Mom turns fundraiser into fitness opportunity

Nicole Vogel wasn’t persuaded, inspired or coerced into running 13.1 miles three years ago.

“I just woke up one day and said, ‘I think I need to run a half marathon’,” said the Salt Lake woman of her reason for taking up running. “It was one of those bucket list things.”

In fact, when she was asked to run as a young dancer as a way to keep in shape, she loathed it.

Nicole Vogel (right) and her two children after finishing a 5K race.

“I hated running,” she said with a smile.  “Didn’t like it at all.”

That did not stop the mother of two young children from signing up for the Salt Lake half marathon in April of 2009. She dedicated herself to training and the experience completely changed how she felt about the sport.

“Finishing was the coolest feeling ever,” she said, acknowledging that she may have “hated miles 9 through 11. But miles 1 through 8 and 12 and 13 were awesome!”

The owner of her own dance company (Premier Productions), Vogel incorporated running into her life and hasn’t looked back.

“Once I found the love of it, there was no turning back,” she said. Not only did it help her deal with the ups and downs of life, it helped her maintain a healthy weight. She’s become such a fan of the sport – especially 5Ks that she offered to help her daughter’s elementary school, Canyon Rim Academy, stage a fun run as part of a fundraiser.

“I run races all the time,” she said. “I thought this shouldn’t be too hard. Was I wrong.”

She laughs at the challenges she’s encountered, but says the hard work will pay off if the school can earn enough money for new computers and renovations that will bring the school building up to current earthquake codes.

The Canyon Rim Academy 5K is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. followed by a carnival and silent auction. There will be prizes and a festive atmosphere, which Vogel hopes will encourage first-time runners to give the race a try.

“It’s a great race designed for families,” she said. To register visit: or



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