Ardel “Oscar” Boes started regular running at age 37; first, 2 or 3 miles 3 times per week, then 3 miles 5 times per week. It probably helped that he had some early “training” growing up on a small 110 acre farm in Iowa with 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
He ran his first race at age 39 when fellow faculty at Colorado School of Mines begged him to join a team with them for a race among corporations, “The Industrial Run”, which was scored like cross country; top three on a team scored with no limit to members of the team. The race was 3 times around Sloan’s Lake, at that time 2.6 miles once around. CSM won the race; Ardel was hooked even though he didn’t want to race because he didn’t want to get caught up in competition. That summer he ran a burro race in Fairplay with a burro that decided to lie down about a mile out of town. He was able to figure out how to prevent that after she did it two more times and finished the race.
Ardel started to road race with the 10k, marathon and indoor track for which he prepared for the Potts Invitational Masters Mile.
The following fall CSM faculty and staff again entered the Industrial Run and Ardel would have broken the course record for that race, but a young fellow from IBM broke it one place ahead. Ardel won the “World Championship” pack burro race in 1978 and 1979 with different burros each year. At that time there were two such races; Fairplay and Leadville. When Buena Vista established a third race it was known as the “Triple Crown Race”. If a runner with the same burro win all three races in a given year, they win the triple crown. Ardel and Billy did that seven years.
He has run endless 10k, 5k, and 4 mile Turkey Trots, but won the masters division multiple times in the Potts Invitational Mile, Cherry Creek Sneak, Mile High Marathon, Bolder Boulder, Governors Cup, Run for the Zoo and Turkey Trot. Highlights include winning the Masters division of the Bolder Boulder 4 consecutive years when in his mid 40’s including a 32:48 just short of his 46th birthday. He ran a 32:30 10K at a professional conference on a certified course conducted by a local running club arranged by a textbook publisher. His best time at the 4 mi. Turkey Trot was 20:48 which he ran in his mid 40’s. In the Rawhide Marathon, he broke his own Colorado State Masters record with 2:29:30 when he was in the 45 – 50 age group. He set some national age group records. He won the masters division of the Mardi Gras marathon; he and his wife Mary both won the 45 – 50 age group at the National Masters Marathon Championships in Lincoln, NE; and he won his age group in the National Masters Half Marathon Championships in Las Vegas. In his 50’s he ran the Twin Cities Marathon because they provided sponsorship. In those years they were bringing in the top masters and open runners from all over the world. In that setting, he won his age group and was 7th twice among the combined male and female runners of all ages based on handicap.
John has an extensive resume in running beginning in the 70’s. He is a three time NAIA National Indoor Champion and record holder – (1979-1980-1981), two time NAIA Cross Country All American (3rd and 12th Place Finisher) – (1979-1980), three time member NAIA Cross Country National Championship Teams – ( 1977-1979-1980) and three time member NAIA All Sports Championships. After graduating college from Adams State, he spent a great deal of time running internationally from Singapore, placing 3rd in the marathon to Switzerland placing 3rd in the world’s largest mountain race. His experience runs deep, from the road to track and trail, John can accomplish anything.
He coached four High School State Championships, Coached at Trinidad High School, Cherry Creek High School, Westminster High School, Ranum High School, and Head Cross Country Coach at Regis University for the past 13 years, finishing 30 years of teaching with 27 years at Westminster Public Schools.
Laura Haefeli, wife and mother of three, is a multi dimensional athlete. She has competed on the track, roads, mountains, trails, and biathlons at a very high level. Laura was a standout at University of Dayton gathering an All American Div. 1 status as well as being inducted into the University of Dayton Hall of Fame. She went on to be on the 1st US Women’s team to medal (bronze) at a World Mtn. Running Championship in 2004, then followed that up being the 1st US woman to win an individual medal (bronze) while helping the US women’s team clinch Gold in 2007. In her career Laura has been a 13 time World Championship Team Qualifier…5 in Mtn. Trail running and 8 in Summer Biathlon. She also has 17 National Championships plus 3 Team Championship titles. Laura was USATF Master’s Runner of the Year 2015 and has been a six time Mtn Runner of the Year. Laura also finds time to coach and was awarded High School Cross Country Coach of the Year San Luis Valley in 2004, 2010, and 2015.
Dave Mackey has been a Colorado resident for 25 years, the vast majority of which were spent running and racing in Colorado, the US, and overseas. Some highlights include being selected as the 2011 North American Ultra Runner of the Year, two-time US Track and Field Ultra Runner of the Year, and USATF National running titles at 50K, 50M, and 100K distances. Dave has made a partial living through trail sponsorships for almost 20 years. He was also a professional multi-sport adventure racer for several years, being lucky enough to race multi-day adventure races on every continent except Antarctica.
Almost three years ago, Dave dislodged a large rock on a route he’d run hundreds of times while climbing off Bear Peak above Boulder, somehow surviving a 60 foot fall. Unfortunately the large rock fell onto his left leg, and subsequent complications over 18 months led to the choice to have his leg amputated below the knee. Just over a year after the amputation, in January, Dave ran a 50K trail race, and desires to complete many, many more.
Dave has been on the board of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) for 18 years, as well as a Boulder-based climbing advocacy non-profit. He also worked professionally as a rock climbing guide for in the Boulder area and Rocky Mt National Park, as well as 12 years working as a guide and educator for programs such as Outward Bound and the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, teaching outdoor education to people with disabilities. Dave currently works as a physician assistant in Denver and lives in Boulder with his wife Ellen, Ava(10), and Connor (8).
Jenny Simpson is a University of Colorado Alum. She ran as a Colorado Buff from 2005-2009. During that time, she won three individual NCAA championships in outdoor track and one indoors. She achieved her first Olympic berth as a member of Team USA competing in the 3000m steeplechase in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The following year, she returned to CU and in her Buffalo uniform ran the fastest times ever by a collegiate woman in the indoor mile, indoor 3000m, indoor 5000m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, and the 5000m. Of these times, all but the indoor 3000m remain unsurpassed by a collegiate woman. To capstone her collegiate career, in 2009 she was named the Bowerman Award recipient which recognizes the year’s top female collegiate track and field athlete.
Jenny became a member of Team New Balance in 2010 and changed events to the 1500m. Over the course of her eight years as a pro she has won four global medals in the 1500m including the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, the silver at both the 2013 and 2017 World Championships, and the Olympic Bronze at the most recent Games in Rio. She was the women’s 1500m Diamond League Champion in 2014 and in the same year, was awarded USATF’s top female honor, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee award. And after all of this, she shows no signs of slowing down. She continues to train as a 1500m specialist and hopes to represent Team USA at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and what would be her fourth Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.
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 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 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 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 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!