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Gore-Tex TransRockies Run: Six Days in the Mountains!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 | 5 Comments

This Sunday, Shelly and I will be flying back to Colorado for the Gore-Tex TransRockies stage race. We’ll spend six days running from Buena Vista west to Beaver Creek, passing through the towns of Vicksburg, Leadville, Red Cliff, and Vail.

The race should be a good challenge. The race covers 120 miles with about 20,000 feet of elevation gain. I’m pretty sure it will be the most miles either of us have run in a single week.

The race requires camping between stages. Despite living in campgrounds for over a year, we’re novices when it comes to tent camping. That should be a new adventure for us. 🙂

I’m still deciding on shoe choice for the run. I’ll bring one pair of Merrell Trail Gloves. I’m leaning toward either Mix Master 2’s or Mix Master Aeroblocks (details and review coming soon).

We’ll also be joined by our friends Vanessa and Shacky. We haven’t had a chance to run with them since they visited the Lake Tahoe area in July.

Look for extensive pictures and a detailed race report afterward. If we have Internet access along the way, I’ll be giving frequent updates. Stay tuned!









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  1. Gary Conway
    August 11, 2012

    Sounds like fun! I haven’t been camping since I was a kid – would be great to do something like this.

  2. Kenneth D
    August 10, 2012

    It sounds like it’s going to be a fun adventure.

    Good luck to you and Shelly.

  3. Paul Mastin
    August 10, 2012

    I’m green with envy. Sounds like a dream week!

  4. Brian G
    August 10, 2012

    I don’t know what activities there are between stages, but if you’re interested, have the juice and have the time after stage 2 consider hiking up Mount Elbert which is just north of Twin Lakes. That is the highest point in Colorado and the entire Rocky mountains. And if you get a 4WD vehicle you can drive to the furthest trailhead and hike only 4 miles uphill — though it is a 20% grade the entire way — which is one of the easiest 14’ers to get up.

    The view coming down the pass in stage 2 will be fantastic.

    If you end up finishing in Beaver Creek ski resort hide your wallet. There are some very expensive shops there!

  5. Shacky
    August 10, 2012

    and we’ll be acquainted with Gordy once again.

    I feel like such a fat ass right now but this should be lots of fun. See you guys in a couple of days!