This weekend thousands of people from all different backgrounds will be pounding the pavement for all for kinds of reasons in the Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half. In just its second year, the race has grown from 1,000 to 4,000 participants, with 25 percent coming from outside of
That growth is huge. I’m guessing it has something to do with the spectacularly beautiful course, fall colors, oh yeah and it’s pretty much all downhill.
But, when you talk to a lot of marathoners… the course rarely has anything to do with why they’re running. The reasons often times are deeply personal. This week, I got to meet two courageous
There’s Lisa Calderwood (pictured), a mom from Midway, who was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer last year. She has completed a couple half marathons since undergoing surgery, radiation and chemo. This will be her first full marathon. She says it’s an item on her bucket list. Prognosis is 2 to 5 years and she is determined not to let anything stop her from reaching her goal.
Then there’s Teota Coppock, from
These two women will now be my personal inspiration. When I’m out there on mile 15 of a 20 mile training run, I will think of them. In fact, these examples of bravery and perseverance are the reason why I’m part of this running community. It’s contagious. It reminds you of what’s important and going on long runs on a Saturday morning, gives you plenty of time to reflect on it all.
I’m so honored to be the emcee for this weekend’s Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half. I can’t wait to cheer on these ladies and everyone else. But, I know they’ll get themselves to the finish line… well on their own.