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Pearl of a race: Glenwood Springs hosts first Oyster Off Road

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Touted as the “Rocky Mountain Ball Buster” the Merrell Oyster Off Road Race is taking over Glenwood Springs on May 22.

“This is a really great event,” said Luann Morris, event director for Team Player Productions. “It’s a blast, and it’s like nothing else going on.”

The Oyster Race has traditionally been an urban adventure race set in cities like Denver, Austin and Chicago. Glenwood Springs will host the inaugural Off Road Oyster Race, which will combine thought-provoking strategy and creative tasks of its sister races with the much-loved traditional disciplines of an adventure race.

“This is a new event for them,” said Kate Collins, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association vice president of tourism marketing. “They’ve done the urban race but the off road race is the first of its kind.”

The race challenges teams of two to four participants to push their physical limits in some of nature’s most pristine playgrounds in and around Glenwood Springs.

The race will test the best of athletes featuring classic disciplines of mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and a water element of some sort. Also included will be a number of surprise challenges such as answering trivia, completing brain-teasers or performing stunts. Teams will have to rely on their wit as much as their athleticism.

Two Rivers Park will be the transition area for the race, which typically takes between four and five hours to complete, according to organizers, and spans 20 to 30 miles.

Teams can register for the event up until 8 p.m. Friday, May 21. The race starts at 9 a.m. on May 22, and so far 32 teams have signed up. A registration fee of $75 per team member is required, and in addition to the registration fee, there is a required $25 minimum donation that will be given to the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club. The money will go toward Rotary’s college scholarship program for local high school students.

“This series is a foot in the door for us and what we are assured will be a long-term relationship in the coming years,” said Glenwood Rotary President Greg Albrecht.

Albrecht, who was a consultant on the design of the race course – which is a secret until race day – said that it will definitely showcase Glenwood’s treasures.

“It will make Glenwood shine in terms of where the racers are routed to,” he said.

Albrecht said that Rotary is looking for additional volunteers to help on race day.

While he is not racing in the event, he is positive that it will challenge even the best racers.

“They should put their fun hat on,” Albrecht said. “It’s not a triathlon. It’s not a half Iron Man. It’s a fun race that involves a little bit of endurance.”

Albrecht said the race is like a shorter version of CBS’s “the Amazing Race” with a little more of an endurance aspect to it but with the luxury of being able to complete the race in one day.

But don’t think that it’s going to be a walk in the park, either.

“At the end of the day you are going to get your butt kicked,” Morris said. “But you are going to have a great time doing it.”

jgardner@postindependent.com


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