Glenwood running, biking event returns
The Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike or Foot Race is back, but it’s undergone some dramatic changes since the last competition.
First off, the race has been on hiatus the past two years due to a fire at Architectural Furniture, the business owned by race organizer Bill Inverso. The race began in 1997 and ran for three years before the break.
With the rebirth of event comes a new aspect of competition. Saturday’s race will be the first to include runners in the 14-mile competition.
“I had a lot of people say they would like to have some running events,” Inverso said. “Since the infrastructure is in place anyway, it’s really easy to do.”
Inverso expects roughly 20 runners and 30 mountain bikers to compete in the event.
The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the base of Red Canyon Road, with competitors asked to arrive at 7:15 a.m. for signup. And don’t show up bleary-eyed, as the course climbs 1,000 feet in the first three miles. The course boasts a 2,000-foot elevation gain overall.
“If they can just make it to the parking lot. Once they get to the parking lot at Lookout Mountain it’s just a cruise,” Inverso said.
The course does flatten dramatically after the Lookout Mountain parking lot, but that is also the most technical section of the route. After 1.3 miles of doubletrack, riders and runners are faced with seven miles of singletrack through Forest Hollow Trail and down the Boy Scout Trail, which should be particularly difficult this year due to the dry conditions.
“They are not going to enjoy Boy Scout,” Inverso said. “It’s in the worst condition it’s ever been in because of the lack of moisture – it’s like eight inches of talcum powder. It doesn’t have to do with people not taking care of it, you just can’t keep it packed down.”
This is also an area where the runners may be able to make up time due to the technical aspects of the section. While riders will have to maneuver around objects, the runners can just hop over without breaking stride.
Runners and bikers aren’t competing against each other, but Inverso expects some of the top runners to overtake some of the recreational riders in the event.
Competitors drop off Boy Scout into Glenwood Springs on 8th Street and eventually travel under the Grand Avenue Bridge on 7th Street to the bike path. The race finishes at Two Rivers Park.
“I start working on this six to eight months in advance,” Inverso said. “My reward is to sit at the finish line and see the smiles.”
Competitors can preregister for $25; race-day registration is $30. Proceeds benefit the Glenwood Jaycees. For information, contact Inverso at 945-8697 or visit the web site at http://www.epicadventure.net.
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