Running on Faith relay teams excel in 170-mile jaunt
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Running on Faith had a goal. To run from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs – that’s 170 miles – in the Colorado Relay on Sept. 21-22 in 24 hours.Sounds impossible right?Nope. The 10 men on the team combined forces, running three legs each to cross the finish line in Glenwood Springs in 23 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds – more than 28 minutes ahead of the targeted time.
“(Team member) Mick (Daly) makes a race sheet of expected times, and we went back and forth from being behind to ahead and then all of a sudden we started to destroy our legs,” said team captain Brian Magee.The time got Running on Faith, a group of runners from the Church at Carbondale ranging in age from 23 years old to 65, a 14th-place finish overall and a third-place award in the nonconformist division.”Everyone just seemed to have a leg that was perfect,” Magee said. “Everyone ran awesome, and we all had fun.”Competing in its fifth Colorado Relay, Running on Faith got a partner this year thanks to Joy Schneiter.
Schneiter, a Glenwood resident who was on the team for two years, started a Running on Faith Too team, an all girls running squad to compete in addition to Running on Faith. The second squad did well in the race, finishing 123rd overall out of 146 teams and sixth in the women’s division with a time of 28 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second. Schneiter, the captain, said that previously there had only been two women on the team, so getting 10 was a challenge. She found 10 women, however, and all did very well.”At the finish line Saturday morning, most of the 10 women were already planning next year’s event,” she said.
Running on Faith Too got some late-night inspiration from Holly Hentschel, who took on two difficult legs – first over Guanella Pass and then over Vail Pass.”She ended up running up Vail Pass faster than we thought she would and said at the top, “That was easy, I feel great!” Schneiter said of Hentschel’s excitement. “The team was instantly fired up and encouraged to get out there and go for it.” The original Running on Faith team was just as pumped up after the race, which benefits Outward Bound Wilderness, formerly known as Colorado Outward Bound School.”It was the best year yet and we have been doing this for five years,” Magee said.
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