Local runners can combine their love of racing with a good cause on Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m., with the Run for Shelter to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter.
The course for the 5K race begins at Willow Hill Elementary School, Traverse City. It tracks along West Bay, through the surrounding neighborhood, and ends back at Willow Hill.
The Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter and donated foods to the homeless in Northern Michigan. The Inn also provides job placement, housing, and vocational and childrens services. It is owned and operated by GW Homeless Services, Inc.
The run/walk was envisioned by local business owners Karl Bastian and Bill Lancaster. Bastian is the co-owner and creative director for the advertising agency, Greenlight Marketing. Lancaster is owner of Lancaster Photography. Both Bastian and Lancaster are avid runners. Greenlight is the presenting sponsor and is managing the marketing for the race.
I think this is a great thing for our community, especially in these tough economic times Bastian says. People get to enjoy the beauty of our area while supporting a great cause. Were looking forward to a solid turnout.
Course, registration and volunteer information is available at the official race site; runforsheltertc.com.
Zoo-de-Mack pedals to its 20th anniversary
Northern Michigans biggest party on wheels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a 51-mile ride from Boyne Highands in Harbor Springs to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Zoo-de-Mack kicks off Friday, May 16 with a party at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands. The Saturday ride takes up to 2,400 cyclists to the Straits, including a lunch stop at Legs Inn, Cross Village. From there, its on to post-ride parties in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. There are shuttle options for returning to Harbor Springs on Sunday, or cyclists can enjoy the ride back through the Tunnel of Trees on M-119.
The entry fee is $50 through May 2. Check out www.zoo-de-mack.com for details.
Looking for a resource to take full advantage of your new kayak? Check out the Traverse Area Paddle Club.
Within a 60 - 90 minute drive from Traverse City, there are 24 different four-to-six hour paddling trips available on local rivers, notes John Heiam, the clubs webmaster.
Heiam also suggests three books by local authors to get into canoeing or kayaking:
Paddling Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond
If people would like to find others to paddle with, and find out more about places to paddle, they can join the Traverse Area Paddle Club by going to our website: traverseareapaddleclub.org, Heiam adds. The dues are only $15 a year for an individual or $25 for a family.