That's me up there, nearing the finish in the Optimist 5k in Estes Park, Colorado. What a race! It was unusually hot and they have an odd idea of flat in Colorado. The heat and the altitude affected all the runners and my 34:50 time was good enough to finish 7th in my age group, 21st for my gender.
Colorado was fantastic! And the Boulder area is particularly appealing. The widespread interest in sport and the outdoors is reflected in the glut of merchants selling biking, running, skiing and hiking equipment. Most roads have bike lanes and bicycles are everywhere. Mountains tower over the landscape. It was beautiful. I invested $5.00 in the state lottery and toyed with the fantasy of never going home. Childhood dreams of owning a horse ranch out West combined with adult interests in hiking and running created a strong pull to stay.