"Meet the Bartons"
Brad & Alydia:
Alydia and I met as teammates while both on track scholarship at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. We married our senior year in college and hoped to be blessed with a large family. I was a middle-distance track star and Alydia’s specialty was 10,000 m so we hoped our offspring would share our talent and passion for long-distance running.
Check us out 19 years later. We have truly been blessed indeed.
(Sweet Pea) She serves as Brad's Office Manager, Travel Agent and CFO. She's a high school head track coach, mathematics instructor, elite marathon runner, Sunday school leader, wife and mother of six. In short, she is one busy lady!
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, her parents returned to Federal Way, Washington when she was six years old. She excelled in high school track and cross-country and earned a scholarship to run for Weber State University where she studied mathematics and received her secondary education teaching certificate.
She qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials and has a lifetime best marathon time of 2:49.36.
(Jacobman) Our 17-year-old high school senior, a.k.a. "The Cross King" won both the Utah 3A Cross-Country Championship his Junior year, and the state 4A cross-country crown his Senior year. He loves BC calculus, seminary, and psychology.
Jacob is a dedicated athlete. He runs 50 to 70 miles per week. He spends his evenings with homework (he maintains a 3.99 GPA - Utah High School All-Academic Team), video games, Facebook, and eating - a lot!
Jacob has recently accepted an academic and cross-country/track scholarship at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He will run for the Aggies and study engineering beginning fall 2010. He plans to serve a two-year full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints between his freshman and sophomore years at USU.
(Brie girl) Our 14-year-old high school Freshman, thankfully, loves horses more than boys. She enjoys spending part of her summer at the family cattle ranch in Salmon, Idaho. A gifted artist, she won Best of Show in her school districts art competition. (She likes the ribbon, but I think she was more impressed with the several hundred dollars that came with the honor.)
She is a voracious reader, an entrepreneur, and enjoys beekeeping with her dad.
Aubrey is also a gifted runner, maintaining her varsity spot on the second best girls cross-country team in the state of Utah.
(Mr. G.) This is dad's fishing, hunting, gardening, baseball buddy. An 11-year-old fifth-grader, he enjoys reading fantasy, writing science fiction, time with friends, and anything that involves guns or fishing rods. His lifelong dream was fulfilled last summer when he caught a 52 pound King Salmon with his dad in Alaska.
Garrett shows real promise as a long-distance runner. He's fast on the track, but get him on a mountain trail and he leaves his elite-runner mom in the dust and his NCAA All-American dad gasping for air. The kid is an animal!
(Mary Miss) She loves to run and owns a fistful of ribbons to prove how good she is at it but her favorite sport is gymnastics. She started training last year but has caught up with and surpassed many of her peers who have been at it for years. She is our fearless one and has a high pain threshold. She broke her hand at the gym but didn't mention it to anyone for fear of missing out on some of the fun.
As an eight-year-old, friends are very important to Mariena but she still loves giving her dad back rubs and plenty of XOXO. She is also the family gift giver. She loves doing anonymous kind acts of loving service. Her favorite subjects in school are art, reading and PE.
(Miss E May) Our adorable 4-year-old daughter is physically small but she packs a giant personality. She’s emotional, strong-willed and determined. She has an insatiable sweet tooth and is a great help taking care of her baby sister.
She loves going to track practice with her head coach mother where she is anxious to run laps with the jumpers and throwers. The standing rule for the field athletes is that they have to at least keep up with the four-year-old (which is no easy task - this kid loves to run!).
The terrible twos have struck a year early! She is like a tornado in a diaper! She is in constant need of new information and experience. With a mischievous grin, she quickly leaves one disaster area and heads off for a new destructive adventure. She has no need to learn to speak as her siblings are happy to cater to her needs. Our family cannot imagine life without her.
brad's happy clients:
|Plus hundreds of school based programs providing student body assemblies, youth leadership workshops and teacher professional development trainings.|
brad's favorite dozen books
Good to Great
M. Scott Peck, M.D.
The Dog Poop Initiative
A Brief History
Orson Scott Card
Stephen E. Robinson
Brad Barton - Motivational Speaker
Are you looking for someone to magically engage, instruct and inspire your educators and students? Brad Barton does the trick.
High risk youth, then accomplished student, then prevention specialist – Brad is now a nationally recognized keynote speaker and celebrated member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Though raised in a tough environment, plagued with learning disabilities and poor self esteem, there was magic in this awkward 82 lb high school academic failure. A dedicated educator saw that, and got Brad on track – literally.
He earned an athletic scholarship in track and field; was named NCAA All-American; qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials; ranked internationally in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase; and named Weber State University Athlete of the Year. He also earned NCAA Academic honors and graduated Cum Laude.
Brad was a West CAPT certified Prevention Specialist for ten years, training teachers in substance abuse prevention and character education, and served as adviser to the Governor’s Youth Council.
This fun presenter began using the metaphor of magic to teach young people the truth about drugs, violence and other dangerous illusions. His magical approach, inspiring message and engaging presentations create excitement among adults as well. Educators and corporate professionals in over 40 states welcome his message.
As effective with small groups as he is with large, Brad speaks to thousands of people (and tens of people) world wide. Turns out, adults are just as excited about magic as are kids – especially when the magic conveys Brad’s powerful and timely message!
Author of the book Beyond Illusions, member of the National Speakers Association and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Brad resides in Ogden, Utah with his wife of 21 years and their six children.
Invite this magical presenter to instruct and inspire your team!