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Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon

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Tooele & Ivins,UT,USA

Member Since:

Oct 30, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

St. George Marathon 20-year Club (completed 24)

Boston Marathon 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017

Running for 35 years, logged 54,000 miles since 1982. 36 marathons.

Old Man PR's:

5K = 19:58 - July 4th Freedom Run 7/4/08

6K = 26:38 - Cold Turkey Rrrun, 11/23/06

10K = 43:00 - Deseret News, 7/24/08

1/2 Marathon = 1:32:54 - Hobble Creek, 8/23/08

Marathon = 3:23:13 - St. George, 10/4/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Best: 3:35:07, 4/21/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Worst:  DNF, 4/18/11 


Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep running!

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running for another 20 years.


Married for 40 years to a wonderful and supportive wife. She's run 2 marathons herself in our earlier years so that helps.  4 boys, all married, and 8 grandchildren.  2 sons are runners. I celebrated 35 years of running madness, insanity, or at least OCD, on August 23rd, 2017. 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Nike Free Lifetime Miles: 22.50
Saucony Peregrine Trail Lifetime Miles: 318.15
Asics 2000 Aqua #2 Lifetime Miles: 419.50
Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Lifetime Miles: 393.10
Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Lifetime Miles: 610.30
Saucony Peregrine Trail #2 Lifetime Miles: 168.40
Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Lifetime Miles: 355.00
Race: Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:52:44, Place overall: 399, Place in age division: 5
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon. 1:52:44. 8:36 A.P. 5th of 24 in M60-64 Division.  200/443 Men's Race.  399/1313 Total field. 

What's hapenng with men's road racing in the 21st century?  According to the race results there were a total of 1313 finishers this year.  Only 443 of those were male runners. That's just 34%.  I know that women have been outnumbering the men for quite a while in the 1/2 marathon, and likely other distances, but is this ratio pretty typical for all 1/2 marathons right now?  Seems a bit more out of balance than ever.  Come on guys!

Women's racing is generally more exciting to watch however.  Many major marathons have closer and exciting finishes with the women's race than with the men.  It was great to see Shalane Fanagan put away the field in the final 5K yesterday at the NYC Marathon! 

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 13.00
From Burt on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 at 08:24:32 from

I've noticed that trend, also. Nice job on the sub 2.

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