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GORE-TEX® Trans Rockies Run 2012

Post by:  Jake

120-miles of trail running over 6 days.  The GORE-TEX® Trans Rockies Run is a stage running race that starts in Buena Vista, Colorado and ends in Beaver Creek.  180 teams of two and 100 solo runners are currently taking on one of the most enjoyable, yet challenging trail running races in the nation.

For this year’s race, I’ve been invited to immerse myself in the Trans Rockies community of athletes and write about what I experience.  I’ll be joining the race at Stage 3 of 6, and will be living with the runners over the next 4 days.

Stage run races are similar to stage bike races such as the Tour de France.  Each day starts a new leg of the race.  Many of the teams-of-two compete for the fastest time, and high stakes prize money ($20,000 is up for grabs this year), while other teams simply compete for new personal bests and bragging rights that they completed one of the most grueling high altitude races in the world.

Throughout the 6-day race teams will gain nearly 25,000 feet of elevation while reaching altitudes of over 12,500 feet.  Stage 3 (where I will be joining the race) is a gorgeous 24.1 mile run from downtown Leadville to Camp Hale, summiting Tennessee Pass at an elevation of 10,918 feet.  Total elevation gain for the day will be 2,674feet.

My hope is that you’ll enjoy this race coverage, and will be inspired to push beyond your current comfort zones. Here’s a video clip of the start of Stage 3 this morning. And other of Stage 3 action.

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