Andy Ames

Age: 48, Years running: 30, Hometown: Boulder, CO, Favorite product: Crosslite


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Keep up with my dogs, see a mountain lion(but not too close. There are still hundreds of races I'd like to do but as long as I can keep running and exploring I'll have a smile on my face.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Have commuted by bike or foot to the same job for over 20 years.

Do you have any vices?

Procrastinator. Rachel says hoarder of shoes.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

Tick!. My wife, Rachel, has Lyme Disease, so that is a bad word in our house. I love to compete and am a naturalist at heart so trail running is my perfect outlet.

What drives you to run?

I drive as little as possible. I'm lucky to have trails just 2 blocks from my house so unless I'm going to races or the high mountains all my runs start from my front door.

What is your favorite movie?

Breaking Away

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Hopefully people don't call me too many names.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

I'm a light sleeper so I often don't sleep through the night. The longest I stayed up while active was when I did a 24 hour bike ride when I was around 15 years old. It was on a 1 mile course through a shopping center parking lot and I covered 301 miles in about 20 hours. I was too saddle sore to ride the whole 24 hours.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Montana, Monty for short. Big skies, high mountains, and open plains-I think that would suit me well.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Peanut butter and apricot jam sandwich and an oatmeal cookie.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Pictures, I go to bed every night envisioning where I'm going to run and what I might see.

What really scares you about trail running?

Nothing really except the fear of missing out. There are so many wonderful things to see and adventures to be had.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Winding trails and wagging tails.

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

Right here in Boulder. I have trails just two blocks from my house and live only a couple miles from work.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

I came across a dead body while running on Flagstaff Mountain. Apparently the poor guy fell off a cliff the night before.