New Balance and RootsRated have teamed up to profile runners making a difference in their communities. We asked each of our runners a series of questions to learn a little more about what running means to them, where they like to run and what are some of their running goals.
Is Bill Beagle a singing runner or a running singer? Whatever title he prefers, Bill is a dedicated member of the Colorado Springs running community and a true athlete. You can read more about Bill in his RootsRated profile.
Describe a turning point in your running career.
I’ve lived in Colorado for 11 years, and one day, three years ago, I thought to myself, ‘I’m got to do this. I signed up for the Triple Crown (the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile, the Summer Roundup and the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon), and walked back to my office. I almost got emotional about it.
What’s your favorite running experience?
I love running hills. The Garden of the Gods has hills, but they are gradual. I run on steep hills and the Incline and then the Garden is better.
Are you a record-keeper?
I used to keep a log of my times, now I just keep my times on the Ascent (5:04 the first year, 5:36 last year and 5:16 this year). I have such respect for those people who do the Ascent under four hours.
When do you like to run?
I’m a morning person. I used to do the Incline before work, and it really gave me energy for my day. Now, I still get out in the morning.
Describe one of your worst running experiences.
I’ve fallen on the Barr Trail. Everyone talks about the rocks on the trail, but tree roots are more insidious. I got caught up in a root and wiped out.
One of your best experiences?
After the first Ascent, I didn’t feel like I wanted to throw up. But also, I love the peacefulness and solitude of running.
What do you do outdoors besides running?
I go hiking in the slick rock of Utah each September with friends. I like mountain bikes, but don’t really do single-track riding.
After a great run, how do you relax?
There’s nothing better than a microbrew after a run. We used to do what we called the Double Canyon (Cheyenne Canyon, a park in Colorado Springs with steep hills and trails that attract runners, and Phantom Canyon, a microbrewery downtown).
What’s on your to-do list?
I’d love to travel more. We’d like to get kayaks. I miss the water.