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Pikes Peak Beer Mile

Peter Maksimow set the new standard of 8:30 for a beer mile on top of Pikes Peak!

Man on a Mission

In the chilly, pre-dawn hours of August 22nd, Colorado Springs’ Tim Gore will don his running gear, hydration pack, a plethora of Gu’s, and a headlamp, and join the roughly 400 other runners to embark on Leadville’s infamous 100 mile Race Across the Sky, and he’ll be a man on a mission. A familiar face among local Colorado Springs runners, the always-smiling Gore can be found directing local races geared toward supporting good local causes, as he is the president of the local Run With a Mission, and logging miles around town and in the mountains on his own time. But in his “other life” he can be found at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, acting as the Community Relations Director, responsible for helping hundreds of the Springs’ recovering addicts or homeless find ways to get back on–and stay on–their feet. Gore finds that he relates to those coming into the Mission, having spent the better part of his youth with his two siblings and his father–who was constantly following work from Tennessee to Illinois to Arkansas to Oklahoma, and

Trails Connect Us

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”      – Bilbo Baggins There is a trail that runs behind my house. It is a tame neighborhood gravel path that serves joggers, kids on bikes, parents pushing baby carriers, dogs on leashes and the occasional rabbit, deer or coyote. If I follow that trail up the hill and down the other side it connects to another trail, more popular, that leads to Garden of the Gods, the towers of red rock you can see all the way from the other side of town. If I had the energy and time, that trail behind my house could take me into forests, to mountain tops and through green meadows of wild flowers. As Bilbo said, you have to be careful about starting off on a journey because you don’t know where you will end up. While I usually travel these trails alone, it is when I run or ride them with others that I really remember the journey. The shared experience, traveling with others and seeing the trail through their eyes, somehow makes it more real, more alive. Those shared adventures are powerful. Many times while I am running a trail alone, I am remembering the times I was on that same trail with friends. Trail races are like that, too. Lining up at the start of a race is an adventure with friends, people you

Pikes Peak Ascent

Saturday is the 60th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent. It is one of the largest trail races in the country with over 2000 runners entered. We will run the first mile on the streets of Manitou Springs before getting onto the singletrack of Barr Trail. 13.32 miles and 7,815 ft of vertical. Hundreds of volunteers will refill our bottles, hand out food, and cheer us on at the 8 aid stations located at famous points along the trail: Incline, No-Name Creek, Bob’s, Barr Camp, A-Frame, Cirque. These are also our lap markers where we try to match splits with Matt Carpenter’s famous Pikes Peak Calculator. We will always run that second half slower than Matt thinks we should. Many racers will start out too fast, believing a fast time on the W’s (the lower portion of the trail with endless switchbacks) will bank them time for the higher elevations. They will be wrong. They will become death-march zombies taking the trudge of shame above treeline. There is no turning back, no easy out, no shuttle bus to pick up

Behind the Scenes with Tim Gore

Continuing our journey with Tim Gore and his 100 miles with a mission, we got to go behind the scenes with him and KKTV at his latest training run up the manitou incline. He talks about the race, the reason, and the recipient. You can support his mission and read more here: http://www.springsrescuemission.org/sponsor-tim

Telluride Mountain Run

Erik Skaggs and Maria Petzold won the 38-mile race. Lee Finley-Blasi and Meredith Terranova won the Hill Climb. Here are the complete results of the 2015 Telluride Mountain Run and Hill Climb. Story to come!

#100mileswithamission

Have you heard of Tim Gore? He is running the Leadville 100 with a mission of raising $100,000 dollars for those affected by homelessness and addiction in Colorado Springs. We got to join him in thanking many of his donors on his latest training run and look forward to following his progress! You can find out more and contribute here: http://www.springsrescuemission.org/sponsor-tim

Barr Trail Mountain Race

The 2015 Barr Trail Mountain Race in Manitou Springs, CO, featured an amazing come-from-behind victory by Andy Wacker. Having set his alarm for PM instead of AM (who hasn’t done that before?) he arrived at the start line 7 minutes late, but still managed to pass everyone in the field to cross the line first. The finish did have some additional controversy, when a volunteer course worker directed the first few runners down Barr to finish, instead of down Ruxton Avenue. This resulted in Wacker making the pass for the lead in the final yards when the leader turned down Hydro Street instead of continuing on to the finish line. Wacker initially followed him, but realized his mistake and corrected first. Results