I will be running to the summit of Mt. Royal 365 times this year, hoping to raise food donations for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center in Dillon, Colorado. I also would like to inspire others to join me on the trail and to help those less fortunate throughout the year.

On top of my year long mission I will be running and representing the Leadville Running Company as a member of their 2013 Ultra Running Team.

Summit Daily News Article regarding the project.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

10th,11th, Summit Daily, Friends

 Many thanks to Abbey and Maura for their large, generous donations. I am very excited to drop off the first round of food this week to FIRC.

The Summit Daily is finishing up their story on the project. I met at the TH with one of their staff photographers who got some sweet shots. Big thanks to the Summit Daily.


Wed: Super tired and dragging. Tagged Mt. Royal for the 10th time and did a few laps on the Peaks Trail. 1:15 with about 1700 ft of gain.

Thurs: Little longer of an effort. Took the Peaks Trail to Barton Gulch, spun, and headed up to the high Miners Creek TH where I headed back down the 4x4 road. Intersected the Rainbow Lake trail and met the photographer in 1:48. I made my 11th ascent and back down for 2:34 with about 3,000 ft of vertical today. Pretty solid outing. I got in some good running as opposed to the big hikes, felt good to keep the legs turning over.

Its been over week since I have seen a moose...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Snowy Scrambles

9th Summit on the way down from Peak 1. Super cold and snowy up there (pics below). Tagged Peak 1 in 1:35, my fastest time yet. I am starting to get really comfortable in the alpine especially with the scrambling.

 Ran into some hikers on the trail who said they would drop off some food at FIRC. I am starting to feel like this whole project is coming together nicely.

Fun class 2/3 along the ridge

The last little bit of techy rock before the summit
Beautiful snow capped peaks

The beautiful town of Frisco

Cold, Tenmile Peak (Peak 2) in the back

9th Mt. Royal summit

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, Monday, Summit Daily, Tuesday

I met with Paige from The Summit Daily today (9/25) for an interview on the project, it went super well and I was glad to really talk about the project.

Thanks to Efren Cazales and Amy Newcomb for their added support to FIRC. Both good friends and runners with a philanthropic attitude.

Sunday was laid back, ran to the TH with Steph and I put up an ascent in 32:xx mins. Our plan was to tag Mt. Victoria and Peak 1, but the incoming weather and wind turned us around. We trotted lightly down and home. Good off day that was needed after a hard  welcoming week to the high country.

Monday was a fun day on the trails. Ran with Steph to the TH then I headed up to summit for the 7th time in 32:16. Winds were whipping nicely. Steph caught up and I met her back at the house. I finished off by running the Peaks trail out to the CT/CDT and headed back Miners Creek Road for 1:47 mins today. Cool photo of the cliffs on top of Mt. Royal below.

Tuesday I got up early for a tired leg, slogging to the top of Mt. Royal. I took the peaks trail to the Mt. Royal TH and tagged the summit in 44 minutes (about 26 from the TH).  8th summit. Ill prob rest the remainder of the day as I plan to hit some high peaks later in the week.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friends, donations, photos, running

Big thanks to Michael Chau for sending some donations to FIRC from Maryland. Michael is an old running buddy I met doing the Ragnar Relay in DC. We ran the Stone Mill 50 together last year, and got together for some other training runs.

Friday was a fun day of running. Steph and I did just under an hour on the Peaks Trail then I met up with the boys for a evening ascent of Mt. Royal. Ryan Krisch got some sweet photos...see below.

Saturday was pretty laid back as my body was feeling pretty beat up from a solid week of running. I went from my doorstep on the Peaks trail to Breck (where police went into the woods looking for a moose with shotguns) which is about 12 miles or so to downtown Breck.

Thanks again everyone for the support, especially Ultraspire for sending me a sweet Spry pack this week...see below.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Newspapers and mountains

Next Tuesday I meet with the Summit Daily to talk about a write up about the project. Pretty stoked for that. Some more food donations are coming in, so things are moving along pretty well.

And for the running...

Doorstep to Copper Mountain, up over Peak 5 and 6. Took a minute to bag Peak 6 and scramble on the ridge a bit before reconnecting with the Colorado Trail into Copper. Tough, long, slow ascent but the alpine was super runnable and the descent into Copper was super fast. Legs felt poppy.

Doorstep to Copper parking lot 2:54. Approx 13 miles or so with 3500k of climbing.

Made it back and Steph and I went up Mt. Royal. Steph set a PR on the hill and the descent was peppy and fun. Really fun summit after a day of hard running. Made it home before it got dark.

Great day, keep the food coming and ill keep running.

5,000 feet of climbing
4th Summit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A day of 2's

 Day 2
2 pounds of food collected!
2 Mt. Royal Summits

 First 2 pounds of food collected! It's very exciting and encouraging to get support so early in the project.

Went up solo this afternoon and knocked out a 29:06 summit from my doorstep. Came back and picked up Chris and made it up in 31:46. Quads felt a little beat up on the downhill but Chris kept me booking pretty quickly.

Summit 29:06
House 56:56
Summit 1:27:42
House 1:46:39

Really fun day on the hill, 3k of vertical, 2 lbs of food collected, and another sunny day in beautiful Frisco.
Please drop off donations at:

FIRC Office:
103 Main Street Dillon, CO
Contact: 970-262-3888

Food Bank Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

If you are a friend from back home or would like me to pick up any donation, contact me personally and I will send you an address or set up a time to pick up.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

1 down 364 to go...

Stepping out of my house this morning, I almost fell on some ice. You know you live in Colorado when you have ice on your walkway in September.

A cool morning at about 35 degrees with bright sunshine facilitated some great running. I ran through town to the base of Mt. Royal and started the climb, my intention was to tag Mt. Royal on the way down after a summit of Peak 1 (12,805).

Winds were strong and I threw on a windproof shell and gloves as I made my way to the summit. Lots of snow up there which made for some really fun class 3 scrambling to the peak. Tagged Peak 1 and on the way down stopped at Mt. Royal for a gel and some water.

Back to my doorstep in 2:54. Really fun day in the mountains with about 4,000 feet of vertical.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Officially a Frisco resident

After my first night as an official resident of beautiful Frisco, I was able to get plenty of good running in both the morning and the evening. It has been pretty hectic the past week or so getting ready to move from New Jersey and getting everything set up for the next year that it felt good to spend close to 3 hours on the trails today. I got in a warm up summit on  Mt. Royal, doorstep to Summit in 29:58. I also have gotten a lot of help and support from my lovely girlfriend Stephanie in prepping this blog and facebook page.

Tuesday, 9/18 will start the official summits for the year, and donation locations will be posted accordingly. I will also have contact info for myself if you would like to get in touch directly. When I am running and routes I will do will also be posted for anyone wishing to join. I am always eager to run with new people.

Recap on the day:
AM: Peaks trail, doorstep to downtown Breck 1:50
PM: Mt. Royal, doorstep to summit, back through town 1:02