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Cottonwood Heights,Ut,USA

Member Since:

May 17, 2008



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

Pony Express 50 miler  2009   13:19

*** 50K PR is 7:11 Red Mountain 50K  2010

Red Mountain 50k 2008

   Goblin Valley 50K (twice)

Antelope Island 50k


24 hours of Moab (dropped out at 42 miles)

Antelope Island 25K

***  Marathon PR is 4:50 (St. George)

14 St. George Marathons

Portland Marathon

2 Ogden Marathons

2 Park City Marathons

Top of Utah

*** Half Marathon PR is 2:18 (Bryce Canyon)

Hobble Creek Half

Provo River Half

Salt Lake City Half

Bryce Canyon Half

Painters Half

Short-Term Running Goals:

I did it!!!  Pony Express 50 miler!!   13:19 !  Oct. 16, 2009

 2011 Race Calendar:

Feb. Aloha Race - Honolulu

April Red Mountain 30K

April  SL Running Co. 5K

May Running with Angels 5K

July Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Aug. Park City Half Marathon

Oct. St. George Marathon

Sept. Little Grand Canyon Half Marathon

Provo Halloween Half Marathon

Nov. Mesquite Half Marathon

2012 Race Calendar

Jan New Years Revolution Race at Oval (14 miles)

April Red Mountain 30K

July Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Aug. Park City Half Marathon

Oct. St. George Marathon

Oct. Halloween Half Marathon

Nov. Mesquite Half Marathon

Dec. Honolulu Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay fit enough to run marathons all thru my life


I started running at age 40 (14 years ago!)  I am married to Harold, he is a super supportive husband and we enjoy running and biking the trails along the Wasatch Front together. Between us we have 7 children and 9 grandchildren.  I am really having fun trying new races in scenic parts of Utah, I am a newbie in the ultrarunning world, I am slow, but love everything about it!  I have a lot to learn,but I am enjoying the journey.  

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Race: Little Grand Canyon Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 02:45:00, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

This was my "new" race for this year and I am sure glad I picked this little gem.  Gary, Ernie and Harold and I left SLC at 3:00 and drove down to Price to pick up our packets, we heard that Groggs was a good place for dinner and ate on the patio of this little pub/diner, it was great, we could see the dark clouds coming in.... we picked up our packets at the Natural History Museum and found out it is okay to drive out to the race course and camp, if we could find it.  We found the Huntington City park and asked a fellow who was there to pick up his race packet (sorry buddy, you have to go back to Price)anyway, he pointed us in the general direction and we headed out to find the race portapotties and mile markers, after several tries on different dirt roads, in the dark and in the rain we found the course and eventually the 13 mile start, it was made clear by the 5 portapotties rather than the  single potties that lined the course.  The rain had stopped, but the ground was wet and muddy, the guys decided to rough it and set up the tent, we opted to all stay in Gary and Ernie's mansion tent, plenty of room for 2 air beds and all our gear, plus standing room.  Such luxury.   As soon as we got the tent up and visited the super clean pops we got into bed and the rain began, a pretty wild storm for about an hour, we stayed toasty and dry in our tent. 

We woke up around 6:30 after hearing some of the race volunteers drive by and got dressed and out to the start by around 7 just in time for the race.  I love not taking the early bus ride and waiting round for the race to start.  There were over 400 in the race, they did a full, half and 10k. The course was a dirt road, nice scenery, and it got better and better the further a long you went, Buckhorn Wash is beautiful with petroglyphs on the walls and tall canyon walls.  I felt  good thru the race, and  enjoyed my nice easy pace, at about mile 10 Ernie and Harold drove past me and gave me a drink of diet coke that got me thru to the end.  The finish was a real party, loud music and lots of great food, the best food I have ever had at a finish, sandwiches, veggie trays, fruit trays, someone making snow cones, and all kinds of desserts and cookies.  I checked my time, not sure why, I usually don't bother because I am in the back of the pack, but I took first place in my age group and got a beautiful glass award. I was really excited.  When I checked I was the only person in my age group, but there were still people running in when we left, so it will be interesting to see if there were others in my age group behind me. The results are not on their website yet.

After the race we explored Nine Mile Canyon and saw some beautiful petroglyphs, I love traveling with my husband Harold,and our dear friends  Ernie and Gary. They  are such good travel companions, we really have a good time together. I am lucky to have such a sweet hubby to go on these adventures with.  I really enjoy these small races in interesting locations, rather than the big city races.  I rate this a 5 star race!!  We will be back next year, Ernie wants to run it!  Harold need to bring his mountain bike! 

From Maurine/Miles on Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 16:26:10 from

Awesome. Congratulations on the age group win.

Jealous too - I need someone to go to races like this with me.

From leslie peterson on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 00:32:36 from

maurine, just found out there was one other gal in my AG behind me!!! HAHA! Still tickled pink!

From RAD on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 23:03:48 from

Don't ever need to tell anyone how many people were in the AG, just that you won! :) That is my rule anyway.

What a great race! I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to camp at the start - especially in a storm! Sounds like a 5 star race to me too. I'd totally run it for a snow cone! :) Congrats on the win and a great adventure - I love the pics on FB!

From leslie peterson on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 23:18:28 from

Rach, I was just thinking, good thing my little Smooth wasn't there!! just teasing of course, but it was fun to get 1st! we really did like the race. What is next for you? SGM? you are doing the Grand Slam, right?

From RAD on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 13:48:53 from

yes I'm doing the slam and yes SGM is next. I did Ogden and UVM so I don't have to do TOU unless I want to be in the running for prizes - HA! Not even close, so I'm good hanging out until SGM and not ruining everything I've worked for all summer!!

From Smooth on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 17:37:29 from

YAY!!! Leslie!!! U DA CHAMP!!!

Sounds like a beautiful run for a beautiful lady! How awesome to have great friends to camp and run races with. I'm gonna have to check this one out one of these years. Larry doesn't like camping though, so it might take lotsa eye-lash-batting! :)

CONGRATZ on the AG win! :)

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