Scott Elliott

Scott is the eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak Ascent, including a stretch of 6 years out of 7, with a second place in-between. Although by all accounts one of the most grueling and difficult mountain races, his best time in the Ascent ranks in the top five all-time and has two sub-2:10:00 ascents. Over his career, Scott holds the record for the Pikes Peak Ascent for the longest gap between wins of 17 years (first in 1987 and last in 2004) and more recently assisted and advised Kim Dobson in her training leading up to her record-breaking Pikes Peak Ascent victory.

In stair climb competitions, Scott won the Empire State Building Run-Up (a former record holder), won the original stair climb in Denver, the 1999 Broadway Stair Climb four times (and held that record as well).

In perhaps more traditional road racing, Scott racked up at least six wins at the Golden-Leaf Half Marathon from Snowmass to Aspen. He also won the Imogene Pass Run. In road relays, he was a member of a record-breaking team for the Hood-to-Coast relay (considered the most prestigious road relay in the United States).

Turning to “Races to the top of a mountain”, Scott won the Mt. Evans Ascent in a new record (since broken). He is the four-time winner of the Mt. Baldy Run-To-The-Top in California.

Scott is a long-time Macinstosh computer consultant, currently employed by a Design/Advertising agency (Moxie Sozo) in Boulder.  He also coaches runners on the side.

J’ne Day Lucore

J’ne Day-Lucore competed in college track and cross-country in Iowa before moving to Colorado in 1983 to get her MS in mathematics. She retired in 2017 after a 33-year career working in the aerospace industry. She enjoys coaching and spending all day running, swimming, cycling and practicing yoga with her athletes and friends. Her amazing husband of nearly 30-years was a stay-at-home dad for their three daughters which allowed her to live the dream of being a mom, executive and athlete while he took care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry and household chores.

J’ne was introduced to the Colorado racing community in 1985 when she won a couple of local races and was invited to join the Reebok Racing Team. These teammates became her best friends and training partners for the next 34-years. Her passion has always been running uphill where she won and held course records in the Pikes Peak Ascent (four-time winner), Mount Evans Hill Climb (three-time winner) and Mount Washington Road Race (three-time winner and Hall of Fame member). She completed her 28th Pikes Peak Ascent with an age group win in 2018 and hopes to continue racing the ascent for another 28 years. Her most difficult and greatest accomplishment was the ascent race in 2016 when she helped guide the first blind athlete, Luanne Burke to the finish line.

J’ne added cycling and swimming to her running routine to stay healthy and transitioned into racing primarily triathlon starting in 2006. She races in many local Colorado triathlons each year and has had three age group podium finishes at full Ironman races since turning 50. She donated a kidney in September 2018 and resumed triathlon training six weeks later. She’s currently training for Ironman 70.3 in Santa Rosa in July and is planning another return for her 29th Pikes Peak Ascent in August.

J’ne volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run (GOTR) and is an active board member with the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club (RMTC). She coordinates and leads weekly group track workouts, tempo runs, trail and snowshoe runs as well as being a volunteer ride and run leader for RMTC. She successfully has met her goal every season to have at least one training partner for every workout. The Colorado running community has always been a central part of her life, starting with the 1985 Reebok Racing Team.

 

Paul Christman

Paul is known for his writing and love of running. In 1983 he wrote The Purple Runner, a  novel originally self-published by Highgate Lane Press. The story is about a badly scarred but talented American who runs a sub-two-hour marathon in the Greater London Marathon. The first edition has sold as a collector’s item for between $170-250 on amazon.com.

In 1985 Paul and Matt Henderson created a newsletter called Running Stats consisting of long distance running (track, road, and cross country distances between 3000m and marathon) results, information, editorials, interviews, photographs, and predictions that lasted until 2007.

Paul has had countless articles published nationally and internationally for more than 30 years and an advocate for runners from around the world.

Awards include The RRCA/Jerry Little Memorial Journalism Excellence Award and the Illinois Valley Striders Hall of Fame – for journalism.

Shalaya Kipp

CU 3,000m Steeplechaser, 2012 US Olympic Team member, NCAA Steeplechase Champion 2012

Shalaya Kipp came to the University of Colorado Boulder and competed as a Buff from 2009-2014. During that time, she became a nine-time All American, an individual NCAA Champion in the steeplechase, and the first women in the University of Colorado’s history to be an All-American all four years in cross country (freshman to senior year). In 2012, Shalaya qualified for the London Olympic games.

In 2013, she represented the US at the World Championships in Moscow Russia.

Upon finishing here collegiate eligibility, Shalaya pursued a Masters degree in Physiology from CU, as well as more elite running.

In 2015 Shalaya took home two silver medals for the USA in the Pan American Games and NACAC Championships. In 2016 she finished 4th at the US Olympic trials to become an alternate for the 2016 Rio Games.

In 2018 Shalaya moved to Vancouver British Columbia to pursue a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. She has no plans to quit training and hopes to still be running when she’s in her 90s.

Cliff Bosley

Race Director of the BOLDERBoulder and the Ft. Collins FORTitude

Running hass been in Cliff’s blood since he was a child. His father, the founder of the BOLDERBoulder started running in the early 1970’s following his father’s death as a result of a second heart attack when he was only 60 years old. From that point on, the entire family was introduced to and became very involved in running.

From the early 1990’s Cliff served the BOLDERBoulder organization as an Assistant Race Director. Then in 1994 he worked with his father on behalf of the Bank of Boulder and the BOLDERBoulder to create the Bolder Bicycle Classic and to serve as its first event director. Again, as a family affair, his younger sister Elizabeth assisted to launch the inaugural ride and his other sister CeCe assisted as Event Director for the following three rides. They led the event until the late 1990’s at which time the event was given by the BOLDERBoulder to the University of Colorado. The event exists today and is called the Buffalo Bicycle Classic.

Coinciding with work at the BOLDERBoulder, he was able to work in the Bank of Boulder’s Marketing Department from 1990 until 1998. In 1998 he was named the 7th Race Director of the BOLDERBoulder and is honored to continue to serve the BOLDERBoulder as its director today.

 

Ardel Boes

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 Esquibel

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

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

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

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.