Category: Athlete Profiles

50 Marathons, 50 States: Broomfield Man Says Accomplishment Is More About Journey Than Finish

50 Marathons, 50 States: Broomfield Man Says Accomplishment Is More About Journey Than Finish

January 26, 2015 |

If a 26.2 mile run seems like a lot of effort, try running 1,310 miles. That’s the total for Broomfield resident Skip Partridge after he completed a marathon in all 50 states. An avid runner since his early 20s, Partridge, now 56, said he didn’t set out to complete any specific goal, but has thoroughly […]

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Coach-Athlete Bond Key For Running Success

Coach-Athlete Bond Key For Running Success

January 26, 2015 |

Sean Nesbitt is 40, but he wore the sheepish look of a kid making a confession. He stood chatting with coach Mark Coogan after showing the former Boulder Olympic marathoner and his squad of New Balance professional runners the course for the Feb. 7 USA cross country championships. “When I was 16, I went to […]

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Catching Up With Colorado Ultra Runner Gavin McKenzie

Catching Up With Colorado Ultra Runner Gavin McKenzie

January 26, 2015 |

I first met Gavin McKenzie last August up in Leadville, Colorado. It was a few days before the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and the town was packed with athletes. I was meeting my friend Kendrick Callaway for a long weekend of running in the Sawatch Mountains on the famed Nolan’s 14 course. Kendrick had arranged […]

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Amy Begley, 2008 Olympian, on her new job at the Atlanta Track Club Head Coach

Amy Begley, 2008 Olympian, on her new job at the Atlanta Track Club Head Coach

January 24, 2015 |

The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago.  The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, as head coach of the […]

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Boulder’s Tyler McCandless Wants Win, Olympic Trials ‘A’ Standard at 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Boulder’s Tyler McCandless Wants Win, Olympic Trials ‘A’ Standard at 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

January 22, 2015 |

Pennsylvania native Tyler McCandless, with a marathon personal record of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, will headline the men’s field at the 7th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. The 2015 event, set for Sunday, May 3, offers a $135,000 prize purse, including American bonuses totaling $40,500. “I’m training to try and win Pittsburgh with a time […]

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Interview with Heather Utrata

Interview with Heather Utrata

January 22, 2015 |

For the longest time, Heather Utrata was a Denver-area road running favorite. She won a lot of races – some competitive and some not – including two straight Colfax Marathons (2009 + 2010). She was nominated for the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year award in 2012, the same year that she set her personal best […]

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Exclusive Athlete Interview: Andy Wacker

Exclusive Athlete Interview: Andy Wacker

[ 0 ] January 10, 2015 |

We are (perhaps literally) kicking off the 2015 year of Colorado Runner Exclusive Athlete Interviews with Boulder’s Andy Wacker. Seen kicking through the finish line tape at such high profile races as the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver and Chicago Half Marathons, Wacker’s exciting finisher antics shouldn’t distract you from his talent and drive to […]

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Colorado’s Female Olympic Trials Marathoners Call for Time Standard Changes

Colorado’s Female Olympic Trials Marathoners Call for Time Standard Changes

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015 |

100 men have qualified for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials. 151 women have qualified. What do Colorado’s female trials qualifiers think about this disparity?  Colorado Runner chatted with some of these runners to learn their opinions. The exact question posed to the below Olympic trials qualifiers was: The 2012 trials had an even greater disparity […]

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5 Colorado Coaches Recall Inspiring Performances from 2014

5 Colorado Coaches Recall Inspiring Performances from 2014

[ 0 ] January 3, 2015 |

Brad Hudson, Mark Misch, Lee Troop, Brad Wann, and Greg Weich are five Colorado running coaches at varying levels of the sport. Colorado Runner polled each of these coaches about what 2014 performances they found most inspiring. Their responses are highlighted below. Brad Hudson, coach at Hudson Training Systems. Coach Hudson was quick to praise […]

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Colorado Runner’s Favorite Athlete Interview Responses of 2014

Colorado Runner’s Favorite Athlete Interview Responses of 2014

[ 0 ] December 28, 2014 |

2014 has certainly been a good year for Colorado athletes.  Stevie Kremer has continued her international success with big wins at races like the Zegama Marathon in Spain, the 2014 Matterhorn Ultraks 46K and Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland.  Adriana Nelson represented Colorado well at the 118th Boston Marathon with a top three American female finish.  We watched Boulder’s Darcy Piceu […]

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Interview with 2:13 marathoner Pat Rizzo

Interview with 2:13 marathoner Pat Rizzo

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

Pat Rizzo is one of our favorite Colorado pros.  He’s run as fast as 2:13 for the marathon, moved from Boulder to Colorado Springs this year, and is outspoken about doping and his own frequent drug tests.  We chatted with Pat about all of this. Pat, you’re in Colorado Springs now.  How does it compare […]

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Max King, World Champion at 100K, AR 100K, The RunBlogRun Interview, by Sarah Barker

Max King, World Champion at 100K, AR 100K, The RunBlogRun Interview, by Sarah Barker

[ 0 ] December 7, 2014 |

Max King may be the most versatile runner in the U.S. In 2012, the guy was sixth in the U.S. Olympic Trials steeplechase in 8:31. He has run a 2:14:36 marathon, and has made multiple World Cross Country teams.    RunBlogRun asked Sarah Barker to interview Max King on his newest win: the World 100k […]

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Exclusive Athlete Interview: Kristen Arendt

Exclusive Athlete Interview: Kristen Arendt

[ 0 ] October 25, 2014 |

Colorado native Kristen Arendt has tried living elsewhere, but the allure and draw of the Colorado mountains and running epicenter brought her quickly back.  The Newton Running Elite member knows that’s one of the keys to her success, for her the “combination of the stellar places to run and the great community of runners…altitude and mountains” provide the […]

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[Audio] Interview with Steve Jones (Winner of 1984 & 1985 Chicago Marathon)

[Audio] Interview with Steve Jones (Winner of 1984 & 1985 Chicago Marathon)

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

Steve Jones was the first marathoner to set a World Record at the Chicago Marathon. In October 1984, in his second marathon attempt, Steve Jones, an RAF jet technician, broke the world record of Rob De Castella by thirteen seconds. In 1983, Steve Jones hurt his leg the night before the race, and at sixteen […]

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[Audio] Interviews with Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg at DN Galan Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

[Audio] Interviews with Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg at DN Galan Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014 |

Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg were a fun interview at the DN Galan. Coburn set the AR in Glasgow and Fougberg set the Swedish record in the same race. Last weekend, Charlotta Fougberg, representing Sweden, charged to the front and nearly won the European Championships steeplechase, taking the silver. Two fine athletes, on the cusps […]

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Stockholm Diaries: [Audio] Interview with Jenny Simpson at DN Galan Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Diaries: [Audio] Interview with Jenny Simpson at DN Galan Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014 |

Jenny Simpson did this interview with me after the big interview with Abeba Aregawi, Sifan Hassan and Mehta Bafta.  Simpson is back from a month of training as she ran a fine 3:57.22 in the 1,500 meters on 5 July 2014 in Paris, France.   The grand experiment is: how does one come back from […]

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Exclusive Athlete Interview: Sage Canaday

Exclusive Athlete Interview: Sage Canaday

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Sage Canaday doesn’t really need an introduction.  His running endeavors and accomplishments span across the country and even the world.  From top finishes in many of running’s hardest races (like his recent Speedgoat 50K win), to his work in the field as an author and filmmaker at V02max Productions, Canaday is well known in the industry. […]

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Coburn wins second USATF Athlete of the Week after setting American Record

Coburn wins second USATF Athlete of the Week after setting American Record

[ 0 ] July 17, 2014 |

Emma Coburn has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Glasgow Diamond League meet on Saturday, July 12. Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) continued her dominance in the event by etching her name in the American record books, finishing second in 9:11.42 and breaking former […]

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Your adidas Moment: Yohan Blake Likes to Win

Your adidas Moment: Yohan Blake Likes to Win

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

When Yohan Blake won the 2011 World Champs, after Usain Bolt was DQed from the 100 meters, his life changed forever. The year 2011 saw two golds: at the 100 meters and in the 4 x 100 meter relays.   In 2012, Yohan Blake took silver medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and a […]

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Your adidas moment: Pascal Martinot Lagarde interviewed pre-Meeting AREVA by Larry Eder

Your adidas moment: Pascal Martinot Lagarde interviewed pre-Meeting AREVA by Larry Eder

[ 0 ] July 12, 2014 |

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is the silver medalist at the 60 meter hurdles from the 2014 World Indoors. Up until Lausanne on July 3, Martinot-Lagarde had a PB at 110m hurdles of 13.12. Then, on July 3, Pascal ran 13.06 for the win in a finely raced hurdle race. With Martinot-Lagarde’s success, the MEETING AREVA team put […]

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Your adidas Moment: Blanka Vlasic interview pre-Meeting AREVA with Larry Eder, RunBlogRun

Your adidas Moment: Blanka Vlasic interview pre-Meeting AREVA with Larry Eder, RunBlogRun

[ 0 ] July 11, 2014 |

In what started as an ordinary interview, Blanka Vlasic responded to my questions and those of my colleagues at the AREVA Meeting Press conference day with a depth of emotion not seen nor heard from the Croatian star.    Blanka Vlasic is one of the superstars of the sport. As she was moving to that […]

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Exclusive Athlete Interview: Dan Spale

Exclusive Athlete Interview: Dan Spale

[ 0 ] July 3, 2014 |

There’s just something about a runner that’s been pounding the pavement for longer than some athletes have been alive that makes people turn heads – especially one that can keep up with the running’s upper ranks.  Dan Spale is just that runner.  The 57-year old Runners Roost athlete has been running for 32 years, just […]

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Exclusive Athlete Interview: Kara Lubieniecki

Exclusive Athlete Interview: Kara Lubieniecki

[ 0 ] June 10, 2014 |

Each and every runner has their own quirks and preferences, and Kara Lubieniecki is no different.  The Colorado native that races for the Saucony Hurricanes and Hudson Training Systems Elite teams knows that her success is based off the joy she receives by training with others: “I draw my inspiration from the people I run […]

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Leo Manzano: An American love story, Part 2/2, The Business of Running, by Max Lockwood

Leo Manzano: An American love story, Part 2/2, The Business of Running, by Max Lockwood

[ 0 ] June 5, 2014 |

  Leo Manzano is an Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meters. That, is a fact. Leo Manzano won the Nike International Mile at the Pre Classic on Saturday, May 31, 2014, showing that Leo Manzano is a fine miler with a dangerous kick.    Max Lockwood, in his two part feature on Leo Manzano […]

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Leo Manzano: An American love story, by Max Lockwood, Part 1/2

Leo Manzano: An American love story, by Max Lockwood, Part 1/2

[ 0 ] June 5, 2014 |

      Max Lockwood wrote this two part series on Leo Manzano for RunBlogRun.com. The Olympic silver medalist takes his role as a Mexican American role model very seriously. A thoughtful interview, Manzano with a hard work ethic, a quick sense of humor,  and a kick that can be deadly, Manzano has had many […]

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