18th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races - 10/27/12On Saturday in Manitou Springs, CO, a event that might be considered on the Lunatic Fridge took place. Known as the Emma Crawford Coffin Races, this event features a crew of four runners and a coffin with a "Emma" (preferably lightweight lightweight Emma) 195 yards down Manitou Ave.
The story of Emma Crawford goes back to 1889 when she moved to Manitou Springs in hopes that the famous Mineral Springs would heal her tuberculosis. Unfortunately, she died a year later and was buried atop Red Mountain. A few years later a large rain storm washed her coffin down the steep slope into town. And to commemorate her, we race coffins through the streets! She would have been proud!
The "Werewolves of Manitou" consisted of (L to R) Brandon Stapanowich, Logan Wealing, Peter Maksimow, Justin Ricks and Brian Rawlings.
No, we didn't win, but we represented for all Werewolf kind and for our sponsors: PikesPeakSports.us, 2 South Wine Bar and Colorado Running Company.
See the write up on Brandon's blog.
Pikes Peak Road Runners Fall Series #3 - 10/28/12
The 3rd installment of the Fall Series saw Team Colorado take places 2, 3, 4 and 6. This 5.5 mile (advertise) race (actually it was 6.4 miles--way off Larry Miller, RD!) was held in Ute Valley Park in Colorado Springs, CO and featured the 46-year-old-retired-from-downhill-running Team Colorado member Simon Gutierrez, who braved the rocky, technical up-and-down course to place 2nd overall (38:41) behind Robbie Young. He was not wearing the proper footwear, or else he would have won!
|Gute finishing with a Barn close on his heels!|
Justin Ricks was a close 3rd in 38:58, followed in 4th by the newly returned to the uninjured world, Alex Nichols (39:17), along with Peter Maksimow rounding out the top 6 in 6th with a 40:23.
|Justin making a "I-just-got-beat-by-a-46-year-old" face|
|Alex "Axel" Nichols swallowing his tongue but placing 4th|
|Pikes Peak in the background, beard in the foreground, and the midrift in the midground|