Humble pie on Sanitas

Adam Chase on the Dakota Ridge Trail at Mt. Sanitas. Adam is one of those people that would lap me. Photo by Joshua Lawton / Daily Camera / June 17, 2005

There are many ways to be humbled in Boulder. But Mt. Sanitas takes the gluten-free cake.

Sanitas is a special place to be humbled because it’s an everyman (and woman and dog) hill. You see everyone there. It’s a popular hike or walk for your average Boulderite, plus athletes of every stripe use the steep trails for cardio training. But the hill’s popularity breeds competition.

One of my friends exemplifies that competition by saying of Sanitas: “When I hike or run there, my goal is to pass more people than I’m passed by. Because I’m never going to pass everyone.”

Case in point: That uber-fast lady with the trekking poles. You’ve seen her. She’s there all the time. And she’s way faster than you.

This morning, she passed me twice. Twice.

A few weeks ago, I asked Boulder’s Buzz Burrell for some trail running info for our Welcome Back edition (the outdoors one is out on the 23rd of this month). He filled me in on a Santias trail-running stat that was slightly shocking:

The bottom-to-top record for running up Sanitas is 14 minutes and 28 seconds.

However, he added, you’re a star if you can do it in under 20 minutes.

I clocked myself for the first time today. I’m over 30 minutes. I can only run the downhills.

Are you a sub-20 star? Or just trying to pass more than you’re passed? Or are you smarter than the rest of us and don’t get sucked into that type of passive-aggressive faux competition?

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