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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 upcoming Sleeping Bear Marathon
, Half Marathon and 5K set for Oct. 3, 2015 in Empire, Mich. There are some exciting changes to this fall event, which Joel details for listeners.
Their conversation also covers Joel’s recent decision to spend time in another beautiful and runner-friendly area of the country — Portland, Ore. — and how he’s taking what he’s learning from that city’s racing scene and bringing it back to all that he’s doing here in Michigan. Heather and Joel chat about the importance of downtime and breaks from training and racing, and what’s next for Joel in the coming months. (Hint: the Ironman distance is calling his name again …)
The Michigan Runner Girl Podcast is hosted by Heather Durocher. The podcast is edited by Kalin Brehler and produced by Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions.