Golden Harper


Years Running:

Since I left crawling behind

Years with Runner’s Corner:

More than you! (Unless “you” are Hawk, in which case it’s pretty close!)

Running Accomplishments:

Pre-HS: 3:08 Marathon at age 10, 2:57 Marathon at age 11 (National Best), 2:45 Marathon at age 12 (World Best).
High School:

Utah Cross Country State Champion in 1998 and 1999
-3rd at Footlocker Western States Championships
-10th at Footlocker National Championships with a time that broke the old national record – too bad 9 other guys did as well that day! (Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, Ian Dobson, Josh Rohatinski, etc.)
-Great Southwest 2 mile champion (9:09) just a few weeks after being trampled and receiving several punctures and stitched up lacerations
Collegiate: -7th at the Mountain West Conference Championships (1st team All-Conference) as a Freshman at BYU (Provo)
-Set the 8k and 10k school records at BYU Hawaii
-Went undefeated at collegiate distance races his senior season until his final race of the year
-2007 PacWest Conference Cross Country Champion
-Ran the 17th fastest collegiate 10k time in the country at DII Western Regionals (at altitude!)
-2007 BYU Hawaii Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete of the Year, Runner of the Year, PacWest Conference Runner of the year, NCAA Academic All-American.
Post-Collegiate: Won his debut Ultra, the Alpine to Slickrock 50 Miler (MAS 50) in convincing fashion.

Personal Profile: Golden’s expertise lies in handling running injuries, complicated shoe situations and trail running. He attended Orem High School. He has two fast parents and 3 fast little sisters and couldn’t ask for better. They’re all wonderful. His interests include playing the guitar and writing songs, photography, fastpacking/backpacking, showshoeing, trail running, surfing, going to concerts and recording them, cooking, camping, and going to as many mountain tops and beautiful, breathtaking places as possible. Relationship Status: Not taken—Free as a bird! His favorite book is The Other Side of Heaven. His favorite magazine is Trail Runner. He’s currently doing some trail/mountain racing and just finished up running cross country for BYU-Hawaii after transferring from BYU-Provo.

Current Favorite Road Shoe: Altra Zero Drop Provision prototype
Current Favorite Trail Shoe: Altra Zero Drop Lone Peak

    Personal Records

  • 100m: 11.5 (2000)
  • 200m: Let’s not talk about that!
  • 400m: 54.1 (2000)
  • 800m: 1:59 (2000)
  • 1600m/Mile: 4:19 (2000)
  • 3200m/2 Mile: 9:09 (2000)
  • 5K: 14:45 (1999)
  • Cross Country 8k: 25:06 (2007)
  • Cross Country 10K: 31:04 (2007)
  • Marathon: 2:44:53 (1995)
  • Mountain 50 Miler: 9 hours, 12 minutes (1st place)
  • Favorite Road Race

  • Homestead Golden 5k/15k
  • Favorite Off-road Race

  • Wasatch Steeplechase
  • Favorite Run

  • Bustin’ sub 6’s down the front side of Timp on the Great Western from baldy past little baldy to the rock pile