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.
Kathryn L Aasen -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my husband signed me up.

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Andrew Adamowski -- Age: 32 -- Evergreen, CO

for a good time

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Emily A Adcox -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove to myself that I can do it. AND it the 1st time in 4 years I haven't been pregnant or nursing:)

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Erica Adshead -- Age: 34 -- Golden, CO

It's a great race!

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Linda G Aiman -- Age: 59 -- Black Forest, CO

To run again with my friends in the Incline Club and improve my time from last year.

I finished in the hail and had to ride the cog railroad down the mountain because the vans were not running.

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Charlene J Aldridge -- Age: 58 -- Fort Wayne, IN

Because I can't stop!

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Gerald R Algott -- Age: 58 -- Albuquerque, NM

fun

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Rick Allen -- Age: 60 -- Santa Cruz, CA

The fresh air is good for my lungs.

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Thomas Allen -- Age: 41 -- Phoenix, AZ

I came to Colorado and saw Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods as a young child. Since then I have always wanted to come back and see the mountain again. Is there a better way to see it than to become part of it by running up it?

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Norine M Amato -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Yet again, my boss has dared me to do it with her.

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Linda K Ambard -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the race. Please ensure I'm in the first wave this year.

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Phil Ambard -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the love of the challenge.

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Debi Anderson -- Age: 50 -- Alexandria, MN

Because I'm about to have my 50th birthday.

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Mary M Anderson -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the challenge

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Robert N Anderson -- Age: 59 -- Thoreau, NM

Because it is there

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Wendy L Anderson -- Age: 48 -- Denver, CO

It's a challenge and a blast all in one.

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William Anderson -- Age: 34 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

I like mountains.

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Stephan Andrade -- Age: 51 -- Evergreen, CO

to help my friend Ralph Hall break the record for an 80 year old

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Phillip C Apodaca -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To see if I can finish. I recently started running again and been a goal for me to push towards.

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William Archibald -- Age: 51 -- Edmond, OK

because its there

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Hilario R Armijo -- Age: 52 -- Jemez Pueblo, NM

Annual event for health and spiritual pilgrimage

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Dan Arnold -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have wanted to do the race for 25 years and hope that I can do it now.

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Glen Avery -- Age: 56 -- Houghton, NY

I am an avid runner and mountain climber who wishes to combine the two activities. I also want to show that at the age of 56, I have the endurance and strength to perform physically at high levels. I want to test myself.

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Edward A Averyt -- Age: 37 -- Norman, OK

I want to break 5 hours

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Mike Babcock -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I blew out my ankle in January running down Barr Trail. My goal this summer is to overcome my injury and beat last years ascent time.

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Ryan N Badtke -- Age: 26 -- Littleton, CO

Training for Climbing Chimbarazo in South America.

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Jamie A Bailey -- Age: 39 -- Montezuma, CO

I love to go up!

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Gerard Baker -- Age: 43 -- Greenwood Village, CO

this is one shirt I want to earn

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Jennifer S Baker -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to be able to say I have ran it with my husband.

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Katie H Baker -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

because it's a great challenge and different from the other events I participate in.

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Kevin F Baker -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For an excuse to stay in shape for mountaineering!

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Kevin L Baker -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To see how fast I can make it up the hill as during the Marathon I would always hold back to make sure I would have the energy to make it back.

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Rebecca Baker -- Age: 38 -- Springfield, MO

Ever since I was in high school I have heard about this race. Some of the runners from my school actually did this race. I always wanted to try and this will hopefully be the year I conquer Pike's Peak.

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Gary J Balaich -- Age: 44 -- Elbert, CO

I enjoy mountain running, and I anticipate running this race with fellow runners every year.

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Jane L Baldwin -- Age: 56 -- Wilson, WY

to see if I can finish this race again.

Really loved waiting for the shuttles last year on the highest point in miles in a thunder & snow storm.

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Brian T Ballard -- Age: 37 -- Ogden, UT

KEEP MY BUTT OFF THE COUCH

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Jim B Ballinger -- Age: 36 -- Goddard, KS

The challenge of completing one of the toughest races around.

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Steven K Balman -- Age: 49 -- Tulsa, OK

to celebrate fiftieth birthday

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Ted Balph -- Age: 49 -- Redlands, CA

friend

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Frances L Barger -- Age: 72 -- North Little Rock, AR

CHALLENGE

HAIL STORM IN 2005 FORCED A TURNBACK, WANT TO FINISH RACE

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Brett Barnes -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's a great challenge!

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Lori J Barney -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I have loved hiking the peak with the Pikes Peak Challenge over the years and made it a goal to complete the ascent. Also, because I am going to be a gramma and want to prove to myself that I can do it:)

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Bruce L Barrell -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

it's the toughest, best challenge here in Colorado!!

First time: 3:05 and so happy to be done! Second time: 3:15 and I felt like death, as my wife confirmed!!!

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Allison Barton -- Age: 19 -- Gunnison, CO

Family affair

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Carol Barton -- Age: 52 -- Gunnison, CO

Whole family runing the Accent

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Robert D Batchelder -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To fulfill a goal

Hebrews 12:1

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Deborah A Baumann -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am doing the Pikes Peak ascent for another running challenge

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Kim I Beard -- Age: 50 -- Manitou Springs, CO

A great way to celebrate the year that I turned 50--hopefully will be my best year yet!!!

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Fred Beavers -- Age: 49 -- Longmont, CO

I'm crazy!

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Paul Beebe -- Age: 56 -- Salt Lake City, UT

because it's there

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Michael D Beeson -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To meet awesome folks and have a good time.

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

To better my previous ascent time

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Lisa Bejarano -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To keep me motivated to run and run and run all Summer long!

It is well organized and incredibly fun!

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Linda L Bendorf -- Age: 48 -- Falcon, CO

Because I love it!!!

Last year was pretty trippy with the weather, but thats what makes it such a privledge to run!!!

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Catherine B Benecke -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To enjoy a lovely hike in the woods, and hopefully not repeat last years hail storm

Getting stuck on the mountain last year due to weather

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Jeremy Benefiel -- Age: 25 -- Fountain, CO

FOR MY WIFE

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Christopher Bengert -- Age: 37 -- Smithville, MO

Just so I can say I ran up a mountain.

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Carol A Benight -- Age: 47 -- Manitou Springs, CO

To stay in shape, meet great people, and it's an awesome mountain!

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Charles ( Benight -- Age: 44 -- Manitou Springs, CO

For the challenge

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Richard E Bennett -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Thrill of beating the storm.

While rocking from heel to toe on the summit I kept getting zapped between my toe and the ground. Later figured out that it was due to static electricity in the air grounding from my toe to the ground. Raw!!!!

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Victoria L Bennett -- Age: 24 -- Santa Clara, CA

to run with my brother

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Trevin S Bensko-Wecks -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To warm up for the marathon.

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William A Benson -- Age: 50 -- Palmer Lake, CO

running is fun

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Anthony Berenger -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

training, ego, accomplishment

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David Berge -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there.

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Rebecca A Berling -- Age: 52 -- Wilson, WY

I had fun last year and I like the training

2005!!!

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Jeffrey J Bernardy -- Age: 45 -- Lakewood, CO

I need a new goal after the Boston Marathon in April!

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Sunil Bhat -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To Challenge myself

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Henry Bickerstaff -- Age: 52 -- Alva, OK

Just a fun race

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Trisha S Bilbrey -- Age: 32 -- Dickson, TN

Husband is running Marathon

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Mike Bird -- Age: 34 -- Denver, CO

It is the best and most challanging run in Colorado!

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Jayson T Bjurstrom -- Age: 34 -- Monument, CO

For the tradition and the challenge

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Tonya N Bjurstrom -- Age: 33 -- Monument, CO

For the tradition and the challenge

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Lilly A Blase -- Age: 50 -- Lincoln, NE

I did the 50th Ascent last year & loved the experience despite being hailed on. I'm hooked & I'm back!

Its a high!

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Eric M Bleakney -- Age: 46 -- Woodland Park, CO

For the challenge

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Melissa H Bleakney -- Age: 37 -- Woodland Park, CO

personal challenge

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Carolyn Boardman -- Age: 44 -- Sierra Vista, AZ

I was encouraged by a Doctor at our medical facility where I am the Chief, Pharmacy Services. He called me last year to sign up, and called again this year while he was out of town to remind me to sign up know. Last year we spent some time in the m

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Roger Bohnhoff -- Age: 40 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Trying to win the 'Nutty Athlete of the year' award.

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Timothy Bollinger -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

In 2004 the cut off time was pushed up at A-Frame, so instead of arriving 20 min early I was there 10 min late. I'd really like to finish this, and I'm training to do so in less time than it took me to get to A-Frame. Also, I just love the outdoors.

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Brenda Bonner -- Age: 45 -- Little Rock, AR

I ENJOYED LAST YEAR SO MUCH I DECIDED TO DO IT AGAIN

LETS NOT HAVE LIGHTENING OR HAIL AGAIN PLEASE!!

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Stan Booth -- Age: 64 -- Austin, TX

Great challenging race, enjoy training in the mountains, well organized, good people,best motivator I know to slow father time!

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Owen C Borg -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my wife's best friend ran it last year, she cannot this year because she'll be having a baby in July. She challnaged me, and of course I cannot back down.

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Deborah C Borgo -- Age: 57 -- Boulder, CO

This will be my 10th year!

Last year's hail storm was a first for me!

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Levi F Borst -- Age: 27 -- Aspen, CO

Any trail run is a good thing.

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Robert Botard -- Age: 36 -- Sugar Land, TX

to get the pin

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Lea Bove -- Age: 51 -- North Little Rock, AR

crazy friends

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Heather Bowen -- Age: 32 -- Wichita, KS

I talked with several runners that have completed the 1/2 and full @ Pikes Peak.. I've heard it's the ultimate challenge. I'm doing this race for me.

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Nancy A Bowermaster -- Age: 48 -- Austin, TX

The challenge of the mountains, coming from the dusty flatlands of Texas

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Doloris A Bowles -- Age: 42 -- Wichita, KS

Personal challenge

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James Bowlus -- Age: 61 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Because it's there

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Jonathan M Bowser -- Age: 40 -- Littleton, CO

Best race in the world!

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Larry Boyd -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have enjoyed hiking on the Peak for over 5 years and have always wondered 'what if' with regards to the Ascent. Since I'm not getting any younger, I decided this is the year to find out.

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Rick C Boyer -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Turn 50 this year

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Thomas J Bradfield -- Age: 43 -- Lakewood, CO

Setting goals for 2006!

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Sheila Brandt -- Age: 42 -- Los Alamos, NM

because my boss said so

I will

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Steven A Brase -- Age: 38 -- Sugar Land, TX

Bag another 14er and get the PP pin.

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Christopher J Bratton -- Age: 21 -- Albuquerque, NM

fun

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Kevin Bremenkampf -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Yet another Personal accomplishment.

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Rich Brenner -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Just a goal to achieve

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Stephanie L Brewer -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge myself

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Timothy F Brewer -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Challenge

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Ann M Brick -- Age: 57 -- Des Moines, IA

I ran the race in 1997 because I promised my Mom, who was dying of cancer, that I would train for & do this race in honor of her fighting spirit. At that time, such a feat for me seemed unbelieveable. Now I try to do it every 2 years, last year, it w

I was so proud of myself after my first finish in 1997, but riding down from the Peak in the Van afterwards, a white haired elderly man sat next to me & cheerfully asked:'What was your time?' When I told him, he jabbed me in the side & said:'I beat

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Kate V Bridgman -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to get to the top and use that medal as my keychain.

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Kent J Bridgman -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my sister is and i love and respect whatever my sister does

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Adam L Brink -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Physical Challenge and motivation

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Scott A Brooks -- Age: 41 -- Manitou Springs, CO

lighting and hail 2005. Stranded at the top of mtn while they plowed the roads.

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Steven R Brooks -- Age: 39 -- Arlington, VA

I grew up at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, and I have lived in Washington, D.C. for nearly 18 years. Returning home is not only about family and friends, but it is about seeing the mountain and identifying every nook and cranny I have e

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David P Brown -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for the fun of it, the challenge--and besides, my wife is doing it!

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Kevin L Brown -- Age: 54 -- Morrison, CO

Keith made me.

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Allen Browne -- Age: 19 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Grew up here in C-SPrings, had to try it to set a PR.

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Ed Browne -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

my son, Allen, is running it too

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Kelly N Broze -- Age: 24 -- Sugar Land, TX

My dad and sisters did the ascent 20 years ago and are doing it again, so I decided to do it with them.

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Robert D Broze -- Age: 60 -- Sugar Land, TX

I ran the Ascent 20 years ago with my daughters and wanted to run again with them.

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Shannon L Broze -- Age: 40 -- Youngsville, LA

I ran the Ascent with my dad and sister and wanted to run again with my dad and a younger sister.

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Tina A Brudzinski -- Age: 41 -- Almont, CO

Personal satisfaction. I grew up in Colorado Springs and always wanted to run the race.

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Daniel A Bruhn -- Age: 27 -- Tucson, AZ

To ensure I'm living my life to the fullest!

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Patricia A Buck-Messinger -- Age: 42 -- San Antonio, TX

In support of a close girlfriend who was seriously injured in a car accident.

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Angela Buckley -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To be alive

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Clyde M Buckley -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Awesome race and to honor all the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) soldiers that have died in OIF/OEF

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James Buckley -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Good exercise and good health.

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Vinton Buffenmyer -- Age: 32 -- Houston, TX

It's one of my favorite races in the U.S.

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Michael Buher -- Age: 38 -- Bel Air, MD

I did the marathon last year and am looking forward to doing the double.

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Karen Burniston -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

As a personal goal with a friend

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Tiffany J Burns -- Age: 30 -- Austin, TX

If Brownie can do it, anyone can.

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R A Burrell -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

i'm running because walking takes forever

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Brian Burrus -- Age: 41 -- Wichita, KS

When I completed the Ascent in 2004, it was one of the neatest, most rewarding things I had ever done. I ran my first flatland marathon in October of 2005 and am ready to take on Pikes Peak again.

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Lester H Busche -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I work with Brett Wilson and Jim Lee, who place very well as doublers. I don't want to be the underachiever of the office. I usually run the marathon, but want to try the double so the boss will give me a raise.

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Anya Byers -- Age: 23 -- Los Alamos, NM

Challenge for me and my brother

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Dean Cain -- Age: 48 -- Yukon, OK

becuase i am an idiot

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Joel D Cain -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ron Furstenau

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Kristy Callihan -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The true Colorado experience!!

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Trudy A Calloway -- Age: 58 -- Wichita, KS

Last year a friend did the whole marathon and a group of us came out with her and it we had so much fun that I wanted to do the Ascent this year. It looks like a tough challenge that I want to tackle. If I can finish it would be the ultimate 'runne

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John F Campbell -- Age: 61 -- Carbondale, CO

Last year, 15 weeks after cancer surgery, I ran the double, almost meeting my goal of breaking 4 hrs for the ascent. Maybe this year!

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Dick Canterbury -- Age: 58 -- Chesterton, IN

A bad habit

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Rita J Cardin -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the challenge of coming back each year and trying to improve on my previous time. And of course it's a beautiful race!

I hope the lightning takes a break this year!

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Gail H Carlson -- Age: 62 -- Longmont, CO

Running with my husband who was an age group winner and record holder last year

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Peter W Carlson -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Wanted to challenge myself and get in shape.

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Kathy B Carnahan -- Age: 43 -- Suwanee, GA

Running with our board of Directors or Sonrise Mountain Ranch in Cimmarron,CO and to celebrate my husband Kevin's and my 19th wedding anniversary

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Kevin Carnahan -- Age: 42 -- Suwanee, GA

In support of Son Rise Mountain Ranch

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Kevin J Carnahan -- Age: 42 -- Suwanee, GA

Running with Board of Directors for Sonrise Mountain Ranch in Cimmarron and for my 19th anniversary with my wife Kathy

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Durant F Carpenter -- Age: 60 -- Centennial, CO

Running motivation for myself. Because it is some notible to do especially at 60 years old

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Lisa M Carraway -- Age: 21 -- Woodland Park, CO

life long goal

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Christopher J Carter -- Age: 33 -- Santa Monica, CA

My father always ran it when I was growing up, and it has always been the ultimate challenge.

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Diane J Casady -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I ran the Acsent in 1983 at 31, I wanted to challenge myself and support my son-in-law who is running the Ascent too

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Linda M Case -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Run this every 5 years as a personal challenge.

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Traci L Case -- Age: 38 -- Golden, CO

This is my favorite running event - the Peak calls every year!

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Darlene D Cash -- Age: 49 -- Yakima, WA

The ultimate challenge.

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Michelyn J Caskey -- Age: 55 -- Green Mountain Falls, CO

Because I live on Pikes Peak and I've raced up it on my motorcycle on Jan. 1st when they use to do that with Bill Brokaw.

The first time was when the race was on the same day and I won my class up and got fourth women down.

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John P Cassidy -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the sheer fun of it.

I love being stuck in the summit house.

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Patrick J Castle -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To glorify God!

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David J Cavanaugh-Keyek -- Age: 40 -- Jamestown, CO

Beats going to church

Yes, but they involve hallucinations

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Lindsay Cavner -- Age: 31 -- Chandler, AZ

To prove that I can still run a sub 4 into my 30's.

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Joseph Chamberlain -- Age: 50 -- Chesterton, IN

The Challenge

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Dave W Chapman -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I participate in this event every year to prove to myself that I can do it. I don't compete to win, just to see if I still have to guts year after year to finish.

Last year was an event I will never forget. Getting caught in the hail and lighting above treeline but still far from the summit was truely a humbling and spriritual experience. Mother nature has a way of letting you know how really fragile and sma

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Jeff M Chapman -- Age: 50 -- Cascade, CO

doing the Peak Ascent or Marathon is my main training goal and focus each year. It is a great trail, race and somewhat of an addiction. (ask my wife)

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Carlos M Chavez -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a challenge,always wanted to

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Ernesto Chavez -- Age: 28 -- Tucson, AZ

Because I can.

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Tim P Chavez -- Age: 35 -- Albuquerque, NM

I love the challenge, and you can't beat the view from the top.

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Alexander C Ching -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is my goal this year to complete the Triple Crown

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Bob Chmielewski -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

What better way to celebrate turning 50?

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Joseph N Ciffolillo -- Age: 43 -- North Easton, MA

Another interesting and challenging race to complete.

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Butch Clark -- Age: 46 -- Monument, CO

Since moving here 12 years ago, I have intended to hike up to the top of Pikes Peak. I figured I'll get it done Quickly this year :) I also have a few friend running this year, and thought it would be fun to do with them.

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Ralph Clark -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I run to impede the rotting process.

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Bill L Coffelt -- Age: 46 -- Fort Smith, AR

WARMUP FOR THE MARATHON

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Michael Colbert -- Age: 45 -- Centennial, CO

fun

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Ellen Coleman -- Age: 52 -- Riverside, CA

Love the race and mountain

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Keri Colletti -- Age: 32 -- Denver, CO

In honor of mother who passed away from breast cancer.

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Dave Coming -- Age: 48 -- Centennial, CO

Try to break family PR currently held by younger brother Jack

Pickle juice is my secret weapon against cramps

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Jack Coming -- Age: 42 -- Boulder, CO

Because I have doubt and when in doubt, go higher

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Carol Cook -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A boyfriend (former) accused me of not getting enough aerobid exercise.

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Kathleen M Cook -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My family and friends are doing this!

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David J Cordova -- Age: 45 -- Arvada, CO

Yearly reality check ritual

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Karen Cordova -- Age: 41 -- Lakewood, CO

This is a family event and ritual!

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Charles A Cost -- Age: 34 -- Yakima, WA

Obviously...the challenge.

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Rhea M Costandine -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

test my capabilites as a runner!

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Joe Costanza -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I enjoy nausea and vomiting.

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Bonifacio A Cosyleon -- Age: 57 -- Pueblo, CO

Because I manage to learn something new about myself and the great feeling of total exhaustion in all facets of the human spirit.

The time i puked and puked on the way down. I puked in a bag given to me by others. Before tossing my cookies the van was quiet and then after my first blast, the runners started to tease me about it and we all laughed and laughed about the chunks t

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Eva M Cosyleon -- Age: 27 -- Denver, CO

Because I am crazy and I love the challenge

The first time I did the ascent cried because it was hard. The first time I did the Marathon I fell at the 20 mile mark but kept going and everyone cheered me on at the end. i loved it.

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Brooke S Coté -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I enjoy the challenge!

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Robert K Cox -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is an opportunity to experience that not many experience before!

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Alfred C Coxe -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

As a training run for higher mountains

the biggest surprise I've seen during the Ascent was to see a woman running the 2004 ascent in the snow barefoot!

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Ron Craig -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Why not?

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Sheryl D Crawford -- Age: 48 -- Blue Springs, MO

A goal in my life to check off

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Del Creps -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

work tradition

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Randy Crooks -- Age: 49 -- Alta Loma, CA

50th birthday,

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Dan Cullen -- Age: 51 -- Maplewood, MN

I can't stay away

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Gary E Curmode -- Age: 55 -- Wichita, KS

I have run 31 times, 9 doubles in a row, until 3 years ago, had an injury and only did the ascent. I did my first in 1978. It is a goal that I make every year for physical, mental and emotional fitness; a performance benchmark that I try to accompl

Last year, I got rained on, then, hailed on, had welts on my legs and arms from the hail; also, by time I got to the top, you could not see the trail; the 16 golden stairs, I climbed on all fours due to the icy conditions. The Medical Hut was fantas

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David W Curry -- Age: 38 -- Andover, KS

Personal Challenge

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Mikki I Dalbec -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Got to break in the new shoes some how!

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Charles Danforth -- Age: 33 -- Boulder, CO

The voices in my head told me to do it.

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Rick Dant -- Age: 42 -- Hood River, OR

I feel by best when I can run mountains, I would still train at home even if I never did a race

2005 and all th hale at the top,it was wild

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Laurie A Dauman -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To say that I have done it.

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Alan Davidson -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

because the mountain is there

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Larry G Davis -- Age: 56 -- Littleton, CO

Because I have always wanted to since moving here 4 years a ago.

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Sergio M De Lourenco -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I found an activity I love. Getting in shape...285 August '05.

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David A Dean -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

I have lost 90 pounds in the last two years and I wanted a new challenge in my fitness routine.

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Matthew C Decoste -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

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Kato T Dee -- Age: 32 -- Leadville, CO

Sounds like fun!

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David M Dehart -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Satisfaction

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Ron E Dehn -- Age: 58 -- Pueblo West, CO

One of my friends is a veteran of the Ascent & Marathon. He told me I would never look at the mountain in the sam way again, and I never have.

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Esme Delange -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Motivation and Goal

No

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Valerie J Deneau -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have nothing beter to do in August

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Jim Desordi -- Age: 41 -- Omaha, NE

Because I'm over 40!

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Robert F Dever -- Age: 57 -- Kansas City, MO

Running it with my daughter, because I am 57 and a total bad ass.

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Teri Diamond -- Age: 43 -- Palmer Lake, CO

celebrate my dad, Dave Balzer's, age 70, ascent today

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Arnold Didier -- Age: 42 -- Parker, CO

Fun

The 50th was my 1st year and I was totally impressed with the people in the run and those who ran it. Tough weather and everyone was still smiling and knew what the mountains can bring on a certain day.

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Debbie Didier -- Age: 50 -- Parker, CO

50th Birthday event

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Sharon Dieter -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

New challenge.

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Dave Dietz -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Opportunity to climb a 14ner with my Colorado Mountain Club friends and not carry a pack!

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Cindy Dillon -- Age: 40 -- Larkspur, CO

Great challenge & I run it with my husband.

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Tim M Dillon -- Age: 40 -- Larkspur, CO

Great challenge and I run with my wife. It's a focus for my spring & summer training.

Met great people in the snow storm on top in 2005.

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Jay F Dingbaum -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

friends have done the race

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James Divine -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal goal, also running with a friend

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Michael Dolan -- Age: 45 -- Louisville, CO

Is this heaven or just a lack of oxygen?

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Frank Donaldson -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Challenge

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Karen L Dorsett -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Turning 40 in May and know I will regret it if I don't try!

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Stephen Douglass -- Age: 40 -- Marietta, GA

personal challange 2 years ago, my wife and I stayed in a cottage ner pikes peak and I dreamed everyday about running it, not knowing there was an actual race. my friend told me about this last month and since then I have been waiting for march 1

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Daniel T Driscoll -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Prove to myself I can do it

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Mel Druelinger -- Age: 65 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is an annual challenge

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Richard J Ducharme -- Age: 63 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's fun.

This will span 32 years (1975-2005)

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William K Dude -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Too stupid not to. I got talked into doing it again by a 'friend'.

I've run two marathons and another half-marathon and this was by far the most difficult race I've ever been in, which is why I'm stupid to do it again.

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John R Dunbar -- Age: 64 -- Centennial, CO

Could not get in last year, so decided to get in this year.

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Janet L Duncan -- Age: 42 -- Monument, CO

Incredible personal accomplishment!

I ran over 20 miles last year after turning around due to the weather and lightning!

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Alison K Dunlap -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I want to do something challenging

no

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Jared A Durall -- Age: 48 -- Topeka, KS

Personal Goal

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Kelly A Durr -- Age: 41 -- Pueblo West, CO

want the challenge

no

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Damon Dworak -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge

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Kyle A Dyas -- Age: 38 -- Fort Collins, CO

This has been a wonderful tradition for me and my family. I've been running the Pikes Peak Ascent since 1982. This will by my 25th year of running the Pikes Peak Ascent.

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Jessica M Easley -- Age: 37 -- Longmont, CO

I have been dreaming of running the Pikes Peak Ascent since 1994, when I cheered on a friend at the summit (it was a convenient stop on my trip across the United States). I wasn't a runner or a fourteener junkie back then, but since moving to CO in

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Jennifer R Eckels -- Age: 30 -- Monument, CO

Since breaking my femur in 2001 in a skiing accident I no longer take my ability to walk, run, and hike for granted.

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Tavis C Eddy -- Age: 36 -- Lander, WY

Exhilaration; to have a fitness goal, a great route and race.

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Jennifer D Eden -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To celebrate getting out of the Air Force

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Janet A Edwards -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great work out!

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Julianne Edwards -- Age: 29 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

To simply achieve it!

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Sarah Edwards -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

So I can say that I did.

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Timothy Edwards -- Age: 49 -- Florissant, CO

Keep my streak going

started running to quit smoking - it worked!

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Michelle Eisenberger -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fittness

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Siegfried Eisenberger -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fittness

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Jim A Ekwall -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

motivation to train

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Gary A Eldridge -- Age: 45 -- Campbell, CA

A tradition I started with my Brother; we run it together every year

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Adam Elliott -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

To see if I can do it!

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Bob Elliott -- Age: 54 -- Aurora, CO

Altitude THICKNESS

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Kelly J Ellis -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

challenge, training

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Lisa A Ellis -- Age: 48 -- Lafayette, CO

Personal challenge

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Thomas G Elsbury -- Age: 69 -- Moscow, ID

College graduation in May--pampering my-self

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Doug Elsner -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to better my previous time

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Debbie A Embaugh -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

TO COMPLETE MY FIRST FOURTEENER

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Joann Engel -- Age: 42 -- Centennial, CO

Love the mountain! Love the trail!

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Shawn Erchinger -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm running the Ascent to prepare for the 2007 Mt. Marathon Race in Seward, AK. on July 4th.

Nope.

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Celso A Espinoza -- Age: 30 -- Louisville, CO

fun

crazy times on the summit!

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Deborah L Evans -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge & Fun

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Mark Evans -- Age: 46 -- Wichita, KS

this is 14 in a row!

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Bob Evers -- Age: 55 -- Park City, UT

I have previously run Mt Washington 3 times, Vail twice, and multiple steeple chases. I think the Pikes Peak races are the premier mountain running events in the country. The Barr trail is incredibly important as an outstanding scenic recreational

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Nicole A Evers -- Age: 38 -- Niskayuna, NY

running with sisters

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Michael F Everson -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I WANT 20 IN A ROW. THIS IS NUMBER 7

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Devin D Farrell -- Age: 41 -- Los Alamos, NM

The challenge

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Ed Farrell -- Age: 44 -- Denver, CO

i love to run uphill

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Patricia A Farrell-Hasting -- Age: 52 -- Euless, TX

Personal Goal

Not at this time.

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Roy Fatur -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Exceptional physical and mental experience... easily the most difficult physical challenge I've ever done!

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Adam R Feerst -- Age: 46 -- Denver, CO

Revenge for a very poor race in 2005. Do the Triple Crown.

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Larry Feise -- Age: 56 -- Albuquerque, NM

THIS WILL BE MY 14TH PIKES RACE. IT IS MY FAVORITE RACE OF 40 YRS OF RUNNING

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Christy Felton -- Age: 60 -- Ogden, UT

I ran the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2001 and coming down the last part of the trail I had trouble staying upright. I finished the race tilted to the right. At the time I was frustrated and, of course, very exhausted. I came back to run the marathon a

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Alan Feuerhaken -- Age: 61 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Challenge

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Jeffery Fincher -- Age: 50 -- Kyle, TX

Turned 50 this year.

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Ashley Finlen Copeland -- Age: 31 -- Durham, NC

Keep up with my crazy husband

no

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Stephen E Fischer -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My wife did the PP Marathon last year and I wanted to train together more this year.

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Bruce E Fisher -- Age: 32 -- Aurora, CO

For the challenge

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Nancy E Fisher -- Age: 54 -- Albuquerque, NM

for the challenge

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Erin M Fitzgerald -- Age: 37 -- Seattle, WA

challenge

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Matt Flores -- Age: 23 -- Kiowa, CO

I want to run a challenging race, something other that a flatland race.

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Nicole Flores -- Age: 33 -- Austin, TX

Brownie made me do it.

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Andy Flowers -- Age: 56 -- Ogden, UT

I intend to do the double this year.

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Carmen S Forest -- Age: 51 -- Pratt, KS

streak of 12 consecutive years

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Kim A Forget -- Age: 46 -- Attleboro, MA

I want to run the Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado. This would be my kind of vacation!

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Deb Fox -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

annual event

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Fredric Francis -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

15 times previous

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Phillip J Frankenstein -- Age: 66 -- Mesa, AZ

THE CHALLENGE

NO

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Bruce Fraser -- Age: 44 -- Evergreen, CO

I like to challenge myself

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Crawford D Frazer -- Age: 32 -- Boulder, CO

Simply to challenge myself - plus I've heard it's a great race!

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Will R Fry -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

in honor of family and friends with cancer

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Steve Fuhrmann -- Age: 55 -- Monument, CO

Greatest foot race known to mankind!

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Max D Fulton -- Age: 29 -- Denver, CO

For my lovely wife Andrea

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Ron Furstenau -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Joel Cain

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Erik Gabrielson -- Age: 37 -- Edina, MN

Had so much fun last year. Turning into annual event

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Margery Gadd -- Age: 59 -- Jenks, OK

i love the mt's, the finest views in the world, clean air, and it is a challenge, and you guys do a great job,

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Angela Gaffney -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Why not?

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Robert Gaffney -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To get to the top.

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Roger P Gagnon -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Why not? It's a great personal challenge of physical and mental endurance.

For my first ascent in 2002 I thought I was 'in shape' and my training was sufficient by running around the Briargate area and at USAFA. Not even close. I set my goals during the ascent to 1) Make it to the top, 2) Make it to the next mile marker (

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Lesley M Gallacher -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because you can't do just one.

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Al C Garcia -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is a great challenge and you feel as though you have really accomplished something when your done!

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Ronald R Garcia -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I run to complete againt the Mountain, to improve my times each year. I will continue to run the Ascent until I can not longer go up the mountian by myself.

The training for the first year was great, the mountain and the experiences were new and breath taking. The Hail storm last year just added to the drama of competing, It made completing the Ascent that much sweeter.

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Scott G Garcia -- Age: 39 -- Parker, CO

I love this race its a great trail! Its a great group of people

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John Garner -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

because it is there

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Tami J Garner -- Age: 33 -- Divide, CO

for myself, my family, my health. and to prove to myself that I can do it again.

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Margaret K Gates -- Age: 61 -- Ava, MO

It's my favorite race. I used to live in Colo.Sp. I love hills and elevation in a race.

In 2000 I was so excited to be running the Ascent again that I began the race with clinched fists. The tension drained my energy and turned my legs to mush, thus ruining my race. I'll do it right this time.

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Arnold J Gaunt -- Age: 44 -- Clearfield, UT

Challenge seeker.

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James M Gazetti -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I love running mountain races

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Kathleen Gebhardt -- Age: 49 -- Boulder, CO

it is one of my favorite races

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Ashley K Gee -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I run in hope and faith, for friendship and everlasting love of God's magnificent creation.

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Bud Gerathy -- Age: 52 -- Monument, CO

To have fun!

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Helen M Gercas -- Age: 50 -- Monument, CO

because I'm 50 and loving it!

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Bill Gideon -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

work tradition

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Robert H Gilliam III -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've always wanted to compete in this amazing event!

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Joe A Giordano -- Age: 34 -- Littleton, CO

Because the last time didn't quite kill me.

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Josh Gitlin -- Age: 43 -- Stevensville, MI

Ascent requires comment to peak performance. I started marathoning 6 years ago (was a running instructor/coach in my early twenties)and have changed my lifestyle and attitude. The Ascent is added motivation to continue my climb to a better, healthi

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Jeff C Glicken -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

WHAT CAN I SAY- I'M HOOKED! BEING SURROUNDED BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO, FOR THE DAY, ARE THINKING JUST LIKE ME...I'M HERE TO DO THE BEST THAT I CAN FOR WHAT I AM TODAY- THIS IS PRETTY AWESOME!

THE FIRST TIME THAT I DID THE ASCENT, MY SISTER CAME UP FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA [SHE RUNS NUMEROUS MARATHONS EVERY YEAR]. WE DID IT THAT YEAR TO CELEBRATE HER TWENTIETH WEDDING ANIVERSERY AND THE MEMORY OF MY LATE SON. HE WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN

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Weldon E Glockzin -- Age: 63 -- Flint, TX

challenge

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Dale M Goering -- Age: 76 -- Santa Fe, NM

This is my 18th ascent& a new age group. (75+0

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Morgan D Golden -- Age: 40 -- Hot Springs, AR

I have friends who have participated for years. Last year I went with them and waited for their finish at the summit. I was inspired to run this year as I watched men and women of all ages, nationalities, and means finish. I saw in these finishers

Who can forget the sleet last year. I ran down the mountain after the race to our car and met some mountain sheep head on. They politely let me pass, as they was me struggle with the altitude.

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Shane Goldsmith -- Age: 42 -- Newton, KS

Feeling of accomplishment.

No

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Fred P Gonzales Jr -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Life time goal. Did last year for the first time and enjoyed it. So needless to say I want to do it again.

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Mark Goodman -- Age: 34 -- Denver, CO

New challenge after running a few flatland marathons

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Giselle Gossage -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The challange

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Peter Gotseff -- Age: 37 -- Golden, CO

Pikes Peak calls me.

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Andrew K Grace -- Age: 50 -- Green Mountain Falls, CO

celebrate 50th

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Brian E Grace -- Age: 44 -- Peculiar, MO

annual race

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Kim K Graff -- Age: 39 -- Monument, CO

I'm not totally sure, but I think it's because Bill likes to see me in pain...

I made it without getting electrocuted! My legs are finally healed from the hail pelts too!

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Steve M Graff -- Age: 37 -- Monument, CO

Bill likes to see me in pain!

I made it!

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Josh S Grear -- Age: 19 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My dad ran it 4 times. I'm just following in his footsteps

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Ronald L Green -- Age: 44 -- Denver, CO

run with 77 year old father, who beat my wife & I last year

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Sharon Greenbaum -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its my hometown race

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Scott Griffith -- Age: 42 -- Lafayette, CO

This is my 21st PPA PPM.

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Pete Griggs -- Age: 46 -- Woodland Park, CO

The challenge and for motivating me to get in shape.

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Joy Grindeland -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal goal for 2006. It's a challengeing race that will be fun to train for and work towards accomplishing.

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Maureen Griner -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the challenge.

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Donald F Grosteffon -- Age: 44 -- Cascade, CO

Made bet at work with others, loser has to pay entry fee

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Frank Gryglewicz -- Age: 52 -- Denver, CO

I believe I might have been dropped on my head as an infant.

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Ricardo Guemes -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Im running the race as a personal challenge and the oppoetunity to be out with the community.

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Michael Guhr -- Age: 36 -- Topeka, KS

To be with my sister and brother in law who recently moved to Ohio.

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Chris Gunnell -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Inspiration to stay away from Mexican food.

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Kathy S Haack -- Age: 39 -- Bloomington, MN

Just to see if I can do it. I love to climb mountains, but I've never RUN up one. :)

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Bill Haaker -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

its fun and challenging

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James A Hague -- Age: 70 -- Abilene, KS

Had so much 'fun' last year,felt I needed to master the mountain this time.

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Jeffrey Hall -- Age: 47 -- Louisville, CO

I'm a trail runner and have run many other mountain races

no

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Ralph Hall -- Age: 80 -- Evergreen, CO

to break the record for 80 year old age group

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Eric Hallman -- Age: 35 -- Longmont, CO

It's the biggest baddest mountain race of them all.

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Rex Hanby -- Age: 52 -- Pfafftown, NC

There's only one hill.

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Kevin Handel -- Age: 39 -- Denver, CO

Time to set a new PR!

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Scott Hansen -- Age: 38 -- Boulder City, NV

To win a pretty girl's heart.

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Jeanette L Hanson -- Age: 56 -- Wichita, KS

Personal Goal

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Steve Harp -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Just moved here and figured I would go after Pike's Peak right away!

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Stephanie Harper -- Age: 29 -- Austin, TX

Personal Challenge to myself.

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Daniel P Harris -- Age: 44 -- Centennial, CO

It has always been a great experience for me, and I enjoy the challenge.

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Ramey A Harris -- Age: 30 -- Seattle, WA

why not?

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James E Harrison -- Age: 40 -- Wichita, KS

The first time was such a great experience.

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Richard J Harrison -- Age: 52 -- Wichita, KS

Good sense has taken over after 6 years of the Pikes Peak Marathon but I would not give up being part of the Ascent/Marathon race ever!

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Marvin B Hart -- Age: 59 -- Peyton, CO

Personal Goal

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Sara Harvey -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I look at that mountain everyday. I want to be able to say that I made it to the top on my own power. It will be an acomplishment I will be proud of forever.

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Melissa J Hawthorn -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I LOVE IT

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Becky Hearty -- Age: 54 -- Boulder, CO

I love this Peak! Can't stay away!

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Lisa D Heckel -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This will be my 6th year. I have run the race in sunshine and pelting hail but I've always enjoyed it!

I'm hoping to NOT spend hours in the gift shop on the summit!

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Teresa M Heckel -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

There is no greater sense of accomplishment than reaching the top of Pikes Peak.

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Roger E Hedlund -- Age: 47 -- Tabernash, CO

personal goal

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Rhoda Heeney -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've lived here all my life and wanted to do it. When my dad was 18, back in 1958, he did it.

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Heather A Helfrich -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to

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Jason C Helfrich -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To improve on last years time and once again conquer the mountain

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Matt Heller -- Age: 33 -- Grand Junction, CO

I proposed to my wife ontop of Pikes Peak in 1998 (we drove up) so It's a special place for me. I like to run in special places.

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Frank E Helme -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I always thought this would be a great event to participate in

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Patricia R Hemphill -- Age: 52 -- Des Moines, IA

My friend told me it was the most satisfying challenges she had ever attempted.

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Judith A Henderson -- Age: 49 -- Denver, CO

Still trying to get it right

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Scott Hente -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Be with friends

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Zach Hermsen -- Age: 29 -- Arvada, CO

The challenge

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Randy M Herrera -- Age: 30 -- Erie, CO

I have run marathons and performed fairly well in the past but this looks like the ultimate challenge. I want to see how I react physically and psychologically when attempting to run whiel under extreme duress :).

No

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Terry Hetterscheidt -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love it...

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Tim Hibbs -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Peer pressure

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Kathleen Hill -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it is there...

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Susan E Hirst -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Peak represents an anchor to our great city. My cousin, Robin Wolfe, and I are using the Ascent to anchor our relationship. We are reconnecting at age 45 and by picking such a challenge we commit to many hours and many days of training and adve

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Katherine V Hitz -- Age: 40 -- Pratt, KS

I'd like to improve my time and also celebrate turning 40

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Steve Hixon -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

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Jana Hlavaty -- Age: 65 -- Keystone/dillon, CO

Keeps me focused during summer, having a goal, testing my aging downhill sliding performance...

... about halfway point: What the hell am I doing here.....

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Elizabeth B Hoaglund -- Age: 42 -- Evergreen, CO

Sounds like a great race and complimentary to Imogene

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Harold T Hoang -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the challenge....completing the Triple Crown.

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Steven Hoffmeyer -- Age: 55 -- Nederland, CO

This is a fantastic fitness goal.

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Bradley J Holbrook -- Age: 38 -- Castle Rock, CO

Longtime goal to accomplish. A special race that has inspired me.

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Carolyn Holden -- Age: 33 -- Aurora, CO

Great Race

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Barbara J Holzman -- Age: 54 -- Wichita, KS

My daughter, Amy McGreevy wants me to experience this with her. Would like for both of us to be in wave one.

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Butch Hoover -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because you have to die someday.

My therapist has ask me to quit talking about them.

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Greg Hopp -- Age: 31 -- Eagle, ID

I've always wanted to and now my brother is...so I'm running it with him.

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Steve J Hopp -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Pride! I've lived here for 15 years and never done it. Now I'm moving, so this is my last chance.

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Shawn M Hordemann -- Age: 50 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Turning 50 this year and wanted to still prove I could do it.

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Graham A Houghton -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

it's a brilliant run on a brilliant mountain in my brilliant back yard

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Kathy Howard -- Age: 63 -- Scottsdale, AZ

To stay fit

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Bradley Howe -- Age: 47 -- Niles, MI

Because I like the course.

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Pat Hrbacek -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I have enjoyed the challenge and the experience for the past 3 years.

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Mark Huey -- Age: 32 -- Boulder, CO

Great race

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Adam L Huff -- Age: 39 -- Englewood, CO

because it is there

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Richard K Huffman -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal growth

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Alison L Hurt -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Have friends that have done it and have always wanted to do it.

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Sandi L Husted -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Motivation to stay in shape and running with a friend.

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Brian Hyland -- Age: 38 -- Fairfax Station, VA

To Finish

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Todd A Hyland -- Age: 44 -- Lovettsville, VA

to do it

no

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Mark A Jacobs -- Age: 47 -- Greenwood Village, CO

Broke my neck on May 15, 2005, in bicycle accident.

Triple Crown, Third Place, 2003

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Jason Jacobsen -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Every run in Colorado Springs is inspired by the Peak and looking forward to the Ascent.

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James Jacoby -- Age: 38 -- Bellaire, TX

I've done 25 Colorado 14ers and this sounds like a fun way to do one!!!!

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Jennifer Janus -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To meet the challenge.

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Scott Janus -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because my wife talked me into it!

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Geoffrey P Jarpe -- Age: 42 -- Albuquerque, NM

To run with my buddy Chris once again.

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Scott D Jensen -- Age: 42 -- Wichita, KS

The Challenge.

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Shad T Jeseritz -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun

No

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Theodore J Jimenez -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love to run in the mountains. I look at Pikes Peak everyday. I've wanted to do this ever sense I got into running.

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Craig Johnson -- Age: 41 -- Littleton, CO

See the view

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Cris Johnson -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For Fun!

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Diana Johnson -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A new challenge

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Jennell Johnson -- Age: 25 -- Monument, CO

Running the ascent has always been one of my life time goals as a runner.

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Jodie Johnson -- Age: 39 -- Carroll, IA

I am a flatlander from Iowa that can't get enough of Pikes Peak.

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Shannon G Johnson -- Age: 38 -- Lafayette, LA

Great goal to attain, have done it 3 times and loved it. I come all the way from Louisiana to meet Kansas friend to do the race!

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Wayne Johnson -- Age: 47 -- Denver, CO

Because I can!

2005 was epic - lightning/hail/hypothermia!

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Spencer R Johnston -- Age: 63 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To determine if I can beat my last year's time and for the training benefit

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Christopher K Jones -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I love and appreciate the mountain itself. I love living in co. springs, and taking advantage of opportunities to participate in this great local activity.

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Derek R Jones -- Age: 44 -- Aurora, CO

Because it's there!

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Jeff Jones -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

work tradition

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Ronald J Jones -- Age: 56 -- Sierra Vista, AZ

To prove to myself that my training program is keeping me in shape.

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Erick A Jordan -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Going into the 2005 Pikes Peak Ascent I was ranked 5th Overall in the TCR series. I got sick after Barr Camp, suffering the rest of the way up and dropping from 5th to 11th Overall in the series. This year I hope to crack into the top 10 Overall.

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Darrell D Judd -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I do the Incline and climb 14'ers.

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Jonathan Judge -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

Been a dream for years now, and I ain't getting no younger! Plan to do marathon next year.

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James Kahkoska -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

returning to my youth

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David R Kalal -- Age: 29 -- Tucson, AZ

I want the challenge.

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David Karp -- Age: 48 -- Woodbridge, VA

Something to do the day before the marathon.

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Brian Kates -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A return (after 9 years) to an old personal challenge

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Keith Keana -- Age: 37 -- Peyton, CO

Personal fitness goal.

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William J Keener -- Age: 27 -- Pueblo, CO

The Challege!

No

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Dean F Kehmeier -- Age: 59 -- Crestone, CO

Family event weekend

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Jhon M Kehmeier -- Age: 37 -- Broomfield, CO

I love the challenge. My goal is to run this race every year until my boys are old enough to run it with me.

The hail storm in 2005 was a chilling experience. One that I will never forget.

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Kyle W Kelly -- Age: 43 -- El Paso, TX

To encourage my children to stay fit

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Brenda Kemper -- Age: 44 -- Arvada, CO

To kick some butt!

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Jay P Kennedy -- Age: 30 -- Denver, CO

Fortune, Fame, & Glory

This one time, at band camp...

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Michael B Kentor -- Age: 59 -- Austin, TX

persoanl challenge

no

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Katie J Kerkvliet -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To get in shape after having a baby and to have fun training with friends and family!

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Ryan P Kerkvliet -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To make it up my first 14'er!

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Jim Kerr -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is the hardest and the greatest race I have ever run.

The first Triple Crown race I ran I had a heart Attack then ran the ascent 9 weeks later.

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Gary L Kielpikowski -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

BECAUSE I CAN

AWFULL WEATHER LAST YEAR

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Kimberly Kile -- Age: 36 -- Parker, CO

I love to test my fitness ability. It is such a high to finish such a difficult race

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Patricia ( Killoy -- Age: 67 -- Overland Park, KS

personal goal

none

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Chris Kilroy -- Age: 38 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Enjoy the challenge of the race!

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Thomas Kimball -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love to suffer

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George R King -- Age: 71 -- Lincoln, NE

Because the doctor said he could not run up and down the mountain.

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Kevin V Kinney -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun

No

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Amy L Kinoff -- Age: 40 -- Fountain, CO

Its is a goal of mine to run this race. I have been hearing about what a hard and difficult race this is, it is just something I would like to expereince as well.

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Jay E Kita -- Age: 53 -- Woodland Park, CO

To stay a step ahead of my kids (who run X-C for Woodland Park)

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Janis K Klecker -- Age: 46 -- Minnetonka, MN

I am running this year's Pikes Peak in honor and memory of my mom who has run Pikes Peak a few times and won her age group in 1996. She came and watched me run a few years ago and waited for me at the top in her power wheelchair. She was diagnosed

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Mark Klimiuk -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Challenge

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Mark Klingensmith -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've climbed the Peak, made history flying from the top, have driven up and mountain biked down. It's time to run the ascent....

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Mike Knipps -- Age: 53 -- Lakewood, CO

Challenging

No

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Jason Knudson -- Age: 37 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Board of Directors team building experience

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Linda M Kobus -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The challenge and overcoming the fear of heights.

no

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Maura Koeller -- Age: 56 -- Salt Lake City, UT

because it's there.

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Bill Koerner -- Age: 65 -- Manitou Springs, CO

'cause its there

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Jennifer Kohlhardt -- Age: 54 -- Wilson, WY

As a training goal to run a different every weekend in the Grand Tetons

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David L Kohrell -- Age: 41 -- Lincoln, NE

2005 finisher -- Last year was awesome - despite the inclement weather at the end and slight delay up top -- it was one of my top 2 running experiences (tied with my first marathon).

2005 is a memorable year -- the inclement weather seemed to help my finish - oddly enough. My mile times above tree line we faster than the mile before Tree Line. Then again maybe it was seeing Bigfoot during each lightening strick that did it.

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Rick J Konecke -- Age: 49 -- Delafield, WI

I did the Marathon last year and it was a great event. This year I'm going to do the doubler.

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David H Konkey -- Age: 39 -- Valparaiso, IN

Great fun, and I want to do it and the marathon. It is my all time favorite race.

Tons, but I need more space than this!

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Bianca Kriel -- Age: 16 -- Peyton, CO

It prevents a challenge every year.!!

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Bob N Kruse -- Age: 43 -- Castle Rock, CO

For the fun of the event and to keep myself fit.

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Cami Krystyniak -- Age: 28 -- USAF Academy, CO

A goal of mine

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Chaz J Lalonde -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am currently on a streak. The first 7 years I was able to improve on my time each year. I believe this ties Jack Ramsey's record. As this is my 8th year running and I came in the 88th position last year, I am requesting bib #88.

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Rebecca Lamaack -- Age: 29 -- Parker, CO

Friends rave about it every year.

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Allen N Lamb -- Age: 53 -- Santa Fe, NM

ultimate challenge in trail running

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Karen Lambert -- Age: 44 -- Golden, CO

It's been a goal for over ten years. I've finished climbing all the fourteeners, so I needed a new goal!

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Greg Lambrecht -- Age: 37 -- Natick, MA

To demonstrate the impact of age...

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Lyle Langlois -- Age: 76 -- Phoenix, AZ

new age group 75-79

2nd wife has record for F 70-74, 3rd wife hopes to beat that record!

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Charlene Lantry -- Age: 63 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The challenge and loved it in 2004

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Lora Lantz -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I live in C Springs and have heard it is one of the best races to run.

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Laura E Larson -- Age: 34 -- Boise, ID

Personal goal

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James Latchaw -- Age: 61 -- Monument, CO

crazy

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Michael G Lawless -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To say I can at 53.

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Francine M Lebrant Stocke -- Age: 48 -- Jacksonville, AR

Would like to try the Ascent this year to compare experiences.

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James Ledingham -- Age: 44 -- Livonia, MI

A new goal to strive for

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Christopher D Lee -- Age: 35 -- Boulder, CO

I like having my heart rate at 160 for a long time. I like mountains.

Nope.

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Elizabeth J Lee -- Age: 28 -- Greeley, CO

I want to climb the mountian with all those people.

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Steven C Lee -- Age: 42 -- Denver, CO

because it is there

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Ken Lefrancois -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've run just about every other race around Colorado Springs, so it's time I ran the Ascent.

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Robert Leivers -- Age: 54 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Because it is a fun challenge.

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Mark Lekarczyk -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its their and I am not getting any younger.

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Christine N Levy -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love it

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Glenn M Levy -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love it

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Joel R Levy -- Age: 51 -- Canon City, CO

Like altitude

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Douglas P Lewis -- Age: 37 -- Andover, KS

Personal challenge

Hail from 2005

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Nathaniel C Liefer -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Gotta do it before I leave.

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Fran Lindau -- Age: 33 -- Cascade, CO

training goal

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Dawn Lindsey -- Age: 41 -- Austin, TX

I got turned around at the 10 m ile mark in 2004 because of the weather and I really want to make it to the top!

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Curtis L Logsdon -- Age: 48 -- Woodland Park, CO

I enjoy it. It is a great feeling of accomplishment.

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

I have lived in Woodland Park my intire life and have always wanted to do the accent. Last year health reasons prevented me from running. It is a goal I want to accomplish.

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Brian R Lopez -- Age: 35 -- Albuquerque, NM

For fun and to be with friends

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Diane M Loudon -- Age: 54 -- Wichita, KS

turned back at a frame x2 because of weather

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Kenneth F Lucas -- Age: 31 -- Albuquerque, NM

New race and friends have done it for years and enjoyed experience

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Kitty Luchte -- Age: 46 -- Canon City, CO

because it is there

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Wayne Lyles -- Age: 52 -- Dumas, TX

for the challenge & scenery

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Brendan Maas -- Age: 26 -- Albuquerque, NM

It's in the famly

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Daniel Maas -- Age: 37 -- Firestone, CO

As a former sub-four minute miler, I just love the challenge.

When descending during the Marathon one year, I passed a woman who looked to be in her mid-forties and seemed to be about 200 lbs. She was race-walking and had a Marathon bib number. As she looked up at me descending toward her, I could see the all

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Frederick H Maas -- Age: 61 -- Santa Fe, NM

I LOVE IT

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Gordon MacMillan -- Age: 28 -- USAF Academy, CO

Third times a charm.

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Nan M Madden -- Age: 63 -- San Francisco, CA

To prove myself fit

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Craig S Mader -- Age: 37 -- Otsego, MN

momentary laps of reason

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Joe Madrid -- Age: 62 -- Roswell, NM

challenge

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Jon M Magistro -- Age: 39 -- Westminster, CO

I am running this year with my Mother-in-law. She has done the ascent 20 years ago in 4:05 and was my motivation to train for last year's ascent (although I didn't beat her time - YET). She was at the top last year to cheer me on and said right after

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Jim Magnan -- Age: 48 -- Tucson, AZ

I've run across the Grand Canyon 4 times and now I'm looking for a REAL challenge. Ultimately want to do the whole marathon but want to see how my body handles the 14K alt first.

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Claire Maiers -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A family event with my mom and brother. We would like to start in the same wave (Shari, Claire and Zac Maiers)

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Shari Maiers -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My daughter, son and I are running as a family event. (Please note that we would like to start in the same wave. (Shari, Claire and Zac Maiers THANKS!)

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Zac Maiers -- Age: 21 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Family event with my mom and sister. We would all like to start in the same wave (Shari, Claire, and Zac Maiers)

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May Marchese -- Age: 49 -- Albuquerque, NM

TO RUN WITH MY HUSBAND LARRY FEISE

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Jeff Maresh -- Age: 47 -- Conifer, CO

Train for the nordic season

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Paula Maresh -- Age: 41 -- Conifer, CO

Fun challenge

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Donald Markworth -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

challenge

no

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Jill Markworth -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

challenge

no

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Erik Marsh -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To Complete a difficult challange

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Kay Martin -- Age: 69 -- Phoenix, AZ

Training to hopefully beat age group record in 2007

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Eric M Mas -- Age: 38 -- Los Alamos, NM

It is the best race I've ever participated in, in all regards.

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Brett K Matheson -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Trying to better my time. Hoping there's not a lighting storm and hail this year.

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Kenton R Mau -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love trail running and I am a cancer survivor...i was told in 2000 that i would never be able to do this again.

no

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Sandra Mavros -- Age: 52 -- Littleton, CO

cause it is there

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Rick May -- Age: 58 -- Paradise, UT

This will be my 10th double

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Christi A Mayfield -- Age: 53 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I am running because I am 53 and want to do it again. I was told to quit running back in the 80's because I had arthritis. The last time I ran was before my children were born and now they're teenagers. I want them to know that I can do it so they ca

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Bill McAfee -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I enjoy the training and being out doors. I also enjoy the party afterwards.

I was 2.5 miles from the summit in 2005 when the storm hit. A large bolt of lightning struck and lit up the summit. By the time I reached the golden steps the snow was so deep I was going across the the rocks. The funny about all this is the last

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Robert McAndrews -- Age: 66 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there

So many. Contact me if you want some stories going back to the 1970s

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Sue McArdle -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

Recommended by a friend who did it last summer!

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William L McCarter -- Age: 57 -- Edwardsville, IL

To see what's on top of the mountain

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Kathy McCarty -- Age: 41 -- Boulder, CO

To stay young!

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Bruce McCormick -- Age: 46 -- Monument, CO

To set a challenging personal goal that will help me improve my conditioning and health, and to accomplish a worthy and difficult challenge with friends

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Trish A McCormick -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is so much fun!

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Nathan McCrary -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was born and raised in Manitou Springs, I have biked, hiked, and run on Barr Trail many times, and I love the joyful feelings I have every time I'm on the Peak. For years I have thought about meeting the challenge of running the Ascent, but I have

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Iana McCubbin -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To say 'I did it!'

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Andrew J McCurry -- Age: 55 -- Burrton, KS

Lost my first medal and want to do it again with my daughter this time

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Emily E McCurry -- Age: 22 -- Lawrence, KS

I want to do this with my father

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Patrick D McElhone -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Beacuse it is there!

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Amy L McGreevy -- Age: 33 -- Goddard, KS

My mother has ran it twice, both times were under 4 hours. She would like to experience this with me!

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Anne McIntosh -- Age: 40 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

JUST MOVED TO COLORADO AND I REALLY ENJOY THE MOUNTAINS

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Chris S McIntyre -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Why not!

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Joanna M McIntyre -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Hills are fun!

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Mitch W McKee -- Age: 53 -- Derby, KS

the challenge

snowed in on the summit

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Ray McKenzie-Young -- Age: 24 -- Castle Rock, CO

I like the burn.

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Dave McKinley -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Good excuse to climb pikes peak again...

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Mary B McLendon -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun and challenging!

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Jamie L McMillin -- Age: 62 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The preparation keeps me in shape

Hopefully no hail, sleet, freezing temps, rain, thunder and lightning occurs before I reach the finish line and after I reach tree line.

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Jess McNeely -- Age: 37 -- Wichita, KS

beauty of the mountain, challenge of the run, and comraderie of fellow runners

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Kim M Means -- Age: 38 -- Monument, CO

My husband!

What a great race!

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Dave Medicus -- Age: 35 -- Wheat Ridge, CO

For the challenge.

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Becky Medved -- Age: 55 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Celebrate birthday

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Andrea Megnin -- Age: 29 -- Austin, TX

experience/fun

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Juli A Meinecke -- Age: 47 -- Derby, KS

I just have to!

Every year is completely different from the last.

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Victor S Mejia -- Age: 43 -- Austin, TX

fun, fun, fun...!

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Paul F Melcher II -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

GREAT CHALLENGE AND MOTIVATOR TO IMPROVE OVERALL FITNESS

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Allison Menaugh -- Age: 26 -- Castle Rock, CO

It is a challenge I have wanted to do for years and to prepare for the Denver Marathon in October.

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David C Meyer -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it is an awesome course

No

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Ina M Meyer -- Age: 42 -- Cascade, CO

I want to do better than last year which was longer because of the hail and lightning at the top!

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Phyllis I Meyer -- Age: 52 -- Monument, CO

It is a highly spirital experience and allows me to find my place in the scheme of things.

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Deborah S Meyers -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm not getting any younger!

It's a blast to do!

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Michael Mikkelsen -- Age: 33 -- East Lansing, MI

It sounds like an amazing race and it must be a fantastic feeling when you conquer the mountain and finish the race there. Besides, I have always loved mountains, which we pretty much don`t have in Michigan.

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Barbara Miller -- Age: 33 -- Fort Collins, CO

A friend is making me.

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Kevin Miller -- Age: 35 -- Divide, CO

I live in Divide, CO and look at Pikes Peak every day. I'm 35 and want to run it every year till I die.

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Sara L Miller -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to.

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Billy Mills -- Age: 49 -- Norcross, GA

Returning to run after leg operation.

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Evan E Minard -- Age: 36 -- Austin, TX

Because its there.

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Brian B Mitchell -- Age: 32 -- Plymouth, MN

For me - running the Ascent is a goal in life - a personal one that requires regimen and reminds me every training session that my life is mine, and keeps me from losing sight of what I want in it, what I am doing, where I am going. Like faith, it

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Johnny B Mitchum -- Age: 59 -- Maumelle, AR

It's in my blood!

Last year's Ascent, with the ice storm, was unforgettable!

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Erin E Moffett -- Age: 21 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running the Pikes Peak Ascent because its the most challenging race in America.

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Kath M Moffett -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've always wanted too.

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Mari J Mohr -- Age: 51 -- Wichita, KS

Running with my daughter this year. She was the national steeple chase naia champion 2 yrs ago. This will be her first ascent and I assume she will be 2nd wave. I would like to be placed in the 2nd wave with her. Her name is Andrea Mohr and she l

For my 50th birthday last year, I celebrated by doing the marathon for the first time. I was on track to break 6 hr when I had a 2nd hard fall and my legs cramped. Finished in 6:06, good enough for 2nd place in my age bracket. It was such a thrill

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Aaron G Monroe -- Age: 27 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Challenge and a training goal to shoot for.

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Jennifer E Moore -- Age: 23 -- Canon City, CO

Hills are fun!

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Randy Moore -- Age: 53 -- Bloomington, MN

Part of visit to see friends

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Ryan M Morgan -- Age: 34 -- Parker, CO

Compare fitness levels from 05 to 06.

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Frank J Morrey -- Age: 64 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm running because I love that mountain and the challenge it presents

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Charlotte Morris -- Age: 54 -- Fort Smith, AR

running in memory of my sister

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Bronwyn D Morrissey -- Age: 40 -- Superior, CO

fun

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Molly Morrissey -- Age: 44 -- Leawood, KS

Running with a friend who has never done it before

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Ruth E Morrow -- Age: 51 -- Wichita Falls, TX

I need to be at work in Texas Monday morning. When I ran the marathon last year I had to get back in my car (too late for planes) and drive all night to get back. The Ascent on Saturday will leave me time to drive like a human.

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Rob W Moss -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a beautiful run - challenging and I really enjoy training for the run!

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Bill Moyle -- Age: 67 -- Lone Tree, CO

challenge

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Stephen O Mueller -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This will be my 8th ascent, and I have done the marathon twice before. It will help me get in shape for my last on my list of Colorado's 100 highest peaks. I hope to finish on Jagged Peak in late August. I am 57 years old and want to see how my time

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George Mulhern -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ascent run can't get any wilder than 2005. It was a great adventure I'm hooked.

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Clifford J Mullen III -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great race and improve on my time.

No

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Matthew Mullins -- Age: 21 -- Hutchinson, KS

Great race!

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Steve Mullins -- Age: 45 -- Hutchinson, KS

I love this race. It motivates me to keep in shape.

Running in the hail and lightning last year was a memorable experience to say the least.

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Brock E Munsell -- Age: 42 -- Manitou Springs, CO

had fun last year wanted to run it with my wife

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Stephanie T Munsell -- Age: 43 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Sounded like a challenge, thought i should try it atleast once

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John S Murdzek -- Age: 46 -- San Diego, CA

The Ascent and Marathon are the two most enjoyable races I have ever done.

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Thomas E Murphy -- Age: 44 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I love the Peak and Barr Trail.

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Maribeth H Muse -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love it!

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Gwen Myers -- Age: 33 -- Powell, OH

My family lives in different parts of the U.S. We do not get to visit as often as we would like, and this event was a great way for my mother, sister, and I to see each other and connect more often as we each had to train independently.

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Patricia E Myers -- Age: 36 -- Clearwater, FL

To make it to the top.

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Edward F Nagle -- Age: 60 -- San Antonio, TX

spiritual health & well-being

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Bob Nebel -- Age: 58 -- Erie, CO

WHY NOT??

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Carl J Nelson -- Age: 57 -- Colorado Springs, CO

God has blessed us with a great creation and having hiked the Pike 45 times, I believe I am now ready to do the ascent

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James Newton -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Celebrating coming off a major injury in Feb 2006. Never take your health for granted!

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Dinh C Nguyen -- Age: 52 -- Los Alamos, NM

To promote awareness of lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases

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Lori Nicholson -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge, and to accompany friends

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Sheldon S Nicol -- Age: 63 -- Joliet, IL

Love the race

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Toby Nitschke -- Age: 37 -- Littleton, CO

Because I loved it last time

bonked bigtime last time--smiling for the first eight miles, then groaning for last last several...

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Tony Nitti -- Age: 31 -- Trenton, NJ

to make my beautiful wife proud!

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Diane J Nockels -- Age: 39 -- Littleton, CO

It's the best race out there!

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William E Norris -- Age: 49 -- Elizabethtown, KY

Addiction to the mountain

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Russell S Norton -- Age: 18 -- Mount Holly, NJ

the fun of it

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Chase C Nowak -- Age: 17 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its all for the thrill

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Stephen R Nulty -- Age: 59 -- Colorado Springs, CO

for fun

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Emily R Nyquist -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's now or never!

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Tim J O'Brien -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Achievement

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Margaret ( O'Neil -- Age: 46 -- Austin, TX

I did it last year and had a blast

watch out for the hail

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Jeff O'Neil Jr -- Age: 37 -- Denver, CO

To remind myself of the days when I could not do this.

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Margaret M O'Neill -- Age: 43 -- Sequim, WA

To have fun!

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Mark V O'Neill -- Age: 40 -- Longmont, CO

To kick my sister's ass!

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John S OKeeffe -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

the challenge

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Kathy M OKeeffe -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

it hurts

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Dave J Oliver -- Age: 40 -- Monument, CO

pride

no

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Don Oliver -- Age: 63 -- Parker, CO

Great event.

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Matthew L Oliver -- Age: 31 -- Aurora, CO

For the challange and family event

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Melvin Oliver -- Age: 61 -- Clifton, CO

to stay in shape

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Carl R Olson -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love it!

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Brian C OMalley -- Age: 32 -- Denver, CO

I see it every morning. It is a part of me.

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Joseph Omeara -- Age: 38 -- Centennial, CO

It is the ultimate challenge, phusically and mentally. To finish is to say 'I will, I can, and I did.'

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Jason C Oraker -- Age: 28 -- Arlington, VA

For fun - with family!

No

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Jeffrey E Oraker -- Age: 37 -- Centennial, CO

In support of Colorado retreat center Sonrise Mountain Ranch

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Jim R Oraker -- Age: 66 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love running and the challenge

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Deborah Orcutt -- Age: 36 -- Calhan, CO

always wanted to run it.

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Benjamin J Osborn -- Age: 28 -- Parker, CO

My mother grew up in C. Springs and Pikes Peak reminds me of her.

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Jenny A Page -- Age: 43 -- Telluride, CO

It hurts so good

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Larry Painter -- Age: 61 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This will be my 20th ascent. This is the only race I run each year and I train year-long. I have reached the summit on all 19 of my previous attempts. I need to run in the first wave.

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Mike Pallatino -- Age: 50 -- Great Falls, VA

I moved away from Colorado Springs in 2002 and have missed running the most memorable course I've ever experienced.

Having one of my closest friends(Ron Ilgen) personally greet me at the finish.

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Jane Pargiter -- Age: 45 -- Aspen, CO

For the camarederie, fun and sheer beauty of it.

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Barry Park -- Age: 36 -- Woodland Park, CO

I've ran races and marathons in several places, but the best race in America is the Pikes Peak Accent! What other race can compare? I finished and thought, 'Wow, that was tough & great.' I've also finished twice and ended up in the medical tent!

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Tiffany B Parsons -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For Fun!

No

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John W Patch -- Age: 58 -- Topeka, KS

For the challenge

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Steve B Payne -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Fun and accomplishment of goals

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Gregory J Peacock -- Age: 54 -- Orem, UT

I had such a great time last year in spite of the hail, lightning and transportation difficulties, that I wanted to come and challenge myself again. Besides, the views were glorious.

I will never forget scavenging an empty produce box to put over my head to protect myself from the hail (2005). Looking back it was a bizarre moment, being encased in a cardboard box, pounded by hailstones on top of a mountain in late August. It wa

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Michael A Pease -- Age: 41 -- Chicago, IL

training for 2007 anartica marathon

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Frank A Peloso -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge to improve time.

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Brian S Penn -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I'm fricking nuts!!!!

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Sandra Perkins -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This is part of the Triple Crown Series.

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Amanda J Philipps -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

compelled by husband

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David N Philipps -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

compelled by guilt

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Melissa K Phillips -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running to test my physical fitness and prove that I can finish after having become a mother last year.

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Tori Phillips -- Age: 43 -- Monument, CO

Personal goal

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Robert E Pickering -- Age: 44 -- Lincoln, NE

A challenge

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Jean C Pickle -- Age: 57 -- Parker, CO

Challenge

no

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Jill M Pine -- Age: 28 -- Chicago, IL

New exciting goal!

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Mark Plucinski -- Age: 51 -- Joplin, MO

I want to see the top on a CLEAR day!

Last year I was on the switchback just short of the finish line when the snow hit - too late to view the beautiful scenery from the top!

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Diana Plunkett -- Age: 57 -- Fort Smith, AR

hoping for better weather this year

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Robert Plunkett -- Age: 61 -- Fort Smith, AR

my wife said it is great fun!!

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Herman Polich -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

20 year anniversary since last run

I didn't eat the night before or morning of race. Needless to say I hit the wall above treeline, but still made my target time of 3:15

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Larry A Polzin -- Age: 52 -- Arvada, CO

the ascent has been on my wish list since i moved to colorado in 1978. i have run the mt. evans ascent 8 times, but never pikes peak. the run is 2 days after my 52nd birthday and i can't think of a better gift to myself than a finishers t-shirt.

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Robert V Poole -- Age: 42 -- Bartlesville, OK

To make peace with the 'Beast' (Pikes Peak)

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Timothy Poole -- Age: 38 -- Hot Springs, AR

To make friends with The Beast!

My first Ascent - my brother talked me into doing the race. He ran up Manitou, made the turn going towards Cog Railway and then he 'punked out' on me and said, 'Dude, you're on your own...I can't make it!'

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Martiqua L Post -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to do something like this before I die... I'd like to get in better shape.

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Ali J Powell -- Age: 28 -- Englewood, CO

I live for running!

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Jonathan Pratt -- Age: 44 -- Larkspur, CO

The personal challenge

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Paul Pratt -- Age: 38 -- Larkspur, CO

Like mountain climbing

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Susanna L Prensner-Kobila -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

personal challenge

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Ryan G Price -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I work for the Boulder Running Company, and all of my customers ask me; 'have you ran the ascent?'

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Ryan A Prichard -- Age: 28 -- Boulder, CO

Why wouldn't I?

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Kris A Pruitt -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To be able to say I've done it and because other friends are running it.

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Joseph M Pullifrone -- Age: 31 -- Joppa, MD

The meet the challenge.

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Roger Pumphrey -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its the premier running event in the area

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Christopher D Pylkka -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

First time last year; can't wait to run again.

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Kenneth P Quinn -- Age: 36 -- El Prado, NM

for the challenge and to hang out with some cousins and uncles

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Patrice Quintero -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To better myself and accomplish something special with my friend Alison Dunlap

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Michael Quispe -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've always been fascinated with this Mountain. Visiting family during the summer would result in trips to Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains. As a teenage I would look forward to running up some of the road leading to the top and would wait

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Eric Rabbers -- Age: 29 -- Chicago, IL

To challenge myself.

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Mary A Rabusic -- Age: 43 -- Topeka, KS

Personal Goal

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Norma L Rahall -- Age: 20 -- Tierra Verde, FL

Last year was my first time and since we had to dodge the worst weather ever including the lightening and hail I would like to improvemy time.

this is a great experience to have yearly with my dad, as I get ready to leave for college this will help during the summer spend time with my family

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Richard D Rahall -- Age: 54 -- Tierra Verde, FL

Running with my daughter. Last years weather was a challange and my daughter would like to improve her time

I was able to run with my daughter, dogging lightening bolts and hail was a challenge

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Paul B Rahill -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there.

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Ophir Rahmani -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CO

Because I love it!

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Ron Rajski -- Age: 35 -- Shertz, TX

My Friend is making me run up this mountain with him and he is a real tough guy and I want to be like him.

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Zane Rakes -- Age: 47 -- Monument, CO

The challenge of the ascent

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Peter D Ratcliffe -- Age: 37 -- Wichita, KS

Because it's there and I know I can !

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Craig A Redfearn -- Age: 36 -- Granger, IN

As Preparation for the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Race

Fell 5 times on the descent portion of the 2004 race.

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Arlyce J Reed -- Age: 68 -- Barling, AR

To keep up with my husband!

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William R Reed -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to make my babies proud

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Dylan Reeves -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Excellent physical challenge

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Robert W Reeves -- Age: 41 -- Ozark, MO

Because its there

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Teal Reeves -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Greatest challenge; keeps me motivated to train all spring and summer long

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Erin Reger -- Age: 21 -- Canon City, CO

because my mom did it

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Nathan Regouski -- Age: 32 -- Kennett Square, PA

Great Race and a Great Challenge

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Frank Reiff -- Age: 58 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Greatest mountain run on earth!

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Duane C Richert -- Age: 61 -- Pueblo, CO

Pride of accomplishment (just making it to the top by cutoff time for a 60 year old is a good feeling)

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Paul F Rickbeil -- Age: 31 -- Castle Rock, CO

After running seven marathons on flatland I think I'm up for a new challenge. This comes from spending the summers training in the Rockies above 10000 feet and climbing lots of peaks.

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Charlotte A Ricker -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CO

I want to test my limits

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Diane K Ridderhoff -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I love the mountain!

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Yvonne Rippee -- Age: 48 -- Collierville, TN

beautiful & breathtaking

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Dave Ritchie -- Age: 56 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am crazy

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Shannon L Rivera -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I moved here a week before the race last year, and couldn't run because I was 6 months pregnant with my first child. She was born in December, and I decided to train for the race to get back in shape, and do something good for myself.

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Charles A Roberts -- Age: 60 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Something to do with a nice bunch of folks

No, too painful

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Mark C Roberts -- Age: 40 -- Longmont, CO

The challenge keeps me training each summer.

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Leah Robinson -- Age: 17 -- Colorado Springs, CO

My encouraged me to run with him this year!

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Robert Robinson -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A worthy challenge!

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Elliott Rodda -- Age: 41 -- Winfield, KS

Win beer from buddies

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Eric E Rodda -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

6-04 I had a bicycle crash & along w/ a broken collarbone and scapula, the head of my femur went directly through my hip. It took 5 weeks to find a surgeon who could operate, so I had plenty of time to think about what I'd do if I could walk. The Pik

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Alejandro Rodriguez -- Age: 47 -- Carmel Valley, CA

To keep the marital peace (my wife made me do it).

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Shelley Rodriguez -- Age: 36 -- Carmel Valley, CA

Because I lack effective brain cells so further oxygen deprivation should not be a problem.

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Alan Roettinger -- Age: 53 -- Palmer Lake, CO

Why not?

I picked my brother in law once and gave him a ride home. Looked like fun.

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Marcia Roettinger -- Age: 55 -- Palmer Lake, CO

I just want the motivation to get in shape, so I can climb fourteeners with my brother and keep up with him.

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Bryan J Rogers -- Age: 27 -- Oklahoma City, OK

To say that I'm done it!!!

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Laurie S Rogers -- Age: 39 -- Fort Collins, CO

Doing all 14'ers and need Pikes Peak. Pikes will be my 20th 14er.

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Chris Ronan -- Age: 32 -- Lenexa, KS

In 2001, I got back into running after many years away. I was at 200 lbs, about 50 pounds over my college weight. I decided Pike?s Peak would force me into shape. So I registered for the Triple Crown series, starting with the Garden of the Gods ev

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Rex Roney -- Age: 49 -- Andover, KS

last year was my first time and now I have a better understanding of how to reduce my time

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Nicole E Rosa -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can.

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Larry D Rose -- Age: 58 -- Silt, CO

It Beats sitting around watching TV !!!

Last Years snow storm !

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Gary Roth -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge

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Kenneth E Roth -- Age: 63 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal enjoyment and physical fitness. Love the mountain.

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Michael S Roth -- Age: 17 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running to improve my time and for the personal challenge.

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Ryan R Roth -- Age: 24 -- Boulder, CO

I live to push my beyond its limits.

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Steve J Roth -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running the Ascent to challenge myself.

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Andrew Rowland -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

No logical answer can be provided.

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Timothy Roy -- Age: 28 -- Fort Collins, CO

Running the Pike's Peak Ascent is the most fun a man can have, aside from an invigorating full-body dip in hot oil.

None, other than the euphoric experience of drinking sweet oxygen from a tank after the race.

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Rosy Rubio -- Age: 46 -- Roswell, NM

personal goal, best race ever

The rain storm of 2004 was awesome.

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Ruben N Ruiz -- Age: 34 -- Austin, TX

To tell friends that I ran up a 'little hill'

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Kavi Sachar -- Age: 39 -- Denver, CO

to beat Bird

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Cristina M Sanders -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running to support a friend

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Dean Sandoval -- Age: 51 -- Canon City, CO

My home town of Canon City sits at the southern base of Pikes Peak

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Renee Santiago -- Age: 43 -- Monument, CO

Great challenge!

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Linda Sardi -- Age: 43 -- Monument, CO

A warm-up for an Outward Bound Relay

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Mark R Sargent -- Age: 33 -- Jacksonville, FL

Looks like an awesome challenge and it helps me to train harder when I have a goal like the Ascent.

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Anthony E Savaiano -- Age: 52 -- Wichita, KS

This has been one of my lifetime goals.

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T L Savill -- Age: 46 -- Broken Arrow, OK

I have a goal of seven runs. I want to give a pendant to each one of my kids and one to my wife.

If you are prepared for the run, then it is an awsome experience.

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Troy Scarlett -- Age: 39 -- Sedgwick, KS

Looking for a new, unique challenge

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Karl Schaller -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The challenge.

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Alexander D Scharff -- Age: 47 -- Monument, CO

my fiance wants me to run with her

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Jon A Schlosser -- Age: 69 -- Santa Fe, NM

It's a great run

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Bryan Schlotterback -- Age: 35 -- Altoona, IA

I began running only 9 months ago. I could hardly go 2 miles without walking, I was a mess, physically and mentally. I had fallen apart. I had no ambition, no goals. Now after shedding 50 pounds, running and working out daily over the last nine mo

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Tanya K Schmidt -- Age: 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a high like none other!

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Fred C Schneiter -- Age: 47 -- Denver, CO

I could not get in last year and I want to do this race

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Randy K Schroeder -- Age: 50 -- Gypsum, CO

Personal challenge

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Joan L Schulz -- Age: 60 -- Colorado Springs, CO

i walk the Peak with a friend who is 5 yrs. younger and we do this on our 5 yr. Birthday years. I will be 60 this year,she will be 55

the last 3 miles are awful, but it feels great to get to the top

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Anton Schulzki -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

i've lost 45 lbs and now i have this as a training goal

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Eric Schwab -- Age: 40 -- Fresno, CA

I enjoy physical challenges, especially when they include running. I will turn 40 this June and would like to celebrate becoming a Master's runner by achieving the challenge of running to the top of Pike's Peak.

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Lenard C Schwartz -- Age: 57 -- Naperville, IL

ALWAYS BEEN MY DREAM

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Susan Scott -- Age: 58 -- Lincoln, NE

Because I am a Peakbuster and a flatlander

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Ashley E Seiler -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To conquer the mountain a second time with asthama

Running toward the finish line in last year's ascent in the hail

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Richard J Seyer -- Age: 62 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can; and at my age ,that's enough

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John E Shannon -- Age: 42 -- Champaign, IL

For the memories!

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James Sharp -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Motivation to run up that hill a little faster than normal.

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Craig Shaw -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

work tradition

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Chester T Shear -- Age: 65 -- Euless, TX

Personal goal.

Not at this time.

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David Shear -- Age: 42 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

To maintain a high level of fitness and to accomplish a goal that is rarely achieved.

I attended last year's peak. This was my first accent challenge and i was very moved by all the volunteers and the encouragement that they gave to the participants. i was most impressed with all the staff that dedicated their time and patience to all

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Donald Shearer -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The

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Donny Sherard -- Age: 22 -- Pueblo, CO

I'm running this for Luella.

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Chris Sherry -- Age: 44 -- Littleton, CO

I'm insane

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Ty W Shesky -- Age: 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to conquer that thing (the mountain).

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Rodney Shields -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great outdoor activity

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Geoff C Shilton -- Age: 53 -- La Vista, NE

Gotta beat my last years time - getting off the mountain rather than the run up!!!

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Stephanie Shipe -- Age: 40 -- Overland Park, KS

Looking for my next challenge.

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Frank Shoffner -- Age: 47 -- Wichita, KS

The unltimate trail run!

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James T Shull -- Age: 64 -- Salem, MO

It is an obsession

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Ed Shute -- Age: 40 -- Canon City, CO

Challenege

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Sean Sidelko -- Age: 28 -- Littleton, CO

I want to run the Pikes Peak Ascent because I can. To be able to say that I ran to the top of Pikes Peak. To have it as a reference of what I did that I can see from all over Colorado.

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John Sieker -- Age: 40 -- Centennial, CO

way too much oxygen down in town

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Pilar M Silva -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

like the challange

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Amy L Silva-Smith -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I see it everyday and it intrigues me.

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Craig E Simon -- Age: 50 -- Wichita, KS

I will do it every year until i can't get up the mountain any longer.

Last year was my 50th birthday a couple of days from the 50th anniversay of PP, and i doubled.

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Steven A Simon -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I ran it last year, but was disappointed with my time. I didn't do enough hill work, but will this year.

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Alan R Sirhal -- Age: 51 -- Littleton, CO

BECAUSE IT'S THE GREATEST RACE IN THE WORLD!

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John L Slaughter -- Age: 40 -- Woodland Park, CO

To live life to it's fullest and go as fast as I can. 'Live Vne' (Velocity - Never Exceed)

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Tony Slavec -- Age: 55 -- Littleton, CO

to keep the streak going

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Yvonne S Sletta -- Age: 55 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I'm a local and it has always been a challenge--a goal to continue to reach.

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Stacy J Sloan -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The weather has to be better than last year.

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Steve Smaldone -- Age: 36 -- Castle Rock, CO

Because I can. The race is a great motivation to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors

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Helen Smalley -- Age: 37 -- Wichita, KS

Personal Goal

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Karen J Smidt -- Age: 39 -- Brighton, CO

I presently hold the record for the second fastest DOUBLEs time for females and want to go for the fastest time!!

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Benjamin D Smith -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Good challenge and accomplishment

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Chris Smith -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

my wife forced me to

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Donall Smith -- Age: 37 -- Pueblo, CO

The challenge of beating my past times!

Every year I keep getting faster.

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Griffin W Smith -- Age: 16 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running the ascent with my father. We train together and he has encouraged me to run the race with him.

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Jillianne M Smith -- Age: 25 -- Columbia, MD

It is a family event, as we are holding a family reunion this year and hoping to get our whole family to try and join in. Plus I just gotta beat the guys in my family

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Mark G Smith -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am want to run it with my son.

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Steve C Smith -- Age: 35 -- Parker, CO

so i won't be fat

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Vincent Smits -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Goal/Have Fun

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Val Snider -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I hate running flats

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Meagan E Snipes -- Age: 16 -- Little Rock, AR

Running with my Mom and Brother

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Peter M Solie -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I can't stop running uphill.

No

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Ray Solis -- Age: 37 -- Aurora, CO

use as beginning of taper for Ironman Wisconsin

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Gary Sondermann -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Born and raised in Colo Spgs, turning 50 this year

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Mark R Sonksen -- Age: 40 -- Chicago, IL

For the challenge (since I'm a flatlander!)and the beauty of the mountains. And also to try and beat my little sisters!

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Marla J Sonksen -- Age: 36 -- Lakewood, CO

The parallels between the race and living life fully - spiritually, mentally and physically - are challenges I enjoy and appreciate from this experience. Also, it's a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors in a great setting!

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Eric J Sova -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

A great race!!

Nothing like running in the frozen sunshine of 2005!

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David Sparks -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I need something to keep me off the couch and out of the bars.

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Jim A Spears -- Age: 46 -- Leander, TX

Great challenge, great scenery

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Jim A Spears -- Age: 46 -- Leander, Uruguay

great challenge, great views

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Johnny M Spriggs -- Age: 52 -- Broken Arrow, OK

I love snow and ice in August

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Stephen F Staley -- Age: 58 -- Centennial, CO

It's addictive. This will be my 24th Ascent race.

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Mary R Stamp -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to better my time from last year and it was a great experience

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Lorraine V Stanford -- Age: 43 -- Santa Fe, NM

Because my boss said so.

None

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Sean Starkey -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Set a goal last year after Barr Trail summit.

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Manuel Steele -- Age: 37 -- Tallahassee, FL

My Apache ancestors were documented as extreme mountain runners. I love to revive the family tradition.

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Randy Stern -- Age: 51 -- St Petersburg, FL

Have had 12 back surgeries & want to inspire others

I used to live in COS & used to do the route w/my friend L Drake who is doing the marathon

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Phillip J Stevenson -- Age: 64 -- Golden, CO

My wife and friends have run the Peak for years. Its just the thing we do on the third week in August.

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Carol D Stewart -- Age: 58 -- Denver, CO

Because I just love it, that is debatable though when I reach the summit

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Elizabeth E Stewart -- Age: 35 -- Lawrence, KS

Every year I try to do something that will challenge me: physically, mentally, intellectually - or all of the above! For a big-legged woman from Kanas (flat, sea level, hot) I can't think of a better challenge than Pikes Peak Ascent!

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Gil Stewart -- Age: 51 -- Albuquerque, NM

To achieve personal goals

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Adrienne A Stipe -- Age: 41 -- Grapevine, TX

because i'm addicted to this mountain

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Michelle Stoll -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

see how my knee holds up after surgery :)

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Karen L Stone -- Age: 50 -- Little Rock, AR

I am running in memory of my son William Bradley Otts. I sprinkled his ashes on the top of the peak the day before my first Pikes Peak Marathon in 2001. This race is very special to me and I plan to do this race every year until I am no longer phys

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Rick Surbrugg -- Age: 44 -- Thornton, CO

It is one of the races on my list of 'MUST DO' and this seems like a good year to do it.

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Jay Survil -- Age: 47 -- Aurora, CO

If you have to ask why, then you just don't get it...

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Kimberly A Suter -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was inspired to do it by my husband who did the Marathon last year.

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Sherrie Swadburg -- Age: 42 -- Golden, CO

I love climbing 14'ers, thought it would be fun to try and run one.

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Jeff Swander -- Age: 30 -- Lakewood, CO

For The Experience

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Patrick K Swank -- Age: 58 -- Pueblo, CO

I love the challenge.

The snow last year and 4 hours in the Summit House was a blast with all of the other runners.

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Robert Swanson -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it is there

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Brad S Taylor -- Age: 38 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal challenge

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John Teal -- Age: 28 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Three words: summit, house, donuts.

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Michael L Therianos -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

First event since breaking two legs while training for the Berlin Marathon.

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Christie R Thomas -- Age: 45 -- Lincoln, NE

I enjoyed it last year even though I got hailed on the last mile. :)

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Herbert Thomas -- Age: 58 -- Littleton, CO

I like the view from the top

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Emily P Thompson -- Age: 29 -- Boulder, CO

I've lived in Colorado for 5 years, love racing, have hiked lots of 14ers, but have never been up Pike's Peak!! Can't wait!

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John F Thompson -- Age: 39 -- Peyton, CO

It's an obsession. I ran it in 2002, and it just keeps calling me, so I must try it again.

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Ben Thornson -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge and accomplishment

Last year was rude welcome to the event

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Patrick M Thorp -- Age: 26 -- Austin, TX

Challenge myself

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Kenneth Tietz -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Goals and a better experience than the hail of 2005.

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Darol C Timberlake -- Age: 36 -- Matthews, NC

To finish :-)

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Dawn M Timlin -- Age: 35 -- Tarpon Springs, FL

totally enjoy the challenge!!! great to be outdoors on such a beautiful mountain!

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Henry B Tippie II -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Will be my 9th time in the Ascent... next year - number 10 will be the Marathon!

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Ryan O Toland -- Age: 35 -- McMurray, PA

It has become an annual event with a group of my best friends.

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Mary B Toman -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Great Challenge

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William L Tongue -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's what I do.

Manage those electrolytes! 200 folks passed me in the last two miles last year as I 'Frankensteined' that distance with full-leg cramps. Youch!

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Chris Tonn -- Age: 34 -- Wichita, KS

The mountian is a great motivator

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Amy L Tramaloni -- Age: 46 -- Monument, CO

my friend wanted me to join her.

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Rossie S Trujillo -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want a better time.

Was in the snow/hail/rain etc. in 2005.

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Thomas W Tudor -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

after this many, who knows

fighting the 60mph gusts and 26degreetemp at the top in the early 90's can't remember which year. Also training two weeks before the race, getting halfway to the incline and realizing my water bottles were empty. I was able to borrow a little and g

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Dan Turner -- Age: 63 -- Pleasantville, NY

a magnificient challenge

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Kim Turner -- Age: 48 -- Pleasantville, NY

I love an atheletic challenge

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Steven Turner -- Age: 34 -- Austin, TX

peer pressure

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Caroline R Turpen -- Age: 23 -- Longmont, CO

Doing it with my Dad! Recovering from my 2nd knee surgery, because I can and I think I can't.

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Timothy J Ultican -- Age: 30 -- Omaha, NE

Cauz...

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Michael J Valier -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It is a goal of mine since turning 30 years old this year, it also is a great motivation for staying in good shape

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Jeff P Valliere -- Age: 35 -- Broomfield, CO

I am obsessed with running high mountains.

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Nathan L Van Dyne -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a great race!

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Marc F Van Horn -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like the pain an good challenge.

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Vanessa Van Staden -- Age: 19 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Motivation

No

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Michael E Van Valkenburg -- Age: 42 -- USAF Academy, CO

Peer Pressure! And it is fun blelieve it or not!

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Wayne C Van Zwoll -- Age: 56 -- Bridgeport, WA

... because up is a fulfilling direction, and because summits are most precious to people who work hardest to get there.

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Lynne Vanarsdale -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I live in Color Springs and would love the feeling of participation in this great event

We enjoy hiking the incline in the summer -- weekly

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Stephanie L Vaniwaarden -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

just do it!!!! I look at the peak every day I want to look at it and say that I've doen that I can do anything!

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Jeff D Vaniwarden -- Age: 26 -- Canon City, CO

To meet chicks!

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Mary Varoglu -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Something I always wanted to do.

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Becky R Verbeckmoes -- Age: 50 -- Wichita, KS

Fun & Fitness

Last year the Hail was Hell

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Joe R Verbeckmoes -- Age: 53 -- Wichita, KS

My wife is hooked.

The weather has dominated the event the last two years.

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Annaleen Vermeulen -- Age: 33 -- Lafayette, CO

I got stuck on Pikes Peak as a spectator last year, thought I might as well run it this year.

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David Viele -- Age: 30 -- Vail, CO

I have no idea - I must have lost a bet.

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Matthew Vincent -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am currently recovering from PCL transplant and LCL reconstruction surgery that was performed on my right knee in August of 2005. I had hoped to compete in this event that same month, but found myself on crutches and pain killers facing almost cer

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Brandon Vogt -- Age: 30 -- Thornton, CO

For fun...and to get a view out God's window.

My friend told me it was the best race he has ever been a part of.

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Juston J Vogt -- Age: 26 -- Johnstown, CO

To prepair myself for a full marathon.

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Karl W Von Valtier -- Age: 43 -- Lewis Center, OH

I lived in Colorado for 10 years and always said that I would do this event one day. Now I live in the flatlands of the midwest, and I ain't gettin any younger so I just said 'this is the year'.

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Shannon Votruba -- Age: 25 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Why not? I live in Colorado Springs so I feel I should take advantage of the opportunity.

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Lynda M Wacht -- Age: 37 -- Littleton, CO

For a friend who died this year in a rockslide on Kilimanjaro.

Last year, it was hailing so hard before I reached the finish line, that I had bruises on my legs for several days.

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McKaila R Wakelee -- Age: 18 -- Monument, CO

my mom wanted me to join her

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Susan Walker -- Age: 43 -- Monument, CO

This is a warm-up for the Outward Bound relay

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Donald A Wallace -- Age: 65 -- Manitou Springs, CO

This will be my 19th ascent and I am trying to do 20

I enjoyed making some new friends in the van last year as we sat at the top for four hours. It has benn quite a story to tell.

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Mark M Wallace -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Actually I am running this because a friend challenged me.

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Mark Walsh -- Age: 38 -- San Francisco, CA

To beat 3 hours.

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Claudia Walters -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To beat the cut-off time!

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Mark L Walters -- Age: 37 -- Buena Vista, CO

I am running the Pikes Peak Ascent because my crazy friends talked me into doing it again. Seriously, I am in training for Boston in April and I want to build on that base and crank it up for a killer Ascent time this year.

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Thomas A Walters -- Age: 27 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Challenge

NO

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Claire P Waltman -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am running the Pikes Peak Ascent with a group of my friends for the growth and depth of our fellowship and to enjoy the majesty of the mountains praising God.

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Carolyn Walton -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I have hiked the peak a couple of times and the incline often last year. Would like to challenge myself to see how I could do.

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William Waquie -- Age: 53 -- Jemezpueblo, NM

Beautiful summit scenary and an excellent run to keep in top condition

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Karen K Ward -- Age: 41 -- Port Matilda, PA

Because it feels good when it ends

Each year, I run the race with someone significant in my life; in 2001, I finished with my sister; in 2005, I finished with my daughter; in 2006, I will run with my running buddy from high school.

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Katherine A Ward -- Age: 17 -- Port Matilda, PA

To get ready for XC season!

Yeah...the weather was bad in 2005...what was up with that?

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Robert G Ward -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its a great event and gives me a great incentive to train.

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Joseph R Warner -- Age: 30 -- Boulder, CO

for world peace

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Brenda L Wasielewski -- Age: 31 -- Wheat Ridge, CO

I love mtn running, but do not want my poor knees to run 13 miles downhill.

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Bill A Waters -- Age: 61 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge.

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Charles E Watson -- Age: 33 -- Houston, TX

I have hiked this trail before and would like to run it for a time, and for the experience.

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Thomas A Watson -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To improve on last years time

Quite a snow storm last year!

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Wendy Watson -- Age: 62 -- Manhattan Beach, CA

Doing with friend in CO Springs; love the mountains; love the challenge

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James B Weber -- Age: 62 -- Roswell, GA

My friend Stuart Arey and I are doing it together. Stuart ran it once previously.

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David E Wehrlin -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

stay in shape

no

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Kimberly L Wehrlin -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Stay in shape

no

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Clare Weipert -- Age: 53 -- Centennial, CO

The fun and the challenge.

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Matthew Welch -- Age: 20 -- USAF Academy, CO

I am doing the Ascent for the challenge.

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Lanel E Welsby -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was planning to climb Pikes Peak for my 3rd time last year. My son is a Cross Country runner and I thought it would be fun to do this with him. Training was going well...then I broke my ankle running down a trail with him in Rocky Mountain Nation

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Paul Welschinger -- Age: 49 -- Wheat Ridge, CO

Hoping to better my ascent time from my 2005 PPM.

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Judy Wender -- Age: 54 -- Aspen, CO

For the challenge and reward. Having recently being diagnosed and treated for a life threatening disease, I feel this would be a rewarding return to a full life.

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Benning L Wentworth III -- Age: 63 -- Colorado Springs, CO

As an incentive to get myself into top physical condition to maintain the good health I am in now.

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Lucinda West -- Age: 50 -- Broomfield, CO

I love this race! My favorite trail run!

All my previous Pike's Peak races have been great!

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Donald Wharry -- Age: 53 -- Austin, TX

I have climbed numerous 14,000 mtns and wanted to run one.

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Dean L Whitman -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It was 4 hours after crossing the finish line last year before I was on a van due to the storm. I must say though, the 'icing' I received by standing in Line for 2 and a half hours left me completely pain free the next day.

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Geri Widdows -- Age: 56 -- Falcon, CO

love the training with friends

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Richard A Wieland -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

Very scary last year!

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Stephen C Wightman -- Age: 33 -- Lakewood, CO

Recently divorced and need a challenge to rejuvenate my life. I played 12 years of soccer and am asthmatic this is a personal goal.

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Marla Wilen -- Age: 31 -- Dripping Springs, TX

To experience the mountain and so that I can give my bestfriend a hug as he finishes the marathon, for the second time.

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Mike Wilkinson -- Age: 34 -- Aurora, CO

I am running the Acent this year to complete the 'double' for the first time.

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Brooks Williams -- Age: 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I suffer from a chronic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis, and my goal is to show that even with this condition I can excel in competitive sports and live an otherwise normal life!

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Kristi H Williams -- Age: 43 -- Wichita, KS

the thrill!!!

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Patre Williams -- Age: 33 -- Little Rock, AR

To achieve a goal of finishing

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Denice S Willow -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Would like the challenge of completing.

No

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Andrew J Wilson -- Age: 39 -- Elbert, CO

to get my brother to visit from New Zealand

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David C Wimert -- Age: 58 -- Boulder, CO

Because I can

No

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Gary Winegar -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Last year was my first year. It was a great event so I want to do it again. Being around all of the other participants is a lot of fun.

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Mark W Witczak -- Age: 37 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's in the 'hood.

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Michael Witham -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

doing the double because I was too late to register last year.

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Steve Witt -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Personal Goal

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Michelle A Wobschall -- Age: 41 -- Franktown, CO

My sister got me involved.

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Mary K Wolf -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Coworkers and I are doing it for a team building experience.

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Phil Wolf -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

trying something new for the first time

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Robin Wolfe -- Age: 45 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To challenge myself and spend time with my cousin

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Paula Wood -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it got in my blood the last time I did it!

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Wm M Wood -- Age: 45 -- Santa Fe, NM

Because it's there!

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Jim Worley -- Age: 32 -- Broken Arrow, OK

because it is there

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Bill W Wright -- Age: 44 -- Superior, CO

For the fun and challenge

http://www.wwwright.com/running/tripreports/2002/PikesPeak.htm

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Elliott S Wright -- Age: 24 -- Colorado Springs, CO

When in doubt, go up.

Have you ever seen lightning in a snow storm? Hopefully it won't happen at the summitt again this year.

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Fred R Wright -- Age: 71 -- Colorado Springs, CO

As a 71 year old father of four year old twins (boy & girl), I'm motivated to do something they will remember!

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Rebekah A Wright -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To kick brownie's ass!

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Joe Wyatt -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

personal

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Colin Wynd -- Age: 41 -- Manasquan, NJ

Have run the double many times (the only times when I haven;t run it over the last ten years is when I didn't get my application in on time

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Jim R Youell -- Age: 59 -- Tulsa, OK

The overall experience and challenge and I also do it with friends.

Leave out the hail this year.

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Kimberlie Young -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

First timer - like running new races. Don't like to run the same race twice ever and since Ijust moved here, it is an open field.

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Shayne Young -- Age: 36 -- Austin, TX

Doing it with friends

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Tom Yukman -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Love the natural 'high' I get when crossing the finish line!

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George Zack -- Age: 36 -- Erie, CO

Because it is there

no

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Gary Zellner -- Age: 40 -- Centennial, CO

Friend talked me into it.

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Marcia E Zuidema -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To stay in shape and to run with a friend.

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