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John Anderson, Rock/Creek Race Team


Age: 34
Number of years running: 22
Location: Boulder, CO
Occupation: Emergency medicine resident physician

Favorite trail race(s):
Hardrock 100

Favorite trails to train on:
Grand Lake Loop Rocky Mtn National Park — a 36ish mile loop up and over the Continental Divide, dropping into Grand Lake for a swim at halfway.

Also, running in Prentice-Cooper in the fall.

Favorite trail running shoe:
Montrail Rogue Racer

Lifelong running goals:
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” — Steve Prefontaine. I always hope to remember the gift and embrace the joy of it.

I grew up tramping around the mountains of Tennessee, and the enthusiasm and direction finding skills of my running friends and brother resulted in some unintentional ultras.

Conversations, jokes, and even silent support abound in every race I’ve run (although the jokes seem to get funnier around mile 70, which is good for me because the only people that seem to laugh at my jokes are ultrarunners and very small children). Even the periods of solitary miles allow time to connect with the inner being through the pain of the body.

There is a root communication shared in miles spent in the woods and a seemingly paradoxical camaraderie among runners that comes from individual suffering and elation. I find ultraraces to be a family affair.

Essentially, running is simple, running is primal and running is fun.

2012 season summary:
Ray Miller 50, 4th Overall
North Fork 50k, 1st overall and new course record
Run Rabbit Run 100, lost somewhere in the mountains of Steamboat
CDT Traverse in Rocky Mountain National Park

Proudest running accomplishments:
Coming from 10 minutes back at halfway to win the Old Pueblo 50 miler and finishing the Hardrock 100, a race in which I dropped from 2nd place at 60 miles to 12th place at the finish and was unable to take in any liquids or solids for miles 60-90. I thought about dropping out a lot but learned that keeping moving when you’re beat down is sometimes more satisfying that winning. I also have some pretty fond memories with my old cross country buddies from back in the day.

Farthest Projectile Vomiting:
2007 Hardrock 100

Planned races for 2013:
Zane Grey 50
Bighorn 100
Telluride Mountain Run 100k
Cascade Crest 100 or Run Rabbit Run 100
Stumpjump 50k
Some Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempts around Colorado