Triathlete and race director Eva Solomon, co-founder of Epic Races in southeast Michigan, returns to the show to talk about the future of racing. Having cancelled and reimagined the races her company organizes — Epic Races is behind numerous running, cycling, and swimming events held all year round in Michigan — Eva and her team had to think fast and get creative these past few months. As she explains, it happened quickly for Epic Races, which had three events in March that were affected by the pandemic and subsequent quarantine.
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Eva also is heavily involved in running and triathlon organizations on a national level, and she’s been talking a lot about the future of our beloved sport with her race director counterparts. She shares what she has learned, how races may look in the future, and how Epic Races has adapted and pivoted to continue offering opportunities to stay healthy and active during this time. Ceasing her business operations has never been an option: “It’s what we do — we put on races,” she says.
Along with adjusting current races on their roster, Epic Races has gotten creative with new events, too. This includes the virtual Oh MI Goddess Half Marathon & 5K — “that woman race from Michigan — which is underway now.
We also talk about favorite mantras as well as the gifts and interesting family aspects that came with the quarantine.
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