Thanks to Doug Stutz, I got my lede for this week’s Medal Stand plenty early. His wife and oldest son compete in their first Boston Marathon on Monday after qualifying together in the same race in September. Boston coverage will be in next week’s Post Register as well.
The Medal Stand: Rexburg mother and son to run Boston
Four years ago, Rexburg’s Keysha Stutz ran her first marathon. On Monday, she will compete in her first Boston Marathon, as will her oldest son.
The two qualified for the historic race in September at the Pocatello Marathon. Keysha won the women’s race in a personal record of 2 hours, 57 minutes, and her son Michael finished in an impressive 2:43.
After Michael placed ninth in his first marathon in September 2014, he checked Boston qualifying times. He then made it a goal to qualify for 2016 and encouraged his mother to join him.
“I probably wouldn’t have considered doing this if it wasn’t for my mom,” said Michael, a 2010 Madison High School graduate who received his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from BYU-Idaho over the weekend. “I knew the qualification marks would be about the same times for this year. I figured that I’m a pretty decent runner and if I put my mind to something, I can do it.”
A former Ricks College runner, Keysha took time off from competitive running to start her family. She made her way back into road races in 2010 and was encouraged to try marathons. She thought it would be a one-time deal, but her postrace feelings after her first marathon changed her mind.
“After I ran the first one, I thought ‘I have to do another because I know I can do better,’ ” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Both Michael, who was a full-time student, and Keysha, who helps coach Madison cross-country and track, had to carve out training time in their schedules. A two-time state cross-country qualifier and three-time state track qualifier, Michael said the biggest adjustment he made was changing his pace.
“In high school I ran close to 5:20 (per mile),” he said. “Getting to a six minute mile pace for 26 miles, I didn’t know if I could do that right off the bat. It was really just finding time, setting apart that time to go and run. Recently, I’ve done both morning and evening runs.”
The two depart Saturday for Boston and have ideal times they would like to hit. While Michael said he hopes to finish in the 2:30s, Keysha hopes to repeat her milestone from Pocatello with a sub-three hour time.
In the marathon she ran before Pocatello, she missed breaking 3 hours by 33 seconds.
“If I run a 6:45 average pace, that will put me at PRing,” Keysha said. “My goal time is to run under the 3 and if I can hit close to that Pocatello time, that will be all the sweeter.”
Coming up locally
The second annual Ramp Riot, organized by Pocatello native and two-time X Games Big Air BMX champion Colton Satterfield, takes place Friday and Saturday in Holt Arena. Idaho Falls native and 2009 Dew Tour BMX Dirt gold medalist Josh Hult, X Games Moto X Speed and Style champion Nate Adams and Australian professional freestyle motocross athlete and multiple time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil are among the athletes scheduled to participate. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at idahostatetickets.com.
Sunday is the winter closing day for Grand Targhee Resort. The fourth annual Pond Skim takes place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain also closes for the winter season on Sunday.