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Utah High School/College Tracks Open to Public?

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“Are there any tracks (high school/college) that are open for public use? If so, what times? Thanks!”

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Answer:

In order to find out what tracks are open to the public, you would need to check with each of the facilities. I know that during the summer and fall the tracks are not used by the high school and college teams much, but may be used by some of the other programs at times (band, cheerleaders, football, etc). In Davis County, some tracks that I know are open to public use include Davis High, Viewmont High, Weber State, Layton High. Some that I know are typically locked include Northridge High and Syracuse High.

The typical time that people in the community use the track is early in the morning (before 8:00) and in the evening (after 6:00pm).

Good Luck.

By Corbin Talley – Elite Athlete: Marathoner/Ultra Marathoner | High School Track & Cross Country Coach

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Question: “I’m interested in starting running, but I find it a little intimidating. How do I start?”

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Dear New Runner,

What an exciting time to be starting with your running. There are so many opportunities for runners these days. There are road races and trail races in almost any distance, there are groups of all levels to train with, there are team relay races which can be a lot of fun, there are some great local places to train, and there are a lot of advancements in training technology.

I can understand how it might feel intimidating or even a bit overwhelming to get started. Here is my advice for you:

1) Make your running whatever you want it to be. It has to be about you and what you like. There is a wide range of possibilities from training for races to training for health and fitness. Find something to run for – you will feel the satisfaction from running much more if you have a purpose. I like to pick a race in the future and work toward that race. It might be 3 months away or a year away, but it gives me some focus and it helps me to stay committed. I also make running plans week to week that help me get ready for the future race.

2) Set some goals. It comes back to the advice given above – the importance of running with a purpose. Not only does it make running more fun and have more satisfaction, it also helps you to stay committed through the tough days. I would start with something simple – like completing a 3 mile run without walking (or a 6 mile run, or whatever your level is). Then figure out why you are doing this, and go from there. After setting a goal to finish my first marathon, then working toward that goal, then accomplishing that goal, the feeling was indescribable. It will give you strength and confidence and it will empower you as a runner and a person. And it will make you want to set new goals and accomplish them–it is kind of addicting.

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Corbin Talley              Elite Athlete: Marathoner/Ultra Marathoner

High School Track and Cross Country Coach

Corbin currently teaches English at Davis High School (Kaysville, UT) and has coached Track and Cross Country there for the past 7 years.  He has a Bachelors Degree in English Teaching from Weber State and a Masters Degree in Health, P.E. and Recreation from Utah State University.  He is also a USATF Level 1 certified Coach.

Career Highlights:

Boys Track & Field State Champions – 2008, 2009

Girls Track & Field State Champions – 2004, 2005, 2006

Boys Cross Country State Champions – 2007

Girls Cross Country State Champions – 2007, 2008

Girls Cross Country Team finished 9th at Nike Nationals in 2007

Coached 13 Region Championship Teams

NFHS Utah Boys Track Coach of the Year – 2009

NFHS Utah Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year – 2007

Corbin’s running career has been very successful.  He excelled in high school, college, and continues to run competitively today.  He has competed in events ranging from 5Ks to marathons, and has also competed in several ultra marathons.

Athletic Accomplishments:

PRs:  mile – 4:06; 3,000m – 8:17; 5,000m – 14:15; 10,000m – 30:17

3 Time All-Conference Cross Country at Weber State

3 Time All-Conference Track & Field at Weber State

NCAA Qualifier in the Steeplechase in 2002 (8:47 pr)

Utah Road Racing Circuit Champion – 2003, 2005

Marathon PR – 2:21.31 (St. George 2003)

Finished 49th in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon

1st Place – Sedona Marathon (2006); Course Record

Finished 12 marathons and 5 ultra marathons (goal of 100 marathons in lifetime)

Completed the 2009 Wasatch 100

Course Record Holder – Gerald Anderson Memorial 5k

Corbin Talley grew up in Riverton, UT where he attended Bingham High School.  After high school, he attended Weber State University where he competed in Track and Cross Country.  While at Weber State, Corbin met and married Stefanie who also ran on the WSU Track and Cross Country teams.  They currently reside in Layton, UT with their two kids – Ashlyn and Samantha.

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by on Jan.01, 2010, under Utah Running Experts


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