Meet the Trailfest Committee Members

They’re cool.
They’re funny.
And they love the trails… well, most of them. Get to know the totally awesome people who are making Twilight Trail Fest the dirtiest, darkest, most lit up trail experience ever.

Cara Zerbel

Share a little about who you are and how you enjoy staying active: I enjoy exploring the outdoors, traveling and visiting National Parks, hanging out with my dog and swinging a tennis racket.

What makes you most excited about Twilight Trail Fest? I’m thrilled to launch the first brand new Signature Event from Gazelle Sports in 7 years and bring a new experience to Kalamazoo.

What is your favorite post-workout/race fuel?
Beer. A shower beer, actually.

FAVORITE TRAIL? Robinette’s in Grand Rapids, but Al Sabo is quickly becoming a top trail for me šŸ˜‰

Joe Trupp

Share a little about who you are and how you enjoy staying active:
I was born in the cornfields, raised in the foothills and accidentally ended up in the great state of Michigan. I stay active by running with my best friend, keeping it fun and social. Being able to hang out with your friends like this can truly bring joy into your life.

What makes you most excited about Twilight Trail Fest?
Hopefully being able to introduce the amazing trails we have in Kalamazoo to our running community!

What is your favorite post-workout/race fuel?
I am all in on UCan! Keeps me moving steady for miles and miles

Okay, but what is your favorite trail? You can find me running at Ft. Custer whenever I can!

Lisa Bernath

Share a little about who you are and how you enjoy staying active: I’m 26 and the Social Media Coordinator at Gazelle Sports! Fitness is such a huge passion, hobby, lifestyle of mine. It started when I was a junior in college watching fitness videos from my college apartment to now – where I love lifting and HIIT exercises.

What makes you most excited about Twilight Trail Fest?
The twinkle lights! But actually all the “newness” of this event. I love how this isn’t your average Gazelle Sports race

What is your favorite post-workout/race fuel?
On the weekend, BRUNCH if it’s after a race or homemade omelette and pancakes, but if on the go I love egg white oatmeal with ALL the PB and fruit šŸ™‚

What is your favorite trail? Any trail that’s through a vineyard, followed by a glass of wine šŸ™‚

Taylor Harbin

Share a little about who you are and how you enjoy staying active:
I am the assistant manager at the Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo location and I found Gazelle Sports when I moved to Kalamazoo for college and immediately fell in love with the community that the store brought to life! I keep active in many different ways; workouts in my garage, walking my dogs, jogging with friends and taking a variety of fitness classes. I try to focus on just some sort of movement every single day!

What makes you most excited about Twilight Trail Fest?
I am most excited for people to experience Al Sabo Nature Preserve at night and maybe even for the first time! I hope it will make people feel more comfortable about going out and exploring on their own!

What is your favorite post-workout/race fuel? I usually try to get my movement in first thing in the morning so my breakfast after is usually a protein shake and toast or with scrambled eggs and veggies. I like to get a good mixture of protein and carbs to help me recover!

Do you have a favorite trail you like to run on? If so, what? Al Sabo is honestly one of the only trails I’ve ever run on!!

Molly McKinney

How do you enjoy staying active? Sports have been my life since before I can remember. I started running, for enjoyment, when I needed to think about something. It helped me clear my head. I would never know how far or for how long I would run. Now, I love to run, bike, swim, cross-train, or really anything that keeps me outside. Iā€™m always chasing the next finish line.

What makes you most excited about Twilight Trail Fest? I love to be out on the trails. There’s something exciting about being running out in the woods that is peaceful to me!

What is your favorite post-workout/race fuel? I love smoothies.

Do you have a favorite trail you like to run on? If so, what? I love to explore new trails all the time. My favorite trail is the North Country Trail.

There ya have it. These five are the ones putting together the most epic trail experience ever. If you catch them on August 23rd during Twilight Trail Fest, give ’em a high-five!

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