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The GOAL Foundation is built on the strong belief that community collaboration is vital in the success of all our endeavors. It is our mission to inspire the Greater Ogden Community and its visitors to "Get Out And Live!" by participating, volunteering and spectating at recreational events, programs and activities.

We envision a Greater Ogden community that thrives economically and is healthier in mind, body and spirit. Help us create a community of leaders through our Ambassador Program where you are able to ignite each other’s want to “Get Out And Live” and inspire the same feeling in others.

While the GOAL Foundation is widely known as producers of Ogden’s marquee running event, the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, the organization is “much more than a marathon”. With this program it’s our hope that with the help of our Ambassadors, we are able to get our story out and inspire others to “Get Out And Live”.

To become an Ogden Marathon Race Ambassador email Abby at abby@goalfoundation.com


Ogden Marathon Race Ambassadors

Bre Carter

I’m currently training for Boston Marathon (my 1st Boston and 7th marathon). 4 of those have been Ogden. It’s my favorite and one I want to make a tradition.
Caitlyn Evett

I started running about 8 years ago in college. I didn't have a clue what I was doing or what I was supposed to wear. I immediately fell in love with running after I began to run with some friends. We would go on 'adventure' runs and explore new places with no pace or destination in mind- we would run for hours, it was a blast! I actually did my first 5k race for a project in one of my classes. I wanted to experience it for myself- why people love running races so much. My love for running only grew more after that race. I did my first marathon about a year later and had the worst experience. I told myself I would never run another marathon again. I struggled with running after that and didn't run as much. A few months later, after much convincing, a friend of mine talked me into running the Ogden Marathon with her. I had the best experience! The course was breath taking with beautiful views, the volunteers were great, the downhill was even better, and the weather was perfect. I fell in love with running again and have since then ran 13 marathons (I had to go back the next year to run the Ogden again). I have a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states.

Running brings me so much joy and has helped so much in my life. There's no better way to Get Out and Live than running and no better course to run than the beautiful Ogden Marathon course!

Lisa VanDyke

My name is Lisa VanDyke, and I am stoked to be an Ogden Marathon ambassador! This race is such a part of who I am. It was my first marathon in 2015, and I audaciously attempted to Boston qualify that year. The beautiful, gentle downhill course gave me everything I was looking for, and the following April my dream was coming true as I climbed up Heartbreak Hill! I grew up in Ogden, and each time I return to this race I feel like I am coming back to my roots. If you need another reason to run this race, the volunteers are amazing – I have seen Swedish fish and even bacon offered along the course! Some people get nervous about the weather for Ogden as there have been a couple years it rained, as is true of virtually every spring race; to them I say it is worth the risk because winter training is awesome! Dealing with the heat of the summer is much more difficult on me physically. So come join me May 19 th, and let’s “run” down our dream in Ogden Canyon!
Susan Roundy

I was born and raised in Provo Utah! My intro to running came in Elementary school, my first race was the Tarahumara 5k. I came in 2nd overall, losing to an adult male. The 1st place trophy was a genuine Tarahumara hand-carved wooden ball that the Tarahumara Indians kick as they run. I ran Varsity cross-country in high school, and have run ever since. I’ve run 50 marathons and several half marathons. My favorite distance is 26.2. It’s such a satisfying accomplishment to finish a marathon. I’ve run the Ogden Marathon 2012, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, and 2017. I love the Ogden marathon because it’s a beautiful course. It runs through 2 canyons, around a reservoir, and is very scenic! The volunteers are wonderful and the organization is top notch. I keep coming back not just because it’s a few hours away from my home, but because it’s such a fun race! For these and so many other reasons, I love the Ogden Marathon!
Follow me on Instagram @runningroundy


Michael Steffensen

One of the reasons I chose Ogden as the new home for my family, is the vibrantly growing running community. Ogden is a mecca for running, and more specifically, trail running, and the world is taking notice! I love to run all over the Ogden valley, and I am personally involved with the GOAL Foundation and several Ogden running community organizations, which is why I am very excited to be an ambassador for the Ogden Marathon for 2018! I hope to run a local 100 mile ultra trail marathon in 2019, so I am working on a few "training" road marathons, along the way.

There is a great quote by W. Churchill: "If you're going through hell, keep going."


Jenet Davis

I ran my first 1/2 marathon, a fun run that was put on by my employer, in Sept of 2012, just two weeks before my 30th birthday. After finishing that, a friend convinced me that if I could run a half then I could totally do a full. I signed up for the Winter Race Circuit and the Ogden Marathon and I was hooked. Since then I have completed several marathons, 50ks and 50 milers. Utah has so many incredibly beautiful races to offer! But the Ogden Marathon course has my heart! Not only was it my first marathon but my husband, 3 kids and I live at the 6 1/2 mile mark. And if you look out on Pineview around mile 12 you can see we where we were married. I feel so lucky to be able to train on the course whenever I want. This year, 2018, will be my fifth time running the Ogden Marathon. Let's hope for sunshine again and no rain! Follow my ridiculous running adventures on Instagram @farmerJberns.

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!

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


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

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.


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!"


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.


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.

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!

Jon Hallows

I love to run because I get to be outside and enjoy the wonderful environment that Heavenly Father has given us. Plus it helps me stay in shape. Most of all I love seeing and waving at people and having fun along the way.

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


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!


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!


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.


Adrian Toledo

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