Eric Lecht

Club Member Since 7/19/2009

Eric Lecht - Taken July 11, 2009 up on Shane's Loop, above Boise ID.
Taken July 11, 2009 up on Shane's Loop, above Boise ID.

“There is chaos under heaven, the situation is excellent.”

City: Denver State: CO

Favorite Shoe: whatever fits this year. Size: Hmm...

Age: 62.9 years old

Marital Status: Trust me, I'm broken.

Family members:
My son Jasper Mountain Lecht; he fought cancer like a tiger.
Some fights you just don't win.
Jasper died April 14th, 2006. He was 24.
His ashes grace more mountain peaks than you'd think.

What I do for work:
Telecommunications, at the moment. DMS, Sonus, Titan, Alcatel, for Qwest, who treat me pretty well.
I got a Sun 450 Ultra Enterprise at home I putz about on. My Mac does things most normal people haven't any truck with (serial connexions to routers, tftpd). I worked for almost 7 years with Cisco routers and switches for Idaho State Government's Dept of Admin, building out their WAN.

Dream job: scotch bar at a used book store, dispensing drams, maybe an Inchgower, perhaps a Caol Ila (Signatory 15 yr, very nice), recommending good reads to those who do.

I do not own a TV. Ugh.
Current Read (7/21): 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' by John Berendt.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I started running in Aspen; I was bored after my divorce (ex Patty is still a true friend). I moved to Idaho chasing a girl; she's in Maui now, up above Haiku, we got to do Hana Relay in 2005!
If you've never visited Boise (where I lived for 7 years), gotta do it. From downtown, there's *a hundred miles* of wonderful sandy hills and gullies, a runner's paradise. My best friend and longtime running partner Sparky lives there (ER night nurse). Toughest runner I know.
Denver's been good to me. I came here unwillingly in 2005; my son's chemo was at Children's Hospital (see story 'Three Years' at
I met a girl I knew 20 years ago, from my Aspen days.
We kissed. Sharon (she's a fabulous artist, see and her tribe, they scooped me up and put up with me, and my grief. All that grief ...
Sparky once quipped she "rows the happy boat". I decided this would be my mantra. I am a happy fool. Denver's been very good to me.

When I started running and what got me started:
My 1st run was at The Hyde School, in Bath, Maine. I took it up again in college, at Eastern in Willimantic CT. But I really became a runner in Aspen, where Hunter Creek, Smuggler, Taylor Pass and Montezuma Glacier Basin became a habit. It was in Aspen I met Matt Carpenter, during his Fila Sky Marathon days. He was a decent guy, very accessible for an elite runner, someone I could speak with about my new passion. That made such a difference to me. Colorado's a small place, and trail runners tend to run into each other. Sometimes literally!

What does running mean to me:
It means I'm still alive.

Running accomplishments:
Mosquito Marathon (short loop) in 1995 was my 1st trail-race. I was hooked.
Done NYC Marathon 3x, numerous Golden Leaf's, Sopris Mtn race in Carbondale, America's Uphill several times, a pre-James Watt Rim Rock Run, Imogene Pass in '97 and '98, Hana Relay in Maui 2005, snuck into Maui Watershed for an hour or so, what an amazing place ... Payette Lake in Idaho, a little of this, a bit of that ...
I got to run around Hanoi Vietnam for 10 days in 2007, that was so cool. I got SO LOST.
At the Hanoi Club, there's a picture of Donald Rumsfeld shaking someone's hand; Look closely at his smile, tho. He's actually *stealing a towel*. I have one too!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Where do I start? Oh --exactly nowhere. I run therefore I am. Alive.

Favorite running trail and why:
I would have to say Kestrel, Skyline, Shane's Loop, anywhere up in Boise's foothills. Its just an astonishing system of trails. Words don't do it justice.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Imogene Pass, fer shure! In 1998, a pica tried to kill me with a ROCK.

Best running experience:
Every hill I've ever run has been a glorious moment.

Worst running experience:

Neatest thing found on a run:
A gold chain, New York Marathon.

Running related bathroom stop story:

Running pet peeves:
Mountain bikes.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:

Other hobbies and interests:

Other stuff:

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