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Thursday, August 1,2013

At home in the trees

A recreational tree climb changes pace and perspective

By Stephen Kasica
Fifty feet above the ground in one of the Red Oak trees at Chautauqua Park, I’m dangling like a spider suspended from its silk. I pant, grunt and pull myself up another foot, and I’m only half way to the top of the tree. Suddenly, the other rope next to me goes taut and I hear a rhythmic grunting and clanking below.
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Thursday, May 2,2013

Giving it more than 110 percent

In seven-day endurance relay, Jay Rawlings 'went the extra mile'

By Stephen Kasica
Rawlings´ route from Barstow, Calif., to Las Vegas was originally 183 miles long, but became 205 miles due to an unexpected, impassable, 4x4-only road causing the relay to take a day-long detour.
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Thursday, April 25,2013

More than a foot race

Jay Rawlings walked himself into shape to complete seven marathons in seven days in an MS fundraiser

By Stephen Kasica
On Monday, April 22, ultrarunner and Boulderite Jay Rawlings took his first steps in a 180-mile, seven-day endurance relay that will see him running the equivalent of a marathon a day for a week. Less than a month before standing at the starting line, he was not able to run a mile without walking.
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Thursday, February 7,2013

Running out of sight

Michael Stone on his first road marathon ‘blind’

By Stephen Kasica
Stone was born with vision, but never had perfect eyesight. For most of his adult life he has just read his phone extremely close to his face. It was not until Sept. 8, 2003 — a day he says he will never forget — that an optometrist diagnosed him and his younger brother with a genetic disease called Cone-Rod Dystrophy.
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Thursday, January 10,2013

Still running: Documentary retells history of women’s marathon record-setter

By Stephen Kasica
After the 50-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson ran a sub-2:50 marathon in the 2008 Olympic Trials, she announced that she was “retiring.” However, a former Olympic champion still logging more than 50 miles each week does not simply stop running.
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Thursday, January 3,2013

Ice in their veins

Boulder ice climbers share stories and explain the appeal of climbing backcountry ice

By Stephen Kasica
They say every scar has a story to tell, and in ice climbing, a sport which requires its athletes to wear 24 sharp points on their feet while wielding an axe in each hand when suspended high above the ground, climbers often have more than a few of both scars and stories.
Thursday, December 20,2012

Bike underpass echoes

Boulder choir carols traditionally with atypical arrangements

By Stephen Kasica
There are probably few choir groups that have ever performed with such emotion that they evoked tears from their audience, but in December 2010, caroler Debbie Giallombardo remembers a woman almost brought to tears by what she was singing on the Pearl Street Mall.
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Thursday, November 29,2012

A tale of two runners

Boulder ultramarathon athletes Sage Canaday and Cameron Clayton finally face each other to conclude the 2012 season in San Francisco

By Stephen Kasica
One was a collegiate runner from the East. One was a collegiate runner from the West. One was showered in champagne at the end of his first ultramarathon, while the other received five stitches after his ultramarathon debut.
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Thursday, October 25,2012

´Choose Your Adventure´ is a globe-trotting character study with plenty of action

The eighth film from Powderwhore Productions offers a wide range of stories from the back of beyond

By Stephen Kasica
Choose Your Adventure, the latest release from Wasatch-based Powderwhore Productions, is a skiing variety show.
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Thursday, October 18,2012

Ultra-Cameron: CU-Boulder runner dives into ultramarathons

By Stephen Kasica
Before dawn on Sept. 15, more than 25 runners were missing from the sixth annual Run Rabbit Run 50 Mile’s starting line in Steamboat Springs. By the time the final runner finished at 10:20 p.m., many more would have wished they had also just slept in that morning.
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