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Young runner keeping pace with dad

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Adrianna Tanner has a lot of ground to make up if she wants to catch her dad, David Tanner, who has run 70 marathons.

At least for now, the 12-year-old won't lose any ground because she's running right next to him.

Since the age of nine, Adrianna, of Liberty, Utah, wanted to run like her older brother, Joshua, but it wasn't until last year that her father let her begin.

Since then she has logged three marathons — the Top of Utah (Logan), the Ogden and Tuesday she added her first Deseret News Marathon.

For the last year for 15 to 20 miles a week she's had her dad all to herself during their training sessions, and recently her twin sister, Cassandra, has joined in.

"It's a good time to bond," David said of his runs with his daughters. "We have some good heart to hearts during our long runs."

Adrianna finished Tuesday's race in just under four hours and 30 minutes, some five minutes shy of her personal best of 4:24.

"They (her friends) think I'm crazy," the Snow Crest Junior High 7th grader said.

But she doesn't see it that way. She enjoys it along with soccer and basketball. But most of all she likes hanging out with her father.

"I talk with my dad and enjoy the scenery," she said.


E-mail: jhinton@desnews.com