Pouring rain, a lightning delay, lots of cowbell, little sleep, scenic views, snacks and stinky eggs, re-connection, and a spectacular (speedy) finish…all the makings of a super-fun and successful Ragnar Road Michigan for Kelly Yauk and her teammates at this year’s Muskegon-to-Traverse City relay event.

Kelly returns to the show to talk with Heather about this year’s epic Ragnar Road Michigan, which took place a couple of weeks ago, and also to catch us up on this year’s The Great Beerd Run 5K, a run that celebrates all things Michigan craft beer and beards each November. Kelly is the race director of this northern Michigan fun run that’s now in its 6th year. 

To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the episode (and subscribe to the show!) using your favorite podcast app.

If you took part in this year’s Ragnar that follows a gorgeous course along Michigan’s west coast, you’ll love re-living race moments with Kelly. If you haven’t yet jumped onto the Ragnar wagon, her experience likely will get you thinking about signing up for one — Ragnar now hosts two relay events in Michigan, in the summer on the trails near Grayling, Mich., and in the fall for the road event that takes runners the 200-ish miles between Muskegon and Traverse City.

Heather and Kelly also reminisce about the fun they’ve had over the last several years at The Great Beerd Run — and Heather invites listeners to sign up for this year’s event, set for Nov. 9. A race discount code is shared, too!

This fun run is designed to celebrate all things beer and beards. This is an untimed run with on-course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery and Right Brain Brewery.

Additionally, a Best Beard competition with both natural and assisted categories is part of the festivities.

Registration fee includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, bottle opener/race medal, 3 beer samples, one glass of beer during the post-race party and entrance into post-race party featuring live music.

Make it a weekend and stay the night with great room rates. Call 800-236-1577 and use code BEER.

A $30 registration fee with all of the great race perks minus the beard beanie is available.

Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to receive $5 off your race entry. Register here »

Participants must be 21 or over. Must provide ID.

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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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