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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: Southern Utah Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:07:52, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


Amy and I went down to St George to run the Southern Utah Half Marathon this weekend. I didn't really have any time goals in mind. This is by far the most mileage I've done in a week leading into a race and I had a pretty big workout on Wednesday, so I didn't really expect anything special.

The temperature was great, but the wind was coming pretty strong from the Southwest and which direction did our race head in? Southwest! Everyone talked about how it would be a headwind for 13.1 miles, but in reality it wasn't quite that bad, it was only like 12.5 miles of headwind ;)

The race started and there was a kid from Las Vegas that took to the lead immediately. I caught up to him and we ran side by side for 4.5 miles. The first 3 miles of the race are very downhill. Last year I bombed down those and it made the rest of the race pretty miserable. So this year I went conservative, about 40 seconds slower this year for those three miles.

Around 4.5 miles into the race the other guy dropped back a bit so I surged up a small hill to get a gap. From there the gap increased and I was able to run pretty strong to the end. The wind slowed things down a bit (it seemed strongest in miles 1-3 and 10-13), but the result was still pretty good and I am happy that I was able to run so well off of the high mileage and the big workouts. After the race, I waited to watch Amy finish and it was the highlight of the morning seeing her win! I was so proud of her, just awesome.

Huge shoutout to Steve Hooper and his team at St George Running Center for putting on another great race. If you guys haven't run this race yet, you're missing out!

Splits: 5:00 5:03 4:57 5:16 5:03 5:11 5:04 5:07 5:09 5:08 5:13 5:19 5:11 and 5:11 pace for the end.

Asics DS Racer 10 Miles: 15.20Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 21:00:03 from

Solid! Congrats to you and AMY.

From Jason D on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 19:47:50 from

Congrats on the win at the end of a huge week. Congrats to Amy too. The ol' Cook sweep!

From RileyCook on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 19:52:36 from

Thanks guys! That was Amy's first ever win in a distance longer than 10k. I was a proud husband!

From butlerbrunning on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 19:12:16 from

Great race Riley

From Ryan Achatz on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 11:14:25 from

Nice race Riley for you and your wife. Looking good for Ogden in a few weeks.

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