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Regional Race Preview: Boyne 2 Boyne Marathon in Michigan on September 28

Date: 
09/04/2008 - 12:13

September 4, 2008 from press release (Boyne Falls, MI) The second annual Boyne 2 Boyne marathon, a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, is happening on Sunday, September 28. The race take athletes along the Midwest's most pristine and scenic route between two Michigan resorts starting at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs and ending at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. Sponsorship proceeds benefit Concord Academy of Petoskey.

Runners and walkers can take in abundant views of fall foliage, rolling hills and the deep blue waters of Little Traverse Bay, Bear River and Walloon Lake. The course begins on level ground traveling past Petoskey State Park and the majestic homes in the historic Bay View Association before reaching rolling hills. Spectacular hues of deep reds, bright oranges and canary yellows peak out from the forests and help to distract marathoners from the area�s challenging topography. The final obstacle locally coined, 'Seven Hills,' of Walloon Lake awaits before making the home stretch to the finish line at Boyne Mountain.

"This is an absolutely beautiful course in the midst of the fall color change," said Kenny Krell of 3 Disciplines Racing, the event's race organizer. "This marathon is unique to those typically found in and around Michigan with both the full and half courses offering the perfect combination of hilly and flat terrain and the most spectacular views found anywhere in the Midwest."

Beyond the marathon, race events include a relay marathon and half marathon starting at 8 a.m., and a 10K, 5K and 800 meter Kids Fun Run each held at Boyne Mountain at 9 a.m. All races are ChampionChip timed by 3 Disciplines Racing. Participants receive a finisher medal, towel, goodie bag and cotton shirt plus access to post race massage, athletic trainers and physical therapists. Awards are presented following the conclusion of each race and ribbons are provided to all children in the Kids Fun Run.

Last year's Boyne 2 Boyne had more than 550 race participants and contributed over $8,000 in sponsorship earnings to aid in funding for a Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy of Petoskey, a public charter school that blends fine arts and academic curriculum. As many as 300 enthusiastic student, teacher, parent and area volunteers assisted in race activities helping to make the event a success and their future dream facility a reality.

"Upon being solely funded and constructed, the Performing Arts Center will offer one location for our students to study and perform vocal and instrumental music, dance and drama versus traveling to various community locations," said Nick Oshelski, director at Concord Academy of Petoskey. "It will be a place our students can call all their own."

For complete event details and registration, please visit www.boyne2boyne.com or www.3Disciplines.com. Discounted registration prices are available through September 22. A special lodging rate is available to participants for $89 per night at choice of Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands. Call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963) or visit www.BOYNE.com for reservations.

For additional information on Concord Academy of Petoskey or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities and professional childcare during race events, please call 231.439.6800 or visit www.concordpetoskey.com .

BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty. With countless lodging and meeting facilities, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain, three spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, we ask......what are you up for? For more information on BOYNE, please visit www.BOYNE.com .

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