Stephen Mitchell

Club Member Since 8/10/2000

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Stephen Mitchell - Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run @ Sugarloaf Pass - 17AUG02
Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run @ Sugarloaf Pass - 17AUG02

“Isaiah 40:31”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: New Balance Size: 11

Age: 61 years old

Marital Status: Extremely Happily Married

Family members:
Wife, son, and daughter.

What I do for work:
Space Operations

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I like Colorado Springs because the weather is good and exercising is more consistent with good weather.
Places I've called home: Virginia; Florida; Oklahoma; New Mexico; Texas; Illinois; Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada; and Kansas.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in the Fall of 1971 after taking the Presidential Physical Fitness Test (now the President's Challenge). The high school physical education teacher administered the test and recommended I run through the summer and join the cross country team the following year.

What does running mean to me:
Running is an integral part of my life and is my main activity for exercising and maintaining good health.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Many ultra-distance runs, an iron-length triathlon and all other lengths, and some adventure races.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The reduced impact to the body is most noticeable, it makes you very lean, and the serenity of all the beauty on a trail.

Favorite running trail and why:
Waldo Canyon. Good for the whole family, very close and accessible.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race for shorter races is my favorite.
Leadville Trail 100-mile run for longer races is my favorite.
Both are two of the best supported races, making them absolutely enjoyable.

Best running experience:
Running with my wife and children.

Worst running experience:
Not finishing due to medical issue.

Neatest thing found on a run:

Running related bathroom stop story:
Found a rabbit while in the bushes on a run break. Someone left their domestic rabbit out on a country road, it became a pet.

Running pet peeves:
Dogs off a leash, the mess dogs leave, and having to run through smoke of any type.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm a rocket scientist, no kidding.

Other hobbies and interests:
Woodworking, playing the recorder musical instrument, bicycling (especially on tandem), swimming, computers and photography

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