DAN AND MELINDA KERNS
Melinda is 43 years old and is married to Dan Kerns. She has 3 children: Crystal - 21, Carli - 19, Connor - 16 and dog Mia the Boxer. Melinda is a Flight Attendant and lives in North Ogden.
HERE ARE A FEW FACTS ABOUT MELINDA:
Years running: 14
Weekly mileage: 50
Favorite race distance or race: I love relays; like the XTERRA, triathlons or marathons. It is so fun to work as a team.
PR- (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: 5K Memorial Day run with Mia - 22:33. Marathon PR is 3:29.
Favorite training run: "Meadow Run" trails above my home in the mountains.
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): "Enjoy the journey" and I love my social time with whoever I am running with.
Goals: Stay healthy, be strong and enjoy running for the many years to come.
Favorite music to run to: Country and 80's.
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): (Summer) - Tank top, Nike Shorts and Mizuno shoes.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: "It's better to be a smart runner than a fast runner."
Best motivational quote: "That which does not kill you only makes you stronger."
Your role model: All of my 18 girlfriends in our running group. I take something special from each one and put it all together and that is the greatest role model.
Favorite food: Seafood, brownies, diet coke and chocolate.
Hobbies or interests other than running: Ironman Triathlons.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I just really like to enjoy life with my family, husband, my dog Mia and my running group (all girls). Work is overrated!
Dan is 49 years old. His hometown is Pueblo, CO where is parents still live. Dan has 3 siblings in Indiana, Colorado and Texas. Wife Melinda and 3 grown kids. Dan is a Logistics Specialist Managing Radar Systems for the US Air Force.
HERE ARE A FEW FACTS ABOUT DAN:
Years running: 30
Weekly mileage: 50
Favorite race distance or race: 10 Miler
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: Winning the Standard "Classic" 10K in 36:34 and running the St.George Marathon in 2:47. Moat memorable was my first marathon in Durango, CO - ran 3:10 in trail shoes.
Favorite training run: Running a figure "8" 13 miler in North Ogden: taking the Mountain Road, Fruitland Dr., Lomand View Dr., climbing 900 W. and finishing at the top of Washington Blvd.
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): I love the mental escape and the physical fitness results.
Goals: Stay healthy and run as long as I can.
Favorite music to run to: I never listen to music when running. Favorite music is Third Day, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis.
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): If New Balance made a car I'd drive it!!! Favorite shoe is New Balance 826 performance shoe.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: Learn to love GU's, Gatorade and to cross train.
Best motivational quote: "I've yet to regret a run" - mine.
Your role model: My Wife (Melinda) - When I rise at 4:30am to go to work, she's going for a run no matter what the weather.
Favorite food: Blueberry pancakes, chocolate donuts and seafood.
Hobbies or interests other than running: Cooking and biking.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I feel blessed just to be able to run everyday.