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.