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2019: The Year of Up and Comings

2020 came in like a lion, so quickly that we decided to announce our 2019 Fly Awards AFTER the new year surfaced. As part of the racing community, we know that now is the time to start planning that 2020 race calendar.

Maybe you’re a newbie and are looking for that first triathlon or first 5K. Maybe you’re looking to try out a new distance. From the lake shore to the urban areas of West Michigan, there’s a little something for everyone. Truly, it’s the little things that make for a great race.

That said, 2019 was good to us. We added a couple of new races to our list from both a place of participation and photographing. Two races that don’t make the “Best” lists this year and deserve to be mentioned are the Lakestride Half Marathon, which takes place in June up in Ludington, Michigan. Ironman Traverse City 70.3 also entered the race scene and was a total blast. It’s no surprise that it has already sold out for 2020. Our recommendation is that if you can get up there to volunteer or spectate, take the opportunity. It’s just that fun. Lastly, want to race for a really great cause? Find a homegrown, grass roots race that gives 100% back to a nonprofit. This year we checked out Get Your Rear in Gear 5K (September) started up by its founder, family physician, Dr. Chelsea Boet who battles colon cancer.

This year we added a few categories that were missed last year and polled over 400 people. There were a couple of upsets, and newbies this year. For all that participated, we are grateful for your insight. Here are your favorites of 2019!

Best 5K

Brian Diemer 5K

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Turkey Trot

Brainy Day Trail Run

Best 10K

Amway Riverbank Run 10K

Runners up: 

Reeds Lake Run

Gazelle Girl

Brainy Day Trail Run

Best Marathon

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

Runners up: 

Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon

Detroit Marathon

North Country

Charlevoix Marathon

Best Half Marathon

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

Runners up: 

Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon

TCTC Bayshore Half Marathon

Toughest Race

Dirty Duel

Runners up: 

Amway Riverbank Run 25K

Lake Michigan RTS

Best Triathlon

Tri Del Sol

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Michigan Titanium

Toughest Triathlon

Michigan Titanium

Runners up: 

Ironman Traverse City 70.3

Bear Lake Triathlon

Miscellaneous Distance

Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run

Runners up: 

Beer Mile at the Burg

Veterans Day 5

Best Trail Race

Brainy Day Trail Run

Runners up: 

North Country Half

Hurt the Dirt

Best Bike Race

MSU Gran Fondo

Runners up: 

Iceman

Barry Roubaix

Most Scenic

TCTC Bayshore Marathon

Runners up: 

Grand Haven Triathlon

Mercy Health Seaway Half Marathon

Best Spectating

Amway Riverbank Run 25K

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Marathon

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Best Swag

North Country Trail Run

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

Best Race Bling

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

Runners up: 

Gazelle Girl/Amway Riverbank Run Double Down

North Country Trail Race

Best Aid Stations

Gazelle Girl Half Races

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Marathon

Amway Riverbank Run

Finish Line Food

Brainy Day Trail Run

Runners up: 

Grand Rapids Marathon

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Post Race Party

Gran Fondo, Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and Gazelle Girl Races

Best Race Director

Ron Knoll

Runners up: 

Don Kern

Kyle Cutler

Best Non Profit Multisport

West Michigan myTeam Triumph

Runners up: 

Girls on the Run

Sole Sisters

;Still I Run

Best Race Ambassador

Robert the TuTu Man

Best Race Announcer

Larry Crabbe

Runners up: 

Mark Grevengoed

Steve Benson

Special thanks to all of our contributing photographers that work hard to showcase the athletes all year round. We appreciate all that you do for our community!
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