Penny Parrish is used to winning Marathons, she’s won the Pocatello Marathon eight times, but she’s never run the Teton Dam Marathon before. Now she’s one for one in that Dam Marathon after running a time of 3:13:47 to come in first among female runners Saturday.
Parrish didn’t even know she won the Marathon. When she passed one of the final aid stations they told her she was in second.
“It was a little confusing because of the relay that was going on,” Parrish said. “So, I didn’t ever know where I was as far as who was running the marathon. I thought there was someone really far in front of me.”
Parrish didn’t run quite as fast as she has in other Marathons for example she ran a 2:59:10 in the Pocatello Marathon in September. That doesn’t mean she didn’t accomplish something incredible even for her standard though.
Parrish had been training for trail races earlier this year and just finished running the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim that totals 47 miles Tuesday, May 21.
“I haven’t done the proper training I usually do for a marathon. I was just training for those, Parrish said. “I wasn’t specifically training for this marathon. I was trying to get some road runs in two or three days a week or so but the rest was trails. I haven’t been running super long distances on the road because I was trying to focus on trail for that time.
Saturday’s Marathon is the 26th that Parrish has competed in. In addition to winning Pocatello eight times, she’s won the Lake Lowell Marathon twice and the Idaho Falls Marathon once and she’s run in the Boston Marathon twice.
Parrish recently graduated from ISU’s physical therapy assistant program and started working as a physical therapist assistant a little over a week ago. Her and her husband also have four children. She finds time to run early in the morning (around 5:30) or in the evening.
Runner a new Marathon was fun for Parrish.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Parrish said. “It was all new and all a surprise. That’s always kind of nice. I thought the people at the aid stations were super nice and they were really good at cheering you and making you feel good. I thought the race was pretty well organized.”
Parrish plans to run a few more Marathons including the Pocatello and St. George Marathons later this year.
BYU-I student Aaron Withers won the Marathon overall for the second year in a row with a time of 2:40.34.
Recently graduated Sugar-Salem’s track star Kooper Williams is still winning: He placed first in the Half Marathon with a time of 1:23.16. Keysah Stutz of Rexburg placed first in the half Marathon with a time of 1:31:32.
Fifteen-year-old Hyrum Spencer of Monteview, Idaho placed first in the 10K with a time of 36:13 and Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Spencer finished in the female category with a time of 43:12.
Eighteen-year-old Zachary Erickson of Idaho Falls finished first in the 5k with time of 15:57. Christine Hauger of Soda Spring finished first female category with a time of 20:24.
The average age of the male winners is 18 years old and the average of the female winners was 38 years old.
There were five new course records this year. The Relay winning team: Dam Dam Double Dam ran 3:37:33. The Corporate Challenge relay winning team: Grifols Riddle Me This ran a 3:13:11.
Only one participant came from outside the country. They are from Barcelona, Spain. Participants came from 29 different states with the majority from Idaho or Utah.