Kreighton Bieger

Club Member Since 12/24/2002

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Kreighton Bieger - That's me in the front, climbing out of Fravert Basin on the Maroon Bells 'Four Passes' loop.
That's me in the front, climbing out of Fravert Basin on the Maroon Bells 'Four Passes' loop.

“I like Pikes Peak more than it likes far.”

City: Boulder State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Burn Size: 8.5

Age: 45.6 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
One spouse, two kids, one dog.

What I do for work:
Equity research. I think about stocks and capital markets all the time.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Oklahoma, June Lake, CA, Boulder, CO and Denver.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running around 1983 (fourth grade!) and have run off and on ever since. My father was a runner, and I did Ironkids triathlons (I owe it all to a bread bag) for a while. I spent about 10 years cycling, and eventually returned to running again in 1998.

What does running mean to me:
To quote a friend, "It is my church". Running makes everything else in the world fall into place, it enables me to keep things in perspective and it feels like the most natural part of my life.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I was the first doubler on Pikes Peak in 2005. My performance in 2006 helped me understand what an achievement that was. I think I'm still tired from the effort.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Variety, peace, challenge, 'the view', the people and, of course, the hills.

Favorite running trail and why:
These days, any trail I can get to and have time to run on.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
PPM/PPA. . .I finally had a good race there, and there is just nothing like the course!

I also really enjoy the Meadow Mountain snowshoe race in Minturn.

Best running experience:
Morning runs with a friend when we can catch the sunrise.

Worst running experience:
Any day that my shins cramp up (I think this is compartment syndrome?) and I cannot run.

Neatest thing found on a run:
I've been so unlucky...

Running related bathroom stop story:
I've been so lucky...

Running pet peeves:
People who run hard on the easy days and then drag ass on the hard days.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
You probably wouldn't guess my tattoo.

Other hobbies and interests:
Family time, Reading, climbing, cooking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, telling jokes, laughing, talking, The Simpsons.

Other stuff:
A few random thoughts:
I thought 'The Perfect Mile' was an incredible running story!

My only real advice is to train at the appropriate pace. If you can't or won't, don't expect much on race day. Also, I've learned that it's good to stop at the first sign of injury, just like they say.

I believe there should be prize money for the top finishers on Pikes and a pool for the first person to break 2 hours!

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