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Tony Wolusky at Summer Roundup Trailrun 2009
I could use a Guinness
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Saucony ProGrid Guide TR Size: 10
Age: 59.4 years old
Marital Status: M
Wife, Deb, and daughter, Caitlin
What I do for work:
online college faculty at several colleges and universities
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
28 years of military service took me from my home of South Boston at 18 years old and have lived in Colorado (16 plus years), California (San Fran and San Berdu), South Korea, Utah, Montana, Germany, with brief stays in Saudi Arabia and Bosnia. We really love the climate of low humidity, no bugs, mountain views and mellow weather year round.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running on a regular basis when I was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2003 for an 11 month tour in the Air Force, my last assignment on active duty. I left my wife and daughter here and had to fill my time in the Gulf, so I took up running in 5 and 10Ks on a regular basis in places like New Orleans and other small Southern towns. When I got back, I started running with Jack Quinn's on Tuesdays and have now started running in half marathons.
What does running mean to me:
Seeing new places, pushing myself to keep in shape.
I have kept at it and, after finally hiking up Pikes Peak on August 28, 2009, I feel that I need to run the Ascent.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
The challenge of technical running and the connection to the natural environment.
Favorite running trail and why:
I really enjoy all I have tried.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I like the Summer Roundup 12K because of that darn hill...
Best running experience:
I was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the UN peacekeeping force SFOR and I started to run the perimeter of our base near Sarajevo. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation folks enjoyed the challenge of keeping the spirits up for troops from 40 countries and someone thought a 5K race would be a great way to start 2003. It also turned out that the local tradition to celebrate the New Year was with "celebratory fire" and the base was getting peppered with AK-47, M-16 and other fire "accidentally" so the commander ordered everyone to wear their flack vests and helmets outside. When asked when the 5K race could be rescheduled, he said that he saw no reason to change the date. So we ran the 5K race in our "battle rattle" through the mud, ice and snow with the commander on the appointed day around the old Yugoslavian Air Base. The comradery I felt that day with so many people from all the services and so many nations was tremendous and inspiring.
Worst running experience:
arriving just as the race starts, barely getting in line in time
Running pet peeves:
people spitting/clearing their nose regard who is running near them
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I tried out for Jeopardy, made an initial cut, so I got to be in front of the set for the final test. Alex Trabek was there (on video) to ask the questions, but...I didn't make it.
Other hobbies and interests:
reading and Star Trek (Live long and Prosper)
When I arrived on the Gulf Coast, I started to run in 5Ks in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to fill the time away from my family. I came to realize that you see a city in a very different way when you run its streets with the traffic cleared for a race. I remember a 5K race sponsored by the New Orleans Police Foundation at the City Park in 2004. The tradition for the races was to play the national anthem beforehand (one which I'd like to see in our area, too). As we stood in the foggy humidity, I noticed that a brass band was set to play and, though I've heard the anthem played around the world by many musicians, I believe I have never heard it played with such joy and feeling by this New Orleans group. I wasn't the only one buoyed by the music and it was a super run that morning though the Big Easy. Katrina came the following summer. You try to hold on to happy memories amidst the sorrow of that storm, and this May run is mine for that great town.
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