Elaine Dalton sets the pace for next generation of Mormon girls

Elaine S. Dalton may be one of the most athletic Mormon women leaders the LDS Church has ever had.

As a young college student, Dalton performed around the globe with Brigham Young University’s famed folk dancers. When she had small children, the young mother took up running. By now, even as a grandmother, she continues to tackle 26.2-mile marathons — at least 18 and counting.

But preaching to big audiences, overseeing a vast organization and overhauling programs for the next generation of Mormon girls worldwide may have been the race of her life.

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