Running Up for Air

If you’ve spent any time in Salt Lake City over the winter, you know that we have real air quality problems here. While bigger cities like Los Angeles might get more recognition for having dirty skies, the truth is that Salt Lake City in the winter oftentimes has some of the worst air quality in the nation.

Even CBS News declared that Salt Lake City is shrouded in “a toxic fog”. 

Specifically, Salt Lake City has a problem with particulate emissions being trapped in the pools of cold air which sit in the valley where the residents live. These particulates are known by the government to cause nose and throat irritation, lung damage, bronchitis and early death.

That’s why I’ve decided to join a group of trail runners doing something fun for a good cause — to help raise money to lobby for cleaner air in our (not so) fair city.

Thanks to the efforts of Jared Campbell and others, we’ll be having a day of fun (and a little misery) on one of our local mountains trying to raise a little money.

I’ll be attempting to summit the west ridge of Grandeur Peak six times in twelve hours. The trail up Grandeur rises 3,400 feet in two miles for a total of 40,000′ of elevation change up and down.

It will be a great challenge but to do it, I’ll need your help!

We’re raising money for Breathe Utah — a group that works tirelessly to help clean up the air in Utah.

Will you help me by considering a pledge to donate to the group if I successfully complete this challenge?

I’m asking for friends and family to help me by donating at least $4 per lap. (Or whatever you can afford.)

To pledge, please leave a comment below or email me at

If you can’t afford to give, please consider coming out to join us on March 2nd, 2013. I’d love people to join me for part of a lap or to come to the base of the mountain and support me by bringing me food or — most importantly — some encouragement and a friendly face.

If you’re able to afford making a small donation to Breathe Utah in support of the athletes attempting this extreme challenge, not only would I appreciate it but all of us who call this wonderful place our home would as well.

I hope to see many of you very soon!

Here are some photos I’ve taken from Grandeur Peak over the years:


grandeur_evening grandeur_twilight grandeur_sunset

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2 Responses to Running Up for Air

  1. Amanda Ellis Graham says:

    I would like to donate $4 per lap!

  2. Zean says:

    Mike, I’m sorry I didn’t know you were running for a cause! I’d like to contribute… you know where to find me.

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