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DO the marathon. If you go up, why not come back down?
DONT take it lightly. This race is no joke.
Chris Justice Boulder, CO
DO set your alarm to wake up in time to register!
DONT think this is just another marathon!
Billy Krause Colorado Springs, CO
DO run the Ascent with your spouse or significant other.
DONT expect to finish together.
Jim Schwindt Colorado Springs, CO
DO use the treadmill at high grades and high speeds.
DONT worry about putting in mileage.
Bob Paley Denver, CO
(Note from Matt: If you are not going to put in the mileage - put in the time!)
DO respect and savor the mountain.
DONT allow yourself to get oxygen deficient.
Johnny Mitchum Little Rock, Arkansas
DO pass everyone you catch up to.
DONT try to stay ahead of anyone who catches you.
Bob Whiteley Woodland Park, CO
DO run the 'Double.'
DONT think that you can't run the 'Double.' If I can do it, then so can you!
Eliot W. Collins Raritan, New Jersey
DO Talk and learn from others who have been there.
DONT Shout "runner" when going uphill above tree line, everyone can see and hear.
Mike Ashar Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
(Note from Matt: I have to disagree with Mikes dont. Most people I run into
(literally) are just not paying attention and need a verbal clue!)
DO use a clean pair of socks on Sunday if running the Double.
DONT wear the same pair of socks on Sunday that you wore on Saturday.
Steve Kanters Sequim, WA
DO the trail before the race (if possible)...
DONT assume there is another just like it.
Sammy Eng Colorado Springs, CO
DO sign up early.
DONT wait until 1800 others have.
John Cassidy Colorado Springs, CO
DO drink gatorade to replenish lost sodium.
DONT drink too much water.
Daiva Cooper Colorado Springs, CO
DO keep moving!
DONT sit down on rocks above treeline!
Dave Reily Colorado Springs, CO
DO pick UP your feet on the way down.
DONT forget that rocks and roots are hidden in the shadows.
Paul Batura Colorado Springs, CO
DO train at high elevation and on steep never-ending hills!
DONT change shoes during training or risk the rath of blisters during training and on race day!
Heather Stites Colorado Springs, CO
DO pack a HEAVY winter coat for the top.
DONT forget to stop and look at the view.
Dave Clark Colorado Springs, CO
DO learn the hog call and have fun with the Arkansas crew!!!!
DONT look up at the trail above the tree line; it can be discouraging.
Susan Tooley Ft. Smith, Arkansas
DO get married at the start of the marathon 1993
DONT get married at the summit... altitude may cause confusion.
Fred & Wanda Hancock Sault Ste. Marie, MI
DO enjoy the experience, at your own pace.
DONT try to impress anyone on race day, Youve done it by being there!
Jann Martin Clinton, IL
DO listen for the party at the summit.
DONT think youre ready to party when you hear the music!
Chad Herzog Stamford, Connecticut
DO it! Even if youre a flatlander
DONT let any flatlander talk you out of it.
Nick Neakrase Fairfax, VA
DO both races every year.
DONT think about Sunday on Saturday.
Pedro Gracia Garmendia Caracas, Venezuela
DO regularly train on a treadmill with the highest grade possible/LARGE,LONG hills if a flatlander!
DONT sell yourself short, mental toughness and discipline count for more than you may realize.
Colleen Janner Overland Park, KS
DO wear sunscreen.
DONT ignore rocks in your shoes.
Kendall Pierson Albuquerque, New Mexico
DO use GU as your source of nutrition.
DONT worry about it being too crowded to pass.
Senthil Kumar Colorado Springs, CO
DO enjoy your self and remember all the hard work you have put yourself through, Finish strong!
DONT think about the hills, think about the getting to the top!
Matt Moscoso Colorado Springs, CO
DO hydrate and eat.
DONT drop your trash on the trail!
George Bell Boulder, CO
DO enjoy your run and scenery.
DONT look up after treeline,distance is deceiving.
Scott Regier Bethany, OK
DO prepare for ANY/ALL weather.
DONT forget to look at the forecast.
Tony Eckel Colorado Springs, CO
DO use the port-o-potty and TP before the race.
Jeremy Jost Hillsboro, KS
DO yield to all downhill runners.
DONT expect all uphill runners to yield to you.
Bill Coffelt Fort Smith, Arkansas
DO seek encouragement from other runners.
DONT forget what your goals were. Giving up isnt one of them.
Al Herrera Amarillo, Texas
DO set a realistic goal.
DONT go out too hard.
Dan Vega Colorado Springs
DONT wonder if you could have.
Jeff Cowling Brentwood, CA
DO eat everything that you brought.
DONT eat everything you are offered.
Tim Erickson Highlands Ranch, Colorado
DO start off slowly but...
DONT start off TOO slowly or youll get caught behind a line of walkers.
Mike Kolesnik Fort Collins, Colorado
DO start racing at the tree-line.
DONT start racing til the tree-line.
Raul Najera Austin, Texas
DO train up high.
DONT PR at Barr Camp.
Yvonne Franceschini Manitou Springs, Colorado
DO drink early and drink often.
DONT wear new shoes in the race.
Matt Carpenter Manitou Springs, Colorado
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