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KNOW YOUR RUNNER: Matt Keyes

By: Ray Hacke, Journal Sports Writer
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Matt Keyes Auburn Bib No. 35 This is the latest in a series of profiles on Auburn-area residents participating in the Western States Endurance Run on June 27. Matt Keyes admittedly didn't run much before his second child was born. “My wife wanted to lose some of that baby weight, so I started running with her,” the 35-year-old Auburn resident said. That was back in 2000. Six years later, Keyes was competing in his first Western States Endurance Run. Keyes will run in the 100-mile race from Squaw Valley to Auburn for the third time this Saturday. “I just wanted to get out with my wife and run a little bit,” Keyes said. “It’s a little bit of a slippery slope, this running business.” Asked about his training regimen, Keyes said, “Here’s a shocker — are you ready for this? I run.” That’s putting it mildly. On his “long days,” which he puts in about once a week, Keyes logs about 40 miles. The rest of his runs usually go for about an hour and a half. “I spend a lot of time in the canyon during the spring on the Western States trail itself,” Keyes said. Keyes won’t be running only for himself on Saturday. He works part-time for the Auburn Running Company, whose owner, Dan Moores, was diagnosed with cancer in November. A running fund-raiser was held at Placer High School in January to help Moores cover his medical expenses. Moores is still undergoing treatment. “I ran my first Western States with Dan,” Keyes said. “He’ll be on my mind.” Keyes’ best Western States time was 23 hours, 50 minutes, which he achieved in his second race in 2007. “I’d love to do as well as I did in 2007, but mostly I just want to get out and run as well as I can,” he said. “I just want to have a good day and appreciate the fact that my body will let me go out and do it.”