Club Member Since 5/11/2003
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Hanging out on the summit of 14,115' Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA
Unfortunately being an amphibian is of no benefit above 14,000 feet
Quite a few little tadpoles swimming here and there all over the world. Hey, a frog's gotta do what a frog's gotta do!
What I do for work:
I run all over the world but I don't call it a job because it is so much fun!
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
If you really want to learn about me check out my homepage at http://www.runtheplanet.com/community/philthefrog/. However I am a little embarrassed to admit that my website is way behind my travels.
What does running mean to me:
A chance to see the world! Also I get to do really cool things in addition to just running. For example, after running to the top of Pikes Peak I got to ride down on the COG train. Here is a picture of me and the conductor and engineer.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Look, most of the people I have run with pound the asphalt. I love it when I can get out in the wild! In fact the whole Incline Club was my kind of club. The day I ran with them there were 70 ICers heading out onto the trail at 6,300 feet. 2 hours and 24 minutes later I was on top of Pikes Peak!
Favorite running trail and why:
The Barr Trail which goes up the east face of Pikes Peak! The view from up there is well, Frogacular! I even got a picture of me in front of the summit sign to prove that I made it. Note, the USGS recently revised the height of Pikes Peak to 14,115 feet so this sign is 5 feet off. Hey — don't laugh! When you are only a few inches tall 5 feet is a long damn way to climb!
Best running experience:
Sure, going to the Sydney Olympics was cool but when I ran to the top of Pikes Peak I met Sue, the manager of the Summit house, who gave me and my running humans some of those world famous Pikes Peak doughnuts.
Worst running experience:
This one runner decided to pose with me stuffed in her jog bra after running a marathon in Melbourne, Australia. OK, you might be thinking that this is some sort of dream come true. Well perhaps for the average male humanoid but I am a not so average frog. It was disgusting!
Running related bathroom stop story:
If you have heard the story about how frogs like to pee when picked up then you can only imagine the number of bathroom stories I have!
Running pet peeves:
1) Most of the time I travel inside of a plastic pill and to be quite honest it sucks!
2) The fact that RunThePlanet.com no longer updates my website!
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
1) Scientists have catalogued at least 4,780 species of amphibians around the world. The continental United States is home to at least 230 amphibian species: 90 frog and toad species, and 140 species of salamanders.
2) In the U.S., declines are particularly serious in California, the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, and Puerto Rico. Worldwide, decline "hot spots" also include Australia and Central America.
3) Amphibian deformities - extra limbs, malformed or missing limbs, and facial malformations - have been documented in 44 states, and involve nearly 60 species. In some local populations, up to 60% of the amphibians exhibit deformities.
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