Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I often climb Boulder's Mt. Sanitas as a break from work. It's the perfect quick leg workout: 3 to 3.5 miles round-trip (depending on your route) and around 1,300 feet of vertical, a lot of it on big rock steps. This being Boulder, where ├╝ber-athletes are a dime a dozen, people have set all sorts of nutty records on Sanitas. The speed record for the ascent is 14 min. 40 secs., by Scott Elliott, multitime winner of the Pikes Peak Ascent. Ultrarunner Dave Mackey did the round trip in under 26 minutes. A few years ago, during an informal event dubbed InSanitas, Peter Bakwin did 16 laps in under 12 hours. And this Friday, Paul Pomeroy will try to up the ante with a vigorous day and a half on the 6,863-foot peaklet: 30 round-trips, for a total of around 100 miles and 40,000 vertical feet of ascent (and another 40K of descent, of course). He expects to need about 36 hours for this ultramarathon.

Pomeroy won my enduring respect a couple of years ago by starting in downtown Boulder (after pizza and beer, of course) and running to the summit of 14,255-foot Longs Peak and back, in about 28 and three-quarters hours. Boulder has its faults, but it sure is fun to live in a place where people are always dreaming up new ways to challenge themselves.

1 comment:

Osman said...

I had no idea there were all these records for Mt. Sanitas. Amazing! I'm hike the loop every week or so and it typically takes us over 2 hours!