I showed up to the 2016 Ogden Marathon starting line with a little fear and trepidation. The year before, it had rained, boy had it rained. The State of Utah, typically one of the driest in the nation, broke records on marathon weekend for the amount of rain that fell while another record was broken, the largest number of runners during a single day in Utah showed up for the Ogden Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k races. Close to 10,000 to be exact.
This morning was supposed to be different. There was only a 20% chance of light rain today. But that 20% quickly changed to 100% as I began to exit the South Fork of the Ogden River and could see what lie ahead. Luckily, the experience last year helped me prepare for any circumstances that would come my way, rain or shine.
I have run the Ogden Marathon more than any other. This year admitted me into the famed Ten Year Club and so I wasn’t about to drop out for any reason. This is one of my favorite races, the scenery is unmatched in its beauty, the volunteer support rivals that of Boston or LA, and the organizers, The GOAL Foundation, have created an atmosphere of customer service that should be duplicated at other races. The website is a tad click heavy to find what you’re looking for, but the registration is straightforward, the Expo is pretty much like Christmas morning for me, and the overall runner experience is phenomenal.
I hear the feedback from others about the rain, and yes, it was not the most ideal. But those volunteer aid stations were relentless in their enthusiasm, as if it was still the only option for something to do that day. Forget about the fact that they weren’t burning their internal motors down the road to keep warm like the rest of us. They were just as committed as ever. That was the very thing that kept most of us off the rescue buses and on the course.
Rain or shine, I will be back for more of the Ogden Marathon. It was, and always will be, the race from which I have more medals than any other.
I had a great time photographing this magazine cover last month. Cassidy is a great ambassador for the the sport of rodeo and I look forward to covering some of this year’s Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.
As I was covering the St. Joseph High School soccer game recently, I was pleasantly surprised when a Siberian Husky ran onto the field and started to play. I was following the action when suddenly the dog ran over and tripped up the play. I wish the puppy had be more prominent in the top photo but it certainly made for an exciting few minutes of the game.
Recently, the Standard-Examiner has been producing a ton of video content for their website, standard.net, and I have tried as a freelancer to branch out into the realm of video production. My first one didn’t turn out so well but I feel like I am doing much better. And even though I have a long way to go, I feel very excited about the prospects of producing some compelling videos in the future. Below is a list of some of the recent reports.
I ran into Hailey Zenger who is the heart and soul of The Queen Bee on 25th Street in Ogden. It’s a super cool store with amazing chocolate. I happened to have a plastic camera on hand and shot these.
After this year, I will only have one more chance to build a Pinewood Derby car with my Cub Scout aged boys. I always try and build what they want so when my youngest son asked to build something “Mindcraft,” I had to try and make it work.
I was really proud as I watched his mind working through exactly what he wanted in a Creeper Car. He loosely drew out the profile and we found an image online to put on as a skin for the design and here are the results.
When it comes to winning, I haven’t ever figured out how to do that. There are always more skilled racers. In fact, I think in all the years I have been building these with my boys, we always seem to come in EXACTLY average. Last year there were 26 cars and we were 13th. This year there were 22 and we took the 11th spot.
Luckily it’s not about the results, but the journey to get there.
I first met Gabriela Guerra on an assignment two years ago while covering a Mexican Film Festival she was in charge of in Salt Lake City. We made tentative plans to do a quick photo shoot sometime and now, two years later we finally got around to it. Here are the results.
It was a perfect day for the inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race and snow festival. I don’t think I will be upgrading to a fat bike anytime soon since there are a few other upgrades I am due for that are way more pressing. However, what a great way to keep cyclists on their saddles during the winter time. This sport seems to have exploded out of nowhere!
I produced a video about the event, (watch it here), and Mayor Mike Caldwell said that even the people who work for the manufacturers can’t get their hands on a fat bike frame. It will be interesting to see how this event progresses over the years but the GOAL Foundation, Ogden CVB and Ogden City did a great job hosting this event.