6 Destination Races

February 21, 2018 by  
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6 Destination Races

By Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Racing and traveling is a great combination and many runners are taking time out for “staycations” and “race-cations.”  Racing is the best reason to travel in my opinion and I have a personal goal of racing in all fifty-states in my lifetime.  If you are looking for some beautiful and scenic races here in Utah, check out these destination-worthy races:

Canyonlands Half Marathon aka Moab Half – March 17, 2018

This is one of my personal favorites.  Runners are shuttled up to the start and the route winds down the canyon running on the road along the Colorado River ending at the Swanny City Park.  It is a well-organized early season event in Southern Utah.  This long standing event started in 1976 and offers a 10-year club. The event really draws a crowd with hundreds of participants in the half marathon and five mile event (a unique distance you don’t see too often).  Moab is a half-day drive from Denver and 3-4 hours from Salt Lake. Lodging options range from camping to family-friendly five-star hotels.  There is plenty of hiking in the area with parks nearby; Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and a large amount of BLM and Wilderness Study Area Land.  People like to explore with jeeps, ATV’s, mountain bikes, hikes, rock climbing or explore the Colorado River with white river rafting!  Learn more: https://www.madmooseevents.com/canyonlands-half-marathon

Zions Half Marathon – April 28, 2018

People travel from all over the world to experience the spender of Zions with all the many trails and beautiful scenic red rocks.  The Zions Half takes place in Virgin, Utah.  While you are there take up some horseback riding, or check out the Buffalo Trails Trading Company Restaurant/Museum to learn about the area. Traveling with kids?  Make a stop at Fort Zion’s petting farm or explore the wilderness on some mountain bikes or camp-out at the Ranch after you tour the half marathon course. The event is held on the west side of the park on Smith Mesa featuring a new route this year.  Although this race is not technically a “trail race” it is mostly dirt. Be sure and register early as this race sells out quick. Learn more: https://vacationraces.com/half-marathons/zion/

Ogden Marathon – May 19, 2018

The Ogden Marathon is the biggest single outdoor marathon in Utah and is known for its outdoor beauty and scenery with world class views and competition; it’s no wonder the phrase “Get out a live” is a commonly associated with the area. It is also the home to the Hill Aerospace Museum and Union Station.  Take your little ones to Cold Springs Trout Farm and catch fish, or tour the Botanical Gardens.  The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park is also a big hit for the family; be sure to take quarters to feed the fish there. As for the race, it draws people from all over the country to compete as well as local athletes.  A well-known Winter Run Circuit series of races; 10K, 10 miler, Half and 30K, builds up to the full or half marathon events in May.  I can attest to the beauty of this course as it literally took my breath away running down the canyon. It is so beautiful!  I also love the charitable causes that surround this event with the Goal Foundations involvement and its’ benefiting programs.  Use the discount code blonderunner18 to save $10  Learn more: https://www.ogdenmarathon.com/

Bryce Canyon Half – July 14, 2018 

Although I have not personally done this race, it is getting rave reviews from all my running friends as one of their favorites, so it’s one I am adding to my must-do list.  This event offers a half marathon, 5K and Color Me Fun Run, so it has something for everyone.  It’s well organized with great local support and each aid station has a fun theme with locals compete to win “the best aid station”.  They also offer nice tech shirts, medals and great swag.  Many stay at the Ruby Inn or if you are a camper like me, make your reservations at the nice campground.  Runners who return year after year tell me the route has beautiful scenery and the first 7 mile stretch is downhill making times fast.  While you are there, explore the sandstone cliffs on foot, by horse or ATV.  Brain Head Ski Resort is also a reason to return in colder months. Learn more: https://www.brycecanyonhalfmarathon.com/

Top of Utah Marathon – Sept. 15, 2018

The Top of Utah Marathon starts at Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge and tours the beautiful area following the river down the Blacksmith Fork Canyon and eventually winds through down town Logan; home of Utah State University, my alma mater, where I competed on scholarship as a long distance runner and running many miles there, so I can attest to Cache Valley’s great beauty.  If you get a chance, explore the hikes up Logan Canyon or stop at the small Zootah at Willow Park with your children.  I always like to stop at Gossner’s cheese for a treat after the event. There is a series of races to build you up for the big 26.2 event. This event is great for first-timer marathoners to seasoned athletes alike.  Be sure and add this race to your to-do list.  Learn more:  http://www.topofutahmarathon.com/full-marathon-home/

Snow Canyon Half Marathon– Sat. Nov. 3, 2018  

This is another beautiful and scenic race through Snow Canyon State Park.  The downhill makes for a fast race on this USATF certified route.  There is a 5K option as well running on the surrounding trails. Take in an easy hike after the event at Pioneer Park or mosey along the well marked paths of the Red Hills Desert Gardens viewing cactus and local vegetation. Other note- worthy area adventures with children include the St. George’s Children’s Museum or hit the outlets or Kayenta for some shopping. ATVs, golf, duck ponds…you name it, they have it in this great desert mecca. Learn more: https://www.sgcity.org/sportsandrecreation/races/snowcanyonhalf5kkidsrun

Happy Running,

Coach Lora

Coach Lora Erickson is originally from Colorado and was recruited to run for the 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, triathlon, cycling and swimming coach and has been coaching for over 25 year. She has a true passion for health promotion  and especially loves to work with beginners.  She offers online and in-person coaching as well as small group and community classes. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com

Ogden Marathon & Half Marathon Discount Code

March 1, 2017 by  
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I am super excited to Ambassador for the Ogden Marathon & Half Marathon.  I did the half marathon last year and it was so pretty to run down the canyon and I was honored to place 1st Overall Female Master’s.  What a great race!  Use the code “blonderunner” and get $10 off the Marathon, Half or Relay.  Let me know if you need help with training. Invite a friend! Such a great race! Have fun!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

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Win a Spot in the Utah Valley Marathon, Half or 10K race

February 27, 2017 by  
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This is a great event.  Enter for your chance to win.  Don’t want to wait?  Use the code br15 to get 15% – Get Registered.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Need help with training?  Contact Coach Lora directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com

2016 Blonde Runner Race Season Review

November 16, 2016 by  
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coach lora 2nd place soldier marathonThis has been a busy year with races and travel starting with the 1st place division win at the March Madness Half Marathon followed by a memorable Oceanside 70.3 Ironman event in April (Read the Oceanside Race Report). That was a tough race beginning with a difficult choppy ocean swim leading to salt-water consumption that affected my race causing GI issues during the ride and ultimately lead to a slow run with more bathroom breaks than I care to admit. Needless to say it was a huge disappointment as I had trained hard for this event and was prepared to have a strong performance.  It is hard to start out the triathlon season with a bad race but I was determined to prove to myself how strong my running was so in May I took on the Ogden Half Marathon completing it in a time of 1:34 taking the 1st Overall Masters spot in a major downpour and chilly conditions.  While that eased the blow of the Oceanside bomb it was still a difficult race to “get over.”  I resolved to learn from it and tackle my swim aversion, cycling fears and cope better with past injury; unexpectedly winning a trip to Hawaii to train with Dave Scott and compete in the Honu 70.3 Ironman event really helped.  It made me face an open water salty ocean swim head-on again.  I ended up having a strong swim in Hawaii (the clear warm ocean water was awesome!) and subsequently I placed 9th in my division with a strong bike and run. I was pleased with the performance and will always cherish the memories I made there with Dave Scott and the BioAstin community.  What an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!  I moved forward with my plans on doing the Boulder 70.3 Ironman the following weekend since I had already signed-up.  I knew it was going to be tough with extra travel and jetlag.  My body would be tired from racing a 70.3 only 7 days before. The back-to-back 70.3 was tougher than I expected leading to severe leg and feet cramping starting on the ride and worsening on the run so it was a victory just to finish.  I was still glad I did it and have a lot more sympathy for those that deal with cramping regularly.  That has never happened to me before. After this event I started building my miles for the Vineman Ironman in July. This was my main focus for the year.  As always Ironman training is time consuming and you put a lot into one race so it was upsetting to be struck by another cyclist during a training century ride just three-weeks before the event in a freak accident.  Up to that point my injured knee was able to handle 18 miles without much pain which was great progress.  Last year while training for the Maryland Ironman I was experiencing pain at mile 11, so I was running stronger this year.  I was also riding and swimming strong in training so the hit to the knee left me not knowing how my knee would hold up in the race.  Unfortunately the hilly cycling course proved too much for my knee and my ride and run was severely compromised foiling my attempts of qualifying for Kona but I didn’t let that bring me down.  It was on my 44th birthday and I was please to finish my 2nd Ironman despite a slow performance.  After some time off I was determined to get my knee stronger to tolerate more miles so I built my volume slowly and finished out the season with a 2nd place division win at the Soldier Marathon in November in Georgia to honor my Samantha and other loved ones (RaceForGrief.com).  I am happy to report my knee held up really well and only started to bother me at mile 22, so that was more progress!  I was also pleased to be able to mark-off three states towards my 50-states goal this year:  Alabama, Georgia & Hawaii.  Learn more: A Journey To Race in All 50-states

I am pleased to report that I will be recognized as an Ironman All-World Silver athlete (top 5% in my division in the world) during the 2016 season.

Over all it was a busy season with lots of training, travel and learning opportunities, in total I completed; two 100-mile century rides, two ½ marathons, three 70.3 Half Ironman events, one Ironman & one marathon this year. It was a full race schedule!  As always I appreciate the opportunity to compete and do what I love.  Thank you to my family, friends and sponsor support.  I couldn’t do it without you!  I am looking forward to a successful 2017 season.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

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Run the Salt Lake Races in 2017 – 20% discount code

November 2, 2016 by  
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salt-lake-2017-discount-codeThere are a lot of great local races and the Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City races are one of them.  The race will be held on April 22, 2017 and they have something for everyone from a full Marathon, Half Marathon to cycling and skate events.  Check out the Salt Lake City Marathon events! #SLCMarathon

If you need some help training, let me know.  I’d love to coach you to a new PR!  Learn more

Use the code blonderunnerslc17 to save 20%.  Share with a friend.  Have fun! Get Registered

March Madness Half Marathon: First Place AG

March 7, 2016 by  
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IG post blonderunner 3.5.2016My last race was Ironman Maryland, then I took some time completely off running to see if I could get my knee to feel better. It looks like to rest has paid off as it felt pretty good today. I was pleased to start my racing season with a solid first place division win at a local half marathon today. It was a training race to dial in my numbers. It was fun to see so many friends today. Up next: Oceanside 70.3 in four weeks. I am super excited about it! ‪#‎triathlon‬ ‪#‎swimbikerun‬ ‪#‎blonderunner‬ ‪#‎athlete‬ ‪#‎halfmarathon‬ ‪#‎trainingrace‬ ‪#‎firstplace‬ ‪#‎running‬ ‪#‎familysupport‬ ‪#‎sponsorsupport‬
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Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

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Salt Lake City Races – Discount Code

IG postOne of my absolute favorite races that I did this year was the Salt Lake Half Marathon in April.  It was well organized, marked well and just fun!  I love big races because you always have someone to run with.  Come join in the fun next year – they also have other race distance options.  Use the code blonderunnerslc16 to save $5, be sure and choose me from the ambassador list (Blonde Runner – Lora Erickson).  Prices go up tomorrow at midnight.  Come join in the fun!  http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com/