Mark Toupin

Club Member Since 8/24/2011

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: INOV8 Xtalon 212 Size: 9

Age: 63.3 years old

Marital Status: Single (divorced)

Family members:
Daughters: Lauren and Rachel, Dogs: Anja (Norwegian Elk Hound) and Cali (Mutt)

What I do for work:
Sales; I'm an Account Manager for a local copying and printing company. We have two brands; Copy It! and The Copy Store.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Edmonton Canada, Las Vegas Nevada, Jeffersonville Indiana, St. Louis Missouri, Quantico Virginia, Kailua Hawaii, Denver Colorado, Colorado Springs Colorado. I love Colorado - the mountains are the best.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in 1980 so that I could pass the physical fitness test (PFT) for the Marine Corps Officer program. I've been running ever since.

What does running mean to me:
Running is freedom to go up the mountain to places pristine and ethereal. It is the choice to enter another world, sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet. It is finding oneself in the midst of exhilarating beauty and total immersion in the goal to go ever onward. (I hope you've got a tear in your eye now - I worked really hard on this part)...

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
During my time in the military, I generally maxed the Marine Corps PFT during most of my active duty career by running the required 3 miles in under 18 minutes (along with the requisite number of 20 pull-ups and 80 sit-ups prior to the run). My best time was something around 17:22. It wasn't lightning fast, but respectable by military standards. In my later years, I've generally ranked in the upper half of my age group on the Ascent and Marathon and I've done 8 Ascents and 6 Marathons (one Marathon in Austin, the rest on Pikes Peak)and I've doubled 4 times. I know this isn't exactly heart stopping, but it's all I've got so far (woopdedoo!!!).

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The mountain air, the smell of the pine needles and the fact that if you gotta go, there's plenty of places to do it. Plus, it's just gorgeous up there.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail. It's really the only one I've done. I guess I need to get out more.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Ascent. It's hard as hell to get up there (especially when you're slow).

Best running experience:
Ascent in 2009. I PR'd and it felt pretty good.

Worst running experience:
Austin Marathon, February 2011. It kicked my behind and I sucked (4:31). My legs were trashed for two weeks after running 26.2 miles on asphalt.

Neatest thing found on a run:
A deer standing in the trail, early one morning. It was a Doe and it was beautiful.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Had to go really bad during the Ascent in 2007. Naturally, it screwed up my time. Just wish I'd brought some T.P. :-( ewwwww

Running pet peeves:
Tripping on the downhill on the Marathon and crashing on the rocks below treeline. It seems like I do it at least once every couple of years. This year was particularly nasty as I'm missing serious amounts of skin and I felt like I'd been hit by a bus the Monday after the Marathon.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I don't have a belly button. I know, its weird.

Other hobbies and interests:
Music (Guitar), climbing 14ers.

Other stuff:
Goal: Finish the Ascent in 3:30 (or die trying). Favorite Book: With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge. Favorite Movie: Ben Hur. Favorite Food: Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Garlic Bread.

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