|Saturday's backdrop and playground.
There will be three waves of starts: 7am, 8am and 9am from JT's house at 321 N. 31st Street in Old Colorado City. The idea is to time your start so that everyone finishes in the same general data cloud in the early afternoon hours. There will be a full 50Kish course, a 15mi-ish cut-off, and a 26ish mile course.
The full 50K course will be a ton of fun with a gnarly 2000'+ climb up Longs Ranch Road and a 3mi descent on the famed Barr Trail from No Name Creek, through the storied W's and finally onto Ruxton Ave before joining in with the Intemann Trail to finish out the day. About 7000' of climbing total; it's a mountain runner's dream.
|The full enchilada.
The 26mi course will be the 50K course but skipping out on Longs Ranch. Instead, after only climbing a half-mile or so turn left onto the Ute Pass Trail (UPT) which rolls its way a couple of miles back to Manitou and Ruxton Ave where you can connect into the Intemann Trail and make your way to the finish.
|26mi Course = Junior Status: I mean, really, you've made it this far, you might as well check out the charms of Longs Ranch Road as well...but there always is the option of just cruising the UPT home.
Again, no aid, no entry and no whining. The route will be sparingly marked with orange tape, so be looking for that, but also don't hesitate to print the maps below. There will be a few maps for handing out at the start and a large laminated map to look at before taking off onto the local trails.
A truck will leave for the Highway 24 Crossing/Waldo Trailhead after the last wave of starters, so feel free to throw whatever supplies you want in there. I myself will probably just put in a jug of water and some gels. Also be sure to bring whatever post-run foods and beverages you might enjoy.
Finally, the run will be self-timed with results at the finish being dependent upon your motivation to time yourself and then report it. I might round up a clipboard between now and then. All in all, it looks like there should be some fantastic weather with probably a ton of slush and mud considering all the snow this past week and the now warm temperatures. I'll probably bring a pair of Microspikes down to the Springs but probably won't wear them. See you there!