Author: Heather Johnson Durocher

Heather Johnson Durocher writes from her hometown of Traverse City. She is founder of MichiganRunnerGirl.com, a resource for all things running and living healthy and active in the Great Lakes State. She is the host of the weekly podcast, the Michigan Runner Girl Show. She’s on Facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter @michrunnergirl. Email Heather at heather@michiganrunnergirl.com.

 

We’re one month out from the first-ever IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City -- a swim-bike-run event that will bring 2,500 athletes and their families to our city. Whether you’re competing in the triathlon yourself, or you’re gearing up to spectate, we’ve got some insider tips to share (best spot to watch your runner and where to park!) and great ways to make the most of your time spent up north, including a few excellent choices for post-race celebrations.

(Photo: nckstagram on Instagram)

Having our four-legged companions join us on the trails makes the experience all the sweeter—there’s just something about being outdoors, watching our tongue-wagging canines so deliriously happy as they sniff and run and check out every turn in the path. Here are a few of our favorite pet-friendly spots to get out in nature and explore:

We’re standing in the middle of a closed street, at times jumping up and down a bit, shifting our weight from side to side, and holding our crossed arms to our chests to warm up on this brisk late May morning. We’re checking and re-checking our watches, adjusting earphones and iPhones, chatting with one another, or maybe just staring straight ahead, alone in our thoughts as we wait for the final countdown to the race start. The excitement and nervous-tension is palpable.

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pretty great place