Barry Smith

Club Member Since 9/22/2004

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“Running negates my eating and drinking habits!”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Size: 10

Age: 58.6 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Wife, Amy, and 2 boys, Nate and Brady. Dog is Chloe

What I do for work:
I am a high school counselor.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Lived in Wisconsin my entire life until 4 years ago. Spent 3 years in Briargate and recently moved to Skyway so I can now hit the trails readily.

When I started running and what got me started:
I've been running my whole life. My father was a high school cross country coach, and was mine. As a young boy I spent fall Saturdays with my Dad and his team going to meets.

What does running mean to me:
Running provides me both a great stress release and an opportunity to think creatively. Plus, I love to eat and beer is a hobby. I have to run.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
10 time marathon runner, including Boston, with a personal best of 2:53. I'm also a marathon cross country skier and am looking for training/racing partners. Ran a 3:13 Ascent 2 years ago.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Running the trails is easier on the body, the mind and the spirit. I feel like I want to run more when I'm on the trail. The scenery is amazing.

Favorite running trail and why:
Bear Creek Canyon up the back of Section 16. Water, Rock Walls, Trees, amazing trail and often I can run it after work and have it all to myself.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I did the Ascent in 1991 while on vacation here in Colorado. I've done it twice since moving here.

Best running experience:
No question...the Boston Marathon.

Worst running experience:
In high school I ran in the state meet. After a great sectional qualifying race I completely bombed at State. I blame it on the fact that the boys and girls teams both qualified for state that year and we stayed up too late talking the night before.

Neatest thing found on a run:
During one Chicago marathon I totally bonked at 20 miles. After walking and shuffling for three miles I came around a corner and there was a guy in a gorilla suit handing out bananas. I thought I was hallucinating. I ate 3 and a mile later was running hard again.

Running related bathroom stop story:
The only time I ever had to stop in a race was during the Chicago marathon. I was in China town and running well, but I had to pit stop. I came out of the porto and could not find my stride again.

Running pet peeves:
Runners that don't say hello.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I can cook.

Other hobbies and interests:
Cross country skiing anyone? I have roller skis and know how to use them.

Other stuff:
Want to buy a mountain bike and get out there.

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