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

As part of the online registation, registrants were asked why they are running the Pikes Peak Marathon®, and if they would like to share any stories they have about the race. Here are the responses that were submitted.
Daniel W Adams -- Age: 50 -- Lake George, CO

Because it's there.

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Rene Michelle L Adema -- Age: 34 -- Denver, CO

I didn't want to ironman this year ... and I wanted a new type of challenge. This will surely be that challenge and provide me with a good excuse for plenty of trail running this summer.

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Mark J Ahlers-Moore -- Age: 39 -- Roseville, MN

It's a tremendous challenge, a great trail with a spectacular view, and it's just plain fun!

The ascent went great, but after nine miles of running down hill, the quads cramped up and the finish couldn't come soon enough. This year, it's more downhill training and no cramping!

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

In 1987 I did the Ascent for the first time and loved the thrill of reaching the summit of Pikes Peak. It is about the most awesome experience one can have. Now 19 years later and 26 Pikes Peak races[15 Ascents and 11 Marathons] behind me...the thr

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Danny L Allen -- Age: 39 -- Buda, TX

Because it's there.

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Michael J Allen -- Age: 54 -- Salina, KS

Here for 50th running

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Robert F Allen -- Age: 32 -- Van Buren, AR

I've doen the ascent twice, it's time to run the marathon

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Timothy D Allison -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I ask myself that every time.

I'm not sure I'd like to share that I tripped at the finish line trying to outsprint a guy in my first race.

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William R Andresen -- Age: 44 -- Ironwood, MI

In 1979, my high school running buddy and I agreed to run Pike's Peak before we hit the old age of 30. At our 25th high school reunion, having not fulfilled our agreement, we committed to the race for the following year. Now that year is upon us!

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Luise P Armstrong -- Age: 45 -- North Little Rock, AR

Fiftieth Anniversary

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Gabriel A Arreche -- Age: 28 -- Denver, CO

To challenge myslef

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Leslie A Asaka -- Age: 44 -- Austin, TX

For the challenge

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Guy R Babbitt -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I conned a friend from sealevel into doing it nad then I had to back up. I need to do this or I will never hear the end of it from her.

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Miles H Baron -- Age: 46 -- Los Alamos, NM

to be with Erica

No

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Sheila L Bartlett -- Age: 39 -- Kearney, MO

It's the hardest race I've ever done - but also the most beautiful.

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Debra L Bartos -- Age: 36 -- Flossmoor, IL

Because we don't have mountains in Chicago

N/A

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Michael J Bartos -- Age: 40 -- Flossmoor, IL

To conquer the ultimate challenge in marathoning

N/A

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Paul J Batura -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because the mountain is the measure of the man!

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Marty K Bauer -- Age: 39 -- Littleton, CO

Cuz it is there

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Michael R Bell -- Age: 42 -- Houston, TX

The best marathon I have ever done so far (and I've done 10 since reaching 30 and am about to participate in Seoul Marathon, Korea). The support was unsurpassed even after 7.5 hours on that mountain- the support even crossing the finish line was phen

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Robertl T Bell -- Age: 69 -- Germantown, OH

I love the race it,s the greatest

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Charles Benight -- Age: 43 -- Manitou Springs, CO

For the challenge!

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Lois N Berkowitz -- Age: 56 -- Riverview, MI

Because my friend, Cathy Troisi, talked me into it. I have always wanted to 'run' it. I am a marathoner/ultramarathoner, with 222 marathons and ultras completed. 50 States Club Member and Board Member. 50 & DC member; 100 Marathon Club-U.S. membe

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Kerri C Bernd -- Age: 41 -- Oakland Park, FL

The mountain almost beat me last year! I want to dominate it this year.

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David J Bervig -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Peer presure from my friends.

Finishing this in 03 was one of my biggest accomplishments. More so than the New York City Marathon.

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Crystal J Bevans -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove to my self and other Baby Boomers that it's never too late for recovering couch potatoes to get healthy and physically fit!

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Cindy M Beyer-Ulrich -- Age: 44 -- Littleton, CO

To prove to myself that even though I am a 44 year mom with 2 young children, 8 and 5 that I still have enough energy to keep on running.

This is my 6th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon.

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

It's the best mountain race in North America.

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

I want to complete both in one year. I have never done that before

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Matthew W Bliss -- Age: 28 -- Houston, TX

I have listened to stories from a friend of his experiences running the Pikes Peak Marathon. Sounds grueling, but fun!

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Debby A Bloch -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To see if I still have it in me! I ran around a 5:30 back in 1984! One more time for the 50th!

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Nils E Bogetveit -- Age: 49 -- Boulder, CO

Pier Pressure

lost all my toe-nails the first time

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

For the challenge

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Travis J Boone -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it truly is the 'Ultimate Challenge'!

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Barbara J Bosco -- Age: 43 -- Vernon Hills, IL

running with my mom(Della Works) for her 70th birthday

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Robert D Boselli -- Age: 36 -- Edwards, CO

I ran it in 2003 and had such a great time that my friends and I decided to accomplish it one more time!! It's a wonderful experience and what an accomplishment.

I've never felt such pain and then such exhiliration all in 6 hours!! I've done other marathons but nothing compares!!

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Greg L Bourns -- Age: 65 -- Waldron, AR

Love the experience

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Jonathan M Bowser -- Age: 39 -- Littleton, CO

Because I lack common sense

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John H Bozung -- Age: 52 -- Orem, UT

Because it close and enables me to continue my streak for this year. ON March 11, I turn 52. There are 52 weeks in the year. SO I am doing a marathon every week/weekend of my 52nd year. I also have run as of FEB 2005, a marathon a month for 137 (in A

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Steven W Bremner -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I turn 50 this year and so does the marathon.

In 2001 I completed the marathon the day after completing 11 fourteeners cross country over a 60 hour period.

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David A Brenner -- Age: 48 -- Lenexa, KS

While living in Colorado Springs as a Jr. High student, I climbed Pikes Peak many times. This was always a two-day trek. We were never able to complete the up and back in one day. Now, in my late forties and a marathon runner, I'd like to try to d

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Christina D Briseno -- Age: 35 -- Washington, DC

Runner's World calls it the most challenging marathon. Doing it for that reason. Plus I love Barr Trail.

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Paulette K Brockinton -- Age: 56 -- Sherwood, AR

I started running in 1988, then I hooked up with a bunch of crazy runners that were training for the Pike's Peak Marathon. Sounded like a CHALLENGE, so I decided that Pike's Peak would be my first marathon, that if I could run the Peak, I could run

On my first Pike's Peak Marathon, I fell 3 times coming down. I had blood running down one leg. I was so proud when I crossed the finish line-you could still see the blood!

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Donna L Broussard -- Age: 39 -- Baton Rouge, LA

Just because it has to be the hardest race around and all my friends have finished it and I want to also.

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Rebecca N Browning -- Age: 47 -- Houston, TX

Bragging rights!

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Moriah M Buckley -- Age: 27 -- San Rafael, CA

Have wanted to since I first heard about it.

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Philip A Buckley -- Age: 27 -- San Rafael, CA

For fun!

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Michael R Buher -- Age: 37 -- Bel Air, MD

After running 5 flatland marathons, I want a new challenge.

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Mike E Burgie -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have only done the Acsent previously and want to complete the 50th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon in my 50th year.

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Rodney D Burns -- Age: 66 -- Malvern, AR

It is my biggest running challenge

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Buzz B Burrell -- Age: 53 -- Boulder, CO

First did it 30 years ago

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Lee C Buttrill -- Age: 31 -- Boulder, CO

So I know I can

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

This is my New Years -- that point when I reflect on the past year, and plan for the future. It's gorgeous, and it really removes you from the world.

I recall a nervous racer one year, who had trained all year, but when the crowd bunched up at trailhead he got psyched out and ripped off his number and went home...

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Audrey C Campbell -- Age: 45 -- Plantation, FL

I'm up for the challenge. My running group (Friends in Training-Fort Lauderdale) attended last year and had a good time and invited the rest of the group to participate. The last mountain I climbed was 30yrs ago Blue Mts in Jamaica on a High School

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

To celebrate life and the friends I have made at this race.

I have raced here since 1974, and doubled 5 times. After being diagnosed with cancer this Jan. I am determined to come back for yet another double!

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Lisa A Campbell -- Age: 46 -- Beaverton, OR

On my short list of 'must run' marathons.

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Frank D Camperlengo -- Age: 50 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

Break 8 hours

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James L Cannon -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My hometown race.

Last year, I ran the marathon with an arm cast.

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Francoise B Carpenter -- Age: 56 -- Lakewood, CO

This race is in my skin.

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Michael D Carter -- Age: 42 -- Conway, SC

To get james Vaught through for his 50th birthday.

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Wayne B Casey Sr -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

So I can say I did it up and down. Plus lets my friend know I'll do a marathon

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Martin D Catmur -- Age: 47 -- Crested Butte, CO

Because it has to be done.

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David J Cavanaugh-Keyek -- Age: 39 -- Jamestown, CO

I lost my TV remote and needed a hobby.

Dropped 39 minutes off my PR in '04!

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Judith A Chandler -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I think I can

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Adam J Chicco -- Age: 33 -- Greeley, CO

I love the mountains!

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Jean K Clark -- Age: 45 -- Albuquerque, NM

Ultimate challenge

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Robert W Clevenger -- Age: 47 -- Cameron, MO

Have always been a avid runner and have wanted to run this marathon for years.

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Olivier Clot -- Age: 35 -- Boulder, CO

Like the idea

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

22 years in a row!

In 1990, completed Leadville Trail 100 and then PP Ascent and Marathon

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Larry J Cohen -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can. I had triple bypass surgery Feb, 2004!

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John P Colico -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Nothing more exciting to do in a day than run up and down the pikes peak mountain.

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Jennifer N Collins -- Age: 28 -- Appleton, WI

I am excited to complete this marathon with my father. My mother will also be participating in the Ascent with my father.

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Michael A Collins -- Age: 49 -- Prairie Village, KS

I love the rockies and the ultimate challenge.

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Maureen M Connell -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I ran the marathon and ascent as Maureen Kuchta - recently went through a divorce so hence the name change.

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Lois Cook -- Age: 73 -- Ukiah, CA

Because it is 50th and I was born in Cripple Creek

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Jeri L Cornelius -- Age: 41 -- Austin, TX

To better my time from last year (God Willing)

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Thomas G Costandine -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

better time

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Jean Courcelles -- Age: 29 -- Montreal, CN

Push my limits!

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Brendan M Cournane -- Age: 51 -- Chicago, IL

I'm in the process of running a marathon in each state. I look for challenging races wherever possible.

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Jennifer A Craigen -- Age: 25 -- Maynard, MA

My friend has done it twice and says that is is absolutely incredible. I love climbing mountains and running, so its perfect for me!

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Robert L Crawford -- Age: 58 -- Kittanning, PA

Run the 40 pikes peak what to run the 50 pikes peak

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Daniel J Cullen -- Age: 50 -- Maplewood, MN

Because I still can!

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Margaret L Curtis -- Age: 65 -- Mill Valley, CA

For the challenge.

No.

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Barbara A Dahl -- Age: 53 -- Lakewood, CO

It's the most incredible marathon ever.

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Darryl C Davis -- Age: 53 -- Cincinnati, OH

I have couple of difficult marathons this summer and Pikes will be a perfect capper for a tough summer.

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Robert E Dawson -- Age: 49 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

for fun! Why else?

nope.

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Al De La Roche -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm running with a group of friends from work. It's a challenge that we're all stepping up to....again!

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Michele C De Vito -- Age: 38 -- Montville, NJ

Running all 50 states. Most awesome in CO to do.

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Jesse W Devlyn -- Age: 39 -- Austin, TX

To run with my wife

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Lorena N Devlyn -- Age: 33 -- Austin, TX

To conquer the ultimate challenge

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Alicia A Dixon -- Age: 35 -- Kettering, OH

Because it is the hardest marathon in the world. I have completed 2 ironmans but if I can accomplish finishing this marathon, then I can do anything!

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Edward J Doherty -- Age: 55 -- Fort Collins, CO

I love to trail run

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Tim S Dolan -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Running the PPM is the ultimate challenge & gives me something to strive for throughout the year.

Was doing great on the downhill section & thought I'd gooten over the worst when I fell flat on my face on a level section of the trail.

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Cynthia J Dollar -- Age: 46 -- Austin, TX

A big group from Austin is going and I'm a lemming.

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Patrick J Donahue -- Age: 53 -- Gambrills, MD

The ultimate marathon challenge in the US!

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Debra G Dorak -- Age: 35 -- The Woodlands, TX

Last summer, my cousin and I climbed Pikes peak together. I was so out of shape! I determined to get in shape and so decided to run in the Houston Marathon. Somewhere in the midst of my training, Triva and I decided to run the marathon on my next tri

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Richard W Dudley -- Age: 50 -- Kansas City, KS

The challenge

I failed the last time and have promised to complete it this time

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Beckie K Duer -- Age: 53 -- Mena, AR

For the thrill!

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Bill F Duer -- Age: 71 -- Mena, AR

The Ultimate Challenge and Adventure.

My experience in 2003 was my favorite race in almost 100 marathons

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Paul K Durbin -- Age: 62 -- Lincoln, NE

It's part of my journey on the road of inquiry.

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Cheryl F Dusek -- Age: 57 -- Surprise, AZ

this is the most inspiring event I have ever completed...I have 30 marathons under my belt and none compare to the 'high' you get when you reach the top of Pikes Peak.

I decided to 'double' last year because the race fell on the weekend of my birthday...thought it would be good way to celebrate...but got caught in a lightning storm above the tree line....had to wait out the storm at Barr Camp. I finished well afte

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Scott E Eason -- Age: 40 -- Conway, AR

40th birthday - Wed 8/17/2005

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Holli J Easton -- Age: 34 -- Atlanta, GA

This is one of the 'must do' races...like Boston and NYC. I am really looking forward to it!

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Craig M Edwards -- Age: 55 -- Aztec, NM

The marathon is such an adventure, an accomplishment. The runners are so friendly and supportive.

My wife and I ran it together two years ago. She still is amazed I 'conned' her into it.

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John A Eichmann -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was late signing up for the Ascent one year, it was already full. The marathon was open and my buddy Jeff Kunkle said now worries John the marathon is just as easy, it's all down hill after the Ascent portion. If it were not for the Ascent/Marath

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Steve H Eickmann -- Age: 34 -- Windsor, CO

This will be my 4 time running pikes and it is the only marathon I have run more than once

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Bruce A Eisner -- Age: 50 -- South Lake Tahoe, CA

Have always wanted to complete this event

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Laura J Elder -- Age: 37 -- Chanhassen, MN

Last year I ran Pikes Peak marathon with my dad who turned 62 on the day of the race. It was the first Pikes Peak marathon for both of us. He drove out to Colorado with me from Minnesota in 2003 to support me in the Accent. It was then that we ded

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

To double and do better than I have done before.

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Brian D Elliott -- Age: 27 -- Naperville, IL

Because pain is good.

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Randy G Emenaker -- Age: 54 -- Santa Ana, CA

to come to CO and run with my sister..it is our tradition

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Cynthia S Enlow -- Age: 42 -- Vancouver, WA

I was signed up last year and was injured. I was at the finish line watching and was amazed by the number of doublers (and the ages). So, this year I decided to try it.I might succeed and I might not, but at least I can say I tried.

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Louise J Erasmus -- Age: 35 -- Peyton, CO

Love the challenge

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Jim Etchison -- Age: 52 -- Crofton, MD

Attempted this marathon in 2003. Reached the top, but got there 6 minutes past the cutoff time ... have to try again (if at first you don't succeed ... ). If successful, will be marathon number 52!!

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

President of Arkansas Pikes Peak Marathon Society

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Jerry W Evans -- Age: 57 -- North Little Rock, AR

To more earnestly ponder the lyrics to America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates

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Sarah M Evans -- Age: 32 -- Alta, UT

it sounds like a real challenge!

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Carly R Fant -- Age: 23 -- Brooklyn, NY

I am running the Pikes Peak Marathon to prove I can finish.

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Norman B Farrar -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love trail running and I'm trying to fight the age thing

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David E Faulkner -- Age: 52 -- Little Rock, AR

Because I want to.

Do not run with a friend running in brand new shoes

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Kellie L Faulkner -- Age: 26 -- Gainesville, GA

I came and watched some friends run it last year and so I decided that I would like to run it with them this year.

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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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Philip S Fielder -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

peer pressure

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Randall C Finn -- Age: 29 -- Alpharetta, GA

I am running Pikes Peak for the following reasons: 1. On behalf of my Mom, who died from cancer in October 2004 2. To raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. 3. Because I'm a runner. 4. Because when there is a fork in the road, it's sometimes better to take the one less traveled.

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William L Fisher -- Age: 50 -- Palmer Lake, CO

because I can. it's about the beauty of the race, the pikes peak region - my home, and the training journey. It's about looking for fresh raspberries in the morning 5 miles up in early summer

The race started on the day I was born (7/18/55). This will be my 15th year in a row - celebrating my (& the race's) 50 birthday.

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Robert E Fitzgerald -- Age: 57 -- Lakewood, WA

Last Marathon I will be doing and I would like it to be this one.

Beautiful days both times that I did it before and I took along a Panarramic Camera the last time for view shots.

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Andrea C Fong -- Age: 40 -- Weston, FL

I feel that it would be a great challenge and not finsih it would be a satisfying accomplishment; and fun, of course, as it will be quite different.

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William B Fornia -- Age: 46 -- Englewood, CO

To bag another 14er

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Terry K Forshee -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

Love trail/mountain running events

I enjoy the whole weekend running experience as well as the race

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Mary V Francis -- Age: 47 -- Brentwood, TN

Personal

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Ryan E Frazer -- Age: 31 -- Littleton, CO

I have run 6 marathons, and would like more of a challenge, without running an 'ultra.' Does it get any harder than this?

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Jason T Frick -- Age: 35 -- Littleton, CO

It is the greatest race ever!

Last years race was several hours of pure sexyness!

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Marc A Friesen -- Age: 30 -- Newton, KS

To finally break 5 Hours!

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Linda R Funderburk -- Age: 52 -- Hot Springs, AR

challenge

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George M Gabler -- Age: 50 -- Fletcher, NC

I am inspired by my friend and running partner Joe Head who has run this marathon 4 times and always talkes about it when we have our training runs.

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

I wanted to have 40 miles of fun

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

Because I love this Mountain!

Many. All good!

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Angela B Garland -- Age: 23 -- Cincinnati, OH

A group from our running club, 'Ohio River Road Runners' is coming out for the 50th marathon.

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

A large group of our local running club 'Ohio River Road Runners' is making the journey out for the 50th marathon.

yes, I wrote one for our running club newsletter which I can email as an attachment. If you are interested, please contact me by email at trailrunner4ever@woh.rr.com

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

A large group from our local running club, the 'Ohio River Road Runners Club' is coming out for the 50th running of the marathon.

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Shane Garner -- Age: 43 -- Salina, KS

Have always wanted to now I feel like I am in good enough Shape.

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Laura A Garrett -- Age: 48 -- Copperas Cove, TX

Because I'm insane

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Sarah L Gaxiola -- Age: 53 -- Plattsmouth, NE

It's a challenge I can't refuse.

I hiked it last year and this year I am coming back to run it.

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Stacy A Georgilas -- Age: 31 -- Spencerport, NY

Went to college at USAFA and heard about it.

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Bradford H Gibson -- Age: 61 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I have run this marathon 9 times, from 1977 to 1989. I would like to make it an even 10. My 30 year old son Bryce will be running it for the first time. I would like to be in this race with him.

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Bryce A Gibson -- Age: 30 -- San Diego, CA

Grew up in Manitou Springs and am a 1993 MSHS alumni, and have watched my dad finish 9 times. He may run this year for his 10th, I'd like to do it with him this time.

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

Doubler, 2ed year in a row! 4 time Boston Marathoner and Ironman Hawaii Triathlon Finisher -

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Martin J Gleason -- Age: 49 -- Offerle, KS

The Pikes Peak Marathon is unlikey any event I have ever participated in. Pikes Peak itself is an awe inspiring sight! The sence of accomplishment on completing the Ascent and Marathon are beyond words. The race staff and other runners envelope eac

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Neil Gleichman -- Age: 51 -- Driggs, ID

i want to inspire the kids on my high school XC team

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Courtney E Goins -- Age: 41 -- Fort Smith, AR

I completed the ascent in 1997 and 1999. My goal was to complete the marathon before I turned 40. I ran my first marathon in February 2003. It was an awesome experience. After this my goal was Pikes Peak Marathon. I work with Bill Coffelt. He h

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Ashley B Golliher -- Age: 37 -- Austin, TX

the challenge

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John P Goodloe -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My wife is running for the 9th time, I thought I should do it once.

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Stephen A Gould -- Age: 54 -- Richmond, VA

This is my idea of fun

This is my 10th consecutive PPM

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John G Gray -- Age: 43 -- Norfolk, VA

Love the challenge. Running with a friend

Got up in 4 hours as planned. 2.5 hours to get down ! I thought down hill would take 5 minutes !

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

truly sick aging frustrated jock

pain, great pain

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Andreia D Griego -- Age: 35 -- Scottsdale, AZ

Challenge!

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Dan L Griesse -- Age: 49 -- Fort Smith, AR

50th Running

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Scott C Griffith -- Age: 41 -- Lafayette, CO

50th Running I have Brain Damage:)

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Derek A Griffiths -- Age: 30 -- Littleton, CO

Because it is the 50th year

no

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Richard A Grote -- Age: 37 -- Dallas, TX

I've finally forgotten how much it hurt last time.

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

I like pain

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Tracey A Grzegorczyk -- Age: 42 -- Saint Louis, MO

Because I was way too slow last time - I have to go back and redeem myself. :-) Besides, this is about as much fun as you can have in one day.

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Skip F Haffner -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Goal

no

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Steve J Hamblin -- Age: 53 -- Elizabeth, CO

Because I can!

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Jan M Hamilton -- Age: 57 -- Topeka, KS

Beats watching TV...

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Ryan D Hamilton -- Age: 26 -- Topeka, KS

Because my dad talked me into it...

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Kate A Hansen -- Age: 50 -- Phoenix, AZ

I ran at age 30 yrs now I am 50 yrs old and its time to run it again !!!!

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Richard J Harrison -- Age: 51 -- Wichita, KS

It is a great challenge and would not have missed this special anniversary of the race!

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David B Hatfield -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there I guess.

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Connie C Hayes -- Age: 48 -- Mesa, AZ

have heard about this race for years and now i have my chance to do it

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

Wanted to double on the 50th running of the Peak.

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Joseph A Head -- Age: 57 -- Marion, NC

The PPM was the very first marathon I ever ran way back in 1968 at the age of 20. It has always been a sentimental favorite. Due to distance I unfortunately have only been in a position to come back to run it 3 additional times, the last being in 1

I have written out the account of my first PPM in 1968 from the journal entry I wrote right after the race. It was a lot different back then. I added some explanatory notes for my daughter Sara. If you'd like a copy of what I wrote give me an emai

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Whitney L Hedgepeth -- Age: 34 -- Austin, TX

To try something completely different that I can't compare time wise to any other race

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Chuck E Hembree -- Age: 49 -- Albuquerque, NM

It's about time

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Dwight L Henry -- Age: 53 -- Louisville, CO

Something to do while next years Bolder Boulder.

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Maria De La L Hermon -- Age: 47 -- Buda, TX

Because of the thrill.

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Lawrence P Hernandez -- Age: 31 -- Lincoln, NE

Because its there.

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James O Herrera -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge

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Josh A Herrera -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My brother entered me as my birthday present.

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Ruth E Hetland -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

no other plans for august 21st...why not?

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Gayle B Hoffman -- Age: 55 -- Mountain Home, AR

To be a part of the Arkansas Pikes Peak Team, and of course, I want to be there for the 50th anniversary celebration!

I have several stories but the only one that I could tell in public would be the one where I learned you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT drink hot chocolate at the top before the return trip down the mountain!

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John M Holcombe -- Age: 49 -- Charlotte, NC

Awesome event and a good reason for a trip back to visit friends in Colorado!

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Lori D Holcombe -- Age: 38 -- Charlotte, NC

We love this marathon and since moving to North Carolina, really miss our friends and can't wait to come back to run this great event!

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

Only 1 Hill

Blister after Blister

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Shane B Holonitch -- Age: 54 -- Littleton, CO

It's the 50th!!

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James W Howald -- Age: 51 -- Monument, CO

Gonna keep doing it til I get it right.

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J. Nick N Howell -- Age: 48 -- Wichita, KS

I haven't figured it out!

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Mark A Hufford -- Age: 39 -- Fountain, CO

It's the ultimate marathon challenge!

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John T Hughes -- Age: 38 -- Fayetteville, AR

Friends have run it before and said it was a great event.

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Dan C Hurley -- Age: 47 -- Union City, OH

Sounds like fun

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Margaret L Hurley -- Age: 42 -- Miamisburg, OH

50th anniversary of the most challenging event I can think of...why not!

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Shirley L Huskey -- Age: 45 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

Because I loved the challenge and the reward of accomplishing it

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Josh L Irvan -- Age: 34 -- Brookhaven, PA

I have been a runner since I was 13 and I have run 20 marathon and have finished an Ironman and half Iron man triathlons. I needed a new challenge and am looking to Pikes Peak for that challenge. I saw the race run back in 1991, while I was out west

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Diana E James -- Age: 42 -- Alamo, CA

Because I can and because someday I will not be able to.

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Marit Janse -- Age: 44 -- Fenton, MI

going for 100 marathons and 50 states. nicknamed Marathon Monster

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Geoffrey P Jarpe -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My buddy Chris talked me into it.

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Kate N Jefferson -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Training for it keeps my fanny in shape.

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Frank A Jobe -- Age: 56 -- Fenton, MI

the challenge and 50 state club

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

Fun.

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

Single last year; doubling this year.

It's not true you can't 'fall off the mountain'.

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George W Jones -- Age: 55 -- Monument, CO

I have not run this race in a few years and I will be in a new age group.

When I would run this race every year, I would fall down on the way down every other year. My kids would ask me if this was a fall down year!

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Mohammad Kahvand -- Age: 41 -- Bloomingdale, IL

To challenge myself

Unfortunately no.

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Roger C Kane -- Age: 47 -- Aurora, CO

I do it every year. It's easier to run back down than wait for a shuttle. I love having a good reason to get up into the mountains and train during the summer.

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Ericka L Kastner -- Age: 36 -- Woodland Park, CO

I am running the marathon because it is a Colorado Springs tradition among runners who like to push themselves to the limit. I would like to follow in that tradition. I will also run it because I can!!

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Daniel M Keitz -- Age: 45 -- Kyle, TX

As silly as it sounds... the challenge... the chance to get to the mountains... hard to explain

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Rich J Kellerman -- Age: 41 -- Oak Grove, MN

To complete one of the most difficult marathons around.

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Ivi J Kerrigan -- Age: 35 -- Austin, TX

To spend some quality time with my running buddies and my family. PLUS BEAT MY HUSBAND NICK AT THE RACE!

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Nick J Kerrigan -- Age: 42 -- Austin, TX

So my wife can talk trash rest of the year about beating me!

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Shannon T Keys -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's got a nice ring to it.

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Thomas R King -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's the best race in America

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William J Kissell -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

starting to train for the Leadville 100 after a 3 year hiatus from ultras

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Vicky J Knudson -- Age: 62 -- Shakopee, MN

I was sick with a virus last year so I want to do the whole thing this year.

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Ruth E Kohstall -- Age: 51 -- Dayton, OH

An agreement between friends?

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Rick J Konecke -- Age: 48 -- Delafield, WI

For the challenge, to run on trails, be in the mountains and to run in a race without 30,000 other runners.

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Kristofer G Kosmider -- Age: 59 -- Bloomington, MN

My birthday is on August 21.

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William J Krillenberger -- Age: 44 -- Little Rock, AR

Too see friends who've moved here and to experience the mother of all hilly races

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Werner Kroer -- Age: 46 -- Summit, NJ

I started running marathons at age 42 ('1 kilometer for each lifeyear'). In my first year I ran 1, in my second 3 and in 2004 ten marathons (in US and Europe). For 2005 I've not planned to run more marathons, but focus on the X-treme ones mainly. Pik

Unfortunately not (yet). But when running the MontBlanc Marathon in Chamonix, France, last June, it was the first time, that I literally felt asleep within a minute after reaching the finish at 6,600 feet. After a short doze I was back to 'consciousn

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Ann C Kunkel -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can (I hope!)

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Clyde L Landry -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the race and the mountain. This is may 7th Pikes Peak Marathon.

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Matthew R Lang -- Age: 31 -- Castle Rock, CO

My first marathon was in 2004 and I had to up the ante

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Sean M Larkin -- Age: 26 -- Eagle, CO

I want to impress my wife.

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Kevin A Larson -- Age: 46 -- South Lebanon, OH

Because it will be a peak experience.

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Kurt R Lauer -- Age: 43 -- Seattle, WA

Pikes Peak has always been on my list of must do races.

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Leighann M Lawrentz -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I just turned 31, and have done the ascent three times, getting 9th overall last year. I am ready to try the marathon on its 75th birthday!

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Jay S Layman -- Age: 46 -- Littleton, CO

Returned from six years in Indonesia and Australia and wanted to see if I could get my lungs back in shape to race Pikes Peak again

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

50th Anniversary

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Larry A Lekens -- Age: 57 -- Indianapolis, IN

Ran my first trail marathon last year and loved theb challenges involved so I decided I might as well try the ultimate one.

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Michael D Letcher -- Age: 51 -- Tucson, AZ

The mountain is calling me and I'm coming back.

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Roger L Leturno -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the challenge.

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Linda K Lewis -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I ran in the marathon when I turned 30, and 40, and have now turned 50, so would like to run it again (for the 50th anniversary of the race!)

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James L Lint -- Age: 37 -- Dahlonega, GA

Because I have finally lost what's left of mind.

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

There is only one goal - to beat my finishing time of 1998

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Frank C Livaudais -- Age: 30 -- Austin, TX

I am running a marathon in every state and I want to do the hard ones with the easy ones. Pike's Peak looks to be one of the toughest in the country and that sounds like a good time to me.

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Dan J Longacre -- Age: 41 -- Omaha, NE

Enjoyed last year's event

No

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Danny X Losekamp -- Age: 51 -- Beavercreek, OH

because it's fun...

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Ryan C Lovill -- Age: 25 -- Kansas City, MO

I am running this race because of the uniqueness, beauty and challenge this race has been providing for 50 years! Pikes Peak offers an absolute rewarding view, while demanding 100% physical and mental preparation. Races like these do not even compa

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Paul S Lowrey -- Age: 41 -- Fayetteville, AR

Because I hate running on pavement but I love the mountains.

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

To complete 10 runnings

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Daniel R Maas -- Age: 36 -- Firestone, CO

I first ran the Pikes Peak Ascent in 1981 when I was 12 years old. From that point, I ran in high school where I won 4 state championships, a national championship and was ranked #3 in the US. At Adams State College, I won seven national championsh

In 1981, at age 12, I ran the Ascent with my father. We had started the very first Terry Fox run in the world which still happens annually today. I was very inspired by Terry and the morning of the race, as the pre-dawn light first hit the mountain

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Margie A Mahle -- Age: 52 -- Kettering, OH

For the challenge of running up a mountain.

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Nathan D Martell -- Age: 40 -- Cincinnati, OH

For the challenge

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John M Martin -- Age: 26 -- Gainesville, GA

to accomplish a personal goal

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Corey D May -- Age: 34 -- Austin, TX

because it's the most difficult out there

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Rhonda G Mayo -- Age: 34 -- Crested Butte, CO

I was never intrested in the distance on a flat road, but bagg'in a peak in a day is a Crested Butte pass time.

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Natalie P McBee -- Age: 32 -- Fayetteville, AR

Because I want to, gosh!

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Steve T McBee -- Age: 39 -- Fayetteville, AR

I like to feel my head explode!

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Martin D McComb -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Grew up looking at Pikes Peak every morning. The mountain is special to me.

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David H McCormick -- Age: 50 -- Dardanelle, AR

THis is the 50th anniversary and I am 50 this year.

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George P McDonald -- Age: 52 -- North Little Rock, AR

To celibrate the 50th with all my Arkansas friends who have joined me for the celibration!

The first time I ran this in 89 I suffered altitude sickness. Above tree line I was walking from rock to rock and sitting down. About a mile from the top a friend on the way down said you really need to get to the top. You will get a new body when yo

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Andrea J McGehee -- Age: 36 -- Raymore, MO

For the immense challenge...and to pick up Colorado as one of my marathon states.

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Sean B McGill -- Age: 36 -- Coconut Creek, FL

I guess I must be CRAZY

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Bruce E McGowan -- Age: 40 -- Midway, UT

I need to do it again...tons of fun

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John R McHenry -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

One of the greatest personal challenges I have. I've done this 5 times.

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Thomas J McKernan -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

After 5 Ascents, I thought it was time to do the Marathon.

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Deanna L McLaughlin -- Age: 49 -- Salt Lake City, UT

Because the mountain is 2 for 3 and I want to even the score!

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Lisa M Meacham -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To beat my previous year's time

All I could think of while racing down hill was FOOD! And Beer! And that I was crazy and I'd never do it again!

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Mark K Meakins -- Age: 50 -- Salt Lake City, UT

Pikes Peak Marathon and I are both turning 50, in 2005. I think the stars have lined up for me.

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Kale L Meese -- Age: 34 -- Lacey, WA

To be with family.

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Steve T Merschel -- Age: 28 -- Louisville, CO

For my aunt Mary Jo who has terminal brain cancer.

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Jennifer J Mies -- Age: 30 -- Mission, KS

The challenge

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Coy A Miller -- Age: 35 -- Denver, CO

Why Not?

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Jeff M Miller -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Currently in the best shape of my life, challenge, and to prove that I still got it after 40.

nope

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

I am doubling this year.

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Sharon P Misgen -- Age: 42 -- Scandia, MN

Because it reminds me I am alive. Because I know if I can do this, I can handle anything else that life throws at me. It is addictive.

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

I love it!

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Timothy R Mitros -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've done it 13 time previously - it's in the blood

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Shelley C Mockler -- Age: 35 -- Baton Rouge, LA

It's the greatest challenge!

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

annaul gut check

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Mari J Mohr -- Age: 50 -- Wichita, KS

to celebrate my 50th birthday

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Randall C Moore -- Age: 52 -- Bloomington, MN

Have heard it's challenging, fun, and well-organized.

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Ruth E Morrow -- Age: 50 -- Wichita Falls, TX

Will have run the Everest Marathon in May (starting at 17,000 ft.), so let's see if I can get UP to 14,000.

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Kimberly J Morton -- Age: 33 -- Maumelle, AR

I ran the ascent when I was 16 to celebrate my 16th birthday (I was born on 8-18-72, so right around the ascent date) and I have been back once in 1994 to do the ascent a second time. This year I want to do the whole enchilada!

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Walt R Morton -- Age: 60 -- Springfield, MO

Goal to complete as many consecutive pikes peak marathons as I can.

My overall times were identical to the second in 1995 & 1996. Splits were different.

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

Running the 'Double' this year, just to see if I can do it.

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Michael F Murphy -- Age: 48 -- Golden, CO

love the challenge

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Darren A Muse -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

it is my favorite marathon

no thanks

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Madjid F Nakhjiri -- Age: 38 -- Palatine, IL

My dream since my second marathon

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Lisa V Nancollas -- Age: 41 -- Lewistown, PA

I had a great time last year! Also, I am running for a missing college student. Her name is Cindy Song and she is missing from State College, Pennsylvania.

Last year on my descent it started to rain. I loved the feeling of the rain when I was approaching the finish line! Running to the finsih line was a great experience!

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Paul H Nancollas -- Age: 47 -- Lewistown, PA

I am running the Pikes Peak marathon because I had a great time running it last year.

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Joyce C Nelson -- Age: 51 -- Greenwood Village, CO

great desire

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Sandra R Newell -- Age: 49 -- Hot Springs, AR

I am turning 50 in August and I think it would be neat to participate in the 50th running of Pikes Peak Marathon

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Francisco J Noyola -- Age: 37 -- Beaverton, OR

as a personal challenge

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Leah F Nyfeler -- Age: 43 -- Austin, TX

For the challenge and training opportunities and travel with friends

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Paul S O'Connell -- Age: 31 -- Olathe, KS

My fiance, Derrin Wedell and I are getting married the weekend before. We met through a running group and thought this would be a great way to end our honeymoon and start off the ultimate marathon, marriage!

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Phillip F O'Reilly -- Age: 44 -- Union, OR

Best run I've ever done.

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John C Ohnesorge -- Age: 64 -- Overland Park, KS

For the uplifting experience that it always is! I'm able to see all that God has given us from the top of the world!

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Matt J Olding -- Age: 41 -- Moab, UT

This will be my # 7...I just love it...tons of fun

I got lost my time running the marathon.

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Fern Oliner -- Age: 64 -- Denver, CO

This marathon is my 'Boston'

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Mark A Oppenheim -- Age: 39 -- University City, MO

Done it five times before. It's my favourite.

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Ken H Ornellas -- Age: 49 -- Elbert, CO

To be one marathon (58) behind my wife - Rosemarie. SHe has the Pikes Peak marathon (2003) as the one marathon more than me.

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Brent T Palmer -- Age: 65 -- Salt Lake City, UT

I last ran the marathon in 1997, and it is just time to do it again.

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David S Paterson -- Age: 32 -- Boston, MA

Did the Ascent in 2003 and wanted to do the whole thing

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Robert T Patterson -- Age: 50 -- Allison Park, PA

I'm 50 years old and this is my 'mid life crisis!'

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Eric M Pederson -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

So I can say that I did it

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Melanie J Penfield -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CT

because my mother, sister, and brother in law are running it

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Pamela L Penfield -- Age: 58 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

this will be my 13th Pikes Peak marathon and I think it will bring me good luck

the first time I ran in 1993 it took me 9:31 and the next year I did it in 7:32 a 2hr and 1 min pr

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

The challenge and the fun

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Mark D Perkins -- Age: 52 -- Centennial, CO

I want my first PP Marathon to not be a fluke!

In 2004 I only fell once! But my blisters were outstanding!

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Amanda C Perron -- Age: 31 -- Baton Rouge, LA

personal satisfaction, better my time

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Tony N Phillippi -- Age: 43 -- Tacoma, WA

Training for the Tahoe Triple

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Jeffrey M Pietka -- Age: 45 -- Vernon Hills, IL

I want to challenge myself, both physically and mentally.

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Dharam P Piplani -- Age: 58 -- Phoenix, AZ

Details to follow. Running for a Lou Gerigh Disease awareness. Have run over 575 marathon sand ultras and last year, I ran and set anew Guinness Record for running the most marathons and ultras by an individual in a year.

To follow

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Chuck F Plunkett -- Age: 38 -- Denver, CO

I love marathons and love 14ers. How could I not want to do this?

Since I was a kid in Arkansas, I've heard about the PPM. I've always been mystified by it.

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Richard J Pool -- Age: 65 -- South Amherst, OH

I have run 24 marathons including 6 Bostons and two Ridge Runner marathons and have hiked Pikes Peak with my daughter 23 years ago. I would like the challenge plus would like do a marathon in each of the 50 states.

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Alyson J Powell -- Age: 27 -- Carbondale, CO

I've heard so much about it living in the Springs!

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Kat A Powell -- Age: 54 -- San Jose, CA

I have a goal of running a marathon in every state of the US and have chosen to run Pike's Peak because it's the ulimate representative for the state of Colorado. I enjoy weekly trail runs with a group of rugged individuals in Woodside, CA. We send r

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John A Prater -- Age: 34 -- Superior, CO

Skipped the races in 2004 and missed them.

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John S Pylate -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there... duh! :-)

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Richard T Ramsey II -- Age: 33 -- USAF Academy, CO

For the challenge; for the fun

N/A

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Denise R Raska -- Age: 44 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

Florida Flatlander

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Craig A Redfearn -- Age: 35 -- Granger, IN

The Shear Challenge and to better my 5:30 time in 2004

I fell 5-times on the descent portion of the race and still managed to pick myself back up and cross the finish line.

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Roger W Reed -- Age: 69 -- Barling, AR

Because IT's THERE!

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Patricia A Rice -- Age: 53 -- Denver, CO

I have done the ascent as a hiker. This is the first time I have actually trained for this event as a runner and my trainer felt I could do the marathon. He has run it in the past.

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Charles R Richardson -- Age: 49 -- Atlanta, GA

I did it last year. It was a profound experience.

100 ft. from the top, I was ready to quit. 1 step into the descent, I knew that not only would I finish, I would do it gloriously.

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Karen L Riddle -- Age: 52 -- Wichita Falls, TX

I tried and didn't finish in 2003. I will be at Estes Park for a week prior to the race and know this time I will be acclimated!! I absolutely loved the race!

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Kyle B Ridgway -- Age: 43 -- Berthoud, CO

The challenge

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Debbie L Rigsby -- Age: 48 -- Lonsdale, AR

The Challenge

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Mark C Robson -- Age: 39 -- Toronto, CN

I'm into extreme events. This is a cool race.

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Brenda L Rodriguez -- Age: 49 -- Miramar, FL

I was strongly convinced by my pals in my running club that this marathon is the ultra best experience if your a true runner, and a lot of fun and pain afterwards...but well worth the pain!

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Michael B Rogers -- Age: 34 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Just for fun

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Tamara G Rogers -- Age: 38 -- Monument, CO

It's America's Ultimate Challenge :)

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Linda J Ronas -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I'm turning 40 this year and it's the 50th running of the race!

Not that I would be willing to have announced!

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Robert J Ronas -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Have to complete this race on its 50th anniversary.

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Steven J Rud -- Age: 45 -- Sioux Falls, SD

God gave me the ability.

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Rob K Runkle -- Age: 36 -- West Chester, OH

I'm running the PPM, because it is the second half of a DOUBLER.

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Sam E Rush -- Age: 26 -- Plymouth, MN

To challenge myself. I have completed large and small marathons in terms of participants. I have run trail marathons at half the altitude of Pike's Peak.

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John F Ryan -- Age: 36 -- Burlingame, CA

I am looking to complete a marathon in every city in which I have lived. This is the last marathon in that series of 7.

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Richard M Salasovich -- Age: 35 -- Edwards, CA

It's a tough 'un.

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Vytas P Salna -- Age: 55 -- Portage, WI

I am excited to do the marathon with my daughter and the Ascent with my wife. We are an atheletic family!

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Todd D Salzer -- Age: 31 -- Golden, CO

A lot of calories in beer.

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Albert Saplys -- Age: 57 -- Warren, MI

The challenge is something to really work for.

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David A Saugey -- Age: 54 -- Jessieville, AR

This will be my Lucky 13th time since 1991.

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Karen S Scafe -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is the 50th anniver. and my brother comes in from CA so we can have this time together

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David E Scalfri -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running the Pikes Peak Marathon because my mother didn't see me cross the finish line last year.

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Karl A Schab -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Needed to do something outrageous...

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John A Scheeter -- Age: 35 -- Oran, MO

To see if I am as crazy as my friends and family say I am

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Judy K Schlei -- Age: 54 -- Plantation, FL

because I can

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David C Schlingmann -- Age: 31 -- Hillsboro, MO

The challenge within myself

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Harald Schoenauer -- Age: 41 -- Pompano Beach, FL

Set a goal to improve my fitness and well being

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Paul E Schoenlaub -- Age: 46 -- Saint Joseph, MO

Because I wanted to be part of the 50th year of the marathon.

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Timothy E Schroeder -- Age: 53 -- Bellbrook, OH

Goaded into it be friends.

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Michael C Shafai -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I run this race because the Peak is a centerpiece of the Colorado Springs community in which I live, work and recreate. Not a day goes by where I don't glance at Pikes Peak and thank God that I live in such a beautiful place.

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Nancy L Shelden -- Age: 41 -- Silverthorne, CO

To gear up for possible return to Ironman and inspire 2 yr old Daughter Sophia.

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Matt J Sherman -- Age: 33 -- Pueblo West, CO

I have run the Ascent five times and want to try the round trip

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Nancy J Shidler -- Age: 47 -- Oklahoma City, OK

I love the course and the mountain!!

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Bret Sholar -- Age: 38 -- Oklahoma City, OK

It IS the Ultimate Challenge! Need I say more.

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Stacy R Shourt -- Age: 42 -- Long Beach, CA

I've heard many things about it, I look forward to the experience

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Barry M Siff -- Age: 50 -- Boulder, CO

50th Birthday - 50 th anniversary of the race!

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Joseph G Sikora -- Age: 53 -- Succasunna, NJ

There are three primary reasons for running in this year's Pikes Peak Marathon: 1) I ran it 5 years ago and hoped to someday return. 2) This is the 50th running of the marathon (I ran the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996). 3) TWIN DAUGHTERS, age 24,

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Sherry L Sikora -- Age: 24 -- Succasunna, NJ

My father and sister are also planning on running. My mother and father both ran 5 years ago.

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Craig E Simon -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

The weekend of the race i turn 50 and this is the 50th anniversary of Pikes Peak, so i plan to double.

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Micky M Simpson -- Age: 48 -- Kiowa, CO

After running the Ascent, I knew I had to run the marathon on its 50th anniversary.

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Marshall D Singer -- Age: 48 -- Little Rock, AR

For the pure enjoyment of it

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Kenneth E Sirois -- Age: 58 -- Clinton, TN

For the challenge

No

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Shirley A Sirois -- Age: 58 -- Clinton, TN

For the challenge

No

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Phyllis M Sizemore -- Age: 59 -- Knoxville, TN

for the challenge of completing it before the cut off time

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Jeffrey R Skrentny -- Age: 43 -- Chicago, IL

I want to celebrate it's 50th

Yes, I told my wife (then fiance) that if I ever tried to run PP Marathon again she should shoot me in the head, as it was the hardest, most painful marathon I had ever run and completed. She has agreed to abide by my wishes...hope to see you in Aug

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Allen L Smelser -- Age: 53 -- McLouth, KS

I love the mountains, have hiked up Pikes Peak a number of times with my sons, and loved the personal challenge of the race.

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James E Smieja -- Age: 54 -- Belle Plaine, MN

This is the 50th and I wanted to do the Peak one last time. The first time I did the Peak it was and still is the worst race of my life. The second I came back to prove to myself that I could do better. This time I just want to come and enjoy the who

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Mark G Smith -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Enjoy the challenge.

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Joseph L Soy Jr -- Age: 52 -- Suisun City, CA

I've one marathon race left in me and this is it!

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John V Spencer -- Age: 50 -- Dickson, TN

I am in the area and would like to see if I can do it.

No

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Andrew N Sprafke -- Age: 29 -- Lone Tree, CO

I have been brainwashed to believe that trail running is actually fun.

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Rex R Sprietsma -- Age: 51 -- Downers Grove, IL

I am over half way through completing a marathon in each of the 50 states in the US, this is the marathon I chose for Colorado. Also I ran up and down Copper Mountain several years ago and thought this would be a bit more of a challenge. ...also I l

This will be my first time running this particular marathon.

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Johnny M Spriggs -- Age: 51 -- Broken Arrow, OK

I ran the accent last year and enjoyed it so much I decided to run the double this year

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Andrea J Sprung -- Age: 31 -- Glenwood Springs, CO

because I will have done the ascent on Sat & the challenge of a marathon the next day!

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Sally J Squier -- Age: 63 -- Raleigh, NC

To be the oldest female (63) 'doubler'.

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William C Squier III -- Age: 63 -- Raleigh, NC

Sally Squier (my wife) and I want to be the oldest married couple to 'double'. We both will be 63 years old and married 43 years.

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Margie D Stauffer -- Age: 68 -- Woodland Park, CO

Because I am 69 and I CAN - I WILL!!!!!

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David R Steadman -- Age: 36 -- Lubbock, TX

Best race ever

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Adrienne A Stipe -- Age: 40 -- Grapevine, TX

Because this Texas girl is addicted..

I did the Double in 2003.

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Shawn W Stone -- Age: 29 -- Townsend, MA

This is the most extreme kick ass run I have ever done! Breath taking views and an outstanding staff make this the most memorable race I have ever done.

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Vicki K Streng -- Age: 23 -- Springboro, OH

I am always looking for a challenge and to push myself to the next level of physical demands.

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John Sullivan -- Age: 35 -- Wading River, NY

For me it is one of my ultimate challenges!!

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Scott T Suter -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To try to concour the peak and be concoured by it.

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Brad A Sutton -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

challenge

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Marlin W Sutton -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'll be 50 years old this year and this is the 50 year anniversary.

No

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Martin R Szinger -- Age: 35 -- Batavia, NY

Invited to by my friend who lives in Colorado Springs - it's a big challenge!

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Amanda W Szwast -- Age: 33 -- Mableton, GA

To accomplish the ultimate marathon goal!

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Lorrie D Tezak -- Age: 36 -- Austin, TX

A new challenge

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Yvonne M Thompson -- Age: 61 -- Little Rock, AR

Member in good standing with Arkansas Pikes Peak Marathon Society

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Jeff M Throne -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the Accommplishment and for my family

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Daniel J Tippie Jr -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because Its There

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John R Tobin -- Age: 19 -- Sioux Falls, SD

I am running for the thrill and splendor of the mountains treacherous path.

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James L Todd -- Age: 65 -- Dayton, OH

I'm celebrating my 65th year

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Marcela Todd -- Age: 33 -- Davie, FL

Because a few friends have done and had a great time!

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Susie F Todd -- Age: 64 -- Dayton, OH

Joining the ORRRC of Ohio Team

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Ian J Torrence -- Age: 32 -- Boulder City, NV

My Dad is running The Ascent, father/son bonding

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Michael J Traynor -- Age: 64 -- Indianapolis, IN

Doing marathons in all 50 states; Pikes Peak seems great challenge and accomplishment.

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Molly C Traynor -- Age: 55 -- Indianapolis, IN

Lifetime Goal

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Donna D Trenker -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am turning 40 this year and pikes peak marathon is the ultimate challenge

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Rene O Trevino -- Age: 31 -- Dallas, TX

To dominate the monutian!!

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Cathy E Troisi -- Age: 59 -- Seneca Falls, NY

I've done 154 marathons/ultras and was told Pike's Peak is a 'must do.'

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David S Trower -- Age: 39 -- North Little Rock, AR

It will be fun.

I still dream about the race. I last did it 12 years ago.

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James M Turner -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

In memory of friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military of this great country of ours.

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Kathie G Utley -- Age: 47 -- Sandy, UT

Because I can...

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Ben K Valdez -- Age: 45 -- Pueblo, CO

Because it's the 50th anniversary and I wanted to run the most difficult marathon in the country.

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Karen A Van Rite -- Age: 49 -- New Berlin, WI

By August I hope to have completed a marathon in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Running the Pike's Peak Marathon presents a new challenge and the opportunity to fulfill another running dream.

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Daniel A Vargas -- Age: 49 -- Coral Springs, FL

Friends

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James M Vaught -- Age: 50 -- Conway, SC

I turn 50 on August 16th. I have always enjoyed running and visiting State and National Parks.

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Jonathan L Vigh -- Age: 28 -- Fort Collins, CO

I hvae a detailed race report at: http://inte099182.halls.colostate.edu/~vigh/running/PPM2003/pikes_aug17.htm

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Richard A Viktorin -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

Masochistic tendencies have plagued my personality for much of my adult life. Because its there. A chance to run on the trails in the mountains.

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Jerry C Vondruska -- Age: 36 -- Bloomingdale, IL

They say it is the Hardest Marathon. If it were easy everybody would do it!

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Bill E Walsh -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for the fun of it

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Christopher J Warren -- Age: 38 -- Renton, WA

I'm using Pikes Peak as a part of my training leading up to the 2005 Lake tahoe Triple marathon. Any kind of altitude running is great for this and PP is as high as it gets!

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Derrin D Wedell -- Age: 38 -- Olathe, KS

My fiance, Paul O'Connell and I are getting married the weekend before. We met through a running group and thought this would be a great way to end our honeymoon and start off the ultimate marathon, marriage!

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Laurel A Weeks -- Age: 37 -- Decatur, GA

As a marathon runner I feel like you have to do Pikes Peak at least once!

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Mary C Weiser -- Age: 42 -- Evergreen, CO

The training keeps me sane especially trail/mountain running, running Imogene the past two years has been unbelievable, and after hiking/climbing/running upwards of 40+ of the 14ers in the state, many solo, I have yet to reach the summit of Pikes. I

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Paul N Welschinger -- Age: 48 -- Wheat Ridge, CO

I'm a CO native and its about time I did a fourteener.

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Sharon L Wetherall -- Age: 35 -- Broomfield, CO

to honor my father in his fight against cancer

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Erica L White -- Age: 32 -- Denver, CO

To see if I can....

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Chase B Whitney -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To avoid church

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Ann M Wiemert -- Age: 39 -- Grand Junction, CO

I have just relocated to Colorado and I want to experience the best of what this state has to offer!

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Andrew A Wiener -- Age: 47 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

Friends are doing it.

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Jeffrey T Wilkins -- Age: 24 -- Brooklyn, NY

My girlfriend conned me into it.

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Judith A Wilkins -- Age: 55 -- Warren, OH

50th year of the race

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Kimi C Will -- Age: 27 -- Sparks, MD

When I first started high school, I had never run a day in my life but somehow got talked into running cross country. Slowly, I started running farther and farther, 5k, 10k, 10 miles... I always knew someday I'd run a marathon. I've run two marathons

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Gary P Williams -- Age: 59 -- Tulsa, OK

I have wanted to do the full marathon since my first ascent

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Bob M Wilson -- Age: 59 -- Jemez Springs, NM

50th run celebration

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Daniel J Wilson -- Age: 47 -- Northglenn, CO

CHALLENGE

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Dennis J Wilson -- Age: 47 -- Lincoln, NE

challenge

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Mindy A Wilson -- Age: 38 -- Kansas City, MO

It's a fabulous experience.

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Triva Le' A Wilson -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Cause I'm crazy

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Kenneth W Witherell -- Age: 40 -- Charlotte, NC

An incredible challenge mentally and physically that demands prerace conditioning both mentally and physically.

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Christopher C Witt -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the view.

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Linda L Wood -- Age: 43 -- Malvern, AR

Because it's there and it's America' Ultimate Marathon.

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John K Woodruff -- Age: 64 -- Little Rock, AR

I have completed Pikes Peak two times since being diagnosed with cancer. I want to make it 3 times.

As someone who had open heart surgery in 1959 when I was 17, I was overwhelmed with joy when I broke six hours (5:59 in 1992) in the Pikes Peak Marathon. Much slower, I just want to complete it, especially for cancer patients (and heart patients). Th

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Alanna M Woods -- Age: 31 -- Beaverton, OR

To challenge myself

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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

I survived!!

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Ty S Workman -- Age: 36 -- Queen Creek, AZ

I consider the Pike' Peak Marathon to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, marathon in the country and I would love to be able to say that I not only completed the Pike's Peak marathon but, finished in the top 25. I'm also running for my fat

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Della M Works -- Age: 70 -- Casper, WY

70th Birthday, I will be running it with daughter

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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. I've doubled once before with times of 2:57 and 5:09.

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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Joe M Wright -- Age: 44 -- Fort Dodge, IA

I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing Sunday August 21st.

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Hans G Zimmermann -- Age: 65 -- Monument, CO

If others can do it, then I should be able to do it too.

Run smart, save some energy for the return, be willing to suffer pain, after finishing you will soon forget.

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