James Dikes

Club Member Since 7/15/2006

“When the going gets tough, that's a positive sign to keep charging.”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 10 1/2

Age: 53.5 years old

Marital Status: Divorced

Family members:
A son Caleb and stepson Stefan.

What I do for work:
Test radio frequency equipment for Defense contractor.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
California and Colorado. The Mountains here are so out of this world. Takes my breath away.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in earnest around 1986 along Fisherman's Wharf in California with a good friend who gave me a new lease on life. From there we progressed trails in the Sierra Nevada and now I run in the Rockies.

What does running mean to me:
Running is a peaceful yet exhilerating experience that lets you purge the bad and soak in the good.

Running accomplishments:
Ran the Bay to Breakers in 1988 and 89. Ran my first BoulderBolder in 1996 and have participated consistently since 2002. Have done GOG ten miler 3 times and completed my first Summer Roundup race this year. Next year I'll try my hand at the Ascent.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
More scenery, no cars, no pavement.

Favorite running trail and why:
I was taken on a run through Glen Erie by a good friend of mine when I was running the GOG training runs that leads to a waterfall. I want to find a way to get there again. If anyone knows how to get there, let me know.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I have gone up to the top of Pikes Peak from the trailhead and watched the frontrunners come up. I have nothing but respect and admiration for those folks and have always wanted to participate in that race. What a challenge!

Best running experience:
When I ran up to the top of Nevada Falls in Yosemite. It was around 5 am and I got to the top and the cool mist hit me right as the sun hit the valley walls. The whole valley turned bright pink for a couple of minutes. Wish I would've had a camera.

Worst running experience:
I tripped on a root that caught my shoelace and landed in a patch of poison oak. It was so bad I had to go to the doctor and get a shot. That was bad.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Two elk fighting over territory.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Had an energy drink before a race. Unfortunately it put the wrong body system in high gear.

Running pet peeves:
Saying hi to other passing runners and them giving a dirty look in return.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I play loud music on occasion with a band but when I'm home I like it quiet.

Other hobbies and interests:
Music, computers, nutrition, reading.

Other stuff:
I have been reading this book by Stephen Cherniske about the Metabolic Plan. Very interesting read for anyone dealing with the aging process.

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