Ryan Van Duzer is a YouTube star on mission to inspire people to “get off the couch and get out there.” More than 165,000 people subscribe.
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. […]
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 […]
60 years ago, the first woman to complete a U.S. marathon ran to the top of Pikes Peak and back down again
In white shorts, sleeveless blouse and dime-store tennis shoes, Arlene Pieper Stine, 29, stood on the start line of the 1959 Pikes Peak Marathon looking more like Marilyn Monroe than a mountaineer. But Pieper Stine, then a Colorado Springs health club owner, not only finished the 26-mile race, with its grueling 8,000 feet of vertical […]
How exercise is helping extreme athletes and others in Colorado battle addiction
On an afternoon 25 years ago, Catra Corbett figured her life was over. She looked in a mirror and saw purple dashes under her bulging, red eyes, a face painted white, black lipstick and a sad, tired expression that wondered when her next hit was coming. She looked like an extra in “Buffy the Vampire […]
What makes this Golden woman run 279 miles on one hour’s sleep?
Seven years ago, Courtney Dauwalter was a mild-mannered high school science teacher who wasn’t much different than the rest of us. She was a go-getter, sure, someone who liked challenging herself, but there are millions of those. She ran cross country in high school in the fall and went Nordic skiing in the winter, and […]