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Pikes Peak Marathon 2002 (that's actually a smile if you look at it upside down)
If so, then why not?
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Age: 60.2 years old
Marital Status: Married
Wife Jacquie who mostly bikes, Eric 26 and Wendy 22. Running companion Bela (standard poodle), incessant mischief-maker Panther the cat.
What I do for work:
Integration Specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities. This means I get to figure out how to connect up all our software systems to reduce errors, cost and risk. It also means I rarely work on the same thing twice!
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Prairie Village Kansas (Kansas City), Appleton Wisconsin, Eningen unter Achalm Germany, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs. We have the best trails (footing, variety, routes, views). Lots of sunshine, great people.
When I started running and what got me started:
High school cross country in 1971 because I wasn't coordinated enough for other sports.
What does running mean to me:
It's the only way I can call myself an athlete and get away with it. Plus it makes the people at work think I'm weird.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Pikes Peak Ascent 2:57 in 1982
Qualified for Boston in about 1997.
11 PPA/PPM races
Jacquie and I organized a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim run from north to south in the early 80's. It took us 8 hours as opposed to Mike Foster's 3 (how did he do that?).
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Seeing new places and favorite old places. I call it "fast hiking" because I can get to places in an hour or two that used to be all-day hikes.
Favorite running trail and why:
Well this sounds like a cliche, but my favorite is the one I haven't run yet, but I'm planning to. I just love to find new routes and explore different ways of connecting places. For instance, one summer I ran from Horsethief Park near Cripple Creek, via Sentinel Point over the summit of Pikes Peak, then down the south watershed to Bear Creek Trail, and all the way to my house.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent...I usually get tears in my eyes just from finishing it.
Best running experience:
Chicago Marathon 1997 when I set a pace to qualify for Boston (3:25) and worked out mile-by-mile splits which I wore on my wrist. The first 3 miles were so clogged by people who started too close to the front that I fell minutes behind pace (no chip timing then). But I found another guy in the same predicament and we paced each other back to schedule by the half. Then I just held on to my pace chart and finished in 3:24:46.
Worst running experience:
Injuring my back the two winters that I was qualified for Boston so I never went. Maybe I was afraid of it.
Running pet peeves:
Dog poop left on the trail. Mountain bikers who don't know how to use their front brake so they tail-drag a slot all the way down the hill.
Other hobbies and interests:
Cross country and telemark skiing. Hut skiing with my family (since Wendy was 3).
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