Yet another blog from some random dude training for Ironman and beyond

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This past weekend I hit the road and visited St. George for the Intermountain Race Managers Roundtable.

I’m not technically a race director, though that might come in the near future. I will, however, promote a handful of events that — if I’m lucky — will attract several hundred particpants. So I thought I’d sit around in sponge mode and just learn as much as possible from the 20-30 race directors that were there to discuss ways to make their events more successful in pretty much all areas.

We talked about social media, caps, lotteries, planning, marketing, etc., etc.

Lots of good information and I met a lot of good people with some great ideas. Hopefully I can take some of those ideas and use them.

Not entirely coincidentally, I took my bike. And my running shoes.

I mean, it was 60+ degrees and sunny skies. How could I not take my bike and my running shoes.

As part of the IRMR I was given an entry into the St. George half marathon or 5K. I didn’t quite feel up to 13.1 miles, so I opted for the shorter run and had a pretty good experience. I didn’t push the pace at all and just ran tempo but clocked in at 26:09 — good enough for 11th in the Men’s 40-44 age group. Not too bad, not too good, but OK. I was just working out, not truly racing, so my time and place weren’t really a consideration.

I’m not even ashamed to admit I got chicked — by a mom pushing a triple stroller with three kids in it. (more…)

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Paths

Short lesson in why I like living where I do.

Here’s the Jordan River Parkway as maintained by West Jordan City on Monday morning.

And here is the Jordan River Parkway as maintained by Murray 20 seconds later on Monday morning after I was forced to turn around on my run.

Same trail, just a couple of blocks apart.

Murray’s Parks and Recreation Department has plows on the trail just about every day there is snow on it. They make it a safe place to run, walk or ride a bike — even in winter.

West Jordan, however, ignores the trail, making it a dangerous and unwelcoming place to run, walk or bike — even in summer when there are big weeds and thorn bushes encroaching onto the path.

As a result, the Murray section of the Jordan River Parkway has a lot of visitors throughout the year. Several parks and even some short, but sweet sections of single track — not to mention a large and impressive Nature Center with wetlands and a fare share of wildlife — can be found along the 4-5 miles of path. West Jordan’s section of the trail has a couple of parking lots and a couple of picnic tables. But not much in the way of users except for those runners and cyclists hoping to extend their route a few extra miles.

I can, and have, used the parkway many times for training as well as some quality father-son or daddy-daughter time.

Murray … I love you.