Runners High is energized by its owners, Ken Pliska and Deb Spence. Ken brings his passion for running and his amazing “track” record to Runners High. He has run and raced for 34 years, qualifying (with a time of 2:20:48) for the US Olympic Marathon Trials in 2004. Ken has run 20 consecutive Boston Marathons and was the 2nd American finisher at the Boston Marathon in 2004. His PRs include his 2:20:48 marathon and a 1:08:10 half marathon finish. Ken holds the Canyonlands half marathon masters’ course record of 1:10:24, set in 2007, and has been named one of the “Legends of St. George” for his marathon performances throughout the years. Ken’s friendly and humble attitude makes runners of all levels and abilities feel encouraged.
Deb began running as a young mother of four children, and continued to run for fitness until her children were grown. She ran her first marathon for her 50th birthday, running with her oldest daughter, Liz, who flew to Chicago from her home in Costa Rica, for the marathon. Deb ran 10 marathons in 5 years, and qualified for the Boston Marathon at her second marathon. It was at The Boston Marathon that she met Ken, the love of her life, and they were married at the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years later. Deb has raced all distances from the 5K to the marathon and is currently competing in triathlons.
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