Action County: Elliot Henry
Elliot Henry has taken strides along the beaches of California, recorded miles on the hills of Switzerland and treaded upon the the desert of Southeastern Colorado.Of all the running venues he’s experienced, the 61-year-old Frisco resident said he most prefers running on the mountain trails of Summit County.”I love trail running,” Henry said. “It’s a chance to get out in the forest and kind of be by yourself. It’s like exploring. I enjoy the solitude in the mountains.”Although Henry doesn’t compete as much as he used to, he’s the reigning Summit Trail Running Series champion in the 60-plus age division. He won five of six races last summer (he was out of town for one).
Henry, a native of Spokane, Wash., native started running cross country in high school and was a part of a state championship team his senior year. He moved to Los Angeles before eventually relocating to Colorado Springs in 1983. It was there Henry found his love for trail running.”I competed in the Pikes Peak Marathon,” he said. “That was my first real mountain race. I started getting really involved with it after that.”When Henry moved to Summit County in 2001, he persued trail running more than ever.”There are so many trails up here that you can run and hike on,” he said. “There are places I haven’t even been yet.”
Henry said he enjoys the Mount Royal trail head most of all, mainly because of its proximity to his home.”It’s five minutes from my where I live, so I don’t have to drive to get there” he said. “You run up that one section and eventually start heading over toward Rainbow Lake. That will take you to Miner’s Creek Road and that can take you all the way to Copper. It’s really a beautiful run.”Although Henry’s plenty content in the Rocky Mountains, he does like to occassionally travel beyond the county’s borders.”That’s the other thing I enjoy doing,” he said. “I’ve been (traveling) since I retired. I try to go on a trek once a year. Tibet, Nepal a couple times and Southern Chile are some of the places I’ve gone.”
Henry will likely stay close to home, however, during next summer’s STRS.”(My passion for trail running) is a combination of things,” he said. “It does keep me in shape, but I like to get out and still want to compete in some of the races. It’s always nice to say ‘I won my age group,’ or to look at younger age divisions and see that I’m faster than some of those guys.”Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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