Team EverymanTri suffers at the 2010 Gore-Tex TransRockies race: Stage 3 report
Posted Aug 25 2010 9:00am
Editor's Note: Paul Shippey and Paul
Mandel are currently running stage 4 of the epic TransRockies running adventure,
which traverses the Rocky Mountains from August 22- 27. Below is the stage 3 press update as our boys are out of cell phone and internet reach in the high Rockies. But according to the posted results, the two Paul's apparently struggled on the highest and longest day (24.3 miles) of the race.
With a morning mountain chill in the air and fresh memories of
spending the previous night huddled up to beat Leadville’s 10,200 feet
above sea level cold, it was no surprise that the runners in the 2010 GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run and RUN3 did everything they could to delay
their arrival at the start line until just seconds before the early 8am
start. Whether it was hanging out in the breakfast hall a little longer
or spending a few more minutes sipping coffee at Provin’ Grounds, home
of the best Joe in Leadville, runners found many reasons to avoid
standing around for too long.
Stage 3 from Leadville to Camp Hale would cover the longest distance
(24.3 miles) at the highest average elevation (10,124 feet) of any stage
in 2010. The 8am start gave runners extra time to complete the day’s
challenge, even if it meant a few more shivers before the start. A cold
front had blown through the area the previous afternoon and the enormous
peaks of Mt Elbert and Mt. Massive which dominate Leadville’s Western
skyline were covered with clouds. Luckily for all the runners, the
clouds burned off the in morning leaving all to bask under the clear
skies of a perfect late-summer mountain day.
Stage 2 had taken its toll and several runners were unable to take
the start line on Day 3 with a variety of ailments, Caitlin Smith, half
of the lead Open Mixed team, was suffering from hip problems and decided
that rest was the right answer so the following teams had everything to
run for with the leaders’ jerseys up for grabs.
Former TransRockies Bike winner Stefan Widmer has been volunteering
at the 2010 GORE-TEX TransRockies Run and he was given the honour of
firing the starter’s pistol which sent nearly 300 runners off down
Leadville’s historic Main Street and out toward Ski Cooper and the
Colorado Trail where runners would enjoy beautiful singletrack, alpine
meadows and gentle climbs through tree-shaded doubletrack.
The runners of the inaugural RUN3 left knowing that this would be
their last day on the trails while TransRockies Run competitors knew
that the end of stage 3 would mark the halfway point of their 2010
journey. As they had through the first two stages, Anna Frost and Justin
Ricks ran to solid wins in their respective categories to wrap up the
overall wins. Behind Ricks, trail running newcomer Scott Surface grabbed
second place for the third straight stage to confirm his second place.
Jonathan Toker held off a determined challenge from Phil Villeneuve to
hold onto the last podium place. Katie Mazzia and Karen Barlow had
fought back and forth over the first two day for second place and Karen
ran a strong Stage 3 to grab second on the day and second overall. Katie
held on for third and the last podium place.
The outcome of Stage 3 wouldn’t be nearly so final for the
TransRockies Runners but 24.3 miles at high elevation had the potential
to shake up the standings. Care Wakely and Mark Nelson
(Frontrunners/Westshore) grabbed their second straight stage win in the
Open Mixed category and have pulled themselves up to 4th
overall after a tough stage 1 which saw them lose 45 minutes. They now
sit 5 ½ minutes out of third place. With the retirement of the previous
first-placed team, Krissy Moehl and Bryan Dayton (Vasque) hold the
leaders jerseys and an 11-minute overall lead.
Over the first three stages, Ted Russell and Ross McMahan have
quietly dominated the 80+ Men’s Division with three straight stage wins
and a 25 minutes lead in the overall standings. Mark Thurston and Andres
Santiago are holding a solid second place Dan and Tom Moline who are
testing their brotherly ties with six days on the trail and so far, so
good with a third place overall.
Andy Martin and Max King (Montrail/Hammer Nutrition) grabbed their
third straight stage win and though Jason Wolfe and Eric Bohn have
chased them closely each day, their overall lead has grown to 15 minutes
after 3 days. Behind them three teams are set for battle royale with
the last podium spot as the prize. Nicholas Selbo and Josh Wheeler
(Rock/Creek Race Team) currently hold the advantage over Matt Cavanaugh
and Paul Terranova (Team Wounded Warrior Project).
As has been the pattern so far in the 2010 GORE-TEX™ TransRockies
Run, a long and rolling stage is followed by a short and steep one.
Stage 4 might be shorter day distance-wise, but runners will again climb
high above the tree line to the peak of Hornsilver Mountain at 11,462
feet. The top is exposed and offers 360-degree vistas of the surrounding
peaks before the runners plunge back down to the finish line in the
hamlet of Red Cliff. Of the 3009 feet of climbing, over 2,500 are packed
into the 4 mile climb to the top of Hornsilver Mountain—a tough enough
grind when fresh but bound to be even harder when runners have already
put three big days in on the trails.