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2010 Media Releases

2010 M-22 Challenge Final Media Release

OVER 300 ATHLETES CONVERGED ON NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S FAMOUS LAKE MICHIGAN M-22 CORRIDOR

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

Cheboygan, Michigan Man Takes Top Honors Away from Olympic Speed Skater & Silver Medalist Jonathan Kuck

Glen Arbor, Mich. Saturday, June 12, 2010 Biking, paddling, and running enthusiasts converged on Northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula for the second annual M-22 Challenge Triathlon today Saturday, June 12. First time event participant, Dennis Paull of Cheboygan, Michigan completed the unique feat in just 1:20:25; taking the overall championship title away from Olympic Speed Skater Jonathan Kuck.  Kuck did place first in his age division of ‘Under 20 Years of Age’ with a time of 1:26:34.  Kuck from Champaign, Illinois also took ‘King of the Dune Climb’, breaking a 1:00 climb.  The Olympic silver medalist finished the climb in just :56.  Following Paull in the Men’s Overall Division were two Traverse City area athletes: Donald Fedrigon, Jr. who finished in 1:24:26; and Steve Andriese who finished just seven seconds behind at 1:24:33.

The second year event was filled to capacity just 60 days of opening registration.  “The anticipation for this year’s event was exceptional, from the athletes, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors,” commented race organizer Matt Myers, Sr., and father of Matt Myers, Jr. and Keegan Myers, who both are professional Kiteboarders, and brought their own spirit for the outdoors and competition to the event.

Keri Pawielski of St. Joseph, Michigan was the women’s overall winner with a time of 1:30:06.  Christine Watts of Interlochen, Michigan took second coming in at 1:39:19 and Laura Portis of Nashville, Tennessee placed third with a time of 1:41:49.

The County’s unparalleled scenery offers triathlon participants an opportunity to compete in a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful event.

Starting in Leelanau County’s Glen Arbor, the M-22 Challenge is designed to test athletes against Lake Michigan’s coastal terrain and the area’s environmental elements.

“The course promised an unforgettable experience.  It wowed locals and those from far way with a bike race around Big and Little Glen Lakes; an exciting two mile paddle through crystal clear Little Glen Lake; and a challenge of a three mile run which included a dune climb in the heart of the Sleeping Bear National Park overlooking Lake Michigan. The promise was fulfilled,” said Myers.


2010 M-22 Challenge Event Poster


2010 Media Release 1


NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S FAMOUS LAKE MICHIGAN M-22 CORRIDOR WELCOMES  TRIATHLON ATHLETES and . . . WINE & FOOD ENTHUSIASTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2010

(Traverse City, MI) March 1, 2010 – Biking, paddling, and running enthusiasts will head to Northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula for the second annual M-22 Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, June 12, while in Leelanau County, participants and spectators alike will find the best in locally produced wine and cuisine that same day at the Leland Wine & Food Festival.

The County’s unparalleled scenery offers triathlon participants an opportunity to compete in a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful event.

Starting in Leelanau County’s Glen Arbor, the M-22 Challenge is designed to test athletes against Lake Michigan’s coastal terrain and the area’s environmental elements.

“The course promises an unforgettable experience.  With a bike race around Big and Little Glen Lakes; an exciting paddle “anything” event through crystal clear Little Glen Lake; and a final challenge of a three mile run which includes a dune climb in the heart of the Sleeping Bear National Park overlooking Lake Michigan, the event just may be the most picturesque triathlon  in the country,” stated event organizer Matt Myers.

Just 15 miles along the scenic M-22 highway to the Leland Harbor and steps from historic Fishtown, visitors will find the Leland Wine & Food Festival beginning at Noon that same day, Saturday, June 12th. The Leland Wine & Food Festival is a northern Michigan tradition (Michigan’s first wine and food festival) held on the second Saturday in June.  Visitors traveling highway M-22 to the Harbor will enjoy tasting wines from local wineries and tasting specialties from local restaurateurs and purveyors.  Live music is presented in the park all day and offers guests uncompromising views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands.  Admission includes an etched wine glass and two tickets for wine tasting.

Registration for the Second Annual M-22 Challenge opens March 1, 2010 and is limited to 300 ONLY participants. All participants must register online at www.m22challenge.com to compete.

A portion of proceeds from the M-22 Challenge benefit the Leelanau Conservancy.

Both the M-22 Challenge and brand are founded by kiteboarders Matt and Keegan Myers, both in search of epic wind and waves.  M-22 was created to express the common passion for Northern Michigan.  M-22 is not just a road; it’s a way of life.  It’s bays, beaches and bonfires; dunes and vineyards; cottages, friends and family.  It is the feeling one get when one realizes ‘there is no other place I would rather be’.