Barefoot Triathlon today
ACME — The fifth annual Grand Traverse Resort and Spa's Barefoot Triathlon gets underway at 8 a.m. today at Acme Beach.There will be two triathlons, an Olympic distance and Sprint distance. The Olympic distance triathlon will consist of a 1.5K swim, followed by a 26-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run. The Sprint distance triathlon will consist of a 500-meter swim, followed by a 16.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run.
The races will finish on the Resort grounds near the white tent called the Plaza.
Nominations sought for Mudgett award
TRAVERSE CITY – TART Trails is seeking nominations for the 10th annual Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award.
Mudgett, who passed away in 2004, was a founding member of the TART Trails Board of Directors, a trail chief on the Leelanau Trail, and a longtime supporter of the Vasa Pathway.
Nominations are open to anyone who has advocated for building, maintaining and using trails in the Grand Traverse region.
Submissions may be sent in writing by Sept. 6 to TART Trails, PO Box 252, Traverse City, MI 49685, or via email to email@example.com. Nominations should include specific reasons for why the person should receive this award, and any biographical information that may be relevant and helpful for the selection committee.
The award will be presented at the TART Trails’ Oktoberfest Dinner on Oct. 8. For more information, call the TART Trails office at 941-4300.
Run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters is Monday
TRAVERSE CITY — The second annual Big Little Trail Races to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan will take place Monday.
Some 125 runners took part in last year's inaugural race with more than $14,000 raised for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
The 5K and 15K trail runs are on a scenic course in southern Grand Traverse County. The course is on property owned by Big Brothers/Big Sisters board member Tony Anderson. It's seven miles south of Menards at 8088 Palomino Dr. in Buckley. Kids 18-under can get a free entry into the race.
Runners can register online at www.marathon4kids.com under the Big Little Trail Races button. For more information about kids 18-under running free, contact Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruffed Grouse society banquet in Cadillac
CADILLAC — The Highlands Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its third annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the El Dorado Golf Course.
It will begin with a reception party at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Individual membership and dinner tickets are $55. There is also a membership and spouse package for $85, which includes two dinners. Junior membership and dinner tickets are $40 each. Those under the age of 16, who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.
There will be live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes. Proceeds will be used to restore and protect area grouse and woodcock habitat.
For more information and/or tickets contact Larry Visser at 412-228-9472, or by e-mail at: email@example.com.