Monthly Archives: June 2015

What is the proper way to pronounce the word “Mackinac”?


The French Pronounced it “aw” but spelled it “ac”. The British heard it pronounced “aw” so they spelled it that way. Whichever way it is spelled, it is always pronounced “aw”.

Lasagna, 45 minute drive north & a quick 20-minute power nap after finishing marathon #33 – and I’m boarding an early afternoon ferry to Michigan’s Mackinaw Island.  Berthed downtown on Main Street, bought a carriage tour ticket & hopped aboard within 5 minutes of arriving on the island.  BAM – awesome timing (next tour not for 2 hours).

Traffic on Mackinac Island is limited to bicycles & horse-drawn carriages – automobiles prohibited…pretty cool, huh?

Targeted a visit to Mackinaw & its Grand Hotel because of a sappy 80’s movie starring Jane Seymour & Christopher Reeve, “Somewhere in Time”.  Re-watched the movie last week online before marathoning in Michigan.

Don’t think the love story itself drew me in – it was the ability to go back in time & live another era.  What would life have been like if I were placed in the early to mid- 1800’s in the American West?  Hmm.

Mackinaw’s Carriage Tour hit all island highlights.  Started downtown, rode past residences built in the 1910s & ‘20s, the Governor’s ‘Summer Residence’, and – the Grand Hotel.

Built in 1887, the Grand Hotel still looks much like it did a century ago.  There are newer hotels with modern facilities on the island – but give me history & creaky wood planks any day.  Nothing rivals the Grand Hotel’s long wrap-around wood porch, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac (Lake Huron).  Spectacular.

Tour resumed at the island’s working stable (Surrey Hills) where we switched carriages & travelled thru Mackinac Island State Park, stopping briefly at Arch Rock (rest break for the horses).

Tour concluded at Fort Mackinac, built by British troops during the Revolutionary War.  I hopped off at Fort Mackinac & walked the trip remainder, down historic Market Street, past “Somewhere in Time” gift shop & multiple fudge stores.

Beautiful day.


Ferried returned, hotelled the night across from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

Early 230am start for the trip home – 4 hour ride to Grand Rapids, 8am Denver flight.

“Come back to me” – Elise McKenna, ‘Somewhere in Time’

I’ll come back to Mackinaw & the Grand Hotel.


“Somewhere in Time”


…named after Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, a French explorer who travelled the Great Lakes and was said to have stayed the night on Fisherman’s Island one night during a harsh storm.

Signed up for my Michigan marathon after scoring crazy cheap tickets on Southwest.  Denver to Grand Rapids – direct flight, $110 roundtrip.  A week out from race day, goggled directions from Grand Rapids to my shared hotel in Petoskey.  3 hours?  Ugh…that’s an unexpected haul.  2 hours from the Canadian border, 45 minutes from Mackinac Island.

Ok, I can work with that.  Marathon first, Mackinaw second 🙂

Quick sleeps, up early.  Room shared with 2 other Maniacs: Andy from Houston & Todd from Missouri (thanks Stacy for connecting us). Todd drove 800 miles [from Missouri], picked up Andy in Indianapolis – made my 3 hour ride from Grand Rapids seem kinda small.

Secured parking downtown & watched the morning rise over Lake Michigan.  Lotta colour – truly stunning.

Cool temps, gun start over the town’s historic drawbridge.  Charlevoix is a small resort town – today’s course hugged the lakeshore.  Fairly flat run – one steep incline coming outta town at mile 5.

Fav part of the run: treed section starting at mile 10, looped at 13, same return view thru mile 16 on this out-n-back course.

Ended in a sprint with another runner who failed to stop at the Finish, fell over a barrier & bloodied his face.  Lotta excitement, over-achiever 🙁  Finisher’s medal – one of my favourite, adorned with a working drawbridge.

K R Haga

Finish Time: 04:16:57.0

No shower this day.  Quick sink bath at a local pizza joint (post-race lasagna), then ferried over to Mackinac Island.  Only bicycles & horse-drawn carriages on this island.  FAAANNNTASTIC!


(let’s just say) I got in with a little help from my friends 🙂

NYC November 1st – watch out folks.  He’s baaaaackkkkk!


Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 6:08 AM

New York Road Runners <> wrote:


Dear K R HAGA,
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.  Start your celebrations today, and we’ll keep you posted on news and events leading up to race day.


New York Road Runners


Unfortunately, had already added 2 races (in place of NYC) – DC & North Carolina – gonna be a mighty busy Fall.

11 weekends, 11 marathons, 10 states plus DC

11 weekends, 11 marathons, 10 states plus DC











we’re very sorry, but you were not selected…
Published March 3, 2015


Ho hum…2 times unlucky in my quest to run NYC. Haven’t been back since January 2011 – when I changed my life path & moved to Colorado. I’ll return someday but won’t run the Marathon. 50 State Quest ends June next year in Steamboat.


Time to juggle.


Memorial Day 2016 – Buffalo. Day trip to Niagara Falls on the short list.


NYC just wasn’t meant to be. With an extra free weekend this November, stay tuned. I’m not one to sit idle 🙂



From: TCS New York City Marathon <>
Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:48 PM
Subject: Your 2015 TCS New York City Marathon Status


Dear K R,


Thank you for applying to run the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. We’re very sorry, but you were not selected…

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