There were a lot of motives for the out-of-towners who found their way to Salt Lake City Monday to celebrate Pioneer Day and take home the titles in the annual Deseret News/KSL Radio races. Most of them had to do with money and the literal pursuit thereof. The age of amateurism might not be completely dead, but it's not in the fast lane anymore.
At any rate, runners from Colorado and California and Arizona, and a few other places, like Orem and Norway, made quick income in Monday's early morning semi-heat. Cars and cash prizes and trips to Hawaii were going faster than hotcakes at the free parade breakfast. Was this a race extravaganza or the opening of a timeshare development?But there was one exception to the pursuit of fast times at a decent hourly rate.
Dennis Rinde, a 29-year-old marathon man from Orangevale, Calif., which is about 26.2 miles from Sacramento, didn't come to Utah to win the marathon's first prize of an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii for two - even if that's what he wound up with.
Rinde - pronounced Rindy - came to Utah for the simplest of reasons. His brother asked him to. That, and he needed a good run at altitude to get ready for the Stamford (Conn.) Marathon in October. The Stamford Marathon offers a hefty first place prize and it is Rinde's hope to claim it.
Oh, and there was one other motive. Through his brother, Dean, Dennis Rinde had also heard about Demetrio Cabanillas, the nine-time winner of the Deseret News Marathon. Dennis, a winner of 14 marathons in his lifetime, including this year's Orange Bowl Marathon in Miami, thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if he could maybe be the man to stop the Monster of this Marathon.
To this end, Dean, 24, and Dennis piled into Dean's beat-up Toyota late last Friday night and began the journey from Orangevale to Salt Lake City. It wasn't the original Pioneer Trail but it was still July and it was still hot. The Toyota's air conditioning would be no match for the desert. These guys might be distance runners and therefore by definition on the masochistic side, but not masochistic enough to drive from Winnemucca to Wendover in the daytime.
They were cool. They arrived in Salt Lake early Saturday morning, at which point they went to the mountains and drove the hilly D. N. course.
Could this be the place?
"Gosh," said Dean, "we couldn't believe it. The highest point at home is 100 feet."
Then they found out that Cabanillas wasn't going to go for No. 10, a blow that was putting a quick downer on their trip to the Days of '47 Celebration. A trip that Dean - who once ran cross-country for the University of Utah - had suggested to Dennis after running in the 10K race a year ago.
But they had gone to all that work to get here, so they got up early Monday morning and entered their first marathon together. Less than 2 1/2 hours later they finished their first marathon, almost together. Dennis was first, followed by Dean, who was four minutes or so back in his brother's jetstream.
All was well that ended well. They had beat the field like they'd beat the Nevada desert heat.
Now the only question that remained: Would Dennis, who won the free trip to Hawaii for two, take his brother, Dean, to the Islands, or would he take somebody else?
"I guess he'll do what he wants," said Dean.
"I don't know," said Dennis. "I could take Dean . . . I really haven't even thought about it . . . It wasn't why I came here."
In the more popular - and more lucrative - 10K race, such was not the case. The elite runners who finished in the money came here for the money, or for the cars that could be turned into money.
For the women's winner, Kellie Cathey of Fort Collins, Colo., it meant, ho hum, another new car. Last year, when she won her first Deseret News-KSL Radio 10K title, she won a Ford Tempo, which she sold to finance her training. But now, her Toyota Corolla has 80,000 miles on it and the `88 Hyundai she'll get from Larry H. Miller might make a jazzy replacement.
She was pondering the possibility as she left the winner's circle.
Meanwhile, Geir Kvernno, the Norwegian by way of Boulder who won the men's 10K, was already talking about selling his new Hyundai.
"I'm soon going back to Norway," he said. "If I take the car and have to pay the taxes they'll be more than the car is worth."
Then again, he could look up the Rinde brothers, who don't have to pay import taxes in Orangevale and could use a decent air conditioner - and who have, even if they didn't plan on it, a couple of airline tickets that could probably be transferred to Oslo.