Nicki Rosa

Club Member Since 4/21/1999

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“Life ain't no Dress Rehearsal. It's the Real Thing so make it count!”


City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Vibram Five Fingers Size: 10

Age: 57.2 years old

Marital Status: Widowed

Family members:
One Icelandic Pony. One large mutt.

What I do for work:
I am a self-employed Math Tutor, Baker, and own two coffee shops.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Pittsburgh, PA, Aspen, CO, and Colorado Springs. Great climate and world-class trails within striking distance.

When I started running and what got me started:
I got a "real job" in 1983, which meant sitting behind a desk. Some of my co-workers ran at lunch and invited me. Before long I was hooked.

What does running mean to me:
If I can get out there and run in the freezing drizzle with a headwind both ways, the rest of the day is a piece of cake.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
3:13 Pike's Peak Ascent in 1987, 12th woman overall. Age Group Awards in '05 through '08 Ascent. One Pike's Peak Marathon in just under 6 hours. Two Imogene Pass Runs in the 3:20's.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
It is NEVER boring and there are no cars. I like hills, twists, turns, hurdles and views.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Camp to Elk Park and back. Gorgeous scenery, nice climb and no people.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Imogene Pass Run. Simply spectacular!

Best running experience:
I am a hiking guide for the Colorado Trail Foundation and occasionally I get to run the trail. That is the BEST!

Worst running experience:
Getting hyponatremia after the Pike's Peak Marathon and ending up in the hospital hooked up to an IV.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Tiny silver ring on Taylor Pass.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I was running the Diet Pepsi 10k and at mile 2 realized I had to, um, go to the bathroom. At mile 3 I passed my boss. At mile 4 it was no longer an option. I spotted a little old lady watching the race from her front porch on High Street and charged over to her: "Can I *PLEASE* use your bathroom?!" I think my urgent tone scared her a bit, but she ushered me inside and pointed me in the right direction. It was quick, and moments later I joined the race. At mile 5 I passed my boss again, much to his confusion. At mile 6.2 I confessed: "Pit Stop" and was teased mercilessly for the next week!

Running pet peeves:
People letting their dogs crap on the trail and not cleaning it up.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I don't drink coffee.

Other hobbies and interests:
Bicycling, Hiking, Swimming, Snowboarding and Horses.

Other stuff:
I love reading about the Old West, before it became a sprawl of Wal-Marts, McDonald's and 7-elevens.

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