Coming soon: Another Boston Qualifier in Utah

A certificate postmarked in Massachusetts should arrive in the SoJo Marathon’s inbox any day now. And when it does, the Beehive State will officially offer another entry point opportunity to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

The party animals/race organizers in South Jordan have even planned a “certification celebration” to, well, celebrate the certificate’s arrival. Those festivities will take place at 4 p.m. this Tuesday at the West Riverfront Park (11235 S. 900 West).

The actual SoJo Marathon – along with the Half (my race) and the 5K (kinda wishing that was my race) – are on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at the Copperton Park by the Bingham Copper Pit. Go to for info. While you’re on that website, be sure to check out the blog my lovely better third, Mrs. Jody, is writing about her training.

One part of this week’s pre-party is especially intriguing – and, no, I’m not talking about the refreshments to be provided. Anybody and everybody – from the local leaders to race sponsors to runners and participants expected to attend – can get their picture taken crossing the finish line, which will be set up for this shindig.

Seeing as I’m struggling and sweating to get prepared for the SoJo Half Marathon, this photo op does seem a bit tempting. Heck, it took me one hour and 45 minutes last Thursday night to go seven miles – a walk/jog journey that included a trip to the store for some much-needed liquid refreshment at about Mile 5.5.

But a long run of seven miles was on my training schedule, and that’s what I did. This week (gulp!) I have to get in eight miles as I work toward that goal of going 13.1 miles and earning my finish-line photo the hard way in about four weeks from now.

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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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