Meet Your Challenge

MARATHON: mar·a·thon ˈmerəˌTHän/


  • a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km).
  • a long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind.

What is a marathon?

A marathon is a test of endurance.  It is a test of commitment.  It is a challenge that pushes your body further, faster and harder than you could have ever imagined.

Marathons offer runners an opportunity to beat their personal records and to achieve personal challenges.  But what is truly your marathon?  What challenges you? Pushes you?  What takes you to the point of defeat and still you endure?

We are all running our own marathons, for some it may be 26.2 miles, other it’s a 100 mile ultra-marathon… for some of us it’s a 5K, and for others, is just making it around the block.  We don’t know what the person next to us is running for.  We don’t know what is the driving force behind the run.  Is it the pursuit to find a cure for cancer?  Is it the camaraderie of a team?  Is it a challenge to be healthier?  Is it a slow recovery from an accident? Or is it just a crazy gene that some people have to run insane amounts of miles?

Take a second as you step into the morning on Saturday, breathing in the cool mountain air at the foothills of the Wasatch.  Take a look around and feel the people.  Feel the energy of everyone around you.  Gather that energy.  Harness it is.  Because that is the power that is going to fuel you as you run, skate and ride the course.  We don’t know every ones challenges, but we do know that we all have them.  And we will all be there, ready to take them on.

The Salt Lake City Marathon is one of Salt Lake City’s signature events.  It invites people to run, ride and skate the course that winds through historic neighborhoods ends in the center of downtown to celebrate the glory of the run and the beauty of the Salt Lake City.

How do you rise up to meet your own challenge?

It takes courage, commitment and training.  Salt Lake Running Company offers expert individualized training to help you meet those goals and face those challenges.  Coach Lisa Menniger will be offering 2 more sessions over the summer for group training for your own personal goals, whether that it’s a personal fitness, 5K, 10K, half-marathon or full-  Coach Lisa and your training group will be there to see you to the finish line.  Sign up for the next session starting April 21.

Hey…and if you really want to step up-  come on out, bright and early on Saturday morning at 7:30 and join us for a disco party at the Salt Lake Running Company Aid Station at the underpass at 2400 S 600E (mile 22.5).  We will be boogie-ing down getting the running in the groove for that last push.  Sign up on the Salt Lake City Marathon Volunteer Site.

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