Friday, March 02, 2007
Mountain races that won't crash your server
If you tried to sign up Thursday, you know: runners signing up for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (joined by racers from several other events) crashed the server at Active.com. It was only slightly more frustrating than normal for a lot of people who never get in because the race is so popular it fills up the day registration opens.
But there's good news. There are a lot of races in this state that are just as beautiful and grueling as the Pikes Peak Ascent, and cheaper, and won't leave you pounding on your computer in frustration.
Here are some great alternatives:
The Imogene Pass Run
My personal favorite. Run from downtown Ouray to downtown Telluride over an alpine pass. www.imogenerun.com
The Mount Evans Ascent
Like the Pikes Peak Ascent, but not as burly (only 4,000 feet of gain) or as hard to get into. Registration is open now. Visit www.racingunderground.com/mtevans/index.html to sign up
The Leadville Trail Marathon
Not ready for the Leadville 100? How 'bout the Leadville 26? They even do a half marathon.
For more info, visit www.leadvilletrail100.com
The Vail Hill Climb
Yet another race where Manitou legend Matt Carpenter holds a record no one has even approached. This uphill grunt goes from Vail Village to Eagle's Nest. To sign up visit www.vailrec.com/adult_runningrace.htm
And for those of you who think you've raced with asses before, how about the Fairplay Burro Days donkey race? Race 20 miles with a donkey fully loaded with prospecting gear. You must provide your own ass. To sign up visit www.burrodays.com
Posted by Dave Philipps at 6:36 AM