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2008 Incline Club Race Reports

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North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler — Marin County, CA (north of San Francisco) — 12/1/2007 - 2 reports
Rock Canyon Half-Marathon — Pueblo, CO — 12/1/2007 - 4 reports
Marathon of the Palm Beaches — West Palm Beach, FFL — 12/2/072007
Sunmart 50 — Huntsville TX — 12/08/07
Sunmart Ultra 50K — Huntsville, TX — 1/12/2007
Rudolph’s Revenge — Littleton — 12/15/2007
Run With an Angel 50 miler — Boulder City NV — 1/5/2008
Swift Skedaddle 10k Snowshoe Race — Silverthorne, CO — 1/13/2008
Disney Marathon — Orlando — 1/13/2008
Houston-Chevron Marathon — Houston, TX — 1/13/2008
Ghost Town 38.5 mile run — Hillsboro NM — 01/20/2008
The Coastal Challenge — Costa Rica — 1/25 - 2/2 2008
Rocky Raccon 100 mile Endurance Run — Huntsville TX — 02/02-03/2008 - 2 reports
Sedona Half Marathon — Sedona, AZ — 2/9/2008
Cactus Pass 50km — Vado, NM — 02/16/2008
Run The Republic — Denver — 2/24/2008
Old Pueblo 50 mile trail run — Patagonia, AZ — 03/01/08
Pueblo Spring Runoff — Pueblo — 3/2/2008 - 2 reports
Better Half Marathon — Gateway, Colorado — 03/08/2008
Lower Potomac River Marathon — Piney Point, MD — 3/9/2008
A Run Through Time — Salida, Co — 3/15/2008 - 2 reports
Salida Marathon — Salida Colorado — 03/15/2008
Catalina Marathon — Catalina Island, CA — 3/15/2008 - 3 reports
Grasslands 50 mile ultramarathon — Decatur TX — 3/22/08
California Ironman 70.3 — Oceanside, CA — 03/29/2008
Bataan Death Marach Memorial Marathon — White Sands Misslie Range, NM — 03/30/2008
American River 50 Mile Endurance Run — Sacramento, CA — 4/5/2008
Umstead 100 — Raleigh NC — 04/05/08-04/06/08
Platte river 1/2 marathon — Littleton, CO — 4/06/2008 - 2 reports
Horsetooth Half — Ft. Collins — 4/13/2008 - 3 reports
Greenland Open Space 50K — Greenland Open Space — 4/19/2008 - 4 reports
Greenland Open Space 25K — Greenland Open Space — 4/19/2008
Greenland Open Space 8 mile — Greenland Open Space — 4/19/2008 - 3 reports
Desert R.A.T.S. Trail Running Festival — Mack, CO — 4/19/2008
Kentucky Derby Minimarathon — Louisville, KY — 4/26/2008
Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Trail Run — Buena Vista, CO — 5/3/2008 - 2 reports
Collegiate Peaks 25 Mile Run — Buena Vista, CO — 5/3/2008
25th Annual Shiprock Marathon — Shiprock, New Mexico — 5/3/2008
7 sisters trail race — Amherst, MA — 5/04/08
Colorado half marathon — Fort Collins, CO — 5/4/2008
Frederick Half Marathon — Frederick, MD — 5/5/2008
Spiral Drive Run — Salida, CO — 5/10/2008
Sky Mesa Pass Trail Marathon — Gateway, CO — 5/17/2008
Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon — Denver, CO — 5/18/2008
Trollinger Heilbronn Half Marathon — Heilbronn Germany — 5/25/08
27th Annual Steamboat Marathon — Steamboat Springs, CO — 6/1/2008
Garden of the Gods — Manitou/Garden — 6/08/2008 - 5 reports
Hatfield-McCoy Marathon — Williamson, West Virginia — 6/14/2008
Estes Park Marathon — Estes Park, CO — 6/15/2008
Mt. Evans Ascent — Mt. Evans Colorado — 6/21/2008 - 3 reports
San Juan Solstice 50 — Lake City, CO — 6/21/2008 - 2 reports
Big Horn 50 Mile Wild and Scenic Trail Run — Big Horn Mountains Wyoming — 6/21/2008
Mt. Marathon Race — Seward Alaska — 7/4/2008
Scar Top Mountain 12K — Coal Creek Canyon, Co — 7/4/2008
Summer Round-Up 12k — “s” — Bear Creek — 07/06/2008 - 4 reports
Hardrock — Silverton, CO — July 11-13, 2008
Barr Trail Mountain Race — Barr Trail — 7/13/2008 - 8 reports
Badwater 135 Ultramarathon — Death Valley, CA — 7/14 - 7/15/2008
Leadville Silver Rush 50 Mile Trail Run — Leadville, CO — 7/20/2008
Teva paint mines 6K — calhan, CO — 7/24/2008
Grand Prix Classic 10K — Tiffany Square-Colorado Springs, Co — 7/26/2008
Juneau Marathon (Frank Maier Memorial) — Juneau, Alaska — 8/2/2008
Skyline 50k — Oakland, CA — 8/3/2008
Evergreen Town Race — Evergreen, CO — 8/3/2008
Leadville Trail 100 — Leadville Colorado — 8/15 - 8/16/2008
Pikes Peak Ascent — Manitou Springs, CO — 8/16/2008 - 10 reports
Pikes Peak Marathon — Manitou Springs, CO — 8/17/2008 - 4 reports
Pikes Peak Double — Manitou Springs — 8/16 - 8/17/2008

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North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler hosted by Dean Karnazes — Marin County, CA (north of San Francisco) — 12/1/2007

Matt Carpenter reports:
Distance: 50+ miles
Goal: Win
Results: 2nd
Website: http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/

General Summary:
OK, rules are rules so I guess I need to do this R Report to get the R and have a perfect Sunday streak.

Had a great run for 18 miles, a good run for 18 more, hung on for 8 more and then the wheels fell off at 44 miles. Bottom line, the winner trained better for this course so he, um - won! I just have to admit I did not take my usual approach to this race.

Things Done Right:
I did it.

Things Done Wrong:
I was too cheap to fly out and check out the course. On the other foot, the winner made a trip out and ran the course beforehand. This forced me to run his race. Come race day he ran slow on the ups, medium on the flats and fast on the downs. That is not the way I run so I got pretty beat up. Along those lines, while I knew the general course from studying the maps, I had no idea that in CA if there is a little hill they put in steps - wood ones, rock ones or both. Thank goodness they don’t build the trails around here or the Barr Trail would look more like the Incline step-wise. I knew I was in trouble when we hit the first set and about 5 guys went blowing by me:-( Each set we hit tore me up a little more and I even crashed on one.

I had a crew person lined up but they pulled. Then I was lazy and did not want to go through the hassle to arrange for another crew. This would probably work most of the time. But at this level it didn’t. I would come into a station slightly in the lead or with the leader only to have to fumble for my stuff while the winner grabbed his stuff from his wife and carried on. At the 18 mile aid station they could not even find my drop bag and I lost some time hunting it down. Having to make it up at this level takes its toll and in this case I was stupid and tore my legs up chasing after him on a sick downhill. Bottom line, not having a crew was really stupid on my part!

I need to just admit that the Pikes Peak Double was not a smart move on my part if I was to do better at this race. While I won the Double, I lost about 2 months valuable training time recovering from it. Chalk this one up to greed!

Any Other Stuff:
I plan to go back with 3 major adjustments. 1) I will train for the steps on the course. 2) I will have a crew. 3) I will not have a Pikes Peak Double to recover from. Time will tell...

Mark Twain is often incorrectly credited as saying, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” With all due respect to those that live there, I could not agree more no matter who said it. After 3 days I was just chilled to the bone!

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Paul Sullivan reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: sub 9 hours
Results: 10 hours 22 mins
Website: http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/

General Summary:
Beautiful terrain in the Marin Headlands just over the Golden Gate Bridge: from the beaches to the breathtaking climbs to the bluffs (highest was 1,800 ft) overlooking the Pacific, to the lush redwood groves above Muir Woods.

Overall, given a few minor glitches (missing signage, drop bags not at a particularly crucial aid station), a well organized inaugural event for North Face considering they had a 10K, 1/2 marathon, and 50K going at the same time. Their prize package-not only the $10,000 but, particularly, the “winner takes all” aspect for the 1st place M/F-is unique and, I believe, is fundamental step toward advancing the quality of ultra/trail running in this country.

Things Done Right:
When my race wasn’t going as expected, and I was down in the dumps, I was able to accept it, shift gears, and move into finishing the race while enjoying the spectacular scenery and some companionship on the course.

Things Done Wrong:
Maybe it was the shoes both Matt and I wore (new balance 902s) that were a little too thin or maybe it was my overconfidence coming from altitude, believing I trained well, that I thought this would be a piece of cake. Bottom line: this course had a lot of hills that just chipped away at me and I probably should have taken it slower the first 25 miles. But, boy, that sea-level oxygen can make you feel great! Unfortunately, the oxygen gain didn’t translate into finishing the race in any less time than it has in other 50 milers I’ve done at altitude and in more mountainous terrain.

Any Other Stuff:
Maybe it’s California, but I got a little annoyed with so many people on the trail who “tune out” listening to their MP3 players and not returning basic common courtesies like, “Hi.”

It was neat to talk to so many folks on the course that were running an ultra, mostly the 50K, for the first time. That’s where North Face and Dean Karnazes succeeded the most-introducing a lot of people to ultrarunning.

I would recommend this race, plus you can’t beat being near San Francisco and all that great food!!

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Rock Canyon Half-Marathon — Pueblo, CO — 12/1/2007

Jim reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: 1:50:00
Results: 1:37:16
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/RockCanyoninfo2007.htm

General Summary:
The race started with about 2 miles in Pueblo City Park, then down to the Arkansas River Trail. It was basically an out and back course going about 5 miles west to the base of Pueblo Dam and back. It was run on dirt and asphalt trails along the Arkansas River (sorry but there is short distance on concrete). No traffic and great views.

Things Done Right:
This was my first-ever half-marathon as well as the farthest I have ever run, so I wasn’t too sure about my preparation. However, I had run the Incline Club long run the week prior and I felt comfortable that I could complete the race, but I just wasn’t sure at what pace. My first mile was 7:20, as was the next, and I realized I could finish in less than 1:40:00, so I kept the pace and it just worked out. Hopefully this will work as a qualifying time for the Ascent, Wave 1, which is my 2007 goal.

Things Done Wrong:
Not taking that last bathroom break before the start of the run. I ended up stopping at a park bathroom near mile 8.

Any Other Stuff:
I’m not sure this qualifies as an R. However, I’m satisfied that this was my long run for the week! I was very sore Sunday and in no condition to run. I’ll be back with the Incline Club on Dec 9, because I need to build my endurance and distance.

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Jim Massa reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: 2:30
Results: 2:31:58
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/results/RockCanyon2007.htm

General Summary:
Windy

Things Done Right:
Showed up

Things Done Wrong:
Too much Barly wine and summer sausage the night before

Any Other Stuff:
Friendly organizers, fairly close to the Springs

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Connilee Walter reports:
Distance: Half Marathon
Goal: Under 1:30
Results: 1:31
Website: http://Southern Colorado Runners

General Summary:
Rock Canyon Half Marathon is an enjoyable race and a good workout. It’s also the only longish race in these parts this time of year. The Southern Colorado Road Runners always seem to put together well-done, friendly races — an incentive to drive down to Pueblo for the morning.

This race was a training run for a January marathon. I had some time goals, and pushed to race pace, but was mostly looking for a hard long run. I enjoyed seeing a lot of familiar faces (including some ICers!), running with a pack of friends, and seeing my sweet husband and four kiddos at the halfway point and the finish line. :*) High fives and hugs for all of them!

Things Done Right:
The weather forecast changed daily the week of the race. Two days before the race, the forecast was for temps in the 30s, rain/snow and strong winds. But the forecast started to improve somewhat over the final 24 hours.

So, the day of the race, I packed everything from layers of fleece to balaclavas to shorts and light socks. Changed into shorts after a warmup and just before the race started; a good move.

Also, had a good endurance base going into this race, hydrated well, and remembered important things like a gel, and the right shoes.

Things Done Wrong:
The first couple of miles were a bit fast. I don’t think they cost me a sub-1:30. However, I should have let the pack I was running with pull away and focused on my own race a bit more in those first two miles. Some extra focus might have helped me out.

Any Other Stuff:
The winds were pretty strong the entire race. Was very thankful to have some strong runners to help push the pace right up to the finish line. Race volunteers and director did not disappoint with their friendly, well-done, low-key race. Thank you!

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Charles Scheibe reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: sub-2:00
Results: 1:57:43
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/

General Summary:
Scenic, out-and-back trail, through the canyon.

Things Done Right:
Maintained goal-pace and even ran negative splits the last 3 miles. Beat my regular running partner for the first time in months! Spent the night @ the Cliff House on the way back to Denver.

Things Done Wrong:
Can’t think of any ... what a change!

Any Other Stuff:
Low-key, well-organized race. Nice sweatshirts.

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Marathon of the Palm Beaches — West Palm Beach Florida — Dec. 2, 2007

Lisa Soltis reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 4:30
Results: 4:29
Website: http://marathonofthepalmbeaches.com

General Summary:
26.2 miles is farther than I had remembered

Things Done Right:
even pace (until mile 17)

Things Done Wrong:
unable to maintain my pace after mile 17

Any Other Stuff:
very hot and humid

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Sunmart 50 — Huntsville TX — 12/08/07

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: sub 8:30 hours
Results: 8:58: 36 4th American female 8th or 9th overall

General Summary:
I ran this last year to escape the endless barrage of Colorado weekend winter storms. This year turned out to be no exception. However, I knew I would have to adjust my goal of going under 8 and a half hours when I stepped outside on Saturday morning with 80% humidity combined with 82 degrees.

Things Done Right:
Managed the impossible weather conditions well. Used my usual fueling and electrolyte routine of water and e-caps only I took more of them per hours and ate lots of salty potatoes. No cramping or stomach issues. Kept solid foods to a minimum with such difficult running conditions. Used my “go out like an idiot and pay for it later” strategy my first loop figuring things were going to be slow towards the middle and end no matter what with the high humidity and heat so I might as well run when I could. All this did seem to pay off later and despite not even coming close to breaking 8 1/2 hours I was able to pass a lot of people on the last two loops who were much faster than me last year. I also took my “ultra-crack” earlier than normal(caffeine can cause excessive dehydration if you aren’t careful) figuring I would get dehydrated no matter how hard I tried to prevent it ( who feels like hydrating and fueling with less than 13 miles to go on a 50..you just want to get it over with!)

Things Done Wrong:
Haven’t been keeping up with speed workouts. My legs felt so heavy and sluggish although the high humidity probably didn’t help. Need to get back to the track and do hill repeats.

Any Other Stuff:
Very well organized and now it is a certified I.A.U. course. (International Association of Ultrarunners) Lots of roots...a lot of this course uses the Rocky Raccoon 100 course so if any ICers are planning on running that in Feb. get a really good headlamp for night running. Those roots bite at night!

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Sunmart Ultra 50K — Huntsville, TX — Dec 12, 2007

Bruce McMillan reports:
Distance: 50K
Goal: 5 hours
Results: 6 hours 5 mins.

General Summary:
My first Ultra. Thought I could do 5 to 5.5 hours based on the fact that my Marathon time for when I take it easy is 4 hours. Figured I could take it easy at 9 min. pace and then be able to do another 5+ miles in another hour, but forgot how much more demanding trail running is compared to the street. My GPS watch messed up also, so I didn’t have a good feel for my pace. Had a lot of fun, but knew my goal time was out of reach somewhere around the 23 or 24 mile mark. Nice park with fantastic support. Can’t decide if I want to try a do it again next year or not. 6 hours sounds like a long time, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Finished in the top 25% and it was a great experience.

Things Done Right:
Trained hard, but not hard enough I guess. Did Sat. & Sun. long runs for at least 4 months leading up to the race. A few weeks out did a 1/2 Marathon on my own and then did the San Antonio Marathon the next day for a great training weekend.

Things Done Wrong:
Should have done more training on trails. Should have trained harder.

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Rudolph’s Revenge — Littleton — 12/15/2007

Cindy Thompson reports:
Distance: 10K
Goal: to finish
Results: 1:17
Website: http://www.winterdistanceseries.com

General Summary:
Great run! True cross country. Highly recommend! It was my first run back in action after a 2+ month hiatus due to stress fracture in second ray of left foot. Good to be back. Time to get back in training! Better to run slow than to never have run at all.
Cindy

Things Done Right:
kept pace and conserved energy when needed for the course.

Things Done Wrong:
first time running on snow...ran slower to avoid slippage on possible icy conditions, which in retrospect were not all that bad considering...will work on snow training to get better

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Run With an Angel 50 miler — Boulder City NV — 1/5/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: sub-8
Results: 8:24:28 1st woman overall, 6th overall finisher
Website: http://www.calicoracing.com

General Summary:
Same hilly course as the Run With the Devil 50 miler I ran in June of 2007. It was 116 then. This time it was much cooler, and WINDY! Lots of cloud cover, but none of the rain and snow they were calling for.

Things Done Right:
Went out like an idiot. I was in the lead for two miles, with my funky pair of Clifton tights. Discovered a new form of “ultra-crack” so potent it has to remain a secret, unless I am sufficiently bribed. Set a PR for the 50 mile distance by about 10 minutes.

Things Done Wrong:
Paid for it later. Those funky Clifton tights became too hot, and I had to take them off. Fortunately I was wearing shorts over them, but this still meant taking EVERYTHING from the waist down off. I thought I found a safe place over one of the many steep hills, but as soon as I had my tights down to my knees, a wall of men crested the hill. So I’m in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere, all I want to do is take off my tights in privacy, and there’s ten men running down the hill in my direction. What are the odds? And where was my crew vehicle??? It dawned on me that there were women in Vegas making big money doing what I was doing.

Any Other Stuff:
Out and back. The wind was gusting to 40 mph on the inbound. This cost me a mile a minute on the inbound. Not many places to change cloths either.

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Swift Skedaddle 10k Snowshoe Race — Silverthorne, CO — 1/13/2008

Kelli Lusk reports:
Distance: 10k
Goal: Finish top-3
Results: 1st overall female
Website: http://www.silverthorne.org

General Summary:
Decided to get out and run the first snowshoe race of the season and qualify for the snowshoe nationals (since this was one of the two regional qualifiers in Colorado).

Things Done Right:
Got plenty of sleep the night before and arrived early enough to check out the beginning of the course. Dressed warm enough (haven’t worn a jacket during a snowshoe race in a long time, but it was freezing yesterday!).

Did my long run (2:07) on Saturday and did something easier than the club run of Barr Camp and back (just ran Intemann/Red Rock Canyon) so I wouldn’t be completely wasted on Sunday for the race.

Things Done Wrong:
Had a week or two more to get used to the altitude. I was only in Colorado for three weeks (between Thanksgiving and Christmas), then back at sea level for two weeks. I’ve been back in COS since January 1, so probably not fully acclimated (which made the pain even worse at the start of the race!).

Any Other Stuff:
The course was a blast. Lots of rolling hills, some long climbs and descents, singletrack. It really had it all. One of the best snowshoe race courses out there.

The post-event refreshments were excellent (good coffee, tea, water, two kinds of homemade soup, salad, rolls, cookies). The prizes were nice, too (embroidered fleece tops).

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Disney Marathon — Orlando — January 13, 2008

Connilee Walter reports:
Distance: Marathon
Goal: 1-Go under 3 hrs; 2-7:00mm pace (3:03), 3-sub3:10, 4-PR (sub 3:15)
Results: 3:06
Website: http://disneyworldmarathon.com

General Summary:
Signed up for Disney last August just before their registration closed. I had just finished Pikes Peak, was hoping to run a PR (marathon) in Denver in October, recover and come back for a fun run at Disney. Some may remember that I DNF’d Denver (long story) and came out of that race mentally and physically burnt out. The last thing I really wanted to think about was another marathon. But alas my registration had already been paid, and I would be in Orlando regardless (for work). Not to mention that a part of me knew I couldn’t rest until I had a positive marathon experience under my belt.

I took a couple of weeks off doing just easy/whatever kind of running (and lots of ‘no’ running) and in that time decided I’d still do Disney but ONLY if I could stay joyful and upbeat about it. From then on I trained moderately, found some new sources of inspiration, and just had fun on my runs.

By the time January rolled around I felt adequately prepared, was 100% healthy and ready to get marathon #10 out of the way!

Report: My first mile was a conservative 7:10. It didn’t feel all that easy, but then found myself at just under 7 minute pace for the next several miles, which felt comfortable, which is right where I wanted to be. Paced with a local gal for several miles; she was a strong runner but then faded back. In a crowd at about mile 8, my running buddy and her DH waved from the crowds; then saw DH and baby girl close by - they had all ridden in together and it was a real boost to see their familiar faces and to see my little one still in her jammies, eating her toes. Hee hee. Made it to the halfway point in 1:30:53. Just past the half, my running buddy and her hubby jumped in for a bit; they were a real encouragement and her hubby kept snapping pictures of us as we ran at his ‘easy’ 7:00 mm pace. At mile 17, I saw two ladies with a sign quoting one of my favorite Scriptures “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13) and this gave me a smile and a burst of energy. Abo ut mile 20 I started slowing a bit and was going back over 7 minute pace for most of my miles. At mile 22 I was struggling; legs were getting quite tired from pounding the pavement. Then, the last 4 miles are almost entirely on concrete (with a little asphalt) and sporadic crowd support. The combination of the physical and mental fog of fatigue was too much, and I really dropped off the pace here, running a couple of 8:00 minute miles despite pushing for so much faster. At about mile 26, I could hear the finish line crowds, and entered the last .2 to the finish. I crossed the line in 3:06:45.

Disney stuff: Even though most of the miles were between parks on highways, I really enjoyed getting to run through the parks and felt like the ‘show’ was worth the effort it took to run Disney. The rides and buildings in all the parks were lit up with search lights going (especially eye-catching since the first hour of the race is in the dark); a lot of costumed characters were on the course, and lots of volunteer and fan support for much of the race.

Intentionally, I took the time to say thanks to the volunteers, raise some cheers from the crowds, high five the Disney characters, and take in the adventure of the Magic Kingdom.

Things Done Right:
*Due to some responsibilities at the work conference, I spent a LOT of time on my feet in the days prior to the marathon. Fortunately, the most intense days were Wednesday and Thursday. I cut the miles on my scheduled taper runs, and put my feet up as much as possible the rest of the week.
*In training, ran 3 times a week on the treadmill (to mimic ‘heat’) and also ran a MP run once a week. Did a fast finish long run 3 times.
*Put body glide in strategic places, including my feet, to help with sweat I anticipated from humid running.
*Watched heart rate - this was helpful, I believe, in the humidity as I felt like I was working hard yet my heart rate confirmed I was at a reasonable pace.
*Despite a relatively warm day, it was chilly for runners in shorts. I’m glad I brought throw away clothes to stay warm right up until race start.
*Kept the joy. :)

Things Done Wrong:
*Didn’t bring extra socks to the start line. Socks got a little wet trudging through grass and the wet start line area. Next time I would bring throw away socks to change out of just before the start.
*Major positive split (1:31/1:34), which as we all know, is a bad thing. This was probably due to a combo of too-fast pace in the early miles, combined with a temperature and humidity I’m not used to running in. Need to give this some more thought though, as I really felt fit for a 3:00-3:03.

Any Other Stuff:
All in all, I had a great time, and remembered ‘why I run’ the entire way. Although I admit that I questioned the sanity of the whole running gig a bit in the last couple of miles, hee hee. ;) Came away with great memories of Disney, and a 9 minute PR. I’m happy.

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Houston-Chevron Marathon — Houston, TX — 1/13/2008

Charles Scheibe reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: sub-4:20
Results: 4:31:55
Website: http://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/Marathon.htm

General Summary:
Flat, single-loop course through the streets (mostly concrete) of the 4th largest city in US, starting and finishing downtown.

Things Done Right:
Visited with family and friends before, during, and after race. Escaped the pounding ordeal on the concrete without any residual damage. Completed my 20th Houston Marathon, including a current streak of 9.

Things Done Wrong:
Same old story ... under-prepared and under-hydrated. Cramped up the final 5-6 miles.

Any Other Stuff:
Very well-organized race, plenty of aid stations and port-a-potties. Post-race breakfast, 2 shirts — entrant and finisher, medal and mug. And the biggest surprise, especially being a native Texan ... cool, dry weather!

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GhostTown 38.5 mile run — Hillsboro NM — 01/20/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 38.5 miles
Goal: finish
Results: 7:58:48
Website: http://www.journeyfromheretothere.com

General Summary:
One of the weirdest races I have ever done. But given that the race was put on by an artist, out in the middle of nowhere, I guess that’s to be expected. Very scenic, good aid and support, and the start and finish was at the RD’s home.

Things Done Right:
Went in not sure what to expect, given I had never run this event before. Used this as another training run for some upcoming 100 milers later this year. I still managed to come in third place overall female. Passed 7 people the last 6 miles, despite a nasty yet graceful fall on a rocky jeep road.

Things Done Wrong:
Froze at the start. My hand held water bottle froze shut, and I could not feel my hands for the first two hours. Got a little dehydrated because I couldn’t get to my water.

Any Other Stuff:
Tough, strange, remote course.

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The Coastal Challenge — Costa Rica — Jan 25 — Feb 2, 2008

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: 250 Km
Goal: Run with the Big Dogs
Results: Mostly succeeded
Website: http://thecoastalchallenge.com

General Summary:
http://cloud.prohosting.com/mtnclmbr/CoastalChallenge.html

Things Done Right:
Took care of my feet.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t take massages. My recovery was too slow in between races.

Any Other Stuff:
Absolutely fabulous experience. One of the highlights of my running career. I’m definitely returning next year. Would love to put together a Colorado team.

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Rocky Raccon 100 mile endurance run — Huntsville TX — 02/02-03/2008

John Cassidy reports:
Distance: 100 Miles
Goal: Finish/Do the first lap around 4hours/Don’t let the leader lap me twice
Results: Finished at 28:00:11/ Lap one was 3:50/He didn’t
Website: http://www.tejastrails.com/Rocky.html

General Summary:
My first 100 mile finish! It took two attempts at 100 miles with the first resulting in an 83 mile DNF in Kansas in October 2007. Ran until I couldn’t (mile 82 at 20:30) then walked it in. If you can run - run. In Kansas I stopped running at mile 58 (when it got dark) and paid for it. So I attempted to delay to walking as long as possible. David started walking at mile 54 and dropped at mile 70. Walking is hard on your body and you can’t go for 12 hours only walking.

Things Done Right:
Trained with David Hendrix (who is faster than me). Deviated from the Incline club work-outs (to much snow and climbing) and ran the Santa Fe trail. Started runs at 4:30AM in Palmer Lake and ran/walked home (Palmer Park and Powers). Started some runs with a crossing of the Academy just before dusk with night running to home. I got used to running at night. I got used to walking when tired. A trotting run is easier than walking - but I worked on the death march. Still, during the race I tried to avoid walking anything longer than two minutes until I couldn’t run any more at all (mile 82).

Didn’t run with David during the race - sometimes I was in front, sometime he was. We feel good/bad at different times and need to take advantage of the good times to put down some miles quickly. At a 50 miler last summer we paid for waiting for each other at different times by missing a cut-off by 10 minutes feeling good. Run with who’s next to you - not who you came with.

Things Done Wrong:
It got to 70 degrees on Saturday - No way to train for that in Colorado this winter. I should fork over the money for a set of shoes a 1/2 size larger for anything over 50 miles. My feet hurt.

Any Other Stuff:
It’s a 100 Mile Trail race with a 50 miler run concurrently. Fairly flat with lots of roots to trip you, about 4 miles per loop are on dirt roads. It’s set up with 5 (20mile loops) and aid station every 3 to 4 miles. Run by veterans and set-up for beginner 100 milers (that’s me). This means that they won’t tolerate whining and will kick you out of an aid stations. They are called aid stations and not rest stations for a reason. My longest stay was at mile 90 for ten minutes - I was dizzy and took some S-caps to fix it. Still only 66% of starters finish (168 out of 252) On a scale of 1 to 10 for difficultly of 100 mile races - I would put Rocky Raccoon at a 2. Hardrock being an 10. Leadville an 8. Kansas an 3. Since altitude kicks my but (I DNF’d 2007’s Pikes Peak Marathon), I don’t think I will try for Leadville.

I saw an armadillo — he was mad.

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David Hendrix reports:
Distance: 100 miles
Goal: To finish.
Results: Did not finish.

General Summary:
The race consisted of 5 laps around Raven Lake north of Houston, TX. It was on either trail or dirt road.

Things Done Right:
I felt I had a very good pace to be able to finish the race. I kept myself well hydrated and well nourished.

Things Done Wrong:
I only made it to the 70 mile aid station. I believe the main reason was that the race took place in the winter which made it hard for me to train. I had to stop because I developed hot spots and blisters on the bottoms of both feet. This is my 2nd attempt at a 100-miler, and I not figured out how to avoid this problem.

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sedona half marathon — sedona, az — 2/9/2008

Jack Ramsey/Blake Ramsey reports:
Distance: 13.1 mi
Goal: 2 hr jack, 1:40 for blake(age16)
Results: 1:55 jack, 1:37 blake
Website: http://sedonamarathon.com

General Summary:
This is truly a beautiful area of Arizona, huge red sandstone rock formations make the Garden look tame by comparison! Race was 100% pavement, on rolling hills, again, just like running the Garden. Temp. at race start was lower 40’s, mid 50’s by noon; perfect race weather! We decided to do this race as a qualifier for Blake for the Ascent, knowing we should be able to at least get him into the second wave; possibly qualify for the first wave(he did).

Things Done Right:
Blake and I have been making most of the Sunday long runs, we both ran the Garden 10 mile race course on the Sunday prior to the race to get some pavement, and to feel what the race pace would be like. Not sure if this helped, but figured it couldn’t hurt. Blake ran the entire race with George Greco (age60!) which benefited both of them, as they both helped motivate each other at different point during the race.

Things Done Wrong:
May run more pavement miles before doing another half on asphalt, both of us suffered from extremely sore legs after the race.

Comments on Calculator:
Blake/George pace:7:25 mine 8:31.

Any Other Stuff:
Team Co. Springs represented the area well, Blake took second in age group, 23/517; George took first,24/517; I took first at 84/517.

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Cactus Pass 50km — Vado, NM — 02/16/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50km
Goal: finish as a training run
Results: 6:28:31
Website: http://www.cactuspass.com

General Summary:
This was a low key event put on by ultra-guru Mark Dorion. No hoopla, no crowds, no cars, out in the middle of nowhere.

Things Done Right:
Showed up! The weather was calling for a massive snow storm, but fortunately for the few that did show up, the weather was perfect, except for the 30mph headwind on the outbound potions of the race. Used this as an early season training run, and got to enjoy the mountains outside of El Paso covered in snow. It was gone by the end of the race. Watched my footing, as a fall could have landed me in one of the may forms of cactus along the narrow single track trail.

Things Done Wrong:
Could have went out a lot faster, but was feeling lazy, and just had too much fun sharing ultra-horror stories with other runners.

Any Other Stuff:
Simple course of out and backs. All dirt, no pavement, and great giveaways after the race. I won some gourmet coffee, which was nice.

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Run The Republic — Denver — Feb 24 2008

Fred Baxter reports:
Distance: ???
Goal: Under 9:00 Min
Results: 7:40
Website: http://runtherepublic.com

General Summary:
Climbing 55 flights of stairs or 1,098 steps in the tallest building in Denver

Things Done Right:
1 2x caffeine GU, Light Shoes. Slowed Down and paced my self

Things Done Wrong:
Should have picked up the pace at the 48th floor, had too much left at the END??

Any Other Stuff:
First time I did a race like this, but not the last??? We went up as a team COS incline fanatics we got 2 place NOT BAD Maybe MATT will give us a *???

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Old Pueblo 50 mile trail run — Patagonia, AZ — 03/01/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50+ miles
Goal: faster than last year
Results: slower than last year (12:05:38)

General Summary:
Now that I can round up to 40, can I start using age as an excuse for slower times? This years race was hotter than normal, which caught a lot of runners off guard. This was the first year I didn’t need to wear a jacket at the start.

Things Done Right:
Didn’t over dress. Took in lots of electrolytes early, and didn’t cramp up later on when it got hot and windy. Lots of rookie runners, so I ended up feeling like a tour guide, which was kind of fun. Met up with some of my Badwater friends.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t sleep much before the race. Went in tired.

Any Other Stuff:
Very tough course. This one always hammers my quads, worse than some 100’s. Well marked, well organized, a few bear cubs here and there, water-crossings, monstrous climbs, treacherous descents, ankle deep sand, thorny plants, great aid, and great volunteers.

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Pueblo Spring Runoff — Pueblo — March 2, 2008

Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 10 miles
Goal: Lower the current road world record of 44:24; or just maintain Boston qualifying pace 7:15 per mile
Results: 68:28; first place age group
Website: http://www.chieftain.com/springrunoff/

General Summary:
73F on the CRUD run Saturday, but that didn’t mean anything on Sunday. Chilly weather and howling wind didn’t give me much confidence for a good time in Pueblo.

Things Done Right:
Slow start (7:20 first mile) didn’t cause me to panic, just kept a nice pace throughout.

Things Done Wrong:
Ate too much for breakfast. That chocolate doughnut almost ruined my race.

Any Other Stuff:
Race was a fun, low-key event. Kudos to the volunteers who were out there working their tails off in the crappy weather. Great post-race brews and peanut butter bacon cheeseburgers at the Shamrock Brewery.

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Katie Throndsen reports:
Distance: 10 miles
Goal: 1:45
Results: 1:41:28

General Summary:
It was a flat course but a cold and windy day.

Things Done Right:
practice runs

Things Done Wrong:
lack of stretching before the race

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Better Half Marathon — Gateway, Colorado — 03/08/2008

Fred Wright reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: 2 hours, and age group place (my a/g was 60+)
Results: 2.17:09, won 60+ age group
Website: http://www.coloradorunnermag.com/media/results/GatewayCanoynsBetterHalfMarathon_2008.txt

General Summary:
Well organized, black top all the way, mile markers at every mile, water and Gatorade at start and approx. every 3 miles; A course to die for, both in beauty and PR potential. Gently rolling over the first eight miles, gradual up to just past the ninth mile, then primarily down to finish in the Gateway Resort. The Resort is “a work in progress” but most all the main facilities are in place. The race was won outright by a woman (~ 81 min’s, and she was not pushed too hard), whose next big race is the women’s Olympic Trials in Boston.
I would recommend this race to anyone who wanted a fast time or a break from routine. I will go back next year. When, hopefully, the five year age groups won't stop at 60 + !

Things Done Right:
Had a nice three day family stay at the resort.

Things Done Wrong:
Having lost so much training time this season, did not “taper” for the race. But the most serious omission was not doing any runs on roads. Consequently, after running through the first eight miles in the 9:00 — 9:15 range, razor blades found their way into my quads and I was forced to walk/jog the remainder of the race. Sitting and standing became a post race torture!

Any Other Stuff:
See above.

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Lower Potomac River Marathon — Piney Point, MD — 3/9/2008

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: finish respectably
Results: 3:17
Website: http://www.cbrcmd.org/lpr_marathon.htm

General Summary:
Windy, but could have been worse. Cold, but could have been worse. No rain. The course started in Piney Point, MD, proceeded south across a short bridge to George Island, did a couple out and backs then returned to the mainland. On the island it was exposed and windy cold at least in one direction. Next task was return to starting point ( 9 miles) then go west on a point to a lighthouse and back to the 11 mile point. Now we would simply run up to 2-lane highway 249 for eight miles, turn around and come back to the finish line.

I slowed down after the half way point and I must admit lollygagged a bit, drifting into 8-minute plus miles. Finally at mile 24 I advised myself that this was only a marathon and to stop coddling myself!! I woke up and ran 7 minute miles to finish and passed a couple guys in the process.

Things Done Right:
Wore stocking cap and gloves.

Things Done Wrong:
relaxed too much in the 20-mile range.

Any Other Stuff:
Course is very scenic and interesting. I love to run marathon states because it often takes me to parts of the states I would never otherwise visit. The lower Potomac peninsula of Maryland is a case in point. Though I was stationed at Andrews AFB in Maryland for a year I never made it down to this segment of the state.

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A Run Through Time — Salida, Co — March 15, 2008

Lori Hawkins reports:
Distance: Full & 1/2 marathon-I hoped I was ready for the 1/2
Goal: Beat time of 2 yrs ago
Results: 2:37--15 min.slower than goal
Website: http://www.salidarec.com/ccrc/

General Summary:
Tough course in the banana belt of S. Colorado. Snow the night before made the scenery unbeatable, and made the dirt/gravel road a little scary and muddy. I experimented with S-caps and recovery drink (I know, I know, don’t try anything new in a race). Finish line food was MUCH improved over the inaugural race two years ago. Shirts fit nice, and I had a great time connecting with other Colo Spgs runners there!

Things Done Right:
I’m sure the recovery drink made a difference--I could feel my calf wanting to cramp on the last downhill and my quads were unhappy at the end. But after a two hour drive home, my bottom half felt just fine. I had a stretching session two days before that helped me feel loose, in spite of a sciatic problem starting up. Incline Club runs around Waldo helped prepare for the distance, and weekly dog runs at Red Rock Open Space helped prepare for the hills.

Things Done Wrong:
Too bad I can’t fit a 13 mile run into an evening at Red Rocks! I’m pretty good at conquering a 3 mile hill, but this was a 6.5 mile one! Ended up walking about a mile or more, but was able to recover my lovely downhill pace, esp. when I got past the snow/ice.

Any Other Stuff:
Good confidence builder for me, in spite of the slower-than-expected time. Beautiful drive, beautiful scenery. Would be nice if miles were marked.

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Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: sub 4 hour
Results: 5:01:07

General Summary:
Tough little marathon through the hills surrounding Salida to the ghost town of Turret and back.

Things Done Right:
Was in much better shape for this than my two previous Salida marathons.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t bring snowshoes. Didn’t pay attention to obvious course markers. Got beat by Rich Muzzy.

Any Other Stuff:
Was running really well up to 18 miles. Then I blew through a marker and added about 3/4 mile to the race. The rest of the course was postholing through 18 inch deep snow. Got in a good five hour workout though, so it wasn’t a horrible day. Green PBR at the end helped ease the pain of my first five hour marathon.

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Salida Marathon — Salida Colorado — 03/15/2008

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: training race
Results: 6:38:12
Website: http://www.salidarec.com

General Summary:
Used this race as a training run for several upcoming 100+ mile runs later in the season. Hilly, low key, no frills kind of run.

Things Done Right:
Bought knee high gaiters for the miles of knee high snow. Only cussed a few times when I slid on my butt on the icy sections. Stayed upright on the muddy sections. Finished even though I wanted to quit.

Things Done Wrong:
Got passed by too many people.

Any Other Stuff:
Lots of deep snow, ice, and mud. Totally different than last year's near perfect weather, and clear trails.

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Catalina Marathon — Catalina Island, California — 3/15/2008

GORDON BARNETT reports:
Distance: 26.2 MILES
Goal: Enjoy the adventure and get quality time on my feet for my upcoming ultras this summer
Results: 4:31:18
Website: http://www.pacificsportsllc.com/CatalinaMarathon/registra.htm

General Summary:
First timer at Catalina. A very challenging trail marathon with some of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever seen. Lots of hills. Perfect weather conditions. I highly recommend this Marathon for anyone looking for an ultra-like trail race.

My only complaint involves the logistics for packet pick-up. Runners had to climb at least 2 miles uphill on pavement to stand in line way to long to pick up race kits. Better organization required for crowd flow.

Things Done Right:
Trained using “Coach Shafai’s” hill repeats on Rampart.

Trained and traveled with other members of the “Kenyan High Altitude Training Club.” Thanks to Doug, Bob, Val, and Rick, for the support and friendship.

Didn’t puke my guts out race day morning on the boat from Avalon to Two Harbors.

Kept a sustainable pace throughout, ran every step. It is so cool running hills at sea level. Our Colorado contingent received lots of comments.

Nike Air Trail shoes from Colorado Running Company — thanks Jeff!

Crossed the finish line with Michael Shafai and John Gardner — thanks guys!

Ran into the ocean after crossing the finish line.

Ran safe, ran smart.

Things Done Wrong:
Not a darn thing.

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Tim Steffens reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: Sub four hours
Results: 4:16:51
Website: http://www.pacificsportsllc.com/CatalinaMarathon/athlete.htm

General Summary:
I had a really difficult time sleeping the night before so when I drug myself out of bed at 3:15 Am to meet the rest of the “crew” for breakfast and to dress. I was un-rested to say the least. We decided to be present at the boat landing in Avalon at 4:15 even though the boat does not leave until 5. If you do not show up early and get a good place in line you will end up taking the 45+min boat ride on the floor. THE SEAS WERE VERY ROUGH! ugh. A few in our group ended up with upset stomachs but we all avoided losing our breakfast although many on the ride did not. I was plain sick by the time we reached Two Harbors and I was ready to get off of the boat when the captain announced that due to the rough seas that landing would take extra time and we would have to leave the boat one at a time/single file! We had approximately 45 minutes from the time we landed until race start. We all meet at some unknown porta potties which are neglected and some picnic tables to stretch, use the facilities, and smell the carrying
scent of a pre runners “high"... The weather this year was awesome! Clear as a ever, with a bearable wind and temps from the 40s to the mid 60s! The views of the island were amazing! After last year's fires the entire island was in bloom with soooo many different colors of flowers. I think one of the main reasons my time this year was slower than last year was I had the opportunity to take in all of the spectacular scenery.

Things Done Right:
Lots of training on Rampart!

Things Done Wrong:
Not enough “running.” I was not ready for Middle Ranch where it is approximately 5 miles of a slight incline.

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Michael Shafai reports:
Distance: 26.2 mi
Goal: Finish
Results: Finished
Website: http://www.pacificsportsllc.com

General Summary:
8th consecutive time running it. I could describe the course yard by yard, but I won’t. Long, rollercoaster-like hills (4000+ feet of climbing), mostly trails, and incredible views. Had the pleasure of joining multiple IC-ers out there this year and it was definitely the funnest year yet!

Things Done Right:
Had injured my hamstring two weeks before and couldn’t run a mile within a week of the race. I had planned on walking the whole thing. I took it very easy for the first 3 miles and the hamstring held.

Things Done Wrong:
After 3 miles and feeling good, decided to pick up the pace and test the injured leg. Within two miles, I blew it out again and just cruised the rest of the race.

Any Other Stuff:
Had some terrific homemade cookies given out by the nice volunteers and met a lot of very nice people. Also “rehydrated” very well at a bustling karaoke bar near the finish line.

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Grasslands 50 mile ultramarathon — Decatur TX — 3/22/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: win
Results: won 9:02:35
Website: http://www.nttr.org

General Summary:
The race director strongly advised to go find the start before the race. No !**#. This race was out in the middle of nowhere. But despite that, a large number of runners turned out and were welcomed with good weather, and a well organized race.

Things Done Right:
Hydrated well, and fueled early on. This paid off during the last two miles when I duked it out with a woman who all the volunteers said was behind me, but I discovered ahead of me less than six miles from the finish. I could hear her talking with some French guy until I finally pulled away. Had she stopped talking, she probably would have beat me because I wouldn’t have know and therefore been motivated by the fact she was right on my tail.

Things Done Wrong:
Being more familiar with the course would have helped. I got lost a few times.

Any Other Stuff:
This was a clover leaf shaped course, and very confusing for the directionally challenged like myself. The four different loops were marked with different colors, but sometimes you retraced segments of the same loop. (huh?!) Great aid stations and volunteers. Lots of horses and sand.

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California Ironman 70.3 — Oceanside, CA — 03/29/2008

Michael Shafai reports:
Distance: 13.1 mi run (plus 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike)
Goal: Swim fast then take a nice tour of San Diego
Results: Swam fast then had a nice tour
Website: http://www.ironman.com

General Summary:
What can you say? It’s San Diego in March. 70 degrees, sunny, and nice views of the ocean.

Things Done Right:
Was still recovering from running the Catalina Marathon injured two weeks before, so the goal was just to cruise it and have fun (training race).

Things Done Wrong:
While not specifically running related, I couldn’t get out of my wetsuit. Glad I’m not a real triathlete. Also decided I don’t like flat, paved courses. Good thing I live in Colorado.

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Bataan Death Marach Memorial Marathon — White Sands Misslie Range, NM — 03/30/2008

Anita Fromm reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: training race
Results: 4th overall female 4:04:18

General Summary:
This race commemorates the Bataan Death March survivors of WWII. Truly one of the most moving and memorable races I have ever done. This race is run in White Sands Missile Range, and is pristine and scenic and isolated. If you are looking for something different to run, I highly recommend this unique event.

Things Done Right:
Stayed hydrated and carried my own water bottles. I was nearly last, because the start was VERY congested,(over 4000 people participated) but ended up passing all but three women. Always a mistake to underestimate the desert. The winds picked up later in the race, and this added to the demise of the ill prepared.

Things Done Wrong:
Could have pushed harder, but held back with a 100 miler in 6 days. Wish I would have employed my “go out like an idiot and pay for it later” tactic and finished second or third overall.

Any Other Stuff:
Very well organized from start to finish. There were several divisions: military light, military heavy,( requiring 35 pounds of gear to be carried in full combat gear) civilian heavy and light. To see the thousands of men and women in full BDU’s marching for 26.2 miles in the desert was amazing. Even more moving was to see the veterans of the Bataan Death March at the start of the race, sitting in chairs, there to greet all the runners. Not many dry eyes at the start. They were also there to greet the runners and marchers at the finish. There was also a jet fly over at the start, and many veterans of the current Iraq war, who were maimed in combat. A record crowd of over 4000 participated, ironically and sadly the death toll in the Iraq war had just reached that number.

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American River 50 Mile Endurance Run — Sacramento, CA — 4/5/2008

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: 8 hours
Results: 7 hours 13 minutes; 24th overall; 1st 50- 59 age group
Website: http://run100s.com/AR50

General Summary:
The first 27 miles were flat on asphalt bike path so I tried to run as slow as I could and stay on the dirt sides as much as possible. I reached 27.4M in 3:24 — plenty fast for me at my advanced age but I felt just fine. The final half of the race was scenic rolling single track trail through beautiful meadows with wildflowers interspersed with sections of forest. I hit cruise mode and passed about ten people up until the “Last Gasp” aide station at mile 47.6. The final 2.4 miles were up a steep road and here I flagged a bit getting passed at the last minute by two runners: one of them Tim Twietmeyer who has run the race 29 of the 30 times it has been run with a PR of 6:05 on the course.

Things Done Right:
Ran slow for the first 27 miles.

Things Done Wrong:
fell once

Any Other Stuff:
Results web site: http://www.capitalroadrace.com/results/08_AR50_OVL.HTM

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Umstead 100 — Raleigh NC — 04/05/08-04/06/08

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 100 miles
Goal: PR
Results: not a PR (27:28:36)
Website: http://www.umstead100.org

General Summary:
I’ve run in all sorts of conditions, including, but not limited to, blizzards, sand storms, 50+mph winds, hail, lightening, sudden heavy downpours, tornados and funnel clouds, 135 degree heat, humidity, several feet of snow, mud, ice, bears, mountain lions, but never rain for 100 miles nonstop. This was what the runners of the 2008 Umstead 100 were treated to.

Things Done Right:
Did the first half under 10 hours, giving me plenty of much needed time for the last half. Bought the world’s most ugliest drop bag so it would stand out amongst the 200 other boring black and navy ones. (think yellow with orange and pink polka dots and squares)Got my pacer to carry it in with him to my car (don’t ask...)so I wouldn’t have to get it after the race.

Things Done Wrong:
Despite doing the first 50 under 10 hours, due to terrible blistering from the rain and humidity the last 50 took me over 17 1/2 hours. I simply could not run. But I hate quitting at any race, so I ended up making new friends, and picking up trash the last few loops. Ended up finishing 5 hours slower than last year. Time to put the Little Debbies away.

Any Other Stuff:
Great course, great aid and volunteers as usual.

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Platte river 1/2 marathon — Littleton, CO — 4/06/2008

Pablo Najera reports:
Distance: 13.4
Goal: 1:30
Results: 1:27
Website: http://www.plattehalfmarathon.com

General Summary:
It was a chilly morning with temperatures around 35-37 degrees perfect for this kind of race. Course was flat all the way to the 12th mile then it’s a step bridge were I felt I have some advantage because of the training that I do with the Incline,( run UP UP and UP)I pass like 4 or 5 runners in that section to finish 24th overall out of 11,00 runners 7th on the age group.

Things Done Right:
Pace I feel that definitely pace myself really good because my slowest mile was a 6:49 right about mile 5

Things Done Wrong:
After I cross the finish line I din’t stretch and as a result I got a really painful cramp in my left calf.

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Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: sub 1:30
Results: 1:26:09
Website: http://www.platteriverhalf.com/

General Summary:
Fast course that begins in Littleton and runs along the Platte River hike and bike trail, ending at Denver’s oldest restaurant, the Buckhorn Exchange.

Things Done Right:
Ran several minutes faster than I thought I could.

Things Done Wrong:
Horribly hangover for this.

Any Other Stuff:
Easy course, good one for a PR if you’re in shape.

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Horsetooth Half — Ft. Collins — 4/13/2008

Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 1/2 marathon
Goal: run all hills and finish
Results: finished and ran all the hills
Website: http://www.horsetoothhalfmarathon.com/index.html

General Summary:
Gorgeous day. The race was attended by over 1000 and was well manned. The first 2 miles consisted of hills followed by a general descent afterward.

Things Done Right:
Showed up with plenty of time before the race to stretch, use the facilities and change outfits twice.

Things Done Wrong:
Stopped at Starbucks and got a double decaf latte. This would come back to rear its ugly head around mile 9.

Any Other Stuff:
The after party had great beer supplied by the brewery (where the race ended) and a live band. There were also free massages which really helped limber up the legs.

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Lisa Franz reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: Run the hills without stopping
Results: I did it! I didn’t stop or let walkers pass me when I was running
Website: http://www.horsetoothhalfmarathon.com/

General Summary:
It was a beautiful day for a race! At race start the temp was in the 30’s and around 60 degrees when I finished. The views of the Horsetooth Reservoir and the skyline were awesome.

Things Done Right:
I really focused on my form while I was running, especially the uphills. Unlike Barr Trail where I don’t make it very far without walking, I ran the entire course (except water stations), including the uphills.

Things Done Wrong:
My calf cramped up at mile 12. I should have taken the time to drink a gel pack or electrolytes or something.

Any Other Stuff:
This is the first race I’ve ever ran that I didn’t stop at a porta-potty! Not one!

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Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: use as catered training run
Results: finished 2.08
Website: http://www.horsetoothhalfmarathon.com/resources.html

General Summary:
beautiful day and great finish line award with the large beer. :) course was challenging with its several hills.

Things Done Right:
used as catered run. goal to have fun.

Things Done Wrong:
went out too fast which is a problem of mine. :)

Any Other Stuff:
loved the finish line at the brewery and FREE BEER!!

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Greenland Open Space — Greenland Open Space — 4/19/2008

Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 50k
Goal: finish my first ultra before the allotted time expired
Results: I finished in 6:41 with over an hour before the cutoff
Website: http://www.greenland50k.com

General Summary:
It was a beautiful day to run through the hills of the Greenland open space. The support of the aid stations and their consistently upbeat attitude about my quest was most welcome. I particularly enjoyed the M&M’s at the far aid station.

Things Done Right:
I remained hydrated, walked the larger hills, and kept a consistent pace using this as a training run. I didn’t allow myself to get carried away until the final 1/4 mile to the finish.

Things Done Wrong:
I should have used sunscreen after removing my long sleeved shirt.

Any Other Stuff:
The course had a little snow and lots of mud in spots, but as the day went on it cleared up. It definitely made you pay attention to your footing.

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Lisa Franz reports:
Distance: 50K
Goal: Finish first 50K
Results: finished first 50K 6:41
Website: http://www.greenland50k.com/

General Summary:
Beautiful Day, Windy heading south

Things Done Right:
slow and easy

Things Done Wrong:
forgot chapstick

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William Keller reports:
Distance: 50K
Goal: Finish my first ultra
Results: 6:04 — hooray!
Website: http://www.greenland50k.com/

General Summary:
Four loops of the Greenland Open Space double and singletrack trail counterclockwise with a lot of ups and downs. Course reaches 7,400’ just north of Monument Pass. 2 aid stations (1 N, 1 S) with chips, soda, water, M&Ms, cookies, Hammer Heed and Gel and that was about it. 500 people this year running three different distances made for a crowded and temptingly fast first lap.

Things Done Right:
Paced the race well for me. Was able to work through some stomach issues late with a ginger candy. Ran a negative split on the last lap. No one passed me the last two laps, but did gain ten places. Managed to ignore the exuberant start by the 8m and 25K crowd and control my own pace early. Good diet and hydration the week before. Ran my long run (27M) 3 weeks before, then tapered well to feel very good during the race (with a two mile rough patch due to some stomach disagreement). Unfortunately this probably means I should’ve gone a little harder, but I was really concerned about finishing more than anything. Took salts hourly, 110oz or so of Perpetuem or Heed and a bit of cola toward the end. Took a drop bag with my own stuff for each lap. 3 Gu Espresso gels and 3 crank e-gels.

Things Done Wrong:
I’d always like to be faster, and more speedwork to get that pace way down would’ve been nice. I just seem to be stuck choosing between conditioning my body for the distance versus the speed. It is a balance I haven’t figured out. Probably left too much in the tank since my last lap was pretty good, but fighting the stomach issues for a few miles was no fun. Not sure what caused that. Ran too much by myself (work schedule and wx) leading up to this. I do better when I can play catch. Fartlek just doesn’t cut it the same for me.

Any Other Stuff:
Anyone who hasn’t made it up to run Greenland is passing up a great training course. Nearby Spruce Mtn is a great second run after Greenland.

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Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50km
Goal: sub 5 hours
Results: 5:29:58
Website: http://www.greenland50k.com

General Summary:
I would have liked to have gone under 5 hours, but I also would like 5 million dollars in the bank, a 24 inch waist, and peppy 36C’s. Each year there seems to be more climbing at this race.

Things Done Right:
Five minutes faster than last year!

Things Done Wrong:
Fell apart the last two loops. I tried to catch ICer and ultra-goddess Gina Harcrow, but when she looped me breast feeding her new born child, I knew my feeble efforts were fruitless. Thanks Gina.

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Greenland Open Space 25k #151; Greenland Open Space — April 19, 2008

Michael Quispe reports:
Distance: 25K
Goal: Sub 1:50:00
Results: 1:48:33
Website: http://www.greenland50k.com/index.html

General Summary:
As trail races go, this is one of the tamer ones. There are 8 mile, 25K, and 50K races of 1, 2, and 4 loops each. The previous years I’d done the race had either great course conditions and bad weather or poor course conditions and good weather. This year we lucked out and were treated to all around good conditions. There were only a few spots of snow/ice and slick muddy areas but otherwise good.

The first lap went well and I was only passed by Johannes Rudolph right after the first water stop and then I was able to pass a few before the end of the lap. I took a gel, just in case, before the turn-around and the second lap went uneventfully. The toughest part I’d say about the race was the wind from the south. The wind was from the south which made it more difficult after the turn-around and I was glad to finally make the turn to the north again. From there I pushed the rest of the way and was able to leave two runners behind me by a few minutes. Although I was third overall last year, the competition was tougher this year, like it was two years ago.

Things Done Right:
Kept the first few miles at a comfortable pace without going too hard. Pushed the downhills but not too hard. I also didn’t overdress since it was a good bit warmer than in previous years.

Things Done Wrong:
Unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep the night before. Not sure how much it affected the race but I’m sure it didn’t help.

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Greenland Open Space 8 mile— Greenland Open Space — April 19, 2008

Marcus Corbett reports:
Distance: 8 Miles
Goal: Top 5 finish
Results: 2nd place: 51:38

General Summary:
Incredible race with the opportunity to run 8mi, 25K, or 50K — in hindsight I’d like to run the 25K next year. Beautiful course with plenty of hills and plenty of openness. Highly recommend. The field is limited to 500 runners in all 3 races.

Things Done Right:
I started with the fast pack and hung back for the first 3-4 miles while the course rolled up and down. At about 3.5 miles the course turned sharply uphill and I broke into 3rd place and finished in 2nd.

Things Done Wrong:
At one point the trail hit a “Y” if not for the runner behind me, I would have run off on my own for a while. Instead I only lost about 5 secs.

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John mills reports:
Distance: 8 miles
Goal: 1:10
Results: 1:20

General Summary:
An increasingly popular race, it is capped at 500 runners and filled 2 weeks before the race date. A cramped start but wide open double track after that.

Things Done Right:
Trained, tapered, hydrated.

Things Done Wrong:
Probably not as aggressive at the start. Took 20 seconds to shuffle to the start line.

Any Other Stuff:
Great course.

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Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 8 miles
Goal: 1hr 10min
Results: 1;12;02

General Summary:
need to establish a real training program

Things Done Right:
focused and kept my pace

Things Done Wrong:
lacked training and conditioning

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Desert R.A.T.S. Trail Running Festival — Mack, CO — 4/19/2008

Barry Oelrich reports:
Distance: 50 mile
Goal: Finish
Results: DNF @ 32 miles
Website: http://www.geminiadventures.com/DesertRATSfestival.html

General Summary:
Great race site, great race organizers. Really nice weather, the day warmed into the mid 70’s, not too much wind for this time of year.

Things Done Right:
Tapered for two weeks leading up to the race. Lot’s of great winter and spring training, had a really good mileage base built up. Started in the middle of the packe, paced myself well, wasn’t pushing too hard. Pulled from the race before I caused a major injury and long rehab. Not happy to DNF another 50, but I will be able to race/run through out the summer.

Things Done Wrong:
Fell at mile 10 and re-injured my knee.
Should have went out a little faster to beat the hoard up the hill to the single track going up Moore Fun. Turned into a 2 mile walk up the hill.
Need to change from Cytomax to a different drink, had an awful time w/ lower GI issues(not the first occasion). Lost at least 20 min in first 25 miles due to unneeded stops.

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Kentucky Derby Minimarathon — Louisville, KY — 4/26/2008

Wendy Kimmel reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: sub 2:25/ not have to walk
Results: 2:02:48, 209/864 AG
Website: http://www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com

General Summary:
Sold out 12,000 half/full marathon combination event, more than 3/4 doing the half, so I had lots of company on the point-to-point course. It was raining almost until start time, and then overcast skies for the race- rain had diminished the previous night’s humidity thankfully. Never been to KY before (meeting some friends there) but impressive amts of green there made for a mostly pretty/pleasant course, and race had great organization overall.

Things Done Right:
Running a race at really low elevation :) (ranging from 400-600ft!). I didn’t think my training was at all up to par, including only 4 ‘long’ runs of 11-13 miles, but as soon as the race started, I realized I felt better than at the start of any of my ‘easy’ 4mi runs in Colorado Springs. Of course I was a little concerned that this was just race-day adrenaline, but I felt great through 10 miles (last 3 miles just needed the adrenaline since feet were hurting alot) and was able to speed up a bit for the 2nd half of the race.

Things Done Wrong:
If I’d run 4x/wk and gotten in some longer distances on the wknds, maybe I could have finished under 2hrs. And I did zero training at sub 10 min pace (in CO my legs just can’t seem to do it anymore) so my calves are paying for the <9:30 pace afterwards...But overall I’m extremely happy with my results and how great I felt throughout the race- at a pace faster than any shorter distance races I’ve done in CO.

Any Other Stuff:
Only a few not-too-steep hills on the first 6 miles mostly going through a nice park, and then flat/downhill for the rest of the course, including a loop through Churchill Downs (opening day there) which was cool.

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Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Trail Run — Buena Vista, CO — May 3, 2008

Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: new PR (sub 8:47)
Results: 8:34:36
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org/

General Summary:
Two 25 mile loops around the rolling hills surrounding Buena Vista.

Things Done Right:
Went into the race in much better shape than before (previous best at this race was just under ten hours).

Things Done Wrong:
Went off course at the 46 mile mark — a stupid mental error as the trail was marked fine. Cost me a finish in the top 5.

Any Other Stuff:
Not the hardest course in Colorado, but certainly not an easy jog. Awesome views of the nearby Collegiate Peaks. My first ever victory over Ted B and Jonathan V (certainly not my last — see you guys at San Juan!).

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Derek Engard reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: under 10 hours
Results: under 9 hours
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org/

General Summary:
The race got off to a cold start at about 27 degrees, but the sun came out for a great day. Awesome views of the Collegiates and the valley below were unsurpassed. This was my first attempt at the ultra distance, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt pretty good after the first 25 miles, but after mile 35 I was having a tough time. I did much better than expected and couldn’t be happier with the results.

Things Done Right:
I did my best to keep a conservative pace and fueled up during the first half.

Things Done Wrong:
I forgot to grab my succeed caps at the turnaround point. Looking back, I don’t think I took in enough fuel in the later stages.

Any Other Stuff:
A great race with wonderful volunteers. I would highly recommend this race to all.

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Collegiate Peaks 25 Mile Run — Buena Vista, CO — 5/3/2008

Theresa Pitman reports:
Distance: 25 Miles
Goal: Big-4:30 or less, Realistic-under 5 hours
Results: 4:36:51

General Summary:
Beautiful course, I almost had a hard time choosing between watching my feet and the scenery. The beauty helped bring down the “toughness” of the course, but those Sunday runs had me fully prepared. I definitely recommend this as a great way to open the racing season.

Things Done Right:
Tapered a little (I have a hard time with this), ran with the Incline Club on Sundays, and ran my own race, I did get a little competitive but not so much it sent my heart rate soaring.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t eat enough before or during the race. The start is EARLY at 6:30am and I’m not the type(although maybe now I will) to get up 3 hours before a race to eat my breakfast. So I thought a fairly big dinner and snack before bed and my normal pre-incline run breakfast would suffice, but I needed more. I ate more durng the run than usual but I definitely ran out of steam in the last 5 miles. But I guess if you are going to run out, that is the time it happens. I still finished pretty strong but I could tell I didn’t eat enough because I was starving afterwards. I’ve also started getting side aches on downhills this year, which I can’t quite figure out so that slowed me down on the final couple of miles back into town.

Any Other Stuff:
The course is very runable, although I walked some of the steep climbs and nothing seemed tougher than what our club does on Sundays. So, although I’m tired and a little beat up, I just feel like i did a long training run with the group.

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25th Annual Shiprock Marathon — Shiprock, New Mexico — 5/3/2008

Charles Scheibe reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 4:30
Results: 4:34:20
Website: http://www.shiprockmarathon.com/

General Summary:
Small, road marathon run completely within the Navajo Nation. The prominent landmark throughout the race is an 1800’ volcanic cinder cone. The course has rolling hills with a net drop of 1200’.

Things Done Right:
Maintained goal pace through most of the race despite “things done wrong.”

Things Done Wrong:
Drove from Denver, leaving after work on Friday evening. On the road for nearly 8 hours. Forgot to guarantee room reservations; by the time we found alternate accommodations, we got less than 2 hours sleep.

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7 sisters trail race — Amherst, MA — 5/04/08

Lauren Goulding reports:
Distance: 12
Goal: A super unrealistic 2.30
Results: 3.29
Website: http://www.7sisterstrailrace.com/

General Summary:
7 sisters runs 12 miles out and back on rolling hills across the top of the Holyoke range in Amherst, MA. Overall, this course gains as much overall elevation as the BTMR, but it does it across rolling hills. The trail quality is also much worse-- huge chunks are exceedingly rocky and (though I’ve heard that the frontrunners chuck themselves down many of the steep sections) simply unrunnable for most of us mere mortals.

Things Done Right:
I’ve been following a half-marathon training program pretty religiously, and I’ve done plenty of long runs in the general area of these hills, though not on the hills themselves. I started near the back of the pack, which meant walking up the first hill/mountain. While I was a little frustrated at having to walk, it turned out to be a good thing. Had I run the hill, I would have tanked way sooner than I did.

Things Done Wrong:
I live about a mile and a half from the start of the race, and I should have taken advantage of the opportunity to run the course during training. As it was, I had no idea how hard it would be-- the sections of the course which I have done turned out to be the easier ones. I run by time rather than distance, maxing out at 2 hrs a week before the race. In the end, I needed to be doing much longer runs to prepare my body for the time I would be spending on the course. Also, I think I got something wrong with fueling . . . I ate breakfast beforehand, took gu with me and ate it at appropriate intervals, but I felt zonked pretty much the whole race. Not entirely sure why . . .

Any Other Stuff:
Very much in the vein of the Incline club. WAY harder than the BTMR (except for the altitude), which I ran in 3.00 with much less training. Very friendly and enjoyable race.

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Colorado half marathon — Fort Collins, CO — 5/4/2008

Tracey Anderson reports:
Distance: 13.1 mi
Goal: To qualify for the Ascent and to get under 2 hours
Results: 1:58
Website: http://www.ftcollinsmarathon.com/

General Summary:
It was a beautiful day in Poudre Canyon with little wind, no clouds and 40 degrees--a great day to run my first half marathon. The course is a steady, easy downhill almost the entire way, so it is easy to run a fast pace, which I did until mile 7. I was feeling fabulous until then, when I don’t know what happened, and I felt something tear on the bottom of my left foot. I instantly started hobbling. I spent the next 5 miles trying to figure out how to run on that foot without screaming. The pain came and went in waves, my pace dropped off, but I made it through to the end and still met my goal.

Things Done Right:
I finally figured out how to take a gel/water mix in a little bottle and carry it without it driving me nuts.

Running IC runs, plus Larry’s speed sessions make running a flat course feel really good! Because of that, I was able to run a much faster pace than I thought.

Learned how to run through some serious pain.

Things Done Wrong:
I did not specifically train for this. I jumped in on it 10 days ago when I saw an opportunity to get into the Ascent. I do not run on asphalt or concrete except from the park up to the trails on the IC runs, so the hard surface really felt hard.

Whatever I did to tear the tendon in my foot is going to set me back a little.

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Frederick Half Marathon — Frederick, MD — 5/5/2008

Douglas Smith reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: 1:38
Results: 1:39:16
Website: http://www.frederickmarathon.org

General Summary:
A half marathon on the historic streets of Frederick, Maryland (founded 1745). Was returning for my brother in laws wedding, and thought I’d do the half marathon through my old home town. The wedding was cancelled two weeks before, but went anyway!

Things Done Right:
Beat my previous PR at PF Changs in Phoenix (1:40:16).

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t get enough sleep. Had to run into a vicious headwind in the last two miles.

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Spiral Drive Run — Salida, CO — 5/10/2008

Fred Baxter reports:
Distance: 4 Miles
Goal: Sub 30:00
Results: 31:14
Website: http://salidarec.com/ccrc

General Summary:
Out and back up and down run on dirt rocky road 500 foot elevation gain to the top of Tenderfoot Mtn.

Things Done Right:
?

Things Done Wrong:
Went to slow

Any Other Stuff:
Fun Race Long way to drive for a 4 mile run??

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Sky Mesa Pass Trail Marathon — Gateway, CO — 5/17/2008

Barry Oelrich reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Finish on banged up knee
Results: 6:07:33
Website: http://www.gatewaycanyonsbikerace.com/skymesapasstrailmarathon.html

General Summary:
One Incline tank top represented the club at the inaugural Sky Mesa Pass Trail Marathon. The folks at Gateway Canyons Resort did a nice job putting this race on. They mapped out a great course with a monster climb and decent. Climb 4,000 feet to 13 miles and 4,000 back down, the downward spiral had the added benefit of 85 degree temps in the canyon. Next year there will be additional aid stations and a better system for getting racers to the start line.

Things Done Right:
Ran my new Crosslites to the 15 mile point then changed into my Vittesse’s for the screaming downhill. Ran the downhill and didn’t trash me knee again.
Took a Gas-X pill prior to the race, no lower GI issues this time...
Gained 3 places coming down the hill.
Stayed well hydrated

Things Done Wrong:
Tried to protect my knee too much across the top section, ended up losing 8 places.

Any Other Stuff:
Cool goodies, fleece instead of a t-shirt, finisherd cap, post race BBQ and drawings.

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Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon — Denver, CO — 5/18/2008

Charles Scheibe reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 4:30
Results: 4:38:06
Website: http://www.coloradocolfaxmarathon.org/

General Summary:
New and improved version of a race that originated 3 years ago as being run on the longest continuous traffic artery in a metropolitan area. The course changes were made because of lagging attendance, an uphill grind to the finish line, and the misdirection of runners the previous year resulting in additional half mile be logged by all.

Things Done Right:
Relaxed and didn’t force the pace during the early, uphill miles. Stayed hydrated in the hot weather.

Things Done Wrong:
Losing enthusiasm upon learning of the impending heat.

Any Other Stuff:
Another misdirection of runners this year. Course includes several loops or out-n-backs within the park during the first and last couple of miles.

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Trollinger Heilbronn Half Marathon — Heilbronn Germany — 5/25/08

Andy Kovats reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: <1:40 and top 10% of field
Results: 1:41:45 which placed 459 out of ~4500
Website: http://www.trollinger-marathon.de/

General Summary:
I was in Heilbronn Germany for business and decided this race would be convenient, in fact the start was in a stadium right across the street from our factory! Heilbronn is a town of about 120,000 people about an hour north of Stuttgart, and this race celebrates the wine making in this region (one also gets a nice bottle of red wine as part of the entry). The last few aid stations even had wine tasting along with hydration drinks. I half expected the field to be not too competitive, after all, the Germans aren’t that well known for running. The first clue I was wrong about this was when my conservatively chosen predicted finish time of 1:40 didn’t even qualify me for the first of 4 mass start waves. These folks were TOUGH, as I blazed through the 1st flat 5K in 21 minutes and then proceeded to lose places consistently over the next 5K, culminating in a hill that topped out at 260M above the start (that’s a good 800’ for us non-metric types). I had been plagued by the 3 Horsemen of the Runn ing Apocalypse the previous month — injuries, getting sick and heavy work and family commitments, but I figured the low elevation would offset some of this and get me back on track. I didn’t count on the relatively high humidity and heat, and my last decent training runs in cool, dry Colorado had been with snow still melting on the trails. It was in the 70s with humidity and the race starts at 10:35, presumably for benefit of the plentiful spectators. They were terrific, lining almost the entire course with bands, water sprays, and enthusiastic encouragement as the course wound through several small surrounding towns and the vineyards in the countryside before rejoining the shade of the paved paths along a large river. The finish around a nice track in a stadium felt like a “big city” marathon.

Things Done Right:
Stayed as mentally tough as could be expected when running a race with severe jet lag in a foreign country while trying to prepare for a week’s worth of high tech business meetings. Didn’t further any of the nagging injuries I’ve dealt with and focused on drinking lots of fluid before and during the race. I would have tried the wine at the aid stations but I was just too beat down by the heat and my original strong finish goal gradually became replaced with that of not passing out and needing medical assistance the last 5K (which I noticed happening to several people). Also wisely chose not to enter the marathon given my recent training challenges.

Things Done Wrong:
Took off too fast for the conditions (the forecasted rain did not materialize). Arriving a few days earlier to get used to the time zone would have helped as well. This is the largest race I’ve done in years and I barely left enough time to work my way up to the start through the crowds.

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27th Annual Steamboat Marathon — Steamboat Springs, CO — 6/1/2008

Charles Scheibe reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 4:30
Results: 4:40:32
Website: http://www.steamboatsummer.com/info/events/sbcccalendarevent.marathon_08.item.asp

General Summary:
Selected by Runner’s World as one of the “10 Most Scenic Marathons of the Year” (February 1996). Named in the November/December 2006 issue of Colorado Runner Magazine as the Best Marathon of the Year for 2006! The USATF Certified Course begins at historic Hahns Peak Village, follows a paved country road down the Elk River Valley, and finishes at the courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. Starting elevation is 8,128’ and the finish elevation is 6,728’.

Things Done Right:
Completed another training marathon (3 in 4 weeks) in preparation for the PPA/M double in August. Avoided injury; logged several long, downhill stretches on quads.

Things Done Wrong:
Did not stay adequately hydrated. Cramped last 6-7 miles.

Any Other Stuff:
Few aid stations throughout the race, sometimes 3-4 miles apart.

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Garden of the Gods — Manitou/Garden — 6/08/2008

Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 10mile
Goal: finish in 1:30
Results: Finished 1:27:42
Website: http://www.gardentenmile.com

General Summary:
overcast, cool and perfect for running

Things Done Right:
didn’t go out too fast and pushed the hills

Things Done Wrong:
could have started faster in first mile, but avoided weaving through crowd

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Wendy Kimmel reports:
Distance: 10 miles
Goal: faster than training....
Results: 1:43
Website: http://www.gardentenmile.com

General Summary:
Perfect weather, beautiful race, nice crowd.

Things Done Right:
Did the Tues/Thurs training runs in the garden to practice those hills

Things Done Wrong:
Should have tried to increase mileage a bit more on those Tues/Thurs runs

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Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 10miles
Goal: 1hr 25min
Results: 1hr25min
Website: http://www.gardentenmile.com

General Summary:
I lacked the conditioning to push myself to catch the 1st place runner in my age group

Things Done Right:
Kept focused on maintaining my pace

Things Done Wrong:
Had not trained enough

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Rita J. Cardin reports:
Distance: 10 miles
Goal: 1:45
Results: 1:52
Website: http://www.gardentenmile.com

General Summary:
A tough course.

Things Done Right:
Hydrated pretty well.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t train enough.

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Pablo Najera reports:
Distance: 10 miles
Goal: 70min
Results: 71min
Website: http://www.gardentenmile.com

General Summary:
Great wheather, very well organized

Things Done Right:
Enjoy the race

Things Done Wrong:
Tapering

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Hatfield-McCoy Marathon — Williamson, West Virginia — 6/14/2008

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: 26.2 M
Goal: 3:15
Results: 3:19
Website: http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.com/

General Summary:
Getting from Colorado to the race start in Williamson, WV was at least as tiring as the actual running of the race. With plane tickets into Charleston, WV @ $650 I finally settled on spending 50,000 of my Skymiles to get there. When I arrived at the COS airport Friday morning at 0700 I learned the first leg to Chicago (ORD) was delayed four hours and had to change to a flight to DED then ORD. In ORD the next flight kept getting delayed until finally it loaded up five hours after my arrival, after which we sat on the tarmac for a couple more hours due to thunderstorms all up and down the east coast. I finally arrived at Charleston at 7:30 PM, picked up a rental car (which I had mistakenly reserved for the day before--which cost me $65 for the extra day — I’ll never use Hotwire again), and drove frantically to Williamson to make the 9 PM deadline for packet pickup. Made it with five minutes to spare and they still gave me a wonderful pasta dinner that was included with the entry fee.

Next morning the forecast was for thunderstorms, but they didn’t materialize and I only got rained on for the last two miles and by that time it was a welcome relief from the humidity.

The course was on lush green back country roads with minimal traffic. The crux of the race was an 850’ hill that climbed from mile 7.5 to mile 8.5 after which we promptly lost all the elevation we had gained in about a mile and a half. At the half-way point we crossed the river and ran into a small village and turned around and came back over the river and continued the course along the Kentucky side of the river. Here I was able to see everyone from the race leader to those as far as four minutes behind me. I was in fifth at this point. I ran alone all the way to about mile 24 when I heard what I thought was a wild boar snorting in the woods. When I looked back it turned out to be a middle-aged runner. I talked myself into thinking he was in his mid-40’s as he trotted past me. Later I found out he was 55! I won my age group (50-54) though. 6th overall.

Things Done Right:
Ran easy and slow.

Things Done Wrong:
Ran easy and slow.

Any Other Stuff:
Interesting course with good support. Hatfield and McCoy characters at the finish line give you a high five with the spare hands that aren’t holding the old single barrel shotguns. Very humid conditions.

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Estes Park Marathon — Estes Park, CO — 6/15/2008

Theresa Pitman reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: run long and strong
Results: 3:54, 2nd female overall

General Summary:
Beautiful, gorgeous, picturesque race course. Unfortunately all on road since it is touted as the highest paved marathon in the World but the scenery made up for it. Very family and viewer friendly course according to my boyfriend and puppy that were following me around the race. Volunteers were awesome.

Things Done Right:
Fueled well throughout the race and ran my own pace, although I did get caught up a little bit when I started catching ground on the top 5 females around the halfway point. Didn’t go nuts on the first really long downhill at mile 7, which could have trashed my legs, and ran strong on the uphills.

Things Done Wrong:
I wouldn’t say I did things wrong but I really didn’t approach it as a race, just a substituted and supported long run. So I didn’t taper at all, as a matter of fact we rode our bikes up Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park the day before, which was about 3 and a half hours of strenuous altitude-related activity.

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Mt. Evans Ascent — Mt. Evans Colorado — 6/21/2008

Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 14.5
Goal: finish first high altitude race
Results: finished in 3.17

General Summary:
It was a beautiful day to see the sights on Mt. Evans. This being my first ascent or high altitude race, I wasn’t quite certain what to expect. The course was easy to follow given it was the paved road to the top. The aid stations were manned by friendly people and the supplies were great. I loved the hard pretzels. The sights were amazing, especially the goats at the top.

Things Done Right:
I stayed hydrated, made my cutoff times, and finished with the idea that I would like to do this again.

Things Done Wrong:
I was sick the day before, so I was really hesitant to eat a lot during the race. I wish I had taken the chance and eaten. I am certain I could have run faster if I had more in the tank.

Any Other Stuff:
I was pleased with the amount of goodies in the race package, the ease of pick-up, and the friendliness of the race staff and volunteers. The race sweatshirts were good to have for the end of the race.

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Eddie Baxter reports:
Distance: 14.5 miles
Goal: 2:15:00
Results: 2:11:29

General Summary:
Great race to the top (almost) of a 14er. Ride back down to the start. Good chow at the awards.

Things Done Right:
Taperd well. Felt plenty rested before race.

Things Done Wrong:
Will carry water bottle next year.

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Lisa Franz reports:
Distance: 14.5
Goal: Beat the 2.5 hr cut off at mile 9 (Summit Lake)
Results: I had plenty of time...no worries
Website: http://www.racingunderground.com/mtevans/

General Summary:
First time I’ve ran above 10,000 ft. I approached the day as a training run hoping to beat the cut off at Summit Lake (and Melissa’s husband).

Things Done Right:
Stayed hydrated, beat Melissa’s husband.

Things Done Wrong:
My calf cramped at mile 11, not sure why. It stopped me from running but I was able to keep up a fast walking pace.

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San Juan Solstice 50 — Lake City, CO — 6/21/2008

Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: get the Cannibal hat — sub 12 hour
Results: 11:52
Website: http://www.lakecity50.com

General Summary:
A nice little jog through the mountains surrounding Lake City, CO.

Things Done Right:
Went out a little quicker to avoid the traffic jam at the river crossings. Pushed it hard up the first two climbs and over the divide. Drank Pabst at the Alpine Valley (7.5 mi) and Slumgullion (40 mi) aid stations. Finally beat Rich M.

Things Done Wrong:
Should have taken in more calories early on.

Any Other Stuff:
Course is retarded hard, with three huge climbs and lots of technical downhills. A good chunk of it is well above 12000ft on the continental divide. Great tune up for Hardrock.

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GORDON BARNETT reports:
Distance: 50 Miles
Goal: Finish & Try to Beat Last Year’s Time (15:00:51)
Results: 12:23:08 PR
Website: http://www.lakecity50.com/index.htm

General Summary:
The stars & planets all aligned & I had the race of my life, what a day!

Things Done Right:
Did yoga, trained. Ran a constant steady pace, passed runners all the way — no one passed me after mile 25, ate & hydrated Larabars & S-Caps. Used drop bags at Williams & Carson. Nice surprise at the 40 mile Slum aid station when Anita “crewed” feeding me oranges. Cold beer at the finish.

Things Done Wrong:
Nothing.

Any Other Stuff:
Single file holding ropes through multiple bone-chilling creek crossings. Snow fields, breath-taking vistas along the Continental Divide. Perfect weather. Great representation and support from Team CRUD.

Course Profile: http://www.lakecity50.com/06course-profile.asp

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Big Horn 50 Mile Wild and Scenic Trail Run — Big Horn Mountains Wyoming — 6/21/2008

Gina Harcrow reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: sub 11
Results: 10:44:11
Website: http://www.bighorntrailrun.com

General Summary:
Beautiful 30k, 50k, 50 Mile, 100 mile trail races in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.

Things Done Right:
Ran scared. Had a good time talking with people out on the course. Stayed near the start to avoid having to catch the bus at 3:15 am.

Things Done Wrong:
Although I didn’t notice it during the race, I obviously didn’t hydrate or take in enough salt on the course. I was running my first race with all hammer products, and unlike the past products I use they contain little sugar and little sodium. I didn’t compensate for this and ended up with an ambulance ride to the ER. After 4 iv’s and a glucose shot in the arm (those hurt!), my blood pressure finally came above 90/60 and they let me leave. What a pain and slightly embarrassing, not to mention frightening my toddler. Hopefully, lesson learned.

Any Other Stuff:
The Big Horn 50 mile and 100 mile courses both got rerouted due to heavy snow the week of the race. This meant we lost about 1400 feet of decent but they also made the course shorter from 52 to 50.4, so it probably evened out in the end. This is a beautiful course, all trails except for the last 5 miles on a dirt road. The wildflowers and the views are incredible.

Harry and I stayed at Burgess Junction up in the mountains so we would just have a short drive to the 6 am start. Highly recommended. The new course started at Dry Fork Aid Station at 7480 ft and headed you downhill for the most part until the turn around at Foot Bridge Aid Station at 4590’. Most of the decent comes the last 3 miles, which is hard not to think about as you plunge downhill that very soon you will be doing the dreaded crawl back up.
At the turn around (17.4 miles). I was the 5th woman. I had a good strong climb back up the “Haul.” It was the high point right before I fell apart. After leaving the aid station, the trail becomes fairly runable for the next 7 miles. The suffering began. My stomach flip flopped and my legs felt like lead. I wanted to just stop and sit on a rock and cry. That is always great 22 miles into a 50 mile course. Blessing or curse, there is no DNFing until you get back to Dry Fork at mile 33. I crawled, promptly losing dozens of spots and getting passed by at least 7 women over the next 7 miles to the Cow camp aid station. Those 7 somewhat runable miles took me 2 hours. At he aid station, I removed the inserts from my shoes, convinced they must weigh 5 pounds each. I sat down, drank water and coke, and whined with my fellow whiners for about 10 minutes. It was time to move on. The next 5 miles to Dry fork went much better. I was totally focused on seeing my husband and children at the aid station and it ga ve me renewed energy and focus. I passed several people (including 2 women) this stretch and by the time I hit the aid station (7:20, only 20 minutes off my “if the race was perfect” goal time), I was feeling renewed. I gelled, nursed my baby, and hit the road at 7:28. From here you climb a gentle grade road (think Rampart) until you head off into the meadow. Then comes the downhill. I mean DOWNHILL, FOREVER. It just keeps coming. A few uphills here and there, but for miles you just seem to run down, down, down (ring of fire). I felt strong this whole section. At the 8 mile to go aid station, John Cassidy (a fellow incline cluber) told me I was the 7th woman and the 6th woman was about 4 minutes in front of me. Off I went to more downhill as we entered the hot canyon. I passed number 6 at the 5 mile aid station. Now it was only 5 dirt, unbearable hot, miserable, suffering road miles to the finish. My only goal was to try and pass everyone I saw on the road. If I caught someone, I would force myself to jog (I couldn’t c

all it running) by them until I thought I was out of sight and then I would walk. I was definitely suffering here. My husband met me with the kids at about 1/2 mile to go and encouraged me along to the finish, where I crossed with my kids in the baby jogger in 10:44:11 as the 5th woman.

Wish that was the end of the story, but a hospital trip via ambulance and 4 iv’s later, I’m ready for Leadville!

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Mt. Marathon Race — Seward Alaska — 7/5/2008

Eddie Baxter reports:
Distance: 3.5 miles
Goal: 50:56
Results: 53:33
Website: http://Seward.com

General Summary:
Went out as hard as i could for as long as i could and still came up short of my goal. Will try again next year.

Things Done Right:
Incline training. Hydrated well.

Things Done Wrong:
?

Any Other Stuff:
Average grade 38 degree.
Steepest section on trail 60 degree
Starting elevation 30 ft.
Elevation at the turnaround point 3,022 ft.
This race has cliffs, slick and loose rock and shale, and some snow fields.

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Scar Top Mountain 12K — Coal Creek Canyon, Co — 7/4/2008

Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 12K
Goal: 51 min
Results: 1:08:02

General Summary:
Had just spent a week kayaking. No running for a week prior to the race.

Things Done Right:
Gave my best attempt

Things Done Wrong:
Lack of training prior to race day

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Summer Round-Up 12k — “s” — Bear Creek — 07/06/2008

Tracey Anderson reports:
Distance: 12K
Goal: stay ahead of Glen
Results: stayed ahead of Glen
Website: http://www.summerroundup.com/

General Summary:
I think I ran it pretty well, though I really struggled the last mile. The cloud cover was a blessing!

Things Done Right:
Paced myself on the hills pretty well, (that long one up to the turnaround gave me Ruxton flashbacks). Cut loose on the downhills and powered the flats.

Things Done Wrong:
I think maybe more strength training would help.

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Pablo Najera reports:
Distance: 12k
Goal: 58min
Results: 59min

General Summary:
Good course, good weather, great competition

Things Done Right:
Have fun

Things Done Wrong:
Not train properly for this race

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Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 12K
Goal: 50 min
Results: 1:09:19

General Summary:
Never ran the course prior so I had no idea what I was in for! Egads. I had run the Scar Top Mtn 12K on the 4th of July, but really wanted to try to win my age group in this race.

Things Done Right:
Gave 100%

Things Done Wrong:
not enough hill training

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Lisa reports:
Distance: 12K
Goal: finish 2nd leg of triple crown
Results: finished
Website: http://www.summerroundup.com/

General Summary:
It was hot, I was dehydrated, wasn’t my favorite race

Things Done Right:
Massage after race

Things Done Wrong:
Dehydrated

Never ran course until day of race.

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Hardrock — Silverton, CO — July 11-13, 2008

Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 100.4 miles
Goal: live
Results: 42:55. That’s almost 43 HOURS!
Website: http://www.hardrock100.com

General Summary:
Lovely stroll through the San Juan mountains. Silverton to Telluride to Ouray to Lake City to Silverton. A hill or two hidden along the route.

Things Done Right:
Finished.

Things Done Wrong:
Drinking tequila at Kroger’s Canteen probably wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

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Barr Trail Mountain Race — Barr Trail — 7/13/2008

Lisa reports:
Distance: 12
Goal: T-shirt
Results: Been there...got the t-shirt
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
Finished with 12 minutes to spare...I’m happy

Things Done Right:
Kept my own pace and enjoyed the run

Things Done Wrong:
Alarm didn’t go off in morning, but still made it on time.

Should have hurried down Ruxton to sign up for massage earlier.

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John Garner reports:
Distance: “12 miles"
Goal: Redemption from last years disaster and an 8min/mile downhill pace
Results: 24:24 faster than last year. 8:01 avg for the downhill
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
Last year, my races were disasters. I had one train wreck after another and generally did much better on the IC Sunday runs.

That was last year... This year is a lot different :-)

This time I managed to actually match my PR’s along the trail on the way up and blow my old downhill PR out of the water.

I was rather happy with my uphill pace, hitting the 3:30 pace calculator splits (give or take a small bit). The Hydro -> noname stretch was a PR by over a minute. The section above noname was a touch slow, but not by much (about 30 sec off the noname -> BC PR, mostly because I didnt sprint to barr camp like I did when I set my PR)

While my splits where just where I wanted them to be, my heart rate was running about 5-7 bpm higher than what I recorded during the previous IC run when I set the PR’s. This is probably due to the flu/cold/whatever that I just got over the day before and had been dogging me for the previous 2 weeks. (but it was nothing compared to last year). This is probably the reason I was a bit wiped by the time I got to barr camp, but that was ok since the downhill is basically a new race.

The downhill was a bit of a surprise. I knew it was possible, I just never did it before on an IC run due to the fact that I didnt want to risk the potential injury associated with going downhill that fast for that long. Today, my tactic was simple: I basically would spot somebody about 100 yards ahead of me and then try and pull them in. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. It worked great till I hit noname and the blisters started forming (see the ‘bad’ section below).

Things Done Right:
Paced well and didn’t have anything left in the tank when I finished.

My downhill was what I was most worried about. But after a slow(ish) start for the first 1/4 mile, I managed to pick up the pace and started actually passing folks most of the way down. (The last 2 miles were a different story, see below)

The final turn up hydro was a blast, as I managed to find some extra speed and flew up the hill in 15 seconds, gaining a spot in the process.

Things Done Wrong:
A few things (0 major, 1 moderate, 2 minor) :

1) I should have had my shoes tied a bit tighter. I am now sporting two huge blisters on each heel that more or less are the size of the heel itself. It was not an issue until I hit noname and the hot spots started. By the W’s those hot spots had turned into full blown blisters and I had to adjust my running style from a midfoot strike to a forefoot strike. My ‘305 showed that my speed dropped by a good minute or so per mile until I hit the pavement and could make use of that forefoot strike again. Overall this probably cost me about a minute.

2) I started in the back of the pack. It took me 10 seconds to reach the start line and then I spent the next 10 minutes passing folks on the trail. While this helped me not go out too fast (which was the idea), it probably also cost me a minute or so in my overall time as I would have to pull back and wait for a good spot to pass.

3) I managed to get less than 4 hours of sleep. (I did get a good nights rest friday night, so it was not all that bad)

Any Other Stuff:
For those who like to compare random performance stats: my HR averaged 163 on the way up and 160 on the way down. (83%/82% of HR Reserve)

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Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 12K
Goal: 2:30 or less
Results: 2:38:38
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
still lacking conditioning for mtn runs

Things Done Right:
Finished and won a new pair of trail shoes!

Things Done Wrong:
Fell 3 miles from finish, broke one finger, jammed three others and received bone-bruises on my right knee. Lost my focus, slowed down and missed my goal.

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Michael Everson reports:
Distance: 12 Miles?
Goal: Get to Barr Camp before winner finishes race
Results: I did it!!
Website: http://runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
Cool morning with temps in 50s. Seemed like a good day to run. It warmed up quickly, and made for a bit of a hot finish.

Things Done Right:
Ate right, slept well, and stayed well hydrated. Good potty break 30 minutes before start(|). I didn’t fall.

Things Done Wrong:
Ran too slow. Maybe took off too quickly out of the start, but could not get heart rate below 150 no matter what I tried. Got to Barr about 00:1:30 slower than last year and finished over 2 minutes slower overall. Both calves cramped up at the start of Hydro just before finsihing, of course where all the people could see. Then hobbled my way up the street and to the finish. Why can’t cramps just wait one more minute??

Any Other Stuff:
This is a fun race. I like the high school kids at aid stations. The Pizza was good, and so was the massage. I hope to do better next year.

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GORDON BARNETT reports:
Distance: 12 Miles
Goal: Good training run and beat my last BTMR 2006
Results: Great training run and beat my 2006 time by almost 10 minutes
Website: http://runpikespeak.com/

General Summary:
Coming off a very successful 50 miler in Lake City on 21-June, this race was a good up and down run which is part of my overall training plan for my Lost Soul 100 Miler in September.

Things Done Right:
Went out slow — then tapered. Enjoyed the day and all the great support from the various high school aid stations, and excellent volunteer support. Enjoyed a steaming hot, delicious cup of Micky’s special coffee prior to start (that could very easily become part of my pre-race routine.) Hopefully helped a young runner by letting him pace off me... nice kid. Shared my beer.

Things Done Wrong:
Not a darn thing.

Any Other Stuff:
That had to the most dusty I’ve ever seen Barr Trail, I don’t think it was that bad when the trail was closed a few years back during the drought/fire scare.

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Tracey Anderson reports:
Distance: 12
Goal: run it smart
Results: 2:35
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com/

General Summary:
I was very thankful it wasn’t too hot!

Things Done Right:
Ran at a consistent effort up to camp.

Things Done Wrong:
Had to make a pit stop on the way down!!
Could have worked a few crowded spots on the way down better.

Any Other Stuff:
The high schoolers at the aid stations are fantastic!

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Pablo Najera reports:
Distance: 12M
Goal: 2:03
Results: 2:09
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com/

General Summary:
Weather was ok not to hot as previous years. Great race

Things Done Right:
Pace

Things Done Wrong:
Not enough rest

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Jon Magistro reports:
Distance: 12 ish
Goal: Many
Results: Made most
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com/

General Summary:
Great race day!!! I had a lot of goals for a person that was sidelined from running training for 3+ weeks before the race with a serious calf strain, but here they are:
1. Beat last year’s time — check 3:22 faster
2. Break 2 hours to Barr — maybe next year -2:03:10 3. Break 1 hour for the downhil — check 59:31
4. If all else had failed — just get the shirt!! Check and check!

Things Done Right:
Pacing!!! From the start of the gravel I wasn’t passed by a single person — which also means I might’ve started too slow and might’ve cost my Barr camp goal. But what a boost of confidence to not be getting passed but instead be passing people the whole time!!!
Stayed Hydrated and fueled — I drank plenty on the way up and enough on the way down — I followed a strategy I think Matt said (or wrote once) of only taking what you need from each aid station otherwise you become a camel and are just transporting liguids up the hill.
Positive thoughts the whole race. Passing people helped this a lot but even when I was alone (when you’re this slow that is often) thinking good thoughts.

Things Done Wrong:
Calf strain during training. I could’ve done more inclined workouts during the early months of the year so that my calves would’ve been more ready for serious training. Other than that I did great!!

Any Other Stuff:
As always Matt and family have put on a great race! From giving back to the community to the great post race events. It is fun, challenging, and always leaves me ready for next year!!!
Great job Matt and staff!!!!

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Badwater 135 Ultramarathon — Death Valley, CA — 7/14 - 7/15/2008

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 135 miles officially
Goal: break current womens double crossing record of 143 hours
Results: 129 hours, 44 minutes and 5 seconds
Website: http://www.badwater.com

General Summary:
This was my fourth time starting and completing the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon. I went into it with the intention of being the fifth woman to ever do what is known in the Badwater world as a “double crossing,” which includes going on beyond the official finish line that lies at 135 miles at the Mt. Whitney trailhead, to the summit of Mt. Whitney,(14,497 ft.) then back down to Badwater,(-282 ft. below sea level) for a total of 292 miles. My mind is still in a bit of a fog, so I apologize for any misspellings or grammatical errors.

Things Done Right:
Kept my promises. After a miserable failed attempt at a double crossing last year, I went in this year with a promise that I would complete the double this year, no matter what. Last years failure was hard to take. I didn’t unpack anything, and up until last week all my BW supplies were still in the dining room, where they had sat for nearly a year.

However, it seemed that the year long delay worked in my favor. That’s one of the things I love about ultras. If you learn how to make adversity work for you, you can become a better runner. Seems like my tenacity attracted the favor of ultra-guru Theresa Daus Weber, who summited Mt. Whitney successfully every single time she went up, no matter what the weather. She decided to go up her highness Mt. Whitney with my husband and I less than four hours after my BW finish, ( PR’d in 40 hours, 32 minutes). I knew that mountain wasn’t going to give her any crap, and for the most part it didn’t. There were a few times it rained, the thunder rumbled, and some far-off lightening flashed, but this year the clouds cleared enough for us to have a safe and successful summit. I was so glad I went to the LT100 training weekend before running BW. Running at altitude will make you strong, and despite PRing my previous BW time by several hours, and feeling quite trashed at the finish, I was able to get to t he summit with thei

r help, and break the previous woman’s world record going from BW to the Mt. Whitney summit (146 miles total, previously held by British woman Eleanor Adams in 52 hours 45 min) in a time of 52 hours and 17 minutes. No doubt those speed workouts with the IC club helped, so thanks Matt and Hydro Street! Had I gone up last year with my 43 hour BW, there would have been no way I would have broken Eleanor’s time. Now at least the record time in back in the hands of an American. And by the looks of the times of this years BW women’s finisher’s, my record will no doubt be smashed next year.

ANYWAY, back to the race report. Mt. Whitney is way harder than Pikes Peak, or any 14er I have done. There are places you can fall, a loooong way, and the terrain is miserable, especially going down. I am not a good downhill runner as it is, and even with trekking poles, it took me 9 1/2 hours to get down, as compared to 7 hours and 17 minutes to go up from the BW finish line. Like I told my crew regarding my downhill running ability,” I suck at going down.” Mt. Whitney was the toughest part of the whole event for me.I remember finally getting to the bottom wondering, how in the world am I going to go another 135 miles?! But like Ken Clouber of the Leadville Trail 100 says, “you are better than you think you are.” I honestly believe that is true for everyone of us. Still, my legs were jelly. Every footstep I took for the last three miles I would lift my leg, watch it wobble and shake uncontrollably, then deliberately plant it on the ground. I did this for three freakin miles! And then my s tomach and bowels wen

t. What is really different about Mt. Whitney compared to PP is that you have to get a permit to hike it and pay for it ($15), which I think is BS, and then they give you these portable toilets, which is basically a big plastic bag with a seal. You get to haul off your crap in those bags. With all our backpacks full of storm gear and other stuff, there wasn’t any room for the full bags, so we had to carry them in our big pockets of our hiking pants. It is beyond words what “fun” I had those last three miles, with the relentless mosquitoes and the three of us hiking with bags of poop in our pants. Priceless! But hey! I made a promise to do whatever I had to do to finish the double.

I’d also like to add that my crew for the official 135 miles was absolutely amazing. They took such good care of me, and for the most part, all got along wonderfully. They all knew that I was going to do the double, and made sure I fueled and hydrated for the long haul. It is because of their efforts that they set the foundation for a successful double crossing, and it goes without saying that new friendships have been made for life. Thanks guys!!

After about 7 hours of fitful sleep and eating over half a pizza, and a huge pile of scrambled eggs for breakfast, I returned to the trail head of Mt Whitney, to begin my journey back to BW. It was Thursday now, and I had decided to make Thursday a kind of recovery day, only running about 45 miles, which would take me to Darwin (90 miles on the BW course, which meant only 90 miles to go). I actually stopped and ate more pizza for lunch, had my dear friend and “blister queen” Denise Jones in Lone Pine put some tape on my feet, to prevent blisters. I only got two minor blisters the whole time, and both of them I fixed myself. It amazes me how many runners can’t fix their own feet.The walk/run to Darwin took longer than I thought, because it is this insidious uphill grind. But I did most of it in the cool, sublime, darkness and with the Capricorn full moon, and it was hauntingly beautiful. We drove back to Lone Pine and had a late night ice cream then went to sleep.

Friday we drove back to Darwin, and I started where I finished the night before. It was already heating up, and I can tell you that one of the reasons times were so good at BW this year was because it was so cool. It only got to 108, and the start was barely 100. Flash floods had washed out parts of the race course, and there was even one time during the race as I was going up Townes Pass ( approx. 60 miles in the race)where the RD said the original course was cancelled because the road was washed out, and instead we’d all be going to mile 109 and back to Panamint, for a total of 133 miles. Panic set in, as I knew that would compromise my goal of a double, but within a hour, CALTRANS fixed the roads, and the original course was once more. Ironically, a huge rainbow appeared over Townes Pass to the west, as I got drenched in one of many rainstorms.

Things Done Wrong:
The only major thing that went wrong was that one of my crew members on the return trip got sick. Apparently she didn’t rest when she was supposed to, instead was out taking pictures of “famous runners” and became too exhausted to crew and take care of her runner..ME! It was also apparent she was unprepared for the desert, despite crewing for another runner who did a double the year before. Park Rangers found her a room, and another crew member stayed with her to make sure she was OK, but it left me with just one crew member, my husband Tim. Anyone who has crewed for a spouse knows that it isn’t easy crewing for a spouse. But on less than three hours of sleep and climbing up Mt. Whitney, carrying all his gear and mine, he stayed with me till the end. I think in a way this made me more focused, and eliminated the potential for any drama. And trust me, it is easy to get emotional after running 250 miles. But I didn’t have that luxury. Tim doesn’t handle it when well when I get upse t, so any blisters, emotional discharge, physical pain, etc.. I had to bury, and process myself. Which was probably just as well. The desert hates excess and frivolity of any kind. We took off from Stovepipe Wells at 3:30 am, with that lovely full moon guiding our way. I couldn’t help but notice how at even 3:30 am it was unusually warm........

Any Other Stuff:
As soon as that sun came up, the temperature soared. It became so hot so fast that I had to wrap my legs with medical tape to keep them from feeling as if they were literally burning. I began to chafe from the oppressive heat, and ended up cutting the crotch out of my running shorts. I took a short break near Furnace Creek Resort ( 17 miles from Badwater) when the park ranger who found a motel room for my sick crew member stopped by to see how we were doing.(I didn’t tell him I wasn’t wearing any underwear.) I asked him if she was OK, (she was, and was able to crew the last ten miles with the other crew member) and thanked him, and asked if it put any future races in jeopardy. He said everything was fine, thank God! The rangers at DV apparently see all kinds of nutcases and heat related illnesses, and I thanked them for their efforts to help this crew member. Still, it wasn’t any consolation for me that Tim had been crewing me solo for nearly a day after going up Mt. Whitney with me. I seriousl y considered a grocery cart for the last 65 miles, but then realized that it was probably the heat talking.(still, don’t put it past me) I try and tell myself that when things go bad in races, and in life, that it all happens for a reason, but this wasn’t any comfort to me. I hated to see my husband in such a tired state. But I had to finish, I just had to! And now it was 131 degrees, with a headwind of 20-40 mph, with 17 miles to go. Some thermometers read 140. Fortunately I didn’t run the whole double crossing alone. As it turns out BW finisher Danny Westergaard also decided to do a double, and we “ran” much of it together,(from Father Crowley’s and on) and so at least Tim had Danny’s crew to talk to .It also adds to the validity of my crossing, and the company was most welcome. We even played games to keep our minds occupied. Games like “ NUMBERS THAT COME AFTER 10” ( I lost) and “WORDS THAT START WITH LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET",( appropriate for anything aft er 250 miles) New friendships were formed as well. A few good friends from Bishop CA and Lone Pine came down to take pictures and cheer me on those last 10 miles. It was so good to see “Badwater Ben” and his lovely wife Denise come down, and friends Phil and Kari , to take pictures and authenticate my double crossing. Cheering on another double crossing finisher was wonderful too. I ended up taking off over 14 hours off the previous woman’s double crossing record,( Rhonda Provost, 143 hours 45 minutes) coming in at a time of 129 hours and 44 minutes and 5 seconds, according to Ben’s watch, with my husband by my side. I’ve been out to DV many times, and I can honestly say that the intensity of the heat and the fury by which the wind blew was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. In a way I think it mirrored the passion and intensity it took to finish the double, and I loved every crazy, swirling, scorching minute of it. Death Valley has a power to her, and an alluring beauty, a timelessness, unlike any other place I’ve been to. Doing something like Badwater, or a

double, will strip you to your core, leaving you exposed, much like her barren multi-colored mountains and rugged canyon walls. In other worlds, the truth of who you are comes out, in a process that can be both painful and humbling, but empowering.

There are so many other things that I would like to add, so many other things that happened, but due to time and space, that’s all for right now .I am creating a blog, at the request of many of my friends, and so here is the address: www.anitamariefromm.blogspot.com, if you are interested.

It isn’t near completion, but will soon have pictures, more rants,(complete with cuss words!) and other stuff about my double crossing that I forgot to write in this race report.

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Leadville Silver Rush 50 Mile Trail Run — Leadville, CO — 7/20/2008

Theresa Pitman reports:
Distance: 50 Miles
Goal: 1st-finish my first 50, 2nd-finish in less than 12 hours
Results: Finish happily in 11:02 (3rd in AG)

General Summary:
First year of this run but it is the exact same course as the Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike Race, which I did 2 years ago. Gorgeous terrain, 16,000 feet of elevation change, all between an altitude of 10,000’ and 12,000-ish’. The race directors, volunteers and racers are all awesome, I have yet to have a bad experience at a Leadville race. Quite the pick for my first big ultra.

Things Done Right:
Started off painfully slow since I had never done this length of a running race before. My goal was to get to the half-way point somewhat fresh and then turn it on in the last 10 miles if I had it in me (unfortunately my right knee had other plans).Hydrated early and ofter. Ate every 45 min or so. Had my celebratory Red Bull at the halfway mark which made me feel invicible for a good hour afterwards. Stomach felt great the entire race.
Also, had my boyfriend, Roger, there on his bike meeting me everwhere which was a great motivator when your out in the middle of nowhere in the mountains.

Things Done Wrong:
Waited too long to brace my knee. I had not had tendonitis for 4 years but it came back to haunt me about halfway through the race, but I just wrote it off until it was too late. At first the downhills were difficult, if not impossible, for me to run without pain (which is a good portion on the second half and practically the entire last 10 miles of the course) and then everything became difficult due to adjusting my stride to accommodate. I just got frustrated because everything besides my right knee felt fantastic. I also lost one spot in my age group on the last downhill and 2 in the overall. I then decided that my goals for the PP Ascent were more important and walked most of the last 7 miles in.

Any Other Stuff:
If you like climbing and do well at altitude this is the race for you. The people of Leadville are incredible!

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Teva paint mines 6K — calhan, CO — 7/24/2008

Tracey Anderson reports:
Distance: 6K that became 1.95mi
Goal: run hard
Results: 12:05
Website: http://www.trailrunner.com

General Summary:
A wicked storm blew in just before race time, blew down the registration tent, knocked over equipment, drenched and pelted the people waiting in the shuttle trolley and tested the arm strength of the rest of us trying to hold up the tent. Afterwards, double rainbows came out and the storm went on to terrorize Kansas, but not without leaving a rushing stream bisecting the loop course. It became an out and back,turn at the new creek, hang a left, out and back, turn at the creek, then to the finish.

Things Done Right:
Didn’t get struck by lightening.

Things Done Wrong:
nothing I can think of.

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Grand Prix Classic 10K — Tiffany Square-Colorado Springs, Co — 7/26/2008

Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 10K
Goal: 45min
Results: 48:21

General Summary:
Had surgery on my broken finger on Wednesday prior so I ran with a huge wrap/cast on my left hand/arm. Doctor had said not to run :-) A bit tired

Things Done Right:
Kept my pace comfortable

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t achieve my goal

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Juneau Marathon (Frank Maier Memorial) — Juneau, Alaska — 8/2/2008

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: marathon
Goal: finish
Results: 2:57:58
Website: http://www.southeastroadrunners.org/marathon.htm

General Summary:
Rebekka Hannula and I joined former Incline Club runner Jose Aponte and his wife Cynthia for a trip to Juneau and a marathon--my 49th marathon state. Jose also ran the marathon (3:41). Rebekka ran the half (2:06).

The course is a “PR” course with rolling gentle hills that one can work with. I had no clear goals, but since I am running the Leadville 100 in two weeks I really only wanted to finish respectably. Wouldn’t you know it though that was not to be. I started off easy, running my first mile in 6:58 and found myself in 4th place. Soon I had moved into second and was able to keep first in sight. I kept running sub-sevens almost the entire race. I think my slowest mile was 7:15 and that was around 23. About mile 19 the eventual winner bounded by me with way too much energy. An ultrarunner running his first marathon, Geoff Roes had no idea how to pace himself, running the first half in 2:34 and the second in 1:16. I was still running strong when another youngster came out of the blue and passed me. I caught the leader who I had thought was my competition all along about mile 25 and wound up finishing third overall and first masters with my best marathon time in three and a half years: 2:57.

Things Done Right:
Good pacing. Started slowly.

Things Done Wrong:
Just about a perfect race for me.

Any Other Stuff:
The race actually starts across the channel from Juneau in the small town of Douglas. The course is an out and back along the coastal road on Douglas Island. We shared a cab to the race and back. There was no transportation provided by the race.

Here is link to an article on the race in which I am quoted: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080308/spo_312982343.shtml

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Skyline 50k — Oakland, CA — 8/3/2008

Lori Hawkins reports:
Distance: 50k
Goal: Beat my Leadville Marathon time of 7:15 (I think)
Results: 6:43
Website: http://www.skyline50k.us/

General Summary:
A Championship Event in the 2008 PA/USATF Ultra Grand Prix Series, so there were a lot of impressive t-shirts on the start line. With this many experienced runners, it was easy to win the 1st female rookie award with a time like mine! Great trails, great weather, who’d know that over the hill to the east was the Bay Area? Lots of ups and downs to challenge the legs, but the altitude advantage was working, cuz by miles 10 and 13, I was feeling a lot better than I would have here, at home. Mile 23 found me dragging, but somehow I found a 2nd (or 3rd) wind at 25, and ran most of the rest of the way.

Things Done Right:
Trained with IC and at Red Rocks in early mornings. Ran 8 miles in the heat of Sacramento 3 days prior, then rested. Watched my intake over the weekend. Hydrated well, gelled and ate fruit during the race. Didn’t really know what to expect for that distance, but I guess it worked.

Things Done Wrong:
Stayed up late the night before at my 30th high school reunion. But they were each good motivation to train for the other!

Any Other Stuff:
Lots of food at the aid stations and finish, very informative website, including trail description with photos. Course was mostly shade. Will I do another ultra? You bet!

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Evergreen Town Race — Evergreen, CO — 8/3/2008

Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 10K
Goal: 45min
Results: 48:47

General Summary:
I had an MRI on the knee I bruised during Barr Trail — found I have torn meniscus as well as bruising so I didn’t run the week prior to this race..trying to rest my knee. I felt tired mid-way thru the run

Things Done Right:
Ran and gave a good effort

Things Done Wrong:
Too old to not run for the week prior to a race :-)

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Leadville Trail 100 — Leadville Colorado — 8/15 - 8/16/2008

Gina Harcrow reports:
Distance: 100 miles
Goal: sub-25
Results: 28:49:12
Website: http://leadvilletrail100.com

General Summary:
This is the 5th year in a row that either Harry or I have run Leadville. For all 5 years we are blessed to have Rick and Doris Hoopes drive out from Nebraska to crew and pace us. They are the best crew any runner could ever hope for. Harry’s boss Joe volunteered to pace me the first 22 miles and Harry was going to pace me the last 28 miles to the finish. Both Grandmas and my brother and sister in law joined us as well to watch the kids and help out along the way.

The start of the race at 4:00 am was much more pleasant than expected. There was no rain and it didn’t feel exceptionally cold. I ran nice and slow and chit chatted with my fellow runners. I stopped to go to the bathroom on the boulevard and had diarrhea. Not to worry, I told myself it was too much coffee and it would pass. I was wrong, and this turned out to be just the first of many such wonderful stops during the race. I continued on to turquoise lake where I ended up behind a line of dozens of very slow folks. I battled past them all, only to have to stop again to go. I then decided it would be worth the extra few minutes to go up to the bathrooms at Tabor. Back onto the trail, back to passing lines of people, I made it into Mayqueen at 2:26, about 6 minutes slower than I intended. Then I did the classic dumb thing. Since it was light out and not raining at the present moment, I decided to take off and leave my jacket. I felt good climbing the colorado trail and good on hagerman road, but as I climbe d to

the top of sugarloaf there was a rain/snow/hail storm. I was soooo cold, all I could concentrate on was getting to the top so I could get down. Although, it was kind of cool watching the lightning hit the powerlines. It makes this loud bang accompanied by bursts of sparks. Coming down the powerlines, I had to stop 3 more times. It looked like it wasn’t just the morning coffee. I came into Fish cold and slightly dejected and knowing that a PR was probably out of the question. But, there was an outhouse with toilet paper, thank god for the small things. I put my jacket back on and headed out on the road to treeline. The stretch from fish to halfmoon is the worst part of the course, so I had to work to keep a decent pace here. I talked with Keith Grimes and David Wilcox a little on this stretch which made it more bearable. I felt alright at treeline and was hoping to make some up some time to twin lakes but once again, the only thing I was looking forward to at halfmoon was the outhouse. I knew I had lost m ore t

ime here. I walked all of the way to the trail from Halfmoon. The trail to twin lakes is my favorite part of the course, but I was extremely slow and suffered from multiple stops along the way. I came into twin lakes 34 minutes slower than I wanted begging my crew for pepto or something. They found some Imodium and off I went. The climb up and down Hope Pass went well. I ran out of twin lakes in the rain which turned to hail, but on the climb up Hope the sun came out and stayed out all the way to Winfield. The climb up Hope was very muddy but the backside wasn’t bad at all. I ran hard down Hope and ran strong into Winfield. I made Winfield at 11:36, although 28 minutes slower than I planned, it meant that I had made up about 7 minutes between twin and winfield. I hit the bathrooms, took some Imodium, and headed out with my pacer Joe. We had barely started down the road when I had to stop again. By the time we started climbing Hope I was spent. I drank both my bottles and we were only about half way up. M y pac

er gave me his Gatorade. The climb back up Hope was slow and brutal. When we reached the summit, Joe ran down to the aid station to fill my bottles and started back up to meet me. When I reached Hope, I was not doing well. I sat down on a log in the tent and ate some soup. After a few minutes we moved on. I couldn’t even run down for awhile, as runner after runner passed me. Finally, somewhere along the descent, my stomach settled down and I told Joe to take the lead and run. We managed to run down the second half of Hope into Twin Lakes. It had taken me 4:06 to get from Winfield to Twin and I knew that the best I was going to do that day was finish, maybe. More Pepto and outhouses, and off we climbed out of Twin. The first few miles went alright, but then it was just more of the same. Lots of walking, walking, walking. 3 hours later we made it to Half Moon. I managed to recover a little and we were able to run some to treeline. This was my pacer’s first ultra experience and after crawling along wit h me for 2

2 miles it might be his last. At treeline, I picked up Harry to pace me to the finish. He knew I was in bad shape and wanting to quit so he made every effort to encourage me along the way. We ran on and off to Fish Hatchery. Once there, I decided to have some of my blisters work on. This was probably a waste of time looking back. I had so many blisters it really didn’t matter. After spending way too much time at Fish Hatchery we moved on. The climb up the power lines wasn’t too bad, but another storm had come in and it was getting cold. I watched a runner in front of me remove his jacket and continue to the top of the powerlines in a short sleeve shirt in a snow storm. We aren’t always in our right mind out there. We reached the top and started down the road in the rain and snow. I was extremely tired and slightly delusional and asked Harry several times if I could please stop and sleep for 10 minutes. I think I was starting to get hypothermic. He began to really push me then, telling me we had to get down an

d making me run as much as he could. Every time I started walking he would tell me we need to run now. Over and over he pushed me and encouraged me on the down until we finally made it to the Colorado Trail. I felt a little better in the trees out of the altitude and out of the storm. Leaving Mayqueen, I had over 5 hours to finish. The rain and snow continued and it was cold but at that point I knew I could finish. Harry encouraged me along the way and made me run parts of the boulevard and 6th street. I fought back the tears when I saw the finish line because no matter how much pain I had endured, I had made it. Finish Time 28:49. It was by far the most suffering I have ever done on a run and I can only attribute my finish to an amazing crew and pacers and my awesome husband who carried me through those last 50 miles. Without them I never ever could have done it.

Things Done Right:
I didn’t quit.

Things Done Wrong:
I could have always taken in more nutrition to keep my energy level up.

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Manitou Springs, CO — 8/16/2008

Michael Everson reports:
Distance: 13+ miles
Goal: Today: get ‘er done!
Results: Got ‘er done
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/entry.htm

General Summary:
13+ mile race to the clouds LITERALLY!!! THIS TIME. Conditions were wet, cold, rainy, haily(?), snowy, lightningy(?); pretty much everything but sun. I know haily and lightningy are not words. The temperature was actually not bad for racing.

Things Done Right:
Right amount of water and gel taken with me for the run up. Winter workouts really prepared me for what came down the pike (pun intended). I run in the cold outside all the time in the winter, so this was very similar to a winter workout. 3-2-1s! I knew I would finish once I got to A-Frame. I also got medical attention at the end since hypothermia had clearly set in.

Things Done Wrong:
Probably should have worn something that covered my legs. Snow the size of beach sand being blown at your bare legs by 20 + MPH winds for over an hour is brutal. I also needed better gloves. Mine were soaked and my hands suffered mild frostbite. As a result, I was unable to squeeze my water bottle to get fluids for the last 1.5 miles. Thank God the staff at the top had people who would not only give you fluids, but tip your glass into your mouth for you :).

Comments on Calculator:
Didn’t use it

Any Other Stuff:
I was hoping for a PR and only missed by 1 minute. Low pressure is your friend in these races, but the storms that may accompany them are not so fun.

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Melissa Marr reports:
Distance: 13.32
Goal: 4:15
Results: Forced turn around A-Frame but on schedule

General Summary:
Wet, wet, wet and cold.

Things Done Right:
Loads of training and kept on pace despite the wet and cold. Hydrated and ate well.

Things Done Wrong:
Should have worn tights. Shorts were soaked and not useful against the sleet/hail.

Any Other Stuff:
May have been turned around, but I finished a 20+ mile run and then spent the next morning at the top volunteering for the Marathon. I am glad the weather was more accommodating for the Marathon runners.

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Beverly Weaver reports:
Distance: 13.32
Goal: 5:55
Results: DNF

General Summary:
Cool and rainy at the start. Looked pretty dicey up there on the top (when we could see it for all the clouds), so we all knew things might turn bad. I had two shirts and my rain jacket, ear warmer and cap, 2 pairs of gloves, GU and my water bottle. I was prepared to have to run back from A-Frame if necessary, since I have been turned back due to weather before.

Things Done Right:
Trained with Incline Club.
Lost some weight.
Had a training plan and stuck pretty close to it.
Spent considerable time at the top in the last month.
My times at each point were the best yet, and I was feeling good — might have been a PR for me, who knows?

Things Done Wrong:
There is always more that could have been done — more long runs, losing more weight, etc.

Comments on Calculator:
The calculator is a great tool. Everyone should use it to pace themselves.

Any Other Stuff:
I got turned around this year just above the “5 miles to go” sign. People were coming down saying that everyone was getting turned around at A-Frame. It wasn’t surprising, since it was raining, turning colder and there was lightning and thunder. Still, it is always a bit depressing to not be able to finish.

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Jackie Nunes reports:
Distance: 13.3
Goal: 5:00
Results: Race was cancelled when I got to A-Frame
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.com

General Summary:
I was the one in the pink shower cap! I considered it to be very clever. It kept my head warm over a beanie that I use for running, snowboarding, etc. ..

I am motivated to try to get into the first wave, or run the marathon next year, due to the race cancellation.

Things Done Right:
The Pink Shower Cap!
Mizuno Trail Runners
Wearing what worked instead of what would have looked cute.
Right hydration mix and nutrition. I wasn’t laden down like a pack mule, but I didn’t crash either.
Drove the little car instead of the truck. Easier to place at Memorial Park!

Things Done Wrong:
Or right.... I trained on the Incline thinking that it was a big part of the course several Sunday afternoons.
(I just didn’t look at the course on the website... geez.)

Should have stayed around after coming down on Saturday.

Any Other Stuff:
Next year will be better!!! Training for triathlons also were a very big help in this!

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John Garner reports:
Distance: 13.3
Goal: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15
Results: 3:57:34

General Summary:
Epic! This is the one they will be talking about for years. (Mostly to serve as a warning to others...)

The race started in the low 50’s with rain, and stayed that way until A-Frame. At that point the rain was replaced by grapple, the 50 deg temps with 20’s and the wind decided to pick up to the 40+mph range at times.

Things Done Right:
Since November: 1375+ miles and 215,000+ ft of gain over 262 hours worth of training.

Dresses better than most (I wont say ‘well’).

Went out fast enough to get past A-Frame before they started turning folks back.

Was too oblivious to note just how close that lightning strike at a-frame was.

Avoided last years stomach issues by taking my own Gatorade mix.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t dress well enough. By the time I finished, I was soaked from head to toe. I quickly started to shiver as soon as I stopped moving.

Good rain gear (top and bottom) is on my ‘must purchase’ list this month. Wind resistant is not enough, I need something that wont soak through after 20 minutes.

I Need to find a better way to carry that much stuff, as my upper back was starting to get sore from the weight of the pack with all of the extra gear in it.

Comments on Calculator:
Here are the splits with play by play color commentary:

I started the race with shorts, long sleeve tech T (incline club, of course), windproof (_not_ waterproof) jacket with hood and a nylon baseball cap. In the camelback was 48oz of endurance formula Gatorade, a pair of gloves (not waterproof), knit hat, and a lined pair of warmup pants (free ones my wife got from EAS at a conference last year since I could not find my wind pants).

Start -> Ruxton: 3:33 (3:33): Way too fast for my goal 3:30 pace, but what else is new for this section? I didnt have much of a warmup, and my average HR for this section was only 109. I almost ran a few other folks over as the majority of the wave 2 folks were following the curve of the road rather than the shortest tangents for that first curve.

Ruxton -> Hydro: 8:20 (11:54): A bit closer to the 3:30 target pace, but still a touch fast. I was trying to slowly bring my HR up to the pre-determined goal of 160 for the race. The hood was annoying me so I pulled it off at this time and just let the cap do the job. It worked out rather well till a-frame.

Hydro -> W’s: 30:29 (42:24): Way over the 28:59 goal time, but the weight of the pack and extra clothing was telling me that this was a good time to slow down. The HR was now up to 165, which is 5bpm faster than the same section during an IC sunday when I did it almost 2 minutes faster. My effort level didnt feel all that high, but I had the feeling that this was not going to be a ‘normal’ race.

W’s -> Noname: 19:53 (1:02:17): By this time I figured that the weather would make a 3:30 impossible (for me) due to the extra gear. A 3:45 still looked good. HR was still a touch high at 165, but not too alarming since the legs still felt ok.

Noname -> 7.8: 21:57 (1:24:14): Oddly enough, this split was very close to the original 3:30 goal pace. I was able to get my HR back to the 160 that I wanted, which was good. I was now totally soaked from neck to toes. Oddly enough the cap was doing a good job for my head as it was the only dry part on me.

7.8 -> Barr Camp: 25:02 (1:49:17): My feet went from wet to drenched due to a few over sized puddles. I figured that it was time to cut the pace since this may be a race of survival rather than of speed and I wanted a good sized reserve for the fun part above treeline.

BC -> Bottomless Pit: 17:52 (2:07:10): All pace goals were now out the window and I just wanted to finish the race. My hands were starting to get cold, so I pulled my gloves out of the pack and attempted to put them on. Trying to get wet, cold hands into dry gloves proved to be a difficult maneuver. It slowed me down more than expected as I didnt want to face plant into anything hard.

BP -> A-Frame: 35:58 (2:44:08). At this time the pace drops to a fast but rather comfortable hike. This split also includes the 3 minutes it took me to put on the pants I had 1 switchback below the a-frame sign where I found a nice area sheltered from the rain. As I was approaching A-frame I knew I should put them on, but I figured I’d do it 2 switchbacks or so after the aid station just in case they decided to call the race early :-). Little did I know at the time that they would close the course only a few minutes after I went past. I was wet, but otherwise feeling fine. The number of folks turning back by themselves was a bit of a cause for worry, but none of them were dressed very well. At least they knew that they were in over their head. I never saw the lightning that apparently struck nearby, but I did hear it.

A-Frame -> 2 to go: 24:18 (3:08:27): Oh, My God! You have got to be kidding me. The wind, the sleet, the stinging when the sleet hit anything that was exposed, the folks out there in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt. WTF where they thinking? From here on out, I could only see about 3 ft in front of me. The hat/hood combination severely limited visibility, and the wind basically forced me to keep my head down. I could no longer spot folks as I came up behind them until I was about 3’ from them. Thus I could not anticipate their arrival and plan on an easy way to get around them. I had somebody ask me if we had hit the 2 mile marker yet. I just said no. I didnt have the heart to tell her she still had 3/4ths of a mile to go. The SAR folks had their work cut out for them. It was bad.

2 -> 1 to go: 21:54 (3:30:21): This is suppose to be the ‘easy’ part, but more walking popsicles from wave 1 slowed things down a good bit. Given the direction of the wind, this section was just nasty.

1 -> Finish: 27:12 (3:57:34): Here I quickly discovered two things: 1) frozen rocks are slippery and 2) dont stand right behind somebody from wave 1 since if they lose their footing they are going to take you out with them. My HR was now down to 140 as this basically turned into a leisurely hike. I knew I was going to finish under 4 hours, and now I just didnt want to hurt myself.

Post race: Once I got past the log jam at the finish line, I made a bee line for the sweat check and then the medical area to get changed. At this point I was shivering so badly that it took me 5 minutes to get my shirt off and a dry one on. I then put on a fresh jacket and wool cap. After I shoved the wet stuff into the bag I bolted for the finisher shirts and then the vans. It then took them another 10 minutes to get us on the vans. I finally stopped shivering when I hit the school buses at the 7 mile marker.

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Mark Jakusovszky reports:
Distance: 13.32
Goal: 4:15
Results: DNF (turned back @ A-Frame)

General Summary:
A loooong day, since I was involuntarily signed up for the Pikes Peak 3/4 marathon ;-) I was disappointed that I couldn’t finish, but it did look very ugly up there! I was on a pace to finish well ahead of last year’s time (just under 5 hours) despite the weather, but I guess I’ll just have to wait until next year to qualify for W1.

Things Done Right:
Hydrated. Ate right. Wore sufficient rain/weather gear. Got to race on time. Paced myself well on the Ws (involuntarily via the “W2 crowd”). Trained at high altitude.

Things Done Wrong:
Started training late. Tapered late. Regardless, I’m just going to blame the weather..... ;-)

Comments on Calculator:
The calculator ROCKS! I knew where I had to be and when, but just was not fast enough to make the cutoff.

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Chaz Lalonde reports:
Distance: 13.3 miles
Goal: Beat last years time to keep my streak alive.
Results: 3 minutes slower

General Summary:
Had a good training season with no injuries. Was ahead of my splits at A frame then gradually lost 30-45secs per mile in the next 2 miles. Lost 1+ minute in the last mile battling the winds and elements.

Things Done Right:
Good pacing until A frame. Brought appropriate layers of clothing for the entire race. Placed 3/8” screws in my racing flats the am of race.

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t pray enough for better weather

Any Other Stuff:
My streak ends at 9 consecutive years while improving my time in the Ascent. Age &/or weather finally caught up to me.

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Louise Erasmus reports:
Distance: 13
Goal: 3.36
Results: 3.54

General Summary:
It was one of the coldest Ascent’s that I have experienced. The weather up top was unbelievable. I’m just glad that they have cut of people at A-frame. I think that there was alot of people borderline hypothermia. I think I was close. It was just very slow going up on the last 3 miles. I was within my goal till A-frame then everything change. People was going very slow but when I got to pass I was running as fast as I could especially the last mile.

Things Done Right:
I was going slow and even effort all the way up.

Things Done Wrong:
Not eating enough salt. NOT wearing enough. My daughter forgot her jacket so I gave her mine. I only had on a thin technical shirt and gloves and a hat. That was not nearly enough. Should have come more prepared.

Comments on Calculator:
Matt’s calculator is great. I was within goal all the way of the time. I actually was a little ahead of the goal.

Any Other Stuff:
Course was wet and rainy till A-frame. Then hail and lightning and snow.

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Jack Ramsey/Blake Ramsey reports:
Distance: 13.3
Goal: 3:45&3:15
Results: 4:04&3:18

General Summary:
Wet & cold! Blake’s first ascent (age 17), he will remember this one for the rest of his life(as we all will!)

Things Done Right:
Jack:Trained fairly well(could always do more it seems), dressed warmly for the start.
Blake: Trained well, dressed well for the race.

Things Done Wrong:
Jack: wore wool Nike pants and gloves that became saturated by race end. Thank go0dness for the foresight to tie a tyvek jacket around my waist at start, pulled it over my head several times above tree line. Still hypothermic at the end of the race.
Blake: Gloves were soaked and cold at the end, tyvek jacket was a help but still hypothermic at the end Glad to get off the mountain!

Comments on Calculator:
Jack: Consistently one min faster on all splits up to A frame, then everything went to hell! Oh well, made it to the top all though I had my doubts at times!

Any Other Stuff:
Jack: This was probably the most difficult physical thing I have ever done, the sleet and wind above A frame was really tough. Need to have better cold weather gear if this occurs again.
Blake: Wore Under Armour pants and tyvek jacket that saved the day but was still in misery at the top.

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William Keller reports:
Distance: 13.2
Goal: don’t spill the Gatorade on the runners
Results: Fail.

General Summary:
Worked the aid station on the W’s and got to see many of you from a different angle as well as a species previously unknown to me during a race...the leaders. Really enjoyed the 9 or ten hours of volunteer stuff despite the weather, no seriously, I did.

Things Done Right:
wore good rain gear from head to toe. Headlamp was great for 4:30am packhorse trail assault up the w’s. Wisely refrained from telling anyone about the weather at the summit unless they asked. Graduated Aid Station Advanced course with a B+.

Things Done Wrong:
Occasionally spilled on some runners while filling up their bottles. When they realized they were already wet, it wasn’t a big deal (but I still heard about it). Tried to master pouring two fisted with gatorade and water...moderate success.

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Manitou Springs, CO — 8/17/2008

Stephanie Wiecks reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 6:30
Results: 7:10

General Summary:
Totally under-trained for this one. Had intended to meet w/ Incline Club for training but have all my excuses for not. Was advised by knee specialist not to compete in this, so I took an overly cautious approach to the descent.

Things Done Right:
Had registered for the Triple Crown so I had to complete the ascent as quickly as able.

Things Done Wrong:
Undertrained. Having fallen during Barr Trail I hesitated to run on the icy trails and avoided running on the rough rocky parts. Downhill is usually my strength, but I know I was afraid of falling again and further damaging my hand (still in a splint) so I walked a great deal until the trail cleared.

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Kelly Jackson reports:
Distance: 26.21 miles
Goal: 8 hours
Results: 8:13

General Summary:
Not as hard as I thought it would be. Weather was terrible the day before the race, but the the race gods smiled on us on Sunday. No doubt about it that 13 miles of downhill will eventually get your knees.

Things Done Right:
Had a great training year. Did lots of strength training and it paid off. Night before the race, I washed my running gear in waterproofing which kept me dry up top. Dressed appropriately. Brought my YakTrax for the icy section. Finished strong and wasn’t too worn out at the end.

Things Done Wrong:
Next time I’ll try pushing harder. I’ll also try to remember to take the anti-inflammatory a little sooner.

Any Other Stuff:
Snowing and foggy above the cirque, then got really slick at the 16 Golden Stairs. Put my YakTrax on for the downhill portion and took off while the others around me were slipping and sliding. Other than that, the weather was perfect. Sure beats the heat.

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Greg Voelkel reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Top Ten finish and sub 4:15
Results: 6th, 4:13:05, 2:39 up and 1:33 down

General Summary:
My second Pikes Peak marathon, first since 2000.

Things Done Right:
My training was perfect and all of my winter snow running and altitude training paid off. I had a good taper and ate right on race week. I also pushed myself to my physical limits. I put 4 screws in each shoe before the race and my traction coming down the top three miles was really good.

Things Done Wrong:
#1 Pacing — I went out with Bernie Boettcher at about a 2:30-2:35 ascent pace. Because of the fast times I had been running on short sections of the trail during my taper I thought I could do it. Through most of my training my goal was to break 2:40 on the Ascent but I tricked myself into thinking I could do more with some faster upper mountain times on my 3-2-1 and Elk park to the top workouts. However, it turned into the typical semi-collapse on the top three miles. My 1:16 from Barr Camp to the top on a training run from Elk Park turned into a 1:24 on race day. My 43 minutes for the top three miles on my last 3-2-1 workout turned into 50 minutes on race day. Luckily I had a PR of 1:49 to A-Frame so I still broke 2:40 by 6 seconds but not quite the way I would have liked.
#2 — Not putting on my jacket above A-Frame. I definitely spent some extra calories trying to keep myself warm above A-frame while I had a jacket tied around my waist the whole time. I attribute that to altitude induced stupidity.
#3 — Took 3 gels instead of 4 and missed calorie boost at Barr Camp. I took my three powergels at Barr Camp, A-Frame and the summit which was fine, but in my preparation I didn’t plan on needing anything else on the descent. Coming into Barr Camp on the way down I was getting weak and needed a gel or something. Not only did I not have one but I also blew right through the aid station. I ended up having two hard falls and almost blacked out over the next two miles until I reached Bob’s road. This two mile stretch costed me at least three minutes on my descent and a lot of extra pain. After getting two Gatorades and a handful of grapes at Bob’s road I was “relatively” OK for the rest of the descent.

Comments on Calculator:
The calculator is about right if you have trained on the mountain. The challenge is running a correctly paced race. Running the “perfect” race on Pikes takes a lot of experience and is also a tough mental challenge.

Any Other Stuff:
Overall, a great run on Pikes. I loved doing a winter snow run in August. I loved the Sunday incline club runs and Matt definately has the training nailed for this mountain. After just one week away from Colorado I’m already completely homesick for a good trail run and dry weather. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.

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Julie O’Neill reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: under 7 hours
Results: 6:39
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.com

General Summary:
Cool at the start, snow at the summit, warm but comfortable on the way down — good weather to stay comfortable during the entire race. Felt good throughout which is a first for marathon length races I have run.

Things Done Right:
Dressed for the weather and had enough layers for the snow up high. Stayed at comfortable pace thru the W’s and was able to get in some good running between French Creek and Barr Camp. Refueled at consistent intervals.

Things Done Wrong:
Had cotton gloves for dealing with rocks above tree line, but with snow they quickly became wet and heavy. Should have used H2O resistant gloves instead.

Any Other Stuff:
Course was slippery and lots of sliding from the Cirque to Summit and back. Became very slow and passing in this area was all but impossible. It was frustrating to physically be able to go faster, but be held up by the bottlenecks that occurred in this stretch of the course.

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Pikes Peak Double — Manitou Springs — 8/16 - 8/17/2008

Larry Miller reports:
Distance: 39
Goal: make it home
Results: did it almost

General Summary:
Volunteered to work both days for the PP Ascent and Marathon on top of the mountain helping with the finish line, timing.

Things Done Right:
took along all my bad weather clothing.

Things Done Wrong:
nothing

Any Other Stuff:
It all started on the 15th of August, I picked up all the timing and finish line things for the top of Pikes Peak, and it was raining then.
. Saturday the 16th got up at 3:45 and drove to Manitou it was raining all the way and I knew this was going to be a bad day on the mountain.
The drive up was going real good till we got on highway 24 and hit heavy wet clouds, and we were in a fog, all the way to the top of the Pike. But the Good side had a new volunteer, Mike Sandil Incliner, on top it wasn’t too foggy, wind was blowing and about 1-2 inches of snow and hail on top. Not bad if you’re dry.
The fun started at about 2:28+ first runner, you knew it was bad he was wet and cold, and looked like H---. The timing went ok, but the back up system went down and that couldn’t be corrected, so on we went. As the lighting was going off, word came up that the racers were being turned back at A-frame. Then it became a wait and see how many people make the top. We had no idea how many of you were out there. There were over 1600 that could have started that day. When it was over the count was around 757 that made the top. Very few second waivers’ got though.
For you that got turned around you really don’t know how lucky you are. You did get a good 18-19 mile run in, and it was wet, not dry and hot.
next day.
Marathon day I got to sleep in got up at 4:00 am then drove over to Manitou, I couldn’t believe I could see the top of the mountain all the way there, Boy did I relax, I’m the driver today, a 15 passenger van, you think coming down in one is fun after running up, try driving one up the mountain. With 10 kids (volunteers, adults) in the back crying and prying, later on this.
Got to the Highway gate and they said to make sure I stay behind the snow plow to the top. Asked him how far up the mountain the plow was, 15 mile mark. Ask if it was slow going for the plow he just looked at me and said good luck, Oh boy.
Will this day we could see the trees and the mountain all the way up no clouds’ no rain, Then we got to mile 14.65 on the highway and then things changed, this is where the crying and prying comes in, not the weather but the road, that new asphalt is bad news it was a sheet of ice all the way up to where ever the asphalt ends. Give me gravel mountain road any day. We hit the gravel road it was plowed about 4 or 5 inches of snow. And the road under it was muddddyyyy. Now remember I’m driving a 15 passenger van. We’re doing 10-15 miles an hour tops, back of the van likes to fishtail, on, we go. Mile 18.456, the last uphill to the last turn to the top, van slowing, van fishtailing, I thinking why me. Why me, OSP 4X4 behind me, fishtail moving slower up, made the turn straight shot to the summit house made it, I made it, I’m thinking, then there’s the plow I have to stop, I’m just 39 feet to my parking space and safety. I had to wait 2 minutes; shoot over stopped the van, I jump out, ran to the bathroom and safety. I made it.
Oh, the race went off great, snow is great to run in and if dressed right timing is fun. Matt was smiling as he came up and as he left just before the first turn a jump of joy, will that or he slipped on a rock and was really fling.
But wait there is a downhill side of this, coming at the end of this race, I’m not driving, no way not on that ice on the W’s no way. Oh, great, I know give me a challenge and I’ll try it once, once up once down, on ice and snow. We left the summit 2:20 pm light snow, parking lot clear. This time less kids, got on the road and it was great, no brakes, no ice, no snow, no cars, and no crying from the kids in the back. No cars there was no uphill traffic, high was closed at Glen Cove.
We made it back down the mountain no problem.
Vern if you read this hope your. Ok.

I don’t know how times I’ve been up top timing or running these race’s, But I know Saturday’s Ascent had to be the ugliest condition for the Ascenders’ I’ve seen. You got wet at the onset and wetter as you went up and then above timberline even wetter, oh throw in some lighting, then to top it off, on top, wind and sleet, hail and snow. GOOD JOB TO ALL OF YOU.

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