Gayle Harbaugh


Age and Hometown: 53 Holly, Michigan


Current Resident of: Boyne City (Hometown since 1989)

Family: Wonderful husband Tom; 2 awesome sons, Aaron 30 and Parker 23.

Years Running: 25

Why do you run: Makes me feel good!

Running Accomplishments: Placed in 27 out of the 31 races I ran in 2017, ranging in distances from 5k to half marathons. In 2010 helped start and co-direct the ”Kiwanis Club of Boyne City Turkey Trot” It is our Kiwanis Clubs largest fundraiser and has grown every year.

Favorite Race(s): I’m bummed my favorite race is no longer. It was the Fall Colors Mackinaw Bridge Run. It’s the only race I have run every year since they’ve had it and I placed in the top 3 every year. Plus an awesome breakfast afterwards.

Favorite Running Race Distance: 10k to the half marathon.

Favorite Pre-race meal: Morning of, a banana or Clif bar. Night before, a whole grain turkey, tomato with extra romaine and a beer for carbo loading.

Any Goals for 2018: Staying healthy and running injury free.

Favorite Running Quote: Running is my therapy!

Best running advice given to me: Lay off the amount of food you eat the day before a race.

Dumbest running moment: Greek food buffet night before Detroit Marathon (not good).

What other interests do you have outside of running? Spending time with family and friends. I enjoy being involved with our BC Kiwanis Club, helping the children in our community.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? I’m very proud and honored to be part of such a great group of people. I love running with and supporting all the friends/team members I’ve met over the years. I plan to continue to enjoy, encourage and promote the running lifestyle.