Mark Cafiero

Club Member Since 4/22/2002

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Mark Cafiero - I'm not as stupid as you think I be.
I'm not as stupid as you think I be.

"If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?" - Stephen Wright

City: Dillon State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Montrail! Size: 10.5

Age: 44.9 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
Got a mom in C-Springs, a Dad in Monument, a half-sister in Monument, a younger sister in Kansas, an older sister in Idaho and my imaginary girlfriend lives in Sweden and flies me out often.

What I do for work:
Photographer. Weddings, special events, athletics, portraits, commercial, etc. Check out my site!

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Lived in Boulder from 1999-2002, Dillon from 2002, and just moved to Denver. Loved Dillon the most. I haaaaaate Denver!!! I want to go back to Dillon. But I can't. :(

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in college after I came back from a European vacation. I got so fat off of nasty food and Guinness, that I decided to try to run it off. My first run was about 3 blocks, and I walked home feeling pretty bad about myself, but I did it again the next day and made it twice as far. I then made it my goal to run the Boulder Boulder. I did, it was miserable and hot, but I was proud. Next thing you know, 4 years later, I ran my first Marathon... the Pike's Peak Marathon (last Aug). I've never been more psyched in my life.

What does running mean to me:
Fresh air, exercise, continuously changing scenery... kind of a form of meditation if you think about it, I guess. Good stuff!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
After the Boulder Boulder, I did my first Pikes Peak Ascent. The next summer, I completed the Triple Crown of Running with another Ascent and came in 2nd place in my age group... out of 2! ;) And last year was awesome - my first Marathon, and what a marathon it was! The Pike's Peak Marathon! I've also run a handful of the Evergreen Trail Series.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Running to me has to be on the trails, hands down. Ultimately, it gives me something peaceful to enjoy, goals to achieve, and the satisfaction of reaching them.

Favorite running trail and why:
No doubt about it: Green Mountain, Boulder, CO!!! When I lived in Boulder it was so nice to run in the evening. I tried to plan it so I could finish right as the sun was going down. It's beautiful, refreshing, quiet, challenging, and has some amazing views. The only thing I really miss about Boulder is that run!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pike's Peak Marathon. Finishing that was a milestone for me... glad I did it... but will go back to just running the Ascent. The whole round trip is hard for the knees, especially when they are supporting a 200lb guy!

Best running experience:
I was running Green Mountain one afternoon and it was crazy hot... I was dying and suddenly, without getting real cloudy, it just started to rain. At the summit, I could see an amazing lightning display from a safe distance. I watched it for a while and began the descent. The rain stopped, but the sun was starting to go down a bit, so it was a comfortable temp. Seemed like there was no one around - awesome!

Worst running experience:
It was a long time ago, but I remember being all psyched to run one day and I headed off to Mt, Sanitas (also in Boulder). I didn't know what happened, but I just stopped running and I turned around and came back home and sat in front of the TV during a beautiful day. I knew it was ridiculous, and I felt pretty shamed.

Neatest thing found on a run:
A bear on Green Mountain, close to the summit, early in the morning. My 2-year old Golden Retriever, Barley (AKA Barney, Blarney) thought the bear was a giant squirrel and went after it... But I called him back before pissing off the bear. It stood up and the sight was pretty freaky, but equally impressive.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Running down Grey's Torreys I came around a switchback to find a woman squatting... in the middle of the trail!!! I was appalled and pretended that I didn't see her as I ran by (yeah right!). The funny thing is that she actually said "Hi" to me as I jogged by... AS SHE WAS DOING HER BUSINESS! WIERDO!

Running pet peeves:
I love dogs, but some just aren't meant to be unleashed on trails. And it's the owners that get me mad, not really their bad dogs.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I work part time on Pearl Street in Boulder as "Mark, the Human Pretzel".... Not really

Other hobbies and interests:
skiing, rafting, kayaking, backpacking, cycling

Other stuff:
Fav book is Lance Armstrong's, It's Not About the Bike,
Fav Movie: Office Space
Favorite Food: Still Trying to decide.
Scariest part of IC training runs: The house on the way up to the trail, (and back down of course), there are these 3 freaky little evil-looking clown dolls perched in the window facing the street, and a cross painted on the brick wall. What the hell is that all about!?!

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