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2016 Ogden Marathon – The Best Race in the Wild, Wet? West.

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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.

Recent Favorites

Here are a few of my recent favorite photos and videos. Thanks for looking!

Edgar Aguilar of Layton High connects for an RBI single giving Layton the win on the mercy rule 12-2 in their first game of a double header with Weber High in Layton Friday, April 25, 2014. Bridger Thorpe is catching for Weber High.  (Brian Nicholson/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Edgar Aguilar of Layton High connects for an RBI single giving Layton the win on the mercy rule 12-2 in their first game of a double header with Weber High in Layton Friday, April 25, 2014. Bridger Thorpe is catching for Weber High. (Brian Nicholson/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

A Siberian Husky named Milo trips up a play between Zach Pollatsek, left, of Rowland Hall and Keyanu Tate of St. Joseph's during their match up at St. Joseph's in Ogden Friday, March 28, 2014.  The game ended in a draw, 1-1.  (Brian Nicholson/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

A Siberian Husky named Milo trips up a play between Zach Pollatsek, left, of Rowland Hall and Keyanu Tate of St. Joseph’s during their match up at St. Joseph’s in Ogden Friday, March 28, 2014. The game ended in a draw, 1-1. (Brian Nicholson/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Alyson Kulp of Weber State dives in vain for a short foul ball against Sacramento St. at the Weber State Softball Complex in Ogden Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Wildcats defeated the Hornets 4-3 in 14 innings.  (BRIAN NICHOLSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Alyson Kulp of Weber State dives in vain for a short foul ball against Sacramento St. at the Weber State Softball Complex in Ogden Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Wildcats defeated the Hornets 4-3 in 14 innings. (BRIAN NICHOLSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Amber Hartman of the Fremont High School cheerleading is held up by her teammates as they practice stunts on the football field after school in Plain City Monday, May 5, 2014.  (BRIAN NICHOLSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Amber Hartman of the Fremont High School cheerleading is held up by her teammates as they practice stunts on the football field after school in Plain City Monday, May 5, 2014. (BRIAN NICHOLSON/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

Jared Ward of Provo runs with the lead pack during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles Ca.,  Saturday, February 13, 2016.   Ward took third overall, earning him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo by BRIAN NICHOLSON)

Jared Ward of Provo runs with the lead pack during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles Ca., Saturday, February 13, 2016. Ward took third overall, earning him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo by BRIAN NICHOLSON)

Jared Ward crosses the finish line and is greeted by Meb Keflezighi during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles Ca.,  Saturday, February 13, 2016.   Ward took third overall, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo by BRIAN NICHOLSON)

Jared Ward crosses the finish line and is greeted by Meb Keflezighi during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles Ca., Saturday, February 13, 2016. Ward took third overall, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo by BRIAN NICHOLSON)

Ajak Magot, center, of Idaho St. breaks up a shot by Kyndahl Hill, (35) of Weber St. while Joel Bolomboy of Weber St. follows the play during their Big Sky match up at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Ut., Monday, Jan 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brian Nicholson

Ajak Magot, center, of Idaho St. breaks up a shot by Kyndahl Hill, (35) of Weber St. while Joel Bolomboy of Weber St. follows the play during their Big Sky match up at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Ut., Monday, Jan 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brian Nicholson

Covers

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Jumping Rodeo Queen

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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.

St. Joseph Soccer Dog

A Siberian Husky named Milo trips up a play between Zach Pollatsek, left, of Rowland Hall and Keyanu Tate of St. Joseph's during their match up at St. Joseph's in Ogden Friday, March 28, 2014.  The game ended in a draw, 1-1.

A Siberian Husky named Milo trips up a play between Zach Pollatsek, left, of Rowland Hall and Keyanu Tate of St. Joseph’s during their match up at St. Joseph’s in Ogden Friday, March 28, 2014. The game ended in a draw, 1-1.

St. Joseph vs. Rowland Hall Soccer

St. Joseph vs. Rowland Hall Soccer

St. Joseph vs. Rowland Hall Soccer

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.

Recent Videos

Dave Hadley rides across the causeway on his bike toward Antelope Island Friday, March 21, 2014.  Hadley, 72, a park regular, has more than 24,950 miles on his bike odometer. He has ridden the same distance as the circumference of the earth at the equator (24,901 miles). He does all his riding on the island because it is safer than dodging cars and snapping dogs on Ogden City streets.

Dave Hadley rides across the causeway on his bike toward Antelope Island Friday, March 21, 2014. Hadley, 72, a park regular, has more than 24,950 miles on his bike odometer. He has ridden the same distance as the circumference of the earth at the equator (24,901 miles). He does all his riding on the island because it is safer than dodging cars and snapping dogs on Ogden City streets.

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.

LINK: Weber High Catcher
LINK: Antelope Island Cyclist
LINK: Global Fat Bike Summit

Hailey at the Queen Bee

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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.

Pinewood Derby Win!

PINEWOOD FINAL

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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.

Gabriela

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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.

Fat Bike Fest

Riders compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Riders compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Gina Rau (183) and Amber Hatfield (208) both of Sandy, compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Gina Rau (183) and Amber Hatfield (208) both of Sandy, compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Riders compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Riders compete in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Medals await the participants following the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Medals await the participants following the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Greg Roberts of North Ogden, center, falls on a steep descent  as he competes in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Greg Roberts of North Ogden, center, falls on a steep descent as he competes in the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit bike race at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Jeremy Holt and Roger Snow play bicycle jousting during the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

Jeremy Holt and Roger Snow play bicycle jousting during the Inaugural Global Fat Bike Summit at Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden Saturday, Jan 25, 2014.

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.

Fun with Remotes

Ajak Magot, center, of Idaho St. breaks up a shot by Kyndahl Hill, (35) of Weber St. while Joel Bolomboy of Weber St. follows the play during their Big Sky match up at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Ut., Monday, Jan 20, 2013.

Ajak Magot, center, of Idaho St. breaks up a shot by Kyndahl Hill, (35) of Weber St. while Joel Bolomboy of Weber St. follows the play during their Big Sky match up at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Ut., Monday, Jan 20, 2013.

I had a little fun with a remote camera at the Weber St. Idaho St. game. The Wildcats won the game, 65-59.