Well, good morning. This is Brian Zehnder, your current Utah State Senator and avid runner. Many people have asked me asked me about my running and I thought I would just explain a little bit about what I've done and how I enjoy spending that time when not doing other things. I started running after my wife and I moved here and starting our residency program. And partly picked it up because I couldn't golf as much and I knew that I couldn't continue to be a real good golfer if I wanted to be a good father too because it took a lot of time. But I knew I could run early in the morning before the kids got ready for school. So, that's kinda part of the reason I took up running.
I started running longer and longer distances and then I became a marathon runner. And probably I guess, one of my biggest claims to fame is having run in the Boston Marathon in 2004. I subsequently ran again three more times at the Boston race. One of the fun things that I did when my kids were young is, I would take one of them, one of my three children and we would go to a location for the weekend. Whether it would be, Chicago, New York, St. George, other locations that we'd run in the race, in the mornings. Then we'd spend the rest of the weekend together, just doing fun activities. And each of my children got to do neat things and see pretty cool places.
In the process, I got many, many, dozens and dozens, probably hundreds of T-shirts because that's what they give you when you go to one of those races. So, we made a couple of quilts out of those. Of course, you get a lot of medals when you go to races like this. And so over the years, I've collected the medals and what I do now with them is, I give them to kids in my office when they've successfully completed getting stitches. Or, having done something else that's really cool that we can celebrate when they come to the doctor's office. Maybe it's getting some shots they didn't really want for school so I give them a medal, which is kind of a lot of fun.
Usually when I'm out running for distances between five and ten miles, I can do pretty well with, what's called a handheld. When you put fluid in here and maybe a breakfast bar or something like that to keep you going. On longer runs, when I run between, usually between you know, 15 and 20 miles or so, I wear one of these CamelBaks. And the CamelBaks can hold up to a liter of fluid. And I usually put other things in here, like band-aids or other things in case I get injured during the run where I can have that on hand. And then lastly, one of the things I've done in the last few years is I do, my favorite thing to do is called a multi-stage race, where you actually carry everything on your back for a week, up to a week at a time.