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    by Published on 01-10-2012 08:24 AM
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    Laura Thweatt may be hands-down one of the best runners in Colorado that you might not have heard of…yet. But without a doubt you’ll be hearing plenty more from her as she has already established herself at both a national and international level following a stellar race at December’s USATF Club Cross Country Championships where she placed 6th, thus qualifying her to represent the USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country race in Edinburgh, Scotland last weekend. Along with American teammates Neely Spence, Ali Williams, Jamie Cheever, Betzy Jimenez, Katie Dicamillo, Bethany Nickless and Maggie Infeld, she was the team’s second finisher behind Spence, 10th place overall, and helped the U.S. senior women’s team to their 2nd place team title. All of this less than one year after wrapping up her college running career at the University of Colorado. It was her first race in a USA singlet, and it‘s not likely to be her last. ...
    by Published on 01-09-2012 11:12 AM
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    Yeti Chase 5K & 10K
    January 28, 2012

    Last year, the Yeti Chase 5K and 10k sold out in just 7 weeks. This year, we've bumped up our entry limit by 250 racers and we are already nearly 70 percent full.

    The Yeti Chase is one of the Denver area's must-do events! This 5k/10k run is conveniently located on the scenic west side of metro Denver, Bear Creek Lake Park is known for it's diverse bird and waterfowl population as well as stunning views of the foothills.

    The 5k and 10k races wander it's 2500 acres with a mostly flat 5K course, while the 10k throws in a few rolling hills. This race offers something for everyone, with technical shirts for all participants, hot chocolate and other yummy post-race food, a fantastic sponsor gear drawing, and $800 prize money for the top finishers!

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    by Published on 01-09-2012 10:04 AM
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    BEAVER CREEK, Colo.—Jan. 9, 2012—The 2012 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series kicked off Sunday afternoon in Beaver Creek’s Creekside Park. Josiah Middaugh and Carrie Zografos claimed first place Sunday in the men’s and women’s Cadillac 10K divisions and Brian Welch and Jennie Thorne took first place in the men’s and women’s East West Resorts 5K Quest divisions.

    Josiah Middaugh was awarded the Cadillac 10K title, clocking in a winning time of 53:26, followed closely by Merrell athlete Travis Macy with a time of 53:57. Alex Nichols took third place in the Cadillac 10K with a time of 54:17.

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    by Published on 01-08-2012 06:15 PM
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    With the Olympic trials marathon just a week away, most of the state's top runners were enduring a taper week. With few racing options, the rest of us weren't doing much either. There was Colorado representation at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country race, the Disney Marathon, Texas' Bandera 100K, and of course locally at the Lake Arbor 5K though. Top finishers in each of these races are highlighted below. ...
    by Published on 01-07-2012 09:34 PM  Number of Views: 1078 
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    If you've spent enough time on the Colorado road racing scene, chances are you've probably seen him. Colorado Springs native Adam Rich is a familiar sight at the front of the pack of many of local road races throughout the state. At 5 foot 10 with his size 13 feet, and his extremely short, quick stride, you usually can't miss him whether ...
    by Published on 01-06-2012 07:39 AM

    Who's your favorite trials qualifier from Colorado? Articles and interviews are flying so fast in advance of the January 14 trials that it's hard to keep up with all of them. Here are the ones from Colorado runners that I was able to find, but surely there are more. Link up what I've missed in the comments section and share your well wishes to the state's best marathoners.
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 12:23 PM  Number of Views: 3489 
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    On Sundays I like to venture out for a long run wearing my #15 Broncos jersey and I really needed a pair of shoes to complete the ensemble. I searched high and low until I found a pair of shoes that would work, the New Balance RC 1400.

    I'm not being completely honest with you, I don't even own a Broncos jersey and if I did own one it would be Eric Decker's.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 06:11 PM
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    On Saturday, January 28th the Boulder Running Company will be teaming up with New Balance and local sponsors Naked Pizza and The Avery Brewing Company to put on the annual cross-country style Fast and Flurry-ous 4 miler. Race start is 9 a.m. for the women and 10 a.m. for the men. The spectator friendly 2k grass loop will be located near Fairview High School at Harlow Platts Community Park.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 09:44 AM
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    December 9th 2011

    Time to head to the airport to meet up with the team and head out to Seattle. It was hard to believe it had already been a year since the last Club Cross Country National Championships. This year the goal for the women was the same as the previous, capture the team title. After being dethroned last year by a tough McMillian Elite team it was time to try and reclaim the glory. For the men, the goal was the same with one of the deepest squads ever on both the men and women sides these goals were definitely within reach. The men however would have to take on reigning champs McMillian Elite which once again had a loaded team. Both squads had enough people to make both an A and B team. Making the trip for the men were Ian Burrell, Scott Dahlberg, Matt Levassiur, Greg Reindl, Adam Rich, Michael Chavez, Loren Ahonen, Dan Roberts, Sean Brown, Robby Young, Jay Luna, Peter Remien and Ryan Hafer. For the women it was Alisha Williams, Nicole Feest, Kristen Nichols, Wendy Thomas, Cassie Slade, Rachael Gioscia-Ryan, Stephanie Bylander, Lori Walker, Shannon Payne, Adrian Chouinard, Ashley Birger and Sara Young. Missing from the womens team was last years number one runner, Tera Moody.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 05:23 PM  Number of Views: 6282 
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    Anyone who meets Colorado Springs runner Tommy Neal will always remember him for his absolutely (and sometimes annoyingly) bottomless energy and downright ridiculous sense of humor. Having qualified last summer for the marathon Trials a week and half away, those attributes may arguably be two of his finest as they grant him his abilities to be ever chomping at the bit for another energy sapping task, and to always be at the ready with a joke for even the most discouraging situation. On his road to the Trials, those characteristics have come in pretty handy.

    Hailing from just outside the tiny town of Leeton, MO where his parents operated a small beef farm where he and his two older brothers helped out throughout their younger days, Neal has from the get-go never been a stranger to hard work. That work ethic would unknowingly come in handy in the future when Neal would take up running.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 05:22 PM
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    It looks like the Hot Chocolate 15K has dropped their planned Denver race, but don't fret, new races are filling in the 2012 calendar and a few look especially interesting. ...
    by Published on 01-03-2012 11:42 AM
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    I generally pride myself on creating unique content, but will make an exception in this case. I also don't often pick up a copy of the free Competitor Magazine, but strolled past a rack with the current issue and saw the below profile of Fort Collins and Runner Roost team member Steve Folkerts. The sub-2:30 marathoner is set to enter the master's ranks.

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    by Published on 12-29-2011 11:38 AM  Number of Views: 2371 
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    "This shoe inspires speed," reads the Newton.com website. After using their new racing flat off and on throughout my recent marathon training cycle, I completely agree. The MV2 (pronounced MV squared) combines the benefits of all Newton shoes - their natural running technology that encourages a forefoot strike - with a zero heel-to-toe drop and a lightweight flat. And because of that, the shoe is winner and stands out as one of my favorite racing flats.
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    by Published on 12-29-2011 08:21 AM  Number of Views: 1953 
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    If you want to make your friends laugh, show up to a group run wearing a pair of moccasins. You'll get some strange looks and "are those moccasins?"

    Soft Star Shoes has been in business for 25 years making high quality handcrafted moccasins that mimic barefoot running. The folks at Soft Star sent me a pair of RunAmoc moccasins, their most popular style.
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    by Published on 12-23-2011 04:11 AM  Number of Views: 2122 
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    For the past decade, Nuta Olaru has been one of Colorado's fastest female marathoners. In 2004, she ran 2:24 to finish 2nd at the Chicago Marathon, and competed at the Olympics that same year. More recently, in 2009, she was 2nd at the Houston Marathon in 2:27. Now at age 41, she ran 2:37 for a third-place finish at the Cal International Marathon earlier this month. Having just become a U.S. citizen, she tells us that she plans to be back racing in Houston next month and shares her thoughts on citizenship, aging, and sponsorships. ...
    by Published on 12-22-2011 06:26 AM
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    Last week when we posted the USATF Colorado 2012 state championship calendar, the first thing most noticed was the lack of a 5K championship. Simply, no 5Ks applied. Each race likely has their own reasons for this, be it not wanting to exclude non-U.S. citizens from the prize money, not wanting to pay significant prize money, and/or not wanting to pay the USATF Colorado fee to host a state championship. Certainly there are costs to hosting a state championship, and their are benefits. The races will have a more competitive field, generate more press, and have share the prestige of being a state championships. ...
    by Published on 12-21-2011 08:17 AM
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    RunColo ranks the year's best. As always, what are your thoughts on this list? What'd we miss, and how would you shuffle these top performances? ...
    by Published on 12-20-2011 08:32 AM
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    As almost every runner in the greater Denver area is aware, Waterton Canyon has been closed for the majority of the last few years as Strontia Springs Reservoir has been dredged. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2011 11:10 AM
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    Colorado has several elite training groups, but none are as unique or ambitious as The Mancos Project. (Note: Mancos is a small town between Durango and Cortez in southwestern Colorado). The group, and the accompanying Team Earth Elite, will be led by Ben Hahn, a 14:14 5000m runner and 1:06:19 half marathoner from Pennsylvania. In addition to training and racing at an elite level, athletes will support the group's eco-friendly and sustainable living mission. In this interview, Hahn introduces us to the group's plans, reveals how they were brought to Mancos, and spills some of the fast times that expected team members have run. ...

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