170 miles of mountain running fun?
Early this morning, in the cold, dark air of Idaho Springs, Mick Daly and his team of runners started a 170-mile footrace to Glenwood Springs. Along the way, Daly and nine others from the Church at Carbondale will run over Guanella Pass, Kenosha Pass, a stretch of the Colorado Trail over 10,000 feet, and Vail Pass before getting to Glenwood Springs on Saturday morning. Somehow, The Colorado Outward Bound Relay is “one of the best sporting activities of my life,” Daly said. “I’ve run for myself over 25 years,” he said, “but you get tired running just for your own sake, and running for a team is a whole new kettle of fish””You spend 20 to 25 hours together with little sleep – it’s a ball,” he said. Daly is running with a team of friends from the Church at Carbondale (the team name is the Left Behinders), intent on having a good time. Few on the team have run the race before.”One of the other good things about this relay is that it is an experience available to all types of runners,” he said. The team splits the race into legs, with each runner running three legs. The shortest combination of legs is 10 miles, the longest is 23 miles, and theCOB: see page A26toughest, Daly said, is 12.5 miles, which averages 10,000 to 10,500 feet in elevation.The team has everyone from recreational runners to marathoners from their early 20s to 58 years old, said Daly.More important than age or ability, however, may be logistics.At the beginning of the race the team splits in to two groups. The first five runners are grouped into one support van and ride to each handoff point waiting for the previous runner to arrive. The second group of five takes a long drive to the sixth handoff point, and has to manage nerves and adrenaline before the runners actually start running. Daly himself fell victim to logistics during last year’s race, on a leg from Frisco to Copper Mountain. Daly warmed up while waiting for his teammate at the handoff point, but the teammate was slower than expected. “It got tough,” he said. “I got warm, I got cold.”Then when the teammate did arrive, it was later in the evening than Daly had been planning on, and he wasn’t wearing enough clothes. To top it off, Daly was passing another runner as he ran up the bike path. Both were wearing lights so they could see. Daly, on the left-hand side of the path as he passed, got hit by a bicyclist riding down the bike path in the dark. “I probably lost three or four minutes right there,” he said. “My temperature dropped and when I finished at Copper Mountain. I had mild hypothermia”And this is fun, Daly insisted.”The rest of it was so good it more than compensated.” The Left Behinders (Hadley Hentschel, Clayton Collier, Brad Janssen, Brian Magee, Tim Madden, Kevin Denton, Mick Daly, Vince Schimp, Robin Tolan and Lynelle Denton) will leave Idaho Springs at 6:45 a.m. today, and Daly thinks they will run into the finish at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.The Left Behinders (Hadley Hentschel, Clayton Collier, Brad Janssen, Brian Magee, Tim Madden, Kevin Denton, Mick Daly, Vince Schimp, Robin Tolan and Lynelle Denton) will leave Idaho Springs at 6:45 a.m. today, and Daly thinks they will run into the finish at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.
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