Monday, 17 August 2009

Count down to TransRockies Run

In two sleeps I'll be on the plane to the US for the TransRockies Run, a 180km, 6-day staged ultra. I outlined the daily distances and stage profiles last month - Running in the Rockies. My thanks to Gordon and Kelly, from Outside PR, for making this possible.

TransRockies Run is a paired race (like Cape Odyssey) and my teammate will be Lisa Watson. We'll meet on Saturday afternoon and start running on Sunday morning. How cool to have a team with 2 x Lisa!

There will certainly be race coverage on the event website and during the race I'll post to this blog - hopefully images too.

The place names, which are handy for checking weather forecasts, are:
Stage 1 (Sunday): Buena Vista to Railroad Bridge
Stage 2 (Monday): Vicksburg to Twin Lakes
Stage 3 (Tuesday): Leadville to Nova Guides
Stage 4 (Wednesday): Nova Guides to Redcliff
Stage 5 (Thursday): Redcliff to Vail
Stage 6 (Friday): Vail to Beaver Creek

The weather website is

According to the 10-day forecast for Buena Vista, we can expect rain - there's a 40% chance of rain for Day 1 and similar - or greater - probability at other locations throughout the week. This explains why a waterproof jacket and pants are mandatory equipment for the race. Ho-hum.

My travel plans are as follows:
Depart JHB Wednesday night. Spend Thurs and Friday in NY to visit photographer friend Alex (he came SA to photograph Bull 2005 in the N. Cape). We will see running friend Kim (we ran together at Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica) for dins on Thursday night. My list of 'Things to do in NY' includes a run in Central Park followed by a cream cheese bagel!

Then on to Denver, Colorado early on Saturday morning. Arrive at noon and shuttle through to Buena Vista. Meet teammate Lisa in the afternoon and media function in the early evening. Start running Sunday through to Friday. Post-race dins on Friday night.

Very early shuttle to Denver on Saturday morning and flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. Hopefully see running friend Sandy (completes our Costa Rican trio; last saw Sandy early 2006 when I flew through Atlanta to Hawaii). My transit stop is unfortunately very short... Arrive in Raleigh on Saturday evening - met by my cousins Michael and Avril. Running friend Bob visits Sunday, from Virginia. He has run Augrabies Extreme here in SA many times and we did the Mountainback 80km in Pensylvannia as a two-person relay some years ago (Mountain Masochist, which I did after the Penn. run starts in his home town of Lynchburg). I have Monday and Tuesday with cousins. Fly back to Joburg on Tuesday night. Home Wednesday, 2 Sept. What a whirlwind!

Till then...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, if you are going to run in Central Park, you have to have your bagel at the little restaurant in the park near Shakespeare's castle .... Have fun!