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Random Facts: A-Z (Thank you NATPLUMMER)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A. Age: 54

B. Bed size: King

C. Chore that you hate: Scooping Dog Poop

D. Dogs: Beagle named Lucas

E. Essential start to your day: Very Strong Coffee

F. Favorite color: Red

G. Gold or Silver: Gold

H. Height: 6'1"

I. Instruments you play: Harmonica (Just one tune - "When the Saints Go Marching In")

J. Job title: IT Security Risk Analyst

K. Kids: Five - Four boys and one girl

L. Live: Bailey, CO

M. Mother's name: Ellen

N. Nicknames: Bruno, Boo Boo, Unkie, Unkola, Wrinkie, Hoss, Bro, Dad, Accident Waiting to Happen

O. Overnight hospital stays: 2 years old - skin grafts from severe burns; 3 years old - Dog Attack (72 stitches in face); 6 years old - Complications from Tonsillectomy; 16 years old - Broken bones and internal injuries from auto accident; 20 years old - Shattered ankle and internal injuries from mine accident; 22 years old - Internal bleeding, soft tissue damage, and perforated eardrum from mine explosion; 48 years old - Closed head injury, broken ribs, neck injury, and internal bleeding from skiing accident. (Total overnight hospital stays = 43)

P. Pet peeves: When somebody borrows your car and changes the radio presets!

Q. Quote from a movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Marion: "You're not the man I knew ten years ago."
Indiana Jones: " It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: One older and one younger brother

T. Tattoos & Piercings: None - but I got losts of scars!

U. Underwear: Briefs

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Kidney beans in chili - chili is why pinto beans were invented!

W. What makes you run late: I am easily distracted and lose track of time.

X. X-Rays you've had: Every square inch of my body! Many, many times!

Y. Yummy food that you make: Chili and Bread

Z. Zoo animal: I like squirrels - I noticed that the zoo doesn't keep them in cages

Totally random facts about me! Let me know if you fill this out, too!

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SLAPTHEFATCAT 2/27/2012 1:12PM

    Man, you get beat up a lot.

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STRIVER57 2/26/2012 11:48AM

    now that i've read O, i will stop suggesting that you be careful ... i think it's probably a lost cause. though enormous progress in your second quarter century ... 43 separate admissions lasting at least one night ? omg. hope Annette is enjoying (did enjoy) her family/friend/tutu run ... and that her cousin's doing better.

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ELYMWX 2/25/2012 11:15PM

    Holy crow, Bruce! Your accident-prone status seems to go back a long ways!

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LKEITHO 2/25/2012 9:43PM

    Wow! That's a lot of hospital time! Hope you can stay healthy and injury free for a long time now. I'll have to try filling this out.

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KKINNEA 2/25/2012 7:28PM

    Love it! Looks like "accident waiting to happen" may be a long term thing for you :) Love the Indiana Jones quote too!

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LMB-ESQ 2/25/2012 1:19PM

    Really... how are you still in one piece??? That description makes the calf tear less surprising!

Nice to know more about you... thanks for sharing!

Oh yeah... and thanks for giving me one more excuse to not write my paper... since now I have to go and do one of these too! emoticon

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HKARLSSON 2/25/2012 12:30PM

    Dang!!!! How are you still in one piece? Like the list, esp. about the kidney beans in chili. Blargh!!!! Kidney beans in chili is a crime!

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/25/2012 12:10PM

  Wow, to go through so many injuries and be a runner today and healthy is so inspirational! You really shout out there are no excuses and I love that.

I really liked letter Z answer. I also have a problem seeing animals in cages. Thanks for sharing. I feel so inspired to see what people overcome and DON'T use as excuses.

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2012 10:31AM

    I nearly went with Raiders: "For nearly 3000 years men have been searching for the Lost Ark. Itís not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. Itís like nothing youíve ever gone after before.Ē But I went with Superman the Movie instead ;-)
Yes, I much prefer pinto beans in my chili.

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CBAILEYC 2/25/2012 10:31AM

    Interesting nicknames! Nice to get to know you a bit more, Speedy!

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TOOTHFUL99 2/25/2012 8:54AM

    I think you rank right up there with Evil Kneivel for accidents! Wow!

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First Trail Races of 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mountain racing season is just around the corner! Just two months away! I already have two of my favorite races scheduled, which are the Long Scraggy and Lake George Flatlander. I have participated in both these races since they were first held.

Race 1: 4th Annual Long Scraggy

Saturday April 28th, 2012
Distance: 4.25 miles
Elevation: 7,900 feet
Maximum Grade: 25%
My Best Time: 42:56 @ 10:05 min/mile (2010)
My Best Finish: 5th

My friends, John and Lisa, are hosting the 4th Annual Long Scraggy Ranch Run. This course climbs 700 feet in first 1.2 miles. I want to get my pace into the solid 9 minutes per mile. The problem is that the first 1.2 miles takes a lot out of you.

Race 2: 3rd Annual Lake George Flatlander 5K (BTW, Not Flat)

Saturday May 5th, 2012
Distance: 5K
Elevation: 8,010 feet
Maximum Grade: 20%
My Best Time: 27:36 @ 8:52 min/mile (2010)
My Best Finish: 4th

Last year, I ran both the Long Scraggy and Lake George races with a sprained knee and was slower than 2010. If I can stay healthy, I think can be faster in 2012. With my level of clumsiness, staying healthy is a bigger challenge than racing!

Thanks for reading my blog.

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KAYZAKCX 2/24/2012 8:30PM

    Those races sound like a hoot.

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HAKAPES 2/24/2012 1:18AM

    That is motivating!

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LMB-ESQ 2/22/2012 10:32PM

    They look fun! Glad you're finally recovered enough to race!

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LKEITHO 2/22/2012 9:42PM

    Have a great time with them!

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PRETTYNPIT 2/22/2012 7:14PM

    I'm sure you'll have a ton of fun! Good luck and have a good time! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 2/22/2012 2:50PM

    Very cool! Sounds like fun. :)

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STRIVER57 2/22/2012 2:50PM

    good luck. and try to pay attention to where you step (speaking as a person still clumsier than you). enjoy!

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2012 2:44PM

    Yikes!! Look at those grades...whew!

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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/22/2012 2:05PM

    Sounds like two cracking races.

Wishing you every success with them and i also hope you have a ball.


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KKINNEA 2/22/2012 12:06PM

    These sounds like good times - I think you'll rock them both!

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/22/2012 11:58AM

    Wow those definitely sound challenging. Here's to exceeding your expectations!

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COOPAH 2/22/2012 11:35AM

    Wow dude...so running wasn't challenging enough, you had to decide to run up mountains!!! lol you're a friggin beast, go team you.

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CBAILEYC 2/22/2012 11:26AM

    Will you be hoopin' to work on your agility? Please do stay healthy and uninjured! I know you've been working hard to get back out there running again.

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Kettlebells, Spinning and Fighting a Cold

Sunday, February 19, 2012

PART 1: I Don't Do Exercise Classes

I have never been much interested in taking any kind of exercise class. Many years ago, when I last belonged to a gym, the only exercise class that was available was called Aerobics. Ninety percent of participants were women dancing to music dressed like Jane Fonda. Even 30 years ago, I had two left feet. I decided to pass on aerobic classes and stick with doing the aerobic weight circuits and stair climbers.

Back in the 1980s Jane Fonda was selling a bazillion aerobic VHS tapes. She even released her workout on vinyl records.

Ok, I am showing my age. The Jane Fonda era soured my view of group exercise. But last week all that changed. For the first time in my life I participated in group fitness classes. Things sure have changed. These classes were fun.

PART 2: Kettlebells

Kettlebells originated in Russia over 300 years ago and were first used as counterweights on market scales. The Russians measured trade goods in poods. A pood is equivalent to 16.38 kg, or 36.11 pounds. Kettlebells are still manufactured in poods. No one really knows when the Russians started throwing around Kettlebells for exercise. Suffice it to say, Kettlebells have been around for a while.

I started a new job in January. I now work in an office instead of being a road warrior. A guy at work, named Steve, is a Kettlebell instructor at a nearby fitness center. He talked me into taking a class and gave me a coupon for five free visits. I have not been able to run lately because the weather has really sucked. I needed to do something. I figured, "what the heck". I'd give it shot.

The guy with the blond hair is Steve.

On Monday, February 13th, I took my first Kettlebell class. I got there a little late and noticed that everybody was dressed like me. Jane Fonda spandex was no where to be seen. I got to tell you, I loved it! The class lasted 40 minutes and was brutal! Sweat poured off me! I kept up with the instructor by sheer force of will. This Kettlebell routine worked muscles I didn't even know I had!

On Wednesday, February 15th, I took another class. This second routine was quite different from the routine on Monday. I did get sore. But not too sore. I think there may be an infinitely number of different ways to workout with Kettlebells. I am hooked!

I bought a 26 and 35 pound Kettlebell from the fitness center. They have a trade-up program. Kettlebells cost $1.50 per pound. I can trade-in the 26 pound Kettlebell for a 44 pound Kettlebell just by paying for the 18 pound difference, which works out to $27. The fitness center gave me 10 more free visits because I bought two Kettlebells.

I need to get some new shoes for doing Kettlebells. Trying to balance on one leg while pressing a Kettlebell is tough to do on my nice cushy Nike Pegasus.

PART 3: Spinning

The Kettlebell class is only twice a week. I figured I would try spinning. On Friday, February 17th, I took a spinning class during lunch. I found this class really strange. Quite a few guys were wearing full team racing outfits. I did not have my cycling shorts, nor my cleated shoes with me. I will bring these items in the future. I was there early and asked the instructor how to set up the spinning machine.

This is a photo I got from the fitness center website.

Other than falling off my bike with startling frequency, I am a pretty decent mountain biker. I was determined to keep up with the spinning instructor. I can't remember much about the class. The instructor was a very fit and very young . His choice of music was horrible. I did everything he said. Things like "accelerate", "out of the saddle", "add resistance", back in the saddle", "80% effort", "full effort". This went on for an hour. Some participants took breaks.

I know that spinning is good for me. The intensity level is great. I plan to do spinning once a week. I really like the Kettlebells. I am hoping that this cross-training will make me a better runner.

PART 4: Fighting a Bad Cold

Friday night my throat started getting sore. By Saturday morning I had a full-fledged chest cold. This darn cold is going to put my new fitness activities on hold for a while. My wife was in a class all day Saturday. I was on my own. I rolled out my two secret weapons to fight a cold: Nuwati Herbals Healer Tea and chicken soup.

I have a great recipe for chicken soup that I got from a doctor. The soup really works.

Chicken soup recipe from Dr. Stephen Rennard, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center:

1 5 lb chicken
3 large onions
1 large sweet potato
3 parsnips
2 turnips
12 large carrots
6 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Clean chicken, put in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil.
Add onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots.
Boil for 1.5 hours. Skim fat off as develops.
Add parsley, celery and cook an additional 45 minutes.
Remove the chicken, put vegetables in a food processor, chop until very fine and add back into broth. Serve.

The soup tastes great and my entire family likes this soup very much. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of the key ingredients. As my wife was leaving for her class, I told I was going to go get ingredients. She said, "You need to stay home and keep your germs to yourself!" She was right, of course. So I did the best I could with what we had. Here is what I came up with:

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Red Potato
Yellow Potato
Chopped Spinach
Salt and Pepper

I didn't measure anything. I just threw stuff in the pot until it looked right.

This is the pot boiling on the stove. I simmered this soup for about an hour.

I also drank a lot of Healer Tea. This stuff is pretty harsh but clears up a stuffy head. The ingredients are Green Tea, Rosehips, Cayenne, Elderberries, Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Root, Coltsfoot, Feverfew, Horehound, Licorice Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Spearmint, While Willow Bark and Wild Cherry Bark.

I don't know why the tea works. It just does!

So I ate soup and drank tea. I also drank tons of water. My father-in-law had this same cold and it took him over a week to fight it off. I hope my "treatments" will help me get over this cold faster.

Tea and soup ready to go. I put honey in the tea. The soup is really good.

Thanks for reading my blog.

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HAKAPES 2/21/2012 6:41PM

    I would certenly enjoy an aerobics class with 90% woman... :-)

Respect for all the effort and variety you put into your exercises. Kettlebell, exercise, spinning - WAY TO GO!

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TRILLIUM22 2/20/2012 8:02PM

    Ha,ha, when I was in college 79-83 we had an audio tape of one of Jane Fonda's workouts and a group from our floor did them. I think it is the record you have pictured. You know we started with the record and then made tapes. And yes I owned a pair of leg warmers. When I took my two semesters of Ballet for Non-majors and one semester of modern dance for Non-majors those leg warmers were an important part of my outfit.

Glad you enjoyed kettleball and think that spinning might be useful.

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NWFL59 2/20/2012 3:28PM

    Glad to see you are seeking out alternative exercise techniques that will allow you to continue to heal, bear the adverse weather and too that cold. I'm interested in taking a kettle bell class but so far haven't found one locally (only checked a couple of places so my search hasn't been that in depth). Spinning classes don't interest me as I hate exercising to music that someone else chooses plus at my fitness level it would probably be an exercise in frustration. Walking, Tai Chi and yoga suit me just fine for now. Love the chicken soup recipe but I'm wary of the tea blend. Sounds a bit yucky to me. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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CBAILEYC 2/20/2012 12:24PM

    I love kettlebells, at least from my limited home experience with them - Jillian's 30 day shred it routine and Pavlov's RKC intro DVD. I'd love to be able to take a class but I haven't made the effort to find one here in Portland. I think I'd be intimidated at first stepping into such a physical class. Good for you for really getting into it! (once the cold permits of course)

Spinning, yea. My step-daughter goes to spin class and loves it. I had to suppress a giggle over your "startling frequency" of falling off. Again, kudos for finding something that suits you and you enjoy doing. That's half the battle, isn't it?

Lots of feel-better juju coming your way. I'm intrigued by the tea! Let us know how you're fairing.

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NATPLUMMER 2/20/2012 10:43AM

    I'll show my age, too. I had the Jane Fonda Workout on record ;-)
Yay for kettlebells!! emoticon I do think some cross training shoes are in order.
Yay for spinning!!
Boo for a cold!! Hope you feel better soon.
Your soup looks really good!!

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SEABREEZE65 2/20/2012 6:54AM

    You sure work hard during work outs.
Good for you!

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Mean Beaver 5K - September 15, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Part 1: Vote Recount (hanging chads)

The votes are in! My SparkFriends were unanimously in favor of the Happy Beaver road and trail race. I also canvassed my running friends regarding the race they would prefer. They cast their votes for unanimously for the Mean Beaver! The executive director of Beaver Ranch was also in favor of the Mean Beaver. The vote looked like a dead heat. I took the matter up to the Supreme Court for a ruling on the recount. The Supreme Court (my wife Annette) thought I was crazy to put on a race anyway and told me to pick the course I would want to run. Guess what?

Hail to the beaver!

I may cut off some of the brutal steep parts and put a longer stretch on the relatively flat Valley Trail. However, the beaver has voiced his displeasure.

This is not a creature to trifle with!

Part 2: Why September 15th?

September 15th is Fall in the Rocky Mountains. Summer is over and Winter is around he corner. And the scenery is spectacular!

Leaves will be on the ground and the air has a flavor that is invigorating.

Part 3: Happy Mean Beaver

This is going to be really fun! The mean beaver is now a happy beaver!

Thanks for reading my blog. (Oh, sorry, the beaver wants me to say, "Thanks for reading OUR blog!)

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HAKAPES 2/19/2012 5:53PM

    Wow, what a beautiful place!

Great run!

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BANKER-CHUCK 2/17/2012 11:23PM

    The title of your Blog made me look. Since I am from the Beaver State of Oregon thought I was about to catch up on a 5K I didn't know about.

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LKEITHO 2/17/2012 9:27PM

    The scenery really is gorgeous! Should be a great event!

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JANNEPERRY 2/17/2012 8:31PM

    Happy beaver or mean beaver, I think it's great to put on a race. And your fall looks spectacular. Across the border in KS, we just don't get all those colors. emoticon

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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/17/2012 1:09PM

    Way to go. Looks an absolutely awesome place to run.

Wishing you every success with it.

Keep us posted on how it works out.


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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2012 10:42AM

    YAY!!! It's going to be beautiful!! I can't wait to see pics from the day :-)

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CAROLCRC 2/17/2012 10:35AM

    What a gorgeous fall picture! I had a feeling the die-hard trail runners would want the mean one.

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LINDAKAY228 2/17/2012 10:19AM

    Looks like a beautiful run!!! I would love to do it in that kind of setting but two things stand in the way. #1 is the money to travel up there and #2 is the fact that I probably couldn't do that kind of race LOL! Look forward to hearing your updates on it though and good luck.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/17/2012 10:19AM

    I am totally going to check this out!! We have a time share in Beaver Creek :)

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CBAILEYC 2/17/2012 10:09AM

    Long live the Mean Beaver! emoticon Yes, that's a gopher, but we're improvising!
I had a sneaking suspicion the MB would win. How exciting!

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NOELLIEMAE 2/17/2012 10:03AM

    HA!!! Way to go Bruce :) your race is going to be a blast!

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LMB-ESQ 2/17/2012 9:55AM

    HAhaha!!!! All hail the Beaver!!!

Good luck!

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Organizing the Beaver Ranch 5K - Mean or Happy Race? Help me decide!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Organizing a 5K Race

I have the ball rolling for hosting a 5K race at Beaver Ranch this summer. I am working through the details with the executive director of Beaver Ranch. I really enjoy running in Colorado mountains and particularly enjoy running at Beaver Ranch. I have been thinking about hosting a race at Beaver Ranch. The proceeds would go to maintaining the Conifer Community Park at Beaver Ranch.

I took this photo yesterday. There is a reason that there are no mountain races in February around here. I am really shooting for a race around mid-July. The snow may be gone by then.

There are a few options for a race at Beaver Creek.

Option 1: The Happy Beaver 5K

There are two USA Track and Field certified 5K courses at Beaver Ranch. One certified course is a hybrid trail and road race circuit that has some easy sections. This hybrid course starts at 8,100 feet of elevation and has only one pretty steep hill. The hybrid course in not a "gimme" but is as easy as a mountain race gets. I call this course the Happy Beaver.

The steepest hill on the Happy Beaver course is at the beginning and climbs from 8,094' to 8,245' in 1/8th mile . This works out to about at 23% grade. The good news is that once you climb this short hill you get to turn around and come right back down. The rest of the course rolls up and down at about a 10% grade. This type of race makes for a happy race. Here is the Happy Beaver Logo:

If I decide to host the Happy Beaver race, every runner would get a nice green T-Shirt with the a sweet beaver logo. The Happy Beaver is for runners of all fitness levels, well sort of. Even the Happy Beaver race would tend to attract very fit high-altitude mountain runners.

Option 2: The Mean Beaver 5K

The other certified course is a bit more challenging. The Mean Beaver course is a 100%, rock and rut, kick your butt, up hill both ways, hope you don't get lost, true trail racing course. As a matter of fact, it is downright mean! Hence the name, "Mean Beaver." Here is the Mean Beaver Course:

This is the "official" USTAF certified course. Since this course is quite steep, and the USATF assumes a flat track, this course is somewhat longer than 5K.

This is the course that I created. My version is actually a little more challenging. The start and finish are at 8,147'. The grade at the start is +10%. The "CC"s on the map stand for "Cross Country" and indicates areas where there are no trails. It is just you running through the forest. (BTW - The course will be well marked and easy to follow. Not easy to run - but easy to follow!")

The Mean Beaver gets progressively steeper reaching +25% then drops off very quickly (-35%) onto Valley Trail at about the 1K mark. You then climb out of the valley on a trail that has a +45% to 60% grade that takes you to the highest point on the course of 8,530' . You then drop down a brutally steep downhill section (-65%) to Chapel Trail. Chapel Trail is a -15% and would be a good place to roll. Unfortunately, Chapel Trail is rough, rocky and pasted on the side of a hill.

You then turn right on Black Hawk Trail and up a long 50% grade. (Tired yet?) At this point you are panting and your legs feel like lead. After you reach the summit, you get to come right back down. You drop to the low point on the course down a -40% grade to 8,060'. You hit the Horse/Walking trail at the 4K mark. Now you can fly! You have one more Kilometer to go. Of course, it is all uphill to the finish line from the 4K point. This is one Mean Beaver!

Anyone that finishes the race before dark gets a black or blue t-shirt with the Mean Beaver logo. I also considered this gruesome fellow below as an unofficial mascot:

Question: Which Race - Happy or Mean Beaver?

I really want to host a race that is fun. I run a lot at Beaver Ranch so I am familiar with the challenges. Even though the Happy Beaver is a partial road race, the Happy Beaver is no push over. I don't like running on pavement, but that is just me.

Which race appeals to you?

Parting Shot: Snowy Photos of the Mean Beaver

Here is a photo of the main building that I would use for registration. This building has very nice restrooms. Runners know how important a pre-race pit stop can be! I took this photo on February 11th, 2011. The snow will likely be gone by July. May is too early for the race. We have three seasons in the Colorado Rockies: Snow Season, Mud Season and Fire Season. May is still in Mud Season!

This tree is at the turn from Chapel Trail onto Black Hawk. This snow is deep. But I wanted to get out and check out parts of the Mean Beaver trail.

This is Chapel Trail. Runners would be flying down Chapel Trail getting ready for the climb up Black Hawk. Just imagine this same scene all lush, warm and green and you have an idea of the beauty of this course. Lots of winter snow = lots of summer green.

This is a lot steeper than it looks. I had on my snow shoes and it was still hard to get traction.

This is at the summit of Black Hawk. The trail goes up. Then the trail goes down. The trail is never flat.

The trail is dropping to the low point on the course. This is a bad place to trip.

After this bridge it is easy running on a wide rolling trail.

"Easy" running is a relative term. You still have to climb a 100' to the finish line.

Thanks for your input.

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L3DESIGNS 2/15/2012 2:34AM

    I would say Happy Beaver... you want people to come and race!

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    Although I like the sound of both runs, I think the Happy Beaver would appeal to more people therefore make more money. It looks like a cool place to run and I hope that it is successful no matter which you choose.
Happy Beaver!

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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/13/2012 3:57PM

    Love the idea of the both of them. As a fan of hills (never run at altitude though) my heart is saying mean beaver. But my head is saying happy beaver to draw the crowds to get the charity cash.

LMB100's idea of holding the both of them could be also an option. Hold the Happy Beaver at a good time of the year when the weather is good and will help with the crowds. Hold the Mean beaver when there is maybe still a bit snow on the ground or when the weather is a bit more challenging. This may draw a good crowd of extremists.

Whatever one you opt for i wish you every success with it.


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CBAILEYC 2/13/2012 12:58PM

    Let's hear it for the Happy Beaver! I do like the idea of offering both once you're established. You know your runners and area best, so you would know whether or not your Mean Beaver would draw a crowd sufficient to really make the event worth the while as far as fund raising is concerned.
Yep, the mean beaver pin is awesome LOL

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LINDAKAY228 2/13/2012 12:29PM

    THe mean beaver race sounds extremely challenging and would probably draw some of the runners that like that type of race but how many? The happy beaver would probably attract a larger group and thus the possibility of making more for the charitable donation. Just my thoughts. If you're going to do it as a fundraiser you might want to go with what will draw the biggest group. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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ELYMWX 2/12/2012 11:02PM

    I think I'm with everyone else, and say Happy Beaver. Maybe if you make an annual thing you can alternate, or if people want it you can offer both starting in the second year.

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LKEITHO 2/12/2012 10:08PM

    Have to say, I might do the Happy, but I definitely would not do the Mean! I'm just not a great hill runner, so that's just me. Either of these sound like great events!

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AIMLESS07 2/12/2012 8:05PM

    I say Happy Beaver, but thats b/c I am a wuss and want the easiest route :o)

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JENN03275 2/12/2012 7:41PM

    I would go for the Happy Beaver. Reason being,I do like a challenge, is that if you want to raise money, you will get more people to register for something not as challenging as the Mean Beaver. I think you would have more people scared off by that trail. Yes, the Happy Beaver is still challenging but does not seem as scary!

Good luck!

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KKINNEA 2/12/2012 7:32PM

    I'm going to vote Happy Beaver but loved the beaver gnawing on a leg. Looks like my July is packed but would love to try to get out for something like this!

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NWFL59 2/12/2012 7:20PM

    Happy Beaver, not that I'm a runner but you did say it was supposed to be for all levels of fitness and I think the Happy Beaver could attrack newbies and older runners emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 4:39PM

    I'd rather run the happy race because I'm not much of a trail runner.
I do love the mean race shirt though.

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LMB-ESQ 2/12/2012 4:18PM

    How about both? Give people the option and have a staggered start?

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