Friday, July 22, 2011

2 hours and 20 minutes

What can you accomplish in 2 hours and 20 minutes?  Well if you're my dad, you can complete a marathon.  That's right - 26.2 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes.  And on top of that amazing time, he WON the marathon.  This was not the only marathon he won...he also won the Las Vegas marathon two years in a row.  Seriously, who does that?  Scott Bringhurst does.

I have to take a minute to brag about my dad.  Not only is he the nicest, most genuine person you'll ever meet, but he is also an amazing runner.  We're talking three time All American Runner. Marathon winner. Record setter. 

Back in 1974 my dad won the Deseret News marathon.  Since the marathon is coming up this weekend, KSL did a little spotlight on him.  Here is the link.  Check out his mustache!  WOW. 


Even at 63, my dad still gets out there and runs as much as his MS lets him.  When I lived at home, there were several different times I was driving home from somewhere and I would see a man running ridiculously fast and as I got closer I realized, "Hey, that's MY dad!"  He's still got it - even though he would tell you otherwise.  He is so humble and will never admit to his greatness, so I am grateful that KSL was able to show him off a little bit. 

I hope there is some part in me that has a little bit of his running gene.  Josh and I have started running a little bit and by the time we get to the bottom of the street, we want to die.  I have a long way to go before I can even attempt a marathon someday, but if I ever do, I will be lucky enough to have the best coach ever.

Dad, you are awesome.  I love you.

9 comments:

anniejoneslarsen said...

Seriously AMAZING! Um... who is this Michael guy on facebook that always puts mean things on? I quite dislike him!

Trav and Lizzie said...

Seriously, that's amazing. Good for him!!

Mindy said...

AH! I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT MORE THAN ALMOST ANYTHING! And that is saying a lot considering it is not pink! P.s. You know I know how much of a big dea; 2 hours and 20 mins is!!!

Michemily said...

Really? Sweetness.

John and Blakes said...

That's awesome! I admire him.

Melissa said...

Your dad is so amazing! He finished his marathon in HALF the time I finished mine haha that is so great! I remember talking to your dad about my marathon and he was so supportive and uplifting! Seriously. I couldn't say enough good things about him. Definitely one of my heros!

Tyler and Lauren said...

Love your Dad! He truly is a rockstar! Love your new Blog look! xoxo

Natalie said...

I love your dad! And yes the mustache is great! That is so cool and man, that's a fast marathon time! My dad used to tell me about his incredible running:) love you friend! I am coming into town in september probably and I will be there for a while and will want to see my friends as much as I can! This will be an actual see my friends kind of trip:) So hopefully I can see you!

Tiare and James said...

He's unbelievable!!! I just adore your dad! He's such a sweetheart on top of everything else!