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PCHS senior runs for a cause

After running her first marathon in Houston in January, Park City High School senior Kristie Colton never thought she’d run another one.

But, after training for most of this year, including running a half marathon in San Francisco in November, running another marathon is exactly what she’ll be doing on Dec. 6, this time in Memphis.

"After my last marathon, I was at the finish line and I was like, ‘I’m never going to run another marathon again,’" she said. "But like 10 days later, I decided I wanted to start training for another one."

In Memphis, Colton will be running in support of a charity the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

"I decided it would be a great cause, so I chose it," she said. "My mom has a friend who got really involved in the organization and asked me if I’d ever be interested in doing something like that."

She decided she was, so she began training in anticipation of not just finishing the marathon, but performing well.

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Time-wise, Colton has a couple goals for the Memphis marathon.

"I just want to beat my last marathon," she said. "I finished in about 4 hours, 30 minutes, but I was just happy to finish. Ideally, I’d like to beat my dad’s time. His time was 3:55 about 20 years ago."

Her training consists of a mix of hill sprints, shorter runs and long runs. In fact, before she ate Thanksgiving dinner, she did a 20-mile long run.

"I do hill sprints once a week," she said. "I started with six, but now I’m up to 14. I also do three or four miles twice a week and 10 miles once a week. Then I also do a long run."

For someone who has run a marathon and plans to run more, you’d think she’d be on the track team. After freshman year, however, Colton decided it wasn’t for her.

"I did track my freshman year," she said. "But then I just liked running independently better because it worked better with my schedule."

As the PCHS National Honor Society vice president and after-school chemistry tutor prepares for college this fall, she’s not sure where she’ll go just yet (she’s actually filling out a couple applications this week, she said), but she knows what she’ll study when she gets there.

"I’m applying to a bunch of schools," she said. "I really like Claremont McKenna College in California. I want to study chemistry I love chemistry so much."

As of Friday morning, Colton had raised $1,665 for St. Jude. She has a goal of $2,500. To donate to the cause, visit http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2645216&pg=personal&fr_id=20064 .

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