Race Report

The Inaugural Crested Butte Ultra 105k Footrace

A Too-Long Intro

Crested Butte is amazing.  Anyone that’s been there knows that.  If you’ve been around someone that’s been there, you’re probably sick of hearing that.  But there’s good reason you hear that.  It’s amazing in the winter and spring, when it shines as the self-proclaimed “last great Colorado ski town”.  It’s amazing in the summer, when you can ride the miles of trails on your bike and not be able to see over the wildflowers on either side.  It’s amazing in the fall, when the mountainsides all around are lit with the bright yellow of the changing aspen.

Grand Mesa 100 Race Report

I’m not sure how those lows in ultramarathons just die away and succumb to the highs, but the stubbornness to see a 100 mile race through always seems to have these transitions. Such was the case for my recent finish/win of the Grand Mesa 100 in Grand Mesa National Forest.

The Grand Mesa Ultras consist of 33km, 55km, 50mi, and 100 mi races. It’s a family-like, lower key atmosphere, with a midsize number of runners in each race.  It’s what I envision many ultramarathons were like back in the pre-internet era when you’d only know about these races through word of mouth. 

Hustle and Flow at the North Fork 50 Mile

Low fog hung over Pine Valley Ranch Park on race morning, limiting visibility and causing some pre-race chills partially attributable to my nervousness. I chatted with Ryan Denison (50 mi) Blake Wageman (50k) and Alexis Hanks (50k) after picking up my bib, discussing the heavy hitters that would be out there and what we anticipated course conditions to be like. I ran into some patches of snow during a course preview run a couple of weeks prior, but fully expected things to be melted out.

Fear the Deer - My First Trail Race

As I stood for the start of my first trail race I was excited and nervous, mostly nervous. The Race Director announced, “this year, out of all years, I am nervous. Please do not try to PR through this course. Oh and we added about a half mile to the course because the conditions were not safe”.  Colorado was its crazy self and dropped over a foot of snow the previous week in mid-May which meant the trails there would be snowy, muddy, or slushy. I looked over at my boyfriend, Barrett who knows the trails much better than I and told me “you’ll be okay”.

Behind The Rocks 50k (2016)

I'm an alpine guy. I like steep climbs, dirt, and the smell of pine trees. Dry desert slickrock and sand is new territory. I hadn't experienced this terrain at all outside of a few miles in high desert of the Eastern Sierra. That said, what's a race if you can't get just a little outside of your comfort zone?