Christopher Hahs

Club Member Since 3/13/2008

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 10-ish

Age: 46.9 years old

Marital Status: In a relationship

Family members:
Jamie, Katherine, and Ryan

What I do for work:
Currently serving in Afghanistan and missing Colorado.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Missouri, Massachusetts, Arizona, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Washington, North Carolina, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Panama, Louisiana, and Colorado. I love the mountains and the trails.

When I started running and what got me started:
High school; I started running to rehab my knees that had taken a beating over the years in football.

What does running mean to me:
Freedom.

Running accomplishments:
None since high school although I did organize some runs while in Iraq. We ran the Apathy Marathon (26.2 laps/17.8 miles) and the Camp Syverson Marathon (actual 26.2 mile marathon) to remind ourselves of how much we missed Waldo Canyon, Barr Trail, and the Incline. It also gave us something to look forward to when we came home and could get back up in the mountains. Completed the Barr Trail Mountain Race in 2009 and ran the El Paso Marathon in 2010 to get a qualifying time for the Pikes Peak Ascent. Ran several races in Afghanistan; the most significant was completing the Boston Marathon at Bagram Air Base. Way too many laps around that place, but the finisher medal is awesome. All I have to do now is find my way back home to Colorado Springs. Soon....

What I like about trail/mountain running:
No exhaust fumes, no cars, the view always changes, and the sense of accomplishment when you manage to complete a run without having to walk.

Favorite running trail and why:
Waldo Canyon: I like the way it starts out with a view back towards Colorado Springs until you shoot through the gap and descend into the valley. After you clear the gap it is like a whole new run.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I did finally do the Barr Trail Mountain Race, and since it is the only one I've done so far, it has to be the favorite. I am looking forward to running all of the races we are fortunate enough to have here in the Springs.

Best running experience:
They are all good, but the "Special" that we did prior to deplyment stands out. We started at the park at the bottom of Ruxton and ran up to the Incline, followed the Incline to Barr Trail and continued on to Longs Ranch Road down to the Ute Indian Trail back to Ruxton and finished at the park. Most of my Soldiers had never gone that far, much less that far in the mountains. We talked about and reflected back on that run for the entire deployment and couldn't wait to get back and do it again.

Worst running experience:
Still waiting for one...

Neatest thing found on a run:
Faith.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I have had to sacrifice socks and a portion of a shirt before.

Running pet peeves:
Cars, trail hogs, litter bugs, smoke, dog pooh, and the people who run up and down the Incline making it look effortless when I am out there reaclimating after a deployment.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
That under the rough exterior and serious expression is a person that is more akin to something out of Monty Python.

Other hobbies and interests:
Soccer, mountain bikes, golf, hiking, books.

Other stuff:
I plan to run all of the Barr Trail/Pikes Peak events, and eventually do an ultra.

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