Runners ‘hooked’ on Outward Bound Relay |

Runners ‘hooked’ on Outward Bound Relay

Cold weather, rain, snow and darkness didn’t stop team Running on Faith from trekking 170 miles over mountain passes in Friday and Saturday’s Colorado Outward Bound Relay. On the contrary, they loved it and finished 20th out of 146 teams in the annual 24-hour race from Idaho Springs to Glenwood.It was the fourth consecutive year Running on Faith, a team made up of runners from Glenwood, Carbondale and Basalt, has participated in the race, and according to team member Mick Daly, it won’t be the last.”I am totally hooked,” Daly said. “I am 60 years old and I don’t ever want to stop running it.”

Weather made the race quite a bit more challenging than in the previous three years, with rain pouring down almost constantly. When it wasn’t raining, like when the team ran over Guanella Pass, it was snowing.”On top of (Guanella) pass, it was snowing. It was coming down. It was crazy. For the first three years, there was hardly any rain and this year it couldn’t have been much worse,” said Daly, a Glenwood resident.Each year, the race is scheduled to take place under a full moon that is supposed to help light the trails for night runners. But with the constant cloud cover, the full moon wasn’t much help.”We didn’t see the moon once. I ran the last leg into the Community Center at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday and I saw a few rays of sunshine, but that was it,” Daly said.

Despite the conditions, Running on Faith raced its way to its best finish in its four-year history in the event, crossing the finish line after 24 hours and 21.53 minutes.”This was way better. We have improved every year,” he said. “We had a lot of younger runners this time and they are really quick.”Aaron Coe, an intern with Trail Runner magazine in Carbondale, was one of those younger runners, adding a boost to the squad. Roaring Fork track and field coach Hadley Hentschel also ran for the team, which was captained by Glenwood resident Brian Magee.

Daly, who has run marathons and half marathons in his running career, keeps coming back to the Colorado Outward Bound Relay year after year because it is one of the few competitions where runners can enjoy the comfort of being on a team.”It is a whole different feeling when you are running as a member of a team. … The team spirit helps so much,” Daly said.The race was won by the Blister Busters, who completed the course in 19 hours, and 41.82 minutes. The Roaring Forkers, another local team, finished 17th overall and second in the masters division. Next year, Running on Faith, whose members all attend the Church of Carbondale, plans on being back in full force for the 10th annual Colorado Outward Bound Relay. It hopes to have two teams, one for the open and another for the masters division.

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