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 Charlevoix Marathon

This native Texan was thrilled to come to the beautiful state of Michigan and beat the heat from down south.  I chose this race months ago and had no idea where Charlevoix, Michigan was.  Boy am I glad that I was adventurous and signed up for this race.

Charlevoix is a lovely township in "up north" Michigan as the locals say.  Just south of Lake Michigan and situated on Lake Charlevoix sits a charming city with quanit shops and eateries.  Gorgeous flowers grace every turn!  The fresh air is intoxicating.

When I called a few months ago and spoke with the race director she warned me that it could be hot up here in late June for the race.  I asked her what her definition of hot was and she replied that it could be in the mid to upper 80's.  I said, "Sign me up!"  Escaping from the south Texas 100+ degree weather has been a real treat.

The race was small but extremely organized!  A fantastic course that wound through some lovely home sites along Lake Michigan and then heading north of town.  My favorite section of the race was the wooden foot bridge that seemed to go on forever.  As you ran across the nature preserve, the sound of birds was incredible.

A truly charming and friendly place.  Charlevoix, Michigan is a must-go to destination.  If you are a runner, give the race a shot next year.  A nice respite from the huge races that I typically run in.  And, if you are not  a runner, this is a great little town to visit.

Charlevoix Marathon

Thank you Charlevoix for opening your city to those of us nutty marathoners and half marathons.  It was a great race, a great experience and a beautiful place to visit!  And by the way, at the start of the race it was in the high 50's and got up to a whopping 70 degrees yesterday!  :)

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Comments (8)

Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Paula....thanks for sharing.  I love Charlevoix....great place...sorry that the heat was so unbearable!  Kudos for you for conquering the run!  Way to make it happnen!

Jun 26, 2011 05:03 AM
Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
Scott AFB IL Area Realtor

Hi Paula,

You are always doing interesting and fun things! It's great to enjoy life and make it memorable.

Sounds like I need to check into making Charlevoix our next vacation spot!

Jun 26, 2011 11:18 AM
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


I'm proud of you for continuing to live out your life fully.  And yes, I bet it was great to get out of the Texas heat... g

Jun 26, 2011 02:55 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thanks to my sweet supporters.  And yes Gordon, sleeping with the windows open in late June is unheard of where I am from and that is what I have been doing since we arrived here.  Unbelievable.  The best thing too is that the air feels and smells so clean.  It is truly wonderful and refreshing.

Jun 27, 2011 02:45 AM
Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

It sounds like a charming place to visit.  I just want to know if you've been to Minneapolis (?) yet as you mentioned at RainCamp?  I've been patiently waiting to hear all about it!

Jun 27, 2011 03:42 AM
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Wow ... that sounds heavenly!!!!    I am visiting the Oregon coast next month and I am sooo looking forward to sleeping with the windows open, no bugs, no humidity and actually wearing my winter clothes!   :)

Jun 27, 2011 06:26 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

I love the whole idea. I wonder how long it would take me to get into half marathon shape at my tender age?

Jun 30, 2011 10:25 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Charles - you can do it.  All it takes is training slowly and steadily.  And by the way, you are young!  I see people of all ages running in these races.  It isn't about your time, it is about starting and finishing.  You will feel great too!  Go for it.

Jul 02, 2011 02:45 AM