When I was a child, I remember a time a classmate sneered at me and said I was “too nice” when I introduced myself. It upset me because I have always been a sensitive person, but I think what tore me up more was how she didn’t understand how foolish she sounded spewing a contradictory statement like that. She was upset with me for being “too nice.” It might bother most people when another person is a bubbling overload of joy, but I don’t think you can ever be too nice to anyone, especially when meeting someone new.
The Bridge Run is an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to fellow runners. It is also an opportunity to cheer on a stranger and throw a high-five at the finish line or invite another family to eat with you at the Pasta Dinner. Each runner is participating because of their passion for physical fitness and northern Michigan. Smile at a fellow runner and ask them a question about their running history to strike up a conversation. The event is an untimed, non-competitive race so make a friend to enjoy it with! There’s no denying it will be a fun-filled weekend regardless of how you choose to spend your time in Mackinac, but memories are always more memorable with a combination of new faces and old.
With that being said, a few runners have asked us about ways to get in touch with others from their area to carpool together to Mackinac or run with during the Bridge Run. Since the beginning of the summer we have encouraged you to comment about your running experiences on the blog or ask questions regarding the Bridge Run. We want you to take this a little bit further by providing basic information about yourself to try to meet up with each other at the Bridge Run. We encourage you to connect with participants in the comments section. The following list should help you get started connecting with others:
3. Favorite Governor’s Council endorsed event
4. First time Bridge Run participant?
5. Do you walk, bike, use public transit, carpool, paddle or use green cabs to travel? Describe how you try to reduce your carbon footprint.
6. What is your approximate mile pace?
7. What are you most excited about for the Bridge Run?
8. How did you become a runner?
9. Any other weekend plans while up North?
Don’t forget that if you have any additional questions, comments or concerns please feel free to post them too. The Bridge Run is only two weeks away! Get pumped!
-Tom Sleva, Intern