I am looking for a partner for the Inaugural TransRockies race, a multi-day staged trail race in the Colorado Rockies.
September 16-21st, 2007. Six days. 125 miles. Beaver Creek to Aspen, CO
Additional details on the race at: www.transrockies.com
I would love to make a new friend near my pace to compete with. Solo entrants are not permitted; the event is limited to 150 teams.
2-3 days are ultra distance; all 6 days have significant elevation.
$1250 Registration fee includes all support, including transport of gear, luggage, tent rental and set-up, breakfast and evening meal at each stage, energy bars, energy drinks, fruit, during stages, access to showers, etc. Yes, the entry fee is high, but for me it’s worth it to not have to coordinate logistics/crew on my own. All you have to carry is a small pack with rain gear, warm top, emergency kit, route book, and a little food/water for between control points.
Ideal Race Partner:
Male or female, doesn't matter.
Strong running base (or solid running + alternate sport base)
As its rather late in the game, my ideal partner is presently sustaining a minimum 35+ miles/week running + cross-training (or higher running mileage with less cross training)
Pace: 9-10 min/mile on hilly trails; 7.5-8.5 min/mile on gentle terrain. The race requires that you stay within two minutes of your teammate at all times, so finding a partner similar to my pace is essential. I recently finished my first 10K road race in 47:32 (it was far from an “all out” effort).
Update: I recently discovered that at 10,000 ft, my pace is somewhat slower than those posted above (imagine that!). With 6 days straight of long mileage running up and down mountains, I will be averaging more like 10-15 min/miles on the runnable miles, and slower when I need to power hike steep stretches. I don't expect to be very competitive at TransRockies, but I want to run the strongest race possible given my ability. I want to be comfortable and happy throughout this ultimate running vacation.
Dedication: You should serious about the TransRockies Race, and on track to being the fittest you can possibly be by September. My training currently consumes ~15-20 hours/week. I run ~6-12 hrs/week, and fill the remaining hours with a mix of cycling, weights, and yoga.
Age: within 10-15 years of me preferred (I'm 27). I don't mean to be ageist, but I just think we'll get along better if you're between the admittedly arbitrary ages of 12 and 42 ; )
A little more about me:
27, female, trail runner, road cyclist, backpacker, urban planner, graduate student. I live in Berkeley, CA (yes, sea level. I am arriving in Colorado 8 days before the race to acclimate at 9,000 feet before the race).
I've been running for 1.5 yrs, so I'm still in that puppy love stage. I typically run one trail race/month. I am on a women's running team (an ambassador team for LUNA bar). 1/2 marathon distance is my favorite so far. I like to challenge myself pace-wise. I am a little obsessive about injury prevention, so I take care not to overdo it. I started running to cross-train for cycling, but running has become my primary sport as of late. I have never run farther than 20 miles, but I am deep into training (lots of back-to-back long runs to simulate the race), and am very excited about TransRockies. I was inspired to register for this event on a tramping holiday in New Zealand. Most days on the trail I found myself thinking "this would be so much more fun if I was running!"
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please tell me a little bit about you, your running experience, and running goals. Please be in touch soon, the race is so close.