The race season is slowly coming to a hault — and it’s fitting that it ends with one of my favorite races. I love the Haunted Half — it’s a gorgeous race down a beautiful canyon and just a lot of fun. Once again I’ve swept the course — this was my fifth Haunted Half I’ve swept since 2014 — that includes both Provo and SLC.
And, once again, I had a blast. I was joined by Jim and Jill for the entirety of the race and for the last half of the race I helped pace my friend JessicaSue to the finish line. I paced her to the finish line of the Salt Lake last year.
I had a blast and I’ll have a full race report tomorrow or Tuesday, but first, here are all of my race pictures …
Excited and ready to be pacing @thehauntedhalf with the @ryrpacers tomorrow morning! I love the @runtasticevents races and I was bummed missing last week's race. But, I had a good excuse and I still volunteered at the finish line. But, I'm ready for some miles after a week off from running. Should be a fun time, it's always a PARTY in the back! 🎉🎉🎉 #thehauntedhalf #race135 #running #ryrpacers @joshruns180 @fight4phat
These two goons joined me for the "PARTY IN THE BACK!" at @thehauntedhalf! I'm so grateful for these two, they were great assets in helping get EVERY runner to the finish line. I mean how often can you be motivated by "Bat Bacon?" … not often. #thehauntedhalf #race135 #running #ryrpacers @joshruns180 @fight4phat @ryrpacers
I really love this picture, because it embodies "THE PARTY IN THE BACK!" @jimgastelum is blaring music, @jvgabica is dancing and we're just moving along helping the runners reach their goals. Running is tough and if you don't bring some joy to it, it can tougher than it needs to be. #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running #ryrpacers @joshruns180 @fight4phat
I am so proud of this girl! She's a doer. She's a fighter. She's a runner. I paced her in last year's Salt Lake Haunted Half for her first half and I paced her in this year's Provo Haunted Half. And, I saw a difference. It's been amazing to see the growth in her over the year. It wasn't her easiest race for her, but she never gave up, she never doubted herself and took it step by step. I'm proud to consider you a friend JessicaSue! This time again next year let's do it again! Third times a charm! #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running #ryrpacers @joshruns180 @fight4phat
I love being the sweeper or as I like to call it, "host of the party in the back!" There's a satisfaction and humility that comes from being able to be a part of someone's goal. Even when that goal is to simply finish. There is so shame in pace or place in a race, its finishing what you started. So proud of these runners and their resolve, it inspires me to keep going and dreamer bigger than yesterday. #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running #ryrpacers #fitness #goals #workout #run @josherwalla @joshruns180 @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @ryrpacers
I love moments like these. No matter your pace, no matter your place, what matters the most is that you finish what you started. I love being a pacer and helping other runners achieve that goal. You might not see us back of packers on the covers of Runners World or standing on the medal awards stand at races, but you won't find a gutsiest, happiest and appreciative bunch of runners along the course. #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running #ryrpacers #backofthepack @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @joshruns180 @fight4phat
I love the @thehauntedhalf! I love the party atmosphere, I love the courses, I love the medals and I especially the challenge! I swept the course today with @ryrpacers and it was definitely a challenge. After my 50 last week my feet wanted none of it today. I was on my feet for over 5 hours and the legs hurt pretty bad, after some ibuprofen and an ice bath … I was fine. As challenging as it was, it was a great time just doing my job and helping the last of the runners to the finish line to accomplish their goals! #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #135: The Haunted Half (Sweeper), October 29, 2016. Once again paced and swept one my favorite races! This is my fifth time sweeping a Haunted Half race. It's always an adventure and it's always a party. @jvgabica and @jimgastelum joined me for the party as they wanted to see what this sweeping gig was like. Their character and personalities were much needed as we helped motivate runners toward the finish line. The last half of the race I was able to run with @back_the_blue. I paced her last year at the Salt Lake Haunted Half and can't begin to tell you how proud I was of her this year. She was joined by her husband and friend and she fought through a lot of cramping and pain, but SHE DID IT! She got herself to the finish line and finished her second half marathon! Being a part of moments like these and helping her along the course is why I love pacing. It gives me a complete different perspective than when I solely run for myself. #thehauntedhalf #runtasticevents #race135 #running #ryrpacers @josherwalla @fight4phat