Dennis Wilson

Club Member Since 9/16/2007

Dennis Wilson - Section 16 Trail
Section 16 Trail

“Each Day is a Blessing and a Gift Smile Often and Laugh a Lot”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Vibram Fivefingers Size: 42

Age: 71.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Wife Leana
Son and two Daughters all married, seven wonderful Grandchildren.

What I do for work:
I am acting as an expert consultant in patent litigation (semiconductor memory specialty). My wife and I are involved in the nutrition business and represent a company that has developed a whole food supplement of fresh fruits and vegetables in capsule form.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Born in Pennsylvania moved to New Jersey, back to PA, Texas, Idaho and now Colorado. No bugs or humidity and beautiful weather.

When I started running and what got me started:
Started in 1980 in Boise Idaho to get back in shape.

What does running mean to me:
A chance to improve myself in mind, body and spirit.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
6 Pikes Peak Ascents, 1 Pikes Peak Marathon, Portland, OR Marathon. Triple Crown's lots of local 5k's, 10k's, and Half marathons, Black Forest Winter series, summer cross country in Colorado.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The quietness, fresh mountain smells, sounds of the wind in the trees, cool breezes, variety of terrain, meeting runners who share the trail.

Favorite running trail and why:
Section 16 to high drive then Jones park trail. The challenge of the steep climb and then the long rolling switchbacks down. Second is Waldo but only early in the morning starting in the dark and going around to the right in the valley and watching the sun come up at the top on the backside.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The cross country series I ran in the mid 90's in Colorado Springs. There was a great variety in terrain and distance that created a challenge and lots of runner enthusiasm

Best running experience:
When I lived in Colorado Springs in Holland Park I used to run over to Garden of the Gods with my Airedale Emily and we would run the trail together. One snowy winter morning we set off and reached the peak of a hill in the center of the park just as the sun came up. It was shining through the swirling snow and each snowflake was like a sparkling diamond. It was completely magical.

Worst running experience:
The 2009 Ascent. Unbeknownst to me I was suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Major fatigue and a huge struggle to finish the last 4 miles.

Neatest thing found on a run:
The incredible sense of well being and elation I feel when Iíve finished a really hard trail run.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I've been blessed not to have any!

Running pet peeves:
Trash on the trail.
People who stand in the middle of the trail when they see a runner coming downhill.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's B-Cell Lymphoma and the most aggressive strain in 2010. It partially eroded two vertebrae and ate a hole in my right hip. I probably had it during the 2009 ascent. I am cancer free as of the end of August 2010 as the Lord chose to heal me. I praise Him for His grace and Mercy. 5 years before the cancer I had radically changed diet to 99% vegetarian and take Juice Plus a whole food supplement. Another blessing as the Lord led me there as well and the nutritional change was a big factor in my complete recovery. I am back to running hoping to do an ascent in 2012.

Other hobbies and interests:
My Christian faith, reading the Bible, Christian teaching and how it relates to the current situation in the Middle East. I love music and wish I could be disciplined enough to learn to play the guitar well.

Other stuff:
"Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich" by Eric Metaxas. Great read and inspiring story.

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