Long a popular haven for elite athletes, the area boasts 300 sunny days a year, 400 miles of trails (including Magnolia, which soars to 8,600 feet), more massage therapists than muscles and a fervent outdoor culture.
But this is no running utopia. Instead, Boulder is an example of the fiercely competitive sport of road racing, in which runners train in quiet isolation, passing one another occasionally on hills while guarding their strategies.
Of course, this weekend is the marathon weekend in New York and i'm trying right now to figure out if I can watch any of this on my time shifting channels.. I guess i'll have to see if any New York stations track it live. Should be a good one to watch, with runners like Tergat, Keflezighi, Kastor set for the race... Also, the American sensation Dathan Ritzenhein is set to make his marathon debut.. Then, there's Lance Armstrong's first marathon. Does anyone care?