Club Member Since 6/2/1999
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Life is a Marathon
City: Manitou Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 12
Age: 59.8 years old
Marital Status: Single
Joe Bremner, son, age 32
Marlene Bremner, daughter, age 30
Natalie Bremner, daughter, age 25
Chewy the dog, age 5
What I do for work:
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Washington state, Alaska, North Carolina, Maine, Mississippi, Colorado, Nebraska, Maryland, Hawaii, Germany, Canada, Korea
Colorado is the best place on the planet I've found. Clean air, mild climate, beautiful mountains make it so.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in about 1985. At the time I carried an extra 35 pounds, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, and could not even run a mile without stopping to gasp for breath. I knew I had to do something or I would end up like most Americans.
What does running mean to me:
Running is when I feel most alive.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Too many to list. How about 115 marathons for a start.
The feat I am most proud of is completing eight 14er's cross-country in 23 hours. This was a goal I had set in 1998. It took three years of scouting, scheming, planning, and attempts before I got it right the second week of 2001. The course went from La Plata to Huron to Missouri, Belford, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, finishing up and over Yale. The clock stopped when we (Mike Tilden and I) dropped 3,000 feet below Yale's summit.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Easy on the feet...no pounding.
Favorite running trail and why:
My private hour and a half loop on the NW corner of the Academy. It takes me up high on the Rampart Range in the National Forest then back to very NW corner of the Academy returning to Dead Man's Lake.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Nolan's 14. This race is across 14 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado's Sawatch Range. With a 60-hour cutoff it has been completed only five times. Finisher's go straight without sleep.
Best running experience:
Smoking a young Navy LT with a PR for 5k (15:26) after he dismissed me as no competition because I was an old man (at 40 yrs old). The race was an out and back. I stayed close behind him on the way out, then passed him shortly after the turn around because I thought he was going too slow. Realizing that I would have to pick it up since I was now in the lead, I accelerated never looking back. Thinking he was close behind I ran scared until I sighted the finish line -- I glanced over my shoulder to see where he was. He was WAAAY back. I could have walked across the finish line and beaten him. Totally smoked him. Great, wonderful feeling!
Neatest thing found on a run:
Two $100 bills.
Running pet peeves:
People need to go to their right when passing in the opposite direction.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I speak fluent German and French. I spoke Japanese ten years ago and could pick it up again.
Other hobbies and interests:
Reading science and history. Theater.
I've climbed 83 of the highest 100 peaks in Colorado, all the 14ers, 45 of the 50 state high points, and 50 marathon states. In 2009 I ran all 20 of Colorado's marathons. I like lists.
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