Being a Kalamazoo native I was very excited to return home and race the Kalamazoo Marathon!

The community in Kalamazoo comes together every year for the Borgess Run For The Health Of It! In 2011 they added a full, 26.2 mile marathon to the list of events.

I was warned that the course was very tough and very hilly and those warnings were not joking! Every mile had some sort of hill that tore my legs to shreds.

I managed to finish in about 3 hours and 23 minutes. Earning 5th place overall! I was ecstatic! The best part is that I qualify to race in the Boston Marathon next year!

Here are some photos from the weekend!