Joining the “Bordulac Attack”

From staff reports

Detroit native Pam Baad—pictured here jogging up the Lake Michigan Overlook at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive—was named women’s “champignon” of the 2021 Bordulac Attack. The informal race is organized by the Bordulac family, includes six segments in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and must be completed between June 15 and Halloween.

Anyone can form a team or compete solo on any given day by using the Strava mobile app. Race segments include: a 2.65-mile Alligator Hill trail run, a Crystal River paddle, a half-mile solo swim at the location of your choosing in Leelanau County, a 2.3 mile “beer run” that begins and ends at Art’s Tavern, a 27.4-mile bike ride around the Glen Lakes, and a run up the Dune Climb.

Check out the events and photos at All registered racers receive a lightweight and moisture-wicking race cap with an original topographic map of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which was drawn by race organizer Mia Zierk, who is also a graphic designer.

“I came up with the idea (for the Bordulac Attack) because my family has been at Glen Lake since my Grandma Marie Ambrosius Johnson came up to the lake at age 16 and bought our property,” said Zierk. “All of my cousins, and extended family have been doing these six events for years. I made it a family race, then thought, why not share it with all our friends and others at Glen Lake. They are all doing these events anyway.”