Rick Merriman

Club Member Since 7/20/2006

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"There are no traffic jams on the extra mile"

City: Asheville State: NC

Favorite Shoe: Inov-8 Size: 9.5

Age: 52.5 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Wife Maureen, Son Riley (8/04), Daughter Kayle (5/06) and 4 legger, Tima

What I do for work:
High Gear

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Grew up in Upstate NY, moved to CA in the mid 90's at the base of the Sierra Nevada's and have been hooked on mtn. living ever since. Flagstaff, AZ 6/02 - 10/06. Lived in Woodland Park for about 18 months, lotsa snow and cold temps. Moved to Asheville to be closer to family. The trail-running is incredible.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running about 1995 just to stay in shape. A knee injury kept me from playing soccer and I needed an outlet. I'd run the same 5 mile out and back for months till I decided to see where the trail at the end of the paved road went to. Signed up for my first trail race a month later.

What does running mean to me:
Exercises my competitive nature.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Until about 2004 I was usually in the top 10 in most local-type races and top 2% in big races. I'm quite happy with those results being 165-170 lbs.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Peace and Beauty

Favorite running trail and why:
I love the back side of Pikes Peak starting from the Craggs Campground.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Imogene Pass Run. When I start to run out of gas going uphill, I'm not far from finishing the ascent portion of the IPR.

Best running experience:
Muddy Sneaker 20k in Naples, NY. Was 9th over-all, my dog was first with the, still standing, course record for dogs!

Worst running experience:
Barr Trail Mountain Race 2007. After about 10 minutes I realized I had nothing to give that day. I wanted that race shirt though, so I kept on going. I think it was worth it.

Running pet peeves:
People with headphones that jump startled when you pass them.

Other stuff:
My wife gave birth to our children at home, all natural. Whenever I'm in pain I think of her experience with pain and I move on. Thanks Maureen!!!

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