Matt Von Thun

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Matt Von Thun - Pikes Peak Ascent
Pikes Peak Ascent

“...And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us....”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: ASICS GT2000 series Size: 10.5

Age: 55.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
My wife Debbie and two awesome kids.

What I do for work:
Analog Integrated Circuit Designer

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Always Colorado. I want to stay near my family, and for someone who loves mountains, Colorado Springs is hard to beat.

When I started running and what got me started:
Ninth grade track(1981). I played a lot of soccer growing up, and I usually didn't get as tired as the other kids, so I thought long distance running might be a good sport for me.

What does running mean to me:
Running provides so many things: A venue to continually set goals and challenge one's self, a time to be alone and think, an outlet to relieve stress, a way to stay healthy for my family, and a way to develop friendships, just to name a few.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
4:27 mile in High School.
One year I was able to make it through all of Larry Miller's Fall Series races without an injury.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
"Long early morning trail runs allow me to enjoy the mountains I love without taking the time away from family that a day hike or climb would entail. It also is one of my favorite times to pray or just ponder."

Favorite running trail and why:
Elk Park Trail: Peaceful forests, relative solitude, and great mountain views.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent. It's a beautiful and challenging course, and I don't have to run down hill.

Best running experience:
High School Cross Country

Worst running experience:
2000 Pikes Peak Ascent

Neatest thing found on a run:
A pair of Golden Eagles

Other hobbies and interests:
Reading, Climbing, Backcountry Skiing, Soccer. Ski Mountaineering

Other stuff:
Training, goals, advice, life philosophy, favorite book, etc are summed up in the following quote:
"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1-4)

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