Happiness is new running shoes! (And new socks & shirt, thanks to earning "rewards" from my local running store, Running Fit.)
Happiness is new running shoes! (And new socks & shirt, thanks to earning “rewards” from my local running store, Running Fit.) Can’t wait to hit the trails in my new Brooks Launch running shoes!

It’s a little thing, really, but can I tell you how happy I am that the latest version of the Brooks Launch running shoes come in the most lovely hues of bright turquoise and juicy orange? It’s like wearing spring on my feet, and who wouldn’t love that especially after this long winter? I adore these shoes—I’ve tried others but always return to this particular Brooks product—and that they are such a sumptuous color combination … OK, enough about the shoes. What I’m trying to say here, in a roundabout way: it’s Spring! I’m back running on trails again! Colorful shoes are FUN.

Back to the trails… I do so enjoy getting back in the woods, dirt and tree roots underfoot, once the snow melts and a shining sun on a brisk spring day promises the very best running conditions. I’m so excited to race on the trails, too, and I’ll have the chance to do this come May 10, the day of the inaugural Run The Ridge 10K Team Relay at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort here in Traverse City.

Earlier this week I shared details about this great up north campground and popular race venue, and also announced I had four team entries to give away. Thanks to all who entered! (And please know that if you’re interested in signing on, MRG readers receive a special race discount when using the code TEAMMRG by May 7.)

Without further ado…here are the winners of this contest:

Damaris Valderrama:

I would love to run this race because it would be an awesome, fun and great experience! I love trail running! My friend Ramon is new to running and what a beautiful experience this would be for the both of us to be involved in!

Michelle Zamaites:

Running has been my true love for years. After 16 years of marriage, I have convinced my husband of the therapy that running gives to the mind! With a busy schedule, he makes an effort to get some runs in now. 90% of my runs consist of trails! Love the serenity of the trees, streams and the silence of the day to day traffic! And my body appreciates the cushion of the trails.

Jenny Mossel:

I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day than running the trails with my husband then enjoying TC with my family afterward! My two loves all in one weekend!

Christine Hauser:

I would love to do this with my husband. We both ran our first 5K in March and would love to do a trail race. We hiked a few times last fall and are trying to find more active/outdoor things to do together.

Winners: please email me at michiganrunnergirl [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your prize.

Happy spring running, friends!

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