Hi Mr Barr, I'm not sure if you will get the chance to read this but I have some questions and a few problems with you.
First - did the thought ever occur to you that it might have been more fun for people if your trail went from Manitou Springs to Colorado Springs? Instead you made it go from Manitou Springs to the top of Pikes Peak.
Next - did you come up with the idea of the W's? Did you ever think that some people would prefer a period. Meaning - stay in the same spot.
Why is your Camp over 6 miles away and 50 thousand feet higher than the Cog Railway station. And who in their right mind thought it would be fun to have a race up to there and back - in the middle of July when it is so hot.
I tried to run up your trail last night - but it took me over 30 minutes just to get to the top of the W's, my feet hurt, my back hurt, not to mention that my lungs felt like they were wrapped around my ears.
I know a lot of my friends spend lots of their days just hanging out on the couch, playing on the Wii, eating junk food and not doing any exercise. I would like to think that I am kind of in better shape than them. But when it comes to running 3 miles and it takes me almost an hour - maybe I am not in good shape.
I'm not complaining though, my Dad did it with me and he was hurting just as much as I was. By the way - don't tell him that I got on his blog to write this letter to you.
I'll see your trail again in a few days - between now and then - how about making it a little easier for me (and everyone else), I am 12 years old you know.