Race Season Continues, Until the Final Gun!
First up, for the first time, is the “Rocky Mountain High-est Leadville Road Marathon and Half-Marathon,” to be held next Sunday, September 7. This new race is sponsored by GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), a race producer based out of Pagosa Springs, CO.
The race will start at the corner of 6th Street and Harrison Ave. then head west, similar to the LT100 Run start. This race will utilize County Road 4 out to Turquoise Lake with the full Marathon encompassing the Fish Hatchery loop off County Road 5. For course maps click here: Marathon; Half Marathon.
According to their website: Team GECKO has been fans of Leadville Co. for more than twenty years. After years of staging successful racing events in Pagosa Springs Colorado now is the time to realize our dreams of spreading the GECKO word further afield, and Leadville, Colorado is the obvious choice.
The weekend schedule includes race packet pick-up on Saturday from 4 – 7 p.m., as well as race morning, Sunday from 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. There is a race briefing at 8:45 a.m. at the Start/Finish line with the race starting at 9 a.m. sharp September 7.
The event is also a United States of America Track and Field Sanctioned race.
Flaming Foliage Comes Thru Lake County at Night
This relay foot race was originally started in 2012 to be an annual adventure race throughout the Colorado high country. However after the inaugural event, the Flaming Foliage Relay was cancelled last year due to the ravaging storms and flooding across Colorado. But this year, the race is back on the calendar for September 12-13. is an adventure race with a 170-mile route
The route that was originally created by Outward Bound in 1998 but has been revived for the first half of the Flaming Foliage Relay. Starting in Idaho Springs, the route runs through Georgetown, climbs up to the summit of Guanella Pass, descends down to the Burning Bear Trail and other single track trails, climbs up and over Georgia Pass to Breckenridge, then through Frisco to Copper Mountain.
The course then diverges from the original trail, creating a more scenic, remote route by heading up and over Fremont Pass (the relay’s third 11,000 foot pass) to Leadville, around Turquoise Lake, then down the Arkansas River Valley to the finish at River Park in Buena Vista.
Runners will most likely be coming through Lake County and Leadville the night of Saturday, September 13 and into the early morning hours of Sunday, September 14.
The Flaming Foliage Relay is a form of adventure race. There aren’t any police escorts or pacing crews; the FFR is an adventure-race format that is self-supported and takes place on open trails and roads. While detailed maps are provided and the course is very well marked, each and every team is expected to support themselves from race start to race finish.
Relay teams are divided into two main categories that tackle the 170 miles of race course: 10-person teams, or Ultra teams. The most popular team organization is the 10-person category (6 – 10 runners) With the mileage divided into 30 legs, each teammate will have 3 legs to run over the course of the race. The fun part is the categorization of each team depending upon their demographic makeup. From mixed to all female to the flatlanders group, all teams will find themselves competing against like teams. For those looking for a bigger challenge, there is the Ultra team categories (4 – 5 runners), or for the really adventurous, the Super Ultra categories (3 a team).