Jonathan Veteto

Club Member Since 8/22/2001

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Jonathan Veteto - My evil twin who looks like me.  Not really me :)
My evil twin who looks like me. Not really me :)

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"

City: Manitou Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: adidas Size: 11

Age: 50 years old

Marital Status: I joined the club

Family members:
Mary Clare (wife) - nikita & natasha (shep/chow, shep/husky. the 'girls' ) - adopted son luka (a large lumbering hound. a small horse, actually)

What I do for work:
my brother and I are partners in a manufacturing company. we do prototype machining and a little r&d into ceramics.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I'm native to the springs, but moved to Manitou to be away from the 'city'. never been as happy living anywhere as I am in Manitou. lived in Colorado & Maine most of my life, with stints in Rhode island, Guam & the middle east.

When I started running and what got me started:
just a few years ago (winter of 2000). I didn't want to be cold all winter riding a bike. I've been hooked ever since.

What does running mean to me:
sound body, sound mind. I might have plagiarized that :) provides a fantastic time for the mind to wander around. a little suffering makes life worthwhile - let's you know you're alive.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I've accomplished several scars, dings, and dents. even a hole-in-the-knee which could rival (but of course, not best) conilee's injury :)

What I like about trail/mountain running:
the peace. the mountains. the animals. some things put life in perspective, running is one of those things for me. it's very, very simple at heart.

Favorite running trail and why:
all of the trails behind my house, because my dogs know them so well. they can tear around and really never get too far lost.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
aspen golden leaf. I've never run through so many aspen trees dressed so well in golden clothes. plus, I saw a bovine life form on the running trail. gotta love seeing cows.

Best running experience:
Imogene Pass Run, 2004. Felt great, had a ball, and my brother went with me to Ouray and ran too. We've slept outside Ouray at a campground for the past two years before the race.

Worst running experience:
I've had a few races where my gas tank was empty from the get-go, and they were complete suffer-fests. I lost the a little bit off the end of my left thumb to frostbite at a winter tri a couple years ago. I was crying and jumping around the bathroom at Breckenridge. hurt pretty badly. hands always get cold since then.

Neatest thing found on a run:
I stumbled upon a big buck deer on the pipeline trail behind Manitou once. right in front of me on the trail, not more than 3 or 4 feet away. it was pretty cool to see him so close. quite a magnificent creature, so agile and quick. Met my friend Todd through running.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I had to pee *badly* during the bike leg of a tri a year ago. I was, however, riding on i-70 at the time. so, with one hand on the bike I did my best to get it done while riding. a minivan with mom and kids happened to pass at that exact instant. don't think they had ever seen such a thing on the interstate before.

Running pet peeves:
those who aren't happy. what's to be upset about when outside, with animals, nature, and cool friends ? people who bring the 'ole rain clouds of doom should stay home until they get up on the RIGHT side of the bed !

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I can make tiramisu from scratch, including the lady fingers. I'm a Christian. (hey, god likes funny weird people. check out a zebra or one of those monkeys with an orange butt sometime). I've been to all of the panic shows in Colorado for the past 5 years.

Other hobbies and interests:
reading, art, skiing, climbing, bike riding, (general playing).

Other stuff:
where the wild things are is my favorite book. star wars (the original, not the remade one) is one of my favorite movies. atlas shrugged is a favorite 'deep read'. a book about the 'force of will'. gotta love that.

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