If you haven’t yet run a Great Lakes Endurance trail race — these events take place in the Upper Peninsula and lower northern Michigan — you’re going to want to sign up for one after listening to this inspiring conversation with Jeff Crumbaugh.

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.

We’ve talked about these marathons, half marathons, and other trail distances (including ultra) on the podcast in the past. The very first episode of the MRG podcast, in fact, featured a recap of the Grand Island Half Marathon, one of my absolute favorite trail racesmaybe my most favorite. Jeff comes on the show to talk about these races, as well as two new ones being added this fall (for runners and cyclists!). These new races include La Deme Grand Half Marathon & 10K on Sept. 22 on Grand Island, and a 100K and 50K gravel bike race on Oct. 5 on Grand Island. 

Jeff also talks about Great Lakes Endurance’s commitment to eco-friendly races — Jeff has a passion and love for the environment and respect for the land, and his enthusiasm and dedication is infectious. 

These trail races take you deep into the woods, into the most scenic landscapes Michigan has to offer. They’re truly incredible and gorgeous. The events are smaller, more intimate, too, so the overall experience is uniquely memorable. Learn more here: https://www.greatlakesendurance.com

The very first MRG podcast (4 years ago this month!): https://michiganrunnergirl.com/announcing-the-michigan-runner-girl-podcast/

Summer 2015: Three of my best running friends—Erin, Katie and Pam—joined me for the Grand Island Trail Half Marathon in Munising, Mich. We had so much fun at this race, and we made it a family camping weekend. We ran, the guys mountain biked and the kids paddle boarded and swam. Perfect summer weekend in the U.P. Great Lakes Endurance knows how to put on exceptional trail races.

Another MRG favorite Great Lakes Endurance race (snowshoe racing — put this on your calendar for this winter!) https://michiganrunnergirl.com/paradise-found-snowshoe-racing-tahquamenon-falls-state-park-race-discount-code/ 

A favorite state park-Michigan race moment: running the Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race, organized by Great Lakes Endurance, at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula. Joe snapped this photo at the start of the race.

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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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