Opus Veres

Club Member Since 12/26/2005

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Opus Veres - Awesome morning at Lake Tahoe... too bad the dork in front blocks the scenery!
Awesome morning at Lake Tahoe... too bad the dork in front blocks the scenery!

“If you can't be good ... be lucky!”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Salomon GCS Pro Size: 13

Age: 56.7 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
VERY Significant Other: Erin Skowran

What I do for work:
As little as possible, but it keeps the roof over my head.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Europe, Asia and North America.

Colorado ... Hmmm ... do I really need to explain this to any of you?

When I started running and what got me started:
2000. Until then, I was more or less a couch potato. My VERY significant other had run several marathons and she became my role model and coach for what I thought would be a one time attempt at 26.2 miles. She opened a whole new world to me and let me become what I am today. Five years and 41 marathons later, she and I have learned that on occasion I can become borderline obsessive.

What does running mean to me:
It is the foundation to all else. I've really been smitten by the high altitude mountaineering bug, but running is the base that all else is built on.

Running accomplishments:
Qualifying for Boston Maraton (PR 3:14 and change)

What I like about trail/mountain running:
It lets me work on my credo: Suffering is weakness leaving the body.

Favorite running trail and why:
My experince is limited, but the full Barr Trail round trip just for the sheer brutality of it.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
K42 Marathon at Davos is Swiss Alps. Not quite the elevation monster as Pikes Peak, but the scenery and the varried terrain is just amazing. What Pikes Peak Marathon might be like if held in April or May.

Best running experience:
Disney Marathon where I first qualified for Boston. There was a sense of accomplishment, that I had finally run well enough in my own eyes to matter.

Worst running experience:
Don't know ... try to find something good about the run, even if it is just a lesson learned about what not to do again.

Neatest thing found on a run:

Running related bathroom stop story:
Had a few near emergencies, but have been lucky in this regard ...

Running pet peeves:
Race organizers who skimp on porta-potties during urban runs. Ridiculously expesive marathon entry fees, with a near absence of food or drink at the finish (i.e. Honolulu Marathon). All those damn cotton T-shirts handed out for marathons (maybe the example set by races like Big Sur will eventually catch on). Crappy medals.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm pretty straightforward. People can usually read me like a book.

Other hobbies and interests:
Trying not to act my age ...

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