Mike Foster

Club Member Since 9/20/1999

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Mike Foster - aka
aka "Captain America"

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary

City: Woodland Park State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Anything extra wide Size: huge

Age: 79.2 years old

Marital Status: married

Family members:
Myra (crew chief), Jams (old dog), Nattie (wild and crazy dog).

What I do for work:
Mr. Fixit, Pearl diver, do this, do that. (retired)

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
First fifteen years in Erie, Pa. Next twenty five years in Phoenix, AZ. Balance in Woodland Park. Clean air and high mountains.

When I started running and what got me started:
Tossed the smokes and started running in 1970 as training for water ski racing. Two years later began bicycle road racing also as training for water ski racing.

What does running mean to me:
Running, cycling, etc. have been a way of life for so long now, I don't know any other way!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
In 1979 I won a race that traversed the Grand Canyon from the north rim to the south rim via the South Kiabab trail. Some of the noteworthy competitors in that race included Ken Young, the 1978 winner of the PPM, Alyn Cureton, holder of a number of PPM and Ascent age group records and single age records. My time of 3:06:59 was thought to be the record for that route. Second place overall in the 1979 Whiskey Row (Prescott, AZ) Marathon. Road Marathon best of 2:42:28 in the 1980 Fiesta Bowl Marathon (all training done on trails). PPM best of 4:36:26 in 1981. Second place 50-59 age group in the 1993 Imogene Pass Run with a time of 3:03:08

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The solitude when I need it, and always the challenge. A feeling that I am doing something I was born to do.

Favorite running trail and why:
Any of the spectacular trails in the Grand Canyon.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
PPM. I have never run that race up to my expectations. But I still enjoy it in a perverse sort of way.

Best running experience:
Looking down several switchbacks at Alyn Cureton with about a half mile to go in the 1979 Grand Canyon Traverse and realizing that he could not catch me.

Worst running experience:
Looking up several switchbacks at Alyn Cureton with about a half mile to go in the 1981 Grand Canyon Traverse and realizing that I could not catch him. He ended up besting my 1979 time by 12 seconds!

Neatest thing found on a run:
Mountain Lion tracks indicating I was being stalked while I was snowshoeing above the Menonite Camp.

Running pet peeves:
Persons on the trail that will not acknowledge the "howdy" I give them.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have raced on a water ski, in traffic, at speeds up to 100mph. At that speed you cannot see the boat due to the "rooster tail." I didn't ski with my spectacles on so I wouldn't have been able to see the boat anyway! I told my driver that as long as he was standing on that throttle I could hear which way to go.

Other hobbies and interests:
Cycling, "wrenchin" on my bikes, rowing on my ergometer, hiking with Myra and the doggies.

Other stuff:
Book = It's Not About the Bike. Movie = Waking Ned Devine. Advice = Lighten UP! (I'm tryin')

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