Rob Olson

Rob Olson

Rob in the Resolution Run, 2010

Rob Olson- a running (and jumping) contradiction. The tie-dye clad member of the recent Are You Tough Enough? Team DNR (also known as the team of many moons); college high jump phenom (7’3″); ten time St. George Marathon finisher ; SBAA Treasurer; father of six who considers playing dolls with his daughters for two hours straight among his notable personal accomplishments. Read on- we promise you will be entertained………

Name: Rob Olson
Age: 50
Nicknames: Pop-Pop — it’s what my grandkids call me.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Employment: Controller — Select Staffing; Chairman, Butler America, LLC (a related staffing company.)

Family: My Extraordinarily Talented and Beautiful wife of 29 years – LeeAnn; and SIX great kids — yes, all of them planned and loved, we even alternated them boy girl, boy, girl, boy, girl — ages 27 through 19 — Yes, that’s right, 6 kids in 8 years. What fun we had! All six will graduate from college. Four have served Church missions (think Peace Corp, with a Book of Mormon.) Two grandchildren — Rylie (4) Davis (2).

Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Anything that my kids do, I do, just to have an excuse to be with them, including wakeboarding, surfing, kite-surfing, basketball, golf, cycling, Broadway musicals, opera, and rock and classical music concerts.

Most Prized Possession: According to my faith, when I croak, only three things will survive the passage — my relationship with my beautiful wife and my children and what I have learned here. There you go.

Favorite Food: Fish tacos, pico, brown rice, fresh fruit salad, and ice cream for dessert.
Favorite Movie (and respective favorite quotes): Five way tie: Princess Bride (“he’s just mostly dead”), The Godfather (“its not personal, its business”), Silverado (“bad luck, I guess”) Aliens (“get away from her, you b*tch”), Caddyshack (“be the ball”).
Favorite Spectator Sport: Any Summer Olympics: 1500 meter final. Truly electric!
My friends describe me as: I asked. Answers: Steady, dryly funny, religious, family guy.

My trademark expression is: “If you are waiting for me, you are wasting your time.” (Never late).

If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Fund the cure for cancer and give a copy of the Book of Mormon to everyone on the planet.

In the next 5 years, I hope to: Still think that at least one running PR is still out there. Have 10 more grandkids. Retire from going to work everyday.

In the next 10 years, I hope to: Have served a couple of Church missions with my wife. Have 10 more grandkids. Still be running, surfing and cycling.

Rob Olson

Rob Olson

Personal accomplishments: I can bake 30 minute brownies in 20 minutes. I once played “dolls” with my daughters for 2 hours straight. I coached my sons basketball teams for 7 straight years. I taught all six of my children to play the musical instrument of their choice. I have surfed with all six of my children on the same day. I paid for braces and college for all six of my children. I have never once, in 29 years, raised my voice to my wife (ask her!). I once jumped over a bar (with no external propulsion systems) that was 7 feet 3 inches off the ground and landed safely in a soft foam pad. I served a Church Mission in New York City (think Peace Corp, with a Book of Mormon and Guardian Angel.)

Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I have been a roommate to three Olympic athletes.

Favorite Running Shoes: Asics Nimbus
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): You mean, besides the distance from the couch to the fridge? Oh, then it’s the Half Marathon. I have yet to set my PR in the Half Marathon, even though I have run 20 of them or so.

Best Race and Why: Hobblecreek (it’s in Utah) Half Marathon. One of those (rare, for me) days when running fast was easy and relaxed.

Worst Race and Why: Five way tie: the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 St. George Marathons — totally blew up after having totally inadequately prepared. I am a slow learner.

Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 40
Favorite Local Race: SBAA Half Marathon.

Most Memorable Running Experience: Any day that I am healthy enough to run with my friends is memorable.

Favorite Place to Run: Elwood Bluffs

Glory Days PR: 7’3″ in the High Jump.

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: To complete a 10k, half marathon and marathon in PR time. When you are new and slow, PR’s come easy.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Same as above, but wildly.
Lifetime Running Goals. To be healthy enough to run every day that I have time to run when I am 85.
Local Running Heroes & Why: Rusty Snow — an expert at knowing the limits of those he coaches; truly knows (and loves!) the sport and how to motivate and prepare. Except when he runs with me and says, “stay right on my shoulder.” My not local hero, Ed Eyestone. I once saw him so far into oxygen debt during a college 10k that he was weaving from lane to lane. That’s determination.

Personal Training Tips: I am too much of a rookie to offer any, unless you want to learn how to high jump. Then, you won’t shut me up.
Why I Run: Love the fitness and the friends.

I love runners who: Are fast, humble about it and encourage us slow folks.
I don’t care for runners who: Are fast, know it and don’t talk to us slow folks.

Suggestions for local races: Move the SBIM to Saturday. Then, I am in. ;).

Suggestions for SBAA: Past leaders (Des, John, Wally, Joe) are inspiring. New leaders (Jim Sloan and others) are right on the money.

Add Anything: If you are on a run and you hear someone coming up behind you and you can’t quite see who it is and one person is talking and everyone else is listening…it’s Joe Howell.

Favorite Quote: “To reach goals you have not met, you must be willing to do things you have not done.” Richard G. Scott, Mormon Apostle.

SBAA Member since: 2007

By Gene Deering and Joe Howell

Rob Olson’s Races