Judy Chamberlin

Judy is a five time All-American in Cross Country and Track & Field at the University of Northern Colorado. She won the Triple Crown of Running which consists of the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile, Colorado Springs 10K and the Pikes Peak Ascent, a record 5 times. She was one of the top USA Road Racers placing consistently in the top 5 (among them was Colorado’s Bolder Boulder with a 3rd place Finish) and winning a number of major national road races. She competed as one of the top USA runners in the USA Track and Field Championships 4 times placing 3rd in 1989 with a 10K time of 32:56

Judy is  the 1975 Colorado State Champion in the 880 run with a time of 2:20.1.

Judy is a five time All-American in Cross Country and Track & Field at the University of Northern Colorado and was inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame

Judy has represented the USA on five world teams:

1986 IAAF World Road Relay Challenge, Hiroshima Japan, USA placed 3rd; 1988
IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she placed 42nd in the world helping the USA Team place 4th
1989 IAAF 15Km World Championships, as the top American, 11th overall, in 51:28
Yokohama International Women’s Ekiden, she won the 7.2km leg and the US women placed 7th

Judy continues to run and share her knowledge, experience, and love for the sport with the high school athletes she passionately and devotedly coaches, in both track and cross country, at Wheat Ridge High School, where she has coached for 22 years.

Tom Sobal

Tom has run over 120,000 miles in the last 45 years, with the vast majority of those miles on some natural surface route above 7000’ in Colorado. He has served long terms on the national advisory Boards of the American Trail Running Association and the US Snowshoe Association. He founded and has served as officer of local non-profit running clubs for over 30 years. Tom was instrumental in starting and developing Snowshoe racing as a sport in the Special Olympics and volunteered as the chief Technical Delegate for snowshoeing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada (1997); Anchorage, Alaska (2001); Nagano, Japan (2005); Boise, Idaho (2009) and PyeongChang, South Korea (2013). As a volunteer, he has directed over 50 running races in Colorado as a way to promote and share the activities he loves.

In addition, Tom founded and directed numerous races which were held continuously for 20 years and started the Colorado High School Snowshoeing Championships and directed that event in Leadville for 2 years. Has won more than eighty-five mountain and trail races ranging from three to 35 miles in length and was selected 3-times as a member of U.S. National World Cup Mountain Running Team.

As a snoeshowing pioneer, is arguably the most accomplished snowshoer in the United States. Known for snowshoeing more miles per year than anyone in the world, Sobal has won more than 130 snowshoe races at distances ranging from one to 100 plus miles and recorded the world’s best time for a marathon run on snowshoes, covering 26.2 miles in 3:06:17 on a day with a high temperature of negative 13 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota.

Finally, Tom has won over 55 races in pack burro racing, including 27 straight during one span of seven years. Burro racing is an indigenous sport of Colorado and is a Colorado Heritage Sport. Tom has the record for the most burro racing World Championships, winning 11 titles from 1989 to 2006. The World Championship race is Colorado’s oldest running race, being held for 69 years. Sobal holds all course records for the major burro races, including 3:44:18 at the 29 mile Fairplay World Championship race and 2:27:32 at the 20 mile Leadville Boom Days race

John Lunn

John was named All Big 8 in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track while running for the University of Colorado. He was a member of CU’s cross country teams that placed 5th, 3rd, and 6th at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in 1966-68. John was twice named All American in cross country and actually met Frank Shorter in the finish chute at NCAA Cross Country, finishing immediately behind him.  In 1972, John finished 5th (3rd American) at the National AAU Cross Country Championships and chosen to represent the United States at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgium.
John was the cross country coach and assistant track coach at Boulder High School from 1970 to 1976 guiding his athletes to many conference and state championships.
During his tenure with the Colorado Track Club ( CTC), John inaugurated many road races including the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Denver’s Washington Park.
John was also a member of the CTC’s first national cross country championship team in 1974.
John’s three children (Jason, Kristopher, and Pamela) all graduated college on track scholarships. Jason, while running for Nike, was national champion in the mile/ 1500m on numerous occasions and represented the United States at world championships in Lisbon, Birmingham, Paris, and Moscow.

John Tope

John has been serving the interests of the national distance running community for more than 32 years. From serving as the elite athlete coordinator for events including the 100th BAA Boston Marathon and the LA Marathon to being an elite athlete recruiter for dozens of national races including Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, IMT Des Moines Marathon, and the Freihofer’s Run For Women 5K John is a man with many talents. He is the Winner of the Allan Steinfeld USATF National Award. John is also the Volunteer Chair for the Colorado Distance Running Hall of Fame Committee and was selected to the 2017 without his knowledge and we are proud to have him as an inductee.

Kara Goucher

Kara is a well-recognized athlete in the running community. Her accolades extend many years and include being a 2-time Olympian in 2008 Beijing in the 5000m and 10000m and 2012 London marathon runner.

During her collegiate career at the University of Colorado (1998-2001), she was a 4-time NCAA Champion, Outdoor 3000m Champion & Outdoor 5000m Champion and XC individual Champion & XC team Champion.

After college Kara went on to become a 4-time National Champion (‘08 Olympic Trials in the 5000m; ‘08 USATF 10 mile; ‘09 USATF 5000m; ‘12 USATF Half-Marathon), 4 time USATF World Championship Team Member including being a part of the 2006 World Cross Country Team, 2007 World Track in 10000m (3rd and won the bronze medal), 2009 World Marathon and the 2011 World Track in 10000m.

Finally Kara’s road racing highlights include, 2007 Great North Run Champion with a time of 66:57 which is a US All-time best and a world best for a debut at the distance, 2008 3rd NYC Marathon, 2009 3rd Boston Marathon, 2011 5th Boston Marathon, 2013 5th Boston Marathon and finally 2016 4th US Olympic Marathon Trials.

Fun fact: Kara won 6 of the 8 Half-Marathons she has run including the ‘09 Rock N Roll Chicago Half-Marathon which she won outright, including men, in a time of 68:05!

Billy Nelson

billyBilly Nelson came to the University of Colorado from Bakersfield, California and has never left. Prior to coming to Colorado he became the 2003 USA Jr. 5k National Champion.

He is a 2 x cross country All-American (2002, 2003), the 2002 Big 12 XC Newcomer of the Year, 2003 USA Jr. XC National Champion and a 2003 World XC member.

In 2006 Billy became the Colorado Buffaloes cross country team captain showcasing his incredible ability to lead and that same year became the NCAA cross country Team Champion and Indoor Track All-American.

3 x Outdoor Track All-American (2003, 2007, 2008)

2 x Big 12 Steeplechase Champion (2007, 2008)

2008 NCAA Runner-Up Steeplechase

#2 All-Time Steeplechaser at CU

2008 Olympic Trials Runner-Up Steeplechase

2008 Olympian (Beijing, China)

2008 DecaNations Team Member (Paris, France)

2011 USA Steeplechase Champion

2011 World Team Member (Daegu, South Korea)

3,000m Steeplechase PR: 8:17.27

1500m PR: 3:41.57Hired on as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010 at CU.  As a Coach, he has been a part of 7 Pac 12 XC Team Titles: 5 Men (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); 2 Women (2011, 2015)

Don Janicki

donDon Janicki set state records in the mile and two mile as a high school distance runner in Arizona. He was the first Arizona prep athlete to run under 4:10 for the mile and under 9:00 for the two mile. Was a two time All-American in cross country at the University of Arizona and set the school record for the 5000 meter event. After college, Janicki had a 16-year professional running career qualifying for the Olympic trials three times and serving as member of two World Championships teams. Became involved with organizational side of the sport, including race management, course design, and the recruitment of pro athletes after his professional road racing career. He is currently in charge of elite runners for the Bolder Boulder.

Jennifer Michel

jenniferJennifer Michel, a 1996 graduate of Wheat Ridge High School, was a three-sport letter winner in cross country, basketball and track and field.  She started off in volleyball in the fall, but after her sophomore track season when she won the Jeffco meet in the 800 meters, she joined cross country that following fall.  Michel competed for two great female coaches-  Lisa Berens in basketball and track and Julie Reese of the Running Reese family in track and cross country.  In High School, she was all-Jeffco and a state qualifier in the 800 with a best of 2:20, and had a PR of 19:56 in cross country.  While she was a good basketball player, she knew she had more potential in running at the college level after being recruited by Duane Vandenbusche at Western State College (now Western State Colorado University).

Michel showed real development as a college athlete, where she earned eight All-American honors in track and field and cross country. In track and field, Michel won Division II titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 3,000-meter run and indoor mile, and held the national championship steeplechase record until 2008. She was named the 1999 NCAA DII Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Susan Weeks

susanSusan Weeks’ passion for sports began during her formative years while growing up in rural Indiana. Always an active youngster, she swam competitively for 11 years. Weeks chose the sports industry as her career path and in 1973, she received a Physical Education teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Weeks caught the running bug in the 70s, while living and working in Colorado, which has been her home for the past 40 years. In 1976, her position at the Pikes Peak YMCA called on her to teach an aerobics class for adults and running became part of her daily regimen. It also became her lifestyle when in 1981, she became the sole owner of the Runners Roost specialty store.  Not long after opening the store, she delved into road race management directing the Pepsi 10K series and the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run. She is one of the founders of the Triple Crown of Running series and was a former director of the American Discovery Trail Marathon.

After selling the store in 1984, Weeks joined the Olympic movement where she held various roles including marketing director for USA Swimming, corporate services manager for the US Olympic Committee, and business development for both the Association of Blind Athletes and US Field Hockey.  Over her nearly 25 years within she maintained her personal zeal for running by competing in races statewide.

It was in 2008, that she took the helm as Chief Executive Officer of Running USA, a non-profit national organization whose mission is to promote distance running in the US. During her tenure, she managed to salvage the fledgling business and transform it into a million-dollar organization.

Weeks is enjoying retirement, yet keeps busy with many projects. She volunteers as the President of the American Distance Project, and delivers Meals on Wheels. She spends time running, playing golf, skiing, tackling yoga and developing her love of cooking.  She and her husband, Mark live in Colorado Springs with their two dogs Carney and Luna.

Adam Chase

adamInfamously known as the “Shoemelier” and “Imelda of Running,” Adam has quite a shoe fetish having tested more than 1,000 running shoes over his years as a gear editor for a number of publications.

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Adam W. Chase thrives on endurance sports in the mountains.  He’s run the distance of a marathon or more at least 100 times, mostly on hilly trails.  He ran and did triathlons during college and law school and then jumped into ultramarathons and snowshoe racing, which led to adventure racing.

Adam has won more than 20 ultramarathons, is the captain and manager of Teams Salomon and Atlas Snow-Shoe, and has been on many sponsored running and adventure racing teams.  He serves as the President of the American Trail Running Association, is the co-author of “The Ultimate Guide to Trial Running,” (with Nancy Hobbs) and is a writer and/or editor for Running Times, Competitor, Triathlete and many other sports publications.  He owns Boulder Field Testing, LLC, a gear testing and focus group company that operates out of Boulder, where he practices law with the firm Hutchinson, Black and Cook, LLC.  Most importantly, he is the proud father of his two sons, Noah and David.