Julie Chagnon

Club Member Since 11/26/2011

Julie Chagnon - 2012 Pikes Peak Ascent after dry heaves
2012 Pikes Peak Ascent after dry heaves

"...Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Dylan Thomas

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Brook's Ghost Size: 10.5

Age: 50.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Hubby Don and I have 4 sons. We have a hound that isn't quite right named Cookie.

What I do for work:
Quality Manager

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Originally from St. Louis Missouri.
I love Colorado because of the lifestyle here. The beauty of this state is the best.

When I started running and what got me started:
Originally started running in high school. I saw a race going on and joined in for fun. All of the so-called "team" sports didn't allow me to find even close to the satisfaction I find in running.

What does running mean to me:
It's the one thing that has remained constant in my life, no matter what. I've left running, but it has never left me.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
My first marathon: 9/5/11 - ADT (4:07)
My first half marathon: 10/2010 - Rock n' Roll Denver 1:59 (no joke)
Boston Marathon 2015: 4:26: something or other
Marine Corps Marathon 2014: 4:27ish
3 time runner of the Pikes Peak Ascent: My times suck on that mountain, but I love the energy too much to stop and give up already.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The freedom of open space, and the energy of people around me.

Favorite running trail and why:
Monument Trail - It has a little bit of everything, and beautiful views.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent - Because the experience changes and is definitely commiserate with your training. Pikes Peak is the "great equalizer" in my eyes. Its hard on EVERYONE, but the energy is incredible. My favorite part is when we're all suffering, and talking to each other to get through. We truly want to see others finish with a medal. Its a very MENTAL race.

Best running experience:
Lost Dutchman Half Marathon - Apache Junction, AZ. I could breathe and the weather in February was in the 60s! Took 8 minutes off my half time from Colorado 5 months prior.

Worst running experience:
Cheyenne Canyon Race 2009. I was a new runner coming back to running. I had a question to one of the race officials and received a very rude response with an elevator up and down look at my stature (I was bigger). I took a very hard fall down a huge hill, and came back LAST with bloody arms and knees. I used to refuse to do that race again, but maybe I will. I've been on a journey with running, so who knows?

Neatest thing found on a run:
Other runners and their stories.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Freezing cold day on a very long run day, I was never so happy to find an open bathroom door and toilet paper.

Running pet peeves:
People who don't run their own race or chatter from start to finish in a race. Aggressive animals.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I was in the Marine Corps from 88-92.

Other hobbies and interests:
None really.

Other stuff:
Advice: No matter your pace ... run your own race.

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