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Laurie Miller – Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Stage Racer 2019

Stage Race Sunday!
Who’s coming to play in the desert this year?

A veteran of Death Valley, Laurie Miller comes to us via Winthrop, Washington – where snow substitutes for sand in her race prep.

Marital Status: Married   
Number of Children: 2 of my own and 1 step daughter/ 6 grandchildren
Occupation: full time wife and grandma; part time Forest Service Employee
Years running: Not that many
Years running ultras: 1 year
Ultras I have done: Bigfoot 40

Favorite race and why: Death Valley. For years I had wanted to run a marathon but life had different ideas. After some major life changes I grabbed ahold of that dream again and started training. My husband missed me while I was training so he started running with me! We ran the race together in the back of the pack with several other couples. It was the best!!! My son also meet us there and ran too!! What could make a woman happier…. running a race through beautiful country and having your spouse and son with you!!!!

Best results in races: hahaha Always in the back 1/3.

Tell us something about yourself, running related or other: When I asked my kids and grandkids how I should answer this question they all had the same response…” crazy”. I never see myself that way…. I see myself as someone who likes to do stuff. I read about this race when it first started and immediately wanted to do it even though I was not a consistent runner. I love the desert and I love a good challenge!! Years have gone by and I am now in my 60’s…. so I decided I better get signed up! I am not fast(soooo far from it) but I am persistent and determined!! So here I come!!!! So excited !!

What’s your favorite way to train for Desert RATS: Sand training in the snow 🙂 Consistent running and running with a pack always.

What are your goals for Desert RATS: To embrace the desert. To push myself further than I ever have before. To enjoy the experience with other racers! And to make some new friends!

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