 3.1-mile course. The run, which is untimed, starts at Jazz Live Field on the resort grounds, and loops back to the start area, with portions of the race running on Lautner Road.

Race Director Kelly Yauk joins me on the show to talk about this year’s Stars Stripes & Splatter 5K, which is set for this coming weekend, Saturday, June 30. {To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post or download the Michigan Runner Girl podcast using your favorite podcast app}

Also joining the conversation: Kelly’s Resort colleagues and fellow runners Jillian Manning, public relations manager, and Courtlyn Reekstin, marketing intern. They talk all about this weekend’s race, including new features (even more treats and goodies during the post-race party) and how the event continues to partner with Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region.

Heather and family celebrating the Fourth at the Stars, Stripes & Splatter 5K at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Kids 12 and under run for free with an adult participant. Children must pre-register for complimentary entry. Cost is $35 through this Friday, June 29, or $40 day of race if spaces remain.

Learn more and get signed up here »

For more Fourth of July-themed and summer races happening all around Michigan, check out the searchable race and event calendar on MichiganRunnerGirl.com here »

Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to save $5 off your registration. Online registration ends this Friday, June 29. Register here »

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