Ogden Marathon Race Ambassadors
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Ogden Marathon Race Ambassadors

Sarah Taylor

I'm Sarah from Fit Ele. I'm a wife and stay at home mom of 4. I love to camp, travel, play in the mountains, laugh with my family, and run. Running started out as something I did to lose weight and stay healthy. I ran races because it gave me motivation to exercise consistently. Now I run races because running is something I'm intensely passionate about! I qualified for Boston for the first time in Ogden last year and I'm hoping to PR and qualify here again this year! Nothing feels as good as accomplishing goals you once thought were impossible. Nothing beats a runners high!
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Sarah Schlichter

As a former college softball player, I was looking for a new way to stay in shape after college athletics ended. I've always been active and with a little push from my now-husband, took up running. I've grown to love the sport, and have learned so much about myself along the way. I've also met great people and been to some amazing places through running. I've run 6 half marathons, completed my first marathon last fall and look forward to running Ogden in April. Aside from running, I also love to spend time in the kitchen. I'm a Registered Dietitian, so my typical day revolves around food - cooking food, talking about food with clients and trying new food. Through my blog, Bucket List Tummy (www.bucketlisttummy.com), I share healthy recipes, nutrition tips and information, and love to talk about running.

In health,

Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN, LDN

Healthy Blogger at Bucket List Tummy

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Lora Erickson, AKA The Blonde Runner

Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete placing top 5% in the world in her triathlon division. Lora comes from a running background and was recruited from Colorado to run for University and Utah & Utah State University where she finished up her degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora is a certified running, cycling and swimming coach and has been coaching for over 25 years and has a true passion for health promotion. She especially loves to work with beginners. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com
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Rob Bruderer

Running is one of the easiest sports to get into. You buy a pair of running shoes and your gym is just out your front door.

Growing up, my dad was a marathoner. Although I was too young to remember going to the finish line to watch him run in, he continued to run most every morning of my childhood.

So it wasn’t hard to get ‘hooked’ when my older sister challenged me to a half marathon back in 2011. It was very motivating for me to train hard so my older sister wouldn’t beat me.

After the half I thought there was no way I could ever do a full. Something must have changed because in 2012, I decided I was going to run a full. I was devastated when I tried to register for the Ogden and it had sold out in record time. Fortunately, I was able to get a spot with the Huntsman Hometown Heroes. It was very humbling and inspiring to run and raise money for cancer research.

While running the Ogden Marathon, I fell even more in love with running. It is a beautiful route and it is easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of the event. The folks at the Get Out and Live (GOAL) Foundation know how to put together a memorable and enjoyable event.

Signing up for an event is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to achieve your fitness and health goals. As luck would have it, the GOAL Foundation has the right race for you. Make sure you pick something that is going to stretch you physically and mentally. Find a training plan that will prepare you and stick with it. I am sure you’ll get ‘hooked’ like the rest of us.

I plan to see each of you at the start and finish line! Please don’t hesitate to contact me, or follow my running adventures at “Mr. and Mrs. Brimmed Hat” located at http://www.bruderer.org.

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Jennie Payne

The Ogden Marathon....where do I start?

I'm an Ogden girl born and bred. There isn't much about this town that I'm not familiar with. This is my home turf. This is where I began to run. I ran track in high school, but never excelled. During college I started to run for health, but quickly found the enjoyment and sanity it gave me. After completing an internship in Washington D.C. in 1994, I decided to enter my first 5k. Days before the race I switched to the 10k. Within two months I completed my first marathon... I was HOOKED!!!!!

Since then I have run in over 29 full marathons, countless half marathons, ultra marathons and two 50 milers! Some people call me crazy. I just run. Well, I run A LOT. I'm actually nearing 600 consecutive days of running without a break. That's running while sick, with an ingrown toenail, pulled muscles, or twisted ankles. I just run.

For the last 8 years I have been running the Ogden Marathon whether the full, the half, or the relay. I run the marathon in the rain and sun filled blue skies. I've placed and I've paced. I've cried tears of joy and tears of sorrow. For me, this is an adventure I look forward to every year and couldn't imagine not being a part of it. The scenery on the course is breath taking, the volunteers are the best around, and of course you can't have a successful marathon without Get Out And Live! If anyone were to ask me where to do their first marathon or half marathon there is no option because I can't even get the words out fast enough to say, "You HAVE to run the OGDEN MARATHON!"

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Stacy Bernal

The Ogden Marathon literally changed the course of my life. In 2008 I was working at Roosters in Layton. The owners, Kym & Pete, wanted to put relay teams together, so I signed up and was assigned the first leg of the relay, which was also the longest at seven miles. I was terrified. I started training and hated every minute of it. I swore after I fulfilled this obligation, I would never run again.

At this same time in my life, I was going through a divorce and finding out that my son was autistic. Life was stressful to say the least.

On the day of the race, I was a bundle of nerves. When the gun shot went off, I joined the multitude of runners and fell into a groove with my friend Ben by my side. When we got to the exchange point that ended our portion of the run, I was exhilarated and sore as hell. We hobbled onto the bus that took us down to the finish line. As we winded through the canyon, I watched the marathoners from the window. I couldn't believe these people were running 26.2 miles.

When we got to the finish line, we cheered in runners for a couple hours. Tears streamed from my eyes as I saw the triumph on everyone's faces. I decided then that I would run the marathon the next year. In 2009, I became a marathoner, which set off a series of events that changed who I am today.

I fell in love with Ogden. I found myself in those moments of pounding the pavement. I learned I'm a fighter, a survivor. I'd fall and pick myself up. I went back to college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from WSU in 2013. I married the most amazing man. I had another child. I learned how to parent a special needs child. I got involved with the community. I ran five more marathons, six Ragnars, and two triathlons. I learned to Get Out And Live.

I owe so much to Kym, the Ogden Marathon, and the GOAL Foundation. I am incredibly proud to be an ambassador for this race. I hope to inspire others to find their inner Super Hero.

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Paige Huff

I grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to Ogden for undergraduate, I lived in Ogden for 6 years. I am now back in Salt Lake, but Ogden still owns my heart. I have always hated running, in all honesty, I despised it. I would see people running as I passed them in my car and would watch them in jealousy as well as bewilderment because I did not understand their motivation. After I had my daughter, getting back into shape was a huge focus of mine. I wanted to be healthy for myself, but also for her. I started running because it was something I could do around my neighborhood. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I love it! It was mind freeing and challenging. I signed up for 5k’s and found that I enjoyed them. I pushed myself to go further than a 5k, but never really had a desire to run competitively or long distance. This year, I completed Mountain 2 Metro. This race had enough challenge mixed with beautiful scenery. I loved the race and left feeling so accomplished. After completing, I knew that I had to train for a ½. I have volunteered at the finish line for the Ogden Marathon for a few years and I have seen the excitement, accomplishment, and dedication of the runners that cross that line. I have decided I want to be part of that group. I want my daughter to be there and to see that I did it. So I guess in a long breathed explanation, my motivation for running is to challenge myself to be a better version of me so that I can be a role model for my daughter.
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Karen Bishop

I love Ogden! I have lived in the Ogden area for almost 30 years now. I can't think of a more beautiful area to live and run.

I love to run. I started running in 2010 as a way to motivate me to exercise. It turned into something I really love to do. Running makes me happy and feel accomplished because it is something I am doing just for ME! I have ran 16 full marathons all around the state of Utah. 2017 will be my fourth Ogden marathon. I think Ogden is my favorite race because the course is so beautiful and I know it very well. I also love running in the spring time because it gives me motivation to train all through the winter. Find me on Instagram at "loves2runn" and we can motivate each other in training for this wonderful race!

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Sue Oldroyd

I talked a group of girlfriends into running the first Ogden marathon with me in 2001. We drove up early Saturday morning, ran the race with a few hundred runners and got a keychain medal at the finish. Since then the finish line location has changed and the medals have become HUGE. There are now thousands of runners participating in several distances and relays on marathon day but somehow the race is still personal and well managed. I've run marathons in London, Paris, New York City and Boston but Ogden is seriously my favorite. I love the course and I love the way it is run. I hope I can keep running the Ogden Marathon for many more years to come!

Sue Oldroyd, Millcreek, Utah

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Kiesha Baldwin

If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day, or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. - John Bingham

Isn’t that a great quote? One of my favorites. I love the running community! I’ve been at this thing for 20+ years and I still get blown away by the amazing camaraderie that running brings. I may be a bit of a running junkie. This year alone I have participated in 14 races. 1 10k, 1 15k, 2 relays, 3 trail, and 7 halfs. Haha! I can’t help it, I just love being around you people! I am self proclaimed HALF CRAZY as it is my very favorite distance. I love the speed of it and have been successful in competition. The training fits in nicely with my busy Mom/Wife life and I find it more maintainable. HOWEVER, 2017 is the year folks! My baby started preschool so my long run schedule just opened up. I haven’t ran a full marathon since 2002. I’m ready to take the plunge! I have ran the Ogden marathon as a relay for the past 3 years and LOVE the course. What better venue for a full marathon decade (and a half) debut! I’m ready. Who’s coming with me? Let’s do it!

Find me on Instagram or Facebook as @runzaround and we can connect and cheer for each other. We can do hard things!

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Natalie Wheeler

I started running just over 3 years ago this October. I signed up for the Ogden half so I would have something to work towards.

Three main reasons I started:

#1 To take care of my body

#2 Having a child with special needs who struggles to walk, let alone run

#3 Watching my oldest son on the Davis High Cross Country team & thinking running looks pretty awesome!

Looking back now I wish I would have taken this up years ago. I love that no one can run the race for you, it's all you! I love the atmosphere of race day and races in general. You have people all different shapes and sizes with the same goal. It's such a positive energy.

2017 will be my third Ogden Half Marathon. I have yet to experience a dry course, so I am really looking forward to that! Ha, ha.

Sign up and Get Out And Live with me! See you at the starting line!

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Malinda Williams

A little about me.... I was born and raised in Ogden so Ogden has always had my heart! I didn't start running until 2015. I had friends that ran and I would see them post pictures on social media so I got inspired. I had just turned 30 and knew I wanted to scratch something off my bucket list so knowing that the Ogden marathon went by my apartment I decided to participate instead of spectate. I signed up for the half marathon that year and started training. I immediately fell in love with running. By race day i was excited, nervous, scared and had no idea how emotional I'd get. The race started that year with a gun shot and an immediate down poor of rain. I had so many emotions flow through my body that the rain didn't stop me. By mile 3 I had tears streaming down my face; I was proud of myself, I was amazed I was doing this, I couldn't believe the beautiful views. I saw my home town in a whole new light. When I came out of the canyon I again had tears streaming down my face. By the end of the race I was hooked on running. When October 2015 came around to sign up for the 2016 marathon I immediately signed up to run the half again and the Strider's winter race circuit. At every race in the circuit that I ran, I was amazed and impressed by everyone in the running community and their encouragement of each other. The views where amazing. I feel like this is where I grew as a runner, was challenged and my love and passion for running grew. When 2016 race day came it of course rained again. I again never let the rain stop me. I took in the views and I again cried coming out of the canyon. I came into the last mile with a huge smile on my face. As I crossed the finish line and was wrapped in a blanket by an amazing volunteer and handed my medal tears came to my eyes; I finished my second half marathon with a PR and did all of this in my home town, this beautiful city with its amazing history and rich culture. I feel so blessed and partially spoiled that I get to run in this amazing city that has such a huge running community with amazing views and rich history, while at the same time able to call it my home.

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Adrian Toledo

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