Michael Sandlin

Club Member Since 4/29/2003

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Michael Sandlin - Just Minutes Following Finishing the 2000 Hardrock 100 Miler
Just Minutes Following Finishing the 2000 Hardrock 100 Miler








"I'm not going to run this again!"


City: College Station State: TX

Favorite Shoe: Nike (most all of them) Size: 12

Age: 62.7 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Judy - wife
Amanda - daughter

What I do for work:
I'm a teacher in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
We live in Victor and Colorado Springs in the summers. I worked as an engineer with the Cog Railway for 4 years and now work as a paramedic with the Southwest Teller County EMS in Cripple Creek. We live during the year in College Station, TX with only one mountain in the area - Mt. Aggie (man-made ski sloop for physical education ski classes at Texas A&M).

When I started running and what got me started:
My first organized race was in 1974; however, I had been running for years before this time because I was a tennis player and used running as the major way to stay in good physical condition.

What does running mean to me:
A wonderful way to get out in nature and feel free from the daily stress of everyday life. It really puts things in their proper place.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
My best accomplishment is when I do something to help others finish their races or runs. I have been active in ultra distance running now for over 23 years and still enjoy it, which is quite an accomplishment.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Nature - I love being out in the wilderness with beautiful trees, birds and a variety of wild animals.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail - because of the many hours I have spent on Barr Trail running with fellow ICERS this has to be my faorite trail. The views are wonderful and even when you are bending over and losing your lunch, the Barr Trail experience gets into your system. Thank you fellow ICERS for our great workouts on Barr Trail!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Hard Rock 100 Mile Run - Silverton, Colorado
It challenges you physically and emotionally!

Best running experience:
Pikes Peak Marathon - goal of breaking 4 hours and finished in 3 hours, 59 minutes and 52 seconds (thats cutting it close!)

Running the Appalachian Trail in 2001 (2167.1 miles / Georgia to Maine) in 65 days and 2 hours (6th fastest time)

Worst running experience:
Western States 100 Mile Run - tired at mile one and did not get any easier; however, I did finish!

Neatest thing found on a run:
Old miners hat during a training run near Silverton, Colorado

Running related bathroom stop story:
During the Badwater race in California, a friend (Randy Spears) and I were both taking a pit stop off the side of the road at about the 75 mile mark, as the morning sun appeared over the mountains and I told him that it doesn't get any better than this!

Running pet peeves:
Runners who will not get out of the way of traffic (training runs).

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm afraid to take a fish off the hook (don't tell anyone)!

Other hobbies and interests:
Any outdoor activity - hiking, tennis, golf or just mowing the grass.

Other stuff:
Always willing to help others achieve their running goals.

Page last modified: 7/9/2009


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