Sarett Spring Stampede Recap

posted Apr 5, 2015, 8:02 PM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Apr 5, 2015, 8:13 PM by SWMI RACERS ]

A great turnout of RACERS for the 2015 Spring Stampede with over 40 members running, walking or volunteering! Congratulations go out to Crystal Cowgill, 2nd Overall Female and 1st in Age Group. One of our youngest members at age 9, Mikaela Cowgill had a PR with a time of 27:47!

Other members placing in age groups include:
1st Place - Steve Wright, Judy Cayo
2nd Place - Mike Mannino, Danielle Jacobs, Raghu Murthy, Garett Hotovy
3rd Place - Brandon Karl, Amanda Thompson, Donna Hill
1st Place - Christine Washington, Michele Curley, Terry Voss, Pat Valenti
2nd Place - Lori Calahan, Robert Husek

Thank you to members Stacy Barker, Marianne Groth and Kim Grove for volunteering at the member table; Jerry Street for taking photos; and Mike Moser volunteering on the course!

More finish photos to be posted soon!

RACERS Winter 2015 Shirt Order

posted Feb 8, 2015, 7:06 AM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Feb 8, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

SWMI RACERS 2015 Shirt Orders Open Through Thursday February 12ShirtOrder

Members pre-order shirts to get the style, color and size you want. 

Be sure and place your order now as we normally place 2-3 orders a year.

Youth and adult sizes available in most styles. Ladies fit available in 5 styles. Prices range from $12 to $27 with several ways to order and submit payment.

NEW this season is a nylon drawstring zippered pocket backpack. Perfect for carrying those race essentials. Bags are $10 each and will be available while supplies last. 

*Bags are not on the printed ordered form. Order by online order form, in person at a RACERS event location, or email us.  


This two-tone 210D nylon cinch pack has a wide zipper-front pocket for quick access to your cell phone, keys, and other must-have items. Bigger items can be stored in the large main compartment, which has plenty of room to store shoes, books, towels, or even a change of clothes! 5 mm twisted cord drawstring, reinforced corners and strong metal grommets give added strength to the 15"w x 18"h cinch-closure backpack.

Shirt style options include:
  • 50/50 short sleeve & long sleeve t-shirts in 7 colors, sizes YS - XXXL
  • 50/50 long sleeve hooded sweatshirt in 7 colors, sizes YL - XXXL
  • Cotton feel Dry Fit short sleeve t-shirts in 7 colors, sizes YS - XXXL
  • Cotton Feel Dry Fit long sleeve t-shirts in 7 colors, sizes Adult S - XXXL
  • New Balance sleeveless & short sleeve tech shirts in 7 colors, sizes YS - XXXL
  • New Balance long sleeve technical shirts in 6 colors, sizes from Adult S - XXXL
Order options include:

SWMI RACERS at Break the Ice 5K

posted Feb 1, 2015, 12:39 PM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

SWMI RACERS support the South Haven Middle and High School Cross Country and Track & Field Teams at the Break the Ice 5K!

Seventeen members ran, walked or volunteered at this inaugural event. 

Congratulations to:
Scott Shipman - 3rd in Age Group and 13 overall
Crystal Cowgill - 1st in Age Group
Danielle Jacobs - 2nd in Age Group
Tom Tollefson - 2nd in Age Group
Mikaela Cowgill - 1st in Age Group

Just a few of the RACERS in attendance...

Enter to Win a FREE Sunburst Registration!

posted Feb 1, 2015, 12:04 PM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 5:08 PM ]

Enter to Win a FREE Sunburst Registration!

Just another benefit of being a SWMI RACERS member....FREE STUFF!!

Did you miss the latest deadline before price increases for Sunburst? Register today to win a FREE entry to ANY of the events in the Sunburst Races! 
That's right, we said ANY EVENT... FREE!

All events are held on Saturday June 6, 2015.
The value of this giveaway is $30 - $90, depending on the event that you choose:

Marathon - $90
Half Marathon - $80
10K Run - $35
5K Run - $30

Register by midnight Sunday April 5, 2015.

◾ Must be a RACERS Member to be eligible.... JOIN ONLINE NOW AND BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!
◾ Enter online by midnight Sunday April 5, 2015
◾ One winner will be chosen by random drawing on Monday, April 6, 2015
◾ Members will be notified by phone or email.
◾ Free Entry is not transferable.
◾ SWMI RACERS will submit Free Entry on behalf of the Winner

Enter to Win a FREE Sunburst Race Entry

Member Monday! SWMI RACERS Support Watervliet Athletic Boosters

posted Jan 5, 2015, 6:44 AM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 6:52 AM ]

SWMI RACERS members are committed to supporting community!

SWMI RACERS members are committed to supporting community - we couldn't do what we do without them! Many members volunteered on Saturday January 3 at 2015 run FROSTY run 5K/10K Predict-a-Time. Members braving the cold and working the course were Ray CoxTheresa RodriguezDiane Imler ManninoAndrea HutchinsDan McKean and Tom Nimtz. Others involved in organizing the event, registration and tearing down were Kim GroveMarianne GrothTeresa FitzgeraldMaria FreedScott Shipman and Mike Mannino. 

Beyond volunteering, over 40 members also ran or walked in the event! Thank you to all our members for supporting this great event that benefits Watervliet AthleticBoosters.

RACERS & Whirlpool Veterans Association Make Donation to Stiggy’s Dogs

posted Jan 1, 2015, 3:10 PM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Jan 1, 2015, 3:19 PM ]

Benton Harbor, MI.— On Monday December 29, representatives from Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA) and SWMI RACERS met with Jennifer Petre, Founder of Stiggy’s Dogs, at American Legion Post 298 in Battle Creek. Based in Howell Michigan, Stiggy’s Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with PTSD or TBI. Dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to veterans.

SWMI RACERS and WVA teamed up to raise funds for Stiggy’s Dogs in honor of Veterans Day. Fundraising activities throughout November included RACERS Rescue Run 5K, collection of training supplies at Paw Mart in St. Joseph, Carson’s Community Days fundraiser and a give back night at Wings Etc in Benton Harbor.

Marianne Groth, SWMI RACERS President, presented training supplies and a check for $2900 to Stiggy’s Dogs. “I would like to thank Michael Rothwell, Commander of American Legion Post 298 in Battle Creek for welcoming SWMI RACERS, WVA and Stiggy’s Dogs to the post as we strive to help our nation’s veterans,” says Groth. The monetary donation and supplies will be used for the next group of veteran and dog partners beginning training. “Costs for the entire training program can total $8000 per veteran and dog pair,” notes Jennifer Petre.

"WVA looks forward to a continued relationship with Stiggy’s Dogs and the RACERS Rescue Run will continue as an annual event to honor Veterans Day," says Bob Lemyre, VP of Purchasing Global Operations at Whirlpool Corporation and one of the working leads for Whirlpool Veterans Association. "Our 2015 goal is to raise funds to provide training for at least one veteran and dog pair.”

The 2nd Annual RACERS Rescue Run will be held Saturday November 7, 2015. Visit for details, or learn about Stiggy’s Dogs at

A Memorial Tribute to Bill Magley - Friend, Trainer and Sponsor

posted Nov 19, 2014, 5:45 AM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 5:46 AM ]

A Memorial Tribute to Bill  Magley - Friend, Trainer and Sponsor


He was the kind of enthusiastic, fun-loving man that you may have only met once but will remember forever. His zest for life, his love of the outdoors, his 'give it your all' attitude was infectious. Many describe him as "larger than life".

Bill clearly made an impact on every person that was lucky enough to cross paths with him.

We honor Bill's life by remembering...

"Who will greet me at the door with a high five, positive attitude, and blow up my phone with encouraging texts?
Who will chain me to trees, bungie me to strangers, and Velcro my legs together?
Who will destroy my manicure, take unflattering pictures of me mid- flex, and congratulate me on vomiting?
Who will teach me to be a ninja and turn me into a hungarian shot-putter?
Who will be proud of us even when we are not proud of ourselves? 
The machine gun press will not be missed, but you will Bill." 

-Erika Espeland

"Coach Mags you will be missed by so many people!!!! You helped me out so much with my running/ training and you would push me until I couldn't go anymore!!! I learned a lot from you!!! SWMI lost a great man, coach and trainer!! You would always text me before and after one of my half marathon runs and wish me luck and tell me great job!! The saying you always told me was "Run, Scott, Run"!! R.I.P Coach Mags!! You will be missed but never forgotten!"

-Scott Shipman

Personally, I first met Bill Magley almost four years after seeing pictures on Facebook of co-workers during their workouts with Nature's Fitness. I was intrigued and wanted to see what he was all about, so I gave Bill a call. He was a friendly, larger than life guy and you couldn't help but like him immediately! I trained with Bill off and on for about six months in 2012, and he always pushed me to attain goals I hadn't thought possible. His workouts were never the same, and I never knew what to expect when I showed up for a training session! Bill had a way of bringing athletes of different fitness levels together, allowing all to work together as a team without hindering the performance of any individual. Even once my training sessions stopped, the friendship didn't end. I would receive texts and messages from Bill as I prepped for a big race. I can still hear his voice in my mind telling me to keep pushing through!

In late 2013 Bill and I reconnected on a professional level when he expressed an interest in sponsoring SWMI RACERS. As a sponsor throughout 2014, Bill supported the club, the members, and the community through activities and donations alike. Bill made an impact on so many people, and SWMI RACERS will truly miss Bill's spirit!

-Marianne Groth, RACERS President
"I was not one of his clients but did get an invite from him to go night snowshoeing out at Weko Beach a few years ago. It was a hard workout but I love snowshoeing so it was very enjoyable. We became Facebook friends and he and I would comment on our experiences and trips to the northern Michigan. Manistee Trail was a favorite to hike! The community has lost a great mentor and motivator. So very sad."

-Sandy Jackson

On Tuesday November 18 over 60 people whose lives were touched by Bill Magley in some way or another gathered together to remember and honor Bill's life with a hike through Grand Mere Park, one of Bill's favorite places. Bill will not be forgotten!

SWMI RACERS Becomes Official USA Triathlon Club and IRONMAN TriClub

posted Nov 12, 2014, 4:22 AM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 4:25 AM ]

St. Joseph, Mich. — After over two years in business as a non-profit club for runners and walkers serving Southwest Michigan, SWMI RACERS (Red Arrow Club for Endurance, Running and walking Sports) has taken the next step to align to members’ needs.

“We found many of our members were actively training and participating in multisport events,” says SWMI RACERS President Marianne Groth. “Unfortunately, our group insurance only covered running and walking activities. We needed to make a change and we did!”

In response to member requests at a June Board Meeting to incorporate swimming, cycling, and triathlon events to the club’s offerings, SWMI RACERS board members went to work to make that request a reality! SWMI RACERS is pleased to announce the club is both an Official USA Triathlon Club and an IRONMAN TriClub.  No matter what level of experience or athletic ability, members can now join SWMI RACERS as a runner, walker or triathlete.  Seasoned triathletes as well as those just exploring the sport will find joining a triathlon club will enhance their triathlon experience.

The benefits of joining a USA Triathlon Club include race discounts exclusively for USAT Clubs, as well as participating in the USA Triathlon Club National Championships. IRONMAN TriClubs have benefits including TriClub Villages and the chance to race against one another all year long for prizes and bragging rights. To complement this new option, SWMI RACERS plans to offer group swims and group cycling in addition to current group run/walks.

SWMI RACERS formed a partnership with current club sponsor Elizabeth Coaching, which extends an additional benefit to Tri Club members. Anyone who renews or joins SWMI RACERS as a Tri Club member will receive an 8 week Sprint distance triathlon training plan OR a 12 week Olympic distance triathlon training plan. Special pricing from Elizabeth Coaching is available for SWMI RACERS who plan to compete in half distance (70.3) triathlons or a full distance (140.6) triathlon.

For additional information, visit or contact SWMI RACERS at




RACERS Rescue Run 5K Member Recap

posted Nov 9, 2014, 2:56 PM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Nov 9, 2014, 3:10 PM ]

The Inaugural RACERS Rescue Run 5K capped off a great year for SWMI RACERS with temperatures in the mid 50s and no rain or snow! We were honored to have veteran GL and his service dog Ammo join us for our first event. GL is a Purple Heart recipient, and has been with Ammo since August 2013. 

A special thanks to the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion for providing tents to shelter us from the wind. Our sponsors Mutterly Love and Martin's Paw Mart were both on site to provide water and treats for the 13 four legged finishers. Over 60 two legged finishers ran or walked the 5K course and over 30 SWMI RACERS members ran, walked or volunteered! 

Race results are available here. Check out the member recap below, photos coming soon!
RACERS Members Trent Smith and Dawn Avery were overall Male and Female Finishers in the 5K Run, with member Pam Behm the Overall Female Finisher in the Walk Division.

Members receiving Age Groups awards include: 1st Place - Jack Sherman, Kate Sherman, Nicole Buyce, Becky Hotovy, Christine Kurland, William Sherman, Polly Koenigsknect, Randy Fielder, and Willis Worick; 2nd Place - Erin Himes, Kim Richard and Jimmy Pantelleria; 3rd Place - Laura Veldman and Jeff Cayo.

Members placing in top 10 walkers include: Christine Washington, Maria Hutchins, Sybil Smith and Terry Voss.

Winners of 3 Free Entries to Valparaiso Half Marathon

posted Oct 29, 2014, 5:12 AM by SWMI RACERS   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 5:13 AM ]

Thank you to all of the current members who renewed their memberships for 2015 and to all of the new members who joined SWMI RACERS in the first 4 weeks of October!

A random drawing was held October 28 to select the 3 winners of a free entry to the Valparaiso Half Marathon. And the winners are.....
  • Andrea Arnold
  • Andrea Groote
  • Scott Shipman

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