Last year, my TransRockies Run Report was done 6 months post-race and was destined to be a novella. This year, I thought I would get at it and hammer it out - sort of like the race itself. But first, I thought I would do a little somethin'-somethin' on the TransRockies Run itself and what it's all about. So here we go!
#1 - TransRockies Hint: It's a Team Race. Find yourself a faster-than-you kick-ass running babe who is Decorative yet Functional and Entertaining.
For those of you who have never heard of the TransRockies Run - get with the program! There is some fun stuff going on in the land of trail running and this event is leading the charge. This event is a 6 day stage race, run in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. It is a team race, which means you get to race every day, side by side, with a partner! How cool is that? I love the team concept. It adds a whole different dynamic to racing and it also adds a whole lot of fun! And hey - isn't it always better to run with a friend?
#2 - TransRockies hint: Fake It. If your partner is faster than you, just jump in out front and fake it. Especially on the uphill. It's amazing how many people will go your speed on the uphill especially if you are blocking the singletrack.
#3-TransRockies hint: Just Keep Running. And follow the girl in the pink shorts. Really.
The running and racing every day is only one element of TransRockies Run. As well as the racing, the TransRockies Run is a great mix of one part race, one part camp-life and one part show. Combine those three things together and you've got yourself a one-of-a-kind event and a helluva' lot of fun!!
#4 - TransRockies hint: Don't Take Yourself to Seriously.
The TransRockies Run t is a great event to go to if you want to challenge yourself running on the trails and then enjoy a little fun time hanging out with other running geeks post-race. That's the difference and the fun part! At most races you get your run in, you say Hi to your running friends and you get in your car and you go home. At TransRockies, you get lots of social time to relax, soak up the scenery and the great atmosphere and meet some new friends. Even if they are geeks. TransRockies really is like running camp for grown-ups! Except harder.
#5 - TransRockies Hint: Just Chill With the Geeks.
#6 - TransRockies Hint: Pack a Really Thick Sleeping Pad. And Earplugs.
Even though you are camping, you also get a little spoiled every day post race. Your tent is set up for you, there is massage available and hot showers!! As well, there was some great schwag being passed out to all of the runners daily. In the evening, we were treated to an awesome dinner and an evening presentation. The daily show features highlights of the day in the form of photos, a briefing on what's up for the next day and daily awards and schwag for the stage winners of each day. Seriously, this event is good value for the dollar. I was treated like gold and spoiled rotten for 6 days. The volunteers were fantastic and the organisation was the best I have ever experienced at any event. I had so much fun I might just sign myself up for next year! (registration opens on October 1st)
#7 - TransRockies Hint: Just Smile. Don't Stress. It's Only Running. You Can Do It.