Summer has taken a little longer than normal to grace us with its presence. Luckily, this is nothing a persistent Michigander hasn’t been through before! At the very first sign of sun and warmth, Michigan runners are lacing up our shoes and heading outside to enjoy the weather – yes, even those couple of days when it’s 40 degree weather, but somehow it feels like 80!
But do you remember that (crazy awesome) group of people that are putting their shoes to the pavement (or ice) without the sun and without the warmth? Those crazy awesome Kalamazoo run campers, yes!
Well, the run campers and thousands of other runners finally had a chance to show what they have been training for over the last several months. Sunday, May 4th, 2014 was the annual Kalamazoo Marathon and the Borgess Run for the Health of It event.
Runners were all over the city participating in the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon distances. Some ran solo, some hand in hand with friends or family, some in a large group for a cause or in remembrance of a loved one.
One thing is for sure, Kalamazoo once again did a fantastic job of supporting their runners. Kids ( and adults) stood out in their front yards in costumes cheering for hours, neighborhoods banned together to hand out sponges filled with water or crispy bacon for a salty marathon pick me up, and people were scattered all throughout the city with funny signs encouraging the runners. There aren’t many, if any, sections where a runner is without smiling faces and genuine cheers.
Sure when the Kzoo runners were going up Spring Valley, or as I like to call it, the winding hill of death, they weren’t thinking: “Wow this is so much fun, I love this race!” However, never once did I see a runner cross that finish line and not look accomplished, happy, and proud.
A race is a chance to prove something to yourself. That you can do it. That you are a rock star. That you are fit.
Summer in Michigan is the perfect time to get out there and get moving, so don’t worry the races are not over yet! Kalamazoo has a solid line up of fun and competitive races coming up this summer for all ages to participate in:
May 17th: Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure
May 22nd: Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run 5k
May 24th: K5K (Kalamazoo 5k)
June 7th: Kalamazoo Mud Run
June 14th: Kalamazoo Klassic 5k and 10k
Sundays – Dirty Herd
Wednesdays – Urban Herd
Go ahead, pick your running poison. Get out there Kzoo!