Chris Clarke


Date of Birth: February 1st 1957

Place of Birth/Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job: Toxicologist, Running shoe salesguy

Marital Status: Married to Nancy.

Children: 1- Thomas

Pets: Rex the dog; Jill the cat; 2 Guinea pigs; Shemp the shrimp; Clem the clam; A few fish, and some corals.

Favorite non-running magazine: National Geographic

Favorite movie: Dr. Strangelove, and for current movies, the Lord of the Rings series.

Favorite television show: The best show involving a television for me would be watching my TV being launched through the living room window! But since that has not happened yet, I watch an occasional sporting event, some science stuff, or maybe a Star Trek or so.

Favorite musical performer: I like just about every type of music. I like to see or listen to any musician that writes or performs stuff with some guts. Some of my favorites would be: Jerry - Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Ravi Shankar, Peter Tosh, Frank Zappa, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, and Rage Against the Machine.

Favorite Keith excuse for a sucky race: "I don't know what happened! I think it must be the quads."

Craziest place you ever took a dump while on a run: On the side of a big dirt pile that was along side County line road. It was a wide open area, with a few houses around, but I just couldn't make it any further, even though it wasn't far to where there were all kinds of trees!

Hobbies: Aquariums, and traveling/wandering.

Favorite non-running sport: Snowboarding, Mountain biking, Climbing 14'ers, and Scuba Diving (it's been a while).

Favorite famous quote: "Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley.

Short-term running goal: Continue to get healthier, and run a faster Leadville than the previous year, instead of getting slower every year.

Long-term running goal: Some 100's that I haven't tried yet, the grand slam, maybe the Colorado trail, or some trails outside of the U.S.

Ultra Pet Peeves: Trash on the trails.

Years running ultras: 8

Number of ultra finishes: 8 - 100's, 2 - 100 K's, and about 6 - 40 to 52.4 milers.

Most memorable ultra performance and why: All the 100's are special, but probably LT100 '98, because I was over 5 hours faster than the previous year and everything just seemed to click, and '03 because I was able to come back from not being able to run even a step. The 16:51 at Rocky Raccoon in 2002 was nice, because I had no stomach problems and it went real smooth, but I still prefer the challenge and the scenery of the western 100's.

Favorite food/drink during an ultra: Ramen (later in the race), water and some sports drinks.

Favorite trail: I like them all, except for when they are crowded.

Favorite Race: Leadville 100



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