Mystery Runner 1:
I discovered climbing back east in the New England mountain ranges. I will never forget the first time I peaked Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine…the exhilaration, peace, solitude, and sense of accomplishment. It was all uphill from there…the mountains of Colorado were calling. I moved to Boulder in 1995 and began trail running and hiking 14ers….each trail a mindfulness practice and beautiful new adventure.
I feel privileged to be able to participate in this event to support MHP and the population it serves.
Mystery Runner 2:
He first discovered he had a love of the mountains when he joined his high school cross country team in a high altitude long distance running summer camp. He has been climbing peaks and passes ever since in Colorado, Wyoming, Washington state and elsewhere in the world. He will go to the mountains whenever he can. He finds climbing to the top of the peak to always be rewarding and can even be a spiritual experience. He finds climbing to be a metaphor for life. Although the climb can be at times be painful and slow, by persisting and keeping your focus on the goal, you will make it! After hard toil, there is elation when standing on the summit of a mountain, be it an actual mountain or some other manner of an accomplishment in life.
Mystery Runner #2 also has a passion for serving those with mental illness and has done this for almost 30 years. By doing the challenge, he can use his love of climbing to serve those that MHP cares for in yet one other way.