Records (from all years)
8/26/2004 Thur: The club party record was tied when 95 came out to celebrate the season! Max Armstrong, who works at the North Pole as a magician, preformed a magic show for us. Club awards were handed out to the 22 people that made 45 or more of the 60 workouts including; Brenda Cowell - 60, Bryan Willis - 60, Joe Cowell - 60, Kyla Carpenter - 60, Matt Carpenter - 60, Yvonne Carpenter - 59, John O'Donnell - 58, Darrell Weaver - 55, Gordon Barnett - 54, Pattie Danner - 54, Harry Harcrow - 53, Gina Harcrow - 52, Larry Miller - 52, Chaz Lalonde - 50, Vicki Martin - 48, Stephen Mitchell - 47, Beverly Weaver - 46, Fred Wright - 46, Stephen Martin - 46, Valerie Prothe - 46, Andy Kovats - 45, Ted Bidwell - 45. In addition, Glen Ash and Jackie Burhans got awards for having perfect Sunday Streaks. Gina Harcrow won the driven award. Of course, no party would be complete without food and we ate 20 large pizzas. After the pizza was gone Brenda Willis did her final weigh-in at 235 meaning she lost of total of 72.5 lbs. The Incline Club is now in off season mode we start back up on November 28th.
8/21-21/2004 Sat/Sun: 149 ICers took part in the Pikes Peak Ascent, Marathon or the Leadville Trail 100.
8/19/2004 Thur: 33 ICers made it for the run that as amazing as it sounds did not see any rain! A quick little time check to Ruxton (Ascent runners) or Hydro (Marathon runners) was all she wrote for the final club workout of the season.
8/15/2004 Sun: The final IC Sunday run of the season saw at least 40 runners on Pikes Peak. Most did a taper run down to the 2 mile sign and back up. Afterwards about 15 of us did trail work on our mile working our way from the 1 mile to the summit sign to where we left off last week! The trail looks awesome:-)
8/12/2004 Thur: 40 showed for 20 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy up the Barr Trail. This was 10 mins shorter than our normal run but it is time to taper!!!
8/8/2004 Sun: At least 35 ICers were on Pikes Peak today. For most it was a taper run. After the run about 6 of us did trail work on our mile for about 4 hours. We got several big rocks off the trail including one that took about 1 hour by itself that had fallen onto the flat traverse over towards the Fred Barr sign.
8/5/2004 Thur: RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN! It was a wet one today but that did not stop 32 diehards from doing a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. Or is that the Barr River! The 1-2 punch of the last two days storms has really made a mess of the trail. Not to worry however because the Trail Dogs will work on the trail hard before race day!
8/1/2004 Sun: At least 52 of us (and probably a lot more) were out and about on Pikes Peak today. Another perfect weather day had many doing workouts from the top. In fact, the group starting from the bottom was rather small.
7/29/2004 Thur: 45 came out for 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy up the Barr Trail. Conditions were perfect! Hydro Hell Repeats are still hell!
7/25/2004 Sun: At least 52 ICers were out and about on Pikes Peak. Those starting from the bottom were in cloud cover almost till Barr Camp. From there it was nothing but sun and incredible views!!! Those starting from the tollbooth had to deal with a delay due to ice on the upper sections of the highway.
7/22/2004 Thur: Although it rained hard most of the day things were perfect for our run. 44 headed up the Barr trail for a 30 minute tempo run. The traction was awesome and the air was moist and therefore some even managed to run a PR. Hydro Hell repeats rounded out the day although a few of us were still a little sore from the BTMR and did not do them.
7/18/2004 Sun: A whole lot of ICers tore up the Barr Trail Mountain Race. There were 83 ICers running and another 30 volunteering for a total of 113. 4 people who have run with the IC were in the top 10. 3 in the overall masters, and 24 won age-group awards including 14 age-group winners! Way to go IC!!!
7/15/2004 Thur: Rain and lightning were the order of the day! That did not stop 34 from showing for a very wet run. In fact, it was so bad that even the CRUDers were hiding out with the ICers under the COG depot until the start of the workout. It was fortunate indeed that the run for today was a taper run. We did a time test from the start of the Barr Trail Mountain Race to the end of the first switchback. Any higher and we may have been stuck by lightning!
7/11/2004 Sun: With the Summer Round Up 12K taking place today only 46 ICers were left to run on Pikes Peak. About a 1/3rd of the group started from Elk Park or the top and the rest started from the bottom. A little warm at the bottom but it cooled off nicely unless you ran back down into the really warm stuff!
7/8/2004 Thur: A fairly large group of 46 headed up the Barr Trail for a 30 minute tempo run. While it started off very hot a light sprinkle and cool breeze (not to mention some gain in altitude) helped make it a pleasant run. 10 Hydro Hell repeats finished the day.
7/4/2004 Sun: 63 ICers started from the top, bottom or middle of Pikes Peak today. The weather was perfect all the way up. A tad crowded in the summit house due to the 4th of July holiday but all and all just an awesome day to be on the mountain. Well, other than the fact that there is no water available at Barr Camp.
7/1/2004 Thur: 35 ICers headed up the Barr Trail for 30 minutes of 1 min hard, 1 min easy. For a change there was no rain during the run. However, a damp trail made for perfect traction. 10 Hydro Hell repeats finished the workout.
6/27/2004 Sun: At least 78 ICers were on Pikes Peak today. About half started from Elk Park with the rest starting from either the bottom or the top. The weather held out just long enough for most to get their run in but a few got wet!
6/24/2004 Thur: Some serious rain scared off all but 34 ICers. But as is typical of Pikes Peak weather it cleared up almost totally at the start of the run and quite a few set some PRs:-) 10 Hydro Hell repeats finished off the day.
6/20/2004 Sun: 68 were all over Pikes Peak today. Various reports indicate that it was an awesome day to be on the mountain although it was a little humid and the clouds rolled in about 2 hours into the run. However there is/was NO snow on the trail whatsoever. Of course just wait till these clouds lift!
6/17/2004 Thur: 43 braved rain and hail to do 30 minute of 1 minutes hard, 1 minute easy. However, there was nothing easy about the weather today but the rain is welcome for sure!
6/13/2004 Sun: 33 ICers who were not doing the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile came out for a run on Pikes Peak. The snow report goes like this 4 steps total! Brenda came within 6 minutes of making the cut-off for the GOG run. We are proud of her because just 2 months ago she would not have been able to go 10 miles even in her dreams!
6/10/2004 Thur: 43 showed for what was for many a taper run for the upcoming Garden of the Gods 10 Mile run. The rest did a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail and 10 Hydro Street Hell Repeats.
6/6/2004 Sun: 73 ICers were all over Pikes Peak with quite a few starting from Elk Park and several reaching the summit. While there are a few patches of snow between the 2 mile to go sign and the top none present a problem as far as running goes. Have at it and have fun! Brenda checked in at 264 today.
6/3/2004 Thur: 45 showed up at Hydro Street for 30 mins of 1 min hard, 1 min easy. Because of the new month, 10 Hydro Street Hell repeats rounded out the workout. Kyla and I got to watch the whole thing and I must say Kyla did her fair share of running:-)
5/30/04 Sun: The Memorial Day holiday produced our smallest Sunday run in a while with only 75 showing for a run up the Barr Trail. It was a tad cold today and above the A-Frame the wind was wicked cold! However, a lot of snow as melted since last week and it is not an issue until right at the 2 mile to go sign. Brenda dipped below 270 when she weighed in at 268 in the BWU100.
5/27/2004 Thur: 44 showed for a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. Quite a few reported major progress today with several getting a minute or more further up the trail than 2 weeks ago:-) 8 Hydro hell repeats finished off the workout. 5 formerly perfect Thursday streakers broke their streak today must have something to do with the Memorial Day weekend coming up.
5/23/2004 Sun: A huge group of 97 ICers headed up Pikes Peak today. Same snow level as last week (end of long switchback after BP sign) but much less of it. We started handing out Incline Club shirts and hats today:-)
5/20/2004 Thur: Well the pattern has been established for the Thursday runners. Good weather, big group. Today we had good weather and 54 came out for 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy. 8 Hydro hell repeats rounded out the workout!
5/16/2004 Sun: 80 came out for an awesome trip up to Barr Camp and back. Many went even further to either the Bottomless Pit sign or the A-Frame. Snow was not a factor until the end of the long switchback after the Bottomless Pit sign. After that there were just a few patches that are well traveled. Bottom line, dont let the thought of snow hold you back to at least this point and perhaps another half mile higher. Today at her weigh-in Brenda gave me a scare! She was the same weight as last week. However, she then started to laugh and started pulling out oranges out of her clothes. Her real weight was 271 which is right where she needs to be. Follow her progress at on the BWU100 page.
5/13/2004 Thur: Winters back! Rain, then cold rain, then wet snow and finally snow greeted 40 ICers today. The protocol was a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. And actually the weather was just about right on the way up but a tad on the cold side coming down. 8 Hydro Hell repeats rounded out the day.
5/9/2004 Sun: The VanFeed record was broken today when 121 ICers and their family came out for some serious food and fun. Thanks Neal and Teresa Taylor! Of course our run came first and for that Section 16 was the route. It also happened that the Blue Skies Inn B&B held the first annual Bubbles Over Colorado Festival in the park next to us and many of us took advantage of some amazing bubble shows! Finally, it was also Mothers Day which just made it all the better! Especially if mom is also a runner:-)
5/6/2004 Thur: Our first Thursday with great weather brought out our largest Thursday group - 51. The protocol was 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy. Some were a little surprised with the jump to 8 Hydro Street Hell repeats but it is a new month after all:-)
5/2/2004 Sun: 86 came out on a perfect day for a trip up to Barr Camp and back. Just one of those days that makes you glad you can call this your home! No snow till after No Name but even from there it is well packed.
4/29/2004 Thur: A cold day greeted 38 ICers many of whom were back in tights for a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. Once we got going however it did not seem to cold - until the clouds rolled in like a fog. Or maybe it was a fog. Whatever, it made for a cold trip down. At least the Hydro Street Hell repeats warmed us back up:-)
4/25/2004 Sun: For the first time in memory it was raining at the start of a Sunday club run. However that did not stop 75 for showing up for a trip up Rampart Range Road. After about 30 minutes the rain became a wet snow and then finally the fun fluffy stuff. However for myself I was already soaked to the bone and more than glad to get into the trees of Williams Canyon. The dry creek bed is no longer dry so the 15 plus creek crossings were really crossings for a change. Nothing like a hot bath on days like today! Brenda knocked off another two pounds this week and is now at 286.
4/22/2004 Thur: Rain, Rain, Rain produced the smallest club workout in years at 29. However those that showed got ahead of those that stayed home and no one melted. After a few switchbacks the rain even turned to snow. We did use the bad weather protocal for the 30 minutes of 1 min hard, 1 min easy which is for the easy minutes we run downhill instead of continuing up the trail. This does 2 things 1) it keeps us out of the deep snow and 2) it gets us out of there faster because after the 30 we end up only having to run down for less than 10 minutes instead of another 30. However rain or no, we still did our Hydro Street hell repeats:-) By the next morning about 6 inches of snow had accumulated down low so the trail must be deep!
4/18/2004 Sun: 85 took advantage of another good day to head to Barr Camp. Although there were some patches along the way for the most part snow was not an issue. Even those of us that went to the Bottomless Pit sign were not slowed too much by the white stuff. Brenda broke through another barrier today when she weighed in at 288. She is right at 20 lbs lighter than when she started!
4/15/2004 Thur: 56 ICers took a break from doing their taxes to come do a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. They were greeted by perfect conditions. Quite a few reported getting further up the trail than last weeks 1 on, 1 off workout which is exactly the way it should be. However some did not get as far and that probably means they started out too fast but because there were no easy minutes they never got to recover and just kept getting slower. 4 Hydro Street hell repeats rounded out the day.
4/11/2004 Sun: 78 went hopping on the bunny trail for an Easter Sunday run. The fresh snow was incredible and made for one of the best Section 16 runs in a long time. Just enough cushion that the downhill felt like velvet. On the return some of Section 16 was getting a little muddy but nothing to worry about unless you were wearing new should. Brenda weighed in at 291 today which means another 7lbs are gone!
4/8/2004 Thur: The first IC Thursday run of the 2004 season saw 37 sneak in between rain showers for perfect running conditions. The trail was damp but not soaked for awesome traction, the air was moist and easy to breath and the temperature was cool but not cold. Also there was no snow all the way to No Name creek. The protocol today was 30 minutes of 1 minute easy, 1 minute hard. After an easy run back down the trail we rounded out the day with 4 Hydro Street hell repeats. It was great to get the Thursdays underway and those that stayed home because of the weather really missed out!
4/04/2004 Sun: 84 came out for an awesome run up to Barr Camp and back. We broke through the fog just above No Name Creek and were treated to the warm sun and great views of the snow covered landscape. A lot more people made it all the way to Barr Camp than two weeks ago and on the trip down the snow was well packed. The Brenda Willis Ultra 100 is going well and today she weighed in at 298.
3/28/2004 Sun: 74 came out for a run up Rampart Range Road. It started out a bit windy which put a chill in the air but once we got into Williams Canyon things warmed up nicely. Pretty much all the snow and ice are gone from our runs. As nice as that is however we need the moisture!
3/21/2004 Sun: A fine spring day brought out our largest group in a month 82. As a celebration of spring we changed the workout to a run to Barr Camp and back. There were just 6 steps in snow all the way to No Name Creek. From there the snow is packed and well traveled and melting fast. Before the run Brenda Willis checked in for her official weigh-in. Her plan is to loose 100lbs by the Incline Club annual party to be held August 26th. Today she weighed 307.5lbs. She is taking pledges to raise money for Arc. Details can be found in this newsletter.
3/14/2004 Sun: 69 showed for a day that warmed up fairly quick. The route for today was Waldo/Longs. Some that were a little ice shy headed to greener (dryer) pastures. However the reports came back that the ice was not that bad and a great run was had by most.
3/7/2004 Sun: 71 came out for a trip up Rampart Range Road. The road was in awesome condition until 1/2 mile before our turn point and the dirt was a welcome change from all the ice as of late. In other news, we are just over a month away from starting the Thursday hard runs! If you are not already doing some quality running during the week it is recommended that you start doing some pickups and even a few 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy sections at least once a week. It does not have to be too structured but anything you do will help with the transition!
2/29/2004 Sun: A labor day run brought out 62 runners and the word for the day was ICE! Section 16 was more like an ice rink in sections (large sections) and several people crashed and burned at least one rather serious. It is that time of year and if you are one of those that has a hard time with ice dont delay, go here! Things are probably going to get worse before they get better! Otherwise it was a great day to be out running:-)
2/22/2004 Sun: 83 showed for the double trouble loop Waldo followed by Longs Ranch Road. Fortunately most of the ice that was on the trails was sticky ice so not too many falls were reported. Even the temperature rose above 40 as the run progressed. However all was not peaches and cream! The snow at the top of Longs Ranch Road had everyone doing the post hole shuffle slow going indeed!
2/15/2004 Sun: The holiday weekend left 64 runners for a trip up Rampart Range Road which was in perfect condition. Then the plan was to either head all the way down Williams or head up to Waldo and return via the Ute Pass Trail. Even the weather was a welcome change after several solid weeks of nothing but cold. That alone made it a great day!
2/8/2004 Sun: 82 came out for a trip around Section 16 via the Intemann Trail. Even though we have gotten quite a bit of snow the last week or so it has never really gotten warm enough for there to be a lot of melting/freezing cycles taking place. Therefore the most of the loop was in great condition and made some awesome running. It even warmed up a tad towards the end. Looks like some more cold is on the way however... Congrats to ICer Trent Briney for taking 4th at the Mens Olympic marathon trials yesterday!!! He has been away a while (running with the Hansons Running team in MI) but we were still excited to see him run a 2:12:34 a PR by over 8 minutes!!!
2/1/2004 Sun: A cold winter day (or was it Super Bowl Sunday?) turned out the smallest group of the year - 65 runners. The expected snow storm that everyone was predicting was a dud and we ended up with just a dusting of snow. Unfortunately this served only to cover the existing ice on the trails and make things really scary. As such we changed the run today to an out/back on RRR which was in awesome condition. Also because of the out/back many got up RRR a lot farther than they ever had to get some new, and awesome, views. In fact a couple of us went so far we actually topped out and started heading down RRR towards Woodland Park. Of course every mile we went down ways a mile up on the way back:-O
1/25/2004 Sun: 91 runners came out to celebrate another successful touchdown on Mars. Well, OK, I am sure most were there to run. Rampart Range Road was in great shape and almost totally clear of snow and ice. The first quarter a mile off of RRR was a little disconcerting because of the semi automatic gunfire flying over our heads from the shooting range. This was as loud as several of us had ever heard it. Williams Canyon was rather icy but Waldo was in pretty good shape. Another great day for sure!
1/18/2004 Sun: Another 79 came out for the first Section 16 run of the year. The cold air quickly warmed up to the 40s after the sun came out and Section 16 was in awesome shape. Several that had never done the trail before stated that they really liked it! Especially the long gentle downhill on the backside.
1/11/2004 Sun: Ah, the Waldo/LRR double! 79 showed today and for many there were some tough times ahead. LRR was a mess of crusty snow. Fortunately we at least has some great weather. Quite a few made the double loop. Quite a few others made one or the other loops for the first time this year as well. Yes, its hard work, but progress is progress:-)
1/4/2004 Sun: Brrrrrr!!! OK, never again will I call 20 degrees (last week) cold! When we headed off at 8 a.m. it was only 8 degrees. Fortunately, during the run the sun was shining and by the time we were done at least one thermometer was reading a whopping 10 degrees. Although it was one of our smallest groups in a long time, the 64 who showed were amply rewarded! As we headed up Rampart Range Road we were treated to some awesome views of yesterdays big snow storm. We were also the first tracks in Williams Canyon, the Bail Trail and much to our pleasant surprise, most of Waldo. Williams was just awesome and eerily quite because even the gun crowd was not out at the shooting range thanks to the bitter cold. All and all a great way to start off the new year! On another note, and just to show how consistent the group is this year, one of the three runners that broke their perfect run streak today dropped 41 places on the * board!
12/28/2003 Sun: A cold day (20 degrees with a serious wind chill factor) and the xmas holidays combined to make for a smaller group today. 79 headed off for the last solo run of Waldo and the last club long run of 2003. The wind made for some seriously cold faces. Not many hung out after the run today preferring instead to head on home and get warm.
12/21/03 Sun: With the holidays upon us only 91 headed out Ute Pass Trail for the last solo run of LRR. It felt a little more like winter today because it was coated in snow! It was also cold and windy up on top. However quite a few managed to finish the loop for their first time ever. The Barr Trail only had a few slick spots on it for our trip down.
12/14/03 Sun: Another huge group (98) took off for the Waldo Canyon loop. The weather today was far better than expected and in fact it was downright awesome. There was also not as much ice as was feared. Great to see so many cars still in the park after two hours which must mean a lot more people are going for longer runs this year:-)
12/07/03 Sun: 97 took off up the hill for a close encounter of the Longs Ranch Road kind. Apparently a running elf had already made the trip as several spots along the route were decorated with x-mas colors. Even the evil J pipe drew a few laughs as it was decked out to resemble a giant candy cane. Decorations aside, LRR was in very good condition and as smooth as many of us have ever seen it! Great weather keep a large number of runners at the park to tell war stories from the run. Meanwhile several ICers were down in Pueblo running a half marathon.
11/30/03 Sun: The IC started its 8th season with a club record!!! 120 showed for the Ute/Waldo/Ute run and the weather was just perfect. It was an incredible site to see that many heading out onto Manitou Avenue for a training run. After the run quite a few said that they forgot that the Ute Pass Trail is the ONLY trail in Colorado certified as uphill both ways. Otherwise all went well for an awesome start to the new season:-)
11/28/03 Fri: An e-mail was sent to the club announcing the end of the off season! This Sunday, November 30th, will be our first long run of the 2004 season. Meet at Memorial Park at 8 a.m. for the Ute Pass Trail/Waldo Canyon/Ute Pass Trail run!!!
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