All of us here on this site are active. Whether it's running, hiking, or cycling - we love to be active and enjoy the beauty Colorado has to offer. But sometimes injuries set us back and keep us from doing what we love.
My 2013 was going to be a great comeback year. I was a little fatigued after doing a late season Ironman in 2011 (Arizona), followed by a spring marathon (LA). After doing some mountain bike racing in the summer of 2012, I took several months off of…Continue
Added by Nicole Drummer on December 5, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments
After finishing my first Pikes Peak Roadrunners Fall Series in many years, I have to say that I feel renewed, fit and happy. Sure, I finished in 52nd place overall and only 9 of 14 in my age group, but I was graciously allowed to infiltrate a winning team, consisting of three of the most dominant women runners I’ve ever met. Plus, there is the simple contagious camaraderie of the series itself and a true joy found only in the unique, sharing suffering of this challenging trail…Continue
Added by Vanessa Shawver on November 18, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Thanks to everyone who stopped by last Tuesday at Jack Quinn's. We'll be there again on November 19th so say hello! Race date (December 7th) is 3 weeks away. If you haven't done so, register at active.com before the price goes up December 1st! Now for the updates...
Santa has confirmed that he WILL be making the trip down from the North Pole on race day. You can…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on November 16, 2013 at 3:07pm — No Comments
Added by Randi Hitchcock on November 7, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"Dirty Du" pics now in my photostream! I had some problems with the album feature, so it's all just in my open stream. If you raced on Saturday, you're probably in there.
Added by Ryan Fonkert on November 5, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments
This weekend marked another unforgettable birthday adventure thanks to the support from a lot of friends. Huge congratulations to Tim and Katie on their incredible first 50 miler! Here's my account of how Pikes Ultra: The Stank went down:Continue
For the past two years, I've decided there's no better way to mark my birthday than with an adventure run. And while I have a pretty poor historical memory, I've realized that prior to this tradition (to which I credit O'Day's jaunt to Cripple Creek) I sadly can't recall my previous birthdays. Of all the days of the year, one's birthday should never be taken for granted. In light of this, a group of…Continue
“I can’t believe how HAPPY everyone is," said Kathy Pieper, youngest and first female to ever do the Pikes Peak Ascent. There’s no truer statement about this past weekend. The happiness pouring out of Manitou and Pikes Peak confirmed yet again why the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon weekend is my favorite of the year.…Continue
So, the best I can say is that I finally completed the Pikes Peak Ascent and my very first Triple Crown of Running series. Certainly not my best times or efforts, but I had tons of fun along the way and met some incredible athletes and human beings in the process. I suppose that is the thread that keeps me in the running community, despite the fact that life has a way of pulling me in the opposite direction at times. It is the experience as a whole that keeps me lacing up my shoes, rather…Continue
First things first. I ascended Saturday. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was beautiful, and the finish line was beautiful.
What made the day truly unforgettable for me, though, was people, not places.
If you can, forgive the sequential synopsis and the unabashed name-dropping. My mile markers for the race of lifetime were the people who impacted it, some in small ways, some in big.
Okay, rewind to March, when Tim Bergsten convinced me to run the Triple Crown and…Continue
7am, Manitou Springs City Hall. A scaffolding of banners overhead, beautiful sunny day. Crazy runners crowded onto the street, nervously looking up at the summit 13.32 miles away, trotting back and forth anxiously for quick, last minute trips to the port-a-potties. A goosebump-raising singing of America the Beautiful, a rush of adrenaline and at last: the gun- the moment I’ve waited 365 days for, the official beginning to the celebration of my favorite weekend all year long.
It's no secret, since the February 2013 legalization of the Manitou Springs Incline, many changes have occurred. The first and most noticeable was that you have to pay to park everywhere, which can cost anywhere…
Polite inquiries. Well-intended advice. Wrestling with important questions like "Have I prepared enough?" and "How much tapering should I do?"
Yes, the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are less than a week away and all these things abound.
I know the answers differ for every runner, but for me they are as follows:
I am nervous. I am underprepared. And tapering? Taper from what?…Continue
As a side note to a recent family vacation, I spontaneously decided to run the Beaver Creek Half Marathon. Not necessarily because I love races, but because I realized that in one week I’m expected to complete the Pikes Peak Ascent and my training runs have fallen grotesquely short on both distance and difficulty. This race boasted one of the most beautiful courses in the Endurance Race Series at an altitude of approximately 8,000 feet and a total of 1,400 feet of climbing. On a whim, I…Continue
“The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon still need volunteers and they know that Jack Quinn Running Club members are up to the challenge! Every JQRC member who volunteers will receive TWO (YES TWO!!!) run credits for each day they volunteer. FOR THE ASCENT (Saturday 17AUG) we need at least FIVE JQRC volunteers to work on the summit of Pikes Peak (sweat check, finisher medals, etc.) AND FIVE JQRC volunteers to be course marshals from tree line to the summit of Pikes Peak. FOR THE MARATHON…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on August 8, 2013 at 11:02pm — No Comments
Tapering – it’s something some runners love, possibly a magical world filled with rainbows and chocolate and ice cream off in the distance dreamed of during long runs in the bulk of training, or something runners hate, loving every single step of their last long run before the dreaded period known as the ‘taper’.
While I know plenty of people that covet the taper, counting down the days towards its commencement, I am of the opposite party – I (hmm not quite hate, but let’s go with it)…Continue
Added by Megan Kunkel on August 7, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Normally I would probably start tapering at about this point. This year, however, hasn’t been a “normal” training year and I don't feel like I've put in the work as in years past. Two weeks to go until the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (yes, the Double) and I have yet to get above Barr Camp. It's probably too little too late, but decided to drive up to the summit to get in a 3-2-1 today. We knew the Peak did get some snow yesterday evening, but much to our surprise we found an ice rink…Continue