Why Do People Run The Pikes Peak Ascent® and Stories About the Race

As part of the online registation, registrants were asked why they are running the Pikes Peak Ascent®, and if they would like to share any stories they have about the race. Here are the responses that were submitted.
Gary W Abrams -- Age: 62 -- Ann Arbor, MI

To prove that I am alive.

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Carrie S Adams -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Cause I look at that darn mountain every single day

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Fernando D Aguilar -- Age: 50 -- Falcon, CO

Heightened sexual experience after the race.

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Charlene J Aldridge -- Age: 57 -- Fort Wayne, IN

It's a doubler thing!

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Philip R Alexander -- Age: 31 -- Littleton, CO

FUn

None

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Julia A Allen -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, beating cancer, and a new phase of my life.

I ran the 1990 ascent 7 months after my daughter's birth. I trained with her in a jogging stroller.

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Rick D Allen -- Age: 59 -- Bonny Doon, CA

I have raced up the Peak on a mototcycle on January 1 1976, on a mountain bike in 2000, run up in 2004 climbed it in 1959. It isn't an obsession but comes close.

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William R Allen -- Age: 57 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Being part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

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Howard G Alt -- Age: 41 -- Boulder, CO

it's the best race in the world!

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Michael C Alto -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challenge myself again.

Yes, but the first one is a memorable one and don't know where to begin telling the story.

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Sarah A Altonen -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the mountain

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James J Alvino -- Age: 58 -- Huntington Beach, CA

I like the challenge; and 'Peak Performance' is part of my logo/slogan as a Prudential California Realtor

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Norine M Amato -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

my co-workers tricked me into it

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Patricia A Amick -- Age: 32 -- Kansas City, MO

My friend Anne talked me into it!!! :)

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Eric J Anderson -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My deceased brother and father completed in the marathon back in the 1960's

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Wendy L Anderson -- Age: 47 -- Denver, CO

For the hell of it.

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Reuben R Archuleta Jr -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Challenge!!!

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Sylvia I Arellano -- Age: 38 -- Parker, CO

Personal Goal

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Hilario R Armijo -- Age: 54 -- Jemez Pueblo, NM

Participation for health and Native American religious pilgrimage.

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Raymond E Armtrong -- Age: 60 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is my goal to run this race on my decade birthdays

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Ben L Ashcraft -- Age: 34 -- Hurricane, UT

Brother ran it Last year and both him and my younger brother are running this year along with myself. It is the challenge and the brotherhood that I am running for. I have ran a marathon, but am looking for a different challenge. I love to run up

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Brent G Ashcraft -- Age: 46 -- Rexburg, ID

Loved it last year! Thought once would be enough but it is calling me back. The feeling of achievement is indescribable.

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Rolf G Asphaug -- Age: 47 -- Centennial, CO

All the half-marathons I've run to date have been seriously downhill: the Slacker Half-Marathon from Loveland Pass to Georgetown, and the Georgetown-Idaho Springs Half- Marathon. Each time after I've completed these downhill half-marathons, my legs h

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Larry L Athan -- Age: 52 -- Wayland, MA

Ran Mt. Fuji 1/2 Marathon last year in 4:40

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Edward A Averyt -- Age: 36 -- Norman, OK

Several of my friends have entered this event and enjoyed participating in it over the years. I thought it would be exciting to participate in the 50th anniversary of this event.

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Jade D Ayres -- Age: 32 -- Brighton, CO

Challenging Race

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Sarah E Bagby -- Age: 47 -- Wichita, KS

I love it!

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Jeanne M Baker -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I think I'm a bit crazy

Crossing the finish line was awesome

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Kevin F Baker -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For an excuse to climb more mountains!

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Teresa L Baker -- Age: 51 -- Greeley, CO

I like to run, looking for a new goal

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Gary J Balaich -- Age: 43 -- Elbert, CO

Incentive to stay in shape. I enjoy running.

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Charles E Balch -- Age: 17 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Good Training. Competing with my Dad

I finished and was tired, but what a rush to compete with all of those people!

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Daniel R Balch -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Gives me a challenging goal to work towards

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Melissa A Baldridge -- Age: 41 -- Denver, CO

Because it's there.

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Jane L Baldwin -- Age: 55 -- Wilson, WY

See above in prior experience field.

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Penny K Ballinger -- Age: 43 -- Pawhuska, OK

To celebrate my best friends 50th birthday !!!

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Donna Y Banks -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This is a personal goal as well as the fact that I enjoyed my first Ascent last year so much. The people volunteering and the other participants made this an exciting event for me.

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Frances L Barger -- Age: 71 -- North Little Rock, AR

personal acheievement

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Brett T Barnes -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've always wanted to do this! I'm climbed Pikes Peak many times and want to challenge myself.

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Mark F Barnes -- Age: 41 -- Boulder, CO

never done it-challange

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M. P Barrett -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

In memory of my Grandma.

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Earl N Barron -- Age: 32 -- Lubbock, TX

A New Challenge!

No

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Debra L Barry -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Good training for upcoming Marathons - specifically the Chicago Marathon

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Carol A Barton -- Age: 51 -- Gunnison, CO

To share this time with my sister and family.

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Kelly J Bates -- Age: 37 -- Monument, CO

for the fun of it

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Janet A Battiste -- Age: 45 -- Arvada, CO

This is one of the most rewarding accomplishments I have ever trained for because of the relentless difficulty.

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Richard L Beall -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challenge myself

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Leslie A Beckman -- Age: 56 -- Inver Grove Heights, MN

watched it last year and wanted to participate

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Mike D Beeson -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Passion for mountains and running; seems like the perfect first mountain race...

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Tammy L Begler -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I doubler for the second year in a row and I just can't stop running this race.

I am hoping for a little less snow!

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James M Beham -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to challenge myself and inspire his children on the importance of physical fitness in their lives

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Carol A Beier -- Age: 46 -- Topeka, KS

Because it's there.

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Matthew R Benavides -- Age: 45 -- Millbrook, AL

I'm originally from Texas. Last year my Texan friends ran the Ascent and claimed if I didn't run it with them this year they were going to take away my Texas residency.

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Linda L Bendorf -- Age: 47 -- Falcon, CO

I'm running the ascent for myself - for my health.

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Catherine B Benecke -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for fun

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Daniel M Benecke -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

because my wife is

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Carol A Benight -- Age: 46 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Great challenge, gets me in shape!

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Randy G Benkler -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To pick up chicks

ouch!

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Patrick R Bennett -- Age: 36 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I love the mountain!

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Don J Berdan -- Age: 60 -- Eden Prairie, MN

Just a great event, good challenge

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Nancy L Berdan -- Age: 57 -- Eden Prairie, MN

Challenge after completing chemotherapy

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Bruce E Bergevin -- Age: 55 -- Huntington Beach, CA

The first time I ran I was in excellent physical shape and I almost died. The next time I ran I was not in very good physical shape, but I was experienced. I finished fifteen minutes better than the first time and I felt real good after the race.

see above comments

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Michael R Berry -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like a challenge.

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Sally L Berryhill -- Age: 28 -- Denver, CO

I love to run and love the mountains. My boyfriend Ryan is running the ascent also. He's the best.

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Desmond J Biava -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Motivation to get into shape

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Kreighton K Bieger -- Age: 31 -- Boulder, CO

It is the best mountain running race in North America!

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Michael D Bird -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CO

To have the ultimate running challange and crush my last years time and beat my brother in law who I forced to sign up!

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Greg E Birk -- Age: 49 -- Houston, TX

I am running in memory of mountain runner Jeremy Wright, Green Beret killed in operation 'Enduring Freedom.' I was Jeremy's college coach and sparked and encouraged his interest in mountain racing. Also, because I ran the 25th and this is the 50th!

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Jayson T Bjurstrom -- Age: 33 -- Monument, CO

For a new PR

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Tonya N Bjurstrom -- Age: 32 -- Monument, CO

New PR

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Adam D Blankespoor -- Age: 28 -- Salt Lake City, UT

I'm a peak bagger

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Severin J Blenkush II -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ran it when in college and felt great! Ran it when in my mid 30's and it kicked my butt. This mountain owes me a rematch!

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Michelle M Blessing-Dumas -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love Pikes Peak and run on it a few times a week

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Carolyn K Boardman -- Age: 43 -- Sierra Vista, AZ

I love a cahllenge and thought this would be a good one!

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Angela M Bodles -- Age: 30 -- Little Rock, AR

To get to the top again and not puke!

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Brenda C Bonner -- Age: 44 -- Little Rock, AR

for the challenge

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Howard H Bonser -- Age: 37 -- Palmer Lake, CO

I did my first Marathon in Arizona this year, and I live HERE. Why go elsewhere when the ultimate personal challenge is in my own backyard!?!?!

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Chad P Bookidis -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Sir Hillary said it best.

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Deborah C Borgo -- Age: 56 -- Boulder, CO

Since turning 50 it has become my way of dealing with a midlife crisis. It is one race that you HAVE to train for!

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Heather D Brandenburg -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I honor of my grandmother.

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Aaron L Briggs -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Something you don't get to do often

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Michael A Brilleslyper -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

Last year I got back into town 3 days after my Mother's funeral. I was not well prepared to run. Some how it seemed like struggling up that mountain was just the right thing to do.

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Nanette J Brobst -- Age: 42 -- Tucson, AZ

My sister went on it when she was 38 but unable to finish because of the low oxygen level. She said she wanted to go on it again when she was 40 and I said that I would do it too. We intend to finish this time.

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Barbara A Brom -- Age: 56 -- Lakewood, CO

I love theis rac, and the Peak. I have so many memories up there, good and bad. I want my ashes left on the Peak when I die.

When you pass the A-Frame, the rocks begin to look like lounge chaairs, and you dare not sit down, or you may never get up!

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Edward T Brown -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My priest is making me do it....

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Michael J Brown -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To push myself.

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Jaime L Bruce -- Age: 38 -- Westminster, CO

I've heard how challenging the ascent is and wanted to try it once before I turn forty.

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Danyielle L Bryan -- Age: 38 -- Aspen, CO

for the fun of it!!

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Timothy J Buese -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

Because it is there.

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John A Bulman -- Age: 38 -- Glendale, CO

Just for the helluva it!!!

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Maureen G Burnett -- Age: 47 -- Westminster, CO

A friend talked me into it.

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Peter L Burns -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For fun. I love going up that mountain

Not really, but as a volunteer last year I realized how much I love the it is one of the most

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Wiliam E Burruel -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The challenge

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Albert W Butkus -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the challenge

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Nan E Butler -- Age: 41 -- Littleton, CO

Because I can and to enjoy God's beauty

When I ran in 1994, I died and felt horrible ,I came home and made my husband promise never to let me do it again. To my surprise, the next week I found out that I was pregnant. Needless to say I was 'allowed' to run again..yahooo...

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Brenton H Buxton -- Age: 42 -- Austin, TX

It's spectacular and other-worldly. It's of a piece, one solid effort to a memorable goal burned forever in my brain. It's a new start every time, like being recreated.

I remember when the Hash House Harriers provided beer at Barr Camp and I drank too much and had to throw up at A-Frame!

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Thomas A Caballero -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great motivator to get into shape and enjoy Colorado at its finest!

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Joel D Cain -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Started doing it in 2000 - can't stop.

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John F Campbell -- Age: 60 -- Carbondale, CO

To celbrate my life and love of this mountain.

After 30 years running this race, I was diagnosed with cancer this January. I intend to undergo treatment and return for year 31!

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Linda N Canfield -- Age: 47 -- Saint Paul, MN

I want to do something 'out of my box'. This will be quite a challenge for me. I walk quite abit but I have never walked up a mountain!

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Bob G Carnahan -- Age: 71 -- Palmer, AK

I'm a distance runner and I run it each year for the past 16 years

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Phillip L Carr -- Age: 39 -- Mount Ida, AR

I have challenged myself each year with something new, this year it is Pikes Peak.

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Everett D Casady -- Age: 47 -- Rogersville, MO

2004 PP Ascent wash the most rewarding and fun run I have ever done to date and I could not pass up the opportunity to do the Ascent on the 50th annv.

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Angela M Cassidy -- Age: 38 -- Fountain Valley, CA

My brother John encouraged me

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John P Cassidy -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm sick and I call this fun.

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Randy M Castellano -- Age: 34 -- Las Cruces, NM

I'm just working on my running resume and looking for a new challenge. I've run a few marathons (including the Bataan Death March at White Sands Missile Range), a number of half marathons, the Baylor Pass Run (6 times), the Transmountain Run near El

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Jorge A Castorena -- Age: 40 -- Castle Rock, CO

To complete the triple crown.

I saved a man from falling off the mountain

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Carl E Cerniglia -- Age: 55 -- Little Rock, AR

no

no

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Brad M Chacon -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

3rd Generation Coloradoan who has participated in numerous sporting events in Colorado but never the ascent. Would like to accomplish on the eve of my 40th birthday!

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Allan G Chado -- Age: 51 -- Littleton, CO

Personal Challenge

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Andrew L Chaney -- Age: 40 -- Andover, KS

Because it's there!

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Dave W Chapman -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is a personal challenge for me every year to see if I can finish and to beat my previouse times.

This is my fourth year in a row competing in the Ascent

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Ernesto J Chavez -- Age: 27 -- Tucson, AZ

It's just something I have to do!

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Leona C Chavez -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just turned 50 years old and this is the 50th running of the Ascent.

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Liz T Chavez -- Age: 48 -- Santa Fe, NM

I enjoy it and I've been doing it for the past eight years.

No.

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Margaret J Chavez -- Age: 49 -- Huntington Beach, CA

I love the challenge

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Matt S Chavez -- Age: 21 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm running it with my mom who just turned 50 and wants to do the 50th running of the Ascent.

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Tim P Chavez -- Age: 34 -- Albuquerque, NM

It's the greatest race in the world and I love the view from the top.

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Lou E Christensen -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great challenge, great goal, great way to start the day!!

'Baby steps up the mountain...' when fighting off cramps.

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Andrea Cichosz -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can!!!

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Sally A Clair -- Age: 55 -- Edwards, CO

i love it

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Ralph E Clark -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Goal set after major back surgery in January.

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Raymond L Clark -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

HP Office Manager Challenge

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Marty M Clem -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

Phil Walker forces me into it.

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Mary G Clendaniel -- Age: 52 -- Hiawassee, GA

...just one more time...

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Donald D Clever -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Friend has challenged me

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Melissa A Clinton -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just moved here a year ago and have always wanted to do it.

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Bill L Coffelt -- Age: 45 -- Fort Smith, AR

One more 'double' before I die!

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Susan B Cogswell -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

just love the mtn and especially the training

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Dave J Coming -- Age: 47 -- Centennial, CO

To beat my brother Jack

Never do a Tahitian cruise one week before an acsent....the low altitude and weight gain of even three pounds will kill you..I suffered..

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Paul S Conkling -- Age: 49 -- Centennial, CO

This will be my 54th and final 14er. My 'friends' convinced me that this is the way to finish.

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Denice M Crall -- Age: 44 -- Moab, UT

I love to run on the trails and my husband Matt Olding is running the marathon.

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Cydney J Creech -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To proove cancer will not stop me!!!!

The first itme in 2001 was one the best experiences of my life!

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Dustin A Creech -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For fun.

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Allison C Creel -- Age: 29 -- Manitou Springs, CO

My husband is making me and I love the mountain!

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Brian A Cross -- Age: 46 -- Evergreen, CO

The challenge

no

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Jason A Crow -- Age: 31 -- Peyton, CO

Is there a better way to the top?

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Matthew Crownover -- Age: 32 -- Garland, TX

I am doing the double, this is step one.

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Robert J Cubrich -- Age: 51 -- Omaha, NE

for the challenge. excuse for a vacation.

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Sheila J Cullen -- Age: 44 -- Boulder, CO

It's an ass kicking event that develops confidence and character!

I haven't run a big race in a few years and it's time to challenge myself again!

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David S Cunningham -- Age: 44 -- Denver, CO

masochistic streak, trying to keep up with my wife

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Gary E Curmode -- Age: 54 -- Wichita, KS

Two fold: 1. To continue and complete my 32nd Pikes Peak run. 2. To continue to use this as a benchmark for life and health.

In 1978, it was on Sundays only; allowed 1,000 runners; Ascent runners stopped at the top, round-trip got to top, they took off the tag, and you started back down. Few water stops back then, I remember when I got down, it was over 90 deg. Did a 6:2

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Jay W Curtis -- Age: 57 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great race!

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Rebecca S Curtis -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Lots of fun!

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Sarah R Cyr -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just want to try it once while I can.

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K J Dahlberg -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the Peak-my fifth year

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Peter D Daniels -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

Cuz it feels good.

I was freezing cold once I past the A-frame. I was too delirious to remember that my jacket was wrapped around my waist.

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Richard E Dant -- Age: 41 -- Hood River, OR

i love to run mountains. i also want to get a better time than the last time i did it. i love to run a mountain and then look down from the top as the beauty of it all

i just loved the run in 2003,i had not been in colorado before and it was a beautiful state and a wonderful mountain to run

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Julie A Daugherty -- Age: 38 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

encouraged by friends

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M B Davenport -- Age: 44 -- Santa Fe, NM

I love the stunning views which are only available while climbing Pikes Peak. This will be my 10th time in a row participating in the race.

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Bryan M Davidson -- Age: 33 -- USAF Academy, CO

Because it is there

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Tyson H Davies -- Age: 34 -- Lakewood, CO

personal challenge, and I want to beat Hunky Baby (aka Dave Muscianisi

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Alan S Davis -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have lived on Colorado Springs for 23 years and have hiked the Peak... However; I would love to say I made the Ascent! :)

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Jeffrey C Davis -- Age: 39 -- Gunnison, CO

My wife and some of her family are running.

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Jo Ann H Davis -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am looking forward to running the hometown race and meeting the challenge of the Peak. I've watched the start twice and am eager to be a runner rather than a spectator.

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Meghan C Davis -- Age: 50 -- Pawhuska, OK

To celebrate my 50th birthday !!!

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Tom E Davis -- Age: 51 -- Overland Park, KS

Challenge

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Rita C Dawson -- Age: 54 -- Hutchinson, KS

Be with friends

No

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Matthew S Dee -- Age: 29 -- Lafayette, CO

The Challange

NO

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Ron E Dehn -- Age: 57 -- Pueblo West, CO

Years ago a friend of mine (Mel Druelinger - who has done both the Ascent and Marathon several times)told me that once you do the Peak, you will never look at the mountain in the same way. Since I've done the Peak, I understand. Every morning when

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Pete J Dempsey -- Age: 45 -- Boulder, CO

Because there's only one hill in it!

It's fun if you like self induced pain that nearly makes you hurl.

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Charles H Dewey -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Goal since arriving in Colorado

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Dave M Diaz -- Age: 57 -- Pueblo, CO

Trying to double

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Stacey A Diaz -- Age: 44 -- Pueblo, CO

50th anniversary

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Arnie C Didier -- Age: 41 -- Parker, CO

A challenge

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Andy T Dillon -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This will be my 7th Ascent. I love the race, the atmosphere, the scenery,the challenge and the support. It gives me a reason to get out and get fit throughout the year.

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Cindy L Dillon -- Age: 39 -- Larkspur, CO

To glorify God via fitness in my body in His creation! YaHoo!!!

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Karl P Dohm -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To set a new personal best time for barr trail ascent

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Kevin M Dougherty -- Age: 52 -- Florissant, CO

With a friend that is running it for the first time

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Thomas P Dougherty Jr -- Age: 57 -- Houston, TX

The ultimate challange for an AARP member!

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Don C Douglas -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have talked a group from work into doing this to get us computer nerds away from work and get in shape.

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Carrie J Dowdy -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I am healthy enough to face this challenge

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Mel E Downs -- Age: 62 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's cool!

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Melvin L Druelinger -- Age: 64 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have run the Ascent and the Marathon several times. I enjoy the challenge.

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Janet L Duncan -- Age: 41 -- Monument, CO

Fun, friends, MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT

not yet!

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Vern C Duncan -- Age: 63 -- Prince George, VA

It is a challenge

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Andrew B Dunham -- Age: 57 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Because it is still there, and so am I.

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Stephen S Dunham -- Age: 59 -- Denver, CO

Because my brother pays for it

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Angela L Dunn -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

personal challenge

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Darin S Dunn -- Age: 41 -- Springfield, MO

Previous experience.

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Andrew S Dunning -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This will be my fourth time. The first time I ran it, I was told by several Ascent veterans about how addictive it is. I didn't believe it then, but now I do: every time I do it, I think, 'I know I can post a better time!'

My first year, one of the finishers I met was a 62 year old man who told me that his training plan was simple: he ran 10 miles a day, six days a week.

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Cathy D Dunwody -- Age: 44 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

My friend talked me into it!

Last year we made it to 10 miles up, and got turned around...so a 13+ miler became a 20 miler!

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Damon D Dworak -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge, motivation to 'keep moving' and continue to train through the years

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Richard A Eastland -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Company team

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Robert A Eck -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Enjoy the challenge

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Matt P Ecklund -- Age: 33 -- Monument, CO

To complete a great challenge and to improve on my time from last year.

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Tavis C Eddy -- Age: 35 -- Lander, WY

personal satisfaction and fitness

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Joseph C Edgecombe -- Age: 56 -- Lynn Haven, FL

Love the Challenge and the beauty of the mountains

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Dale R Eldridge -- Age: 47 -- Fort Collins, CO

To do better than I have done before.

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Lisa B Elias -- Age: 36 -- Littleton, CO

For the challenge :)

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Leslie Ellis -- Age: 40 -- Denver, CO

good for the boo-tay :-)

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Patric P Engelkins -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

a challenge

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Stephanie R Engelkins -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to challenge myself

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Johny C Enright -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Life

No

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Shawn T Erchinger -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I train with some good friends and they always run the race and we want to race each other. I think I can beat them and they think they can beat me so we'll see:-)

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Emily M Evans -- Age: 21 -- Little Rock, AR

Member of Arkansas Pikes Peak Marathon Society

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Jack O Evans -- Age: 58 -- Little Rock, AR

President of Arkansas Pikes Peak Marathon Society

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Mark E Evans -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

Beats Walking

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Sonja C Evers -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I love Barr Trail and haven't run the race in such a long time. Have been focusing on mountain bike racing until now.

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Liane S Fainsinger -- Age: 44 -- Thornhill, CN

Because it's a good challenge, and I really enjoyed it last year.

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Hap W Farber -- Age: 58 -- Boston, MA

Have always wanted to try it

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Raymond E Farrell -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For Fun

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Susan A Faue -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fitness

No

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Michael V Fazio -- Age: 53 -- Albuquerque, NM

Social acceptability

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Adam R Feerst -- Age: 45 -- Denver, CO

Part of my own Mountain Triple: Pikes Ascent, Marathon, Imogene.

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Larry H Feise -- Age: 55 -- Albuquerque, NM

It's my favorite race of 40 yrs of racing

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Adam S Feliz -- Age: 17 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Training for Pine Creek High School cross country season

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John H Ferguson IV -- Age: 41 -- San Antonio, TX

Because it is there!

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Kelly C Ferrin -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

a fun challenge

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Eddie F Feuille -- Age: 55 -- Wichita, KS

I love the mountain running.

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Marvin J Fisher -- Age: 50 -- Smithton, IL

50 years old this , 50th Ascent

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Patrick J Fisher -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm hooked!

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Jasem R Fleming -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Something to prove to myself...

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Victoria L Fleming -- Age: 47 -- Monument, CO

Its my therapy--way cheaper than a shrink--too much fun!!!!

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Ryan P Fonkert -- Age: 31 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Because I can!

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Anne H Fox -- Age: 43 -- Evergreen, CO

training for a 50k and imogene pass

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Tony P Fox -- Age: 35 -- Denver, CO

I crazy, of course!

attn Carrol: I'm guy you talked to about possible refund - I'll know in a few weeks whether or not.

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Elizabeth G Francois -- Age: 37 -- Jemez Springs, NM

Personal goal. This is the quintessential trail race and I have been wanting to run it for years.

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Matt W Freeman -- Age: 47 -- Parker, CO

Training for 14ers, because I have a crazy friend who makes me!

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Kirk L Fry -- Age: 46 -- Westminster, CO

I figure that once every 8 years is often enough for this crazy race!

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Will R Fry -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

in memory of my brother

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Melinda A Frye -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

fun- ha!

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Christian S Fuller -- Age: 30 -- Boulder, CO

Jesus

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Bruce A Fuqua -- Age: 40 -- Bedford, IN

personal challenge

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Ronald P Furstenau -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's fun!

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Richard G Gallegos -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Every Coloradoan should try it at least once!

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Jonathan M Gamm -- Age: 38 -- Denver, CO

New resident in CO and want to exerience the ultimate trail run...I LOVE TRAIL RUNNING!

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Al C Garcia -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a great challenge and great to run with a bunch of great people.

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Connie R Garcia -- Age: 41 -- Wichita, KS

Personal accomplishment.

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Cortino R Garcia -- Age: 31 -- Fort Collins, CO

Always wanted to do this great race.

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Scott L Garcia -- Age: 38 -- Parker, CO

I ran the Barr Trail Race this is the next Step

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Christine M Gardner -- Age: 28 -- Duluth, MN

It is the most challenging race I have ever completed. I swore I would never do it again, but here I am...signing up

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John N Gardner -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there!

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Richard J Gardner -- Age: 45 -- Brier, WA

Run with by brother

ran with brother in 1985

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Joe M Garland -- Age: 51 -- Springboro, OH

Our family is coming out with our running club (Ohio River Road Runners) to do the 50th marathon and the ascent.

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Michele C Garlough -- Age: 39 -- Perrysburg, OH

I love pain

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Sonya E Gary -- Age: 38 -- Boulder, CO

Inspired by friends and family who have done the Ascent.

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Marty P Gaupp -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

want to improve on previous times

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Amy M Gavzy -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For personal enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment.

I was so happy just to finish and to finish with a good time.

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Terry L Gebhardt -- Age: 32 -- Boulder, CO

9 years ago when I first ascended Pikes Peak via the cogwheel train I told myself if I ever moved here I would complete the Pikes Peak Ascent. I moved here March 2004 and am ready to complete my goal of 9 years!

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Helen M Gercas -- Age: 49 -- Monument, CO

mid-life crises/another challenge before I hit age 50.

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Kevin C Gilford -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's fun!

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Daniel P Gillespie -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there!

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Myra M Giron -- Age: 27 -- Albuquerque, NM

Because I can.

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Michael A Glanert -- Age: 46 -- Golden, CO

Doubler

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Shane A Goldsmith -- Age: 41 -- Wichita, KS

Personal satisfaction.

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Robyn J Goldstein -- Age: 45 -- Lake Mary, FL

I feel it would be a wonderful accomplishment for a new runner. After Having Gastric Bypass Surgery this will be a dream come true for me to finish!!

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Fred P Gonzales Jr -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it has always been one of my goals and I'm putting in the the training needed to accomplish it.

No.

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Jeanine M Goodner -- Age: 37 -- Wichita, KS

A friend of mine ran it last year and I thought it would be a great goal for me to finish something more chaallenging than our local races.

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Rodney D Gordon -- Age: 33 -- North Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Pike's Peak Marathon Society

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Michael J Gormley -- Age: 43 -- Longmont, CO

Because it is my favorite race!!!

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Giselle M Gossage -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my Mom does it.

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John M Grad -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Godo training goal.

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Joe E Graf -- Age: 60 -- Overland Park, KS

The 50 th running just has to be done.

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Kim K Graff -- Age: 38 -- Monument, CO

I've heard and read how wonderful the race is!

not yet

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Steve M Graff -- Age: 36 -- Monument, CO

I've heard and read how great the event is!

no

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Deborah A Green -- Age: 42 -- Denver, CO

with husband & 76 year old father inlaw

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Kenneth A Green -- Age: 76 -- Littleton, CO

triple crown

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Ron L Green -- Age: 43 -- Denver, CO

run with father- he's 76 this year

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V D Greenleaf -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

To do better than last year

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Wendy L Greer -- Age: 31 -- San Diego, CA

My aunts and cousins live in CS and are running the race

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Barb L Gregoire -- Age: 49 -- Steamboat Springs, CO

Crazy husband talked me into it

Yes, My husband and I always hold hands as we cross the finish line. May not sound like much to you but to us it is very special.

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Jim L Gregoire -- Age: 58 -- Steamboat Springs, CO

because I am an aging frustrated jock

yeah. it hurts

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Clifton L Gregory -- Age: 57 -- Jacksonville, AR

challenge, done before

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Brent L Grenfell -- Age: 31 -- Littleton, CO

Mainly for the physical and mental challenge. Also to say I did it..

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Gary W Griner -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my wife wants me to do it with her this year.

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Ed A Gritters -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Joining freinds in training for a common goal.

I Drove one of the vans last year in the snow. I was the first van to the top.

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Frank Z Gryglewicz -- Age: 51 -- Denver, CO

I like pain

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Sandra E Guarrera -- Age: 41 -- Granby, MA

Because it's there

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Jennifer V Gustafson -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because running the Ascent is the ultimate high!!!

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Kyle M Gustafson -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is The Ultimate Challenge!

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Rick I Hagan -- Age: 55 -- Urbandale, IA

The challenge

no

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James A Hague -- Age: 69 -- Abilene, KS

Years ago my friend Richard talked me into the Ascent. Now I do it for the challenge.

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Gregory C Hall -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

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H. D Haltom Jr -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

I've helped friends train in the past and run several flatland marathons and feel this will be a real challenge.

N/A

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Allison J Hamilton -- Age: 19 -- Topeka, KS

To be with Family. My dad and a brother are doing the marathon. My other brother and his wife and my best friend are doing the ascent

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Jacob A Hamilton -- Age: 23 -- Baldwin, KS

My dad and brother are doing the marathon. My sister and her best friend and my wife are doing the ascent

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Toni N Hamilton -- Age: 21 -- Baldwin, KS

My husband, his sister and her friend are doing the ascent; my husband's father and brother are doing the marathon

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Dan L Hansen -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove I can do it again this time after major surgery

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Kathleen K Hansen -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal goal since I moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Needed the ultimate challenge!

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Matthew J Hansen -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have lived here for 10 years and wanted to see if I could do it. Personal goal!

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Matthew R Hansen -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have lived here for 10 years and wanted to see if I could do it. Personal goal!

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Coreene K Hanson -- Age: 44 -- Erie, CO

Lived in Colorado my whole life, I love to run,Pikes Peak is the real deal.

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Carrie L Hare -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there!

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Stuart A Harlin -- Age: 44 -- Pensacola, FL

Ultimate running experience

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Teri M Harper -- Age: 41 -- Woodland Park, CO

because it is there!

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Richie M Harr -- Age: 21 -- USAF Academy, CO

Challenge from a teacher

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Leslie C Harris -- Age: 48 -- Fort Collins, CO

This way I have to train in the wonderful high-altitude areas of Colorado

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Merilyn R Harris -- Age: 60 -- Wichita, KS

to celebrate the 50th anniversasy

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James E Harrison -- Age: 39 -- Wichita, KS

I am running the Pike's Peak ascent to see if I am up to the challenge.

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Nick A Hartshorn -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

I like the air up there.

The first time I did it, it was like a dream. The second was s nightmare. So I'm back to have a better go at it tht third time around.

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John E Harvey Jr -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am using the race as a training goal to continue my personal weight loss and fitness program. As a local resident, the Ascent is such a tradition and an accomplishment that it is driving me to better myself even more.

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Toby A Hatlevig -- Age: 30 -- Burnsville, MN

Chris and Christie Gardner are making me run

no

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Kevin M Hawkins -- Age: 28 -- Morrison, CO

Goal set on New Years Day.

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William B Haynes -- Age: 41 -- Los Alamos, NM

It's the best trail 1/2 marathon!

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Harold N Hays -- Age: 47 -- Little Rock, AR

Just love running the peak.

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Julie B Hein -- Age: 35 -- Manitou Springs, CO

It has changed my life.

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Jason C Helfrich -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove to myself I can do it!

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Tia Heneghan -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I turn 50 this year

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Alan M Henley -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have lived in Colorado Springs for almost 10 years- I was registered to run the ascent last year, but had to cancel since I was undergoing chemotherapy- I am fully recovered and have always wanted to run this race, since I have made the ascent at l

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Jeffrey L Henry -- Age: 46 -- Peyton, CO

You only go around once in life...may as well go around tired!

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Jessica K Henry -- Age: 24 -- Pawhuska, OK

To celebrate by stepmom's 50th birthday and my 25th birthday.

My stepmom ran the Pikes Peak Marathon for her 40th birthday.

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Mary J Herrera -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challenge myself

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Cheryl H Hickok -- Age: 33 -- Bloomington, IN

I missed my chance of running in 2003 when our family visited and my husband ran his first PP Marathon. I can't wait to get to the top and bask in the sense of accomplishment!

I had registered for the PP1/2 in 2003, and became pregnant with our first child shortly after registration. Since we're hoping to conceive another one this year, I thought, 'I'd better register and really start training!' We'll see what happens!!

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Richard E Hickok -- Age: 33 -- Bloomington, IN

Wanted to do the Double with two of my running buddies in Honor of the 50th running of Pikes peak

After completing our race in 2003 the three of us did a cartwheel across the finish line. In the recovery tent our friend Kirk got asked half a dozen times if he was okay because he was so pale. We reassured the officials several times 'Don't worry

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Jason E Hilgers -- Age: 26 -- Denver, CO

To prove to myself that I can do. And to say I did it.

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Sandy J Hill -- Age: 54 -- South Lake Tahoe, CA

50th Anniversary Run

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Martha L Hilton -- Age: 42 -- Houston, TX

It's a great race, I love Manitou Springs & Pikes Peak and it's a special year for the race.

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Katherine V Hitz -- Age: 39 -- Pratt, KS

It is a personal challenge.

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Randy L Hoge -- Age: 53 -- Boise, ID

cuz I was turned around last year due to the course closure

I reached A-frame just five minutes after the course was closed and I ran 20.6 total miles rather than 13.2 for the Ascent.

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Donald G Holkum -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to challenge and motivate myself

no

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Leah D Holland -- Age: 28 -- Denver, CO

My friend is making me suffer with her.

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William J Hollihan -- Age: 75 -- Beaver Dam, WI

Only 1 hill in whole race

I have spent more time in medic tent getting blisters fixed than any other Doubler

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Daniel J Holt -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Beautiful Race and I need the challenge.

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Emily E Hooi -- Age: 30 -- Austin, TX

Reunion with my friends who ran it with me before.

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Kathryn A Hook -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

God only knows!

I barfed all the way down the hill once!!!

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Robert L Hook -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

God only knows!

My wife puked all the way down the mountain one year!

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Butch J Hoover -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challange myself

I don't remember anything except coming out of an oxygen deprived coma.

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Shawn M Hordemann -- Age: 49 -- Manitou Springs, CO

50th Anniversary is pretty special.

A week before the 2000 race I broke my big toe. I had been training so long that I did it anyway (walking the entire way) in 5 hrs 33 min.

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Donna M Hosey -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to be able to say I did it!

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Graham A Houghton -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I see the mountain every day.

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Mark E Hoven -- Age: 47 -- Littleton, CO

Lived in Colorado all my life...(47 years) Have driven the summit many times...now it's time to cherish it's awesome beauty and challenge

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Patrick A Hrbacek -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm excited to participate during this anniversary year

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Jay A Huey -- Age: 47 -- Monument, CO

Because I love the race and it's the 50th.

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Pamela B Huffmier -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

It is the most difficult physical challenge I,ve ever done. I just feel darn proud when I finish

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Jeremy C Hull -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love to push myself

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Arne D Hultquist -- Age: 47 -- Salt Lake City, UT

Perhaps the dumbest thiing I ever did was sign up for the doubler, so I am doing it again.

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Scott N Hurlbert -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Habit

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Michael C Huseby -- Age: 58 -- Englewood, CO

Celebrate 50 years of Pikes Peak

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Sandi L Husted -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

As motivation to stay in shape

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Stephen T Irish -- Age: 37 -- Bloomington, IN

Because Hoosiers aren't afraid of your little hills.

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Ellen R Ivy -- Age: 41 -- Golden, CO

I've done a marathon. Time to try something different.

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John W Jacques -- Age: 19 -- Wayland, MA

Running with my Dad as a fund raiser for cancer research. My uncle died of cancer and always remembered the day he drove up Pike's Peak.

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Linda A Jagger -- Age: 52 -- Denver, CO

I love the challenge, its my favorite mt

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Thomas H Jagger -- Age: 50 -- Denver, CO

I love Pikes Peak.

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John R James -- Age: 41 -- Alamo, CA

I am tired of my wife having all the braging rights in the family. my first, her 8th, I just hope I beat her time.

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Todd A Janssen -- Age: 37 -- Englewood, CO

To challenge myself!

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Larry L Janzen -- Age: 57 -- Newton, KS

Because I'm 57 and it's a challenge

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Michael L Janzen -- Age: 36 -- Wichita, KS

the challenge

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Edward Jefferson -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just turned 50 years old and want to see if I can run up under 5 hours.

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James W Jennings III -- Age: 35 -- San Antonio, TX

To get to the top

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Emily A Jensen -- Age: 29 -- Ames, IA

I am running the Ascent to challenge myself and to spend quality time with my Husband - Kevin

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Kevin F Jensen -- Age: 34 -- Ames, IA

I am running the Ascent to challenge myself and to spend quality time with my wife - Emily

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Gary W Jewett -- Age: 39 -- Beverly, MA

For the challenge

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Genevieve H Johnson -- Age: 50 -- Minneapolis, MN

I love running and climbing fourteeners, so this event combines the best of both worlds.

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George F Johnson -- Age: 69 -- Centennial, CO

Fun.

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James (jim) W Johnson -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is the Year I turned 40 and this will be my accomplishment!

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Jan A Johnson -- Age: 52 -- Boulder, CO

challenge myselft

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Robert J Johnson -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am 50 this year and so is the race, what a perfect match...hahahha

Not that I could share on this page...the last 3 miles last year was the worst torture I ever performed on myself and yes, I am back to do it again...ahhaahhha

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Ryan M Johnson -- Age: 16 -- Romeoville, IL

SOUNDS LIKE FUN

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Terry M Johnson -- Age: 48 -- Romeoville, IL

FOR THE FUN AND THE CHALLENGE

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Spencer R Johnston -- Age: 62 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For exersise training

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David D Jones -- Age: 61 -- Saint Paul, MN

To get in shape for the Marathon on Sunday.

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Michael L Jones -- Age: 48 -- Elizabeth, CO

To challenge myself physically and mentally.

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Ronald J Jones -- Age: 55 -- Sierra Vista, AZ

Measure of my aging.

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Erick A Jordan -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was unable to compete last year (with a competitive entry even!) since I was deployed right after moving to Colorado Springs. I look forward to not only competing this year, but seeing my wife and newborn daughter Clara at the finish!

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Jeremiah C Jorgensen -- Age: 30 -- Wichita, KS

My first ascent was in 2003 and I hit a big brick wall after A-Frame. I shouldn't call it a wall, maybe a better term is lack of a wall for I just couldn't get enough oxygen. My peers say I came down with altitude sickness but I would not give up.

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Sharon K Joyner -- Age: 42 -- Woodland Park, CO

I LIKE THE CHALLENGE!

The first year (1994) I put myself in the Marathon not knowing that I would be up on my toes hugging rocks to avoid the runners coming down nearly most of the way. The next year I put myself in the Ascent and asked God to be a part of it and took 40

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Debbie S Juretus -- Age: 48 -- Lafayette, CO

I've enjoyed it in the past & this year is the 50th anniversary.

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Ulrich Kamm -- Age: 58 -- Littleton, CO

Fun, good training for 100 milers

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Heather A Karnes -- Age: 31 -- Baxter Springs, KS

wanted to run it with my father.

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Lisa M Kary -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's been a fitness goal for years!

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Gerard J Keeley -- Age: 59 -- Marietta, GA

I'll be 60 yrs. old on Aug. 30th & I'm giving this to myself as a b'day gift

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Susanna Kelland -- Age: 44 -- Manitou Springs, CO

habit

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Joseph A Kelly -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like this race and this mountain

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Gary F Kelsic -- Age: 50 -- Longmont, CO

I'm 50 - It's the 50th running - That makes it the Pikes Peak 100 for me. I also want to correct the mistakes I made when I ran this my first and only previous time 19 years ago!

19 years ago I had never trained for a race before. I completed one local 10K prior to my entry into the PP Accent race. I was what you might call inexperienced in the finer aspects of race etiquette. On the way they were handing out wet sponges a

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Stace M Kernodle -- Age: 25 -- Bloomingdale, MI

As of late I have been unchallenged at life and am sure this will present an opportunity to change that.

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Steven O Kidd -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Like the race, I am turning 50 this year.

Not yet.

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Kimberly R Kile -- Age: 35 -- Parker, CO

It's such an amazing challenge! I am always up for a challenge!

It was unbelieveable to me that it took me 25 minutes to finish the last mile!

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Margaret M King -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

fun

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Tim T King -- Age: 38 -- Tulsa, OK

Nice View

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Michael D Kinnee -- Age: 53 -- Minneapolis, MN

My wife is making me do this, i.e. she needs a training partner and she thinks this will be fun (?)

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Kevin V Kinney -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I live here and see it every day. It calls my name.

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Marty A Kirkland -- Age: 53 -- Panama City, FL

Challenge of the mountain

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Lori R Kisley -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I see it everyday and it calls to me!

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Elle E Klein -- Age: 33 -- Austin, TX

Everyone comes up against road blocks at some point in their lives. But if I can do this...makes those road blocks look like speed bumps.

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Kevin R Klisz -- Age: 26 -- Crystal Lake, IL

I continue to look for ways to up the bar

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Kevin R Knapp -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To go faster than last year.

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Janet L Kohls -- Age: 46 -- Owasso, OK

for myself and competition between my male relatives

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David L Kohrell -- Age: 40 -- Lincoln, NE

To reach the highest point in my running career. I've enjoyed marathons and half marathons; this time it's to the top.

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Sandra J Kolodziej -- Age: 37 -- Fort Collins, CO

Because we love it!

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Kelly J Koon -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To get back into shape.

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Greg H Kossover -- Age: 42 -- Wichita, KS

To be with my friend Andrew

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William M Krumrey -- Age: 43 -- Houston, TX

Because I had nothing better to do this weekend

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Bob N Kruse -- Age: 42 -- Castle Rock, CO

For the thrill of the event. :-)

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Ken E Kunkel -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm in my 40's and it's time.

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Christopher J Kupper -- Age: 57 -- Little Rock, AR

challenge, fun

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Tery La Rosa -- Age: 62 -- Austin, TX

To accomplish a goal I set out to do last year, but due to the approaching storm I was one of the unfortunate ones that was sent back when the trail closed.

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Kent O Laird -- Age: 32 -- Littleton, CO

Continue to find new and adventurous ways to push my physical limits. Have loved trail running since running in college at Montana State University

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Allen N Lamb -- Age: 52 -- Santa Fe, NM

One of the few ways to get more than 10 miles of uphill running, and then to be rewarded with beautiful views.

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Justin C Larson -- Age: 31 -- Fort Collins, CO

Because we love it!

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Laura E Larson -- Age: 33 -- Boise, ID

Personal goal and for fun

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Cheryl S Laslo -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I don't feel oxygen is necessary for life

None I should confess

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Vickie K Laughlin -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge to do the Ascent at the age of 50

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Dominick Layfield -- Age: 33 -- Park City, UT

I live for running up hills!

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William B Lee -- Age: 56 -- Idaho Springs, CO

50th Anniversary

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Michael T Lehan -- Age: 55 -- Centennial, CO

To have a goal to train for.

Great way to spend a day!

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Robert C Leivers -- Age: 53 -- Manitou Springs, CO

A number of us from my office are doing it together. Team building.

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Jon D Lenig -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Always wanted to do it!

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Louis D Lieb -- Age: 20 -- Golden, CO

I like the challenge.

I finished the race in 2002 while recovering from whooping cough.

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Ed J Light -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am a long time runner and want to see what I can do on the assent. I have many friends who have encouraged to compete in the race. This is the year, I'm not getting any older.

I have many friends who have completed the race over the years and have heard the horror stories of the folks who have fallen down.....need to watch your step!

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Julie J Lind -- Age: 43 -- Denver, CO

Because it is tradition!

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Donald L Linden -- Age: 44 -- Millburn, NJ

Running with my cousin and her friends.

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Bill D Linfield -- Age: 51 -- Dillon, CO

After 15 years of doing the ascent and marathon, it's in my blood!

Was there life before Pikes?

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Robert F Linfield -- Age: 53 -- Thornton, CO

So my brother won't think he's tougher than me

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Helmut K Linzbichler -- Age: 63 -- Harbor Springs, MI

could not do it in 1998 and is still missing in my ' to do list'

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Bryan C Lipe -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Guys from work have talked me into running the ascent with them so that we can become closer.

NO

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Brianne L Lippoldt -- Age: 24 -- Durango, CO

the challenge

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Jaclyn S Lloyd -- Age: 25 -- Sand Springs, OK

The Challenge from my dad

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Tom D Lloyd -- Age: 55 -- Broken Arrow, OK

challenged my 24-year old daughter to run it and she accepted

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Curtis L Logsdon -- Age: 47 -- Woodland Park, CO

I want to improve my time from last year and it is a blast.

Last year was the first time I ran the accent and I had knee surgery on my left knee just two weeks before the race. It was just 4 days before the accent that I decided to go ahead and run the accent. What a wonderfull experiance! Although my knee bo

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Teresa L Logsdon -- Age: 46 -- Woodland Park, CO

Have lived in Woodland Park for her whole life and has always wanted to run it.

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Laura J Loomis -- Age: 29 -- Castle Rock, CO

Peer Pressure

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Jon M Lucas -- Age: 38 -- Conway, AR

This would be my tenth year to run

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Joey M Luther -- Age: 26 -- Boulder, CO

Because it's there...Saturday and Sunday

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Jonda J Lutz -- Age: 45 -- Palmer, AK

I love the challenge. My dad has run it for 16 years and I like to run with him.

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Brenda S Lynch -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This is a personal goal of mine. I just want to see what I can do.

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Brendan J Maas -- Age: 25 -- Albuquerque, NM

Both my father and my brother have run this race, I am the only one who has yet to do it, so the three of us would like to do it together this year

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Frederick H Maas -- Age: 60 -- Santa Fe, NM

turned sixty, and think I am passing 50,000 miles of running, lifetime, while training for this event. My sixth ascent is intended to be a celebration.

My son ran Pikes at ages 12, 13 (won 15 & under category), 14, the challenge helped make his soul. he went on to be a sub-four miler and seven time collegiate national champion in the middle distances. He outran me when he was 13. He will run the

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Gordon B MacMillan -- Age: 27 -- USAF Academy, CO

To beat last year's time!

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Joe H Madrid -- Age: 61 -- Roswell, NM

2 reasons: Live Strong & Live Like You Were Dying. Last year I was turned back before I finished although I was around the bend from the cutoff. I was trying to do the ascent because I turned 60 last year. Since I could not reach my goal, even thoug

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Jon M Magistro -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ever since coming to CoSprings 20 years ago I wanted to reach the summit of Pikes Peak on my feet. I have hiked the mountain in the past and had plans 7 years ago to run the ascent (was signed up and had paid). I was unable to run it due to an injury

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Tom R Malcolm -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

self imposed personal challenge, it's a very liberating and empowering experience to summit the peak.

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Dan R Malinaric -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is the ultimate test. I love the mountain.

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May T Marchese -- Age: 48 -- Albuquerque, NM

my favorite race

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Minda W Marshall -- Age: 47 -- Castle Rock, CO

yearly ritual

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Mark M Martin -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Prove I get better as I get older

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Samuel Masias -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To participate in the spectacle

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Ronald A Mason -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Melody told me it was 'a must' run

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James W Mathenia -- Age: 62 -- Austin, TX

My wife is running & she I could come too!

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Carol Wild D Maxwell -- Age: 42 -- Fayetteville, AR

It sounds like a challenge, but also a lot of fun. I've done a several 25k's in Arkansas and decided I want to 'tackle' the Ascent.It's my brthday present to me.

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Chellie S Mazzullo -- Age: 46 -- Wichita, KS

For fun and as a personal challenge.

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William D McAfee -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Running the ascent gives me the opportunity to train and compete in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. In addition, it gives me a reason to have a party upon completion.

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Molly C McCabe -- Age: 38 -- Evergreen, CO

because my friend is making me. i'm an adventure racer, not runner.

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Susan F McCallum -- Age: 43 -- Richmond Hill, CN

personal challenge

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Brian P McCarrie -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just love trail running and this is the ultimate challenge.

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Jim M McGail -- Age: 41 -- Troy, OH

In 1986 I was stationed in Colorado Springs and trained very hard for the ascent and was registered to run the race. I ran many miles on the trail but I was sent to Texas when the race was to be run. Now, 20 years later I want to tie up this 'little'

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Charles R McGinnis -- Age: 61 -- Crested Butte, CO

Friends referral

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Mike K McHargue -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To beat my time last year.

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Chris S McIntyre -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have gotten back into competitive running this year. It has really been adicting as I have now filled my schedule with several races a month. I think it would be fitting to end my first year of racing with one of the most challenging courses in C

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Joanna M McIntyre -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I think it would be a good challenge to end my first year of competitive running.

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Gina K McKee -- Age: 43 -- Derby, KS

I have completed one 1/2 marathon in Kona 2000. As a mom of 5 and also a working mom, I would like to accomplish this race and am doing it with my husband who is a marathon runner. This challenges me not only physically, but mentally. We are all look

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Mitchel W McKee -- Age: 52 -- Derby, KS

Challenge

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Richard C McKenna -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My friend Jim's 40th Year accomplishment, because I am only 39.

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Jonathan A McLaren -- Age: 41 -- Driggs, ID

'Major mid life crisis' I am addicted to trail and hill running.(the endorphins work better at altitude) I have set personal goals and Pikes is one of them.

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Thomas E McLaughlin -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Always wanted to see if I could make it.

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Heather A McLendon -- Age: 26 -- Rochester, NY

It's a trail run in a (presumably) beautiful part of the world--why not? I'm running the ascent only because several men I know (who are not ultra fans or adament marathoners) think that pounding their legs to shreds on the way down proves something

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Brian J McManus -- Age: 43 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

A chance to knock off a fourteener in a race!

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Jamie L McMillin -- Age: 61 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Needed a worthy goal after right hip replaced in November of 2003

no, this my first Ascent only race

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Ted W Mecum -- Age: 61 -- Arvada, CO

At 60 years old my time is running out to break my goal of 4 hours.

Didn't pace properly and 'burned out' at the end. The Mountain won again.

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Judit K Megyesi -- Age: 49 -- Little Rock, AR

I am running with husband and so will be immediately available to render artificial respiration

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Juli A Meinecke -- Age: 46 -- Derby, KS

Running with my three sisters.

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Victor S Mejia -- Age: 42 -- Austin, TX

For the Fun of it.. ;)

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Joseph E Mendygral -- Age: 43 -- Woodland Park, CO

The hardest race I've ever run.

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Tony T Merschdorf -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I enjoy the challenge

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Eddie A Metro -- Age: 45 -- Fort Collins, CO

Because...it's there.

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Christopher C Meyer -- Age: 55 -- Monument, CO

I am going to try to beat my wife to the top.

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Ina M Meyer -- Age: 41 -- Cascade, CO

It's the biggest challenge in the area. It gives me a goal.

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Phyllis I Meyer -- Age: 51 -- Monument, CO

This will be the hardest thing I have done yet. It will mark the start of the second part of my life.

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Karl W Mickelson -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there

No

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Bruce M Mihalek -- Age: 55 -- Fort Collins, CO

The satisfaction of completion and beating last years time.

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Bruce E Miller -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's great fun

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Donna L Miller -- Age: 45 -- Denver, CO

I can't pass up a fun challenge! One of my trail running buddies has been holding this race out like a carrot for awhile and I couldn't resist joining her this year! Besides, I will be back from the Anchorage Marathon and needing another training g

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Kenneth E Miller -- Age: 46 -- Golden, CO

Self motivation

Just the incredible feeling I experienced above treeline

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Lauren E Miller -- Age: 23 -- Austin, TX

Challenge.

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Robert K Miller -- Age: 53 -- Canton, MI

I'm doubling this year.

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W S Miller -- Age: 43 -- Olympia, WA

I've always loved the challenge of running a good hill. We don't have hills like this in western Washington.

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Johnny B Mitchum -- Age: 58 -- Memphis, TN

I love it!

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Patrick E Mockler -- Age: 36 -- Baton Rouge, LA

It's the best!

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Thomas C Mohler -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

Annual Gut Check

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A. M Monk -- Age: 63 -- Hot Springs Village, AR

Arkansas group

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Timothy J Monroe -- Age: 45 -- Manitou Springs, CO

to see if I can do it...

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Sara L Montag -- Age: 40 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

too old to know better!

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Mike T Montoya -- Age: 34 -- Albuquerque, NM

To try and finish each year.

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Ann M Moore -- Age: 64 -- Little Rock, AR

Anniversary year and to be part of the Team Arkansas again.

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Marcee M Moore -- Age: 39 -- Moab, UT

My two good friends are running it..Matt Olding & Denice Crall, we are all training togethier

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Christine D Morales -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove to myself and girlfriend that I can do it. Plus we moved out here to be adventurous.

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Shane A Moran -- Age: 21 -- USAF Academy, CO

To show that I can and better my time

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Jonathan R Moravec -- Age: 22 -- David City, NE

Prove I can do it.

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Thomas J Morin -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My sister is making me do it!

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Charlotte J Morris -- Age: 53 -- Fort Smith, AR

I love the mountain and love a challenge!

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Michael D Morse -- Age: 41 -- Peyton, CO

Rocky Mountain High!

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Amy M Mosher -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal goal....my dad also ran the PP marathon several yrs ago & I was very proud that he finished w/o injury, he inspired me....I'd like to start w/ the ascent & maybe one day to the PP marathon.

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Rachel D Mosier -- Age: 35 -- Oklahoma City, OK

Because I can

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Robin C Muckey -- Age: 44 -- Monument, CO

Ran the Ascent last year and had such a good time that I have to do it again. Going for 'the Double' this year.

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Clifford J Mullen III -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great race, well run, and lots of support up the trail.

Just learn to run uphill for a long time!!!

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Carol S Mullikin -- Age: 55 -- Vail, CO

This race has become a tradition with my girlfriends.

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Matt J Mullins -- Age: 20 -- Hutchinson, KS

addicted

pain

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Steve S Mullins -- Age: 44 -- Hutchinson, KS

Enjoy the race and gives me a reason to train.

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Kelly S Murphy -- Age: 53 -- Leadville, CO

The first race of any kind I ever ran was the Ascent in 1976. I have run it almost every year since, as a way of expressing gratitude for health and family.

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Marc D Murphy -- Age: 52 -- Woodland Park, CO

nows the time

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Ted L Murray -- Age: 50 -- Waterloo, IA

I am going to be 50 this year, the run is 50 years old, and I want the challenge. I've looked at this run for years, so now is the time.

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Dave J Muscianisi -- Age: 34 -- Littleton, CO

Because the marathon is just too brutal.

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Maribeth H Muse -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

personal goal

no

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Heather A Musmanno -- Age: 31 -- Boulder, CO

Got lost in the mountains biking and climbing 14ers for 2004. Emerging this year for organized rides and Pikes Peak ascent to give direction/goals to training w/o concentrating on intense age group competition.

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Lem R Myers -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Friends goaded me into it!

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Harsha Nagaraj -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to run with my wife and support her.

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Scheri S Nagaraj -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just had a baby and I wanted to get back into good shape by training for the accent.

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Edward F Nagle -- Age: 59 -- San Antonio, TX

I enjoy the challenge!

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Laurie A Nanka -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just recently moved to the Springs in Jul 04 and completed the ascent by hiking. This would be a great challenge and accomplishment.

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Ron L Nation -- Age: 53 -- Longwood, FL

Fellow runner invited me to try it.

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Tony J Nitti -- Age: 30 -- Trenton, NJ

To make my new wife proud!!

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Keith F Noble -- Age: 55 -- Springfield, MO

To have a goal and to run the 50th

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Craig W Nockels -- Age: 39 -- Littleton, CO

because it is there

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Diane J Nockels -- Age: 38 -- Littleton, CO

It's an annual event!

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Linda L Noe -- Age: 43 -- Larkspur, CO

For the challenge.

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Jeffrey J Novacek -- Age: 41 -- Phoenix, AZ

a friend told me it was a cool run

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Laura A Nye -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

It's a social thing! It's part of our 'Keep Austin Weird' thing and part of the Austin Runner's Club annual trek to Pikes Peak.

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Sally A O'Connor -- Age: 36 -- Gunnison, CO

I'm a legacy. My mother (Ellen O'Connor) won the marathon in the late 70's. (Either 77 or 78) I placed in my age group 2 years ago in the marathon. It was one of the best days of my life. I couldn't pass up doing one of the events on this major anive

When I ran the marathon in 2003 it was very emotional. My dog had died the day before and my entire family had flown in to watch me run. My mother ( Ellen O'Connor) won the marathon in either '77 or '78 and she was running in the ascent. She did wond

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Shawn V O'Kane -- Age: 40 -- San Antonio, TX

I want to dedeem my last year's time. I learned lots and know I can do much better.

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Mike Speed D O'Malley -- Age: 36 -- Grand Junction, CO

Its all about the getting the jacket! As an athelete I am always looking for new challenges and this is one of the toughest physical challenges any where.

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Daniel E O'Meara -- Age: 38 -- Parker, CO

to be or not to be, that is the question

My brother-in-law Mike Bird is slow as mud

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Joseph P O'Meara -- Age: 37 -- Centennial, CO

It is the best local challenge available and a big emotional, mental, and physical test.

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Jeff C O'Neil Jr -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

Personal Challenge

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Eric J Oberly -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is a fun time. Lots of friends doing it this year

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Jeff K Ogren -- Age: 48 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Because it is the greatest race ever!

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Dave J Oliver -- Age: 39 -- Monument, CO

pride

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Donald L Oliver -- Age: 62 -- Parker, CO

My favorite running event, beautiful course.

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Mel R Oliver -- Age: 60 -- Clifton, CO

to stay in shape

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John H Olson -- Age: 55 -- Colorado Springs, CO

will be my 20th Ascent in a row

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Ken O Olson -- Age: 54 -- Monument, CO

To improve my time from last year for a personal best. Probe to my self I am in shape. I have hiked the peak every year for the last 15 years. I am running/walking for the extra challenge.

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Kevin C Ommen -- Age: 36 -- Papillion, NE

Used to live in Colorado Springs.

Struck by lightining 2004 marathon.

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Edward J Ortiz -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am goal oriented

Bad cramping at Barr Camp

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Mary T Ortman -- Age: 33 -- Grand Blanc, MI

Several years ago my father was a smoker. He survived a heart attack and quick smoking. He began running and eventually ran the Peak on his own. He introduced me to running and I have loved it since. We still hike Pikes Peak together and I am gra

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Kristy K Ott-Meyer -- Age: 47 -- Albuquerque, NM

50th Anniversary -

IT'S HARD!!!!!

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Matthew D Owen -- Age: 36 -- Monument, CO

fun!

Made time goal of sub 5:00 on the marathon last year!

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Jennifer R Owens -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ran out of excuses for not entering -- 'everyone else' has done it (I live in CO Springs)

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Stephen D Palmer -- Age: 46 -- Monument, CO

It is calling me again

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Jane E Parenteau -- Age: 41 -- Longmont, CO

For the challenge

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Nathaniel M Pascual -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there

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Stephanie M Passarelli -- Age: 33 -- Lakewood, CO

The first year I ran the Ascent in 1998 my husband proposed to me at the top after we finished. I've run every year since then with the exception of the two summers when my daughters were born within a month of the race.

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Roberta L Paterson -- Age: 50 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I understand this is the 50th year for the Pikes Peak Marathon and I am turning 50 this year myself, so I thought it would be a good goal to train for.

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Buzz N Patten -- Age: 57 -- Aspen, CO

Because it's a good goal for the summer, and it is one of the best organized events I've every participated in.

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Vern G Patterson -- Age: 62 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its a great mountain

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Pete Patton -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

Because it seems like a great challenge. And I've known friends who have done it.

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Cheryl C Paustian -- Age: 41 -- Parker, CO

Pikes Peak is on my list of 14teeners to hike and a friend asked me to do the ascent with her.

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Gregory J Peacock -- Age: 53 -- Orem, UT

Have long desired to run the Ascent, but have always had some event intervene to keep me from running it.

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Michael A Pecha -- Age: 24 -- Omaha, NE

'Cause Yo Mama says I gots some good endurance.

I never climbed Pikes Peak, but I climbed Yo Mama.

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Brian S Penn -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a local community event


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David B Pennington -- Age: 51 -- Fort Collins, CO

I have always wanted to run it.

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Gina M Perenchio -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the 4 years I have lived in Colorado, I have looked at Pikes Peak every day and I have yet to conquer it! This is the year!

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Marie H Perinet -- Age: 37 -- Fort Collins, CO

Warm-up for the marathon the next day

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Josh D Personius -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun!

Yes, never buy new shoes a week before the race.

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Jeffrey A Peske -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because Melody told me I had to!

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Kristin M Petsche -- Age: 33 -- Lincoln, NE

Insanity:) The ultimate challenge that I can handle and I love the views.

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Michael H Phan -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Just to do it, and want to see the Barr trail.

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Mark L Phannenstiel -- Age: 47 -- Castle Rock, CO

always wanted to

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Walter T Pheeney -- Age: 62 -- Farmington Hills, MI

This will be a follow up to 6/05 Machu Picchu Marathon

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Tammy J Pitts -- Age: 37 -- Broken Arrow, OK

Challenge

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Marc S Plantico -- Age: 50 -- Asheville, NC

Celebrate 50th birthday w/50th Pikes Peak Ascent

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Mark D Plucinski -- Age: 50 -- Republic, MO

After 20 marathons, I'm ready for a real challenge!

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Allison R Plute -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I did it last year for the first time, and am preparing to beat my time.

It is a blast!!

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Adam W Podratz -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for a little challenge

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Alana S Podratz -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm looking for a good challenge.

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Mark W Pohlman -- Age: 34 -- Great Bend, KS

For the challenge

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Robert V Poole -- Age: 41 -- Bartlesville, OK

For the fun of it!

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Stephanie L Poole -- Age: 31 -- Albuquerque, NM

If Christ can die for me, I can hike up a mountain for him.

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Timothy J Poole -- Age: 37 -- Hot Springs, AR

To say that I once again conquered 'The Beast' (or for the 50th anniversary fleece jacket)

wrote stories for local newspapers about my 3 other races up the Peak

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John A Prater -- Age: 34 -- Superior, CO

Skipped the races in 2004 and missed them.

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Mark A Precious -- Age: 39 -- Larkspur, CO

want an injury free sub 3 hour race on 3rd attempt

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Peter M Price -- Age: 59 -- Little Rock, AR

nothing else to do on August 20th

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David A Prinster -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge. Good reason to get in top shape this summer.

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Valerie J Prothe -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Ascent can be the most euphoric or miserable race I've ever done! I love it!

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Thomas R Prumer -- Age: 31 -- Lubbock, TX

For the mind and Body challenge and being in the great outdoors

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Cornelius M Puiulet -- Age: 32 -- Albuquerque, NM

Just looking for something different than a flat run. Plus, I enjoy running uphill. I found that out when nursing a foot injury. Less impact.

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Susan P Purcell -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

50th anniverary event

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Christopher D Pylkka -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Running for my deceased brother (Bob)

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Bobby Radakovich -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CO

Because I can

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Kathleen B Rader -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It keeps me young.

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Norma L Rahall -- Age: 16 -- Tierra Verde, FL

I am finally 16 and am able to run with my Dad

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Richard D Rahall -- Age: 53 -- Tierra Verde, FL

I am doing this with my 16 year old daughter

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Paul B Rahill -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

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Stephanie F Rahill -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my husband told me too.

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Ophir Rahmani -- Age: 32 -- Denver, CO

I love it!!

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Nilda A Ramirez -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To beat my last years time

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Rene Ramirez -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To finish it better than last year

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Margaret B Randolph -- Age: 28 -- Denver, CO

Because I don't know how to say 'NO!' to peer pressure.

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Jim R Randono -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I don't know.

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John P Rapkoch -- Age: 21 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Best race in the world!

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James M Rapkoch II -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is America's greatest challenge. I am also running with my son.

My son ran 3:23 at 19 years old on his first attempt.

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Jeremy M Raulie -- Age: 33 -- Monument, CO

For the challenge and to find strength and will within myself.

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John D Ray -- Age: 44 -- Albuquerque, NM

I'd like to spend some good time with good friends.

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Mark D Raymond -- Age: 44 -- Bartlesville, OK

fun

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Richard F Reich -- Age: 32 -- USAF Academy, CO

I want to run with my fellow co-workers and I am up for the challenge. They have several years of history with this race, and I would like to start my own tradition.

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Don J Remson -- Age: 45 -- Bartlesville, OK

It has become an annual event for me and my running buddies

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Jerardo B Reyes -- Age: 39 -- Pueblo, CO

I enjoyed the challange the race provides.

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David D Rice -- Age: 19 -- Catoosa, OK

never been higher than 6,288 feet

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David D Rice -- Age: 39 -- Catoosa, OK

never been higher than 6,288 feet

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David J Rice -- Age: 43 -- Belchertown, MA

never been higher than 6,288 feet

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Charles R Richardson -- Age: 49 -- Atlanta, GA

I am going to 'double up' this year: Half on Saturday, Full on Sunday.

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Duane C Richert -- Age: 60 -- Pueblo, CO

To prove I am not OLD

None to share

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Diane K Ridderhoff -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a good challenge!

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Bonnie S Riley -- Age: 52 -- Minneapolis, MN

I have wanted to run this event since I started running, just 5 years ago.

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Timothy D Riley -- Age: 32 -- Stillwater, OK

It is the most beautiful and challenging race I have competed in, and the experience is unforgettable. Plus, I couldn't miss the 50th anniversary.

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Leslie T Rivera -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it is a wonderful experience!

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Mark C Roberts -- Age: 39 -- Longmont, CO

Pikes Peak provides focus for my training through the summer, and I'm enjoying the challenge of getting closer to 3 hours for the race.

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Mark C Robson -- Age: 39 -- Toronto, CN

It's a great race. So different!

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Veronica E Rodriguez -- Age: 33 -- Los Alamos, NM

For the challange! Doesn't seem as boring as running a marathon.

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Laurie S Rogers -- Age: 38 -- Fort Collins, CO

Think this will be a creative way to 'bag' another 14er on my quest to do all 54. I summited 17 14ers so far!

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Nicole E Rosa -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can.

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Larry D Rose -- Age: 57 -- Silt, CO

Because I can

A race not to miss !!

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Elizabeth J Rothenberg -- Age: 39 -- Oakland, CA

To keep myself thinking about Colorado and all the trail running and hiking I've done there (I just moved to California) and my childhood home of the Springs.

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Amy J Rothschadl -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challenge my mind and keep my body in check.

As I approached the last mile of the Ascent, I had it set in my head that I would never put myself through that craziness again! As soon as I crossed the finish line, the feeling that I had was unbelievable...that feeling was so great, I couln't imag

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Andy B Rowland -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

a fun race!

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Timothy E Roy -- Age: 27 -- Fort Collins, CO

I've wanted to do it for years. I want to race both Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans (cycling) in 2005

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Rosy M Rubio -- Age: 45 -- Roswell, NM

CRAZINESS! AND I HAVE CONVINCED HALF OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE ALSO. THE FEELING AFTER YOU FINISH IS I AWESOME!!!!!

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Ruben N Ruiz -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To say that I have done it

Nope

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Rob K Runkle -- Age: 36 -- West Chester, OH

I'm running the PPA, because it is the first half of a DOUBLER.

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Amy R Rutenberg -- Age: 38 -- Lexington, KY

as part of my 10th anniversary vacation

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Mark L Sageser -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

It's there!

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Barb J Salna -- Age: 55 -- Portage, WI

My daughter and husband will participate in the marathon and my husband will also join me in the Ascent.

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Michael J Salyards -- Age: 41 -- Elbert, CO

A great race on a beautifil trail with no oxygen. Who could ask for more?

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M. B Sanders -- Age: 52 -- Baton Rouge, LA

Love it! We're from the flat lands of Louisiana.

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Stephen H Sando -- Age: 63 -- Edina, MN

I love the challenge and the sense of satisfaction in its completion

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Dean E Sandoval -- Age: 50 -- Canon City, CO

The challenge!

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Robert J Sanford -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun and the challenge

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Renee L Santiago -- Age: 42 -- Monument, CO

I love it!

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Emilie N Satterwhite -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To run it with my mother

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Robin A Satterwhite -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To run with my daughter - her first time!

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Joe M Sauerbrey -- Age: 25 -- Archdale, NC

For the challenge and for the great view

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Luke M Sauter -- Age: 25 -- Albuquerque, NM

The Challenge of it!

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Joseph D Schaefer -- Age: 64 -- Spokane, WA

A friend talked me into it & I want to run it with my son-in-law.

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Bradley M Schaeppi -- Age: 27 -- Minneapolis, MN

Because It's There

No

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Kathryn A Schanks -- Age: 45 -- Golden, CO

Great training challenge

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Payot O Scheibe -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it is there.

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Matthew H Schipfer -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to prove to myself that I can set a goal, work towards it and achieve it.

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David C Schlingmann -- Age: 31 -- Hillsboro, MO

A Challenge - I enjoy the race

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Michael G Schlingmann -- Age: 32 -- Sarasota, FL

For personal gratification and to do it with my dad.

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Robert W Schlingmann -- Age: 65 -- Hillsboro, MO

for the challenge

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Michael H Schmidt -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've climbed teh Peak 5 times. It's time to see if I can run it like some of my friends have.

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Tanya K Schmidt -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my boyfriend beat me last time.

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Jerry W Scholl -- Age: 52 -- Wichita, KS

Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree

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Randy K Schroeder -- Age: 49 -- Gypsum, CO

Motivational goal to get back my formerly youthful zest and magnetism.

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Pamela M Schuckies -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To celebrate my 50th birthday & enjoy the beauty of the mountain

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Grant E Scott -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have always lived in Colorado Springs, and I've been a runner for the last nine years, but this is the first year that it was possible to schedule the race.

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Kelli A Scoville -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A group of Girlfriends talked me into doing it, and I have always wanted to try it.

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Jocelyn E Seelye -- Age: 26 -- Denver, CO

Because I have been watching my dad run the ascent for about 20 years and I would like to finally run it instead of watching.

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Ashley E Seiler -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It will be another challenge that I will overcome as an asthamatic

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Elberta L Seybold -- Age: 25 -- Espanola, NM

Fun

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Mary M Shackelford -- Age: 30 -- Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Pike's Peak Marathon Society

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Michael C Shafai -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Signing up to do the double this year. Yeehah!

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Todd M Shear -- Age: 33 -- Bradenton, FL

for th glory of it

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Forrest W Shed -- Age: 66 -- Norman, OK

My daughter made me do it! It's crazy! At first I did'nt think it was possible, but if other people can do it I guess I can to.

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Valerie H Shed -- Age: 37 -- Oklahoma City, OK

It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.

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Timothy J Sheehan -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Just something I have to do....Can't stop doing it!

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Jeff P Shields -- Age: 54 -- Edina, MN

Have done it before, and love the atmosphere

I did my first Ascent before I ever ran a full marathon. The formula was extremely accurate, as my first marathon was 28 minutes under my Ascent time.

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Geoff C Shilton -- Age: 52 -- La Vista, NE

Someone said that there is free beer at the top.

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Calvin D Shook -- Age: 64 -- Elgin, TX

Finishing in 5:15 while walking o4 in 04 was very satisfying. I want to do brag to the folks in Austin that I ran some and beat my 04 time.

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James T Shull -- Age: 63 -- Salem, MO

It is a personal goal and a tradition

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Thomas G Siegel -- Age: 43 -- Ridgefield, CT

If I can do this race every year, how out of shape can I really be?

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Elizabeth A Silsby -- Age: 19 -- Auburn, KS

Doing it with a friend, her brother, his wife, brother's brother is doing the marathon with his dad..

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Craig E Simon -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

This is my 50th birthday on the weekend of the 50th anniversary of Pikes Peak so i plan to double this year.

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Susan K Sinclair -- Age: 52 -- Webster, TX

Because I'm a nut.

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Alan R Sirhal -- Age: 50 -- Littleton, CO

The race and I are the same age!! cool

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Donald J Skogman -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It;s my back yard and have never been to the top.

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Tony J Slavec -- Age: 54 -- Littleton, CO

I dont know any better.this will be 20th time

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Michael D Slesar -- Age: 39 -- Aurora, CO

to be a badass

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Kara A Sloan -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I am going to turn 40 next year and need to prove to myself I still got it!!

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Stacy J Sloan -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I'm tired of being the only person I know who hasn't done in sometime in the past.

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Stuart C Sloat -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because Michelle Blessing pimped me into it!

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Carrie L Slover -- Age: 52 -- Pueblo, CO

To beat the mountain!

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Megan A Smedley -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm unable to run the Barr Camp Mountain Race due to my grandma's 95th birthday in Michigan...so, why not just go all the way up this year!!!

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Karen J Smidt -- Age: 38 -- Brighton, CO

I want to do the double!

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Ann B Smith -- Age: 49 -- Dayton, OH

I am a Colorado native (from Winter Park) and would really love to give this a try!

not yet!!

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Barry J Smith -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm fighting aging and what better proof than to match my time from 14 years ago.

I came out to Colorado from Wisconsin for a vacation in 1991 and decided to run the ascent. I think I was the top Wisconsin finisher that year in 3:20. I never thought then that I would live here, but my wife and I just moved our family here last s

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Donall R Smith -- Age: 36 -- Pueblo, CO

Challenge - beat last year's time

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Jacky W Smith -- Age: 35 -- Broken Arrow, OK

Always looking for a challenge, otherwise life would be boring.

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Leroy D Smith -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To run with my friend and her daughter.

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Stewart C Smith -- Age: 21 -- USAF Academy, CO

The feeling of accomplishment.

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Terri S Snethen -- Age: 42 -- Olathe, KS

I like doing events that are different than things I have done before.

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Ray E Snoke -- Age: 50 -- Tulsa, OK

A chance to squeeze every ounce of juice out of life!

Last time I was so exhausted I was offered oxygen. I was told the volenteer who helped me was drop dead georgeous. It really hacks me off and verifies that I was delerious because I didn't even notice how beautiful she was.

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Susan L Snowberger -- Age: 54 -- Newnan, GA

Wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary

Ran the Ascent 3 years ago and ran the Marathon last year. The marathon was the most amazing experience and challenge of my life!

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Steven M Snyder -- Age: 40 -- Boulder, CO

My surgeon once thought I would never run again. She also had said I would never ski bumps or backpack again, and step by step it's proven to be a very good year to learn otherwise.

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Gary Z Sobol -- Age: 66 -- Boulder, CO

I love climbing 14 teeners and haven't done this race in a while. I have very fond memories of it and several friends have encourage me to do it with them.

One year as I was descending the Mt Manitou incline I came upon a young man who was lying on the trail complaining of cramps. I helped him up and encouraged him to finish. A few miles later he flew by me near the finish line.

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Cathy J Spencer -- Age: 54 -- Wichita, KS

To see if I can improve my time. It is also a great view!

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Robert T Spiller -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Always wanted to

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Larry M Spradley -- Age: 28 -- Larkspur, CO

To summit my first 14er.

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Gary A Sprague -- Age: 45 -- Woodland Park, CO

to grow closer to God

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Johnny M Spriggs -- Age: 51 -- Broken Arrow, OK

I ran it last year and enjoyed it so much I am running the double this year

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Andrea J Sprung -- Age: 31 -- Glenwood Springs, CO

for the challenge of doing it & the marathon!

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Mark D Stafford -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like being on 14ers.

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Steve F Staley -- Age: 57 -- Centennial, CO

I'm addicted to the race

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Timothy A Stankey -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal objective

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David R Steadman -- Age: 36 -- Lubbock, TX

Best race ever

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Manuel Steele -- Age: 36 -- Tallahassee, FL

Mountain running was a tradition of my ancestors - the Apache Indians. The Navajos called them the 'Mountain People.'

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Rob E Steffen -- Age: 49 -- Lone Rock, WI

It has the best scenery and best support of any race I've ever done. Plus, there are friends I've made here that I look forward to seeing every year

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Timothy D Steffens -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Addicted.....

I'm going to beat Terry!

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Kimberly A Sterrett -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want the experience.

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Phillip J Stevenson -- Age: 63 -- Golden, CO

Because I am CRAZY!

Fell in LOVE with my wife years ago!

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Teri L Stockham -- Age: 46 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

My sister wanted to do it one more time since it was the 50th anniversary of the race and she wanted me to do it with her. And, I just bought a second home in Manitou springs so it was my excuse to be in Colorado for a month and away from the Florid

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Karen L Stone -- Age: 49 -- Little Rock, AR

I love Pikes Peak! It is an awesome challenge!! I also run in memory of my son who passed away in 1989. His name was William Bradley Otts.

I ran my first Pikes Peak Marathon in memory of my son William Bradley Otts.

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Alvin B Strait -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal goal

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Brenda M Strait -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

personal goal

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Justin A Strasburg -- Age: 25 -- Lincoln, NE

25th birthday

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Chuck W Streit -- Age: 60 -- Stillwater, OK

50 running

Brother Ralph did not ralph on the trail in 96

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Bruce L Sturm -- Age: 46 -- Prairie Village, KS

No pain no gain!

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Tyler M Stutzman -- Age: 33 -- Wichita, KS

I wanted an ambitious goal to maintain or improve my fitness during the rugby off-season. Based on my experience in this race, I plan to take on either adventure racing, triathlons, or three-legged races with my nieces and nephews.

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Frances E Summerhill -- Age: 51 -- Centennial, CO

Pikes Peak is calling me!!!

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Ted M Sutherland -- Age: 48 -- Golden, CO

Because its there

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Patrick K Swank -- Age: 57 -- Pueblo, CO

To compete in the Triple Crown. I ran the other two legs last year and want to do all three this year.

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Erl S Swierkowski -- Age: 60 -- Beaufort, SC

To run it with my daughter and son-in-law

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Kris L Sybrant -- Age: 35 -- Monument, CO

Motivation to train

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Tatjana A Sybrant -- Age: 34 -- Monument, CO

Motivation for training

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Cary G Tannery -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To celebrate surviving Cancer

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Joni M Taylor -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the absolute challenge & thrill

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Larry F Taylor -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can.

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Nancy S Taylor -- Age: 54 -- Cincinnati, OH

I love the race!

My 1st Pikes Peak Ascent in 2001 & hearing the disco music at the peak at the finish was the best.

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Robert J Taylor -- Age: 64 -- Little Rock, AR

Proud member of the Arkansas Team.

This is my 1st Ascent race, after running the Pikes Peak Marathon 5 times. It's a wonderful and challenging experience!

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Jon C Teisher -- Age: 30 -- Austin, TX

Always wanted to hike up Pikes Peak!

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Sherman I Terry -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love this race, the mtn, the energy of the people, the persistance required. It is a good test of ones self.

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Kathy A Theodore -- Age: 39 -- Falcon, CO

Challenge, exercise, fun

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John A Thomas -- Age: 40 -- Tulsa, OK

Because I must!

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Julie A Thomas -- Age: 42 -- Tulsa, OK

Kick Butt

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Jennifer A Thompson -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there!

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Tam Thompson -- Age: 47 -- Austin, TX

Because, after 3 surgeries on the same knee, I still CAN!

I ran the 2002 PP Marathon 6 months to the day after having major bone reconstructive surgery on a knee.

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Kari L Thorne -- Age: 47 -- Avon, CO

Running with ladies running group, the Hormone Replacement Harriers.

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David W Thresher -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for fun

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Kenneth B Tietz -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

At 47 years old, it is still something to accomplish.

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Stephanie R Tilley -- Age: 29 -- Wichita, KS

It's a great race and I want to run on the 50th anniversary!

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Raymond L Timmons -- Age: 45 -- Centennial, CO

Crazy running friends

After my first race, I was too cramped to put my pants on.

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Henry B Tippie -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Every year has been a different race for me. This year I hope to have my best time.

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Ryan O Toland -- Age: 34 -- McMurray, PA

Challenge to stay fit throughout the year.

Not yet...

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Wesley C Tongue -- Age: 21 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Dad's making me...

Hypothermia at the top last year after an idot pushe people aside at the finish and splashed water all over me.

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William L Tongue -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I live in the Springs and the Mountain taunts me on a daily basis...I must conquor and humiliate my old friend on a frequent basis. All Glory to God!

Ran it last year...AWESOME! Race delayed for snow...in AUGUST! Just cramponed to the top in January. Will snow shoe this March...it's my mountain!

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Christian V Tonn -- Age: 33 -- Wichita, KS

Because it's there

The best time is the first time

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Greg M Tonn -- Age: 31 -- Wichita, KS

Because I can

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Paul F Torrence -- Age: 62 -- Flagstaff, AZ

When in doubt go higer and beacuse its there!!

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Alejandro Torres -- Age: 36 -- Tulsa, OK

To have a new expirence with friends

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Mark E Torres -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge, a catharsis, friendship

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Kurt J Traskos -- Age: 36 -- Broomfield, CO

For a fun challenge.

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Kathy E Trautner -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I live here and want the pride of accomplishment.

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Gary S Trice -- Age: 50 -- Beavercreek, OH

The challenge

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Brendan S Trimboli -- Age: 17 -- Woodland Park, CO

It runs in the family.

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Michael S Trimboli -- Age: 46 -- Woodland Park, CO

Raise money for melanoma research.

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Oleyta F Triston -- Age: 40 -- Wichita, KS

I like living on the edge

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Tami L Trover -- Age: 39 -- Tigard, OR

something for my sister and I to grip about....

The golden stairs is as close as it gets to the stairway to heaven!!

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Rossie S Trujillo -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Since I have heard about The Ascent I have wanted to try to complete the race.

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Anne R Tucker -- Age: 44 -- Springfield, MO

It's a magical race...the memories linger on forever...

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Kaolu Turner -- Age: 40 -- Cheyenne, WY

The Pike's Peak Ascent is a challenging and rewarding race. Plus, it's absolutely beautiful.

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Kent A Tuxhorn -- Age: 42 -- Wichita, KS

for fun

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Lynn L Umbreit -- Age: 51 -- Albuquerque, NM

To continue my tradition of running it for the past 21 years!

Yes, but I'd better not say a thing, if I value my friendships with my running friends!

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Devani S Unbewust -- Age: 46 -- Florissant, CO

Because it was the greatest feeling to complete this race.

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Jeffrey J Van Ornum -- Age: 39 -- Castle Rock, CO

To say I did it!

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Michael E Van Valkenburg -- Age: 41 -- USAF Academy, CO

Love the challenge! Even though this will be the fifth time running it, it is different everytime for me. Peer pressure helps get me here too!

They have all been greatly 'run' and the everyone is so friendly. It is a blast!

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Amy R Van Winkle -- Age: 31 -- Wichita, KS

I have to beat my time from last year!

This is the 2nd time me & my 3 sisters will do this race. It is definately a bonding event!!

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Julie P Vande Hei -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To share the experience with my friend.

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Steven P Vanderleest -- Age: 33 -- Glenwood Springs, CO

because there is only one hill on the course.

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Lori L Vann -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

In my back door; What better way to get to a fourteener

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Paul T Velasquez -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I always love going up mountains fast

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Joe B Vernier -- Age: 55 -- Sedona, AZ

Emotional connection with mountain and personal challenge.

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Alan E Versaw -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I normally don't enter races this long, but the challenge of dealing with and strategizing against the altitude, the ascent rate, and the large field make this a welcome test.

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Thomas E Vincent -- Age: 43 -- Glendale, AZ

Just Because!

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John F Vose -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove I can still do it.

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Kari A Vrooman -- Age: 35 -- Morrison, CO

The love of this mountain.

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James P Wagenschutz -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To provide a good challenge and to increase my altitude training.

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Carl L Wagner -- Age: 49 -- Andover, KS

Some of my friends have run this race and have told me that the sense of accomplishment combined with the view at the top is one of the greatest experiences of their lives. Also, my wife wants me to just get it down so I will stop talking about doin

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Phil D Walker -- Age: 50 -- Wichita, KS

Its' the Ultimate Challenge!!

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Richard S Walker -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Challenge

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Theron R Walker -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I see the mountain and I have to run

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David C Wall -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I have good friends who have encouraged me to challenge myself on the Peak

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Robert W Walljasper -- Age: 35 -- New York, NY

This past year I tried Run to the clouds in New Hampshire. I loved it, and thought this might be an interesting run. Good for training for the NYC Marathon

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Bill E Walsh -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for the fun of it

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Thomas L Warner -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal accomplishment

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Cherie F Watson -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove I'm getting better, not older.

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John R Watson -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Goal of mine

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Michael J Wautlet -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For my mom who died of breast cancer this year (& as a personal challenge; & to represent the US Navy)

None

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Jim A Way -- Age: 68 -- Evanston, WY

50th Running Special Occasion

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Keith B Weaver -- Age: 73 -- Mill Valley, CA

It's fun.

No.

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Ryan G Weaver -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the challenge and for the love of the mountain.

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Jessica S Weems -- Age: 26 -- Albuquerque, NM

I have enjoyed other trail runs in the past and have heard incredible stories about Pikes Peak Ascent. Plus, I am sucker for any challenge to do with my older brother.

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Frank P Weibel -- Age: 63 -- Ankeny, IA

It's is a very well organized and run race.

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Jim L Weibel -- Age: 61 -- Long Grove, IA

bragging rights, it's fun

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Brett W Welborn -- Age: 32 -- Charlotte, NC

I am running to prove that good old sea level Southern Boys can do this stuff too.

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Ricky T Welborn -- Age: 34 -- Alexandria, VA

A great challenge.

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Jane C Werner -- Age: 48 -- Ann Arbor, MI

Love the mountain; and the wonderful volunteers and runners. Each year I feel evermore blessed to still put one foot in front of another!

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John C Wheaton -- Age: 49 -- Monument, CO

Because it's there. I've done it before (4 times) and I can still do better!

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Brendan P White -- Age: 49 -- Vail, CO

It's my favorite race ever!

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Kathy A White -- Age: 54 -- Lakewood, CO

I do most years and this is the 50! First marathon in US to allow women

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Marti M Whitney -- Age: 56 -- Boulder, CO

has been a goal of mine for the past 4 years

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Geri C Widdows -- Age: 55 -- Falcon, CO

Finally made it in time last year. Want to shorten my time this year.

Third time was a charm. Took me 3 tries to get there in time.

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Kay F Wieder -- Age: 61 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is a great challenge and I love the views from the top!

I remember running into 'parades' of people above treeline. They were hard to pass. Some folks were sprawled out on the rocks. One said, 'I'd kill for a candy bar!'

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Billy D Wilda -- Age: 33 -- Wichita, KS

It's a goal

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Blake E Williams -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To do it with my wife and father-in-law

I met my wife on a pikes peak ascent

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Kristen L Williams -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Running with my husband and father

I met my husband on the pikes peak ascent

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Steven M Williams -- Age: 31 -- Tulsa, OK

personl goal

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Susan J Wills -- Age: 40 -- Aurora, CO

I am turning the big '4 0'!

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Keith A Wilmot -- Age: 58 -- Grand Prairie, TX

50th anniversary

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Daniel J Wilson -- Age: 47 -- Northglenn, CO

challenge

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Dennis J Wilson -- Age: 47 -- Lincoln, NE

The challenge

My brother and I are twins and we do the doubler every year.

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Nicholas R Wilson -- Age: 30 -- Albuquerque, NM

i wanted to challenge myself. my dad does the marathon every year, and i decided i want to take full advantage of my health and body by pushing it to its limits.

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Rod M Wilson -- Age: 43 -- Avilla, IN

It was great

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Gary W Winegar -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have been doing the incline for several years. Done the Ascent once on my own and I am ready for the challenge.

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Glen K Winkel -- Age: 50 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I live in Manitou Springs and love to run the mountain!

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Pamela D Winter -- Age: 41 -- Wichita, KS

To beat my time from last year

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Mark W Witczak -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I completed Leadville 100 Bike back in 1999. I guess it's about time I did the Ascent.

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Kevin J Witt -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For Fun

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Antonio N Wolf -- Age: 23 -- Fairborn, OH

The Challenge

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Bill D Wolfe -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Last year I did it to see if I could do it. This year I'll be more prepared because I know what to expect.

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Dianne G Woodruff -- Age: 58 -- Little Rock, AR

Want to try again.

With friends two years ago, it was a wonderful experience.

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Lisa L Woods -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is one of the premier trail running races in the country. Since I live in Colorado Springs, I would be foolish not to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Heather N Woodward -- Age: 29 -- Denver, CO

I consider it to be the ultimate phyisical and mental challenge. I'm up to the task!

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Patricia J Worger -- Age: 50 -- Vancouver, WA

Last year while doing the marathon, a elderly lady past me saying she had done the Ascent the day before. She told me I could do the doubler if I wanted to. Well .. no better time then my 50th year and the 50th running of the Pikes Marathon & Ascen

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Greg B Woskow -- Age: 40 -- Littleton, CO

In memory of mom and her courageous battle with cancer.

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Bill W Wright -- Age: 43 -- Superior, CO

To see if I can break 3 hours on the Ascent and then 5 hours on the Marathon on the next day.

Sure, I've written up each of my races. They are referenced on Matt Carpenter's site also on my site at www.wwwright.com/running

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Elliott S Wright -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have no idea why I am running the ascent, except I love challenges. Come ask me at on last mile if I still like challenges...

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Fred R Wright -- Age: 70 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Attepting to break the 70 -74 age group record

2004 was too bloody cold !!!

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Joe M Wright -- Age: 44 -- Fort Dodge, IA

Running with my wife.

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Susan D Wright -- Age: 49 -- Fort Dodge, IA

I want to experience what my husband experienced last year. He says it was an awesome experience.

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Cori E Wroten -- Age: 22 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I adore physical challenges and can think of no other rewarding goal than making it to the top of beautiful Pikes Peak. Being in the mountains is the best place to be! I also look forward to racing with so many other adventurous individuals who adore

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Patrick Wrynn -- Age: 41 -- Monument, CO

Tradition

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Carrie M Yeager -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Midlife crisis.

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Michael W Yeager -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

my wife made me.

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Jim R Youell -- Age: 58 -- Tulsa, OK

The Challenge with Friends

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Stephanie A Youell -- Age: 25 -- Tulsa, OK

The Challenge and to be with friends and family

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Bill D Zagrocki -- Age: 33 -- Peyton, CO

Looking for a good challenge.

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Cordelia Zaloudek -- Age: 59 -- Little Rock, AR

I have accomplished many events out west & east and want to add this as one of my accomplishments.

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Kevin P Ziegler -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Just to do it!

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Randy E Zielke -- Age: 37 -- Crestwood, IL

because i am out of my mind

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