Focus on a race Interview

A new marathon along the Lake Michigan shores : Holland Haven Marathon

03 Jun 2014 11:25
Jean-Loup Fenaux


Hello, on September 6th 2014, you’ll be organizing the Holland Haven Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?

The full marathon begins at Parkside Bible Church in Holland, Michigan. The half marathon begins at Sandy Point Beach House in West Olive, Michigan.

Both races end at Mulligan Park in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Credit : Holland Haven Marathon

How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

This is the inaugural year for the event. We (the race creators) love to run along the lakeshore and want to connect the communities together.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The race is a point-to-point route. It follows roads and bike paths along the lakeshore. The course is mostly shaded and a good mixture of hills and flat running.

How many runners do you expect on Saturday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

We are expecting about 500 runners. Many local runners from West Michigan will participate.

We expect everyone from beginners to those attempting Boston qualification.

Do you organize other races during the Weekend? If so, on what distances?

Our event features both full and half marathon distances.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

Typically temperatures are in the 70’s with a breeze flowing in from Lake Michigan.

Credit : Holland Haven Marathon

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

A family friendly picnic will be set up in our finisher’s area at Mulligan Park.

The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Holland before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Holland and Grand Haven are both located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Runners will enjoy the beaches and the vibrant downtown shopping districts of both cities.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Holland Haven Marathon?

The Holland Haven Marathon is unique race, which traverses the shores of Lake Michigan and ties together two wonderful lakeshore communities.

Interview with Eddie Kline, Race director. Eddie is a lifelong endurance athlete and Boston Marathon runner. He owns a training facility in Holland where he coaches local runners for endurance races and functional fitness.