Dan Cockrell

Club Member Since 3/24/2009

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Dan Cockrell - Just Playing around at 14K ft
Just Playing around at 14K ft

“Florida is not like Colorado!”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Inov8 245 Size: 9

Age: 47 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Super Wife - Lyn
Awesome Son - Trevor

What I do for work:
Help manage an Air Force clinical laboratory.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Southern and Northern California, Northern Texas and Colorado Springs. Love the Springs for the weather, views, clean air and ability to escape the city quickly. Moving to Tampa Florida in Oct 2013, so we will see how this effects my Mountain running!

When I started running and what got me started:
Started when I was 8. Ended up doing X-country/Track and Triathlons until about 19 and got sidetracked. Got the bug again in 2009 and remembered how fun it is to run.

What does running mean to me:
It is my daily Mental Health counseling session.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I actually ran the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2009! A dream I had since I was in High School and ran the "Mt. Baldy Run to the Top" Finished 2010 Pikes Peak Marathon-Barely. Redemption for PPM in 2011, but fell apart coming down but still managed to improve my time by 81 minutes. Re-attack in 2012, better is always better and improved the PR by 19 minutes. 2013 PPM was the race I was searching for! The season was great, the payoff was even better. 5:01:45 was another PR by nearly 29 minutes and although I was close to sub-5, I was 100% satisfied with the race. Thanks to the ICers for getting me there! Finished the Grand Canyon R2R2R in 2013 with awesome friends Tom and Jesse. 47+ miles of fun in the heat and beauty of the Grand Canyon was an EPIC adventure of great running, walking trying not to die and finishing in the dark without a light feeling my way up the last 2 miles. AWESOME!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
It is just plain fun running up/down trails and through the forests. It's kinda like a self-powered roller coaster.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail. If you have run up it, you know why, if you haven't, go do it!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race. Great cause, local support and it feels a lot like your friends are just getting together to hang out and run until you almost puke!

Best running experience:
The 2013 PPM was the best "Race" to date. 3:08 up, 1:53 down and a 5:01 total at 40th place was just about as good as I could ever have hoped for. As for the best running "experience" ever, it has to be our 2013 Grand Canyon R2R2R! Adventure of a lifetime with good friends Tom, Lisa, Jesse and Kerry. Beautiful area to run through. We had the full spectrum of emotions from feeling great to just hoping to find the next water stop. Wondering if I was going to faint, die of heat exhaustion, worrying about my friends safety, walking alone in the dark and just trying to get to the top. As bad as it got, it will be one of those days that I will remember forever. I hope to go back again and improve the time, but I don't know if the experience will be topped as a whole.

Worst running experience:
2010 Pikes Peak Marathon! Missed my goal time by over an hour and a half, Crap. Felt like the whole season was wasted, but at least I finished. Got the medal and shirt though and didn't fall (wasn't going fast enough for that), so I guess it wasn't all that bad.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Tarantulas and a Bobcat on the trails of Southern California.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Doing a 30 min tempo up Barr Trail and stopping for an emergency 3 min rest period while trying to hide from fellow IC'ers running by.

Running pet peeves:
Headphones on Oblivious Hikers! I swear if I were a Bear I would have eaten well on Barr Trail. I try to be nice, but pop out an earbud people, your there to enjoy nature, not get killed or run over.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I can't tell you that!!

Other hobbies and interests:
Halloween!!!!! I love to set up my annual Halloween Party/Haunted House. I go a little nuts on the decorations.

Other stuff:
You only get out of it what you put into it.

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