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CONTENTS

Colorado Olympians at the 2004 Games in Athens... Page 6

Race Results... Page 36

Training Smarts: Running Strong... Page 11 Age Group Experts: Whitney Anderson... Page 12 The Fast Lane: Q&A With Paul DeWitt... Page 14 The San Juan Solstice: How Not To Prepare For An Ultra... Page 18 Avoiding Injury: Staying In Shape Over The Winter... Page 22 A Selection Of Running Poems... Page 44 The Lighter Side: Samoa Or Bust And The Politics Of Running... Page 46

Departments

Race Reports... Page 25

Running Shorts... Page 10 Photos by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

Race Reports... Page 25 Race Results... Page 36 Race Calendar... Page 40 Hit the Dirt: Deer Creek Canyon... Page 42

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Olympic Glory

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Two Surprise Olympic Marathon Medals Give U.S. Distance Running A Boost

For any runner, the best moment at this year’s Olympics had to be when Deena Kastor began sobbing with joy 100 meters from the finish line of the women’s marathon. Kastor’s bronze medal was nothing short of remarkable. It’s just the second women’s marathon medal in Olympic history for an American, following Joan Benoit-Samuelson’s gold at the 1984 Olympic Games. Kastor (now of Mammoth Lakes, California, but formerly of Alamosa, Colorado) perfectly executed a marathon race plan that was tailored specifically for the brutally hot, sunny conditions. Beginning conservatively as the race began at 6 p.m. in Marathon, Kastor gradually increased her pace as her opponents dropped. Kastor (shown above) crossed the finish line in 2:27:20. “I’m thrilled. It was almost a perfect race for me,” Kastor said. “When I entered the stadium, I didn’t know if I was in fourth place or third. When I heard the announcer say third, I burst into tears. I couldn’t control myself.” Mizuki Noguchi of Japan won the gold in 2:26:20, with Catherine Ndereba of Kenya second at 2:26:32. American Jen Rhines of Ardmore, Pennsylvania was 34th and Boulder’s Colleen de Reuck (pictured in the upper right corner) was 39th in 2:46:30. Kastor’s bronze medal was surprising, but Meb Keflezighi’s silver medal in the men’s marathon was even more of a shock. San Diego’s Keflezighi refused to fade as the world’s fastest men succumbed to the hills and the heat. He became the first American man since Boulder’s Frank Shorter in 1976 to win an Olympic medal, crossing the finish in 2: 11:29 to place second behind Stefano Baldini of Italy (2:10:55). Vanderlei Lima of Brazil was third in 2:12:11. Alan Culpepper of Lafayette (shown at the right) finished 12th in 2: 15:26. The third American finisher was Dan Browne of Beaverton, Oregon in 2:27:17. Culpepper was pleased with his race, “My goal was to run 2:15 on this course, and I did it. The first 5K was very hot. Within three minutes we were all sweating profusely. The heat was a huge factor. I drank 10 ounces of Gatorade every 5K.” 

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On The Olympic Track

In the first round of the Olympic 1500 meters, Mullen High School graduate Charlie Gruber finished 9th in his heat in 3:41.73, not fast enough to advance to round two. “I got tripped up and kind of stumbled,” Gruber said. “By the time I recovered the leaders were gone. I was disappointed with the end outcome but I competed and still gave everything I had.”

Lafayette’s Shayne Culpepper finished 13th in her heat of the Olympic 5000 in 15:40.02 and did not advance to the final. “If I could change one thing about tonight it would be the heat for me personally, but all in all I am thrilled about this season. I wish I could have ended it a little better than this but this was an awesome experience. I came into this race knowing I would have to run a personal best to advance but it wasn’t there tonight.”

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Matt Hemingway of Littleton won the silver medal in the Olympic high jump. He was in first place throughout the competition, jumping without misses. He successfully cleared 2.20m/ 7-2.5 and 2.25m/7-4.5 on his first attempts, then passed at 2.29m/7-6. His first try at 2.34m/7-7.25 also was successful, keeping him ahead of the world’s top jumper, Stefan Holm of Sweden who had two misses at the height. At 2.36m/7-8, it was Holm who prevailed, clearing on his first attempt while Hemingway missed three times. “I knew at the Olympic Trials that I was in great shape and I was ready to go,” Hemingway said. “It was just a matter of putting it together. I knew what it would take to win. It would take a bold move, and that was passing at 2.29 (7-6). Holm wasn’t expecting me, so I just had to have focus. I tried to stay focused on jumping the bar.” Olympic Trials champion Jamie Nieto of Chula Vista, California came close to the medal stand as well. He matched Hemingway’s best jump, as well as that of bronze medalist Jaraslav Baba of the Czech Republic, but Nieto had one miss at the height while Hemingway and Baba were over on their first try.

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Boulder’s Dathan Ritzenheim ran in the 10000 meter final, but did not finish. “I started feeling my stress fracture at 5K,” he said. “There was only so much I could do out there. I have a long future ahead of me. If it was any other year, I wouldn’t be running.”

Boulder native Shalane Flanagan finished 11th in her heat of the 5000 in 15:34.63 and did not advance to the final. “It was a toughy, I just tried to stay positive out there. I’m going to use this as a positive experience and come back in four years ready to roll.” www.coloradorunnermag.com




Running Shorts

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Steve Peterson and Rebecca Johnson, both of Lafayette, earned second place finishes at the AUA National 100 Mile Championship in Sylvania, Ohio on September 11. Under a relentless sun which brought daytime temperatures to 82 degrees, Peterson, 42, ran the 1.1 mile certified road loop for 14 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds. Johnson, 35, waged a tug-of-war with Connie Gardner of Medina, Ohio until the final hours, finishing in 16:19:13. Janet Runyan of Boulder placed third.

Cathy Tibbetts, 50, from Farmington, New Mexico, completed the Western States, Vermont, Leadville and Wasatch Front 100mile runs this year. Tibbetts, who is pictured above, was recognized as the only woman to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning for 2004. Sponsored by Montrail and KIVA, Tibbetts has been involved with endurance events for ten years. She has also completed the Eco-Challenge in Borneo, two Primal Quest Adventure Races, five Marathon des Sables and the Antarctica Marathon. “I remember being so tired after my first 10K road race in 1982 and walking during the event,” Tibbetts said. “I never imagined I’d be doing 100-milers someday.” Despite a wealth of experience, a year of specialized endurance training and lifting weights, Tibbetts still had her share of difficulties during the Slam. “During Western States I got bloated and gained ten pounds of water weight and I was practically incoherent after Vermont. It rained and was quite cold during Leadville and Wasatch included 27,000-feet of climbing,” Tibbetts said. “Right now I’m glad I can sleep late for a few weekends.” Does this mean Tibbetts will be resting and taking it a little bit easy this winter? “No, I’m going to start bicycling and swimming and get ready for the 2005 Arizona Ironman,” Tibbetts said. As if that won’t keep her busy enough, Tibbetts is also a full-time optometrist. “I just want to stay in good shape and balance work and exercise,” Tibbetts said.

The Teva U.S. Women’s Mountain Running Team won a bronze medal at the World Mountain Running Trophy in Sauze D’Oulx, Italy on September 4 – the best U.S. finish ever (men or women). Eagle’s Anita Ortiz led the team with a gutsy 11th place after straining her ligament in the early stages of the 8.4K uphill course (857 meters of climb). Second for Team USA was Laura Haefeli of Del Norte in 15th place and third was Erica Larson of Los Alamos, NM in 24th place, giving Team USA a score of 50 points, just one point away from a silver medal (Austria had 49 points). The final U.S. team member, Lisa Isom of Vail, finished in 31st position in 56:39. The gold medal team was Italy with 14 points. The men’s team finished eighth out of 27 teams led by Simon Gutierrez of Taos, NM who finished 17th. Paul Low of Amherst, MA was the second American to score in 19th position, and Eric Blake and Tim Parr of Alamosa finished in 28th and 38th respectively. On the junior side, the U.S. men and women’s teams finished 17th and 9th respectively. The RunDenver Series is set for this winter. Four races will be run on the same course in Washington Park, so runners can track their times. Proceeds will benefit the Kipture Primary School and Library Foundation. Runners who sign up for the whole series will receive a discounted entry and age group winners will win gift certificates from Runner’s Roost. Any runner who completes the whole series will earn a free subscription to Colorado Runner. Learn more at www.bkbltd.com.

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Boulder’s Sunny Gilbert and Ft. Collins’ Wendy Mader took first and third at the USA Triathlon National Age Group Championship in Shreveport, Louisiana on September 18. Gilbert’s victory was narrow, with the top four competitors finishing within 23 seconds of her 2:12:07 winning time. Gilbert, 25, is a University of Colorado graduate student. Mader, 31, finished the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run in 2:12:18. The TTTS Race For Hope will kick off its inaugural event Nov. 14. Event founder Lonnie Somers started the race to raise awareness about the disease. “My wife and I, during the 20th week of pregnancy with our twin identical girls, found out that they were affected by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. This occurs when twins share a placenta and one twin starts receiving all the blood and nutrients.” The Somers beat the odds and have two beautiful daughters. To learn more about their story or race, log onto www.tttsraceforhope.org. 10

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Here’s a picture Colorado Runner readers sent to us from Pocatello, Idaho. Dan Coats of Longmont, Keith Panzer of Aurora and GW Jones of Monument (pictured left to right) held up a Colorado flag after finishing the Pocatello Marathon on September 4th. Jones placed seventh in 3:12:34, Panzer was ninth in 3:14 and Coats says he was thrilled to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 3:28.


Training Smarts

Running Strong by Jeff Guerra Attention runners! Are you often injured? Do you avoid hilly races like the plague? Are you sore for weeks after the Imogene Pass Run? Are you embarrassed by your “runner’s body”? If any or all of the above apply to you, strength training may be a big part of the cure for these problems.

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trength training for runners comes in many forms. The form I would like to discuss in this article is resistance or weight training. I can already hear the howls of protest from many within the running community. There has always been considerable debate about the benefits of weight training on running performance. Many distance runners and coaches have the mistaken impression that weight training is counterproductive to improved running performance. Running purists believe weight training will add unnecessary weight to a runner, thereby slowing a runner down. They argue it will cause a runner to become “muscle-bound”, decreasing flexibility and joint mobility, which would ultimately be a detriment to running performance. Still others will argue that weight training goes against the principles of specificity of training, in other words, only training activities that mimic the running motion and use similar neuro-muscular pathways will improve running performance. While there is some validity to the aforementioned points, lets look at some of the ways weight training can directly or indirectly improve a runner’s performance. Running is a repetitive activity that requires forward motion of one’s own body weight against gravity. This activity not only requires a high degree of cardiovascular fitness and endurance but muscular strength and endurance as well. Lets look at muscular strength first. The stronger your muscles are, the greater the force you will be able to generate to accomplish a movement. There is not necessarily a linear relationship between force production and running performance. Running economy and efficiency also play a large role, meaning just because you are very strong and can produce a lot of force, that does not guarantee you will be a faster runner. In addition, stronger muscles help protect joints, ligaments, and connective tissue from the pounding of running. Ground reaction forces in running can be three to five times your body weight, causing your muscles to perform tremendous eccentric (shock absorbing) work in an effort to dissipate the stress to your connective tissue. The net effect: better distribution of the stresses that are typically the source of overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are a very common problem in runners. Injury statistics among runners are difficult to quantify for several reasons. First of all, many runners who are injured simply continue to run until the pain is so

great they are unable to do so. Running volume and intensities vary greatly among recreational and elite runners. My personal experience treating runners in Boulder has shown overuse injuries to be the primary reason runners are not able to train consistently. I may be stating the obvious but runners who are injured less often are able to train more consistently. More consistent training allows for greater potential improvement. Is weight training starting to make more sense now? Now lets discuss the benefits of improved muscular endurance that occur with weight training. Increased muscular endurance allows runners to go progressively longer with less fatigue, enabling them to tolerate increased training volumes and intensities. Improved endurance in the muscles of the lower body is critical to powering up long, steep inclines while muscles of the upper body are essential for maintaining arm swing and rhythm when the legs start to fatigue. Muscular endurance helps maintain running efficiency and economy, reducing oxygen consumption. Reduced oxygen consumption theoretically allows a runner to run faster. Weight training offers numerous benefits to the aging runner. Older runners start to lose lean muscle mass beginning at age 30 and declining approximately five percent per decade. Weight training helps maintain lean muscle mass, which raises our resting metabolic rate, helping the body burn more calories at rest. A higher resting metabolic rate helps control body composition by eliminating or controlling excess body fat. A leaner runner has less weight to move against gravity. Weight training has also been shown to be beneficial in improving bone density and strength and may help reduce osteoporosis. Are you heading for the gym yet? If weight training offers all these benefits, why are more runners not doing it? I often hear runners say they are afraid of adding too much muscle bulk, thereby slowing them down. This fear has little validity to it. A well designed resistance training program for endurance athletes can target the aerobic, slowtwitch fibers, which do not enlarge as quickly as the anaerobic, fast-twitch fibers typically seen in sprinters or body builders. The increased power output you gain offsets the minimal weight gain associated with a properly designed weighttraining program for runners. Think of it as adding more horsepower to your “engine”. Another argument I often hear is that

weight training does not adhere to the specificity of training principles discussed earlier. Studies have shown that with as little as ten weeks of weight training, a runner will experience an improvement in running economy (defined as oxygen consumption for a standardized running speed). As running economy improves, you should be able to run further and/or faster because of the reduced oxygen consumption. A third argument I hear from many runners is that weight training is too time intensive. Let face it - most runners want to simply run, and the thought of adding two to three weight training sessions to their already busy training schedule is often a deterrent. Recent studies have shown that runners can benefit from as little as two 20 to 30 minute sessions per week. Isn’t that a small price to pay for improved performance and less injuries? Now that I hopefully have you hooked on the idea, what should your program include? You are probably expecting a sample weight training program, but because there is such variation among runners let’s talk in more global terms in regards to program design. Just like any good training program design, it should address your individual needs and be sport specific. A body builder’s weight training program offers little benefit to a runner. If you have little or no experience with weight training, seek someone who has experience working with runners. Ideally, this person’s background should include education or certification in strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and sports medicine. Program design should include the major muscle groups of the upper body, lower body, and core muscles. Exercises should be performed to replicate running-specific muscular contraction. Progressive increases in training resistances are the key to building muscular strength while increases in repetitions will help build muscular endurance. Training volume and intensity should be manipulated to fit in-season and off-season schedules for maximum results and injury prevention. And as with all training programs, consistency is the key to achieving the best results. Jeff Guerra is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and USA Triathlon Expert Level Coach at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. His legs are still sore from the 2004 Imogene Pass Run.

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Whitney Anderson’s first love is skiing, but after spending time in Alaska, the Summit High School senior took up running to stay in shape. What began as a fitness program turned into a passion. “Running is really simple. All you need is a pair of shoes,” she says. But on the Alaska peninsula, even running can prove challenging. Whitney’s father, Dean, is a commercial fisherman and the family spends time there, in a remote village called Chignik Kagoon. “The only really flat area to train is a rocky airfield that’s only three-quarters of a mile. It’s hard to do intervals and stuff.” But there is a plus, “It is very easy to breath there.” Anderson just started running a year ago. This summer she ran a 3200 meter personal best of 10:35.88 at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, California. It was a key race after winning the Colorado State Girls 4A 1600 meter and 3200 meter races last spring. Whitney was temporarily living in Alaska during her first-ever cross country season last year. She easily won the Alaska state 1-2-3 cross country title in 18 minutes flat. She covered the 5K course a minute and 34 seconds faster than anyone else in the field and earned a 40 second course record. Now Anderson is training with coach Lyle Knudson in Breckenridge and runs with the Summit High School team. Whitney says a typical training week during the cross country season consists of quality over quantity with hard intervals three times a week. “I’m working hard and trying to focus on Anderson finishes second in 17:23 what I can do.” On recovery days, she’ll run a tempo at the Great American Cross Country workout of six minutes hard, 12 minutes easy. So Festival in Cary, North Carolina. even on easy days, she doesn’t slack off much. “I don’t talk when I run. I couldn’t talk when I run.” You might wonder how a competitive runner like Whitney can train fast when her Summit County home sits at an elevation of 9,600 feet. She says the trick is to train on a slight downhill grade. She’ll often run up to 10,000 feet or higher, then race down to gain speed. Whitney says she never actually trains on the track, even during track season, but instead prefers local bike paths and trails. Whitney has big goals for her senior year. She’d love to make it to the Footlocker Nationals. “That would be huge for me. I’ve come a long way since last fall.” But she also admits that she’s taking her newfound running talent in stride. “I take each day at a time, each race at a time. I want to have a fun year.” Whitney comes from an athletic family. She has an older sister who also recently started running and who currently attends Western State in Gunnison where she earned a partial scholarship to run. Anderson also has a little sister who is an alpine ski racer. As for the future, Anderson wants to attend a college where there’s a great women’s running program, preferably in the northeast. As a talented artist, she plans to study fine art and illustration and has already produced several commissioned portraits. She also loves to travel and has visited 39 countries. Which makes her Alaskan adventures seem normal. The airstrip Whitney trains on is the only way to get in and out of the village. After flying into Anchorage, the family takes a small plane to the town of King Salmon, then a bush plane to an airstrip in the Alaskan wilderness. And while Whitney says you can learn to like the isolation in Alaska, you can understand why she’ll sacrifice the “easy to breath” air for the mountains of Breckenridge.


The Fast Lane

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Paul DeWitt is an accomplished trail runner who lives and trains in Colorado Springs. The 36-year-old trail champion has finished 16 ultras since he started running them in 2001. He defended his title at this year’s Leadville Trail 100 in record time. DeWitt was born at Fort Belvoir, Virginia but grew up in North Carolina. He currently works as a technical writer for a small software company. How did you train for this year’s Leadville 100? My training this year was very similar to previous years; I focus on getting a good long run each week, along with two hard days (one hill tempo run and one flat workout). About every three or four weeks, I try to either do an ultra or run a real long run (five hours or so). I am not a high mileage runner by any means; I typically average 60 miles a week in five days of running, but some weeks can be much longer or shorter depending on the distance of my long run. What did you think of the competition at this year’s Leadville Trail 100? The competition this year at Leadville was great; anytime Scott Jurek is in the race you better be ready to run hard! Hal Koerner, Joe Kulak and Jeff Tiegs were back after running very well last year. I knew Matt Carpenter would take it out fast. One hundred miles is just so long that a lot can happen and there are usually several people who are capable of winning; it just comes down to who has the best day. How do you stay hydrated and nourished during the race? Any secrets to pass on to other runners? You have to figure out what you can tolerate for hours after hours of 14

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eating and drinking. I keep it simple: water, Gatorade, flat coke, and gels. But this is something that each person has to practice and figure out for themselves. What are your upcoming race goals? I’ll be running the Mt. Masochist 50 Miler in Virginia this fall. It is the final race in the Montrail Ultra Cup and will have a very competitive field. Where’s your favorite place to train? The trails in and around Cheyenne Canyon and Rampart Range, which are right outside of Colorado Springs. What’s your most memorable race? My first Leadville 100 in 2001. That was my first year of doing ultras and my first 100. I really had no idea what it was going to feel like or if I was going to be able to cover such a long distance. The excitement of finishing that first 100 miler was great.

Does your family play a role in your running? My wife, Judy, is also a runner and she has been my crew for numerous ultras. A lot of ultras are set up so that your family or crew can see you several times during the race, which is nice. My parents have also crewed for me several times, and my Dad has paced me at the last two Leadville 100s. Why ultras? I like running on trails, and it seems like some of the most interesting and competitive trail races tend to be ultras. Also, the atmosphere at ultra trail races is great; everyone is extremely friendly and you start to see some of the same people at ultras all over the country. I have made some great friends through ultra running. Any training tips to offer those thinking of trying an ultra? Don’t be scared by the distance; if you can run a marathon, you can definitely finish a shorter ultra, such as a 50K or a 50 Miler. Almost everyone is walking at some point during an ultra, so incorporate some walking into your longer training runs. Anything else you want to add? No matter what type of racing you enjoy, try to find a group of likeminded people to train with. I train with a great group called CRUD (Coloradans Running Ultra Distances). We do several runs each week together and if I don’t feel like running, I still go if we have a group run scheduled.


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The San Juan Solstice How Not To Prepare For An Ultra: The Story Of My First 50 Miler

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sway with the aspen as my outstretched arm grasps the perfectly placed tree. Nausea overpowers my senses as the first thoughts of not finishing enter my mind. Disbelief fills my psyche when, suddenly, with the force of an industrial strength shower head, puke flies from my mouth. My grip tightens as I lean forward and my gut flexes with multiple convulsions. Three more expulsions follow; my stomach is now empty, my head seems clearer, and best of all the nausea leaves me. Looking up at my wife who is “pacing” me for the last 10 miles of my first ultra race (50 miles in my case), I nod, implying that I feel better. Lets keep going and finish off the last eight or nine miles of this race, the San Juan Solstice 50 miler. The idea to race the San Juan Solstice was not my own, but that of my running partner, Matt. Matt is a college grad student, extremely smart, relatively articulate, and compulsive. We met drinking beer and eating salty peanuts at a local bar in Fort Collins and I instantly liked the guy. We hit it off well - he ran, I ran - thus we went running. Our first runs together were tests on both of our parts. I favored flat rolling courses; Matt conversely covered steep inclines with relative ease as I labored behind like an old car sputtering up a mountain pass. Originally our runs would be an enjoyable seven to 12 miles, usually with 50% on the steep unfriendly terrain, and 50% on fast rolling terrain. This basically worked out that Matt would work me on the hills and then I would crank up the pace on the flats and listen to Matt in his pain – oh, a wonderful sound! In short, it was and is a beautiful running partner relationship. During these runs, feet flew over rocky ground hopping boulders and careening out of tight turns, while our conversations followed a gamut of subjects from religion to running. Soon running an ultra became a common topic of delight. This is my first ultra and I am nervous as I pace around the Town Armory of Lake City, a small mountain town nestled among the jagged mountains of south central Colorado. Nervous energy flows through me in waves of adrenaline as I impatiently wait for the 5 a.m. start time to arrive. I am especially nervous about my camera rig. That is right, my camera rig. I have it set up so it sits on my chest for easy access. This way snapping 18

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numerous pictures with my digital SLR (SLR in this context means big and heavy) would be a reality. It seems balanced, my Camelbak on my back and my SLR on my chest. But my true anxiety about this system is I have not tested it, unless jumping up and down in front of a fulllength mirror constitutes gear testing. But what really gets me worrying is that everyone keeps asking me if I have tested it. Not wanting to draw unwanted attention I lie and say, “Yes, of course I have.” “All racers to the starting line,” booms a loud voice. As lemmings to the cliffs, the 150 participants file out the armory door and to the start line a few hundred feet away. The racers’ paraphernalia vary as much as costumes for Halloween. Some are in shorts and t-shirts and have only one water bottle, while others have pants, backpacks, warm hats, water bottles, spare shoes, Gu packet belts, and a host of other running related items. The second group resembles mountaineers more than runners. I fall somewhere in the middle of these variances in clothing options. I strip off my Puff Daddy down jacket, then kiss my wife goodbye and assure her that I will see her at mile 15. The gun fires and we’re off down 2.7 miles of dirt road. The pace seems fairly quick and I fiddle with my camera - dang it, at this speed the camera rig bounces. A quick fix is needed. I set my hand on the case and it remains motionless. I lose the cranking power of one arm, but run on undaunted. My mind slips back in time like the darkness prior to dawn. December: We slowed to a trot and stopped the car. “I figure it was a twenty four miler,” Matt conjectured. “Sounds good to me. I think in a few weeks we should add another 10-15 onto this loop,” I stated. “Me too. Steve you should do the San Juan Solstice 50 miler with me. Shoot you basically ran half of it just now, and you know we both could do another 25 right now.” “I’ll think about it.” “That means no. You never joined me last year for any of those trail marathons. I did three or four. You had plenty of opportunities but you kept saying maybe and never did one. But if you do change no to a

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yes, the sign up is in two weeks on January first. I’ll be out of town but I hope you sign up. You know I will.”

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January: Five months until the race Clicking the “submit” button on the internet, I had successfully registered for the San Juan Solstice 50 miler. I shoot an email to Matt notifying him how excited I am about the six months of training leading up to the race. I imagine the days of training ahead on our local trails, each session making us stronger and more prepared. I hear my name shouted as I approach the second aid station. Saying goodbye to the competitor I had run with for the entire descent, I stop within the crowd of people surrounding the aid station. My wife takes my Camelbak and fills it with water. I stuff food into my mouth, load up with food and set off on my way up an easy two miles of a gravel road. Originally, I had planned to run this section of race, but now I am not feeling well; my stomach is upset. The aspens lining the treed road make for a beautiful setting. I snap a few pictures of a passing racer. He notes my camera and comments, “That’s a lot of extra weight to be carrying on one of these races.” I reply with a noncommittal answer, but know that I am happy that I have brought it this far, even if it does make me a bit slower. February: Four months until the race January passed and I didn’t run anything longer than seven or eight miles. I still had time to train, but my workload became unrelenting. It was next to impossible to run longer than an hour. The trails called to Matt and I, and we wanted to run this race fast - not just finish. The training had to begin.

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he course parts from the gravel road and I climb a jeep trail that is exceedingly steep. I am alone for this first part of the climb and enjoy walking. As the trail climbs higher, my body starts to fade and fills with a dull discomfort. Slowly, people catch me and pass by, always giving words of encouragement. I finally approach the third aid station. I see all the people who have passed me. Not wanting to stop, I grab a sandwich and proceed, not having rested for more than 30 seconds. The climb continues and I feel horrid. My spirits sink, my legs are heavy and my stomach is ill. After 45 minutes of only eating half a sandwich, I stuff the remaining sandwich into my pocket and keep my focus on forward movement. Shortly, a lady comes up by my side. We chat for a little bit as I try to keep up, but my stomach is being twisted in painful knots and it is too much of a strain to stay with her. She asks, “So, what are you training for?” In my life, I usually have a response

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e veer off the gravel road and begin following a creek along an undulating trail. The gray light of morning is here and I begin snapping pictures of fellow runners as they negotiate the streams, some balancing across logs, others splashing through. After crisscrossing the creek numerous times, the trail begins heading up. This is the first of two major climbs. I feel strong and powerful; this race will be good. I soon arrive at the first aid station. Pausing momentarily, I move on. Within minutes, I peak out of tree line and the views are breathtaking. The sky is brilliant blue with hardly a cloud to be seen. While climbing above 13,000 feet, the views and thoughts of amazing photos keep me inspired. Even though we are climbing through much of this section, there are areas of relief where flat sections follow the contour of the mountains. I squat at a switch back and look back and see runners coming towards me like ants in their perfect lines. Ahead of me the people stretch out as they mechanically work their way up the hillside. I fire off numerous shots, then stand and begin trekking up the steep rise. Soon the climb ends and I look back and see myself as one in the line of the multitudes. I begin running down the undulating trail. I feel strong, and it is easy to keep the pace. With five miles until the next aid station, the trail begins a brutal decent. During the descent, I begin to feel my legs.

to everything, not always a good response, but at least a response. But this comment, as I am laboring close to 13,000 feet in elevation, is more than my mind and body can accept. After numerous attempts at saying something, I finally blurt out, “Training?! I am just looking to finish this thing.” She says, “Oh, I am training for the Leadville 100 mile race.” With that, my head hangs down. I wish her good luck while my pace halves and her agile frame leaves me. This single act defeats me. Men and women competitors seem to pass me like water over a rock in a stream. I feel motionless. Late February: Three and a half months until the race Sometime in February Matt became injured and stated he was no longer going to do the San Juan Solstice. In fact, he was going to stop running. I couldn’t believe it. My training partner was done and now I had to do this silly race on my own. I thought about trying to talk him into still doing the run, but I knew his stubborn, compulsive personality would not allow him to change his mind. What could I do? I needed to start training. I had been, at most, running five miles per pop and only four or five times per week. I had to begin. I had to train. I wanted to manhandle this race. People continue to pass me as the climb seems to go on endlessly. I feel terrible; altitude has walloped me in the stomach. My legs are heavy and I can see the trail stretching forever in front of me. My mind will not let go of the simple question, “What are you training for?” In fact, it becomes my mantra. I ask myself, “What am I training for?” I answer, “To finish this race.” What am I training for? To finish this race. Over and over it plays. www.coloradorunnermag.com

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heavily pined set of woods. It opens into a meadow and then, viola, the 31 mile mark has been reached. I’m at the fourth aid station. The volunteers are awesome. They fill my water and give me a Cup-O-Noodles. I rip down Gu and continue on. In nine miles I will be at mile 40. From there my wife will pace me for the last 10 miles. The next nine miles are grueling. Mentally I feel great, but my legs are beginning to feel like large stumps that are somehow losing feeling, yet becoming extremely painful at the same time. Time encourages me on. I calculate that if I make it to the fifth aid station by the 11 hour mark, I will have five hours to finish the remaining 10 miles in the sub-16 hour class, aka the “Survivor” category. Before starting this race, I thought I would easily make the survivor category and perhaps even a higher category. Who was I fooling? Now I am not even sure if I will make the survivor category. One thing I know for certain - the survivor category is all I deserve. At mile 37, the trail drops steeply and down I go. It is jarring and my legs scream with pain and fatigue. This is the longest three miles that I have ever run. A few other racers pass me. They seem effortless as if they are trotting without pain. Envy grows within, wishing I had trained my body for this. If only I had trained. If I had trained this might be fully possible and I could be racing now instead of just surviving.

April: Two and a half months until the race March passed and I ran nothing longer than an hour. I still have time, I kept telling myself. After all, I was a Division I collegiate runner. Sure, that was more than four years ago and I had not been at the top of the college heap, but I had held my own. Maybe I would be okay without the training. No. Who was I fooling? I had to begin training. I still have time.

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inally, I surmount the climb and before me stretches miles of beautiful high country. It is breathtaking. It is no longer a climb but rolling trail. My fatigue seems to lift, my spirit soars, my legs find new energy and running seems possible again. Taking photos through this terrain is as beautiful and rewarding as the vistas that surround me. This jaw dropping landscape will continue until mile 31, at the fourth aid station. During this section of the race, I run on and off with numerous competitors. We visit a little as we go. Holding the majority of my ground, I try photographing everyone that passes me, or those that I pass. Luckily, the weather remains clear with huge, fluffy clouds drifting by and a gentle breeze to cool my hot body. Mid April: Two months until the race I ran a half marathon. I did okay, but I needed to do some longer runs. After the race, I thought about the upcoming 50 miler. I did this and ran better then I had a year before, and I had hardly been running. Maybe I will be okay. Maybe this training stuff is overrated. I am tough. I can do this with my mind. My thoughts continued to form and soon I thought that just maybe I could do this race without training… just maybe. My Camelbak goes dry. Trying to conserve water, I am more apt to walk than run. My legs are heavy but my motivation is high. The beautiful scenery continues and the trail begins to descend through a 20

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June: Two weeks until race day May came and went. I hung my head as June came in, but inside I thought that I might just be fine. It was just 50 miles. How hard could it be? Plus, now it was time to taper. Training now? It was way too late. My last long run (13.1 miles) had been in December. Since then my training consisted of four to five days a week of four to seven miles. It would have to sustain me; I saw no other choice. Oh well, I thought, it would definitely be an experience. And with all honesty, I knew deep inside that I could complete this race. Not only complete it, but finish strong.

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t mile 40, my wife, Marcie, joins me. She is my pacer. The term “pacer” is hilarious because I have only one pace. Forward. My legs throb. It is hard to pick them up. But in spirit and mind, I am motivated and feeling good. That is, until the final climb begins. I instantly feel sick and for the first time in the entire race I think I might not be able to finish. My wife’s face is concerned as I stop and grab the


aspen tree. My mind whirls, and I sway as pain fills my body. I cannot move. I puke to get rid of my nausea. I feel better and once again focus on moving forward. The last climb past 11,000 feet is excruciating. It brings us through beautiful meadows and aspens groves. It is the slowest climb I think I have ever done, making the beauty hard to appreciate, as each step now seems significant in its own. I know now my thoughts on training were downright ridiculous. How could I have ever considered doing this race with such little preparation? I want to chastise myself, but the deed was done, and now all I can do is focus on moving forward. I feel fortunate though because the nausea has disappeared. Now, finishing the race still seems within my grasp. I have to just keep moving. June: The day before the race The rain pelted the car as the windshield wipers threw off large sheets of water. We were leaving Fort Collins and were on our way to the race. I was confident that it would go well. Sure, I had not trained much and only averaged an optimistic base of 30 miles, but how hard could this thing be? The rain continued to pour. As long as it was not raining when I raced, I thought everything would be fine.

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don’t allow thoughts of the finish line or post race meal to enter my mind. I focus on the now, one step at a time. Finally, after almost two hours, the climb flattens. Excitement fills my mind but I don’t let it grow, just in case the trail continued going up. Besides a few undulations, which feel like hills as my legs barely work, the trail stays “level” or trends down. Soon music can be heard floating through the trees - the last aid station. The exact songs I will never remember, but that music filled my heart with hope, knowing that the finish was within my grasp. Loud encouraging volunteers cheer us on. I drink three Dixie sized cups of Coke. From here, there are only four miles left and it is mostly downhill. When the trail finally and unequivocally makes up its mind to go down, it goes down fast. It is steep. I worry more about staying on my feet than running. While hobbling down the trail, each step is sending pain through my legs, the elevation numbers slowly drop on my altimeter watch. Soon the town is in sight. The descent continues and continues and continues, then suddenly out we pop onto a gravel road, which turns to pavement. We are soon on the main street. I want to run in the last mile, but can’t. My legs don’t work, and are only propelled forward by the last 14 hours of repetition. How pathetic. I can’t even run one mile on flat surface. Oh how I wish I had trained. I can see the cones marking the final 200 meters. Turning the corner, I see the finish chute. I want to run but walking is the best I can do. A smile fills my face as I walk the last 50 meters. The smile is so big, and I could not have frowned if I had tried. The small crowd cheers and claps. I have finished. I made it. Never in my life have I been so happy to have finished a foot race. As I limp towards my wife, strangers

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he days following the race were filled with deep muscle and tendon soreness. While walking on a local trail, my mind drifted back to the race as the wind ruffled my hair and touched my face. The race had been an incredible experience. Never in my life had I ever completed something that took such mental prowess. My lack of training had increased my mental toughness, and only positive thoughts were allowed. Otherwise, it would have been too easy to stop, rest and quit. Oh, to rest. I sat down in the dirt and lay against a large rock. The rock was warm from the summer sun. The breeze was cool and it felt good to be outside. A few runners strolled by. I reflected that in the race there were so many body types - skinny, tall, stocky, plump and everything in between. And many of these body types had crushed me in the race. I thought how if someone trains and has the right mindset anyone could complete an ultra. I thought of the men in their 50’s and 60’s that passed me while giving words of encouragement. Then there were the ladies I tried keeping up with early on in the race and they too destroyed me. Looking further up the trail at our local mountain, my memory gave me flashes of where I had been. The meadows, the snowfields, the flowers, streams and awe-inspiring vistas pushed through my mind like crowds onto a subway. Wow, and to think I had seen all of that terrain in one day. That could easily have been a week long backpacking trip. Now, sitting in the dirt, contemplating the feat that had been accomplished, the significance of 50 miles set in. Before the race I had felt that 50 miles was not that great of a distance. I had hiked 40+ miles in a day back in college. But now, four years post college with a desk job, my fitness level had dropped and 50 miles was indeed a feat. I had pondered doing a 100 miler, but I know the day I completed the San Juan Solstice 50 miler I gave everything I had. I remember that when I finished the 50 miles, there was no way I could have done another 50 miles that same day. The significance of the mileage sank in as I sat in the dirt massaging my legs. Knowing I needed to get home and back to a pile of work, I slowly stood up and used the rock as balance as I mounted my still tender legs. The trail headed down and I headed back to the start. The downhill still sent small shots of pain through my legs. I thought that when I did my next ultra, I would train, just to ensure less pain after the race. I began trotting, and my legs seemed to loosen up. Arriving at the beginning of the trail, I thought of my work waiting for me at home. What the heck, my work can wait. I will do another out and back right now. I might as well start the training for my next ultra. I guess I am hooked. Steve Glass is a Realtor and photographer/writer who lives in Ft. Collins. He is a long time runner who has competed in races from 400m to his first 50 miler and who seeks out any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

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Avoiding Injury

Staying In Shape Over The Winter by Dr. Ken Sheridan

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t’s back to that time of year when it gets colder and the days grow shorter. Runners either brave the cold or become gerbils on the habitrail (treadmill). If you’ve been obsessed with training, you realize that early darkness is more difficult to deal with than the Colorado cold, which is relatively mild. One way to reduce the guilt of not running as much during the winter is to cross train. Several moths age I wrote an article (which I know you all read) on cross training to maintain your aerobic base while recovering from injury. This article will address resistance training to strengthen the muscles used in running, help maintain lean body mass and reduce our risk of injury. The cardiovascular benefits of running are well known to most runners, but just as with chocolate, there is a “dark side” to running as our sole form of exercise. Studies on prolonged endurance exercise (triathletes listen up!) demonstrate a rise in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that leads to a breakdown of lean body mass and promotes abdominal weight gain. Cortisol levels also rise with increased emotional stress, which indicates a mind–body interaction (not as strange as people thought 10 years ago). Essentially, cortisol is a marker for a “catabolic” state in the body, where proteins, as in muscle proteins, are being broken down – not good. Resistance training places more stress on the body, initially increasing cortisol levels, but after a relatively short time, cortisol levels begin to drop and anabolic hormone levels begin to rise. These hormones promote the growth of lean body mass (muscle mass) which can make you: 1. Stronger: reducing your risk of injury 2. Leaner: lean body mass burns more calories at rest, enabling you to lose weight quicker 3. Better looking: check out these guns! 4. Less emotionally stressed: nothing like your new ability to kick someone’s a__ after they kick sand in your face! This is why anabolic hormones are so frequently part of the “nutritional supplements” used by professional wrestlers and football players. The concept of “specificity of training” has been known by exercise physiologists for decades now. It means your training should be designed specifically for what you want to achieve, and the closer your training mimics your desired results (event), the more effective your training will be. As endurance athletes, we don’t want to pile on muscle that our bodies 22

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then have to haul through a long race; we want muscles that will help us achieve our chosen endeavor. Don’t worry, bulking up (for you ladies) and losing flexibility are two myths that can be easily avoided by aligning your cross training program with your goals. Bulking up is caused by lower repetitions (6-10) with higher resistance and longer rest periods (over 1 minute). High repetitions (12-15) with lower resistance, and short (30 second) rest periods between sets increases your lean body mass and promotes capillary formation to feed the new muscle proteins oxygen and decrease the propensity for “bulking up”. This results in muscle tissue that is useful during endurance events. Stretching the body parts exercised between each set will prevent you from losing flexibility. Women will not tend to bulk up as much as men because their bodies don’t produce as high levels of anabolic hormones as men. Keeping the specificity of training idea in mind, we want to work the muscles used in our endurance training, these can often involve the whole body (we tend to bring the whole thing to the finish line). Runners are going to want to concentrate on their leg and “core” muscles, but upper body strength will give us a better kick. Core strength is currently a hot topic in most exercise circles and refers to the muscles of the trunk (abdomen/back muscles) working together. The basis for this is that by stabilizing the point from which movement occurs (the trunk), any movement coming from that point will be stronger. For example, exercises performed on machines, like seated knee extensions, support your trunk (with the seat) taking trunk strength out of the picture, and can lead to imbalances between the legs and the trunk musculature. The following exercises train the trunk and legs together which will lead to greater carryover into running/cycling/ swimming improvement. The balance required by each exercise subconsciously recruits your core muscles. Pay particular attention to your form, balance and time. Stop when any one is altered. To increase resistance, hold a dumbbell in your hand. Bridges With your arms crossed on your chest, exhale and tighten your abdominals to stabilize low the back. Raise your pelvis and squeeze your gluts until your pelvis is in line with your knees and shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds. Advanced: Raise one leg slowly and straighten. Do not

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2004 Racing Series Schedule Date

Name

Distance

Location

March 13

5K on St. Patrick’s Day

5K

Colorado Springs

March 14

Runnin’ Of The Green

7K

Denver

May 1

Cinco Cinco

5K

Fort Collins

June 6

Steamboat Marathon

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Steamboat Springs

June 12

Ten Mile Creek 10K

10K

Frisco

June 12

Run The Rockies

13.1M

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June 13

Garden Of The Gods

10M

Colorado Springs

June 27

Stadium Stampede

5K

Denver

July 4

Boogie’s Diner Buddy Run

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Aspen

July 31

Classic 10,000

10K

Colorado Springs

August 1

Evergreen Town Race

10K

Evergreen

August 7

The Human Race

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Fort Collins

August 14

Georgetown To Idaho Springs

13.1M

Georgetown

September 19

Governor’s Cup

10K

Denver

September 26

Boulder Backroads

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Boulder

October 10

Durango Marathon

26.2M

Durango

November 13

Rim Rock Run

37K

Grand Junction

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Example of the points scored Place

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Open 1 & 2

150

135

125

115

105

100

95

90

85

80

75

70

65

60

55

50

40

30

20

10

Masters

100

90

80

70

60

50

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

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Grand Masters

100

90

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

Seniors

100

80

60

40

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Record Time Wins Leadville 100 Leadville 100 Mile August 21, 2004 Leadville, CO 195 Finishers

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aul DeWitt ran through darkness, hail and lightning on Hope Pass. More than seventeen hours later, he collapsed into the arms of his wife at the finish line. The Colorado Springs resident had not only defended his title, but also set a new course record against one of the strongest fields ever assembled at Leadville. “I’m just ecstatic!” he said as he headed to the medical tent. “At 50 miles (covered in an astounding eight hours, nine minutes), I wasn’t sure I was going to finish at all.” DeWitt broke Chad Ricklefs’ course record by 7 minutes. More than 400 runners started the race at 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning, but fewer than half the field finished. Many fell victim to nausea, cramps, and blisters while others suffered mental breakdowns before the 30-hour

time limit. Scott Jurek of Seattle padded his lead in the Grand Slam of 100-mile races (Vermont, Western States, Leadville, Wasatch Front) with a time of 18:01 to take second place. Jurek is the six-time defending champion of the Western States 100. Jeff Tiegs of Fort Carson finished third in 19 hours, 30 minutes, and Joe Kulak of Lakewood, the current record holder of the Grand Slam, finished 4th in 19:47. Legendary Manitou Springs mountain runner Matt Carpenter led the race for the first 60 miles (running the first 50 miles in 7:49), but then suffered cramps in his quadriceps. His last 40 miles were probably the most painful running he has ever done. At the mile 87 aid station, in the darkness, he said, “Sometimes, you just have to finish what you started. If you reach all your goals, you don’t set them high enough.” He finished 14th in 22:43:38 Aron Ralston, the Aspen resident who captivated the nation last year by cutting off his arm to save himself from being pinned by a boulder in a remote Utah canyon, finished in a little more than 29 hours, 43 minutes. “This was my first competitive race more than a 5K,” Ralston said. He said he got sick eating an onion sandwich and was nauseated for dozens of miles. But he wouldn’t quit. His amputated arm wasn’t a problem because friendly volunteers peeled bananas for him at the aid stations. Anthea Schmid from Crested Butte was the first woman to finish, placing seventh overall in 20:50:05. She was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers at the finish by race director Merilee O’Neal, who hugged every finisher. Her left leg was bloody. “I fell. I do it every single race,” Schmid said. “I have almost a nervous breakdown every race. But the trails are so beautiful. It’s a roller coaster. You feel terrible one moment, then you feel fine.” Susan Brozik (23:30:43) of Albuquerque was the second-place woman, followed by Darcy Piceu (23:44:11) of Boulder and Helen Cospolich (23:51:44) of Breckenridge.

Anthea Schmid wins the women’s race. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Helen Cospolich Andrea Wiegand Karen Scott Kim Kreb Lori Cooper Gina Harcrow Julie Arter

23:51:44 24:07:27 24:25:46 24:36:33 25:33:33 26:08:13 26:47:23

Male Overall 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Paul DeWitt Scott Jurek Jeffrey Tiegs Joe Kulak Todd Holmes Luis Guerrero Marron Garett Graubins Darrin Eisman Steve Shelafo Ryan Cooper

17:16:19 18:01:46 19:30:25 19:47:47 19:57:06 20:41:18 21:20:58 21:23:29 22:04:05 22:27:53

Female Overall

Paul Dewitt defends his title.

1. Anthea Schmid 2. Susan Brozik 3. Darcy Piceu

20:50:05 23:30:43 23:44:11

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Pikes Peak Marathon Goes International

Photo by Jamie McMillin

Hail and Snow Hampers the Start and Summit of the Ascent

times, but didn’t think it was going to happen this year. A painful cramp in his side developed on the switchbacks up Mount Manitou early in the race. He could only watch as Ryan Hafer, a recent Coronado High School graduate and Cornelis Guijt, past winner of the Triple Crown of Running, charged ahead. Elliot, who had been living in a tent at Barr Camp at an elevation of 10,200 feet for the past three weeks, had run the last six miles to the summit 17 times in the last 15 days. He knew that the race did not really begin until Barr Camp. “I knew I was in pretty good condition because I could feel myself getting stronger each trip up the mountain,” Elliot said. “I knew that they would have to be in good altitude shape.” Once Elliot was able to shake the cramp, he made his charge, passing Guijt just before the A-Frame at 10 miles. He would catch Hafer just a few switchbacks later. About 400 people braved the 25degree wind-chilled air at the summit to cheer Elliot as he crossed the line in 2:23:31. Hafer was able to hang on to second in 2:26:59, with Guijt third in Scott Elliot wins the Pikes Peak Ascent. 2:31:43. Eagle’s Anita Ortiz did not even wait Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent for a race to unfold on the women’s side. She August 21 and 22, 2004 was the first female off the pavement at the Cog Manitou Springs, CO Railway Station and never looked back. She Finishers: 1686 - Ascent, 784 - Marathon won the race in a time of 2:44:58, a new masters Full results at www.pikespeakmarathon.org course record. What makes this performance Mother Nature dropped five inches of even more impressive was that Ortiz was coming snow on the summit of Pikes Peak just hours off a fractured hip that she had sustained during before the Pikes Peak Ascent was scheduled the Bolder Boulder. Leanne Whitesides made the trip to begin, causing race director Ron Ilgen to from Grand Junction, 17 years removed from delay the start of the race by 30 minutes. The unusual weather didn’t deter competitors. What her previous attempt at the race. She finished did cause a problem was a strong thunderstorm second in 2:59:09. She was followed by Nancy that blew in at noon. This time Ilgen was forced Citriglin of Winter Park and Shari Marshall of to adjust the cutoff time at treeline 30 minutes Crested Butte. Some considered the Pikes Peak sooner than normal. He had been advised that Ascent just a warm up. The following day, there was lightning within five miles of the runners lined up for the Pikes Peak Marathon summit. More than 180 heart-broken runners were forced to turn around and descend the with considerably better weather. Starting in Manitou Springs, the course follows Barr Trail mountain. “I agonized over the decision,” Ilgen from an elevation of 6500’ to the top of Pikes said. “I didn’t want to expose the runners, 130 Peak at 14110’. Then, the runners turn around volunteers and more than 40 search and rescue and head back down the knee-jarring trail. The Pikes Peak Marathon joined personal to that kind of weather. Everyone got the Buff Skyrunner World Series this year, a off the mountain safely, and that was my main series of seven high-altitude mountain races concern.” Despite the weather woes, there was throughout the world. Five runners from Europe still a race to contest, and a beauty it was. Scott came over to compete in this year’s marathon Elliott of Boulder had won the Ascent seven and all five finished in the top 10 overall. 26

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However, there were some discrepancies in the rules of the race that were not realized until after Agusti Roc of Barcelona crossed the finish line in first place. On the international circuit, runners are allowed to follow any path they want on their descents, so Roc literally cut corners on his descent down Barr Trail. This is strictly prohibited in the Pikes Peak races. Roc, waving to the crowd at the finish, crossed the line in 3: 54:11. Galen Burrell of Boulder crossed the line in second in 4:00:04. Burrell, however, was named the race champion. Burrell trailed Roc by just 15 seconds at the turn around, but only had sight of the Spanish runner above tree line. “I didn’t notice him leaving the trail, but he did seem to gain time suddenly,” Burrell said after the race. As for the Skyrunning Series, the race officials said that Roc’s time would count towards that, but that he could not be crowned champion of the marathon because he cut the course. In the women’s marathon, Erica Larson of Los Alamos, New Mexico continued her dominance of the event, winning by 20 minutes in 4:28:27. Her ascent time of 2:50:37 would have placed second in the previous days Ascent. It was her fifth win in six years. “I don’t know what it is,” Larson said. “Just a lot of experience on this mountain I guess.” Sharon Kuhn of Durango was second followed by Jane Tunnadine of Gunnison. There were 65 men and 12 women who doubled. These are the people that run the Ascent on Saturday and then the full marathon on Sunday. Jason Koop of Boulder was the first male doubler in the marathon with an Ascent time of 2:57:00 and a marathon time of 4:35:11. He finished 23rd in the Ascent and 12th in the marathon. Tammy Begler of Colorado Springs was the first female doubler in the marathon with an Ascent time of 3:57:37 (good for 77th place) and a marathon time of 6:25:49 to finish in 41st place. Male Overall Ascent 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Scott Elliott Ryan Hafer Cornelis Guijt Bill Fanselow Michael Hagen Mark Cucuzzella Dale Peterson Daryn Parker Brett Wilson Wes Hobson Jon Moore Paul Dunn Bill Danyluk Mark Stenbeck Gerald Romero Jose Jimenez David Zink Peter Williams Robert Wood Tim Hola

2:23:31 2:26:59 2:31:43 2:34:26 2:36:31 2:38:21 2:39:24 2:42:57 2:44:12 2:45:34 2:45:55 2:47:25 2:48:03 2:49:36 2:49:36 2:49:50 2:51:31 2:51:34 2:52:21 2:52:31


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Jeff Gifford Alan Davidson Jason Koop N. Betts Ken WIlson

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2:52:36 2:56:38 2:57:00 2:57:08 2:57:18

Female Overall Ascent 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Anita Oritz Leanne Whitesides Nancy Citriglia Shari Marshall Gwen Martinez Bridget Dunn Karen Waeschle Eva Hagen Kendler L. McGrew-Lawrentz Amy Regnier Gina Garcia-Shaw Bridget Collins Nancy Stevenson Elizabeth Atkins J’Ne Day-Lucore Becky Wheeler Blondie Vucich Jan Rastall Jamie Bailey Erlinda Stafford Robin Muckey Jennifer Malone Courtenay Adams Traci Case Jackie Buratovich-Coll

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Galen Burrell Joan Colomer Bernie Boettcher Gaizka Izia Asier Urdanpilleta Bill Raiter Erin Hutchinson Paul Koch Senovio Torres Eric Walecki Perry Scanlon Jason Koop Jonathan Cavner Stephen Parziale Matt Haugen

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Erica Larson Sharon Kuhn Jane Tunnadine Teresa Forn Beth Darnall Kirsten Styvar Paula Bowman Rachel Atchley Karen Brennan Jennifer Leppert Debra Fox Heather Stites Lisa Boenisch Nancy Hobbs Susan Petronio

2:44:58 2:59:09 3:09:36 3:11:59 3:18:10 3:18:54 3:21:07 3:21:27 3:22:03 3:22:48 3:23:35 3:24:40 3:25:14 3:25:32 3:31:46 3:32:23 3:32:48 3:33:51 3:36:00 3:36:02 3:36:06 3:36:50 3:37:13 3:37:23 3:37:30

Male Overall Marathon

Photo by Jean Landess

4:00:04 4:02:57 1:08:35 4:09:32 4:15:27 4:16:15 4:19:13 4:20:48 4:24:32 4:30:22 4:35:08 4:35:11 4:35:33 4:37:33 4:38:13

10th Annual Road Kill Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K September 11, 2004 Kremmling, CO Finishers: 46 - 1/2 Marathon, 23 - 10K, 8 - 5K By Katrina Wright

Female Overall Marathon

Photo by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

4:28:27 4:48:16 5:03:24 5:08:18 5:17:29 5:18:29 5:18:30 5:19:29 5:19:43 5:23:44 5:31:30 5:32:38 5:35:01 5:36:06 5:38:31

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The morning began cool and foggy as runners warmed up for the start of the Kremmling Road Kill Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Then the glorious sun broke through the haze just before the sound of the starter’s gun. Fifty racers descended upon Kremmling to experience the half marathon, which guided the runners through some of Kremmling’s best terrain. The race started in Town Square Park, but soon runners were climbing the landmark Kremmling Cliffs. The first section of the course is on private property, so it gives runners a rare opportunity to take the back way up the Cliffs. From the summit, racers viewed the spectacular Gore Canyon and Eaglesnest Wilderness Area. The course then leveled out and crossed Muddy Creek. Racers followed a single “cow track” for more than a mile and then joined up with a slightly downhill dirt county road. On the final leg of the course, runners passed through the Red Mountain public lands. Mike Knutson of Steamboat Springs cruised through the course with a record time of 1:17:54. Erik Packard of Mesa followed closely behind with a second place finish of 1:23:23. In the women’s race, Genevieve Barbner of Boulder took first in 1:40:15, followed by Amita Chugh of Lakewood in 1:46:36. The masters showed their strength when Nate Anderson of Steamboat flew in at 1:24:18 and Stephanie Scholl from Kremmling hit the finish line at 1:43:39. About 30 racers chased the clock in the 10K, which joined the half marathon course up the Kremmling Cliffs and then looped back around to the Town Square. The 5K wound through the neighborhoods of Kremmling and around the new track, which was recently built by the school.  Following the races, many runners stayed to enjoy the Road Kill Dinner (not really road kill, we promise!) which featured bear lasagne, elk fajitas, and venison tacos, accompanied by homemade desserts and the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden. Prizes were awarded through third place in each race and a prize drawing offered something for everyone including Salomon hats, Smartwool socks, and area merchant gift certificates. Male Overall 1/2 Marathon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mike Knutson Erik Packard Nate Anderson Mike Moher Andy Picking

1:17:54 1:23:23 1:24:18 1:26:10 1:27:13

Female Overall 1/2 Marathon

Galen Burrell tops the Marathon field.

1. Genevieve Barbner 2. Stephanie Scholl

1:40:15 1:43:39

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1. Danae Hafner 2. Jennifer Smith 3. Tasha Thrasher

49:02 50:42 51:24

Male Overall 5K 43:27 45:59 49:02

1. Gene Schroth

33:57

Female Overall 5K 1. Laura Zirkle

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he 29th annual Home Depot Governor’s Cup offered thousands of dollars in prize money to athletes and local clubs to once again attract some of the fastest runners in the region. Boulder’s Charles Kamindo ran 4:50 per mile pace to seal the victory over last year’s champion Peter Tanui. Kamindo crossed the finish line at the Colorado State Capital in 29:57 to win the Colorado USATF 10K Championship. Tanui finished just seconds behind in 30:09 and Alamosa’s Jason Hubbard placed third 30:14. Aurora’s Rob Welo was first master in 34:26. In the women’s race, Martha Tenorio of Boulder grabbed the championship title in 35:21, managing 5:42 per mile pace and Katie Blackett, also of Boulder, grabbed second in 35:55. In the 5K race, Patty Murray, 39, of Boulder was the first woman across the finish line and placed third overall in 17:31 and Benjamin Joseph Koch of Denver grabbed the men’s title in 16:27. Runners finished the race with a party on the blocked off streets around the state capital. The post-race expo featured a live band, prizes, food and beer. The race was held as a benefit for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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Home Depot Governor’s Cup 10K/5K September 19, 2004 Denver, CO Finishers: 402 - 10K, 333 - 5K, 61 - 5K Walk

Charles Kamindo wins the 10K. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Jon Clemence Jason Hogson Jason Hill Rob Welo Derek Griffiths Sam Shusterman Tom Mcgurry Angelo Aragon Steve Fossel

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Martha Tenorio Katie Blackett Mary Ellis Annie Emerson Elisabeth Goshu Lynn Foutch Ellen Hart Sheri Wright Karen Murphy Dori Shusterman Emily Oates Lorie Moreno-Roch Joanie Carew Karen Voss Theresa Baiotto Colleen Julian Linda Staines Sherry Buckner Elizabeth Roesch Becky Zinn-Caufield

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ben Koch Josh Tate Steve Kovisto Edward Steinhauser James Kovals Jon Risi Bill Mills Peter Brey David Bieda Mike Merrill

Female Overall 10K

Male Overall 10K 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Charles Kamindo Peter Tanui Jason Hubbard Greg Mitchell Paul Digrappa Jonah Rono Andy Bupp Mark Stenbeck Gannon White Nate Pennington Chester Kurtz

32:46 32:56 33:10 34:26 34:51 34:56 35:43 36:18 36:18 35:21 35:55 36:48 37:30 37:57 39:10 39:22 40:35 40:53 41:07 41:31 42:06 42:10 43:12 43:19 43:40 43:44 44:58 46:30 47:14

Male Overall 5K 29:57 30:09 30:14 31:14 31:39 32:06 32:09 32:24 32:34 32:37 32:46

16:27 17:04 17:35 17:52 18:14 18:47 18:59 19:07 19:09 19:21

Female Overall 5K 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Patty Murry Davonne Johnson Allie Vasilakis Jessica Kull Amy Enos Joni Horst Tristen Rogers Molly Kull Luann Giebler Kristen Kennedy

17:31 21:17 21:35 22:13 22:46 22:49 23:13 23:23 23:40 23:41

Male Overall 5K Walk 1. Chris Stanley 2. Ruben Garcia 3. John Shadle

33:44 34:25 35:04

Female Overall 5K Walk 1. Lupe Chavez 2. Fran Gleason 3. Bonnie Parker

38:17 39:40 40:26


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Japanese Women Dominate Boulder Backroads 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Hector Martinez Steven Sellars Matthew Ringer John Tribbia Daniel Wallace Mark Mathieu Lenny Laraio Kevin Jafari Jeffrey Mullen David Mathews Matt Schneider Derek Zachman Jay Burgess Max Spradley Brian Metzler Will Pittenger Herb Tanzer Chris Munro

1:21:09 1:22:58 1:23:09 1:23:19 1:23:26 1:23:43 1:24:25 1:24:49 1:26:47 1:27:25 1:27:45 1:27:46 1:27:56 1:28:23 1:28:25 1:28:31 1:29:08 1:29:12

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Female Overall 1/2 Marathon

Nike ACG Boulder Backroads Marathon and 1/2 Marathon September 26, 2004 Boulder, CO Finishers: 506 - Marathon, 1777 - 1/2 Marathon Full results at www.boulderbackroads.com

The Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon races are always loaded with talent, and this year was no exception, especially on the female side. In the marathon, Japanese women living in Boulder took three of the top four spots. Masako Chiba finished second overall in a new course record time of 2:41:05, more than a half hour faster than last year’s female winner. Eri Okubo was second in 2:50:26. Lornah Kiplagat, a Kenyan with Dutch citizenship, ran an easy training run for third in 2:54:16. Kiplagat finished fifth in the Olympic 10,000 meters in 30:31 and has finished in the top five at the NYC, Boston, and Chicago Marathons. She is the world record holder in the 10 mile and 20K runs. She also is the founder of the High Altitude Training Camp for females in Kenya. For the men, Parker’s Jason Saitta was the overall winner in 2:39:03. Next was Denver’s Steve Krebs in 2:43:10. Krebs has completed all six of the Boulder Backroads Marathons. He was followed by Boulder ultra running sensation Dave Mackey in 2:47:49. In the half marathon,Yasuyo Iwamoto, a Japanese runner who trains in Boulder, was the winner. She finished 6th overall in 1:16:04. Zoila Gomez, a recent Adams State grad from Alamosa, was the second female (13th overall) in 1:20:13. Boulder’s Katie Blackett was third November/December 2004 30

(16th overall) in 1:22:00. For the men, Boulder’s Kim Gillard was an easy winner in 1:11:11. He was followed by Salida’s David Berdan in 1:12:48. Andy Ames of Boulder was the first master and 3rd overall in 1:13:05. The Colorado Youth Pipe Band led the runners to the start of the race, and more than 400 volunteers lined the course.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Yasuyo Iwamoto Zoila Gomez Katie Blackett Shannon Scherer Ellen Hart Heather Burcar Adriane Stewart Kathy Masinter Catriona Dowling Danielle Fleming Lisa Ledet Lindsey Fairbairn Kristin Moreau Leslie Varys Antonia Merzon Lisa Lessing Lianne Shepherd Katy Friedrichs Sue Taddeucci Dianne Gates Patricia Rios Donna Lynn Miller Yvonne Kamstra Heather Anne Lee Kathrin Coleman Sara Hanifin Dina Griffin Mary Catherine Horgan Brighty Ann Bradley Sherry Buckner

1:16:04 1:20:13 1:22:00 1:27:18 1:28:39 1:28:56 1:34:37 1:34:40 1:35:16 1:36:01 1:36:30 1:36:32 1:36:34 1:37:29 1:38:11 1:38:12 1:38:22 1:38:31 1:38:45 1:38:48 1:38:50 1:38:58 1:39:10 1:39:43 1:40:05 1:40:29 1:40:31 1:40:43 1:40:57 1:41:34

Male Overall Marathon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Jason Saitta Steve Krebs Dave Mackey Michael Newman Galen Burrell Steve Schuman Alexandro Sanders Josh Meitz Darren De Reuck Ben Blaugrund David Wheeler Kevin Bax Stefan Tiefenbacher Mark Christensen Thomas Kehoe

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Masako Chiba Eri Okubo Lornah Kiplagat Miho Ooba Jamie Donaldson Kristi Jordan Ana Reutinger Claudia Orellana Junko Kazukawa Julie St. Clair Amy Maziarz Amy Plummer Lucie Lawrence Colleen Dulin Juliet Morgan

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Kim Gillard David Berdan Andy Ames Frank Zoldak Alexandre Ribeiro Michael Lovato Humberto Zelaya III Alan Rozadael Erik Packard Peter Doyle Kevin McGouldrick Riley Scott

2:39:03 2:43:10 2:47:49 2:47:57 2:49:49 2:51:33 2:53:03 2:57:13 2:57:28 2:59:28 3:00:21 3:01:16 3:05:50 3:07:47 3:08:40

Female Overall Marathon 2:41:05 2:50:26 2:54:16 2:54:50 3:16:57 3:22:03 3:28:40 3:33:06 3:37:48 3:39:03 3:43:28 3:45:59 3:46:11 3:46:51 3:47:42

Male Overall 1/2 Marathon 1:11:11 1:12:48 1:13:05 1:15:06 1:15:25 1:17:50 1:17:57 1:18:41 1:19:00 1:19:12 1:19:16 1:20:28

Masako Chiba crosses the finish line.


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A New Course at the ADT Marathon

greeted runners at the start of this year’s American Discovery Trail Marathon and inaugural Half Marathon. At the base of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range, the new Confluence Park served as the start and finish area. The new race course followed Monument and Fountain Creeks and was run almost entirely on dirt and asphalt trails. The old course navigated through U.S. Air Force Academy property, but the ADTM Committee was denied permission to run the original course this year. Josephus Le Roux, 31, of Colorado Springs won the marathon in 2:49:21. He also picked up $250 for his efforts. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three male and female marathon finishers and the first masters. Gerald Romero of Colorado Springs finished second in 2:53:06, with the first master and third overall titles going to Monument’s Randy Ward. Brighton’s Kara Ford, 26, easily won the women’s race in 3:08:08, while Amy Yanni was the first master and second overall. Ben Payne wins the ADT Half Marathon. In the half marathon, Colorado Springs residents swept the field. Ben Payne had no American Discovery Trail Marathon trouble picking up the title in 1:11:11. Jeff Prata and 1/2 Marathon was second in 1:16:32 and Clay Schwabe was September 5, 2004 third. Shannon Meredith, 33, won the women’s Colorado Springs, CO title in 1:30:10 and Joni Fehrenbacher, 41, was Finishers: 183 - Marathon, first master and second overall in 1:36:01. 233 - 1/2 Marathon Full results at www.adtmarathon.com This year’s race was organized by the Sunny skies and cool temperatures Pikes Peak Road Runners and race director Bob

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Male Overall Marathon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Josephus Le Roux Gerald Romero Randy Ward Tony Stuart Chad Halsten Brad Rhoden Clark Sundahl Timothy Noel Milton DIaz Rich Hadley

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Kara Ford Amy Yanni Marla Rhoden Elizabeth Davis Patricia Albert Theresa Ridder Emily Borrego H. Van Den Aardweg Michele Delman Delavane Diaz

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ben Payne Jeff Prata Clay Schwabe Walter Sergent Michael Hagen David Meyer Larry Volk Ken Lefrancois Brian Lein Max Spradley

2:49:21 2:53:06 2:57:54 3:03:44 3:05:23 3:07:48 3:11:55 3:17:22 3:17:25 3:19:16

Female Overall Marathon 3:08:08 3:34:54 3:35:13 3:41:32 3:42:05 3:45:09 3:48:47 3:55:16 4:02:18 4:07:28

Male Overall 1/2 Marathon 1:11:11 1:16:32 1:20:03 1:20:19 1:21:30 1:23:33 1:25:27 1:26:41 1:26:49 1:27:37

Female Overall 1/2 Marathon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Shannon Meredith Joni Fehrenbacher Maureen Boyle Sheila Van Cuyk Stephanie King Laurie Ryan Annemarie Wiesner Wendy Trimboli Lindsey Pitman Cathy Condon

1:30:10 1:36:01 1:36:31 1:38:03 1:40:44 1:41:19 1:41:20 1:43:28 1:43:39 1:43:54

Runners Gather on Labor Day For Colorado Run 25th Colorado Run 10K & 5K September 5, 2004 Ft. Collins, CO Finishers: 88 - 10K, 514 - 5K Full results at runnersroostftcollins.com

The 25th annual running of the Colorado Run drew huge crowds to the Colorado State University Oval. Bill Michel, Phil McPherson, Patty Murray and Lori Hubbart all ran away from their competitors to win individual titles. Michel crossed the finish line first in the 10-kilometer run in 31:18. He beat out Austin Vigil (31:31) and Daniel Shaw (32:24). Murray won the women’s 10K in 36:21. Kim Vecchio, a winner last year, was second in 37:06 followed by Mercedes Gil in 37: 17. In the 5K run, McPherson won the men’s crown with a time of 16:

21. Forrest Newman was second in 16:51 and Mike Maher third in 17: 05. Among women’s 5K runners, none was faster than Hubbart with her winning time of 18:20. Kristen Toney was close behind in 18:25, and Jennifer Kintzley was third in 18:49. Dan Schrada won the men’s masters title (for runners age 40 and over) in the 10K , while Amy Hayes took the women’s masters title. Pablo Vigil and Maria Corb won the grand masters titles for those ages 50 and over. Race organizers said there were 700 registered runners and more than 400 children who competed in the kids run, the fourth of six races in the Poudre Valley Health System’s Healthy Kids Run Series.

Male Overall 10K 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bill Michel Austin Vigil Daniel Shaw Peter Flynn Florian Hild

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Patty Murray Kim Vecchio Alyssa Shaw Ana Reutinger Wendy Mader

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Phillip McPherson Forrest Newman Mike Maher Matt Vonthun Allen Davies Kyle Hubbart BJ Ganbrel Chris Thibert Bryan VanMeveren Joaquin Luna

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Lori Hubbart Kristen Toney Jennifer Kintzley Mary Shore Jennifer Lee Kari Cornwell Theresa Rudel Victoria Crockett Megan Campain Janie Johson

31:18 31:31 32:24 33:53 34:24

Female Overall 10K 36:21 37:06 40:12 40:30 40:34

Male Overall 5K 16:21 16:51 17:05 17:26 17:36 17:46 17:57 18:01 18:24 18:46

Female Overall 5K 18:20 18:25 18:49 19:35 19:54 20:28 21:02 21:41 21:46 21:50

Bill Michel wins the 10K.

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wisely turned back or opted to bail out to the half marathon while they still had their toes and fingers. Only 78 of 217 marathon starters persevered across the crest to complete the loop. Boulder’s Dave Mackey used the adverse conditions to his favor and perhaps the experience of five previous finishes, including the course record to guide him to yet another Crest victory. Close behind was winning master, Bernie Boettcher, followed by local The leaders battle the wind in the snow storm. favorite Bob Mayer. An equally strong women’s field faced the white monster. Adventure racer Danelle Ballengee, perhaps having to dip into her snowshoe racing skills, easily outpaced the group from start to finish. Finishers were quick to tank up on hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies as they cheered on the remaining runners. Special mention goes out to Breckenridge’s Craig “Doc PJ” Perrinjaquet who is the only runner to have finished all 10 Breckenridge Crest races, all while wearing his trademark homemade sandals! Special thanks to the Town of Breckenridge, Breckenridge Ski Area, WestStar Bank, Brooks Running and all our sponsors. And our hats and mittens come off to all our volunteers who braved the storm to insure all runners made it back to the finish!

Full results at www.boec.com/marathon

Unexpected winter weather was the highlight of this year’s 10th annual Breckenridge Crest Mountain Marathon held on Labor Day Weekend. Never had the weather gods come out to celebrate like they did this year. As aid station volunteers, mostly ski patrol veterans, powered their rigs up wind drifted fourwheel-drive roads, 344 purple-legged runners huddled in the Riverwalk Center in downtown Breckenridge awaiting the start. The scratchy radio call finally came from atop the course reporting 40-60 mile per hour wind gusts, near zero visibility and “Scottish-like” winter conditions. Cancel the race? “Let’s go for it!” shouted the runners who rallied at the chalked start line now disappearing under two inches of fresh snow as the gun went off. As runners reached tree line, the blowing snow bared its teeth. An impressive feat in itself, many runners decided they’d had enough and

Photo by Steven Glass / Glass Photography

Male Overall Marathon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Dave Mackey Bernie Boettcher Bob Mayer Rob Macal Alexandro Sanders

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Danelle Ballengee Katie Mazzia Becky Wheeler Robin Ackerman Leigh Truhe

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bret Wilson Jason Smith Henry Fischer Adam Chase Jim Lee

3:43:22 3:47:55 3:54:42 3:55:35 3:58:18

Female Overall “Ten Mile” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Kimberly Eytel Martha Lunsky Monica WIlson Molly Clark Cheryl Jackson

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Derek Griffiths Patrick Neel Kevan Johnson Antonio Holguin Kevin Sheldon

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Pat Schehrer Cheryl Bykowicz Jeri Chapin Danielle Silknitter Carin Anderson

Female Overall Marathon 4:11:58 5:02:00 5:04:35 5:07:36 5:25:05

Male Overall 5M

Male Overall “Ten Mile”

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1:57:13 2:03:39 2:04:07 2:08:53 2:09:35

2:12:51 2:25:09 2:25:53 2:27:48 2:30:26 Photo by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

Breckenridge Crest Mountain Marathon September 5, 2004 Breckenridge, CO Finishers: 78 - Marathon, 171 - “Ten Mile” 96 - 5 Mile by Roch Horton, Race Director

Photo by Steven Glass / Glass Photography

Snow Greets Breckenridge Marathoners

44:06 44:36 45:01 46:09 46:42

Female Overall 5M 58:05 1:02:29 1:03:12 1:03:46 1:04:16

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1st Annual Silverton Alpine Marathon a Success

Silverton Alpine Marathon August 28, 2004 Silverton, CO 32 Finishers By Emily Baer, Race Director

and Silvertonian, also began to open up her lead on Samantha Anderson, another speedster from Durango, near Animas Forks. Kimmel, who also won the Blue Ribbon 10K and Kendall Mountain Run this summer, showed no signs Full results at www.silvertonalpinemarathon.com of slowing down in the second half of the race, finishing almost exactly one hour behind Thirty-two runners convened on Meltzer, in 4:39.14, good for sixth place overall. August 28 at Memorial Park in Silverton, for a Anderson took home second woman, fifteenth chilly 22 degree start to the first annual Silverton overall, in 5:23:58. Alpine Marathon. During the grueling 1,700’ climb The course boasted a loop format between Animas Forks and California Pass, through the heart of the San Juan mountains runners were welcomed to the upper elevations with 3,800 vertical feet of climbing over its of the race by scenic alpine meadows replete uncertified 26.29 mile distance. It led runners with waning late-summer wild flowers, clear over two high mountain passes, California blue skies dotted with unthreatening puffy Pass (12, 930’) white clouds, and and Hurricane Pass sheep. Not the wild (12,400’) with views big-horn variety, stretching far towards mind you. Rather, the Durango and Grand domesticated wooly Junction. type that some people The runners refer to as “mountainenjoyed a relatively flat maggots”, livestock first eight mile section trucked in from with bottom-to-top ranches at lower views of the towering elevations, set loose 13,000’ peaks that to graze the summer lined either side of on the public land the narrow Animas mountain-tops, and Valley. Cheerful, but returned back down in shivering, volunteers the fall for sheering greeted runners at and slaughter. Wayne Urbonas and Ron Harding looking two aid stations near However, good up to Calafornia Pass. the old mining ghost the runners did not towns of Howardsville and Eureka, eager to seem to mind the sheep being there. One runner unload their bounty of water, sports-drink, and may even have stopped to count them as he snacks on the equally cheerful but sweating reported at the finish line, “I saw all 403 sheep. runners. It was great!” No confirmation has been made Immediately after the Eureka aid as to whether there actually were 403 sheep, station, the gravel road on which the runners but reliable sources do say there were “a lot” of traversed narrowed, the footing became rockier, sheep in California Gulch. and runners faced a hard 4.1 miles with nearly There were six runners who were 1,200’ of climb to the next mining ghost town sixty years old or older who ran and finished and aid station of Animas Forks. the course. Upon learning of the depth of his Karl Meltzer, from Sandy, UT, the competition, Ernst Baer, 60, of Silverton, eventual winner, appeared at the Animas Forks suggested to the race director that “next year’s aid station with a one minute lead on Tom Ober race should be sponsored by Ensure for all of from Durango. Over the next 4.1 miles with us old farts.” 1,700’ of climb, Meltzer increased his lead to Male Overall two minutes at the California Pass aid station, 1. Karl Meltzer 3:39:32 2. Tom Ober 3:54:05 the high-point and 15.8 miles into the course. 3. Harry Bruell 4:13:43 At the finish line, Melzter spoke humbly of his Female Overall victory, saying, “I didn’t really care if I won or 1. Megan Kimmel 4:39:14 not, I just wanted to be the first guy to the top 2. Samantha Anderson 5:23:58 3. Emily Thorn 6:16:37 of the mountain.” Meltzer crossed the finish line in the brisk time of 3:39:32. Tom Ober finished second in 3:54:05. Megan Kimmel, the women’s winner 34

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Photo by Brian Torp / MW Photography.net

Six Records Set At Imogene Pass Run in Ouray, to the mid 30’s and 50’s at the Imogene summit, to the upper 60’s and even low 70’s at the Telluride finish. The runners experienced ideal running conditions along most of the course, with damp footing but no rain, and cool temperatures with sun and no wind. The lingering snow and icy footing on either side of Imogene pass were of little consequence to the runners as they traversed across the ridge to the “summit” aid station which had been set at the 12,900 foot switchback, a quarter mile down on the Telluride side. In fact, the main concern for many participants Bernie Boettcher decends the trail on his way to victory. may have been Imogene Pass Run “Technicolor burnout” due to the spectacular September 11, 2004 vistas along the way on this the first truly perfect Ouray, CO race day since 1993. 1099 Finishers An amazing six new records were set By Rick Trujillo in this year’s running, two in the male age Full results at www.imogenepassrun.com divisions and four in the female. For the men, in The 31st annual Imogene Pass Run was the Male 40-44 age group, Bernie Boettcher (42, conducted on Saturday, September 11, 2004, in Silt) ran 2:22:48, breaking the long standing 2: what can only be classified as perfect weather 22:56 record set in 1989. In the 65-69 age conditions. Imogene Pass had received its first division, Warren Ohlrich (65, Basalt) ran 3: snow for the season seven days earlier when an 20:18, breaking the 3:22:50 record set in 1994. intense storm dumped up to two feet of snow In the Female 45-49 age group, Kari Distafano above 12,000 feet in elevation. Intense sun and (45, Telluride) ran 2:55:11, breaking the 2:59: warm temperatures over the next few days had 08 record set in 1999. In the 50-54 age division, melted most of the snow, but the road remained Nancy Stevenson (50, Golden) ran 3:12:24, impassable to 4x4 vehicles within about 300 breaking the 3:15:34 record set in 1998. In the yards of either side of the pass due to lingering 55-59 division, Beth Schlichter (55, Golden) drifted snow. Another storm threatened to ran 3:27:11, breaking the 3:30:27 record set in complicate the race with rain in the valleys and 2001. And in the 60-64 division, Linda Sherman wet snow on the peaks, but the storm dissipated (60, Flagstaff) ran 3:41:07, smashing the 4:03: as rapidly as it had formed and the day before 44 record set in 1990. The Imogene Pass Run is a 17.1 mile the race saw the sun set in clearing skies. Race day dawned clear, calm and pleasantly point-to-point mountain race within the western cool in Ouray; in fact skies were totally clear San Juan mountains of Colorado, run along a and winds were calm at all points during the route which connects the towns of Ouray (7810 event. Temperatures were mild throughout the ft.) and Telluride (8820 ft.) by way of 13,120 race, varying from 52 degrees at the starting line foot Imogene Pass.

Except for short pavement stretches at the start and finish and a short trail section immediately below the pass, the IPR is run along a course consisting of normal to 4x4 dirt roads. The mountainous setting of the IPR is impressed upon the participants as they assemble in Ouray each year. As they gaze upon the peaks which rise steeply on three sides above town, they are faced with the realities of the alpine environment through which they will soon find themselves moving as they negotiate the rocky route from one mountain town to another. Some years, the day dawns clear and cool with the promise of inspirational views; more often there is a mixed message with variable wind and skittish clouds moving among the peaks; occasionally there is an ominous message as the peaks are obscured at dawn by gray clouds with the promise of rain and snow in the wind. The Imogene Pass Run has increased greatly in size and importance from its humble origins in 1974. Where once it was an adventure run for a few pioneers, today the race is immensely popular and the number of registered participants is by necessity restricted, due to safety and logistics reasons. From the original field of six, it has grown to encompass more than 1000 participants! Male Overall 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Bernie Boettcher Galen Burrell Zach Crandall Lenny Staats Carmeron Harrison Charles Page Erin Hutchinson Chris Howe Paul Reich Jason Koop Tom Ober Gary Black Buzz Burrell Mike McCoy Stephen Parziale Eric Pierson Peter Krzanowsky Paul Mann Alexander Durst Brian Deutschendorf

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Lisa Goldsmith Brianne Lippoldt Kari Distephano Cheryl Stephenson Marla Croke Jill Vantiel Meg Tilton Amy Shelley Mary Weiser Tamsen Schurman Nancy Stevenson Lydia Gould Rlizabeth Heerwagen Bed Werenko Liz Atkins Amy Davis Holly Malone Nancy Dolan Becky Cain Andrea Warburton

2:22:48 2:26:06 2:27:50 2:33:42 2:39:04 2:39:31 2:39:50 2:41:43 2:41:59 2:42:55 2:44:14 2:44:36 2:45:05 2:46:09 2:46:40 2:46:43 2:47:22 2:48:06 2:48:28 2:48:54

Female Overall 2:50:33 2:53:19 2:55:11 2:57:02 2:57:10 3:02:17 3:02:57 3:06:28 3:08:14 3:09:22 3:12:24 3:12:30 3:12:52 3:14:03 3:14:16 3:14:42 3:16:23 3:18:02 3:18:57 3:20:17

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AT THE RACES: RACE RESULTS Overall 9.6 Miles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Erik Packard Larry Ingram Bryan Baroffio Shane Stephen Tom Ela

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Jay Valentine Lenny Staats Garret Piispanen Marty Wacker Bruce Waitman

1:05:08 1:05:31 1:09:18 1:11:01 1:23:51

Overall 5.7 Miles

Full results at www.boulderroadrunners.org

Male Overall 19:31 20:09 20:28 20:40 21:04 21:15 21:15 21:37 22:09 22:30

Female Overall 1. Chise Miyazaki 2. Mikayo Udo 3. Aya Inada 4. Natsumi Mitsuzono 5. Tanya Poel 6. Lori Hubbart 7. Laurie Edwards 8. Laura Bruess 9. Leora Jordan 10. Jacquie Gareau

22:48 22:55 23:26 23:35 23:37 24:14 24:23 24:54 25:04 25:29

Woodland Park Mayor’s Cup August 14, 2004 Woodland Park, CO Finishers: 5K - 88, 10K - 54 Full results at www.pprrun.org

Male Overall 5K 1. Bobby Anderson 2. Ryan McCurnin

1. Hillary Bodson 2. Allison Hawes 3. Jeanne McCurnin

22:14 22:19 22:23

Male Overall 10K 1. Gerald Romero 2. Andy Rinne 3. Michael Schoudel

38:00 38:43 39:03

Female Overall 10K 34:57 35:55 37:07 37:24 43:38

Eldorado Springs Cure 4M August 12, 2004 Eldorado Springs, CO Finishers: 363

1. Charles Kamindo 2. Seth Wealing 3. Tim Geldean 4. Andy Ames 5. Florian Hild 6. Galen Burrell 7. Paul South 8. Phil Schumacher 9. George Zack 10. Dan Skarda

17:17

Female Overall 5K

17:07 17:07

1. Elyse Karpel 2. Diane Wright 3. Andrea Wagner

43:38 46:28 47:02

Basalt 1/2 Marathon August 14, 2004 Basalt, CO Finishers: 111

Full results at www.coloradorunnermag.com

Overall 1. Erik Packard 2. Jeremy Voss 3. Dalibor Sosna 4. Steve Gonzales 5. Dwight Cornwell 6. Craig Macek 7. Roger Reif 8. Lisa Goldsmith 9. Bruce Kirschner 10. Ted Mahon

1:17:05 1:18:43 1:19:24 1:19:34 1:19:39 1:23:21 1:24:04 1:27:25 1:27:40 1:29:21

Valley 5000 August 20, 2004 Loveland, CO Finishers: 756

Full results at www.boulderroadrunners.org

Male Overall 1. Logan Kanode 2. Hans Bakker 3. Chris Spitz 4. Raul Carrizalez 5. Mike Maher 6. Ian Moore 7. Tim Jones 8. Eric Love 9. Doug Bell 10. Jim Elwell 11. Josh Baker 12. Dan Goding 13. Todd Tolentino 14. Tommy Walton 15. Luis Jose Arreola 16. Steven Sellars

16:15 16:45 16:48 16:48 16:56 17:03 17:04 17:05 17:11 17:11 17:18 17:29 17:30 17:33 17:40 17:49

17. Daryl Holmlund 18. Pablo Vigil 19. Eric Anderson 20. Collin Eckelman

17:52 18:04 18:05 18:06

Female Overall 1. Jessie Allen-Young 2. Lisa Javernick 3. Sarah Walker 4. Jane Welzel 5. Shannon Bridgeman 6. Kathryn Bradshaw 7. Jessica Cooney 8. Pam Boudreau 9. Cindy Strzelec 10. Tianna Hurtado 11. Samantha Husted 12. Sarah Martinez 13. Ashlyn Rhule 14. Tanya Miller 15. Erica Franklin 16. MacKenzie Mielke 17. Jenessa Rosenberger 18. Jessica Foreman 19. Jessica Campbell 20. Tanya Tisher

17:54 18:50 19:08 19:11 19:40 20:20 20:44 21:27 21:28 21:34 21:39 21:59 22:00 22:07 22:10 22:13 22:13 22:15 22:18 22:20

Run The Rapids 5K August 21, 2004 Denver, CO Finishers: 255

The Colorado State women’s cross country team gets ready for the Roy Griak Invitaional in Minneapolis, MN.

Full results at www.bkbltd.com

Male Overall 1. Kyle Thomas 2. Scott Fauble 3. Andrew Reagan 4. David Kelble 5. Andrew Laskowski 6. Scott Warburton 7. Casey Eider 8. Mark Grabhorn 9. Chris Convery 10. Joshua Rodgers

18:32 18:44 20:53 21:15 23:04 23:05 23:16 23:22 23:32 23:42

Female Overall 1. Patti Bauman 2. Marie Egan 3. Jordan Brennan 4. Emily Reid 5. Rachele Salter 6. Lauren Laskowski 7. Piper Williams 8. Alison Lund 9. Amy Calder 10. Angela Parsons

22:47 26:17 26:22 26:25 27:14 27:19 29:05 29:13 29:41 29:51

Mt. Sneffels 1/2 Marathon August 21, 2004 Ouray, CO Finishers: 165

Full results at www.coloradorunnermag.com

Male Overall 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Paul Reich Erik Packard Alex Durst Ray Blum Jim Farmer

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Jill Van Tiel Meg Tomcho Molly Nickerson Megan Whitney Beth Heerwagen

1:24:05 1:27:57 1:28:21 1:28:43 1:29:24

3. Lile Budden 4. Joshua Meier 5. Andrew Subudhi 6. Devin Croft 7. David Waddington 8. Jim McDonnell 9. Brian Dononvan 10. Sonny Buczek

18:23 18:46 18:47 18:48 19:34 19:42 20:36 20:53

3. Mary Geiger 4. Sheila Gentry 5. Deborah Acree 6. Emily ocom 7. Patti Bauman 8. Amy Enos 9. Cynthia Demarco 10. Meghan Mckee

20:10 21:17 21:22 21:35 22:11 23:13 23:19 23:37 23:44 23:50

1. Robert Kambic 2. Frank Young 3. Deegan Pike

Female Overall Run 1. Mary Shore 2. Peggy Muhn 3. Davonne Johnson 4. Sandi Brandl 5. Ann Lafave 6. Anne Franklin 7. Bridget Witsell 8. Leslie Mitchell 9. Mikalia Kott 10. Bernice Gonzalez

Male Overall Walk

1. Lupe Chavez 2. Mindy Donaldson 3. Louisa Kraft

26:47 30:37 35:52 29:16 34:43 38:12

Race For The Mesas 5K August 29, 2004 Golden, CO Finishers: Run - 198, Walk - 44

39:20 40:01 45:06

KUVO Labor Day Race In The City 5.28K September 6, 2004 Denver, CO Finishers: 423 Full results at www.rmrr.org

Female Overall Walk 1. Marianne Martino 2. Phoebe Sharp 3. Marty Carey

43:41 47:36 47:39

Female Overall Walk

Male Overall Walk 1. Michael Blanchard 2. Daryl Meyers 3. Neil Horton

23:08 23:10 23:13 23:25 23:34 23:51 24:13 24:31

Male Overall 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Scott Kukel Brian Glotzbach Jamie Yebra Tim Gentry Salim Haji

18:41 19:02 19:10 19:20 19:53

6. David Rothenburger 7. Bill Karounes 8. James Roy Bateman 9. Ryan Wess 10. Jonathan Risi 11. Terence Gerchberg 12. Tom O’Brien 13. Jeff Bliven 14. Bob Brusted 15. Nickoles Gilas

20:03 20:05 20:11 20:14 20:18 20:25 20:27 20:31 20:37 20:42

Female Overall 1. Tammy Melanson 2. Valeria Alberola 3. Lize Britten 4. Deb Cunningham 5. Bethanie Werner 6. Sarah Black 7. Sue Taddeucci 8. Karen Viss 9. Bonnie Keefe 10. Christine Bliven 11. Micol Haji 12. Merry Yamamoto 13. Jean Alberola 14. Lori Ferree 15. Deb Acree

22:17 22:17 22:22 22:27 22:30 22:31 22:39 22:47 23:16 23:24 23:29 23:45 23:58 23:59 24:15

Race For The Mountain Resource Center 4M September 18, 2004 Conifer, CO

Full results at www.bkbltd.com

Female Overall 1:34:05 1:37:14 1:38:31 1:41:36 1:41:49

PACE Race 5K August 29, 2004 Denver, CO Finishers: Run - 253, Walk - 78 Full results at www.bkbltd.com

Male Overall Run 1. Angelo Aragon 2. Marc Johnson

Photo by Mark Foos

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3. Adam Rich

Male Overall Run 1. Robert Gardner 2. Ray Blum 3. Gary Romansky 4. Nickoles Gilas 5. Peter Ewers 6. Patrick Mulligan 7. Pat Conrad 8. Steve Spence 9. Kevin Rust 10. Duncan Proctor

19:49 19:55 20:10 20:34 20:38 20:50 21:00 21:02 21:10 21:18

Female Overall Run 17:56 18:14

1. Elizabeth Conti 2. Deann Wieber

20:59 22:45 Photo by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

Desert Championships August 7, 2004 Grand Junction, CO

Photo by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

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Western State’s Agnus Kadneraff and Alisha Williams battle CU’s Natalie Florence at the Rocky Mtn. Shootout.


AT THE RACES: RACE RESULTS Finishers: Run - 123, Walk - 35 Full results at www.bkbltd.com

Male Overall Run 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Phil Hudnall Preston Aro Andre Raveling Juan Amores Glenn Smith

20:24 21:41 22:16 22:46 24:12

Female Overall Run 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Tanya Poel Jennifer Webers Darby Dale-Burger Jamie Rosenquist Sharon Muenchar

22:59 25:08 25:29 26:06 29:04

Male Overall Walk 1. Michael Blanchard 2. Allen Carlson 3. Mike Murphy

35:21 51:26 55:44

1. Steve Krebs 2. Cheyne Heiny 3. Scott Fauble 4. Nick Maynard 5. Ted Goodwin 6. Stan Elzi 7. Nick Echter 8. Dave O’Sadnick 9. Brian Dixon 10. Nick Haynes 11. Patrick Casto 12. Tyler Andrews 13. Patrick Freeman 14. Tim Jenkins 15. Andy Walz 16. Nick Ross 17. Micky Nelson 18. Ray Blum 19. John Kuriger 20. Bryan Heiny

17:17 17:25 18:23 17:42 18:48 18:59 19:04 19:10 19:21 19:27 19:27 19:28 19:56 20:00 20:00 20:02 20:03 20:04 20:08 20:12

Female Overall

13. Molly Dicroce 14. Jenee Naples 15. Barb Ruddy 16. Lauren Cooper 17. Melanie Thompson 18. Elizabeth Horn 19. Jenny Carlin 20. Katie Hall

Indian Summer 10K/5K September 19, 2004 Boulder, CO Finishers: 10K - 83, 5K - 70

Full results at www.boulderroadrunners.org

Male Overall 10K 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1. Anita Ortiz 19:12 2. Valerie Friedman 20:05 1. 1. Connie Ireland 41:24 3. Heather Bretz 21:11 2. 2. Karen Stephen 42:50 4. Ellen Krebs 21:34 Marketplace - Fall 10:05 PM Page 3. 3. Rebecca Gerze 2004 45:0710/1/04 5. Cassandra Harris 21:45 4. 6. Brooke Lissy 21:49 5. Farmers 5000 7. Patti Bauman 22:31 September 19, 2004 8. Sydney Ayers 22:47 Wheat Ridge, CO 9. Michelle Delpiccolo 23:06 1. 10. Christine Rodriquez 23:22 Finishers: 604 Full results at www.boulderroadrunners.org 2. 11. Erica Boyle 23:44 3. 12. Kathy Humm 23:57 Male Overall 4. Female Overall Walk

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24:05 24:06 24:22 24:35 24:39 24:46 24:56 24:59

Jan-Willen Schaar Peter Fleming Michael Brouillette George Zak Humberto Zelaya III

41:15 42:02 43:06 44:03 46:50

Male Overall 5K Lachlan Chisholm Joe Niemuth Tim Reynolds Carl Schmitt

19:07

Female Overall 5K 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Danielle Fleming Debbie Hathaway Jill Zancanelli Dianne Monteith Gwendolyn Rudy

21:08 23:50 24:27 24:52 25:20

Golden Leaf 1/2 Marathon September 19, 2004 Aspen, CO Finishers: 425 Full results at www.utemountaineer.com

Male Overall 33:00 33:14 34:36 35:39 35:43

Female Overall 10K Laurie Edwards Heather Burcar 1 Africa Darcy Adriane Stewart Terri Handy

5. Ted Tebockhorst

15:58 17:31 18:14 18:48

1. Bernie Boettcher 2. Derek Williamson 3. Scott Elliott 4. Galen Burrell 5. Zach Crandall 6. Eric Meyer 7. Richard Dissly 8. Cameron Harrison 9. D. Wyzomirski 10. Alex Chase 11. Kreighton Bieger 12. Zeke Tiernan 13. Alexander Burst 14. Shane Edmonds 15. Mike McCoy

1:32:51 1:32:54 1:33:24 1:35:07 1:38:08 1:39:02 1:39:08 1:40:29 1:44:52 1:46:16 1:46:51 1:46:59 1:47:45 1:47:49 1:48:30

Female Overall 1. Leah Marbach

1:52:53

2. Susan Nuzum 3. Lisa Gonzales-Gil 4. Robin Severy 5. Kelly Handel 6. Heather Szabo 7. Audra Duke 8. Debbie Maez 9. Bobbi Houtsma 10. Kathrin Weidemann 11. Stephanie Schwartz 12. Lilia Abaibourava 13. Amy Davis 14. Jeanette Heimbach 15. Sara Fuid

1:53:48 1:54:29 1:55:38 1:57:33 1:57:49 2:00:26 2:00:43 2:01:09 2:01:19 2:01:20 2:02:02 2:02:08 2:04:25 2:05:29

CSU Homecoming 5K October 2, 2004 Ft. Collins, CO Finishers: 1155

Full results at www.footoftherockies.com

Male Overall 1. Danny Mackey 2. Jeff Wahl 3. Cortina Garcia 4. Adrienne Parry 5. Sean Smith 6. Cameron Nelson 7. Ryan Lowen 8. Chris Livingston 9. Brett Melin 10. Sean Cronin 11. Travis Swain 12. Steve Swartz

15:58 16:19 16:33 16:42 16:45 16:50 16:53 16:56 16:59 17:00 17:02 17:12

13. Brian Murphy 14. Kiel Lowen 15. Doug Bell 16. Cody Petty 17. Logan Munoz 18. Paul Murphy 19. Rob McNamara 20. Micha Mohler

17:29 17:33 17:42 17:52 18:23 18:34 18:35 18:42

Female Overall 1. Linnea Pudwill 2. Jessica Rumsey 3. Lila Hickey 4. Ashley Nicholson 5. Marcie Glass 6. Jenn Gerard 7. Cassi Wilbanks 8. Tracey Lipfert 9. Jennifer Reese 10. Abby Rhodes 11. Erin Dorociak 12. Laura Knudsen 13. Lorelei Clarke 14. Pepper McFadden 15. Amy Heilig 16. Rachel Ernzen 17. Jessica Campbell 18. Linda Gernert 19. Jamie Head 20. Noel Hennessey

19:46 19:53 19:55 20:04 20:25 21:08 21:16 21:32 21:35 21:47 21:54 21:57 22:04 22:09 22:11 22:26 22:35 22:38 22:39 22:49

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AT THE RACES: RACING SERIES RESULTS AND STANDINGS Georgetown to Idaho Springs 1/2 Marathon August 14, 2004 Georgetown, CO 2184 Finishers Full results at www.bkbltd.com

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Tom Edwards Steve Shandro Terry Gillach Kevin Berg Jay Survil Larry Volk Nickoles Gilas Paul Cogeos

Male Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Paul Digrappa Patrick Cole Chris Zinn Hector Martinez Mark Shin Steven Hackworth Levi Crawford Jesus Martinez Jeremy Thompson Isaiah Rubio Nathan Hatlebark Gareth Coville Bobi Limon Nathan White Ryan Wess Zach Bauer Jeremy Dreher Owen Kirk Omar Torres Severin Ndagano

Time Points 1:09:09 150 1:13:52 135 1:14:15 125 1:15:35 115 1:16:17 105 1:17:22 100 1:18:30 95 1:19:03 90 1:20:14 85 1:20:14 80 1:22:04 75 1:22:18 70 1:24:09 65 1:24:16 60 1:24:24 55 1:24:28 50 1:24:31 40 1:26:10 30 1:28:34 20 1:28:35 10

Female Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Natalie Kean Kelly SMith Kara Ford Amanda Ewing Emily Steele Lisa Ott Rachel Foss Allisone Steele Rachel Zisch Megan Sheehan Amita Chugh Janet Bossio Sarah Wetzel Isabelle Swift Danielle Rawlings Kristen Johansen Meredith Groves Kip Morris Sarah Penn Andrea Naftz

Time 1:25:13 1:26:41 1:27:15 1:29:09 1:30:14 1:31:27 1:32:37 1:33:28 1:37:28 1:37:32 1:38:45 1:39:47 1:41:33 1:41:38 1:41:56 1:41:57 1:41:57 1:43:39 1:45:27 1:46:43

Points 150 135 125 115 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 40 30 20 10

Name Erik Kean Andy Bupp Oscar Ponce Frank Zoldak Mark Cucuzzella Steve Marshall Derek Griffiths Hans Bakker Rafael Pacheco Ryan Price Chris Borton Marc Long German Echevarria Justin McMillan Toby Nitschke Keith Hannon Kevin Belden Garry Roseman Steve Fossel Tim Herbert

Time Points 1:08:10 150 1:09:16 135 1:11:27 125 1:13:06 115 1:13:14 105 1:13:19 100 1:13:36 95 1:15:30 90 1:15:40 85 1:16:28 80 1:17:06 75 1:17:53 70 1:18:56 65 1:20:33 60 1:21:32 55 1:22:30 50 1:23:37 40 1:23:39 30 1:23:45 20 1:23:46 10

40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5

Female Masters Name 1. Ellen Hart 2. Krista Benner 3. Amy Hayes 4. Debra Cunningham 5. Ellen Krebs 6. Bonnie Jortberg 7. Sherry Buckner 8. Mary Anne Hilt 9. Donna Miller 10. Cathy Condon 11. Lori Davis 12. Linda Dawkins 13. Jennifer Sullivan 14. Laura Baker 15. Leslie Mitchell

Time Points 1:27:52 100 1:31:18 90 1:31:52 80 1:35:35 70 1:35:52 60 1:37:32 50 1:39:44 45 1:40:54 40 1:40:54 35 1:42:28 30 1:43:26 25 1:43:27 20 1:44:18 15 1:45:26 10 1:45:29 5

Male Grand Masters Name 1. Dave Dooley 2. A De La Roche 3. Mark Donelson 4. Steven Santana 5. George Jones 6. Rich Holston 7. Kevan Johson 8. Bob Liebhauser 9. Pete Mang 10. Mike Evans

Time Points 1:20:19 100 1:26:30 90 1:27:10 80 1:28:11 70 1:28:44 60 1:29:52 50 1:29:57 40 1:30:43 30 1:30:47 20 1:33:01 10

Female Grand Masters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Name Alynn Park Karyn Harkrader Bedorah Acree C. Swedenborg Lola Ackerman Carol Roehrig Terri Dick Carol Shivley Janet Doyle H. Hertzog-Mang

Time Points 1:39:14 100 1:43:20 90 1:45:51 80 1:46:14 70 1:47:06 60 1:49:22 50 1:49:57 40 1:51:01 30 1:51:10 20 1:52:24 10

Male Seniors

Male Open 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

1:23:06 1:23:17 1:23:19 1:23:47 1:25:10 1:26:25 1:26:55 1:28:37

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Name Tom Lemire Jose Cardenas Dennis Simmons John Wallace Jim Romero

Time Points 1:34:06 100 1:35:01 80 1:36:58 60 1:38:36 40 1:41:07 20

Female Seniors Name

Time

Points

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Linda Knudsen Wanda Willems Elisabeth Kandel Myra Rhodes Rita Adams

2:02:32 2:03:16 2:04:07 2:05:59 2:07:28

100 80 60 40 20

Home Depot Governor’s Cup 10K September 19, 2004 Denver, CO 402 Finishers Full results at www.bkbltd.com

Male Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Name Time Points Charles Kamindo 29:57 150 Paul Digrappa 31:29 135 Mark Stenbeck 32:24 125 Jon Clemence 32:46 115 Jason Hill 33:10 105 Demetri Limberis 36:34 100 Alex Paplomatas 38:47 95 Jasob Kelly 39:11 90 Pat Hurley 40:20 85 Casey Dalrymple 47:36 80 Jesse Buckner 48:03 75 Tom Berryman 1:03:13 70 Jesse Miranda 1:05:35 65

15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Brian David Good David Raff Paul Santos Matt Aaron Cooper David Smith Darrell Tyler

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Martha Tenorio Katie Blackett Mary Ellis Annie Emerson Emily Oates Karen Voss Colleen Julian Elizabeth Roesch Becky Caulfield Elizabeth Couture Chris Brazdziunas Julie George Jennie Kil Heather Brady Seneca Webb Fran Davis P. Gianfrancesco Amy Spetnagel Marny Burns Sonia Benglen

Name Elisabeth Goshu Theresa Baiotto Christina Progess Denae Millage Julie Roberts Jessica Tennant Marci Madruga Stacey Hayden Sawn Clinton Laura Wilson Chelsey Muhlbauer Diana Thunen Jamie Halliday Nicole Bohn

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Name Peter Tanui Jason Hubbard Greg Mitchell Jonah Rono Andy Bupp Gannon White Nate Pennington Chester Kurtz Jason Hogson Derek Griffiths Steve Fossel Greg Bakke Joe Gruber Tim Giesen

Time 37:57 43:19 52:43 53:01 53:17 54:37 57:11 1:01:07 1:01:37 1:01:41 1:02:10 1:03:34 1:06:21 1:07:40

Points 150 135 125 115 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60

Male Open 2 Time Points 30:09 150 30:14 135 31:14 125 32:06 115 32:09 105 32:34 100 32:37 95 32:46 90 32:56 85 34:51 80 36:18 75 38:32 70 39:31 65 39:59 60

55 50 40 30 20 10

Female Open 2 Time Points 35:21 150 35:55 135 36:48 125 37:30 115 41:31 105 43:12 100 43:40 95 46:30 90 47:14 85 47:14 80 47:44 75 48:39 70 49:31 65 49:59 60 50:19 55 50:29 50 50:58 40 51:19 30 51:32 20 51:42 10

Male Masters

Female Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

40:45 41:27 42:35 42:44 43:22 43:28

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Name Rob Welo Sam Shusterman Tom McGurry Angelo Aragon Tabciso Cruz Daid Cordova Jay Survil Rob Hintermeister Tom O’Brien Robert Schmidt Don Tubbs James McDonnell Scott Nuanes John Vincent Mark Leob

Time Points 34:26 100 34:56 90 35:43 80 36:18 70 36:41 60 39:04 50 39:07 45 39:32 40 39:45 35 39:50 30 40:50 25 41:20 20 41:30 15 41:35 10 42:02 5 Time Points 39:10 100 39:22 90 40:35 80 40:53 70 41:07 60 42:06 50 42:10 45 43:44 40 44:58 35 47:53 30 48:15 25 48:17 20 48:42 15 49:13 10

Time Points 1:19:47 150 1:21:12 135 1:26:02 125 1:29:28 115 1:29:30 105 1:29:36 100 1:30:00 95 1:31:10 90 1:32:06 85 1:32:16 80 1:32:48 75 1:32:48 70 1:32:55 65 1:33:24 60 1:34:21 55 1:34:26 50 1:34:58 40 1:35:19 30 1:36:31 20

Male Masters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Name Rob Welo Steve Krebs Randy Rodman Steve Vigil Kevin Bax Vanlangenhoven Tarcisio Cruz

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Time Points 1:15:15 100 1:16:41 90 1:18:13 80 1:19:56 70 1:20:09 60 1:20:41 50 1:20:48 45

Runners make their way down the Cherry Creek Path towards the finish of the Governor’s Cup. November/December 2004

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Name Herb Tanzer Ray Rupel Steven Santana Mark Donelson William Mcintyre Pete Mang Michael Zink Brian Frank Dave Berge David Cromer

Time Points 39:29 100 39:33 90 40:11 80 40:46 70 40:51 60 41:37 50 42:57 40 43:13 30 43:24 20 43:29 10

Female Grand Masters Name 1. Helen Hertzog 2. Deb Anderson 3. Judith Russell 4. Janet Cromer 5. Rachella Seeley 6. Robin Cuningham 7. Lynn Seanson 8. Judy Goater 9. Margaret McHale 10. Suellyn Lindauer

Time Points 49:34 100 51:11 90 51:33 80 53:20 70 53:35 60 54:23 50 54:24 40 55:11 30 55:29 20 55:57 10

Male Seniors Name Charles Drage Danny Martinez Larry Avery Jim Romero John Ruger

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Time Points 42:12 100 44:21 80 45:40 60 46:41 40 49:17 20

Female Seniors Name 1. Kay Chernott 2. Sally Kennett 3. Marilyn Olen

Time Points 52:48 100 54:02 80 1:31:03 60

Nike ACG Boulder Backroads 1/2 Marathon September 26, 2004 Boulder, CO 1777 Finishers Full results at www.boulderbackroads.com

Male Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name David Berdan Hector Martinez John Tribbis Jeff Mullen Derek Zachman Stephen Mills Christian Reed Scott McKim Yuki Saito Jack Saville Nathan Seymour Kevin Knapp Nicholas Salazar Attila Elteto Matt Bourquin Jeff Plumer Brian Stromer Linus Candelaria Joseph Badalpour J. Brice Johnson

Time Points 1:12:48 150 1:21:09 135 1:23:19 125 1:26:47 115 1:27:46 105 1:33:48 100 1:33:58 95 1:36:07 90 1:36:21 85 1:36:42 80 1:39:50 75 1:40:21 70 1:41:44 65 1:42:37 60 1:42:54 55 1:44:45 50 1:45:33 40 1:47:23 30 1:48:30 20 1:49:28 10

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Zoila Gomez Leslie Varys Kathrin Coleman Brooke Lissy Mindy Knowlton Katie Danaher Anna Erickson Jessie Kovats Beth Welken Meghan Lyle Allison Ebel Desla Rey Phillips Andrea Sheremeta Wendy Ileta Vining Diana Hill Ashley Loomis Amber Walz Anna Lane Morton Jodie Antypas Adriana Martin

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Name Kim Gillard Frank Zoldak Alexandre Ribeiro Michael Lovato Humberto Zelaya III Alan Rozadael Erik Packard Kevin McGouldrick Riley Scott

Female Open 1

Photo by Jessica Griffiths / Colorado Runner

Name Kimberly Vecchio Sarah Raitter Alyssa Shaw Jodi Schraeder Erin Ressler Heidi Gabalski Laura Wheatley Jessica Cooney Jenny Traux Anne Warren Colleen Perkins Jessica Cirelli Beth Froelke Nancy Thonen Amy Archibald Angela Henry Emily Borrego Kimberly Hoefen Andrea Culp

49:50

Male Grand Masters

Female Masters Name 1. Lynn Foutch 2. Ellen Hart 3. Sheri Wright 4. Karen Murphy 5. Dori Shusterman 6. Lorie Moreno-Roch 7. Joanie Carew 8. Linda Staines 9. Sherry Buckner 10. Natalie Bassett 11. Barbara Hartung 12. Suzanne Sarto 13. Susan Cobb 14. Yvette Bearman

Female Open 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

15. Coreene Hanson

Time 1:20:13 1:36:42 1:40:05 1:43:06 1:44:13 1:44:23 1:46:24 1:47:32 1:48:00 1:49:06 1:49:27 1:49:32 1:50:00 1:50:47 1:51:02 1:51:53 1:52:06 1:52:15 1:52:32 1:53:28

Points 150 135 125 115 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 40 30 20 10

Male Open 2 Time Points 1:11:11 150 1:15:06 135 1:15:25 125 1:17:50 115 1:17:57 105 1:18:41 100 1:19:00 95 1:19:16 90 1:20:28 85


AT THE RACES: RACING SERIES RESULTS AND STANDINGS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Wendy Crandell Janet Heck Doyle Rima Lurie Gail Moore Sharon O’Connor Lynn Kingston Beth Kelsic Teresa Huck Susan Hering Laurie Hakala

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Name Jose Cardenas Rick Keim Tom Lemire Jeff Martin Larry Avery

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Name Sandy Ksir Monte Lynn Jordan Grace Dyck Christy Boutell Ruth Wilwerding

1:47:32 1:52:48 1:55:06 1:57:46 1:59:02 1:59:18 1:59:19 2:00:30 2:02:07 2:02:14

100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10

Male Seniors Time Points 1:33:48 100 1:34:00 80 1:36:12 60 1:38:58 40 1:41:24 20

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Time Points 2:24:40 100 2:26:45 80 2:29:26 60 2:55:08 40 3:05:54 20

Nike ACG Boulder Backroads Marathon September 26, 2004 Boulder, CO 506 Finishers Full results at www.boulderbackroads.com

Photo by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner

Male Open 1

Jason Saitta wins the Boulder Backroads Marathon. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Matthew Ringer Daniel Wallace Lenny Laraio Matt Schneider Jay Burgess Max Spradley Brian Metzler Chris Munro Michael Collyer Jerrod Libonati Ellis Farstvedt

1:23:09 1:23:26 1:24:25 1:27:45 1:27:56 1:28:23 1:28:25 1:29:12 1:29:31 1:29:37 1:30:36

80 75 70 65 60 55 50 40 30 20 10

Female Open 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Yasuyo Iwamoto Katie Blackett Shannon Scherer Heather Burcar Danielle Fleming Lindsey Fairbairn Kristin Moreau Antonia Merzon Lianne Shepherd Katy Friedrichs Sue Taddeucci Dianne Gates Yvonne Kamstra Dina Griffin Mary Horgan Brighty Bradley Bonnie Keefe Gretchen Johnson Penny Mathews Kelley McLean

Time Points 1:16:04 150 1:22:00 135 1:27:18 125 1:28:56 115 1:36:01 105 1:36:32 100 1:36:34 95 1:38:11 90 1:38:22 85 1:38:31 80 1:38:45 75 1:38:48 70 1:39:10 65 1:40:31 60 1:40:43 55 1:40:57 50 1:41:57 40 1:42:21 30 1:42:28 20 1:42:44 10

Male Masters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Name Andy Ames Peter Doyle Steven Sellars Mark Mathieu Kevin Jafari Ray Blum

Time Points 1:13:05 100 1:19:12 90 1:22:58 80 1:23:43 70 1:24:49 60 1:29:17 50

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Martin Pahl Mike Shaul Ken Blott Rich Edrich Dave Runge Rich Boyan Page Press Bob Desimone Ed Auman

1:29:48 1:29:54 1:31:00 1:31:51 1:32:43 1:32:44 1:33:16 1:33:32 1:33:49

45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5

Female Masters Name 1. Ellen Hart 2. Adriane Stewart 3. Kathy Masinter 4. Catriona Dowling 5. Lisa Ledet 6. Lisa Lessing 7. Patricia Rios 8. Donna Lynn Miller 9. Heather Anne Lee 10. Sara Hanifin 11. Sherry Buckner 12. Miriam Hootstein 13. E. Panebianco 14. Jenny Weber 15. Paula Holm

Time Points 1:28:39 100 1:34:37 90 1:34:40 80 1:35:16 70 1:36:30 60 1:38:12 50 1:38:50 45 1:38:58 40 1:39:43 35 1:40:29 30 1:41:34 25 1:41:45 20 1:42:03 15 1:44:33 10 1:45:11 5

Male Grand Masters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Name David Mathews William Pittenger Herb Tanzer Rich Sandoval Arthur Allen Jack Cochran Thomas Marr Mark Sanazaro Neil Coville Phillip Barber

Time Points 1:27:25 100 1:28:31 90 1:29:08 80 1:32:29 70 1:33:11 60 1:34:39 50 1:36:19 40 1:36:34 30 1:36:41 20 1:37:54 10

Female Grand Masters Name

Time Points

Final results and interviews with the winners will be in the January issue of Colorado Runner.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

Time Points 2:49:49 150 2:57:13 135 3:14:07 125 3:39:44 115 3:59:57 105 4:03:10 100 4:12:21 95 4:15:14 90 4:18:19 85 4:24:32 80 4:24:39 75 4:25:07 70 4:25:44 65 4:34:32 60 4:36:33 55 4:42:46 50 4:47:00 40 4:52:00 30 5:37:45 20

Female Open 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Time Eri Okubo 2:50:26 Julie Raffety 3:26:39 Ann-Marie Mabry 3:57:12 Stevie Kremer 3:57:51 Amy Marie Benson 4:01:58 Rebecca Dittmer 4:07:32 Adrienne Prior 4:07:54 Valerie Campbell 4:10:23 Amanda Prout 4:12:31 Laurie Rees 4:12:36 Abbie Novak 4:14:34 Tanya Warnecke 4:21:19 Erin Williams 4:22:09 Ashley Samek 4:35:37 Leanna Sandner 4:36:29 Allyson Gentling 4:37:24 Kristen Wiley 4:40:02 Lindsey Griffin 4:42:05 Sarah Scholbe 4:42:37 Amanda Stoeckel 4:47:51

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Name Jason Saitta Dave Mackey Michael Newman Alexandro Sanders Darren De Reuck Ben Blaugrund Stefan Tiefenbacher Mark Christensen Chris Antinori Stephen Meratla Rick Hessek Mike Beerntsen Alan Villavicencio Peter John Roberts Mike Mendel Patrick Maxwell Rick Williams Rec Vertuca Marius Lehene Eric Pederson

1. 2.

Name Masako Chiba Lornah Kiplagat

2:54:50 3:16:57 3:28:40 3:33:06 3:39:03 3:43:28 3:46:11 3:46:51 3:47:42 3:48:28 3:51:38 3:55:40 3:57:18 3:58:21 3:58:39 4:00:33 4:00:48 4:01:24

125 115 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 40 30 20 10

Male Masters

Female Seniors

Name Galen Burrell Josh Meitz Josh Stevenson Charles Francis Ray Minjares Bill Cenna Kyle Platek Scott Burns Jacob Berkowitz Charles Leps Bryan Reckard Chris Kline Alex Brown Jeffrey Gould Daniel Schwyhart Michael Reid Sam Sprauge Chris Hulse Joshua Alban

Miho Ooba Jamie Donaldson Ana Reutinger Claudia Orellana Julie St. Clair Amy Maziarz Lucie Lawrence Colleen Dulin Juliet Morgan Amber CLark Barbara Blakley Danica Harmon Carolyn Holden Seneca Webb Brenda Leffler Chrissy Haaland Luch Ranney Amelia Hoover

Points 150 135 125 115 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 40 30 20 10

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Female Open 2 Time Points 2:41:05 150 2:54:16 135

Time Points 2:43:10 100 2:51:33 90 3:00:21 80 3:01:16 70 3:08:40 60 3:10:25 50 3:10:59 45 3:18:03 40 3:18:42 35 3:22:56 30 3:23:35 25 3:25:37 20 3:28:14 15 3:29:04 10 3:30:25 5

Female Masters Name 1. Kristi Jordan 2. Junko Kazukawa 3. Amy Plummer 4. Becky Swanstrom 5. Sharon Bradbelt 6. Atsuko Ohtake 7. Terri Handy 8. Kathleen Eakin 9. Susan Beltz 10. Sharon Parsons 11. Lucinda West 12. Bettianne Sien 13. Jeanne Scherer 14. Mary Walls 15. Joy Focht

Time Points 3:22:03 100 3:37:48 90 3:45:59 80 3:50:24 70 3:50:38 60 3:50:47 50 3:54:26 45 4:00:53 40 4:03:44 35 4:08:17 30 4:13:07 25 4:13:39 20 4:16:46 15 4:20:37 10 4:25:34 5

Male Grand Masters Name 1. David Hemkin 2. Ted Bidwell 3. Geoff Marneau 4. Joe Burleson 5. Jim Peoples 6. Stephen Walker 7. David Oelz 8. Steven Bainbridge 9. Jow Atkinson 10. Michael Puhr

Time Points 3:26:29 100 3:27:31 90 3:36:37 80 3:44:48 70 3:45:31 60 3:50:47 50 3:50:49 40 3:53:54 30 3:54:06 20 3:58:47 10

Female Grand Masters Name 1. Sandee Miller 2. Paula Vaughn 3. Leslie Gustason 4. Ann Stevenson 5. Jan Gates 6. Fran Mason 7. Beverly Skroch 8. Olivia Red 9. Elizabeth Felder 10. Jo Ann Owen

Male Open 2 Time Points 2:39:03 150 2:47:49 135 2:47:57 125 2:53:03 115 2:57:28 105 2:59:28 100 3:05:50 95 3:07:47 90 3:08:49 85 3:09:24 80 3:10:51 75 3:13:47 70 3:14:37 65 3:22:15 60 3:23:58 55 3:30:53 50 3:31:24 40 3:32:46 30 3:34:21 20 3:34:52 10

Name Steve Krebs Steve Schuman David Wheeler Kevin Bax Thomas Kehoe Chris Muzny Marshall Hull Andy Loizeaux Kevin Berg Alex Fomenko David Wilcox Jack Sullivan David Huner Greg Kopp Lars Waldner

Time Points 3:57:32 100 4:06:55 90 4:25:35 80 4:36:01 70 4:48:41 60 4:53:52 50 4:55:57 40 4:57:46 30 5:13:13 20 5:20:30 10

Male Seniors 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Name George Graeber Jack Swanson Jerry Kemman Richard Slobe Dick Grauer

Time Points 4:23:45 100 4:39:53 80 4:41:37 60 4:43:28 40 4:52:13 20

Female Seniors Name 1. Gunhild Swanson

Time Points 3:54:19 100

Overall standings Through September 26th: Male Open 1 Name Paul Digrappa Charles Kamindo Adam Rich Patrick Cole Hector Martinez Adam Lindahl Jon Clemence Mike Callor

Age Points Races 23 825 6 25 450 3 23 370 3 23 270 2 21 250 2 23 235 2 23 230 2 25 230 2

Female Open 1 Name Age Points Races Kara Ford 25 410 3 Amita Chugh 23 370 4 Zoila Gomez 25 300 2 Kara Roy 24 255 2 Theresa Baiotto 25 225 2 Ashlee Withrow 17 215 2 Melody Peppard 23 210 2 Rachel Foss 24 210 2 Ann-Marie Mabry 24 205 2 Male Open 2 Name Andrew Bupp Derek Griffiths Erik Packard Peter Flynn Greg Mitchell Phil Hudnall Jason Hubbard Greg Augspurger Peter Tanui

Age Points Races 32 815 6 29 675 6 39 430 4 27 400 3 31 260 2 33 260 2 29 260 2 27 260 2 30 255 2

Female Open 2 Name Age Points Races Katie Blackett 27 815 6 Shannon Meredith 33 370 3 Tanya Poel 38 350 3 Stacey Chaston 34 300 2 Patty Murray 38 265 2 Kimberly Vecchio 29 255 2 Lynn Foutch 39 240 2 Mary Shore 39 230 2 Bridget Ann Dunn 36 225 2 Male Masters Name Rob Welo Steve Krebs Robert Yara Lile Budden Brad Pace Fernando Lopez Sam Shusterman Elliott Drumright Tabciso Cruz

Age Points Races 40 500 5 42 290 3 49 250 3 44 250 4 48 190 2 44 190 2 42 180 2 47 180 2 43 175 3

Female Masters Name Ellen Hart Sherry Buckner Amy Regnier Kristi Jordan Sheila Geere Amy Hayes Dori Shusterman P. Nelson-Panzer Atsuko Ohtake

Age Points Races 46 290 3 49 235 5 42 200 2 41 200 2 40 190 2 43 170 2 43 160 2 42 160 2 45 150 2

Male Grand Masters Name Age Points Races Kent Oglesby 56 620 7 Herb Tanzer 52 590 7 Dwight Cornwell 58 290 3 William Mcintyre 58 240 3 Mark Donelson 52 220 3 Dave Dooley 57 200 2 David Mathews 51 190 2 Lynn Dougherty 58 180 2 Robert Dallain 53 170 2 Female Grand Masters Name Age Points Races Lola Ackerman 59 450 6 Robin Cunningham 51 240 4 Deb Anderson 54 240 3 Alynn Park 53 200 2 Peggy Muhn 52 200 2 Sandee Miller 51 200 2 Connie McKenzie 51 200 2 Janet Doyle 50 200 3 Judith Russell 57 190 3 Male Seniors Name Age Points Races Larry Avery 63 400 7 Jim Romero 64 340 6 Tom Lemire 61 260 3 Arnie Willems 61 240 3 Charles Drage 61 200 2 James Boughter 60 200 2 Jose Cardenas 70 180 2 Dennis Normoyle 60 160 2 John Wallace 60 140 2 Female Seniors Name Age Points Races Sally Kennett 62 460 5 Wanda Willems 60 320 4 Connie Ahrnsbrak 64 200 2 M. Wombacher 67 160 2 Linda Knudsen 64 160 2 Martha Kinsinger 70 160 2 Joan Ullyot 64 100 1 Gunhild Swanson 60 100 1

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AT THE RACES: RACE CALENDAR november November 06 Habitat Home Run 5K 9:00 AM Habitat Home Supply Store Ft. Collins, CO 970-482-5396 www.active.com Harbert Lumber Fall Festival 5K 9:00 AM Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Grand Junction, CO 970-257-0761 www.mmstriders.org Josh and Gus’s Run for a Reason 10:00 AM Clement Park, Littleton, CO 303-932-9686 www.joshandgus.com Loveland 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 4K 9:00 AM Boyd Lake, Loveland, CO 970-224-9114 www.runnersroostftcollins.com Pagosa Springs Turkey Trot 5K 9:00 AM Pagosa Springs, CO www.go-dmt.org PPRR Nielson 1M/ 2M Challenge 8:00 AM N. Monument Valley Park Colorado Springs, CO 719-633-2055 zguntam@juno.com www.pprrun.org November 07 Cross Country Festival 9:00 AM Bear Creek Reservoir, Lakewood, CO 303-674-5446 CSU Triathlon Team 5K 9:00 AM CSU Oval, Ft. Collins, CO 970-224-9114 www.runnersroostftcollins.com RMRR Trophy Series 10M 9:00 AM Waterton Canyon, Littleton, CO 303-871-8366 rmrr@rmrr.org www.rmrr.org Tortoise and Hare 6K 8:00 AM Spring Creek Park, Ft. Collins, CO 970-225-3900 www.footoftherockies.com World Run Day Statewide 917-626-9623 www.runday.com November 13 Longmont Turkey Trot 10K 9:00 AM Westview Middle School Longmont, CO

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303-651-8843 www.active.com Parker Turkey Trot 5K 9:00 AM Parker Town Hall, Parker, CO 303-814-2899 www.active.com Rim Rock Run 37K 8:00 AM Colorado National Monument Grand Junction, CO 970-243-4055 gkhill@juno.com www.rimrockrun.org November 14 CMRA President’s 7M 9:00 AM Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, CO 303-494-1782 www.comastersrun.org Panicking Poultry 5K 9:00 AM Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, CO 720.352.8934 brock@boulderrunningcompany.com www.active.com PPRR Fall Series IV 7M 2:30 PM Palmer Park, Colorado Springs, CO 719-590-7086 fallseries@aol.com www.pprrun.org Rattlesnake Rumble Cross Country 9:00 AM Cottonwood Glen Park, Ft. Collins, CO 970-204-4120 rattlesnakerumble@comcast.net home.comcast.net/~rattlesnakerumble/ RattlesnakeRumble.htm TTTS Race for Hope 5K 10:00 AM Washington Park, Denver, CO 303-694-2030 info@bkbltd.com www.tttsraceforhope.org November 20 Atalanta Womens’ Run 5K 9:00 AM City Park, Pueblo, CO 719-549-2236 www.socorunners.org Gobbler Gallup 5K 10:00 AM Riverside Park, Ft. Morgan, CO 970-542-0224 kschneider@cityoffortmorgan.com www.coolrunning.com Sacking Hunger 5K 8:30 AM Ft. Collins High School, Ft. Collins, CO 970-377-8005 www.footoftherockies.com Strider Tom Turkey Prediction Run 6M 10:30 AM Grand Junction, CO 970-243-3721 www.mmstriders.org

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Turkey Trot 5K 8:30 AM Brighton Recreation Center Brighton, CO 303-655-2221 www.active.com Turkey Trot 5K 9:00 AM Casper, WY 307-577-4974 www.windycitystriders.com Turkey Trot Predict 5K 10:00 AM Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs, CO 719-447-1371 jpfoster2@earthlink.net www.pprrun.org November 25 Briargate YMCA Turkey Trot 5K 8:00 AM Briargate Family YMCA Colorado Springs, CO 719-282-9622 lwood@ppymca.org www.pprrun.org Cold Turkey Run 10:00 AM City Creek Canyon, UT 801-583-6281 sports-am@abac.com www.sports-am.com

970-375-9278 www.go-dmt.org Turkey Trot 9:00 AM Oak Grove Elementary School Montrose, CO 970-240-1358 hnadiak@mcsd.k12.co.us www.montrose.org/org/runners/ November 27 Fishers of Men Fellowship 5K Aurora Municipal Court, Aurora, CO 303-363-1274 www.rmrr.org Temple Canyon Prediction Run 4M 9:00 AM Canon City, CO 719-784-6514 www.socorunners.org

december December 04 Fort Collins Jingle Bell 5K 9:00 AM Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO 970-224-9114 www.runnersroostftcollins.com

CU Turkey Trot 5K 10:00 AM CU Research Park, Boulder, CO 303-492-8776 www.boulderroadrunners.com

PPRR Nielson 1M/2M Challenge 8:00 AM N. Monument Valley Park Colorado Springs, CO 719-633-2055 zguntam@juno.com www.pprrun.org

Highlands Ranch Turkey Day 5K 9:00 AM Shea Stadium @ Redstone Park Highlands Ranch, CO 303-694-2030 info@bkbltd.com www.bkbltd.com

Rock Canyon Half Marathon 9:00 AM City Park, Pueblo, CO 719-564-9303 diazsd@aol.com www.socorunners.org

Loveland Turkey Trot 5K 8:00 AM McKee Medical Center, Loveland, CO 970-692-0237 www.active.com

Winter Sun 10K 8:00 AM Moab, UT 435-259-4525 rrr@citlink.net www.moabhalfmarathon.org

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot 4M 10:00 AM Washington Park, Denver, CO 303-694-2030 info@bkbltd.com www.bkbltd.com NCMC Turkey Trot 5K 9:00 AM Greeley Central High School Greeley, CO 970-350-6170 Andrew.Smith1@BannerHealth.com www.active.com Thanksgiving Day Run 4M 8:00 AM Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO 970-224-9114 www.runnersroostftcollins.com Turkey Trot 8K 10:00 AM Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

December 05 Colder Boulder 5K 7:00 AM University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 303-444-7223 x29 www.bolderboulder.com

9:00 AM Prospect Park, Wheat Ridge, CO 303-781-1738 www.comastersrun.org December 12 Marijane & Nick’s Prediction Run 8M 8:00 AM Pueblo, CO 719-564-6043 MARIJANE@uscolo.edu www.socorunners.org Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5K 10:00 AM Washington Park, Denver, CO 303-694-2030 info@bkbltd.com www.bkbltd.com December 18 Strider 5M Time Trial 11:00 AM River Trail at Albertson’s Grand Junction, CO 970-243-3721 www.mmstriders.org December 19 Christmas Classic 4M 9:00 AM Foot of the Rockies, Ft. Collins, CO 970-377-8005 www.footoftherockies.com Steve’s Rudolph Ramble 5K 9:00 AM Washington Park, Denver, CO 303-694-2030 info@bkbltd.com www.bkbltd.com December 26 Kwanzaa 5K Aurora Municipal Court, Aurora, CO 303-363-1274 www.rmrr.org December 31 Resolution 5K 6:30 PM Washington Park, Denver, CO 303-635-2815 emgmh@emgcolorado.com www.emgcolorado.com

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Tortoise and Hare 5K 8:00 AM Warren Park, Ft. Collins, CO 970-225-3900 www.footoftherockies.com

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Hit the Dirt... Trail Review

Deer Creek Canyon Park Jefferson County Open Space by Derek Griffiths Deer Creek Canyon Park had its beginnings as a campground for wandering bands of Ute and Arapahoe. The 1,881-acre Open Space park was first homesteaded in 1872 by a man from Plymouth, England, John Williamson. Back then, Deer Creek’s rolling hills and fertile fields attracted both farmers and miners. John Williamson’s famed Glen Plym Ranch, as well as the Couch and Clark Homesteads, all sat within the current park boundaries. Other personalities that frequented the Deer Creek area included Alferd Packer, Jesse James, Chief Colorow and “Horse Thief” Thompson. Packer, Colorado’s famous cannibal, moved to Critchell in 1901 after being paroled from the state penitentiary. He spent his last years in a cabin in Phillipsburg. Packer and others worked on Deer Creek’s many ranches and mines. Local mines yielded a wealth of gold and silver, while the flatlands were known for producing abundant hay, wheat and corn crops. Deer Creek Canyon Park encompasses diverse, natural environments. Perhaps most striking is the scrub oak habitat, uncommon in Jefferson County. Although small in stature, the scrub oak (Quercus gambelli) provides important food and cover for wildlife including grouse, turkeys, mule deer, elk, mountain lions, and black bears. There are numerous trail options to chose from, all based off of the main 13 mile loop. There is a lot of climbing on these runs, but the views of Denver are worth the effort. This park does have some “hiker only” trails, but most of the trails are multi-use. Beware of the kamikaze mountain bikers that frequent the park in the summer. Starting from the parking lot, head up the “hiker only” Photos by Derek Griffiths / Colorado Runner Meadowlark Trail. This 1.6 mile trail has a constant 10% grade and climbs about 830 feet. The exposed views of the south valley and meadows are exquisite. Once a bridge is crossed, you will come to a T with the Plymouth Creek Trail. For a short 2.7 mile run, turn left and head back to the parking lot. To continue the 13 mile loop, turn right onto the Plymouth Creek Trail and climb “the wall,” a short, steep section of rocks. Steps have been put in recently to help with both the ascent and descent of this portion. After 0.4 miles, make a left onto the Plymouth Mountain Trail. Follow this smooth single track for 1.7 miles. Here you will make a left onto the “hiker only” Homesteader Trail. This forested trail is probably the best one mile stretch of trail in all of Jefferson County. This trail will spit you back out onto the Plymouth Creek Trail farther up the canyon. For a 7 mile run, turn right and head down the Plymouth Creek Trail and make a left on the Meadowlark Trail back to the start. If you wish to continue on, make a left on the Plymouth Creek Trail and head 0.4 miles up to the Red Mesa Loop. Turn left onto the Red Mesa Loop. This 2.5 mile loop offers both forested and meadow sections and has some great views of the city, as well as the mountains to the west. Most of the 850’ of climbing will come in the first mile of the loop, allowing for a nice gradual descent back to the Plymouth Trail. Once back, make a left and head down the Plymouth Creek Trail. For a good 11 mile run, continue all the way down the trail and make a left on the Meadowlark Trail back to the start. If you wish to run the full 13 miles, turn right on the Homesteader Trail and retrace your steps to the Plymouth Mountain Trail and turn right. Follow this back around to a right on the Plymouth Creek Trail and a left on the Meadowlark Trail. Another option is to just run the Red Mesa Loop. This 8 mile run starts out the same as the 13 mile, but bypasses the Plymouth Mountain and Homesteader trails, going straight up Plymouth Creek to Red Mesa. Run the Red Mesa Loop in either direction and then descend the same way you went up. This is a bit more of a quad burner because it avoids the gentle slopes of the Plymouth Mountain and Homesteader Trails and goes straight up the canyon. To get there, follow C-470 to the Wadsworth exit. Head southbound and make a right turn (west) onto Deer Creek Canyon Road. Follow this road to a stop sign where you will turn left and continue to Grizzly Drive. Turn left and go approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot on the right.

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A Selection of Running Poems by Bob Gassen of Canon City

Running on the Arkansas River Trail Shortly before sundown, I dodge heavy traffic, Make my way down a dirt alley, And head for the wooded river trail To squeeze in my daily workout. The day has been hectic – Teaching classes, voice mail, Meetings, arranging an auto loan. Light fades, But I still see the trail And the river Steadily moving to my left. At two miles, I turn back, Fearing approaching darkness. The river now glistens pastel orange As remnants of sun Fade behind the hogback mountains. Four large doe ford the river, The water nearly above their legs. I am alone here, Granted a privileged vision. Nothing is important now except The dying sun on the river, the deer, And my rhythmic footsteps on the trail.

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Disconnected on the Arkansas While running on the Arkansas River Trail, I could hear my breathing, Feel cooling breeze on my forehead. A lizard basking In late afternoon sun Scurried to safety. A doe watched me, Her body nearly hidden in tall bush. Further on, A fisherman stood In mid-river, Casting and recasting With flicking snaps of his wrist, Winter Running on The slowly moving water Covering his legs. Running that night Then I saw his left hand Was effortless, Holding a cell phone to his ear. Like the large floating snowflakes, Connected Easing down, Yet disconnected. Covering the barren wheat fields. Here Loose, weightless legs Yet elsewhere – In easy stride – A body standing in the river. Unlabored, steady breaths – No resistance anywhere.

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The Lighter Side

Samoa Or Bust

And the Politics of Running

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by Jeff Recker

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t’s a guilty pleasure my wife and I admit to every four years. We watch the parade of nations on the opening night of the Olympics and pick out one of the lesser known, usually Samoa, which, to my knowledge, has never entered a single competitor in the marathon, and consider citizenship there. Now there’s an Olympic marathon team I could make, I chuckle. The hope and fantasy of sport is welcome. I’m in a bit of a funk lately. With the November elections looming who can blame me? The Republicans unwillingness to continue the ban on assault weapons has me re‑thinking my long runs in the outlying farm country around Grand Junction this winter. Do I really want to be used as target practice by those who don’t approve of men wearing Lycra tights? Shotguns I can outrun; AK47’s are another story. The Democrats, and their belief that everything in this country is going to hell within the next twelve hours, keeps me in a constant state of despair – that and watching the clock. I’m like a Clock Freak these days waiting for the world to blow up. For these reasons I digress to thoughts on Samoa or the possibility of just buying an island in the Pacific and starting my own nation. Surely, there must be one for sale on eBay. This Pacific dream has crossed my mind many times. It would be a nation solely devoted to runners, accommodating our every need from paths along every street and through lush tropical hillsides, to tax credits for running shoes, tax relief for massage therapists, and beer – lots of it. In fact, punch cards would be issued to frequent drinkers, but only if they can attest to a daily run. Ice cream would be free. Races would be plentiful and no permits would be required. Of course, Sundays would be reserved for mandatory potato sack racing along white‑sand beaches, followed by afternoons of beach volleyball, and body‑surfing. Jimmy Buffet would fly in. On the Island of Recker cigarettes would be outlawed and anyone caught smoking would be cast off in a rubber boat to another island – the Island of Smokers and Lepers – until further review. The 46

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streets would be wide and tree lined, and the cars would be electric and those who failed to stop for runners would be cast off to another island – the Island of Bad Drivers and Lepers – until further review. Ibuprofen would be free. So would lip balm, Vaseline, and nipple tape for men, because in this paradise there would be no chaffing. And no blisters. Anyone who complained about a blister would be cast off to another island – the Island of Complainers and Lepers – until further review. Because on the Island of Recker there would be no complaining. And no excuses for poor races either. Somewhere out in the Pacific there must be an island solely devoted to the welfare of Excuse Makers and Lepers. And that’s where they would wind up – until further review. Pizza would be free. The flag and all currency would display the oh‑so‑special “In Fartleks we trust” motto. So now that I’ve carved up my little slice of paradise I suppose I’ll have to create an economy for all these necessities I’ve mentioned; beer, nipple tape, lip balm and the like. That’s where my, uh, knowledge of import‑export comes in. The better runners on the island would export to the shores of America and Europe and reap them of all their prize money, of which, on return they would exchange for a free entry, one beer coupon, and t‑shirt into the next island race. Much like the Kenyans of today. But the favor would be returned on the Island of Recker. Runners from around the globe would be welcome to the island. Tourism, baby, that’s what I’m talking about: running camps and world class potato‑sack races, universities for Massage Therapy, a micro brewery and a university for Brew Masters, and even a shoe factory – though I’d probably outsource that to China and just stick my Island logo on the box. I mean, I can’t believe that Running is a billion dollar industry and there’s no island devoted it. Think of the possibilities! But now I’m getting perilously close to the inevitable question – the one that got me on this tirade to begin with – who’s gonna run this nation? At some point an election would take place. The island would split between the runners and the nonrunners. That is, those who run and those who are currently suffering from Plantar Fascia or IT band syndrome or old age. None of which are curable. And that’s when the mudslinging would begin. Sooner or later it would pit all of us against one another. The injured would demand free drugs. The elderly would insist on handicapped race scoring. And soon after the special interest Groups would appear. Soccer moms demanding their children get to wear bib number one so nobody’s feelings get hurt. Trail runners complaining of lack of sponsorship money. Drinkers with a running problem pitted against runners with a drinking problem. Eventually, someone would even outlaw spitting and hand out time penalties to anyone caught doing so. And the most horrific of all: a Clydesdale category would magically appear on all race applications. So I guess it’s useless. This Utopian dream will never work. And now that my fantasy has been blown to hell, I guess we’re all gonna have to find our own island: the Smokers, the Bad Drivers, the Injured, Senior Citizens, Soccer Moms, Complainers and Excuse Makers, Lycra‑sporting fat guys and yes, even the Lepers. The fantasy quelled again, I’ll just get back to watching the parade of nations, knowing that indeed, Samoa will be my next and only hope of ever making an Olympic marathon team in 2008. Author Jeff Recker lives, runs, and votes in Grand Junction. He is also the author of the running novel “Chasing the Bear”.


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