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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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M-22 Triathlon

Erin Cowell - June 15th, 2009
Are You Up to the M-22 Challenge?
Triathlon kicks off first year in Leelanau County

By Erin Crowell 6/15/09

There were a lot of words thrown around last week during the volunteer meeting for the inaugural M-22 Challenge. Words like “sweet,” “cool,” and “right on.” These words reflected the attitude of those in attendance, preparing for a race that will marry the beauty of Northern Michigan with the spirit of athleticism.
The M-22 Challenge will make its debut on Saturday, June 20. Located at the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area in Glen Arbor Township of Leelanau County, the event is named for its location along the scenic M-22 highway. It is also part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Challenge is in the same realm of a triathlon, in that it combines three disciplines into one event. However, instead of a traditional swim/bike/run format, Challenge participants run/bike/paddle their way to the finish line.
Presented by Broneah Kiteboarding and M-22 store creators/owners Matt and Keegan Myers, the Challenge comes from an idea the brothers had while working out at the gym.
“We’ve been thinking about it for awhile,” said Matt Myers. “We thought about workout circuits and bringing that concept outdoors. We also wanted to create something that would be more inviting to others, not just for kite boarders.”

DUNE CLIMB
The non-traditional race starts with a two-mile run and a steep and sandy climb up the Sleeping Bear Dunes, overlooking Lake Michigan. From there, athletes run back down the dune to a groomed trail, reach highway M-109 and sprint back to the event site.
From there, they transition into a 17-mile bike ride around Big and Little Glen Lake, which takes them through downtown Glen Arbor, sections along the Crystal River and M-22 and Inspiration Point.
After the ride, pedals are traded for paddles as athletes take their kayak, canoe or standup paddle board out and back one mile on Little Glen Lake. Although fixed paddles are prohibited, athletes can use any self-propelled craft they can dream up.
“It’ll be interesting to see what people show up with,” said Matt Myers Sr, the event coordinator for the M-22 Challenge.
Myers, who is the father of Matt and Keegan, worked several years organizing events for the Father Fred Foundation. The brothers said it was only natural for them to choose their father for the position. “Dad knows everybody’s grandmother and children,” said Keegan.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Volunteers aren’t the only ones describing the race as “sweet”; the local community has repeatedly shown support for the race through money, gift and service donations.
“People are really excited about it. So many have stepped up,” said Matt Jr., “People like Michael Reese of Traverse City. He’s really helped make the race happen with his contributions.”
Local businesses like Oryana and Pure Water Works of Traverse City have donated fuel for athletes, including granola bars, Gatorade, water and fruit.
“The Leelanau County Road Commission even volunteered to sweep the road for the bike portion the night before the race,” said Myers.
During the volunteer meeting, sponsorship director Barbara Weber reported a list of businesses, local and national, who were already interested in supporting next year’s race.
Crystal River Outfitters of Glen Arbor will provide kayaks for participants who need one for the race. Athletes using their own boat or board will be allowed to drop off their equipment at the race site the night before the event. Volunteers will monitor the area from dusk until dawn. Chances are, at least one or two of those volunteers will be a Myers, says Matt Sr.
“We’ll be up for a couple of days,” he said. Not everyone will be keeping watch the night before, but all the volunteers are vital to the success of the race, Myers said. “We especially want to thank our volunteers,” said Matt Jr. “We have about 50 volunteers right now, but we’re always looking for anyone interested in getting involved.”

PACE OF THE RACE
Like traditional races, the M-22 Challenge will award the top athletes with trophies, provided by TC Mirror & Waterjet Cutting. Trophies will be the M-22 Challenge logo cut from stainless steel and will be mounted on granite.
Awards go to the top three male and female finishers. The first man and woman to reach the top of the dune earns the “King and Queen of the Dune” award.
While some athletes will compete to win (See sidebar), others are encouraged to simply enjoy the area.
“A lot of people are going to take it easy, especially on the dune,” said Matt Jr. “Anyone can do it. You see grandma and grandpa walking up the dunes all the time.”
The purpose of the M-22 Challenge is to test athletes against the natural terrain of Northern Michigan, that means a personal challenge for each individual. “This race is about keeping people active and healthy,” said Matt Jr.
“We just want to do a really good job and put on a first class race,” Matt Sr. added. “I want people to say, ‘I really want to come back here.’” Now, that would be pretty sweet.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE
Early registration is open online through June 17. However, registration and check-in will be available June 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the M-22 store in Traverse City. The store is located at 121 E. Front Street, Suite 104. Cost for the race is $75. Participants without a kayak are encouraged to reserve one in advance through Crystal River Outfitters of Glen Arbor.
Those interested in volunteering may send an email to challenge@m22online.com.
The race will be June 20 at the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area. Event staging begins at 7 a.m. with a race start time of 9 a.m. For directions and more information on the M-22 Challenge, visit www.m22challenge.com.




One Man’s Quest....

By Erin Crowell

Kegan Gill wants to be the first winner of the M-22 Challenge. The multi-discipline race (a two-mile run, 17-mile bike and one-mile paddle) is making its premier, this Saturday, in Leelanau County. Gill, a 23-year-old native of Traverse City, has been training for the event for the past three months.
An avid kite boarder, Gill learned about the race through fellow boarders Matt and Keegan Myers. The brothers, who own Broneah Kiteboarding and the M-22 store in Traverse City, created the race out of an interest to bring exercise outdoors.
“The race is going to push people for sure,” said Gill. “I thought it would be a good motivator to stay in shape, give me something to do.”
That something to do includes a regimented training schedule of running, biking and kayaking, along with strength training.
Gill bikes or runs every Tuesday and Thursday. On Sunday, he completes the entire race route at the event location, which includes kayaking Little Glen Lake (his chosen mode of transportation for the paddle portion).
The running portion of the race begins with a dune climb. Gill has prepared himself for this unusual element by running up the dune every week. He also trains three days a week at Leading Edge Fitness, located near Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.
The unorthodox exercise routines used at Leading Edge has helped Gill become stronger and faster for the race, he said.
Routines include a fast circuit of jumping, pushing and lifting, most notably the exercise of flipping a 300-pound tire end-over-end, then pounding it with a mallet for several repetitions.
Training for the M-22 Challenge has served a double purpose for Gill. In November, he will be leaving for the Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island. Gill is using training for the Challenge as training for candidate school.
“I want to become a Navy pilot, so this is the perfect motivator to get in shape,” he said.
Gill isn’t estranged to the racing circuit, especially triathlons. He has competed in six other races in the past few years and says he feels comfortable with the race format.
Because it’s the inaugural race, Gill isn’t sure what to expect as far as competition.
“I probably won’t be the fastest out there, but I’m going to try my best,” he said.



 
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