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Grand Canyon Half

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South Jordan,UT,United States

Member Since:

Feb 04, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2010 Ogden Half Marathon 1st overall

2010 Bryce Canyon Half 2nd overall 1:12

2010 St. George Marathon 10th overall

2011 American Fork Half marathon 1st overall New PR 1:10:37

2012-Mt. Nebo Half 1:08:00





 2009 St. George Marathon 11th overall 2:31:43

2009 Ogden Marathon 4th place overall

2008 St. George Marathon 2:40:46 18th overall

2008 Tou Half 1:14:35 7th overall

2008 Bear Lake Half marathon 1st place Win. Set Course record.

2008 Provo river Half  PR 1:13:28

2008 Boston Marathon 2:49--Beat Lance Armstrong by 2 minutes.

2008 Ogden Marathon 10th overall.

Ragnar Relay Del Sol 2008--1st Place Team Overall. Set new course record! 17 hours 4 minutes 5.38 average pace per mile!

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back 2008--2nd Place Team overall. 17 hours 54 minutes.

2007 Top of Utah 1/2 Marathon 1:14 4th overall

2007 Wasatch Back Relay 3rd team overall---Very Fun!

Boston, Rock & Roll Arizona, Carlsbad are my favorite marathons.

2007 St. George Marathon 2:40 with puking!39th overall





Short-Term Running Goals:

My short term goals are to stick to a good regime.

To bring my marathon pr down in mid 2:30's

World Championship Maters Marathon July 17, 2011

USATFLDR Competition Series: Stiders Half, Salt Lake Half, Hobblecreek Half, Heart of Holiday 5k, Running with Leopards 5k, Draper Days 5k, Minuteman 5k, Top of Utah Half.

Great Potato Half marathon--Boise

Running with Ed 41 mile relay. Team Probar

St. George Marathon 2011

Get Sponsors and make money in Masters.

Sponsors so far:

Probar, St. George Running Center



Long-Term Running Goals:

My long term goals are to beat sasha.

To get my marathon time to 2:20's



I have three girls-Sarah, Brooke, and Bailey and a baby boy born in Jan. 2010 named Boston. I own a Concrete Construction company called Quality Footings and Foundations. If any of my fellow bloggers are in need of concrete work just drop me a line or call 801-381-7089 I'll give you the friendly runner discount. Its hard work thats why between work and running I maintain my girlish figure! I own the American Flyers Race Pacers which is on Facebook to join. www.americanflyersracepacers.com 

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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Race: Grand Canyon Half (13.1 Miles) 01:30:24, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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No warmup, the weather was cold. 6700' Elevation. This was an all trail race on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. About 1600 participants.  It was snowing and raining at the start and I lined up at the front. Sized up my competition and noticed most were wearing hydration packs. I have done the Bear Lake monster trail run before but never wore a pack for a half marathon. I started the race in second and watched the runner ahead of me. We got almost to mile 1 when his fast pace started slowing. Usually in a road race Im 5:15 pace this first mile but with the soft mud and elevation nearly 2000' higher than im used to I hit my first mile in 6:36.  My pace stayed around this for 4 miles.  Then it happened.  Thick mud from the rain and snowfall during the night. I was able to go faster in the rut however the rut had 3-4" inches of standing water. Which made it slick so I had the choice to run in thick mud or slick watered down mud.  It was a mess. The Second place guy and third place were about 20 seconds behind me constantly.  I think I had the advantage of bushwacking through the mud before other runners got to it. Mile 10 I seemed to not be able to shake number 2 off me. This point got into rocky terrain but downhill.  I knew the last mile would have the most up of all 13 so I pushed as hard as I could down the rocky trail and dusted the competition.  My 20 second lead turned to 5 full minutes in the last 3 miles.  He mustve fell or stopped for a pottit break.  The looped course came back into town where my mud finally disipated off my soles from reaching the main road in the last half mile.  Holy cow what an incredible course! I wished it was dryer but still happy for my first official trail race.  I won a free parks pass which I am giving away on the Run4fun Facebook post.  Go over and try and win it!  Oh by the way I did have our pace group and they had a hard day trying to pace through mud.  Most made it and I got to see Bart Yasso after the race and hang out with him. I gave him one of our Pace medals Vacation Races gives our pacers for helping out.  Fun day I love the grand canyon.  

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