Doug Laufer

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Doug Laufer - Enjoy the process
Enjoy the process

"There is truly more to life than running, but none of it is really worth dealing with" Leroy Thunder

City: Palmer Lake State: CO

Favorite Shoe: New Balance 833's Size: 10

Age: 68.6 years old

Marital Status: yes

Family members:
empty nest - two adult children, two grandsons

What I do for work:
Deep Thought Thinker

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Grew up in Lakewood, CO. Besides Colorado have lived in NY (born in the shadows of Yankee Stadium - that is a whole other story), AZ (Flagstaff - nice), OK (Stillwater - not that bad) and UT (very very strange). In Colorado have lived in several towns including Leadville (next best place to Palmer Lake).

When I started running and what got me started:
Ran in high school, actually junior high. After a number of years off for bad behavior started again in 1977. Always thought of self as runner even in the years I was not running. What started me - guess it just seemed like thing to do.

What does running mean to me:
"There is truly more to life than running, but none of it is really worth dealing with" Leroy Thunder

When asked why I run I say it is because it is cheaper than therapy. I am joking - but it is true. Running is a core value, makes all even better when I am up, and brings me up when down.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Most proud of some streaks: one or more marathon every year since 1979 (27 straight years through 2005). Have streak for Pikes Peak that started in 1986. Also had Peak finish in 1970, may be longest gap between races on the mountain. I am in the process of doing a marathon in every state – have 39 state and 85 marathons through 2005.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Wow - as much as I love it, hard to find right words.
It is peaceful, it feels good, it lets you know you are alive. It is a place to escape to, a place to go and solve problems, a place to think deep thoughts. It is mobile meditation at its finest. A place to be alone or a place to share with friends.

Favorite running trail and why:
Just one? I do not know if I can do that. Tempting to say Barr Trail, it has meant so much over the years especially when I lived out of state. Now probably would be the trails just west of Palmer Lake, in part because they are right outside my door. They are my home course, I get much enjoyment from them be it alone or sharing with others. The trail names are personal: there is Lim Loop, the Columbine Trail, the Airplane Run and so on. Each trail holds memories related to prior runs as well as events of the day, world-wide or personal.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Clearly the Peak – and if you are reading this I probably do not have to explain why, three other races deserve mention.

First, Catalina Island Marathon (it is hilly and on dirt so guess it qualifies) a fun and unique a fun and unique experience: a 26 mile boat ride to get to the Island, an early morning boat ride to get to the start, a beautiful run from Two Harbors to Avalon (watch out for buffalo), and then time to hang out in the town of Avalon. The race has lots of return runners and something of a cult following, very awesome adventure.

Also, Barr Trail Mountain Race (but I am bias). A race put on by a bunch of folks with a passion for running, Barr Trail and the Peak and a desire to “give back” to the Peak, as well as to the running and local community.

Finally, the Mt Evans Race; my first race when I returned to running in 1977. Through the mid 80’s this was the major mountain race in Colorado. I have wonderful memories of camping at Echo Lake talking with other hearty souls the night before the race.

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