Garry Harrington

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Garry Harrington - Garry Harrington at the 2009 Sedona Marathon (first master)
Garry Harrington at the 2009 Sedona Marathon (first master)

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Inov-8 Roclite Size: 11

Age: 59.8 years old

Marital Status: Divorced

Family members:
Daughters Melissa (born 1982) and Megan (1984) and son Evan (1987)

What I do for work:
Work? That's a four-letter word and we don't use that here!

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Grew up in Vermont and live in New Hampshire, but moving to Colorado Springs in 2010.

When I started running and what got me started:
Began running in high school, which was state champion five years in a row and fourth in New England my senior year.

What does running mean to me:
Do you know what it is like to breath? It's something like that.

Running accomplishments:
Finished second overall on New England Grand Tree trail running series in 2006, winning Breakneck 20K during season. Also on Wapack Trail Run (17.5 miles in 2008).
Won Don't Run Boston 50K in 2007 and tied for first in 2009 in new course record of 5:16, taking 22 minutes off previous record.
Won More and More Difficult 50K (White Mountains of N.H. with 16K of elevation gain) in 2008 in 11 hours flat (this may not sound impressive except that I beat the second-place finish by almost 4 hours).
Fourth at Escarpment Trail Run in 2006 and 2008. Fourth at San Juan Trails 50K in 2009. Fourth at Pisgah 50K in 2008. First master at 2009 Sedona Marathon.
Finished 11th in 25:08 at Massanutten 100 in 2009, my first 100-miler, at age 49 and was well under the 50-year-old record, which I hope to get in 2010.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
What's not to like?

Favorite running trail and why:
The White Dot Trail on Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire ... it's almost all vertical rock slabs, gaining 1,800 feet of elevation in two miles ... it's not a running trail, but a difficult hiking trail.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Escarpment (30K) or 7 Sisters (12M), two of the toughest trail races anywhere. Only one 50-year-old has ever broken two hours at 7 Sisters ... I plan to be the second.

Best running experience:
Massanutten 100 in 2009 ... it was my first 100 and did't know what to expect ... my mentor, Steve Pero, a veteran of many 100's, told me to start out slowly by WALKING the first 2.5 miles on pavement to reach the trailhead ... I did that and was DEAD LAST going into the woods, but then slowly started working my way up through the field from 183rd (last) and finished 11th overall in 25:08, one of the fastest debut 100 times ever recorded on that course. Felt fantastic the entire 100 miles.

Worst running experience:
Geez, I really can't remember. Even falling off a 12-foot cliff and breaking four ribs at Escarpment in 2007 wasn't a bummer ... I still got up and finished eighth overall.

Neatest thing found on a run:
$20, which paid for my gas money when I really didn't have it to go do that training run ...

Running related bathroom stop story:
I was speed hiking through the 4,000-footers in Maine and was on top of West Avery Peak when I used the campground outhouse and the view through the half-moon in the door was Sugarloaf Ski Area ... great view.

Running pet peeves:
Overzealous dogs on trail.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I am eligible to take the bar exam in Vermont.

Other hobbies and interests:
What, running isn't enough! I also like to read, write and can hold my own on the pool table most nights.

Other stuff:
If you read or saw Into the Wild, you pretty much know how I feel about how to live your life ... adventure first, everything else second.

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