There is the golden boy of Team Colorado, Alex "Axel" Nichols, who is undefeated in the series thus far.
Neil "Big McD" McDonagh is coming off a competitive 2nd place finish in Bear Creek Park and is back at odds with fellow teammate, Axel--call it a rekindling of old fire.
Justin Ricks, who placed 3rd at the Trail Half Marathon National Championships the day before in a different state--his travel stipend must be high!
|"A good pre-race dance always gets the juices flowing for the race" - Justin Ricks, the running man photo: Cherie Xavier|
|Nice Inov-(foot) uniform, what is that, velvet!? photo: Cherie Xavier|
Who else, you ask!?
Leave it to Team Colorado to throw a wrench into things…with another Team Coloradan! Fresh off a 3rd place finish and 2:26:38 at the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA (yes, that is the same place The Office was filmed), youngster James "Mr." Burns goes and throws the whole race out of proportion with his very beautiful stride and flowing blond hair (Axel, you have competition, not only in the beautiful hair category, but also in the race category…as in running race…not racial race).
As usual, the race is taken out at a reckless pace, in this case, someone with the word "Reckless" across their chest. The race starts with a circuit around a track before the climb into the hilly and technical Ute Valley Park, at which point is becomes very fun…or very miserable...depending on who you asked.
|Scott Bowman goes out at "RECKLESS" pace photo: Jeff Kearney|
|Ricks and The Prez, chatting about the race photo: Jeff Kearney|
The race started like a track race (literally) then matured to a progressive climb before dropping down into a valley of technical footing and a sandy waterless creek. The fast flat section before the beer aid station was relatively mild and really a tease as it soon shot up to the craggy ridge…then down...then up again to a narrow-spiney ridge where things like this occur.
|An actual injury caused by the course…luckily not a Team Coloradan. Heal up, Don! photo: Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
|This never-nude has the striking resemblance of Team Colorado's Brandon "Stankanowich" Stapanowich, but he would never partake in public never-nudity--it scares children photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
|Axel shows off his foot and his Team Colorado colors photo: Jeff Kearney|
|Axel, after a few games of tennis, wins the race photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
|Mr. Burns powering up the last hill of the course…luckily he doesn't have avian bones photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Following closely behind Mr. Burns was The Prez and Justin Ricks. That Chubby Bunny broke up another Team Colorado sweep.
|The Prez takes his 3rd 3rd place finish…that's no coincidence photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
With a (almost) sweep of the race, Team Colorado takes places 1, 2, 3, 4, 6…and 145th for the never-nude.
|Big McD pulls out he hand knives in the last climb of the day photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Confucius says, "Go to bed with itchy butt, wake up with stinky finger." He'll learn.
|Yet another public display of posterior itch relief photo: The Gute|
After the adult races were completed, the Fall Series Kid's Races took place with Team Colorado taking the rabbiting duties...because these kids are faster than most elite runners.
|Big McD sprinting to stay in front of the 12-14 year olds…no easy task photo: Chef l'équipe|
|Who's the Boss…not Tony Danza!!! photo: Chef l'équipe|
Team Colorado: where even your children have no chance of being a winner.
|Wow, that doesn't look like it hurts at all! photo: Chef l'équipe|
|"Dolla' dolla bill, y'all!" Axel raked in the cabbage with his win. photo:PikesPeakSports.us|
Team Colorado Running Company (it's like a small rouge faction of Team Colorado) sits in 2nd in the co-ed team race, which happens to be the most competitive race category in the series.
|Don't worry, that foot has since been fixed…do we smell a Pink Cast Award!?|