Kelli Lusk

Club Member Since 11/22/2000

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Kelli Lusk - Pikes Peak Ascent - 2000
Pikes Peak Ascent - 2000

City: Manitou Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Size: 8

Age: 51.2 years old

Family members:
sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew
mom, gram
cats: Spanky & Bitz

What I do for work:
USA Cycling National Events Director

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Michigan, New Mexico, Prague, Colorado, Massachusetts

When I started running and what got me started:
I have always loved running. I started running in 1983 on the junior high track team and my event was the 220 (yards! old school! My PR was 27 seconds on cinder!). When I got to high school, the track coach said I was a sprinter and couldn't run distance...well, I ignored the coach and ran the distance events. I ended up running four years of varsity track and three years of varsity cross-country. None too speedy, mind PR for the mile was 6:04!! I didn't run in college. I started running more seriously in 1994 (at least 35 miles a week). I did my first marathon on 45 miles a week and no speedwork in 1995 at Columbus Marathon in 14 degree weather....I was so elated to actually be doing one I didn't even notice the cold!! I finished in 3:11....that's when the addiction really got hold of me!

What does running mean to me:

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
So far, I have completed 18 road marathons. Qualified for the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials. Marathon PR: 2:48:58.
US National Mountain Running Team: 2003 (alternate 2004, 2005)
US National Snowshoe Racing Champion: 2003
Have competed in Swiss mountain running classics and other European mountain races.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I love the challenge (physical and mental) of varied terrain. Mountain/trail running can either be very relaxing on easy days or a killer workout if you want to push yourself. Also, NO CARS!

Favorite running trail and why:
In Colorado: Barr Trail. It's a great test of both climbing fitness and descending skills...the best of both worlds!
In Massachusetts: Amethyst and MM Trail. Lots of varied terrain, steep climbs, technical sections, trees.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race. It's a good test of a climbing and descending. Also, the community support and race organization are some of the best I've experienced in all my years of participating in various sports and races.

Sierre-Zinal, Switzerland: The ultimate test of mountain running over 18+ miles...climbing, descending, and endurance.

Best running experience:
The first time I finished a 10-mile run. I'll never forget the sense of accomplishment I felt for the rest of the day.

Worst running experience:
The first time I ran to the summit of Pikes Peak. It was during the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2000. I felt great until Barr Camp, but from Barr Camp to the summit, I just kept thinking, "I'm never doing this damn thing again.." I forced myself to at least run through the finish line under 3-hours for 2nd place. Oh, but I was a feelin' sick on the bus ride down the mountain...!

Jungfrau Marathon 2007: I was really excited to run this race and had been looking forward to it once I decided to run it. At the starting line, everybody was crowded in like sardines (my elbows were to my chest), then took of like a 5k when the gun went off (this was a marathon with 6000 ft of climbing the second half!). People were tripping over each other, a girl went down in front of me, and I went down hard on pavement after falling over her. I looked up and there were 4000 people running...all I could think of was getting trampled (very scary), but somehow I got myself up and finished the race. I was pretty hurt (hip and forearm), but proud of myself for finishing under the circumstances. That being said, I'd love to go back and run Jungfrau again...minus the fall at the start!

Neatest thing found on a run:
A weasel. Well, I actually didn't find it, but the weasel was running across the trail with some chow in his mouth. It was pretty cool. It was the first time I had ever seen a weasel..well, outside of some of the guys I've dated.

Running pet peeves:
Trail: dog owners who don't clean-up after their dogs
Road: Inconsiderate and aggressive drivers who don't yield to peds.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I was president of my sorority. I also smoked cigarettes for six years.

Other hobbies and interests:
Mountain biking, road cycling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, horseback riding, reading, writing.

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