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“It’s like riding an escalator”: Burro racing isn’t likely to go mainstream, but it’s having a moment in Colorado

LEADVILLE — At the sound of gunfire, the burros take off in a sprint, so fast that the trail runners gripping their lead ropes are at risk of getting dragged down the pavement of historic Harrison Avenue. Within the first block, with a crowd of several hundred lining the street to watch this spectacle, a […]

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Pikes Peak Marathon legend Arlene Pieper Stine, the first woman to run a sanctioned marathon, has died

One of Colorado mountain running’s most beloved heroes used to climb up the ladder next to the sign draped across the town of Manitou Springs’s main drag — “Welcome, Pikes Peak Runners” — so that she could send off the hundreds of runners who had packed the narrow street to head off for the summit […]

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Without the burden of races, Colorado’s long-distance runners are shattering trail records

Jacquie Mannhard had long heard her fellow trail runners talk of fastest-known times. The prospect of tackling a gnarly route relatively unsupported had tickled the Boulder-based distance runner’s fancy for years, but she’d never gotten around to looking into it further. Then the pandemic struck.  It was April when she got the first notice: “Given […]

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Coronavirus is forcing a whole new social contract on Colorado’s city sidewalks and suburban open space

Gov. Jared Polis’ instructions about when to wear a mask upon leaving home were pretty all-encompassing: “At all times,” he said.  And Coloradans mostly have accepted that the governor meant we should wear masks to the grocery store, the pharmacy, to pick up dinner or while zipping through Home Depot. (Whether people do it is […]