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Local child on a mission at Chasing Santa walk/run

The Chasing Santa 5K Race & Family Fun Walk/Run may not have begun, but the reason why 8-year-old Harley Rose, dressed as Cindy Lou Who, was there had nothing to do with some Saturday morning exercise with ehr motehr Margarita, who was dressed as The Grinch.

“I think he’s going to be here,” she said in a near-whisper. “I’m still waiting to see him.”

He is…

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Added by Joe Paisley on December 1, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

Young, Bar finish strong to claim men's and women's Fall Series crowns

Robby Young and Clare Bar left no doubt who would be the men’s and women’s Fall Series overall winners.

Young, 27, of Colorado Springs, won the 32nd Pikes Peak Road Runners Palmer Park seven-mile race men’s title in an unofficial 46 minutes, 51 seconds Sunday afternoon, completing a sweep of all four races in the annual series. Bar won her second race in the series finale to claim the women’s overall championship in her first attempt.

“My husband told me this was the…

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Added by Joe Paisley on November 11, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Grand Prix long series champs cruise at Pumpkin Races

Winning tastes sweet whether it is your 11th time, like men’s Grand Prix of Running Long Series winner Gerald Romero or first-time women’s overall champion Brianne Pierson.

“It’s exciting,” said Pierson, 33, who had won her age group in years past but never the overall title. “I won at the Sailin’ Shoes and ran a fast Top 10 so I knew I was in good shape coming in. I ran a tough half-marathon last weekend but I PR’ed this course so I am real happy with how I ran.”

Pierson’s…

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Added by Joe Paisley on October 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Seventh-grader schools father to win women's Fall Series opener

Kayli Tabares, 13, was proud of beating her father by seven seconds; even more so because doing so paced her to what will likely be the first of many women’s overall titles in the opening race of the Pikes Peak Road Runners Fall Series.

“I started out fast because I knew I needed to keep pace with him,” the seventh grader at Russell Middle School said, who won in 29 minutes, 10 seconds. “I knew when I reached the creek with him I would be in position.”

“It’s pretty awesome,”…

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Added by Joe Paisley on September 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ascent notebook: Dynamic volunteer keeps the porta potty line moving

Barb Calder-Durbin of Lincoln, Neb. has perhaps the biggest responsibility of any volunteer at this weekend’s Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. She makes sure every racer has a chance to pee before the start of the race.

With a line a block long, competitors begin to worry they may miss the start. Calder-Durbin, a volunteer at the races since 1995, makes sure, very sure,…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Nomadic runner Rickey Gates has seen the world, one mountain at a time

In a Pikes Peak Ascent competition full of distinguished runners, Windy Creek, Colo. native Rickey Gates, 31, the men’s runner-up on Saturday, stood out for both his achievements and his unusual racing experiences.

The 2008 U.S. champion in trail running and mountain running and five-time member of the national mountain running team (2006-10) holds the distinction of…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Delaney savors victory after a painful Ascent

PIKES PEAK ASCENT RESULTS HERE

Jason Delaney felt the joy of victory. He already knew the pain of running the 2012 Pikes Peak Ascent all too well.

The Golden resident won the men’s race up America’s Mountain in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds for his first victory in his third…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Quick start forces men's winner to pick up pace early

Boulder's Sean Quigley needed to make a fast decision: start out quicker than planned or wait for the early pace-setter to fall back to the pack.

Quigley, 27, and four other runners, including runner-up Sean Brown, 24, of Colorado Springs and third-place finisher Matt Tebo, 23, of Boulder, chose to attack during the Classic 10K and Circle of Hope Run on Saturday morning.

“I was hoping to pick up the pace a little later but one guy went out ahead after one mile,” Quigley said of…

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Added by Joe Paisley on July 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Roundup runners pleased to be back in familiar groove

Competitors were just happy to be able to run in the 13th installment of the Summer Roundup Trail Run 12-kilomter race Sunday in southwest Colorado Springs after the cancellation of the upcoming Barr Trail Mountain Race due to the recent Waldo Canyon Fire.

“It’s important to the racing community,” said local running icon Gerard Romero. “I was really glad…

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Added by Joe Paisley on July 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Men's masters champ surprised by strong finish

Neal Oseland did not know what to expect while competing in the 13th running of the Summer Roundup Trail Run. It certainly was not leaving with a gold-colored trophy as the men’s masters age group champion.

 “I really ripped up by calves at the Garden of the Gods (10-Mile Run) run last month so I was more worried about finishing,” the 2001 triathlon world…

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Added by Joe Paisley on July 8, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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