Jonathan Vigh

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Jonathan Vigh - Jonathan Vigh, 2004 Pikes Peak Marathon
Jonathan Vigh, 2004 Pikes Peak Marathon

“This is easier than last year . . .”

City: Superior State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Addiction ASR Size: 11

Age: 43.7 years old

Marital Status: Married

What I do for work:
I study the atmosphere. I'm a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). My main interests are hurricanes and mountain weather.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Lexington, KY
Chattanooga, TN
Olean, NY
Fort Collins, CO
Superior, CO

I love Boulder because I can walk out my front door and 3 miles later be 2800 feet higher!

When I started running and what got me started:
I started and stopped several times through high school and college, but I started running more consistently in 2002 when I was kidnapped and brainwashed by an insidious running cult. Now I'm addicted and can't stop.

What does running mean to me:
Running is a hobby and an outlet. I enjoy the freedom of movement, the challenge of running up mountains, the joy of running back down. I have fun analyzing my training and looking for ways to get better. Current I'm trying to recover from a long term knee injury - not much running the past 2 years.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
PPM2003-2007, age-group award in Barr Trail Mountain Race, steady improvement over the past several years. One year I won my first race! It was the 2007 Wellsville Ridgwalk 14-mile trail race in Wellsville, NY.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The beauty, the diverse terrain, the interesting weather that happens in the mountains, the wildness of being out in the mountains and knowing that I could end up as a mountain lion's lunch . . . it helps me run faster. UPDATE - I've actually seen a mountain lion out on the trails now - thankfully, it was running away from me.

Favorite running trail and why:
Bullhead Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I haven't actually run this yet but hope to soon. If this were a race, it would be the Pikes Peak of the East. It is a very beautiful trail that climbs over 4000 vertical feet through stretches of virgin forest, finally climaxing in the 'ghost forest' at the top of 6593 foot Mount LeConte. The ideal race would start in Gatlinburg at the river and would be roughly 23 miles and 5300 vertical feet!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Mountain Trail Race -- it's a nice distance on a very challenging hill. There's great camraraderie and community spirit.

Best running experience:
PPM2003 -- my first time was really fun and exciting -- the comradarie was great, the weather was perfect, and I didn't bonk!

Worst running experience:
I can't say that I've had bad running experiences -- maybe challenging ones. I guess the worst running experiences for me would be the times when I sprained and resprained my ankle back in 2003.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Friends! To make more friends, I started the FortCollinsTrailRunners and have since met many other local runners.

Running pet peeves:
People who don't get out of my way when I'm in 'deep speed' on a downhill run.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I've been to all 50 States and am trying to climb the 50 State Highpoints.

Other hobbies and interests:
Parenting, weather, web page development, piano, church, hiking, skiing, biking, etc.

Other stuff:
Favorite food: eggplant parmesan. Favorite saying: 'What goes up must come down'. Advice: this planet is equipped with a gravitational field -- use it!

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