Michigan's Grand Island Trail Marathon was featured in an article by Bob Cooper in Runner's World (January 2008, p 82). The article features ten top new marathons in the U.S. started since 2002. The beauty of the course, the Patagonia Silkweight shirts given to finishers, and the hand blown glass medallions awarded to the top three in each age group are highlighted. The article, titled Fresh Starts, is part of RW's Marathon Guide 2008.
The article coincides with the release of Rich Sosa's new film, Water, Soul, Earth, & Feet: A Story of the 2007 Grand Island Trail Marathon. Inspired by the 2006 coverage by Michigan Runner's Scott Sullivan and Carter Sherline (click here), race director Jeff Crumbaugh contacted Sosa, a film director from Racine, Wisconsin based Pozole Films. The film features remarkable cinematography, participant stories, and the competition itself. The movie is currently entered in eight national film competitions. View the trailer and purchase DVDs of the film at Pozolefilms.com. The 2008 edition of the Grand Island Trail Marathon will be held on July 26. Registration is now open at www.greatlakesendurance.com.