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

As part of the online registation, registrants were asked why they are running the Pikes Peak Marathon®, and if they would like to share any stories they have about the race. Here are the responses that were submitted.
Daniel W Adams -- Age: 51 -- Lake George, CO

Because I like it!

Last year I felt lousy and almost thought I wouldn't make it due to a lack of sleep the night before and lack of energy, but to my surprise once I hit tree line I felt great, the air was splendid. So, sometimes it pays to persist, but still don't wan

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Brian Aikin -- Age: 55 -- Evergreen, CO

'WARMUP' FOR THE JUNGFRAU IN SWITZERLAND IN 3 WEEKS

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

Because I can't quit!

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Charlie Alewine -- Age: 61 -- Diamond Bar, CA

To complete a historic, challenging running event

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Nazario Alvarez -- Age: 34 -- Denver, CO

Want to do the hardest marathon in the US.

no

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Jane E Anderson -- Age: 42 -- Manitou Springs, CO

I did the ascent in 2004 and enjoyed the experience. I procrastinated in 2005 to sign up and missed out on the ascent. I got on the computer tonight thinking I would still get into the ascent and it was full. So here I am, signing up for the marat

I hate lightening and when I did the ascent the last time, they gave me a certain amount of time to reach the top before the lightening. I think I did a better time climbing from the A-frame to the top then I did the first three qtrs of the event du

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Bob Angcos -- Age: 55 -- Louisville, CO

attempted the acsent in 2005 and was turned around because of the weather. Ended up running down and completed about 21 miles. Why not?

Last year's weather on the ascent. What else is there to say.

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Kevin Angell -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

200th Anniverary of Pike's Expedition. Chance to compete on my favorite mountain.

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Octavio Armas -- Age: 46 -- La Mesa, CA

The combination of the reduced oxygen levels and grade make it a great challenge.

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Steve F Arnold -- Age: 44 -- Silverthorne, CO

Because I did the Ascent last year, got caught at the top in the snowstorm...I may as well run to the bottom in 2006.

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

Longterm goal. Ever since high school when some friends did it. I have done a couple 24 hour runs. I thought this might add a twist to the challenge.

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William Baker -- Age: 56 -- Camby, IN

I have been told this is the roughest race and I am doing this for my own personal satisfaction.

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Jeffrey E Bakken -- Age: 45 -- Monona, WI

Last year I came out with a friend, and realized I couldn't run it because of my height problem.At the day of the race while in my street clothes,and an hour later, I decided to start and finished.This year,I will start on time.

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Robert S Banker -- Age: 53 -- Saint Louis, MO

Love it!

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Tim Barnes -- Age: 39 -- Brooklyn, NY

To challenge my mental and physical strength, and because I love trail running THAT much.

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Gilduin Barre -- Age: 38 -- Hillsboro, OR

Because it's Pikes Peak.

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Sadie Barrs -- Age: 28 -- Austin, TX

I was jealous last year when everyone got to train and run it on the anniversary year.

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Paul J Batura -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The beauty of the mountain, the joy of the fellowship and the agony of the effort!

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Bob Batzer -- Age: 41 -- Saint Louis, MO

To me the Pikes Peak Marathon is the ultimate in Marathon challenges and I'm looking forward to conquering the mountain.

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Andy Bedard -- Age: 35 -- Denver, CO

BEST RACE OF THE YEAR!!!

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Susy M Bennett -- Age: 52 -- Hot Springs, AR

Because I turned 50 this year

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

So I can quit running.

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Nancy Berdan -- Age: 58 -- Eden Prairie, MN

Yet another victory over cancer!

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John E Berta -- Age: 36 -- Seattle, WA

Brother in Law made me

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Gloria E Best -- Age: 56 -- Chandler, AZ

Personal

Not at this time

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David A Beuther -- Age: 33 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

I had a great time the last time I ran it!

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

Want to do the double at least once in my life. I need a new challange.

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Henry P Biggs -- Age: 42 -- Saint Louis, MO

To make it!

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Bill Blankenship -- Age: 56 -- Santa Fe, NM

Love of trail running, history of event, new event for me

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Robert M Boehm -- Age: 56 -- Kansas City, MO

We have a group who will be doing the Wild West Relay the week before. We are staying in the area for a week sightseeing and then will be doing this event.

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Lyn Bollen -- Age: 45 -- Aurora, CO

Great chanllenge

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

HAD FUN LAST YEAR DESPITE THE WEATHER

NO MORE LIGHTENING AND HAIL PLEASE

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

Running with crazy, driven friends coerced me to run.

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Ryan Brackley -- Age: 39 -- Centennial, CO

Because its there.

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Stuart S Bradbury -- Age: 30 -- San Diego, CA

It's a goal of mine.

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

Setting goals for 2006!

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Forrest J Brandt -- Age: 41 -- Osawatomie, KS

I want to accomplish my 6th marathon and really climb a mountain.

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Karen M Brennan -- Age: 39 -- Castle Rock, CO

I was training for leadville 100 in June 2005 when I tore my posterior tibalis tendon. As a result I have had two surgeries been in a cast and walking boot for a total of 4 months, ran too soon after first surgery and reveived two stress fx, so need

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Troy M Brennan -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

why not???

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Catherine Bridge -- Age: 49 -- Austin, TX

to complete unfinished business from 2005

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Michael Brilleslyper -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to run downhill for once!

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James J Brown -- Age: 28 -- Austin, TX

Because it's hard

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Stephen C Brown -- Age: 42 -- Robinson, KS

Its the toughest American Marathon!

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V Brown -- Age: 45 -- Pasadena, CA

It is my running partner's long time dream so I'll be there with her.

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Craig Bryant -- Age: 46 -- Gunnison, CO

because it's there :)

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

Doing the double!

First class race in a great setting.

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Brenton H Buxton -- Age: 43 -- Austin, TX

Because i must

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Robert Cairncross -- Age: 43 -- East Peoria, IL

Ultimate challenge. Part of marathon in 50 states.

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Gerry Callejo -- Age: 43 -- Littleton, CO

Missed last year's registration cutoff due to travel and am hungry to run it this year.

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Jared E Campbell -- Age: 26 -- Salt Lake City, UT

I like to suffer in beautiful place.

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

Well, this is my 32nd year, so it's a well-ingrained habit by now.

Last year, I ran the double 15 weeks after cancer surgery, almost attaining my goal of 4 hrs for the ascent.

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

A good habit

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Tim Cashman -- Age: 49 -- Gunnison, CO

Last time I ran the PP Marathon was 1986. I'm still running and thought it would be fitting to run it again 20 years later.

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

To beat Navy Chief Petty Officer Joe Morris

Tripping is not fun. But the finish is great.

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Catherine R Chambers -- Age: 33 -- Hot Springs, AR

TO BE PART OF AN AWESOME GROUP OF PEOPLE.

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David Coblentz -- Age: 43 -- Los Alamos, NM

After the Leadville Trail Marathon and 100mi race in 2005, I'm seeking to go higher and faster!

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

23RD YEAR IN A ROW

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Charles A Cole -- Age: 40 -- Evergreen, CO

To experience the 'ultimate challenge in marathoning' and because of the pure challenge and the privilege to push yourself to the highest level.

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Charles M Collins -- Age: 43 -- Austin, TX

Rogue Training in Austin Texas offers Pikes Peak Training and the runners that have completed Pikes Peak have called the experience one of the best of their lives.

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Frances Connolly -- Age: 46 -- Newmarket, Canada

challenge

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William Copeland -- Age: 30 -- Durham, NC

For the glory, fame, and groupies

No

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Eric Coppock -- Age: 38 -- Longmont, CO

Because I've always wanted to and I ain't gettin' any younger.

Bill Wright's PPM horror stories are to good to miss. How could I NOT want to do this to myself?!?

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David W Corfman -- Age: 43 -- West Chester, OH

I have two challenges: running the 50 states, and running the 25 toughest marathons in North America, as designated my Marathon & Beyond magazine

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Sam Council -- Age: 53 -- Dacula, GA

My racing buddies have done it and I haven't...can't stand the harassment any more.

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Brendan M Cournane -- Age: 52 -- Chicago, IL

I am attempting to run a marathon in each of the 50 States plus DC and this is my Colorado Marathon

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Chris B Cozadd -- Age: 36 -- Topeka, KS

to push myself.

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Donna Creditor -- Age: 45 -- Bloomington, IL

challenge myself

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Shawna Cruise -- Age: 35 -- Escondido, CA

because I hate this mountain and it must be conquered!

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Barbara A Dahl -- Age: 54 -- Lakewood, CO

I need a reason?What better way to spend the weekend.

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

for my own physical and mental well being

2005 and all the hail at the top, that was wild

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Ricky Denesik -- Age: 47 -- Telluride, CO

not selected from hardrock lottery system. 120 on waiting list. eventhough I'm pass record holder and winner.

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Daryle G Dickens -- Age: 34 -- Fort Collins, CO

After running the Ascent it has always haunted me that I have only done half of the mountain.

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Joyce Dickens -- Age: 32 -- Fort Collins, CO

for the physical and mental challenge

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Rob Didlake -- Age: 42 -- Olathe, KS

I love to challenge myself and running Pikes Peak does a good job! :) rob

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Andy T Dillon -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The ultimate challenge!

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Liana Dolakova -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like the challenge.

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Cynthia J Dollar -- Age: 47 -- Austin, TX

I got hooked last year! It was the most amazing experience.

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Michael Dougherty -- Age: 34 -- Brooklyn, NY

I am dying to run this incredible race. Having done the 24-hour Frisco race, Empire State Building race, a 50-miler, 50 km, and marathon -- all in the last year -- I am looking forward to the incredible challenge of Pikes Peak. A native of New York,

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Leesa Drake -- Age: 39 -- Chicago, IL

50 State wannabe - I need CO.

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John Dupuy -- Age: 50 -- Naperville, IL

I plan to keep running the Pikes Peak Marathon until I am 75. I just turned 50 in April.

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Paul K Durbin -- Age: 63 -- Lincoln, NE

It's my favorite marathon.

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Cheryl Dusek -- Age: 58 -- Surprise, AZ

I have been to the Peak race for several years. I am a cancer patient who tried to complete in 2005, but due to chemotherapy did not finish. This year I am back to say, I beat cancer and I will conquer the Peak!

I doubled in 2004 - missed finish on Marathon due to delay for storms....and last year climbed to within 2 miles of the top even though I was in the midst of chemotherapy for breast cancer. This year the race will have special meaning for me....as a

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Barb Dutrow -- Age: 50 -- Baton Rouge, LA

It is a superbly well run race!

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Lisa Early -- Age: 37 -- Boulder, CO

Living this close to the Peak and having hiked/run it for fun before, I felt I just GOTTA run this race.

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

started running to quit smoking - it worked!

read page 97 of the 50th anniversary book

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Steve Eickmann -- Age: 35 -- Windsor, CO

I am still trying to figure that out and this will be the 5th time I have run it. There is just something about pitting myself against that mountain that keeps me coming back. This is the only marathon that I have run more than once.

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David R Eisenhauer -- Age: 56 -- Manitou Springs, CO

Living on the race route and watching the race for years sparked a dream to do it! Now, I just want to keep doing it. I have participated for the past 6 years straight!

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Darrin Eisman -- Age: 41 -- Golden, CO

I've always wanted to compete in this event, but something else has always conflicted with it.

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

I started a tradition of runnig the pp marathon ascent or both with my brother starting in 1998 and we have done it together every year since then. This will be our 9th consecutive year.

The most memorable moment of my running career was reaching the summit of Pikes Peak on the morning of the Marathon after having completed the Ascent the day before. I'll never forget the excitement and emotioal high

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Christopher J Ellis -- Age: 41 -- Annapolis, MD

Love the Mountains

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Randy C Engle -- Age: 36 -- Grand Junction, CO

Sounded like fun?!?!?

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John H Engleman -- Age: 59 -- Manitou Springs, CO

After doing the Accent 7 years in a row I wanted to try the Marathon before I got too old. That was last year and now I'm hooked on the Marathon!

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Louise Erasmus -- Age: 36 -- Peyton, CO

It presents a new challenge every year.!!!

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David Esparza -- Age: 42 -- Universal City, TX

To remember why falling down can be the best thing that ever happened to me.

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Jan C Estebo -- Age: 53 -- Casper, WY

I entered the race in 2003 because my sister had moved to Colorado Springs and I thought I wouldn't have any trouble doing the race. But I had a rough time that year - puked more than once getting to the top and had to stop many times; didn't think I

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

running with sisters

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David Ewing -- Age: 37 -- Atlanta, GA

Because I love the mountains and I want the challenge

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Todd J Farlee -- Age: 33 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Wanting to Conquer the mountain.

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

in 2003 cab driver took long way to start,arrived 10min after start. got out of cab and hit the ground running. caught up with back of pack at cog rail way. had good race none the less.

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Linda C Fason -- Age: 57 -- Little Rock, AR

to geter done

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David E Faulkner -- Age: 53 -- Little Rock, AR

The challenge & the scenery

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Cheri Fine -- Age: 41 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

TO COMPLETE WHAT WE STARTED IN 2005... FINISH THE MARATHON... IN 2005 RAN WITH MARK (WHO HAD THE FLU) AND RECEIVED A PROPOSAL AT THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK DURING THE MARATHON... WE NEVER CAME DOWN AS MARK WAS TO SICK TO RUN DOWN; AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER GO

I GOT ENGAGED AT THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK IN 2005 DURING THE RACE. MARK HAD THE FLU (CAME DOWN WITH IT THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE RACE)AND WAS SET ON GOING AT LEAST TO THE TOP. OF COURSE I DID NOT REALIZE AT THE TIME THAT HIS SISTER AND BOYFRIEND WAS HOL

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Mark Fine -- Age: 41 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL

LAST YEAR I PROPOSED TO CHERI (WE WILL BE MARRIED JULY 3, 2006)AT THE TOP DURING THE MARATHON IN 2005... UNFORTUNATELY THREE DAYS PRIOR I CAME DOWN WITH THE FLU AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER STARTED ANY RACE... WE MADE IT TO THE TOP, BANNER IN SITE, RING WAI

IN 2005 I PLANNED ON PROPOSING TO CHERI ON THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK (WITH A BANNER AT TOP) AND HAND HER THE RING AT THE FINISH LINE... THREE DAYS PRIOR, I CAME DOWN WITH THE FLU. I SHOULD HAVE NEVER RUN ANY RACE, BUT I WAS GOING TO PROPOSE TO CHERI THA

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Eric Finnen -- Age: 34 -- Frederick, MD

It certainly going to set itself apart from most of teh normal 'run of the mill' marathons.

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William L Fisher -- Age: 51 -- Palmer Lake, CO

it's not about the race, it's about running trails all summer - seeing when the raspberries get ripe

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Salynda Fleury -- Age: 21 -- Crested Butte, CO

Lifes a garden dig it!!!

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

I'm attempting to do the double this year.

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

I would love to experience a running adventure in Colorado with considerable challenge. I loved the Lake Tahoe Triple and ran well there.

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Kyle P Forman -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to celebrate the beauty of this mountain and for redemption as I had to drop out 2 years ago due to a knee injury

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Terry K Forshee -- Age: 50 -- Wichita, KS

Love of mountain trail running, the scenery, and America's mountain - doesn't get any better than that!

I always remember how cold it was above timberline in the '86 race

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Brady J Foster -- Age: 25 -- Gunnison, CO

Get into Shape for mountain biking

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Philip W Foster -- Age: 72 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am an idiot.

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Amy M Fowler -- Age: 29 -- Denver, CO

Because it's Pikes Peak! I've always wanted to do it!

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Tony P Fox -- Age: 36 -- Denver, CO

impress the chicks!

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Bret Frady -- Age: 46 -- Oklahoma City, OK

Have ran several flatland marathons and figured this would be the ultimate marathon challenge. Would be extremely proud of myself to complete this event and share my experience.

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Carl Gable -- Age: 47 -- Santa Fe, NM

It has been a few year. Might as well.

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Jonathan Gamm -- Age: 39 -- Denver, CO

I love trails and mountains!

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

To have run back to back races in one of the most beautiful places in the world is one of the most fulfilling things someone can do!

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Chris C Gerber -- Age: 32 -- Louisville, CO

The Ascent was so much fun, I want double the fun this year! :-)

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Bryce A Gibson -- Age: 31 -- San Diego, CA

I grew up in Manitou and just ran the Pikes Peak Marathon for the first time last year. It is the most incredible and beautiful marathon in the country. I knew I would run it again before I even finished last year.

The first time I ran it last year, it was my dad's 8th time running it. Being the 50th running there was something special about running it last year. Despite the insane conditions at the summit. Just added to the excitement I guess. Try and find

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Charles E Gimarc -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I see this mountain every day. It's a huge challenge always in front of me. To run up & down in this annual race is my way of taking on and meeting this challenge. It's a great race!

I tell people who do the Ascent to try the Marathon. Getting to the top is a grind. Once there, the return trip is a cruise. Where else can you do a 13 mile downhill run on such a beautiful trail. The downhill trip is my reward for running up the

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Beth A Golay -- Age: 38 -- Wichita, KS

I signed up for the Pikes Peak marathon last year, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks later. I wasn't able to compete, and I'd really love to get that monkey off my back.

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Robyn Goldstein -- Age: 46 -- Lake Mary, FL

To be the first person to do the marathon who has had Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Mark I Goodman -- Age: 41 -- Annapolis, MD

To see the mountain.

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Timothy L Goodwin -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

it's time to do it again

the last time I ran the pp marathon. a guy at the top yelled that he liked my american flag bandana.at the finsh I heard him yell it again so I ran off the course and threw it to him

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Ron Graham -- Age: 53 -- Midvale, UT

I love running in the mountains and I especially love Colorado. This race is an inspiring goal at my age and without it I could just be doing yard work. My wife and I both share this passion together.

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Jayson Graves -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

God brought me through two torn achilles tendons (surgically-repaired)!

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Ed A Gritters -- Age: 42 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's a checklist thing.

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Richard A Grote -- Age: 38 -- Boulder, CO

Because it couldn't possibly hurt more than it did last year.

I woke up the day before last year's PPM unable to turn my head or get myself out of bed without help. Race day morning, it was just as bad. I decided I'd just show up and support my friends who were doing the race. As we hung out by the car before t

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Robert B Guthrie -- Age: 54 -- Niwot, CO

Because it is there.

My friend Chris Parks took 3rd one year!

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Cheryl R Haefele -- Age: 44 -- Topeka, KS

I had breast cancer in 2003 and I'm kicking it's butt

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Jeffrey P Hall -- Age: 47 -- Duluth, MN

My days of PB are gone - just having fun and looking for new challenges.

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Rebekka Hannula -- Age: 43 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I want to see if I can do it!!!

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Christine Hansen -- Age: 38 -- Boulder, CO

my favorite race

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Brian E Hansford -- Age: 22 -- Buena Vista, CO

I have lived in Colorado for 20 years and have always wanted to do this race.

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Shaun A Hardimon -- Age: 38 -- Swartz Creek, MI

My brother see this a fun and challenging goal brother william (bill) hardimon

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William Hardimon -- Age: 41 -- Linden, MI

To be challenged by the toughest standard in marathoning

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Bill Harrington -- Age: 62 -- Billings, MT

To run with my wife for her 50 Marathon and the chance to train together.

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David B Hatfield -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

to motivate me to stay in shape all year long

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

Love this Peak!

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William M Hendry -- Age: 34 -- Desoto, KS

'because it's there'

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Doug Herebic -- Age: 32 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I enjoy challenging myself and the PP Marathon is the ultimate trail marathon.

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Maria Hermon -- Age: 48 -- Buda, TX

Running this marathon is like no other. It is very exciting being part of this adventure.

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Lawrence P Hernandez -- Age: 32 -- Lincoln, NE

I think I can do it better than I did last time.

I thought I would get eaten by a bear, but I didnt. Maybe this year.

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

Doing both ascent & marathon

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Derek Hlavac -- Age: 31 -- Madison, MS

To see if I can do it!?!?

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Greg N Hogan -- Age: 47 -- Lubbock, TX

Freinds have run in the past and I want to experience the race

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Israel Holby -- Age: 27 -- Fayetteville, AR

Because I like to feel my calves explode.

When I got to Mt. Manitou I thought I was safe, then ran straight into a tree trying to not to get dropped by the hottie running ahead of me. -Priceless

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

Love a challenge

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William J Hollihan -- Age: 76 -- Beaver Dam, WI

Someday I want to be the oldest runner to complete the double and this year I am only running the marathon because of other races i want to run prior to the Peak

I hate the bus trip down from the ascent that is scary

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Philip Holt -- Age: 51 -- Chantilly, VA

50 States Marathon Club; unique course

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Benton M Hood -- Age: 53 -- Signal Mountain, TN

FOR THE CHALLENGE

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Emily E Hooi -- Age: 31 -- Austin, TX

I've completed the Ascent twice, and now I'm ready for the marathon. Besides, the marathon weather can't be any worse than the Ascent last year.

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Mark E Hoven -- Age: 48 -- Littleton, CO

Because the mountain gives back (The beauty and challenge) more than it takes from you (In the preparation and pushing your physical limit)

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James W Howald -- Age: 52 -- Monument, CO

Unable to think of anything else to do that day.

Pikes Peak was my first and has been my only marathon.

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J Nick N Howell -- Age: 49 -- Wichita, KS

I didn't have any thing else to do today.

To Many to tell here.

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Mark A Hufford -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To better last yrs time

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Frank R Hughes -- Age: 54 -- Canon City, CO

Enjoy mountain marathons

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Marcia Hughes -- Age: 48 -- Canon City, CO

I love mountain marathons. They are beautiful and a great challenge.

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John H Hunter -- Age: 42 -- New York, NY

a friend said it was fun .. and i do miss the rockies

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Dean P Ivory -- Age: 59 -- Florence, TX

I ran Pikes Peak Marathon last year and it was the most challenging race I have every run. I loved it. I took 3rd place in my age division, and this year we will be running against members from the World Mountain Running Association. It will be fu

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Brian Jackson -- Age: 45 -- Sugar Land, TX

Fun! and to get a Colorado marathon completed....

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John Jacobs -- Age: 37 -- Atlanta, GA

On my list of 'painful things I haven't done'!

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Michael L Janzen -- Age: 37 -- Wichita, KS

I've finished the Ascent the last two years and I now wanted the challenge of the Marathon.

I'm praying for no ice, hail and snow like we had last year.

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Roger Jensen -- Age: 56 -- Pagosa Springs, CO

It's fun!

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Fredrik J Johansson -- Age: 30 -- Denver, CO

Its the toughest marathon I've ever heard of.

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Chad Jones -- Age: 33 -- Austin, TX

a new challenge

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Douglas W Jones -- Age: 49 -- Rapid City, SD

Mid life crisis, more affordable than a sports car.

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Mohammad Kahvand -- Age: 42 -- Bloomingdale, IL

Love the challenge

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Roger Kane -- Age: 48 -- Aurora, CO

I wouldn't know what to do with myself in the summer if I weren't training for it.

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

Because it's there.

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Junko Kazukawa -- Age: 43 -- Denver, CO

To challenge

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Dan Keitz -- Age: 46 -- Kyle, TX

the mountain is calling me. this thing rocks! and this is insane

what is a good email? i would love to send last year's race report

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Marilyn Keller-Graham -- Age: 46 -- Midvale, UT

I only run trail marathons and I like to set the bar high for myself by choosing the most difficult ones. Having this type of goal motivates me to stay in shape all year long and feel really satisfied when that goal is realised. Pushing my limits kee

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Thomas P Kelley -- Age: 48 -- Atlanta, GA

It's fun

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Stace M Kernodle -- Age: 26 -- Lawton, MI

RAN THE ASCENT LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR NEED MORE CHALLENGE!

MET ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE ON THE ASCENT LAST YEAR.

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Guru-Parkash S Khalsa -- Age: 47 -- Los Angeles, CA

I am a Colorado Native Now in California. My Great Grandfather was one of the first forest Rangers near Eagle Co. I have been to the top of Pikes peak via Car & Cog Rail several times. What a view now that I am running it seems like the ultimate f

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Thomas R King -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I've run it the last two years in a row and want to continue the tradition

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Tim King -- Age: 39 -- Tulsa, OK

Becuase it's cool..and because the other Rollin' Fools are doing it.

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Danielle Kitover -- Age: 28 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge; New goal; Good training

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Andrea C Klein -- Age: 22 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To the family record

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John Klein -- Age: 50 -- Colorado Springs, CO

This is 18th in a row.

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

Of all the marathons I have run nothing comes close to the challenge, beauty and determination that it takes to finish this race. There's nothing like it!

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

I'm nuts!

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Angelina Korb -- Age: 30 -- Boulder, CO

A great challenge. It will be my second marathon.

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Daniel J Kovacs -- Age: 47 -- Overland Park, KS

To get Colorado checked off in my 50 states list

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Julius A Kovats -- Age: 43 -- Manitou Springs, CO

'cuz its fun

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Rob D Ladewig -- Age: 57 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Best Race in town

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Sarah Landeryou -- Age: 36 -- Silverthorne, CO

To do better than last time!

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Marc Landry -- Age: 51 -- Philadelphia, PA

Masochism

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Timothy P Lange -- Age: 43 -- Littleton, CO

I have been knocking out the Colorado 14 er's and wanted a way to make Pikes Peak special!

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Sarah N Lathrop -- Age: 19 -- Elbert, CO

I think it will be a total blast to do!! And I like the challenge. Also there has been no finishers in my age group (16-19) in a long time and I hope to get my age group back on the records. I do realize this will be tough, it is a very difficult rac

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Katherine Laurenzano -- Age: 43 -- Newberry, FL

I like a challenge, and if I don't drop dead of altitude sickness, this should be a good one. I'm from the flat land of Florida!

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Dominick Layfield -- Age: 34 -- Park City, UT

Ascent is just too damn short.

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Thomas W Lear -- Age: 46 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Have hiked/raced Pikes Peak since 1990, completing 7 Ascents and 5 marathons. Volunteered on the Ascent for 3 of the 5 years competing in the marathon. Inspiring race to both compete in and support.

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Richard H Leavitt -- Age: 49 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like running down

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Edwin H Lee -- Age: 22 -- Washington, DC

I'm running the Pike's Peak Marathon because I don't think I can do it. I would be really proud of myself if I can accomplish this.

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William Lee -- Age: 38 -- Bayside, NY

Because it is hard

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Jeffrey B Leeson -- Age: 58 -- Colorado Springs, CO

challenge-get out of the house

no-too scary

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Jesse A Leitner -- Age: 36 -- Columbia, MD

Seems to be a good prep for my first 100 miler in July 'or' There wasn't enough altitude in the Tahoe Triple Marathon.

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Roger L Leturno -- Age: 51 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I was injured just before reaching the summit last year. The mountain isn't going to beat me.

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James M Lickey -- Age: 45 -- Wichita, KS

Because I love the mountains are such a beautiful and challenging environment and it will be a huge challenge, experience and accompishment to complete it.

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David M Lindgren -- Age: 48 -- Maple Grove, MN

For the challenge. But it's only got one hill - how tough can it be?

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Mark Lindsey -- Age: 50 -- Austin, TX

It is my 50th birthday on this day.

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Tom Little -- Age: 61 -- Marietta, GA

For the challenge

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Molly E Livaudais -- Age: 30 -- Denver, CO

For fun

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Joe Long -- Age: 63 -- Castle Rock, CO

Personal Challenge (I've hiked it and other 14'ers including Long's Peak)

I registered two years ago but broke my ankle that summer when my horse fell on me, and although I tried to get ready for it anyway, by race day I knew I would more likely become a 'casualty' needing to be helped off the mountain, so I didn't start.

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Keith J Lonnquist -- Age: 52 -- Colorado Springs, CO

8th year in the row for PPA or PPM, 5th PPM

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Ryan C Lovill -- Age: 26 -- Kansas City, MO

I already planned on going for a run on that date, so I figure might as well do one with some scenery and challenge to it.

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Michele Lucero -- Age: 42 -- Escondido, CA

because my friend made me!

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Maren K MacDonald -- Age: 32 -- Florissant, CO

Running is my outlet. The marathon this year is on my birthday and it is exactly where I would like to be and exactly what I would like to be accomplishing.

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Monica Madero-Schreibe -- Age: 37 -- Aiea, HI

Because I am deployed to Afghanistan and I could register for the Ascent in time.

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Christine A Maley -- Age: 37 -- Lakewood, CO

It will be my 42nd Marathon and my 8th Pikes Peak Marathon. I love this race, not only for the beauty, but for the challenge.

Last year was the first for me that I hit snow at the top. I have previously run through hail at the bottom!

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Michael E Maley -- Age: 47 -- Lakewood, CO

I love this race!

This is my fourth Pikes Peak Marathon

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Mary A Mallette -- Age: 63 -- Tempe, AZ

to stay fit

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Donnie J Manzanares -- Age: 36 -- Castle Rock, CO

first time missed registration deadline

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Stacey Mark -- Age: 50 -- Mooresville, NC

For my 50th birthday

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Eric Martens -- Age: 38 -- Los Alamos, NM

I have done numerous half marathons, three full marathons, including the difficult Big Sur, and wanted to test myself at the next level.

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Paul W Martin -- Age: 43 -- Normal, IL

Wanted to do one of the toughest marathons

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Skip Maselli -- Age: 43 -- Frederick, MD

Disney World Was Simply out of the question

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Scott E Mason -- Age: 44 -- Heber City, UT

i like it

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

This will be my 10th double

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Rhonda G Mayo -- Age: 35 -- Crested Butte, CO

Well organized event and you get to bag a 14'er while running a marathon!

thanks for all hte great support.

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George McDonald -- Age: 53 -- North Little Rock, AR

The Arkansas Pike's Peak Society would disown me if I didn't.

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John R McHenry -- Age: 57 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because its there.

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Ian McIntosh -- Age: 41 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

ENJOY THE CHALLENGE

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

For the fun of it...!

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Tony Merschdorf -- Age: 39 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because I love the Ascent and it's already full. I'd hate to miss a year completely. I'm looking forward to the challenge as well. Can I talk you into creating a clydesdale division? I think I could win the over 200 pound category.

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Bruce Mihalek -- Age: 56 -- Fort Collins, CO

Because last year we were trapped at the top on the Ascent. This year I want to be able to get down before freezing : )

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Amy C Miller -- Age: 33 -- Denver, CO

I somehow got it into my head that it would be fun!

I signed up last year, but had to bail due to an injury... this is my year to do it.

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J M Millonig -- Age: 51 -- Prior Lake, MN

Love the area

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David L Minnick -- Age: 49 -- Dublin, OH

This is my 50th Year on this Planet and this race is #4 on my top 5 athletic acomplishments I want to achieve in my life.

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Clay M Mitchell -- Age: 24 -- Monte Vista, CO

Chicks dig runners!

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

It's in my blood. Plus, this will be my 4th Double!

Too many great stories to tell!

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Greg E Monette -- Age: 38 -- West Chesterfield, MA

glory

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Vernon A Morris -- Age: 44 -- Barstow, CA

Because a friend of mine is doing it for the first time and I wanted to do it with him since its been awhile.

In 1991 I ran the Ascent and took 3rd place and the next day ran the marathon and had a faster time taking 3rd place

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Kathleen Morrow -- Age: 63 -- Green Mountain Falls, CO

Spend time with daughter, love the mountain

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Robert W Mow -- Age: 55 -- Portland, OR

I went up once, now I need to do the whole thing.

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Bill Moyle -- Age: 67 -- Lone Tree, CO

challenge

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Christian M Murdock -- Age: 44 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Ran the Ascent twice. Wanted to race down the mountain after climbing it.

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John S Murdzek -- Age: 46 -- San Diego, CA

I'm competing to experience the feeling of pure joy and lightness of being that you get when you reach the summit and head back down again.

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Sarah M Murphy Case -- Age: 41 -- Florissant, CO

it is time to have some fun now that i am over 40

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Dave Muscianisi -- Age: 35 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

Want to do it every year until I'm 100

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Darren A Muse -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I like the pain.

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Heather Musmanno -- Age: 32 -- Boulder, CO

Pikes Ascent was my first half-marathon last year and I wanted Pikes Marathon to be my first marathon. I love the altitude!

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Lem R Myers -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Challenge!

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David L Nelson -- Age: 44 -- North Liberty, IA

For the challenge!

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Dustin Nelson -- Age: 26 -- Carlsbad, NM

for fun.

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Lisa H Nerio -- Age: 43 -- Vail, CO

Hmmm. Good question. It keeps me balanced. I also compete in bench press contests.

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Matthew Neukirch -- Age: 24 -- Lincoln, NE

To destroy my percieved limitations and fears with running hard

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Butch Nezvensky -- Age: 51 -- Pueblo, CO

I've done it 10+ times and want to get a new streak going

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Hiroyuki Nishide -- Age: 45 -- Rye, NY

to challenge to my ability

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Yukiko Nishide -- Age: 44 -- Rye, NY

just challenge!!

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Jeff O'Reilly -- Age: 46 -- Denver, CO

I run peaks anyway. I might as well join a race with other loonies like me!

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Paulette Odenthal -- Age: 50 -- Prior Lake, MN

I'll be glad to tell you why ----- August 20, 2006 is my 50th birthday!! I completed the Ascent two years ago and decided I wanted to do the Marathon two years later. When I saw the date was my birthday - I knew it had my name ALL OVER IT!!! I am

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Judy L Oltman -- Age: 50 -- Pontiac, IL

I am always looking for a challenge to keep me motivated.

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Renee L Oltman -- Age: 23 -- Commerce City, CO

I just moved to Colorado and I thought it would be a good challenge.

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Brian C OMalley -- Age: 32 -- Denver, CO

I've run up it, now it's time to try to get down.

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Mark A Oppenheim -- Age: 40 -- University City, MO

I didn't know I had exercise induces asthma until I ran Pikes Peak.

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Ken Ornellas -- Age: 50 -- Elbert, CO

To get some Q-time with my Wife.

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Rosemarie Ornellas -- Age: 43 -- Elbert, CO

To Run with My Husband.

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Humberto P Paredes -- Age: 49 -- Pueblo West, CO

Part on running goals. I did Pikes Peak Ascent before. I Think I'm ready for the Full.

Running The Ascent was a great experiece, I had good memories and I want to live those again.

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Tom J Pariani -- Age: 48 -- Colorado Springs, CO

health and balance - Pikes Peak focuses my training for the entire year

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PJ Parmar -- Age: 31 -- Lakewood, CO

Blood and grapes are all that come to mind.

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Kenneth M Pederson -- Age: 57 -- Littleton, CO

It's just always been a dream to run the highest marathon.

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Christine Peloghitis -- Age: 39 -- Red Hill, PA

Was an avid marathoner till 2 babies in last 4 years and bout with cancer 2 years immediately following birth of 2nd. Doing this for the challenge rather than the race time. My 40th birthday this year. Will be a good boost to my running confidence

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Melanie J Penfield -- Age: 34 -- Denver, CO

My mom, sister and brother in law have done it the past couple of years.

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Pamela L Penfield -- Age: 59 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

I have run the Pikes Peak Marathon since 1993 and I find it the most challenging and exciting event of the year.

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Mark D Perkins -- Age: 53 -- Centennial, CO

To beat my 2005 time, which beat my 2004 time. And for fun!

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Ruth E Peterson -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

i just love it.

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Robert E Phay -- Age: 67 -- Chapel Hill, NC

Because of the challenge. Run lots of regular marathons but Pikes Peak is special.

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John Phelan -- Age: 43 -- Fort Collins, CO

Running on trails in the mountains is my favorite outdoor activity. Pikes Peak is a tremendous opportunity and challenge. On top of all that, it should be fun. The comraderie of races such as this one always make them a great experience.

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Greg Pike -- Age: 51 -- Beaufort, SC

as a tribute to my son , who passed aw3ay 10 years ago on 08/21/96. his name was jason pike

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Dr.Dharam P Piplani -- Age: 59 -- Phoenix, AZ

Began distance running at Pikes Peak, have run it since '93, and plan to finish 700th marathon/ultra at Grandmas marathon on June 17'06, but will continue running 15 more races before Pikes Peak'06

I'm running for my cancer afflicted runner friends Dan and Chris,and ALS cause

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Richard J Pool -- Age: 66 -- South Amherst, OH

I had a truly enjoyable experience running the marathon last year for the first time last year and wanted to return.

I have run six Boston Marathons and always considered it my favorite marathon, but after running Pikes Peak last year, Pikes Peak is now my favorite marathon. The race management, the tremendous volunteers, the finishers jacket, the DVD of the race

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Brad Poole -- Age: 36 -- Albuquerque, NM

Because I can.

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Laura Pyle -- Age: 35 -- Denver, CO

I have hiked the peak before, and loved the experience.

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Richard D Rahall -- Age: 54 -- Tierra Verde, FL

I love travelling to Colorado from Florida and the challenge I take by running this marathon at the higher altitude and incline.

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Jim Rapkoch -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

The Ascent is Full. Got to train for something awesome!

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Mark D Raymond -- Age: 45 -- Bartlesville, OK

Because my Internet Coach will Kill me if I don't....

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Craig A Redfearn -- Age: 36 -- Granger, IN

Training for the Wasatch Front 100 Mile race.

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Roger Reed -- Age: 70 -- Barling, AR

I'm masochist & I love it!

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David Reese -- Age: 52 -- Austin, TX

The challenge of the Mountain and the fun of training with my friends.

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Brad Rhoden -- Age: 53 -- Topeka, KS

Our relay team is running the Wild West Relay and several of us are staying in Colorado the following week to get acclimated and tackle Pikes Peak. I am working my way towards 100 marathons with Pikes Peak projected to be my 98th.

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Marla K Rhoden -- Age: 51 -- Topeka, KS

We have a Flatlanders team doing the Wild West Relay the week before Pike's Peak, and several members of the team are staying over to run Pike's Peak. Some of us have run Pike's Peak previously, while some have not. I ran Pike's Peak in 1995 to cel

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Glenden P Riddle -- Age: 59 -- Albuquerque, NM

The challenge of it

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Debbie Rigsby -- Age: 49 -- Lonsdale, AR

Personal Challenge

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Greg Rivera -- Age: 37 -- Austin, TX

Have run four Ascents and it seemed time to step up to the full marathon.

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Kasandra Robbert -- Age: 32 -- Littleton, CO

I have volunteered with the event in 2002-4

Hiked from the Ascent finish to the Marathon start with a stay at Barr Camp when volunteering for both.

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Michael J Robbert -- Age: 31 -- Littleton, CO

To improve my previous time

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Brenda Rodgers -- Age: 39 -- Austin, TX

My birthday is a couple days before the event. This is my personal challenge for the year.

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Michael B Rogers -- Age: 35 -- Highlands Ranch, CO

It is fun

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Chris Ronan -- Age: 32 -- Lenexa, KS

(Please see my response on Ascent entry form.)

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S T Rosenbloom -- Age: 36 -- Nashville, TN

I believe that I am running this because I am foolish or crazy or oxygen deprived.

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Jim A Ross -- Age: 56 -- Cordova, TN

hella of it

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Michael Rossi -- Age: 43 -- Missoula, MT

I enjoy the physical and mental challenges of running and climbing at high altitudes.

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Elizabeth J Rothenberg -- Age: 40 -- Emeryville, CA

My first marathon to celebrate my 40th birthday; on my favorite mountain!

We were all about getting the fleece jacket last year! Even though we thought we'd die there on the Peak in terrible lightning, my friend Gary and I kept up our trudge--fleece jackets or bust!

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Tom Rownd -- Age: 54 -- Wheeling, WV

I ran the Ascent 3 years ago, and I'm interested in the challenging of running the marathon.

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Brooke E Runnion -- Age: 29 -- Kansas City, MO

Personal goal.

No

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Sam Rush -- Age: 27 -- Plymouth, MN

I tried last year and was unable to complete the full distance. I am back and going to complete it!

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John F Ryan -- Age: 37 -- Burlingame, CA

I have a goal of running a marathon in all the cities in which I have lived. I have completed the marathons in the other five cities and I used to live in Colorado Springsm but that is the final location that I have not completed.

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Quinn O Ryan -- Age: 23 -- Gunnison, CO

The Challenge

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Randy Ryan -- Age: 47 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because it's there

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Jeffrey Sabol -- Age: 58 -- Bay Shore, NY

After 31 Marathons/Ultras I want to know that I have really experienced pure running - this race seems as pure as it can get!

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Roger Sajak -- Age: 53 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Its a unique Colorado event and I love that mtn.

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Richard M Salasovich -- Age: 36 -- Edwards, CA

Pike's Peak marathon is a classic, quirky, tough race with spectacular views (when it's not snowing) and the crowd of runners is fun as hell. The downhill portion is like running a 2-hour long slalom course. I can't wait!

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Darius Sampey -- Age: 41 -- Baton Rouge, LA

Did my first Ultra this year and liked it so much, that I also wanted tackle Pikes Peak

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Baldwin Sanders -- Age: 53 -- Sylva, NC

A whole group of us from Louisiana have been going for the last 7 years. I am so disappointed that it is filled. Thank you for putting me on the waiting list.

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Peter K Sanders -- Age: 36 -- Boulder, CO

Fun!

Nope.

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Stephen H Sando -- Age: 64 -- Edina, MN

Challenge, health, self esteem

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David A Saugey -- Age: 55 -- Jessieville, AR

This will be my 14th time.

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Michelle Schall -- Age: 40 -- Orlando, FL

For the challenge

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Thomas R Schettig -- Age: 62 -- Cresson, PA

because I can!

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David C Schlingmann -- Age: 32 -- Hillsboro, MO

Rounding out ten years of completion

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Bryan Schlotterback -- Age: 35 -- Altoona, IA

Just trying to pull off the double!

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Alan Schmoyer -- Age: 44 -- Edmond, OK

doing the double as a stepping stone to a 100-mile road race in Nov. 2006

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Duane B Schmutz -- Age: 59 -- Sandy, UT

To prepare for Ultra Marathon's

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Kathie U Schmutz -- Age: 48 -- Sandy, UT

To prepare for the Wasatch 100

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Jennifer Schubert-Akin -- Age: 49 -- Steamboat Springs, CO

Because it is challenging and fun!

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Catherine A Seal -- Age: 45 -- Woodland Park, CO

Because it's there

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Walter F Seamon -- Age: 66 -- Wheeling, WV

Personal goals

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Claire F Secker -- Age: 51 -- Austin, TX

Always have wanted to run this.

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Christina Semmens -- Age: 38 -- Madison, AL

The challenge of completing this race has appealed for several years and after completing ironman Canada, I decided that this race should be my next challenge.

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Michael Shafai -- Age: 36 -- Colorado Springs, CO

For the shirt.

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Peggy Shashy -- Age: 46 -- Jacksonville, FL

I have run over 13 marathons, 11 states and need Colorado. I like the challenge of this event since I'll probably never do an ultramarathon.

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Richard H Shaw -- Age: 51 -- Andover, KS

Mountains keep bring me back

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Justin T Shelman -- Age: 27 -- Kansas City, MO

The Challenge!

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Louis Shuba -- Age: 34 -- Aurora, CO

Its the hardest thing i have ever done. And i need to try and do it better.

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Daniel J Simpson Jr -- Age: 30 -- Arabi, LA

I am an endurance athlete who is always looking for a new challenge. My home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and I think that running the Pikes' Peak Marathon will be a postive experience. I am ready for Round 2 with Mother Nature.

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Marshall D Singer -- Age: 49 -- Little Rock, AR

I'm Crazy

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Stephen D Sisson -- Age: 36 -- Austin, TX

Because it is there & I want to run it under 4 hours this year.

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Stan Skwarlo -- Age: 39 -- Lawrence, KS

Ultimate marathon challenge especially for a flat lander

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Karen J Smidt -- Age: 39 -- Brighton, CO

See Reason for Ascent!

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Jennifer Smith -- Age: 27 -- Kansas City, MO

Both times I have run Pike's Peak, I have had incredible experiences, including being turned around early due to a lightning storm and running through snow and hail. I even got to get acclimated to the altitude last year by spending several hours at

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Terri Snethen -- Age: 43 -- Olathe, KS

The ascent just wasn't hard enough. Just kidding, I need motivation!

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Chris C Solarz -- Age: 27 -- New York, NY

To become the second youngest 50 states finisher! This will be my 38th state.

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Christian C Sorensen -- Age: 35 -- Bellingham, WA

A good friend of mine from the Navy Reserve talked me into it. I watched 50th Anniversary video and looks like fun and extremely challenging. Additionally, I am a cancer survivor and marathons have become a way of life for me. I enjoy the personal

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Cheston C Souza -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I am love runnning!

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Jeanette M Spears -- Age: 45 -- Leander, TX

challenge

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John V Spencer -- Age: 51 -- Dickson, TN

Because my friends are also.

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Johnny M Spriggs -- Age: 52 -- Broken Arrow, OK

I run it because its there, I ran the double last yearand had a great time so Im doing it again this year.

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Tracy Squires -- Age: 41 -- Woodland Park, CO

Since I moved here, gotta do it once!

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Charles Stanzione -- Age: 44 -- Boulder, CO

My first marathon might as well be my hardest marathon!

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Adrienne A Stipe -- Age: 41 -- Grapevine, TX

because i'm addicted to this mountain

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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 sepcial to me and I plan to do this race every year until I am no longer phys

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Shawn W Stone -- Age: 30 -- Alexandria, VA

love it

doubler in 2005

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William Stone -- Age: 49 -- Albuquerque, NM

To celebrate my 50th birthday, which is Aug. 22

no

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Matt Stueve -- Age: 30 -- Denver, CO

Last year was my first Ascent, and it was the most amazing race I've ever done. So, I decided to double my pleasure by doing the full marathon this year.

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Elaine Stypula -- Age: 41 -- Farmington Hills, MI

Sounds like a wonderful challenge

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Kiirsten Styvar -- Age: 33 -- Casper, WY

It is the most challenging and spectacular race I have ever participated in!!!!

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Steve Sutton -- Age: 49 -- Sunbury, OH

want to experience running at higher altitudes

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Martin R Szinger -- Age: 36 -- Batavia, NY

I have a grudge to settle with the mountain...

I got caught in the snow storm up top while watching the Ascent the day before the Marathon last year...

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Bruce Tanksley -- Age: 47 -- Murfreesboro, TN

I was at the race last year but did not run. Seeing the runners finish made me want to run the next race.

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Carl D Tanner -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It's my personal Fountain of Youth.

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Joni Taylor -- Age: 31 -- Midway, UT

I enjoyed the Ascent last year so much. Even being stranded at the top for a few hrs was fun. I made some life-long friends and I plan on running the Ascent and/or Marathon every year my body will let me! I love this mountain!

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Paul Taylor -- Age: 33 -- Midway, UT

I love this mountain. My wife ran the Ascent last year & I would really like to have this great experience & kick her butt up the mountain! J/K Really, for the personal challenge & enjoyment. And, again: I love this mountain!

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Carol A Thomas -- Age: 50 -- Wheat Ridge, CO

a challenge

no

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Mark N Thomas -- Age: 41 -- Colorado Springs, CO

I guess it's a better mid-life crisis than a porche or a mistress

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TJ Thompson -- Age: 28 -- Austin, TX

I've run a few marathons and ultra's, but I heard this was a big challenge. I'm looking for a challenge.

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Chip Tilden -- Age: 37 -- New York, NY

I love to push my personal challenges and Pikes Peak Marathon is just the race for me for 2006. Last year I ran 9 marathons and an ultra, the Knickerbocker 60K. The challenge I presented myself is that I sandwiched the 60K between two marathons, the

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Leah A Tiller -- Age: 33 -- Austin, TX

for fun!!!

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Dan Turk -- Age: 45 -- Fort Collins, CO

Because it's there and to see how good I can do!

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Christopher Turner -- Age: 46 -- Lawrence, KS

My next big challenge.

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Steven Turner -- Age: 34 -- Austin, TX

peer pressure

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Walter W Underhill -- Age: 58 -- San Rafael, CA

Inspired by my daughter and her husband running it last year

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Russell Valdez -- Age: 46 -- La Jara, CO

'THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE'

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Dave A Vandenberg -- Age: 54 -- Colorado Springs, CO

To prove that a heart attack is a minor inconvenience.

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Deonne R Vanderwoude -- Age: 34 -- Niwot, CO

Because my mother has multiple schlerosis and she can't. I run for her.

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Brian S Vaniwarden -- Age: 27 -- Canon City, CO

Tired of JUST running up!

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Derwin E Velarde -- Age: 45 -- Dulce, NM

Because it's there

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Kari A Vrooman -- Age: 36 -- Morrison, CO

I love the ascent and want to challenge myself with the marathon. I've run several flatland marathons and have always wanted to try the P.Peak marathon. I live for challenges!

Almost died in a hail storm in last years' Ascent, but nothing will keep me from coming back! Year after year!!!

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Jim Wahl -- Age: 59 -- Dayton, OH

Working toward marathon #250

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Gary Ward -- Age: 40 -- Hacienda Heights, CA

I've hiked to the top of many mountains, including Mt. Whitney 4 times, and I have finished 6 marathons. Running and hiking are my 2 passions. Why not combine the two for the ultimate challenge: the Pike's Peak Marathon?

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Christa A Warner -- Age: 38 -- Saint Louis, MO

The most awesome experience ever!

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Michael Watson -- Age: 32 -- Austin, TX

I finished the Axcent last year and knew right then that I wanted to do the Marathon

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Seth A Webb -- Age: 35 -- Fort Collins, CO

It's been five years since my first pikes peak marathon--time to challenge myself again!

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Frank P Weibel -- Age: 64 -- Ankeny, IA

Have done the Ascent for many years; time to get back to the marathon.

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Norma J Weiser -- Age: 52 -- Topeka, KS

my friends are,we just did the wild west relay

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Angela M White -- Age: 34 -- Colorado Springs, CO

It has always been on my list of things to accomplish!

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Deborah K White -- Age: 52 -- Piedmont, SC

It's my 13th marathon. I believe it will be my hardest to date.

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Kenneth W White -- Age: 61 -- Manchester Township, NJ

A good challange for my 60th year to improve my health. I've tried to get in the last 3 years.

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Chase B Whitney -- Age: 26 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Beat my brother

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Bob Wicoff -- Age: 55 -- Houston, TX

I visit Woodland Park every summer, hike up the Peak every summer.

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Stephanie L Wiecks -- Age: 59 -- Palmer Lake, CO

It is my focus for my fitness training and proving that fibromyalgia does not control my life

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Kathy Wilkinson -- Age: 47 -- Billings, MT

This will be my 50 marathon and I wanted a challenge.

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Mike Wilkinson -- Age: 34 -- Aurora, CO

Just for the excitement of the challenge.

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Jerry Williamson -- Age: 40 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Celebrating my 40th birthday - intend to finish alive and on time

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Michael Witham -- Age: 35 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Because Im alive

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Sabrina J Witt -- Age: 30 -- Colorado Springs, CO

Did the Ascent last year and watched the marathon. If you're going to go up you might as well come down.

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Julia A Wolffe -- Age: 47 -- Jonestown, TX

It is beautiful there.

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Carrie Young -- Age: 45 -- Bloomington, IL

To complete a marathon in Colorado

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