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First Monday August 4th/Track Meet August 7th
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Meet Johnny Chapin  
by Gail Hunter

 
We’re all at the Millennium on the day before the Bolder Boulder, staring at a camera on a tripod and trying not to blink as we smile into the camera. Surprisingly, it works. A few days later, we see a picture of the Boulder Road Runners, and we actually look good! The man behind the camera is Johnny Chapin, and his skill with a camera is impressive.
 
Johnny was born in Longview, Texas, on April 19, 1941, NOT as Facebook claims on April 1 on a small raft off the coast of Rungati, Kiribati.  (Attention Border Patrol, please read the previous statement carefully.)  His father, Casey, worked for a predecessor of Amoco, and they moved frequently to wherever the drilling was going on all over Texas. 
 
After graduating from high school back in Longview, Johnny attended Colorado School of Mines. While Johnny was in college, a high school student named Jim Ryun, of Wichita, Kansas, broke the four-minute mile. That interested Johnny, and he began running. His best mile was around 5:30, but running seemed to bother his lower back, so he stopped. 
 
In the world of academics, Johnny moved on to graduate school at the University of Colorado, where he obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering and met his future wife at a Christmas party. Micki was a graduate student in German and referred to electrical engineers as “sparkies”. They were married in 1969. Elizabeth was born in 1970 and Michael in 1974. Both now live in Boulder. Elizabeth works at NCAR, and Michael, at a plastics company in Longmont. 
 
While in graduate school, Johnny worked at a lab exploring thin films of electro-optical materials. From there, Vacuum Technologies employed a number of engineers who found the work to be a lot of fun. When that company closed, they founded their own, named Applied Films, making liquid crystal display electrodes on glass. It was a very risky venture but never a dull moment.
 
The product was initially sold to approximately 50 companies in Asia. When the Asian companies grew large enough, Applied Films began selling those companies the equipment to make the electrodes for LCDs. The company grew, merging with its U.S. competitor, then with its German competitor, and then with a small competitor in Taiwan. Applied Films also did a joint venture in Shanghai, China with Nippon Sheet Glass. The glass sold by Applied Films was manufactured in Europe, coated in Boulder, sold to companies in Asia that added electrodes and other devices, and was then sold around the world, including to companies in Europe. The glass was well traveled. The LCD industry is now consolidated in Asia.  Johnny retired, but remained on the board for several years. In 2006 Applied Films was bought by Applied Materials who wanted to produce the equipment used in the manufacture of solar cells.
 
In 1989, a co-worked convinced Johnny to run the Boulder Bolder with him, and 
Johnny continued his running after the race finding it wasn’t really running that had bothered his back. He had no coaching and knew almost nothing about training. He relied on Runner’s World, a Colorado running magazine, and a book by Jeff Galloway for training advice. He found his best distance to be the half marathon, but never tried a road marathon, but he did run most of the Boulder Basic Mountain Marathon. His half marathons included a couple of Mosquito Pass Heavy Half’s in Leadville, several Canyonlands in Moab, a couple of Boulder Backroads, Fiesta Bowl, and several in Tucson.
 
Johnny swam a bit and had done a little cycling, so he did a sprint triathlon in Ft. Collins. He won his age group and thought he might have found a sport in which he could excel. He entered the Boulder Peak Triathlon next, and he immediately returned to the reality of sports in Boulder, where professional athletes enter local races as part of their training for more important events. Determined to improve, Johnny spent a month in Australia with coach Siri Lindley’s triathlon training group. Siri Lindley is a two-time World Champion in the triathlon and has trained several champions, including Mirinda Cafrae. Johnny tried one of Barry Siff’s 5430 triathlon series, enjoyed it, and went on to do winter triathlons, which often included a snowshoe portion, biking on snow, and a run. At a winter triathlon near Snow Mountain Ranch, most of the bike portion was on hard packed snow on roads. On the first loop, Johnny suddenly hit deep snow and went head over heels. The same thing happened on the second loop. By the third loop, Johnny had figured out the technique and remained upright on foot beside the bike. 
 
In recent years, Johnny has tried Xterra racing, which includes a mountain bike ride, a trail run, and a swim. After watching a couple of his competitors suffer concussions from falls on their bikes, he concluded that he should return to doing road triathlons. 
 
Johnny’s favorite races were in Honolulu, where he had his best triathlon run shortly after training with Siri Lindley. He came in 12th overall in his age group.  He also enjoyed Worlds in Hamburg, Germany. He hadn’t previewed the bicycle course, and he got off course and went outside some pylons. Marshalls yelled at him to go the other way, but they weren’t yelling in a language in which he was fluent. Once again on the 3rd loop he went on the correct side and wasn’t penalized for his error. His trip to Worlds in Lausanne, Switzerland, was notable for his commute from his lodging to the race. When he registered for the race, the hotels in Lausanne were totally booked, so he stayed in a town twenty miles away. The commute required travel by bicycle, train, and bus. The bicycle portion of the commute involved steep hills, so he’d expended a great deal of energy and adventure before the triathlon even began. 
 
 Johnny appears to be something of a magnet for adventure in his triathlons. Johnny signed up for a Worlds triathlon in Vancouver, BC, which was held in June. The water was 58° F, with strong winds and white caps. The women went first, and the race organizers found that too many people were getting hypothermia. The men’s race was changed to a run/bike/run. 
 
Johnny has enjoyed hiking, backpacking and camping for many years. He is headed to the Wind Rivers Range in Wyoming on August 2nd backpacking with Verne Carlson, Clarence Harrison, Isabelle Salinas, and several others. He is planning on joining Tom LeMire and Verne for the second time on a canoe trip in Quetico north of Minnesota. His new favorite sport is swimming, a useful skill when a canoe capsizes. (Boundary Waters is in the US; Quetico is in Canada.)
 
His other adventures include joining Linda Andes-Georges in Rocky Mountain National Park for first annual summer solstice bird count. Linda identified 42 species in three hours, more than the number of photos Johnny got.
 
Johnny’s skill in photography combines well with his outdoor activities. The shift to digital photography heightened his earlier interest, and in the last ten or fifteen years he has found photography to be a major source of enjoyment. His photos of the BRR track and field events, group photos, and outdoor scenes are evidence of both a good eye for composition and well-developed technical skill. Photography seems a fitting medium for someone with an engineer’s aptitude for technical detail and an outdoorsman’s love of adventure and the beauty of the natural world, plus there’s still a lot to learn.
 
 
 
Up coming Events:
August 4th   First Monday 5:30 - 7 p.m.
August 7th   Track Meet  Potts Field 6 p.m.
August 11th  Sister Marion Irvine "The Running Nun" to speak at Avery 6-7:30 cash bar and order food from taproom menu
August  12th  Boulder Book Store, Author Robert Andrew Powell, Running Away, on his motivations and observations while training, in Boulder, to qualify for the Boston Marathon
August 12th  Conor O'Neills 8:30 p.m. reception for Robert Andrew Powell 
August 13th Business Meeting Avery's 6-7 p.m.
August 21st Track Meet  Potts Field 6 p.m.
August 30th CU x-c time trials at Buffalo Ranch
Track Meet on August 7th.  Volunteers, when you arrive, please check in with Anne at the timers tent.
Reception for Sister Marion Irvine, "The Running Nun"

 

There will be a reception for Sister Marion Irvine, "The Running Nun" at Avery Brewing on August 11th. Starts at 6 p.m. Free admission to "Barrel Room" with cash bar and food from taproom menu. Hear this engaging and fascinating women speak about her experiences.

                                                                 Sister Marion Irvine

It was Memorial Day 1978 when Sister Marion Irvine started running. She recognized that she had a lot of pent-up energy that wasn't being expended. A niece suggested that she try jogging. At first, she thought it was a crazy idea. But, she invested in a pair of tennis shoes and shorts. She started out by walking stretches in the sun and running in the shade. She found she felt better immediately.

Sister Marion, at age 54, ran the 1983 California International Marathon, in Sacramento, CA, in a time of 2:51:01 this qualified her for the 1984 Olympic Trials. She became the then-oldest competitor, at age 54, to ever participate in the Olympic Trials. She finished the inaugural Unites States Olympic Women's Marathon Trial in 2:52:02. Sister Marion said that these two races were the most memorable of her running experiences. The 1984Olympics Games, inLos Angles Games, was the first time a women's marathon was held.  During her career,  Sister Marion, broke numerous age group records. She was inducted into the Road Runners Club Hall of Fame in 1994, as well as the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.

Sister Marion is now unable to run because of stenosis and a hip fracture, as a result of a fall. She still walks and hikes, with her dog Charlie, wherever she has the opportunity. Sister Marion is now 84 and has retired from her life as a Dominican nun. She continues to be very active campaigning on social issues.

Author Robert Andrew Powell to Speak at Boulder Book Store.
Robert Andrew Powell, author of Running  Away, will be speaking about his motivations and adventures trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon while training with the Boulder Road Runners.
Tickets cost $5.00.

After the book talk, a reception will be held at Connor O'Nells at 8:30.  Carl Mohr has reserved a room for this event.  The first round is free with a dollar off next one.

 
Sign the Valmont Park Petition.  Help bring a public running track and cross country course to Boulder.

If you would be interested in helping or have ideas to help get the Valmont track and cross country course built, please contact me and I will forward your information.  Or contact Sarah: sarah@boulderrunningco.com
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