Our October Runner Spotlight, Ron Remkes, has an awesome story to tell; his whole family does, but we'll get to them soon. Ron's story starts in 1998 when at age 41 he ran the old Las Vegas Marathon back when the event was staged in February. After running the Vegas Marathon (3:59), later that same year he also went on to finish the Des News and St. George marathons. Those races started a running career for Ron that's still running strong 13 years later (pun intended). In addition to being a member of the 10 year club at St. George, Ron's one of a handful of people who has run the Ogden Marathon every single year since it started in 2001 ( I believe there's only 8-9 runners who can make that claim). Ron's running accomplishments are epic, he's done it all with finishes at the Top of Utah Marathon, Tri-State Marathon, Lost Dutchman Marathon, Grizzly Marathon, Haulin Aspen Marathon and the inaugural Morgan Valley Marathon (2011). Ron ran the original "Classic" 10K in Ogden for several years as well as the original NUTS series leading up to the Ogden Marathon. We love seeing Ron at the Striders Winter Racing Circuit. The Squaw Peak 50 mile ultra marathon in Provo is arguably the toughest 50 miler on the planet and Ron has finished it 7 times! As an ultra runner Ron has conquered the Buffalo Run 50, American River 50, Moab's Red Hot 55K, the Ogden Valley 50 (twice) and he's finished the extremely difficult El Vaquero Loco 50K in Wyoming a couple of times. He's ready to run another OV50 in a few weeks, this after finishing the St. George Marathon last Saturday. In total, Ron has finished over 22 ultra races. It all came together for Ron this past August when he finished the Lean Horse 100 mile trail run in South Dakota in an incredible time of 27 hours. His family was there to watch this incredible accomplishment, in fact he ran the whole thing with his sister-in-law Jamie; how cool is that? I bet Ron & Jamie have some stories to tell from that 100 mile adventureJ. Ron comes from a great family; we love them all. Ron is one of those guys who are just easy to be around and a lot of fun to run with. I'm sure you've seen him in his Roosters shirt (he'll run for beer) and American flag running down Ogden canyon during the marathon; in fact he's probably the only guy who can run a whole marathon with a smile on his face. We're certainly fortunate to have him as a friend. You can read all about Ron at www.stridersrunning.com
September was a crazy month for us as STRIDERS. We started the month with the Huntsville ½ Marathon & 5K. It was a success where we were able to raise some money for the Weber State University track team. Two days later we were out at Hooper's Tomato Days 5K on Labor Day lending a hand with their race. A few days after that Kristin and the whole family and some friends helped get me through another Wasatch 100. 2 weeks later at the Bear 100 in Logan I helped a little at that race and witnessed some amazing finishes, these 100 mile races always are so inspiring. Anyway, we have some pictures out there, my Wasatch 100 report and race recaps from these events at www.stridersrunningblog.com
Early registration for the 2012 Winter Racing Circuit is now available online at www.strideracing.com or in person at STRIDERS. We also have details and a downloadable form available at www.stridersrunning.com October is the best month to register all 5 races at only $100. Registration will go up at midnight on Halloween night. Here are the 2012 WRC dates:
February 11th 5K (Dee Events Center, WSU)
February 25th 10K (Dee Events Center, WSU)
March 10th 10M (Dee Events Center, WSU)
April 7th Half-Marathon (South Fork to Red Moose Lodge, Eden)
April 28th 30K (Red Moose Lodge, Eden)
The Layton Marathon is back again this year on October 8th, THIS SATURDAY! This is the second annual Layton Marathon with a new point-to-point half-marathon course. Details at www.laytonmarathon.com
The Antelope Island Mountain View Trail ½ Marathon is on and scheduled for October 15th and the Antelope Island 100K & 50K is scheduled for November 5th. All the details at www.buffalorun.org
October 15th also marks the 10th Annual Fire House Run at Hill Air Force Base. There's three distances to choose from: 5K, 10K and the new 15K. It's absolutely FREE. To get HAFB access, please go to www.utahrunning.com and follow the registration instructions. For questions please call 801-777-3021 and ask to speak to Breen Lowman or Jeffrey Beck.
The afternoon (4:00pm) of October 15th at Syracuse Jensen Park there's the Race for Grace 5K, Kids K & Carnival. Registration is available at www.active.com Proceeds from the race and carnival will benefit the family of little Gracie Kaye Hinds, who is in a coma at the U of U Children's Hospital. There are flyers at STRIDERS and a Facebook group called RACE FOR GRACE for more details. Same 5K and Kids K course as our Memorial Day race.
Farmington Elementary has its Monster Dash 5K on October 15th at 10:30am. There's also a kids obstacle course. Registration and details at www.roadrunner5k.com
OV50 - October 22nd. Registration is available at STRIDERS. Race is limited to 50 runners; we're just over half way full. Finishers receive a tech shirt and finishers medal, but the swag bag is INCREDIBLE. There's Chili and baked potatoes at the finish line along with all the trimmings. Old Snowbasin road is a mess so it looks like we're going to use the course from 2006 - http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=65654
I rode the course this past weekend; it's amazing but climbing over trappers is tough. Bring your best set of legs. Pacers will be allowed at mile 27. If you have registered for the race already, look for an email in the next day or so.
Up-and-Over trail race is scheduled for October 29th in North Ogden. Stay tuned for details.
JOHN AND KRISTIN WOJCIECHOWSKI
For a full list of Utah running events, be sure to visit www.utahrunning.com