When I say the Boise running community is awesome, I don't say it because there's a ton of us that are part of it or because on any giving Saturday there's a half dozen 5Ks going on in the Treasure Valley.  I say it because whether you're at the front of the pack or the back, you are surrounded by some of the strongest individuals you'll ever meet.

And if you do enough races, you get to know the competitors that finish around year.  One of those people I met is Tanya Turner.  With over 50 half marathons, 10 full marathons and an Ironman under her belt...you can see why I think she's super woman.  She's a fierce competitor but also one of the nicest, good hearted people you'll ever meet which is why I want to get the word out about the latest obstacle she's tackling.

This June, Tanya's taking on the Sawtooth Relay...SOLO.  Normally you and five of your craziest running friends split up twelve legs of the almost 62 mile race, but the race accepts five hardcore athletes a year who are given permission to run the entire distance on their own.  Tanya got accepted as one of those athletes and has chosen to partner her run with "The Longest Day" to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's research.

Raising money for the Alzheimer's Association is special to Tanya as her grandfather is fighting the disease. The last real conversation she had with Papa Jim before his memory really started to go was 7 years ago following his heart attack.  He's really struggling now and her family questions what he'll remember on a day to day basis.

My fiance's parents are both dealing with dementia and it breaks my heart when I see his face as he's talking to them on the phone.  I feel so helpless because there's nothing I can say or do to make things better for him.  That's why I'm happy to support Tanya on this journey and help fund research so that other families may not have to deal with this horrible disease in the future.

Want to help Tanya reach her goal? Click HERE to make a donation!