This all started with a few friends talking about the immense amounts of hours we spend training for all our races, which is all good and fine, but getting in the miles for an upcoming marathon can be a big deal. The idea behind the Divide 30K was to offer a challenge above the Half Marathon distant of 13.1 Miles, but a little less than the demanding Marathon miles of 26.2. Hence the nice middle number of 18.6...because why not?! The Course came about because many locals know the Long and Short Divide, and we thought it would be a fun challenge to run them both. It didn't stop there, this is not your grandma's 30k (although my grandma is pretty kick a**). It's got a nice mean bite the first 3 miles, which we've called Black Diamond Hill. After which you might get a little dirty (Box Elder County is a little less civilized) and you might not be happy about the hill on your way back to town. This is a course you wont forget any time soon, whether it be because you're so damn tired, or because there is unforgettable scenery on both sides of that mountain!
With all this awesomeness in mind, this race started because we all run for a cause, whether I think we realize it or not. For many of us our physical health is key, but for so many more of us it was about our mental health as well. No denying that much of it goes hand in hand, and we often run for ourselves, or in memory of those who can't. I know my first step started as a way to clear my head, to focus and train, and do things i never thought I could. Mental Illness affects many of us, either personally or someone we know and love. After losing a brother to suicide, I wanted this race to be hard, but knowing that it would never be as hard as dealing with the throws of mental illness, depression, and suicide, among the many other diagnoses. As you register for this race, whether it be your first long run, or one of many, we hope that it wont be your last. We hope to bring awareness to local resources for those dealing with the battles of mental Illness, and to put on a challenging race that you are proud to say you finished! This race is something I want you all to love, I promise this will be a challenging, clean, fun and well organized race you will all want to attend.