It’s getting to be about that time…one of my favorite fall race traditions—The Great Beerd Run at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa—is set for Saturday, Nov. 11. This is a fun, untimed 5K that features on-course samples of brews from three Michigan breweries.

Joe and me at the Great Beerd Run, 2015.

Joining me on the latest episode of the Michigan Runner Girl Show to talk about this fun northern Michigan race: Kelly Yauk, a fellow Michigan Runner Girl and race director of this 4th annual race that celebrates all things Michigan beer and beards. Longtime listeners will be happy to hear from Kelly, who has been on the show in the past (and is hilarious—I’ve had listeners request that she come on the show more often!). Kelly shares what she’s been up to lately (she’s known for traveling far and wide for races, and she also talks about a Michigan run she recently enjoyed with her 2-year-old daughter). She also gives the low-down on how this year’s Great Beerd Run is shaping up, the brews that will be available on-course, and the post-race festivities, which includes live music, awards, more great Michigan brew, snacks and football game-watching. {Listen to this episode by clicking on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the show using your favorite podcast app.}

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, as many of you know, is where the annual spring Michigan Runner Girl Weekend takes place. (2018 details are coming soon–save the date: May 4-7) The Resort also hosts two 5K races each year—The Great Beerd Run in November and Stars, Stripes and Splatter over the July 4th holiday weekend.

A few things to know about this year’s Great Beerd Run:
– There’s a race discount code just for Michigan Runner Girl readers and listeners: use MIRUNNERGIRL at checkout to save $5.
– Your 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.
– The craft beer is delicious. Thank you, Right Brain Brewery, Beards Brewery and Short’s Brewing Company.
– NEW IN 2017: race organizers are offering a $30 registration fee with all of the great race perks, minus the beard beanie.
– The fastest male and female score epic Nordic inspired beard/hat sets.
– Don’t care to go fast? You won’t be alone. This is a fun, untimed race and plenty of runners enjoy the course, the beer samples, the scenery, the camaraderie. (Check out this blog post from my Beerd Run a couple of years ago, when I came in, yep, dead last.)

Get more race details, including info on special room rates for race weekend, here »

Photo courtesy The Great Beerd Run.


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