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Race Report: 2013 Turkey Rock Trot 5K


We’ve been running the Turkey Trot in Castle Rock as a family since 2007.  It has been a great tradition for us.  I can’t believe how seven years has flown by in so many ways.





So thankful to be a Dad to such great kids.

I put a good effort into my race, but just couldn’t turn the legs over as fast as I would have liked.  Probably has something to do with the 24 miler I ran on Monday, or the 20 miles on Tuesday, or 22 yesterday.  At the very least I wanted to get a sub-7 average and managed that with a 6:58, but my heart rate only averaged 165.  Sure sign of tired legs.

It was a great way to start the day.

2013 14er Trip – Day Four

The party’s nearly over.  This was our final summit of the week, just an easy hike up Mt. Sherman before doing the LT100 night run later in the evening.

Crossing the meadow just after leaving the cars was a fantastic trip through the flowers.  I’ve never seen so many Columbine in one spot.




Sherman is a very unimpressive looking summit for a 14er. It’s tough to get a respectable shot of it, but I was happy with the morning light and made the most of this one.


The whole mountain is a giant pile of fractured rock.


With a nice view of Leadville and Turquoise Lake down below.


Saturday morning during Boom Days (Leadville’s town celebration) is a busy time to be on such an accessible mountain.


One last pika.


Then as we were close to being finished, Malcolm spotted this cool hummingbird moth and I was able to get a quick shot off before it darted away.


Due to work and other responsibilities, this trip almost did not happen. I am so glad we pushed through the challenges and made it materialize. It was an amazing way to spend a slice of the summer with my son up in the Colorado high country.

2013 14er Trip – Day Three

From our home-base in Leadville, day three was a bit of a haul. We decided to head further south in an attempt to get out of the rainy weather. Shavano and Tabeguache were on the menu today. Our usual 4:30 wakeup got us down near the trailhead in time for another spectacular sunrise.


The trail rolls for a short while before becoming yet another steep grunt up through the trees. As many times as I do these hikes, I still shake my head at the size and steepness of these mountains sometimes. Soon we passed through a massive area of blown-down trees. I remembered reading about it a few years ago, and it was impressive to see up close.


Once we passed treeline, the trail became a straightforward ascent up to a small pass.



From the pass it was a few hundred vertical feet to the summit.



From the summit of Shavano we dropped to another saddle and made the climb up to Tabeguache. Took shots of the ‘summit monkeys’


and then a couple more…


On the hike back to Shavano, a photo opportunity presented itself. The ensuing exchange highlighted the difference between my son just wanting a quick snapshot, and me planning the cover shoot of Outside magazine or something. Hey, I carried that big camera over all these mountains – I might as well get some good use out of it!

MB: Dad, will you take a picture of me up on those rocks?
CB: Sure! Let’s see, I should get over there for the best light, maybe up a little higher for the horizon, you should stand there, look like this, and …, and …
MB: Well, it doesn’t have to be awesome. Err, at least not up to your level of awesome!

Hey, I’m cool with semi-awesome if you are.

I gotta say, Malcolm was a great sport with all of my picture taking during our hikes.


The nice weather allowed us to linger for a while when we returned back to the Shavano summit. Much to the delight of some curious marmots.


This ninja-squirrel demonstrated some cool moves.


Then it was all about getting back to the car.


A huge dumper of a thunderstorm unloaded on us with about a mile to go. All of a sudden the tired-leg plodding pace at the end of a long hike turned into an all-out run back to shelter. It was a great way to finish.