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Racing + Beer + The Great Beerd Run MRG EP10

Cross the finish line, grab a banana and bagel, and … get your beer! This is the case at more and more races in Michigan and across the country, and we runners are loving the chance to sample some local brew after logging our miles. Sometimes races even offer tastings on-course. This is the case with next month’s Great Beerd …

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Cross Training: Power of Pilates MRG EP9

Cross-training, as we’re often told, is essential if we want to stay healthy and strong, and wish to continue running for as long as possible. In this episode, Heather Durocher talks with certified Pilates instructor Jennifer Cutler, owner of Pure Pilates in Traverse City, Michigan, about the benefits of this form of exercise. Heather began twice-weekly Pilates sessions about seven years ago …

Cassie Stone on Running & Living Boldly MRG EP7

Heather Durocher welcomes Cassy Stone, a marathoner and mom of three, to the show to talk about her Michigan running story. This Traverse City runner, whom Heather got to know through MichiganRunnerGirl.com, grew up in Marquette in the U.P. and came to the sport later in life. Part of her journey is living with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. Managing her chronic disease comes with immense challenges, but Cassy …

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The Grand Rapids Marathon & Half Marathon MRG EP6

Don Kern, race director of next month’s Grand Rapids Marathon & Half Marathon, knows a thing or two about putting on a great race — not only as one of the founders of this October event in GR, but also because he’s an avid racer himself, here in the U.S. and abroad. Indeed, this “adventure runner” has run more than 200 marathons in each …

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Running Coach Lisa Taylor MRG EP5

Longtime running coach Lisa Taylor joins Heather Durocher to talk about the changes and growth she’s witnessed in Michigan’s running and racing scene over the past couple of decades. (She remembers when 10K road races dominated and attracted the most runners). She also shares running wisdom earned through the years, as well as talks about her time as a collegiate runner at Michigan …

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Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K MRG EP4

Mary Culbertson, race director of this month’s American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K on Belle Isle, shares race details in this episode. The event, now in its third year, attracts thousands of runners to its expo and race the weekend of Sept. 19-20 in the heart of Detroit. Heather ran the half marathon last fall, along with several …

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Personal Trainer Pam Carrigan MRG EP3

Northern Michigan personal trainer Pam Carrigan (and one of Heather’s running partners) shares her Michigan running story in this episode. From triathlons and 10Ks to half marathons and helping other runners reach their fitness goals, Pam explains how she enjoys an active and healthy life herself, and inspires others to do the same. She also offers up fitness tips for staying …

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Joel Gaff of Endurance Evolution MRG EP2

Heather Durocher catches up with runner, triathlete, Ironman finisher and race director Joel Gaff in this episode. Joel, founder of race management and timing services company Endurance Evolution, talks about the northern Michigan events he puts on throughout the year, including the Traverse City Trail Running Festival in April, Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K in June, Traverse City Triathlon in August and the …

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Join Heather Durocher and three of her running friends — Pam Carrigan, Erin Henshaw and Katie Kearney — as they talk about this year’s Grand Island Marathon and Half Marathon in the U.P. They traveled north from Traverse City for this race, which takes place each July on Grand Island in Munising. The trip was a chance to check out this …