NICI lieutenant wins marathon

NICI Lt. Brian Crowl running
NICI Lt. Brian Crowl won the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon

For many people, just finishing a marathon is reason enough to be proud. But we can all be proud of an Idaho Department of Correction staff member who not only finished a marathon recently but came in first place.

The race was the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon on May 30 in Boise. North Idaho Correctional Institution Lt. Brian Crowl completed the 26.2 mile course with a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes 28 seconds -- almost five minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.

Crowl has been running competitively for 22 years but this was his first marathon. In college, he competed for Eastern Oregon University in cross country and track where he earned All-American honors three times.

Crowl attributes his success in the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon to having a specific goal and developing a training plan around it.  

“Despite missing three weeks of training due to an injury and illness, I was able to run the time I was shooting for due to sticking to the training plan and trusting in it,” Crowl says. “This involved a lot of pre-dawn runs in the cold and wind unfortunately.”

Crowl says he tries to be consisistent. He runs about 60 miles a week with one day off each week.  

“I focus on getting out every day and listening to my body, whether it is an easy recovery run or a 10-mile tempo run at race pace,” Crowl says. “It's amazing how much your body adapts once you make it out the door.” 

Crowl is now headed to the 4th of July 5k race in Grangeville  and a 20-mile trail run in McCall. If everything goes well, he plans on participating in the Moscow Mountain Madness 50k in September and a trail, half-marathon at Hells Gate State Park in October. 

“Ultimately, I want to start racing in the mountains and on the trails as much as possible,’ Crowl  says.

You can see a photo of Crowl about midway through the race and a photo of him at the finish line here.

The Famous Idaho Potato Marathon is sponsored by the Treasure Valley YMCA. The course runs from Lucky Peak along the Greenbelt to Garden City and back to Ann Morrison Park.

About 3,000 runners participated in this year’s race.

Story published: 06/15/2015
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