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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two Good Legs

Posted By on September 15, 2009, 5:34 PM

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A one woman race to help disabled athletes.---

A common joke in the Loftin household is that the only reason to run is if somebody is chasing you. Jogging is something done only when the wine store is almost closing, and the closest thing to distance running are the endless laps around the house by our toddler.

So when I hear people talking about running a marathon, the concept is foreign. Which means that hearing about a woman planning to run 18 marathons in 18 days ranks above nuclear physics and the continued popularity of One Tree Hill on the list of things I simply cannot comprehend.

Yet, that is exactly what ultra-marathoner Lorie Hutchinson plans to do, beginning Thursday morning. By the end of her jaunt, she will have run from the top of Utah to the bottom. And she will also have, hopefully, raised a lot of money for people who face far greater challenges with running than simply finding the motivation.

Hutchinson is running to raise funds for Challenged Athletes Foundation, which provides grants for prosthetics to people who have lost a limb. On her Website,, Hutchinson writes, "By helping provide a properly fitting prosthetic, someone out there will be soon be up and moving with family and friend, and ultimately, enjoying a better quality of life."

Donations to the foundation are accepted through the 2 Good Legs Website, or you can go to one of the events during her run and donate in person. Wednesday she will be at Gracie's (326 S. West Temple) from 6 to 9 p.m, and every night after that she will be having a meet-and-greet at the park in whichever town she is staying. There will also be athletes with her who have benefited from the donations, for anyone wanting to the equipment up close.

Note: By way of disclosure, Hutchinson specifically identifies Lisa Speckman as one of the primary reasons for the run. Lisa's husband Steve is a former Deseret News colleague and I consider both of them close, personal friends. The name "2 Good Legs" comes from Lisa telling Hutchinson not to waste "two good legs" near the end of the recent Badwater race, which goes 135 miles through Death Valley. However, as far as I can remember, I have never actually met Hutchinson.

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