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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: Davis Dart Challenge 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:14:56, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


Corbin Talley, the Davis XC coach and my former teammate at Weber, called me a few days ago and asked if I wanted to come out and run his race today. I decided it would be a decent tune-up for TOU next week and besides that I haven't raced a non-aided 5k yet this year. So, I agreed to come and run.

I showed up about 45 minutes before the start, grabbed my bib, used the restroom a few times, and warmed up just over two miles with a few strides. I got out quickly at the gun and was in 1st place by 50 meters and led wire to wire. I got out a little too fast in the first mile. I ran a 4:36 for mile one. But it felt pretty good and I thought I could hold it. I came through the halfway point, which they had marked, in 7:17. But shortly after that I started to feel the oxygen debt from the quick start and I slowed substantially. I ran mile two in 4:50 and mile three in 4:54. I ran the last tenth in 4:32/mile pace for a 14:56 finish. It was the second fastest time ever behind Jared Ward's 14:43. Davis High's top runner was second and broke the high school course record in 15:30.

I feel pretty good about the time, especially since I haven't done any 5k-specific workouts. I think if I trained for a 5k for a few weeks I could run 14:30s at altitude here. But, for now the goal is sub-1:05 in the half and that's what I'll keep training towards.

Overall, a fun race. Corbin and his people do a great job of organizing the race. The course is well marked and is fairly flat and USATF-certified. The t-shirt was a good tech tee, but the cool thing is they keep the running list of top 50 overall men and women times ever on the back of the shirt. So, next year if you're looking for a good 5k, come try this one and see if you can get your name on the shirt!

Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 7.75Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Miles: 3.50
Weight: 151.20
From Paul on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 11:16:38 from

Great race, as always. You going to take another stab at a marathon this fall?

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 11:22:27 from

Paul, I think I'm going to give a sea level half a go, shoot for sub-1:05 for an OTQ. I'm just so much better at the half than the full.

I'm running STG, but the focus is more on a fast half than it is on a fast marathon at STG. I may hit up a race next month; I have a few in mind that look flat and eligible.

From Paul on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 11:24:30 from

Take a look at Indianapolis Monumental, Sat Nov 7. They have a fairly fast half every year, with several Trials qualifiers the last few years. Good prize money, plus a $500 bonus for sub-1:05. I'm running the full marathon.

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 11:32:10 from

Yeah it's on my radar. Ideally, I'd like to hit an OTQ next month, then run STG, and take a few weeks off/down before a ramp up for the Trials. But we don't always live in an ideal world. If I don't have an OTQ by Nov, that will certainly be one of my options.

I think if all else fails, Houston is on the very last day to qualify and the half there would be a last chance. I feel like I'm close now, we'll see though. Next week at TOU should give me some indicators on if it's worth travelling next month to a race or not.

From Holt on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 12:17:19 from

It's worth it Riley. You are ready to do it!

From allie on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 12:32:02 from

that is a great time -- nice job. now you have to go back next year to see your name on the shirt.

the dart challenge is my favorite 5k, hands down. corbin does everything right with that race.

From josse on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 12:53:22 from

Great work!! I am the same way, better at the half than the full. It's frustrating. Can't wait to see you qualify.

From Jason D on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 13:20:33 from

This was pretty cool to see on my Strava feed. Well done!

I think Paul's suggestion is probably better than the half in Philly. The course is likely a touch faster but not much. However, given the times in recent years you would likely be going for the win or the podium. Not sure if that would help you run faster or if you just want to run your own race against the clock. 2013 it was very fast (~63.5 minutes) and last year still fast but with 2 guys squeaking under 65.

Maybe a lot more folks this year trying to get a last minute OT qualifier.

From butlerbrunning on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 16:19:46 from

Man alive that's what I call gettin it.

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 17:21:41 from

Thanks everyone! And thanks for the vote of confidence for the OTQ! I will certainly try my best to achieve it.

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