(July 12th, 2014)
I was very excited about this race. I was on my man-cation with a group of trail runners. We had been hanging out in Colorado a few days leading up to the race doing nothing but hiking 14rs. So, by the time race day arrived, I think we were all pooped. No doubt the race was still a blast. Some of us did better than others but I believe all of us finished but one. It’s December, 2016 and I’m again creating a race report for a race I ran two years ago. But, this race stands out more that the others. This one was and still is unique for me. It’s one of two races I’ve ran out west as of Dec 2016. I’m looking forward to more in the future.
The race is held in Leadville, Colorado. An old mining town that has managed to keep it’s old west charm. I’m pretty sure Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday ate steak and drank wiskey in the saloon across the street from packet pickup. For a southern, Tennessee boy like me, that was kinda cool. My only regret is that I didn’t eat dinner in the saloon before leaving Colorado… Maybe next time.
The only thing I didn’t like about the race is the corporate feel it has when interacting with the staff or volunteers of the race. It really feels like you’re interacting with a business. Much different that the races I’m familiar with in the South East. I’m sure it’s a business for those race directors as well but they seem to know how to treat you so that you don’t feel like you’re just another customer. Let’s move on to the important stuff. The race.
The course is AWESOME. Super easy to run trail and gravel roads with some out of this world views. You do some climbing, but I hope that’s one of the reason you signed up. Being from out east, my biggest challenge was the dry air. I drank what I thought was plenty but, I was completely dehydrated by the time I crossed the finish line. I wasn’t the only one in our group that had this problem so I think it was just a situation where we didn’t realize how much more we needed to drink to stay on top of things. In addition to seeing old mines and great views, we learned a think or two about running at an altitude over 10,000 feet. For example, I learned that I can’t talk and breath at the same time while running or walking up hill. Also, when going up hill, I would have to stop to drink or I would feel very winded. Good Stuff! I loved it.
One of the things that we talk about when the race comes up in conversation is the finish line. It has one of those finishes going into the finish lines where you can hear the music and the names of finishers in front of you being called out for quite a while before you actually get to the finish. It’s a bit of a mind game.