What it takes to organize, participate in the big race

This year’s Gore-Tex TransRockies Run has grown and the routes have changed. One constant? The race once again provides a great place to make friends and swap war stories.
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Where can you eat, sleep and breathe running 24 hours a day for six full days other than at the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run? The six-day, trail running event kicked off yesterday in Buena Vista, Colo.

This year, there are a few differences in the event, said event spokeswoman Kelly Blake. For one, there’s a brand-new Stage 6 route that’s a whopping 19 miles long. Secondly, the individual competition, the Run3, went from 80 participants to 130. But one thing hasn’t changed: The TransRockies Run is still an event where people forge lifelong friendships after six days of bonding.

With a race this big, naturally organizers have to tackle a variety of issues from permits to logistics. Organizers had to get permits in seven municipalities, three ranger districts and three counties. The crew is made of up 113 people who man 18 rented vehicles, provide 13 meals and drive around the shower trucks.

There are many benefits to the race for participants and organizers alike, including camaraderie, Blake said, attained through “communal meals, campfires and war stories.”

Every night, runners will attend an awards ceremony and see the pictures of the day. This year’s pool of runners include two teams from Backcountry.com, Women’s Adventure Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Olson, and SNEWS reporter Ana Trujillo, and her brother Mike Trujillo. Updates on the race can be found at SNEWS Twitter page or Ana Trujillo’s Twitter page.

The Gore-Tex TransRockies Run is sponsored by La Sportiva, Gore-Tex, Gore Running Wear and WindStopper. For more information, or to register for the 2013 event, visit the event website.

--Ana Trujillo

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