June is well underway (note to Mother Nature: could you please warm it up a little more, and keep it that way?), and summer training and racing are full speed ahead for many of us. I am back in the studio after a short break — anyone else find the month of May incredibly busy?! — and I was excited to welcome Kelly Yauk back as a guest on the show. Kelly, whom guests will remember is a hilarious northern Michigan runner, mother of two girls, and former badass collegiate rower for Michigan State University, is the race director of Stars, Stripes & Splatter Color Run 5K held each summer at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City.

Me and and my family celebrating the Fourth at the Stars, Stripes & Splatter 5K at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. We love this color run!


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We caught up on latest running races and adventures, including how Kelly overdressed for this year’s Bayshore 10K but made the most of it anyway (and has some fun stories to boot), and some exciting things coming up for her (she has big running plans for this fall, with her former rowing teammates). Kelly also shares all the details of this month’s Stars, Stripes & Splatter, which is set for Saturday, June 29 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City. The 9 a.m. 5K is untimed, super family-friendly and features, you guessed it, lots of Fourth of July-themed color and festivities. A race discount code for this event also is shared during the show. 

I also give an honest update on my training so far for this summer’s IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City, set for Aug. 25. Finding the time to fit in so many workouts — running, biking, swimming — is proving to be challenging, but I’m determined to get on track and keep going.

**Have you heard about the race discount code for the first-ever MRG Trail 10K & 5K in northern Michigan this Aug. 4? Use the code TRAILMRG to take $5 off your race entry. Learn more and get signed up here.

And team MRG hopes to see you at these upcoming events:

Ragnar Trail Michigan, taking place this weekend near Grayling

Seaway Run in Muskegon, set for the following weekend, June 21-22.

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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.

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November 19, 2020

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