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South Weber,UT,

Member Since:

May 09, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Records:

800 Meters 1:50.14 (Track-BYU)

1500 Meters 3:42.07 (Track-Stanford) Likely the best race of my life; converts to a 3:59.85 Mile

5000 Meters 14:20 (Track-Stanford)

8000 Meters 23:53 (Cross Country-Pre Nationals Iowa)

10000 Meters 29:57 (Track-Stanford)

Half Marathon (Mesa-Phoenix Half) 1:05:11

Marathon (St George) 2:16:09

Short-Term Running Goals:

2017 Races:

Mesa-Phoenix Half - 3rd Place 1:05:11 PR

Ogden WRC 10-Miler - 1st Place 55:46

Provo City Half - 1st Place 1:06:33

Ogden Marathon - 2nd Place 2:25:46

Long-Term Running Goals:

My main goal is just to stay healthy.  I was injured every year in my college career except for one.  I would like to reverse that trend and always stay injury-free.



I am a family man.  I am married to my beautiful wife Amy (who also ran at Weber and is quite the runner).  We have four beautiful daughters named Evelyn (6 years old), Hannah (4 year old), Nora (2 year old), and Iris (5 months).

Twitter handle: @RunnerRiley7

Instagram RunnerRiley7

I am supported by Brooks

I am a Generation Ucan elite athlete

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Salomon Pro Wings 2 Lifetime Miles: 161.10
Brooks PureCadence 5 Lifetime Miles: 101.85
Brooks Adrenaline 17 Lifetime Miles: 161.85
Brooks Transcend 4 Lifetime Miles: 219.45
Brooks Ravenna 8 Lifetime Miles: 225.10
Brooks PureCadence 6 Lifetime Miles: 188.10
Brooks Launch 4 Lifetime Miles: 107.50
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 101.47
Brooks Hyperion Lifetime Miles: 92.13
Brooks Caldera Lifetime Miles: 31.10
Race: SLC Winter Series 15k (9.321 Miles) 00:47:58, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


I met Ben and Matthew at the South Weber Park n Ride at 8:30, then quickly realized I had forgotten my racing flats...oops. Luckily, we were in my neighborhood already. So I grabbed those and we were off to Saltair. We warmed up two miles and changed shoes.

The race was quite competitive. Besides us three from Ogden we had Garek, Anthony, Nathan Peters, Sasha, and Benjamin. My plan today was to take the race out hard and honest. I wanted to be right on the edge, pace-wise. I had run more conservative starts the last two races and Garek outkicked me easily in both of those. So today I was determined to try to have a lead or at least try to run the kick out of him. I wasn't sure what to expect from Anthony. He's a solid runner and was an Olympic Trials qualifier, but I think he's still coming back from some recent injuries. But I figured that strategy would be best for racing him as well.

There was some wind coming from the East so headwind going out, but not terrible. Unfortunately, it turns out it was sort of a swirling wind, so it felt like it was windy the entire race. But we were off at the start. There was a pack of about 5 of us. I led most of the way to 1.5 miles. Anthony and Garek moved up a bit and I filed in behind them for the next mile, take a bit of shelter from the wind. Then around 2.5 miles I took the lead again and really tried to push it. They both sounded like they were working hard, so I tried to keep the pedal down. Anthony backed off a bit at 3 miles and Garek at 4 miles. As soon as I got some separation from Garek and I tried to push even a bit more to create a gap and hopefully give him a mental hurdle. At this point there was tons of dust/sand in the air blowing in our faces. I had sand in my teeth, eyes, ears, etc. It really sucked.

At the turnaround I was expecting tailwind, but as I mentioned it was more of a swirling wind and you felt it most of the race. I had about 10 second lead on Garek and 20 on Anthony. I pushed hard and refused to look back the rest of the way. Mile 7 was really windy for some reason and I slowed down quite a bit there. I was nervous I was losing stamina, but miles 8 & 9 were right back on pace again without any extra effort. It was just some strange wind tunnel I suppose.

With two miles to go I knew I could beat the course record of 48:04 if I just kept running the same pace and didn't let up. So I kept it going to the finish and crossed in 47:58 for the CR. Garek was 2nd and Anthony 3rd. Nathan Peters 4th and Ben 5th.

Splits: 5:09 5:06 5:03 5:03 5:00 5:09 5:14 5:04 5:04 and 5:00 pace last .32

5k Splits: 15:55 16:00 16:03

We cooled down on the salt flats behind the venue. It was a great day; the wind was your normal Saltair wind, but the temperature was easily the best I've ever experienced at an SLCTC Winter Series event.

Asics DS Racer 10 Miles: 9.32Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 Miles: 4.73
Weight: 153.20
From steve ash on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 13:51:13 from

Riley, that is smokin.. Especially with the wind that was out there today. Nice work:)

From butlerbrunning on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 13:55:58 from

Great race and Congrats on the CR

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 14:11:43 from

Very impressive today Riley. Great race plan, solidly executed :)

From Ben VanBeekum on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 15:07:35 from

Solid race for the Cookster! Congrats on the new course record! Made it look easy too!

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:12:39 from

Congrats on an impressive race.

From Jason D on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:34:51 from

Nicely done, Riley. This sounds like a Goldilocks course other than the typical hit or miss weather it sounds like you get out there. Seems like it offers a nice alternative to the downhill courses and the challenging hilly ones as well. Good indicator.

From josse on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 20:11:00 from

Great job on the win! The wind is why I choose not to do these races, every time I do them there is terrible wind.

From Steve on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 20:52:17 from

Very cool race. You guys are blazing fast right now.

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