Carl Olson

Club Member Since 5/17/2010

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Carl Olson - Before the 2009 PPA
Before the 2009 PPA








“Remember, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff.”


City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Age: 55.7 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
SUSAN -- SPOUSE; SELF-EMPLOYED
DAVID -- COLORADO 4A STATE 1600M RECORD HOLDER; SPOUSE KAYLA
JOHN -- COUNSELOR IN LAS VEGAS, SPOUSE TINA (VIOLIST)
MATT -- AIRMAN STATIONED AT KADENA IN OKINAWA, SPOUSE SHAWNA, DAUGHTERS EMILY & ISABELLE
CHRISTIAN -- USMC STATIONED IN CAMP LEJUNE NC
AARON -- PLUMBER IN DENVER
BUCKY -- POUND MUTT
PADFOOT -- VERY INDEPENDENT CAT

What I do for work:
TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
ILLINOIS (CHICAGO AREA), MILWAUKEE, IOWA, UTAH, NORTH DAKOTA, AND CS. THE INCLINE, OF COURSE!!

When I started running and what got me started:
RAN XC & TRACK IN HIGH SCHOOL. WAS OUT OF RUNNING FOR MANY YEARS DUE TO CAREER HOURS. STARTED RUNNING AGAIN IN 1995, GOT SERIOUS ABOUT IT IN 2001, RAN FIRST PPA IN 2002 & FIRST MARATHON IN 2005. HEALTH & COMPETITION.

What does running mean to me:
IT IS MY PRIMARY HOBBY. I LIKE THE SOLITUDE OF TRAIL RUNNING, IT IS WHEN I AM HAPPIEST MOST DAYS.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
9 CONSECUTIVE PPA'S, 3:33 PR.; DOUBLED IN 2010, MARATHON IN 2011; MT. EVANS ASCENT. 20+ MARATHONS, INCLUDING LEADVILLE (3RD IN AGE GROUP IN 2014) & THE INAUGURAL XTERRA AT CHEYENNE MTN. STATE PARK (I GOT 15TH). RAN MY FIRST ULTRA IN 2013, A 50K, AND WON MY AGE-GROUP. IN HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS A STATE 800M PLACER & SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER (WE STILL HAVE THE SCHOOL 4X800M RELAY RECORD SET IN 1980, 7:53!)

What I like about trail/mountain running:
SOLITUDE (SEE ABOVE). EASIER ON AGING BODY, SCENERY, WILDLIFE, WILD-FLOWERS, COLORADO SKIES, COOLER, PRAYER IN THE MOUNTAINS.

Favorite running trail and why:
THE ONE I'M ON.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I LOVE THEM ALL. THOUGH PROBABLY LEADVILLE -- NO MILE MARKERS & SUPER NICE PEOPLE.

Best running experience:
2010 PPA/PPM DOUBLE -- no falls & ran a lot faster than I thought I would!

Worst running experience:
THE WEATHER ABOVE TREELINE DURING THE 2008 PPA -- I WAS ON PACE TO BREAK 3:30 (MY LONG STANDING GOAL) BUT WAS IN BAD SHAPE WHEN I FINISHED IN 3:40 -- I BLACKED OUT FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES NEAR THE TOP WHILE I WAS HIKING (I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THE LAST 5-6 SWITCHBACKS)

Neatest thing found on a run:
I LOVE FINDING AMAZONITE, I HAVE A JAR FULL. I OFTEN DON'T LOOK UP AS MUCH AS I SHOULD WHEN AROUND BARR CAMP :O)

Running related bathroom stop story:
"CARL, YOU'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO THE BATHROOM HERE IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS AND WHETHER YOU'RE SHORTS ARE DOWN IS IRRELEVANT"

Running pet peeves:
HEAT

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I WAS IN AN IMPROV COMEDY GROUP

Other hobbies and interests:
CAMPING, HUNTING, CHURCH

Other stuff:
I LOVE DISCOVERING NEW TRAILS

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