Ken ran back in high school but stopped after. However, 10 years ago Bridget was running in a fun run at her school, and Lola did not want to be left out. Lola ran the whole race with her dad, and they’ve been running together ever since. Lola was featured as the face of the Marathon 6 years ago when she and Bridget participated in the Young Runners program at their school’s YMCA and received free entries for the 5K, and the Barkemas have been supporting the GOAL Foundation ever since.
During this year’s Ogden Marathon, Ken and Lola are running the relay marathon. Lola will be bringing her team home through the finish line. Both Ken and Lola say running is about beating your own time, but it was totally obvious that Lola was excited that she can now run faster than her dad. He was pretty dang proud too. Lola recommends to other kids who’d like to start running like her, to get their parents involved and running too. It’s a fun chance to show off with your family.