Rexburg Rush Triathlon


What a rush! Last May I decided I wanted to train to run another sprint triathlon along with five other family members. I was nervous, I had never been so out of shape, due to having the twins, I hadn’t worked out in over a year and half. But I knew this would be a good goal to set, and would force me to make time to get back in shape.

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Let’s be honest, life got in the way, and training was hard. I rarely got six workouts in each week, and the first time I ran, I could barely go around the block, something I wasn’t used to. But Pat kept encouraging me, kept making time to watch the kids, and NEVER complained when I left to workout. Three and a half months flew by, mainly because I had people to train with this year. I spent hours with my dad and cousin Tiana, either swimming or riding. Training with others definitely beats doing it by yourself.

The night before as I was packing my bags, I suggested we call a babysitter. I knew getting to the lake before 8:00 AM with all three boys and getting them to the second transition across town would be a challenge for Pat. But Pat didn’t hesitate and said, “No way. I’m proud of what you’ve accomplished in one year, and I want the twins to be there to see it.” My heart melted, and became extremely motivated.

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sprint triathlon

Come race day, I had one goal - to beat my time from two years ago. I picked Tiana up at 5:45 AM loaded her bike and made our way to the Jr. High. We set up for transition #2 and drove over to the lake with my dad, brother, and two uncles. I was a nervous wreck!

Let’s do this!

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Tiana and I came in from the swim right together. I struggled getting my helmet on (It was like my fingers weren’t working) and the next thing I knew Tiana was helping me. Seriously, so nice!

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Uncle Mark, cousin Tiana, Me, Dad, Uncle Randy, Brother Dustin

The race was so much harder for me than it was two years ago, having the twins really did a number on my body, but I’m proud to say I beat my previous time by 14 minutes, and came in 3rd out of the six of us! I left excited because I know I’m not fully back to where I need to be, which leaves room for a lot of improvement!

Official time: 1:43:24.60
Swim: 16:41.42
T1: 2:15





Shortly after losing Preslee, I came to know Ann Smith. Her son Tyler had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. We instantly became friends, and I watched as their entire family stood behind Tyler who fought for his life. My heart broke for the Smith family when they announced Tyler had passed away in 2012.

F2TF 5K-Team Preslee

Months later, Ann teamed up with Becky, who runs Anything for a Friend, an online community fundraiser, and they announced the first F2TF (Fight 2 the Finish) 5k, where proceeds would be donated to helping others with life - threatening illnesses.

We weren’t able to attend last year due to having twins, but this year I sent an e-mail around asking family and friends if any would be interested in putting a team together. We needed at least 25 people to create our own team, (Team Preslee). I wasn’t sure if we would have enough interested, due to the fact the race was in Ogden, UT and most of us live in Idaho, 3 1/2 hours away. But I was thrilled when nearly 70 people committed! Seriously, can you believe it? 70 people! We’ve been blessed with such amazing people in our life.

Thank you to all those who traveled to be apart of this with us.

F2TF 5K-Team Preslee

I’ve ran a few races, and this one is different.
Some of my favorite aspects of the race were…

The different teams (35 this year!) Runners don’t have to be a part of any specific team to be involved, but if there are at least 25 people, a team can be created. There will be a specific shirt made for that team, and each team runs for somebody special, with that person’s name on the back. We ran for Preslee.

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(Four out of the 35 teams!)

  • The balloon release, each team was handed balloons, ours were pink (for Team Preslee) and green (for Team Tyler) and each team let their balloons off at the same time before the race.
  • The “Trail of Hope.” Along the course, each team has a poster with who they are running for. As we ran and looked at every poster, I couldn’t help but wonder what each person had been through.
  • The feeling there. It’s hard to describe the atmosphere, but it was incredibly hopeful. There was a neat feeling there. As team captain, I went to grab the balloons. I couldn’t help but talk to some of the other captains waiting in line. When learning what they had been through, I became super emotional (along with many others) it was reminder that everyone goes through trials, but we’re all in this together. F2TF 5K-Team Preslee
  • Meeting so many people. I was able to meet people I’ve been in contact with through the blog over the past few years. Many were Angel Mom’s who I loved talking to, these women just seem to understand.
  • Necklaces. Preslee didn’t go anywhere without her necklaces, so it only seemed fitting that I passed out necklaces along with the shirts for each girl.

Enjoy the fun pictures, my heart literally bursts every time I look at them.
We love you all!

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On our drive home, Pat asked me what my favorite part about our weekend was. My response - how many times I heard Preslee’s name. It was mentioned during planning, months before, and so many times during race day. I loved being able to read her name on every black t-shirt that I spotted amongst 1500 people. I loved the fact that people saw her sweet little face on a poster, and that we were asked who she was.
I left with an extremely full heart.

F2TF 5K-Team Preslee

This was different than any other race I’ve been a part of, and I loved it. I loved that they were able to raise so much money for such an incredible cause. (Click here to learn more about what they do with the proceeds.) If you live anywhere near UT, I highly suggest looking to be a part of next years F2TF 5K. We’ve had so many family members ask that we do it again :)

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