Thursday, October 3, 2013

UPDATE: Ultrarunner to make quad-Pikes Peak attempt inside 24 hours

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Brandon Stapanowich did complete his quad-Pikes Peak run in a total of 41 hours and 47 minutes. 

"Not what I was hoping for time-wise but the experience was incredible," he wrote in an email to me earlier today. 

And indeed, looking at the experience via his photos and his own words in this blog post, it does look incredible — not to mention punishing and truly testing in every manner of physical and mental will power. 

Congrats to him for seeing his big challenge through to the end. 

——- ORIGINAL POST: 4:32 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 ——-

Leave it to the guy who founded and won the inaugural "Inclinathon" to create yet another physically brutal challenge that makes the rest of us, even the modestly fit, squirm anxiously just imagining it. 
click to enlarge Brandon Stapanowich, running. For a really long time and distance.
  • Brandon Stapanowich, running. For a really long time and distance.

Local runner and Pikes Peak Sports blogger (and pediatric physical therapist by-day) Brandon Stapanowich aims to take off tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. from the Barr Camp trailhead and complete four round-trip ascent/descents of Pikes Peak with a possible finale climb of the incline. Within 24 hours, ideally. 

That's 96 miles and around 30,000 feet of climbing — 100 miles if the incline's thrown in. 

You can read all about Stapanowich's inspiration for the jaunt as well as some prior history of quad attempts on his own blog post here

I spoke with him briefly earlier today to learn more about how he's bat-shit crazy ... I mean, um ... how he got into running and how's he's prepped for tomorrow. 

Stapanowich only entered the long-form game with a 40-mile race, the Mount Mitchell Challenge, in 2006, in his home state of North Carolina. 

He says he later dabbled in triathlons and completed a 50-mile race in 2011 when he moved to Colorado. 

Sprinting up to this year, he says he finished the prestigious Wester States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California in June, finishing 13th out of 277 competitors, in just over 19 hours. 

Then came the Trail 50K as part of Aspen's Power of Four Race Series in July. And next, in August, he "helped pace" Scott Jaime for three days as Jaime set the record on the 486-mile Colorado Trail.

This past month, he's nursed an ankle injury and run only modestly, incorporating yoga practice as well to prep. "An adventure like this shouldn't feel like a race," he says, noting he wants to just "move steady" and ideally keep a six-hour round-trip pace per lap. 

His goal will be to finish in 24 hours, or within 30 short of that. He'll be joined at points on the trail by other runner friends, a couple of whom will also attempt the quad run and some who are aiming for just two round trips.  

We wish them all luck and success. 

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