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2017 Outback Hero

Kevin McCarthy from team "Drop the Hammer" is our 2017 Outback Hero. This was an easy decision and one we knew was the right one before the Outback even began. Kevin was diagnosed with a rare type of Melanoma skin cancer shortly after the Outback ended in 2016. After two surgeries in November and

By | November 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 Outback Hero

“If it doesn’t challenge you, then it won’t change you” By: Travis Garren

    “Well, you’re both fat,”  he said as we sat in his exam room.  It had been the most trying of our years together and would later become a defining moment in both of our lives.  In the month previous my wife had undergone a surgery to save her liver and ultimately her

By | September 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “If it doesn’t challenge you, then it won’t change you” By: Travis Garren

The Rewards of Being a Team Captain By: Steve Schaffner (Bear Bait)

Why am I team captain? “Assisting a group of people to develop into a team, then supportive friendships during and after a challenging adventure.” When I learned of the OTO, I really wanted to run in the race.  I told a friend at work that we should put together a

By | August 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Rewards of Being a Team Captain By: Steve Schaffner (Bear Bait)

A Series of Unfortunate Events By: Erin Truitt

"You should REALLY try long distance running, Erin," my Marine sister Megan tells me after she comes back to the states from military duty in Romania. "It's a challenge, and I think you'd be really good at it." Usually I am the one giving my sister advice (as bossy big sisters do), but this

By | March 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Series of Unfortunate Events By: Erin Truitt

“Dead Man Running” By Steve Schaffner, Team Captain of “Bear Bait”

In January of 2007, at 49 years old I was diagnosed with a terminal form of leukemia and given three to five years to live.  I was a partner in a consulting firm, single parent to a wonderful daughter in her junior year in high school.  Life was going well until then. The gravity of

By | December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Dead Man Running” By Steve Schaffner, Team Captain of “Bear Bait”

“Whatever it takes.” -By Inger Bakaric

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer 4 years ago. At age 44 I went to my regularly scheduled mammogram appointment with no worries or concerns. As soon as the did the initial exam I knew something was wrong. The nurse called in the doctor and they started asked lots of questions. I was

By | November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Whatever it takes.” -By Inger Bakaric

“Why I Run” by Larry Williams -Original Orphan Outback Team 2015

Earlier this year, a woman I barely knew told me via text that I had done so many “Amazing things” and that I seemed to “Live life to the fullest!” She wondered if I wouldn’t mind writing a short story that she could share with other runners that would explain my “why”; the reason I

By | August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Why I Run” by Larry Williams -Original Orphan Outback Team 2015

Running from Comfort Zones

Meet Bobby from team Between a Walk and a Hard Pace In early April 2013, I was playing in a full-length basketball game.  I was struggling to get up and down the court.  I wanted to pass out.  After the game, I knew something had to change. I knew I had to change. I had

By | April 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrating 25 Years with 25 Half Marathons

I’ve always liked to run 5k’s although never consistently. I would always watch the runners who could go longer distances and marvel at their conditioning, never believing that any distance beyond three miles was achievable. Running a half marathon was just that, a dream. Three years ago I asked my husband to run a 5k

By | March 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

More than Just Exercise

"More than Just Exercise" -By Maren Christensen People run for many reasons: to lose weight, training for sports, for fresh air - the list can be very long.  While most of these are true for everyone at certain times, for me, running is spiritual. I was lucky enough to grow up among the beautiful Wasatch

By | March 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments