Dan Adams

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Dan Adams - Pikes Peak Ascent - 2009
Pikes Peak Ascent - 2009

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Montrail Size: 9.5

Age: 63.1 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
A teen age son and grown daughter.

What I do for work:
That's a very good question, I am glad you asked, I will have to think about this one...

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Schenectady NY, West Hartford CT, Long Island NY, Whidbey Island WA, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Enterprise, Seattle WA, Jacksonville FL, Point Mugu CA, Palmdale CA, now Colorado Springs. This is by far the best place I have lived, and I have moved around a bit too, I love the mountains & nature (as long as no critters eat me while I'm out there, then I might change my mind).

When I started running and what got me started:
I moved to Colorado Springs 1999 & folks at work said there are some crazy people that run up Pikes Peak, that's all it took, sign me up, give it a try, now I am one of "THEM".

What does running mean to me:
It makes me feel good, healthy, clears my mind (like weeding a garden for my brain).

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Just started running trails summer of 1999 after moving to Colorado Springs. It has always been a dream to run across mountain tops. Also, my first marathon was the Roaring Forks Marathon, goes from close to Aspen down to Glenwood Springs, 2000, then got hooked & ran 3 marathons the next year, 2001, Pikes Peak Marathon, 2 weeks later, Discovery Trail Marathon (first year they started), then, December 9, the Honolulu Marathon. Then, just went for it, and the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon 2007,2008,2009.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Nature, the calm of the forest, the wind blowing through the trees, the views.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail after tree line. The view is fabulous, the air is fresh and it is pretty cool to think you have gone that far in altitude on two skinny legs.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Marathon is the best because of the altitude and the fabulous view & the cool, thin, fresh air.

Best running experience:
The 2007 Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon was the best, because I didn't die.
Actually, the Ascent felt like a warm up for the Marathon.
Oh, let me brake the rules and add one more, when I was in 9th grade I broke the city record for the 1.5 mile run, in Schenectady NY, I had no idea until they put it in the paper the next day, didn't know at the time there was even a city record to break, nice surprise.

Worst running experience:
My first marathon, the Roaring Forks Marathon, I just bought my jeep wrangler, was on my way to Glenwood Springs, it was dark & some deer ran in front of me, almost rolled my nice new jeep (my toy), but didn't, everything was OK, then got to Arbys just before they closed at midnight, stuffed my face with roast beef sandwiches, got to the hotel after midnight, the only room left had a pink heart shaped hot tub (I'm not exactly into pink heart shaped tubs) then woke up way too early I think about 5:00 AM, after a wrestless nights sleep, then realized my left foot was kinda sore, ran the race and finished to realize that my left foot felt fine but my right foot was then kinda sore, go figure! Well my first marathon, and at least I finished and most important I didn't die, the ticker was still tickin, the feet recovered fine!

Neatest thing found on a run:
There was a birds feather floating through the air, I caught it, then attached it to a little piece of Native American art work my son did, then attached that to the mirror in my jeep, summer of 2000, it's still there.

Running related bathroom stop story:
When you gotta go, you gotta go, no unusual adventure here, sorry. Oh..., but wait..., there might just be, I think in the year 2004, Barr Trail race I was the last one in line for the porta potties, well Mat asked if there was anyone left in there and someone said I think there is one more guy left, so when I came out it was quite embarrassing, got a round of applause, but thanks Mat for not starting the race without me.

Running pet peeves:
Unless it is below zero I feel uncomfortable with anything on my legs so I run in shorts until my legs start to go numb. Also, NO tights, not into that for a guy.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'll have to think about this one. Well, ... ?

Other hobbies and interests:
Since moving to Cheyenne Canyon in 2006 I bought a mountain trail unicycle and started riding the trails. I like to shoot archery sometimes, play tennis, do yoga (need to get back into it), was a gymnast, would like to try one of those multiple day bike rides some day, go on a cruise (did cruises on Navy ships, but not the same thing, all guys, work your butt off, not the same), a cruise might be fun, I like adventures of different sorts, gotta do it.

Other stuff:
I like food, keeps me going. Potato pancakes are the best.
Something I am contemplating is running a 50 miler, since I am already running with crazy, but nice, people, ... well why not!

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