Elfi Ortenburger- Huntsman Hometown Hero

Post Berlin Marathon 2014 with Rick and Elfi Ortenburger.

There are a lot of people quietly going about their days doing good and serving others.  They don’t get the recognition they often deserve, but they don’t do it for the applause.  They serve out of compassion for others.  Elfi Ortenburger exemplifies this generosity of spirit.  She has dedicated her retirement to helping others research a cure for cancer, all the while helping so many achieve their dream of running a half or full marathon.  She’s touched countless lives.  700 words isn’t enough space to fully capture the essence of Elfi, but I gave it a shot.

Click on the link below to read the Deseret News article all about Elfi.  And if you feel so moved, please donate to the Huntsman Cancer Institute through the link provided on my homepage.


Top of Utah Marathon Returns for 2017

Top of Utah Marathon
Moose medals!

Could not be happier to spread the word that the Top of Utah Marathon is returning for 2017.  Click on the link below for more details.  Utah wins!!!


From the Archives: The Bigger the Hill, the Better the View

the bigger the hill the better the view

I wrote this back when my daughter Ali was just about to start kindergarten.  Today I drove her to her fourth grade class.  Time slips through out fingers like fine sand in a sieve.  But the words I wrote are truer today than ever.  We run because we can.  We challenge ourselves and our bodies because we can.  To back away from hard things is to deny ourselves the opportunity to grown.  To turn our backs on the things that scare us is to stunt our progress.  We will never see who we are if we refuse to look in the mirror.  Tough races force me to face myself- to see what I’m really made of.  Enjoy.


Some of the hardest moments in life are also the best.

Like many parents, this time of year brings me great joy mixed with a little sadness. It’s back-to-school time and this go-round, I’m sending both of my kids. My youngest is now in kindergarten and couldn’t be happier about it.

I, on the other hand, find myself more than a little teary-eyed at the prospect of what my husband and I call “The Beginning of the End”.

Ali is more than ready to take this step. She’s ready to be challenged. Her curiosity is bigger than my capacity to fill it. My companionship is no match to her friends who offer the excitement of bug catching and gold digging in the sandbox.

And the truth of the matter is, if Ali weren’t ready, I’d be more distraught. These milestones may be difficult, but they are necessary. She’s becoming more independent and that’s how it should be. While I’m sad that my little bug isn’t by my side all day, I’m thrilled to see how she is growing. It’s all good.

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Save Top of Utah!

Top of Utah Marathon
Finish line. The Mile 23 aid station crew ran the last three miles with Taylor, a little person, who was the last runner on the course. Talk about dedicated volunteers. They stayed 90 minutes past the time they had to just to make sure she had the support she needed.


Top of Utah Marathon used to be one of Utah’s premier marathons.  But with the onslaught of new races with steep downhill courses offering promises of fast finish times, TOU’s registration has dwindled dangerously low.  The future of the race is uncertain.  This year was my 9th running.  It’s the only Utah race I’ve run every year and if I had only one marathon to run each year, this is the one I’d choose.  And it’s an easy choice.  By opting for faster marathons, runners are missing out on some incredible experiences.  We’ve already seen the Park City Marathon disappear.  I hope that Top of Utah can figure out a way to continue next year and beyond.  Do yourself a favor and sign up for this fantastic event.  You may not PR, but I guarantee that you will have a finish you’ll be proud of.  Click on the link below to read this week’s Deseret News article about TOU.