They were training all year long, and this morning it was time to shine for thousands of runners who took part in the 2013 Bayshore Marathon.
More than 71-hundred athletes showed up at the starting line at Traverse City Central High School this morning for the 31st annual marathon.
The race sells out every year and attracts athletes from all over the country. Runners could choose from a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10K.
The race takes runners up Old Mission Peninsula and is hailed as one of the top races in the Midwest. Organizers say the race is a big boost to the local economy.
"This is definitely a destination town," said race director, Daniel Sidernan. "It's a tourist town, people love to come here in the summer time and visit and this kicks off the season for the tourist business as well, so it's just a beautiful area."
This year, 7&4 News partnered up with Endurance Evolution for the Race to Bayshore training program. Our very own Marc Schollett ran the full marathon in 3 hours and 12 minutes, which qualifies him for the Boston Marathon. 7&4's web manager, Anne Cook ran the 10K and finished in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.