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Introducing team Great Salt Ache

On June 21, 2013, Great Salt Ache will hit the starting line of the 10th Anniversary Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay in Logan, UT. We will traverse nearly 200 miles through the Wasatch Mountains before finally ending in Park City.

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Here’s a brief introduction to the team:

Van #1

brianTeam Captain and runner #1 Brian grew up playing volleyball in the Midwest. He was talked into his first marathon in 2007, by a bourbon drinking, smoking graphic designer he met in a hotel bar in Atlanta. He is now an avid runner who e-coaches adults across the United States while coaching Jr. High and High School athletes in Cross Country and Track & Field at a small private school in Florida.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys driving sketchy white vans, decorating with Christmas lights and long runs with strangers in the middle of the night. He has a Ph.D. in Oceanography with a specialty in numerical modeling and has a mean Ragnar-estimated-times spreadsheet (Email us for a copy.) This is Brian’s 5th Ragnar Relay of 2013 and the 16th of his overnight relay career. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog, Kaboodles.

Runner #2 Andrea – bio coming soon

randyRunner #3 Randy is a longtime runner logging over 35,000 miles, one foot at a time. He learned early on about the physical and mental benefits of running. Randy always packs some running shoes and has run in many countries and most states over the years. You can even spot him in the pack of runners following Forrest Gump. His 30-mile per week goal is met these days running the streets, parks, and beltline within the city limits of Atlanta, where being able to run – and run fast – is a good thing. Randy is a broadcast engineer for Fox Sports and shares his life in Atlanta is his wife Lisa and their two dogs, Sadie and Harvey. This will make his 4th RAGNAR (all with the Digital Running Club). When asked about running Wasatch, he quoted a famous cartoon character, “I’m ready, I’m ready, and I’m ready.”

Runner #4 Sinjin – bio coming soon.

lisaRunner #5 Lisa is a newly inducted member of the “40 is the new Black” club and is loving it. When not boring her children (ages 10 and 12) to death, Lisa can be found at the pool, doing yoga, or wandering aimlessly around town. She is a recovering runner and avid red wine drinker.

Runner #6 Laura is a wife to David and mother/driver to 3 kids (12, 9, 6) from Atlanta, GA. She started running in 2009 to get away from them all and the minivan… at least for a little while. Now Laura runs about 2 half marathons a month and travels to races with friends to experience new places. She ran her first relay in 2010 in Georgia, and loved it. Since then she has run the Blue Ridge Relay on an ultra team and on 2 Southern Odyssey women’s teams in addition to the Tennessee Ragnar Relay with the Dark Side of the Moonpie. Laura keeps running to set an awesome example for her kids – you don’t have to be the best athlete you just have to give your best. When she comes home from races, the kids still ask, “Did you win, Mom?” Ask Laura about living a healthy, paleo lifestyle.

Van #1 Support Staff

Team Mom Raffi has over 16 years of Mommy-ing under her belt. She sorts out the details & graphic design for our events, and makes sure the water bottles are kept on ice. As the online Editor of digitalrunning.com, her years of writing, marketing & graphic design experience come in handy. Her past experience includes stints with Mercury Records, Rolling Stone magazine and the St. Petersburg Times. Raffi is kind of a health nut, and loves Yoga, dark chocolate, Disney and reading. She lives in Florida with her husband and two teenage daughters. This is her 15th time not running Ragnar.

Van #2

danielRunner #7 Tiffany started running cross country and track in high school and discovered that it was a good stress-reliever. Now that she has gotten older and more injury-prone, running often causes her increased stress, but she keeps plugging away. Tiffany ran her first marathon at age 16. She and her husband Dan (pictured & runner #11) actually scheduled their wedding around Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth so that they could run it on their honeymoon. In total, she’s run 13 marathons. Tiffany’s biggest accomplishment was completing an Ironman triathlon last year. While that sounds like a lot of work, Tiffany is not as motivated as it may seem, so she uses races as motivation to keep running.

Tiffany and Dan have four children: Tyler 18 (who has volunteered at 4 Ragnars), and Teressa 16 (who ran the Chicago Ragnar Relay this year), Daria 15, and Danielle 11. She works full time as an RN in a nursing home as well as teaching nurse aide classes. Tiffany also volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and confirmation guide just to make sure she has no free time!

Runner #8 Heather – Bio coming soon.

Runner #9 Terie has been a crazy high-school science teacher for the past 15 years, and teaches at a small high school near Rockford, Illinois. She is relatively new to running, starting three years ago to add some variety to her workouts as well as to make sure that a 16-year smoking habit didn’t rear its ugly head again. Since then she has run many 5ks, a few more 10Ks, several half-marathons, a marathon and the Chicago (twice) and Tennessee Ragnar Relay with Digital Running’s Lower Wacker Gang, Dark Side of the Moonpie and How Now Spotted Cow!

When she’s not running around the country roads near her house being chased by farm dogs or startling livestock, she can usually be found chained to her computer writing something for her students, blogging about teaching, wasting time on Pinterest, or serving as primary slave to her two dogs, Sasha and Emma. She has been married to her dogs’ secondary slave, David, for 9 years.

timRunner #10 Tim loves and enjoys playing all sports but he did not take up running until he retired from the US Air Force in 2006. He saw a coworker wearing the “coveted” marathon T-shirt and thought it would be fun to earn one. After many 5ks, half-marathons, one full marathon, and seven Ragnar Relay’s, he’s still running for the T-Shirt. Tim currently lives in Roy, UT but originates from all over the country; his father served in the Army and Navy. Tim says with each new Ragnar comes the opportunity to add many memorable Ragnar moments. One memorable Ragnar moment was during a Las Vegas Ragnar, his team was basically alone running in the middle of the night on the road next to Lake Meade. No other runners in sight. No passing vans. Pitch black. All he could see was the millions of stars and the beam of light from his head lamp. He felt totally alone and then realized he was alone. His team left him “in the middle of nowhere” to run the remaining 3-miles to the next exchange but failed to tell him they were going on. Needless to say, it was one of his fastest 3-miles of the race. There was also the time when half his van got drunk the night before a race and the time it rained the entire race. Oh the Ragnar stories!

Tim has a wife who supports his Ragnar addiction by volunteering; she must really love him because her shift is from 3am-8am… AND she’s not a morning person. Tim’s three kids are spread out all over the country, and his son just completed a deployment to Afghanistan. The Wasatch Back Rangar Relay is in Tim’s backyard and he knows team Great Salt Ache is going to love the race!

Runner #11 Dan ran cross country and track in high school with very little success in cross country. He did qualify for State in the 4×800, but slowly developed a better understanding for running as he got older. He has run 4 marathons and the Army 10 miler. Most of that running was before 2007, when Daniel broke his ankle and lost his passion for running and exercise. Luckily, the Army makes him run twice a year for a PT test, and he has finally gotten closer to where he wants to be in his running career. Daniel finally broke the 13-minute 2-mile barrier during his last PT test for the first time since early in his Army career.

Daniel ran his first Ragnar last year at the Great River Relay with his wife and loved it so much that he formed his own team this year. Next year he is hoping to add Chicago and return to Great River, possibly with his first ultra team. Along with his wife Tiffany (runner #3) Daniel has a son Tyler, who will be a volunteer at exchange #1. The couple also has 3 daughters; and he’s hoping the eldest will be joining them on a team for Chicago next year.

Runner #12 Tony – Bio coming soon


Bondi Band

Digital Running teams are proudly sponsored by Bondi Band. Check out the killer discount in the green box above!

Here’s why we love Bondi Bands:

1) they soak up sweat

2) they keep hair & wind out of your eyes and ears

3) they keep headphones in your ears

4) while at Ragnar, you can slide them over your nose in the port-a-john

5) you can also slide them over your eyes when you try to nap in the van!

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Brian Darrow is a running coach in St. Petersburg, FL who specializes in online coaching for beginners. Follow him at ARunnersBlog.com

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