Race Report: Salt Lake City Half Marathon

April 23, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Races

There are many local races that I really enjoy and the Salt Lake Half Marathon is one of them. Not only was the weather perfect this year but the race was organized incredibly well. It’s amazing to me that such a large race can run so smoothly with literally thousands of participants and many different events. They offered a full marathon, half, bike tour, 10K, 5K & Kids K. I opted to sign up for the half marathon since I will be doing Ironman Texas only one week later.
After parking downtown by the finish we used Trax to take us to the start (Olympic Legacy Bridge) using our bib as a ticket to ride. It took about 20 minutes to get there. The starting area was fun, with music, water tables, porta-potties, and lots of runners. It always gets me excited to be around so many other runners that enjoy this sport as much as I do! After dropping off the morning clothes bag we headed to the starting line and lined up in our assigned corral. We were organized into groups based on our expected finish time. I was in Corral B which started 30 sec after the first wave (A). When we started it was nice and not over crowded. Traffic control was great and many roads were closed to traffic which I love, this means no stops to break my rhythm. Aide stations were well stocked with water, gatorade & gels and the volunteers were well trained & educated and cheerful. I also loved the many time clocks on course and each mile was marked accurately. The spectators were plentiful along the course and it was fun to share the first 9 miles with the marathoners and then the final miles with the 10K & 5K participants. Everything was well marked and it was fun to experience the city of Salt Lake on foot surrounded by running friends. Races are fun for me as I was able to say hello to many of my running friends, it’s like a reunion! The finish is always so enjoyable and it always feels good to run down that finish chute and be awarded a medal 🏅around your neck. You know you’ve earned it! The medals were so cool as they double as a bottle opener and sun-catcher with the blue background behind the iconic wasatch mountain range. The fun spin charm was added to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of this race.

As we continued through the athlete finish area they handed us water and had lots of food available for us; chips with guacamole, oranges, banana, Shasta Sparking water, Creamies, drinkable yogurt, granola bars etc…
The bib number also had a unique QR code to scan for immediate results (very cool!). My preliminary results indicated I was first in my division which was exciting!  Check out the athlete IG post @TheBlondeRunner
Final results: 
I was awarded a cool drink coaster age-group award. Check out the coach IG @CoachLoraErickson

A fun bonus to this race was an option to have your name complimentary engraving on your finish medal! They even had massages at the end that I took advantage of.  Overall this was an amazing experience and I highly recommend this race! Watch for my 20% off discount code on my discount code list
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Happy Running,
Coach Lora


#runthecapital #SLCmarathon @SaltLakeCityMarathon

St. Patty’s Day 10K/5K Races – Davis County, Utah Giveaway

January 5, 2018 by  
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I just love to support local races! This is often how people get started and continue living a healthy lifestyle, which I love as a Coach! There is a great family friendly race that has been around for about 7 years now and promises great fun with a free 1 mile kids race, obstacle course, and yummy pancake breakfast. Check out the St. Patty’s March Run Walk on March 17, 2018 in Layton, Utah! They offer a 10K & 5K. Since it’s on St. Patrick’s Day participants are encouraged to dress in green! Come join the fun! Use the code Blonderunner2018 to save 15% Prices go up in February.
Happy Running,
Coach Lora Erickson
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Front Runner Century Discount Code

April 14, 2016 by  
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Front Runner Century

Who is doing the Front Runner Century with me? Use the discount code blondrunner2016 (note: no “e”) and join in the fun next weekend.  I’ve done this event many times and it’s great!  What I really like about it is it’s one way and you get to ride the train back to Salt Lake.  Come join in the fun on Saturday April 23, 2016.

Get registered

To learn more visit http://www.frontrunnercentury.com/

Salt Lake City Marathon Discount Code

Ok peeps. The Salt Lake races are just a few days away. I did the half last year and it was seriously one of the most organized races I’ve done with timing clocks on route, pacers and a great expo. It’s not too late to sign-up and they have other events besides the Full/half marathon available like the bike tour, 5K, skate etc. Check it out and use the code blonderunnerslc16 to save $5


Such a great event!

Salt Lake Half collage 4.14.2016


Thanksgiving Day Races at the South Davis Recreation Center

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Product Reviews, Races, Weight Loss

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It’s time to start preparing and training for the annual Thanksgiving Day races at the South Davis Recreation Center.  This year they will be offering a 10K, 5K and kids K on Thanksgiving Day morning (Thurs. Nov. 28).  Come join in the fun and bring the whole family.

Give Back to the Community – Food Drive:  Bring in a can of food and get $1 off registration (up to $3)

Better get registered.  Early bird pricing ends Oct. 20.

Get registered

Learn more

Want to volunteer? Message me at lora@blonderunner.com

A Journey to race in all 50 states

June 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews, Races


Updated 5.7.2018

Some time ago, I am not sure exactly when (many years ago), I hatched the idea of racing in all 50 states.  I revisited the idea one day when I got curious to know exactly how many organized races I have done in my lifetime.  So I dug out my old High School and College scrapbooks & training logs and starting putting together a log of all the races I have participated in over the years.

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Wow, it was so neat to look back at all the old newspaper clippings and photos.  Although I discovered I only had a few pictures; just the ones given to me by other team members parents and the ones in the newspapers.  I am so thankful for them now!  I was a poor college student (thank goodness for scholarships).  I didn’t own a camera and quite frankly it’s hard to get a picture of yourself in a race, and my “in the zone” running pictures aren’t so glamorous if you know what I mean.  I was also fun to look through some more recent photos.  blonde-runner-fan-page-photo

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 Finish pictures arm up Lora Erickson IMMDAs I looked through the albums I logged each race listing the date, race name, location, distance and results.  Wow, I have raced a lot over the last 30 something years!  It was fun to re-live some of those great race experiences and see how many states I had raced in.  High School and College running has taken me to many of the western states, but I still have a lot of states to visit.  I have always wanted to see more of America and what better way to do it than racing in all 50 states!


I know I have a lot of people that visit my website from all over America and I’d love to hear from you.  I am looking for well established Friday or Saturday races (that won’t be cancelled) and are not super long (5K, 10K, ½ marathon, night runs, and possible Sprint/Oly triathlons).  I am not opposed to throwing in some 1/2 IM or IM events in there, but they are just a bit more expensive and harder to get to.  It would be great if the race covered more than one state too. 

All the states not marked off are the states I still need to do (lots, I know):

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, TexasUtah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming

What races do you think I should do in each State?  Do you any travel tips about the best months to visit, or bad weather months I should avoid.  (Weekday or Saturday races only, I prefer not to race on Sunday).  If you know of any deals on hotels, race discounts, discounted flights, host families willing to help please let me know.  There is no particular deadline for me, I just want to accomplish this in my lifetime.  I am excited about this adventure! 

~ Coach Lora Erickson



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