Runners High is energized by its owners, Ken Pliska and Deb Spence (who, by the way, were married at the finish of the 2008 Boston Marathon). 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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Paige is a Mullen High School and Univeristy of Kansas Alum. She was the 2008 USA 25K champion with a time of 1:30:49 and also finished eighth overall and third among American runners at the 2008 Chicago Marathon with a personal-record 2:33:06 time. In 2007, she won the Bolder Boulder 10K citizen’s race (34:49) and was the second American woman and seventh overall finisher at the Chicago Marathon in a time of 2:40:12. In 2009, she was one of five women to represent the United States in the marathon at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, placing 30th in 2:37.11. She ranked fourth at the 2010 Houston Marathon with a time of 2:33:22 and was the first American finisher at the 2010 Boston Marathon, earning 13th overall out of 9,721 female competitors in 2:36:00.