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Zion’s Children of Haiti

Recognizing this wonderful event that will be occurring May 9th, I want to dive in and show what this race is all about.  Funds for this race are contributed to the following in Haiti:

  • providing education for children on a regular yearly basisaboutus
  • plans for an after-school program, including tutoring and teaching technical skills to the children
  • building a primary and secondary school in Gonaïves, which can be a model for other schools
  • skills training program for adults to learn an employable skills, including establishing a computer-training center

All of the support that can be offered to this race is helpful because school costs per child are very low in Haiti.  This means that many students can benefit from receiving funds to further their education.  The Zion’s Children of Haiti program has been helping bring education to children since 2008!

We want you to be able to help support these kids and participate in an event at the same time.  To check out more information about this good cause go to the Zion’s Children of Haiti website.

To participate in any of the 10k, 5k, or 1 mile kids distances at the event click here: Registration

Upcoming Runs for a Cause

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Are you looking for a some upcoming reasons to run? At I Run Utah, we love the chance that timing races gives us to support terrific local and global causes. We have several great options for someone thats wants to support great local or global causes.

On May 9th, Zion’s Children of Haiti is putting on a 10k and 5k race at Sugar House Park. Suffering from the effects of multiple hurricanes in 2004 and 2008, local residents of Gonaives, Haiti realized that the only way for local children to receive a quality education is to attend a private school. While the average cost per student is only $250-$300 per year, this is out of reach of most Haitian families.  Enter the code irunutah5 and save $5 off your entry fees.  Click here to register now!

If you prefer causes a little closer to home, you can join the Unified Firefighter’s Outreach supporting the Utah Based Angel Hands.  Angel Hands works to help Utah families living with rare diseases. This race offers either a half-marathon or 5k race through Herriman City.  Click here to register now!

 

Quality of Life with Running

running-on-e-juicebar-1Can running increase your quality of life? I am sure everyone has heard both sides of the debate about how running is good for you and how running is bad for you.  Scientific evidence can support both sides of the argument in various ways but today I am arguing for the health benefits running gives an individual and why it leads to a better life!

Three main subjects for why running is beneficial are:

  1. Health Improvement
  2. Accomplishment
  3. Increased Positivity

Running is a weight bearing activity which has been shown to be healthy to maintain strength in the bones.  It can increase muscle mass within your legs while supporting that bone strength.  Since running is a cardiovascular activity, it increases your mental abilities and cardiovascular health because of increased blood flow.  Also, consistent running has been proven to be the most effective activity to maintain a healthy weight.  You won’t get super buff from running, but you will be healthy.

A sense of accomplishment is huge from running.  After doing research about how runners gain this sense of accomplishment, many people get personal records when they run a race.  People have said that getting a personal record, a t-shirt, and being with friends or family is plenty enough motivation to pay to run in a n event.  Having this sense of accomplishment spills over into other aspects of life as well.

With the accomplishment spilling over, an ability to have increased positivity exists in all aspects of life.  Family life, work life, and many other aspects of life have been improved greatly.  People seeing all of these benefits are some of the happiest people this world has to offer.

Do You Run With a Group, Friend, or Alone?

 teamAre you the type of person who is independent and self-sufficient?  Have you ever considered how other people affect your life?  Many people find it hard to run with other people but I want to give you some reasons why you should consider running with a group or a friend for some of your runs.

Everyone likes extra motivation right?  Having another person to motivate you to go pound the pavement is a huge bonus!  If I am going for a run by myself, even if it’s a planned event, I occasionally will come up with an excuse for why I shouldn’t go and will end up not going for a run.  When you plan to run with a group or a friend there is a different type of obligation involved.  It is much harder to tell someone else why you need to cancel your set time to run.  This increased motivation to run will get you out more.

The social aspect of being an a group can present an opportunity to change your life.  Many of my close friends I currently have came through running with other friends.  These relationships have built past the barriers of just running.  I have seen my family and work life change solely from these new and lasting relationships I built because of running.

Last is the competition that comes from running in a group or with a friend.  Usually when you run with others you want to find people who run at a similar pace as you.  This allows everyone on the run to enjoy the run.  The ability to push each other to be better is highly prevalent when you run with others of similar capabilities .  You can push the other to go faster, go further, and overall improve in running statistics.  We want you to follow us on Instagram @irunutah and Facebook to share your experiences when you run in a group.  We will sometimes post about when and where we will be running and invite you to do the same on our page so you can connect more with the I Run Utah community!

Devin@irunutah.com

How often do you run each week?

What is a healthy number of runs to do per week? Where do I start when I want to become more consistent with running? The beginning to gaining a consistent weekly run schedule is creating a plan. A plan allows you to build running into your daily schedule. Many people use the excuse of a lack of time in the day for a 30 minute run, but is that a good enough excuse?  Here at I Run Utah we say NO! There is a way to fit weekly running into your life. Add your comment below to share with us and other runners how you are able to accomplish a weekly run schedule.

Here is howrexlee I accomplish my goal of weekly running. I am currently a student finishing up college and have set a schedule which allows me to accomplish a goal of running at least 3 times per week for up to 1 hour. I may only run for 30 minutes but if I feel really good, I will run for the entire hour. Tuesdays and Thursdays are long days for me, so I need time to release at the end of the day. I return home at approximately 4 p.m. after a day full of nonstop classes and change into my running gear. While running, it allows me to organize my thoughts and also take any worries away from school after a long day. I am able to free my mind and enjoy myself by doing something I love. In addition to these two days, I start my Saturdays with a run to have an energized mind for the busy day of chores and errands. If I have time on the other days of the week then I will go for a run because it doesn’t hurt to get in another work out.

Whatever your excuse has been for not running regularly, throw it out the window! Make a plan for running weekly and stick to it, even if you are only running a mile or two each time you run. We invite you to take a picture when you go out for a run whether it be of yourself, the scenery, or something you find unique. Post your picture on Instagram and tag us @irunutah to share with us your journey and gain motivation from your friends. We will be posting pictures of a few of our runs on instagram as well so make sure to follow us. Don’t forget to comment below with your Reason 2 Run and what helps you stick to a weekly running schedule because we want to know.

Devin@irunutah.com

Del Sol Ragnar Relay

I have had the opportunity to build some of my closest friendships over the past few years through running. Every year I have participated in 2 races through the Ragnar Relay Series. These experiences helped me to build my current passion for running and inspired me to become involved with I Run Utah. For those of you who don’t know there are multiple Ragnar races around the country and each is a 12 man relay race of approximately 200 miles. My most recent race was in the Phoenix Arizona area known as Ragnar Del Sol.

The team I travel with to these Ragnar races is very competitive. But is winning the only reason I go to these races? No! I love the atmosphere of being surrounded by runners who have the same goal in mind, finishing a race that presents a daunting task. Solid friendships are made within my team that will last a lifetime. As for the runners around us, we share excitement and enthusiasm to bring smiles to their faces in times of fatigue. I would debate that my team is the most fun to be apart of throughout the entire race. At any race you participate in, whether it be a team Ragnar or a 10k through I Run Utah, you will find an atmosphere of motivated runners.

My experience with Ragnar consisted of 3 separate runs of 6.5, 5.2, and 4.3 miles totaling 16 miles which I averaged at a 6:45 per mile pace. I felt accomplished, achieving my goal of staying exactly at the pace I wanted. As for my team, we had a goal to win the race. We battled, struggled, endured, and competed our way through the race. It wasn’t easy. One team trailed our heels by 20 minutes after running about 100 miles, creating little room for error. Pushing hard to the end, we were able to win the race by a margin of 40 minutes. What an amazing accomplishment for us. 24 hours together in a car full of sweaty runners is a one of a kind experience. My team also placed first in Las Vegas and second in Southern California in the past, building our resume in the running world.

Here at I Run Utah, we have come up with an idea of doing a Double Road Race which will take place this summer in Salt Lake City. Similar to a relay, each runner will run twice with distances of a 10k, have a small break, then a 5k. This will be individual competing, not in relay format, but can present similar feelings. We want you to participate in this new adventure presented for you. We will have more details for you to come soon but until then….keep developing your Reason 2 Run and share your experiences with us!

Devin@irunutah.com

Train for your first 5k!

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For some people a 5K is simple, but for other people a 5K is a struggle, a great accomplishment, a step toward a healthier life, or the beginning of a running career.  Whatever your cause may be, knowing how to train for a 5K properly is necessary.  We invite you to explore our race calendar, select a 5K, and start training for it.

Before even stepping onto the pavement for your first run, make a plan.  Following through on a plan is necessary for success.  To begin preparation, establish a pace per mile you feel comfortable running at.  This will allow you to set a run walk schedule.  One way to train is to run a specific number of seconds then walk a little, and continue the pattern for 15 to 20 minutes.  If you are in the 12 to 15 minutes per mile range you may consider running for 40 seconds then walk for 20 seconds.  Once you start to feel comfortable, start running 50 seconds then walking 10 seconds putting you in the 9 to 12 minutes per mile range.  If you feel up for it run for 3 minutes then walk for 1 minute.  These techniques not only help you to build your stamina but will help increase your speed.  The key for this method is to actually run your hardest for the run portions then the walk is to briefly catch your breath.

 Another option to improve is set a muscle building schedule along with a running schedule.  Plan to run 3 times a week with 2 days of strength training a week, leaving 2 days left for “off” days where you will do simple stretches to maintain all your efforts.  For example the first few weeks you may run 1 mile on each of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Leaving Tuesday and Saturday for simple building exercises in your core and legs.  With this schedule, Sundays and Thursdays would be your “off” days for simple stretching.  As you continue training. weeks three and four may consist of 1.5 to 2 mile runs.  Then week five builds into 2 to 3 mile runs.  Finishing week six off with 2.5 to 3 mile runs, 5k ready.  If you plan to run a 5k race for the last run of week six, you may only want to run 1.5 miles the run before the event.  If the last run of week six is a 5k race, it could begin a journey that only running will satisfy.

So, what’s your Reason 2 Run?  Take a look at our race calendar, choose a race, make a plan, and pound the pavement to a whole new life with running.  We promise you won’t regret it!

Temple to Temple Run Supporting LDS Charities

Run from the Timpanogos to Provo Temples

Run from the Timpanogos to Provo Temples

I Run Utah is featuring the Temple to Temple run on May 16, 2015 which benefits LDS Charities.  You can sign up to participate now by registering at https://TempletoTemple.itsyourrace.com/register/.  What does LDS Charities do?  They have signature programs in place providing help with the following: Benson Foods, Clean water, Emergency Response, Immunization, Neonatal Resuscitation Training, Vision Care, Wheelchairs, and Community Projects.  Being involved with these activities, LDS Charities seeks “to ensure that all of our humanitarian initiatives are built upon the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability.”

 In September 2014, LDS Charities provided neonatal resuscitation training in Kazakhstan, continuing a program established eight years ago in 2007.  Countries like Kazakhstan, including the United States, need help after a natural disaster or education on performing procedures to improve the country’s current status.  We are excited to put on this race to help LDS charities provide these services to those in need around the world.

Click on the following link to see some details of this 14.5 mile journey down the Murdock Trail from the Timpanogos Temple to the Provo Temple!  http://www.irunutah.com/race/?race=100

Is your Race Timing Company an Asset or a Liability?

Do you want a “timing” company that is an asset or a liability for your event?  While the answer should be obvious the question is relevant.  I often hear the horror stories about timing companies from Race Directors.  Here are a few examples:

  • A timing company dropped an event at the last minute leaving the race director scrambling. (The race director then contact I Run Utah four days before this race and we successfully timed it)
  • A timing company canceled their booking with a small event to take a more lucrative contract. (We can time several events in a single day and have never canceled a contracted event)
  • A timing company showed up and then failed to provide a single time to a race director at an event with nearly 2,000 participants. (This race director will now happily provide a reference for our services)
  • A timing company provided terrible customer service resulting in seriously negative social media comments about the race.

At I Run Utah, we love the running community and we want to prevent bad experiences for participants and event organizers.  I want to provide you with a few things to look for so that you can tell the difference before you get locked in with a vendor that is only a liability.

  1. Your timing company demands a check for full payment before your event happens.
  2. Your timing company offers to provide timing services for the lowest cost possible.
  3. They fail to return your phone calls or answer your emails.
  4. They show up late or unprepared for your event.
  5. They blame others when any mistakes happen and try to hide themselves away from participants.
  6. They are willing to take shortcuts in safety-this often goes along with providing the lowest cost possible service.

When I decided to create an event management and race timing company, I vowed that we would be different.  I want race directors to view I Run Utah as an asset to their race and here’s what we do to make sure that happens:

  1. We communicate regularly with race directors and use our experience as a participant, organizer, and vendor at hundreds of events to provide timely advice regarding race operations.
  2. We promote your event to our network of potential participants. (Last year we brought 185 paid participants to one “small” event)
  3. We participate in your packet pickups and will even help you sell your merchandise (I personally sold over $1,500 worth of merchandise for one client last year and provided training for members of their staff that dramatically increased their merchandise sales)
  4. We arrive early, provide a professional setup, and will help your team get prepared so that the race can start on time. (We take safety very seriously)
  5. We offer a full range of services (online registration, marketing, logistics, T-Shirts, medals, sponsorship, or even complete event management) that can save tremendous amounts of your time and money.
  6. We provide outstanding customer service to your participants and we will take responsibility for our mistakes when they happen.

When looking for partners for your events, don’t settle for a liability.  Send an email to greg@irunutah.com or give me a call at 801-656-5897 to find out how we can help you make your next event more successful!

Rotary Club of Sugar House Chili Open 5k Mini-Recap

Start of the 2015 Chili Open 5k

Start of the 2015 Chili Open 5k

 

The Rotary Club of Sugar House views the race from this past Saturday as a complete success!  Runners arrived on a beautiful and rare warm January morning to run in support of various charities and sponsors.  Competitive runners came out to the race while others attended solely to support a charity or sponsor and participate in the fun atmosphere.  Pictures captured at the event are posted through multiple of our social media outlets.  First you can view pictures on our own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IRunUtah.  Also, specific pictures showing our winners and the atmosphere of the race can be found on our Instagram at http://instagram.com/irunutah/ .

After the race I had the opportunity to interview a few runners and ask them why they decided to run.  One person I spoke with is Erika Wiggins, an avid blogger and tweeter.  Erika was diagnosed with asthma a year and a half ago.  Before she was diagnosed, running was a hard task and didn’t attract her attention for the type of adventure she was looking for.  Now having an inhaler, this was one of Erika’s first races which resulted in a positive experience convincing her to come back for more races in the future.  Erika volunteered for Teen Challenge in the past where she worked with the National President of the organization.  When she saw they were a charity for the race, she became very excited to participate.  For Erika, races like this are all about having fun and helping support a good cause.

Whether you race to win or are like Erika looking for a fun atmosphere to support a good cause, we would love to see you at any of our races.  To find out more about our upcoming races, explore our race calendar at http://www.irunutah.com/race-calendar/.  We continually add events throughout the year so check back often.  Thank you to everyone who came out to the race and for the sponsors and charities involved making the race a success.