When Skirt Sport asked us to write a blog about our most ‘real’ race to go with the year long campaign of #REALwomenmove, I started to think about all the races I have done over the years. However, to find a race that I can define as my most real race was rather difficult. I was drawn to the ‘first’ of any race distance–first 5k race, first marathon, first triathlon, first ultra-marathon. While those races were self-defining in their own way, no one race stuck out as my most ‘real’ race. Until I remembered a race from way back in 2001, the St. George Marathon in Utah. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, this race was a defining moment for me. It paved the way to the person, the athlete I am today. This race ultimately opened doors for me that would have been closed had I not raced this race.