SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - As part of the Pioneer Day celebrations, 3,000 Utah runners pounded the pavement Wednesday morning for the Deseret News Classic.
“It was tiring it was hot, we had lots of drinks so it was pretty good,” said Ben Horton, 9, who ran the 5k.
From the 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, all had a special course to run-- the longer distances starting on top Emigration Canyon.
“It goes through on purpose because it is Pioneer Day, coming through the same trail that the pioneers would have come through when they came into the valley,” said Liz Dunn, race organizer.
All the racers got to finish on the Pioneer Day parade route.
“It felt like we were in the Days of '47 Parade,” said Alex Horton, 6, who ran the 5k.
Carol Skeen zipped across the finish line at 82 years old.
“Okay so what is the secret to looking so good at 82?” asked ABC 4 Utah's Kim Johnson. “I think a lot of it are the genes, but I think attitude is number one,” said Skeen.
Attitude goes a long way in the running world-- especially if you're doing the 5k while battling breast cancer.
“This year because I'm recovering from cancer I just walked,” said Dianne Montague, who was diagnosed with cancer last Thanksgiving. “I'm not in pain right now, I'm not throwing up, so celebrate the good stuff.”
For many, the good stuff is being here with family and passing down the tradition to future generations.