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Weed helped turn him into an ultrarunner — and he’s far from the only one

Denver writer Josiah Hesse was hungry for a new addiction when he picked up some running shoes and threw himself into the sport. He’d heard about the coveted runner’s high — and how health-conscious adults were willing to sacrifice sleep to experience it — and he wanted a taste for himself. He was instantly disappointed. […]

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Colorado Olympian Annie Kunz overcame a pandemic training psych-out to set her sights on Tokyo gold

Just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, the greatest female athlete you’ve probably never heard of shocked the track and field world by turning in the fifth-best heptathlon performance of all time at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.  But only weeks before that, Colorado’s Annie Kunz, 28, sank to an emotional low point that […]

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With Olympic dreams delayed, one Colorado athlete declares: “This is the time when champions are made”

SALIDA — Sophia Herzog dips her feet into the rushing Arkansas River and shudders.  “I’m an elite swimmer and this is out of my comfort zone by a long shot,” she says, laughing as she slips into the current. The 23-year-old Paralympic silver medalist didn’t just lose her goal when Paralympic and Olympic officials pushed […]