| The annual Colorado
Trip took place a couple of weeks ago, and most people that went are glad
they did. The athletes made their way through the Badlands of South Dakota
and the flats of Wyoming to reach the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
This year, it was Ben
Zhao, Chuck Craycraft, Kim Zhao, Kai Richards, Forrest Tahdooanippah, Neil
Grosscup, Heriberto Vargas, Dan Dickinson, Koby Hagen, Charles Yin, Erik
DeLapp, and Laura Berksow.
MAGNOLIA: How many
miles can you go?
The famous Magnolia
road is a dirt road that many well known American distance greats trained
on. The Colorado Buffaloes, Adam Goucher, and so on. The road runs outward
for about 9 miles and then comes back in. To run the whole road would be
18 miles, and many of the people on the Colorado trip achieved the goal.
During the run, the temperature climbed from a mild 70's to a blazing 90's
with a bright sun. To keep the athletes hydrated, there were 2 bikes carrying
water and one car with water, gatorade, energy bars, and energy gel.
ran a total of 18 miles. He completed the course and was smart enough to
Neil Grosscup ran 20.
He completed the trail and then was picked up by the hydration car and
almost passed out. Whoops!
Charles Yin: Charles
ran the farthest, covering a total of 22 miles before the heat and dehydration,
not to mention Chuck's car, stopped him from going further.
Dan Dickinson: Dan
ran 18 miles, completing the Magnolia run.
Erik DeLapp: Erik ran
16 miles, getting picked up by the "hydration" car with just two miles
PIKE'S PEAK: Is 14,000
feet above sea level high enough?
Pike's peak rests atop
a mountain 14,000 feet+ above sea level. The journy up consists of 13 miles
on a completely uphill trail. It goes so high that near the top the path
is made up of only glacier and snow. A test of endurance and strength,
and Neil Grosscup led the pack, finishing in 2 hours and 56 minutes, running
most of the trail. At the top Neil nearly collapsed, while Forrest had
a big snack which he soon threw up.
Heriberto Vargas finished
just 2 minutes behind them in 2 hours, 58 minutes. This guy is a mountain
Charles Yin and Dan
Dickinson finished in about 4 hours. Charles ran up half the mountain and
then hiked, while Dan hiked at a quick rate for the entire journey.
Erik DeLapp hiked the
trail and completed it in 5 hours flat.
The rest of the group--
Ben Zhao and Koby Hagen, finished in about 5:30 or so.
HEY! ISN'T THAT ADAM
into the city for food, water and recreation, the groups stopped by at
a local running store where they saw the author of the book Running
With The Buffaloes. Also there were many famous runners from the Colorado
team, not to mention Olympiic 5000 meter runner Adam Goucher. Then the
Colorado group was even more lucky-- they got their pictures taken with
all the famous runners that happened to be in the store! The pictures can
be found on the Runners
Page media index page.
THE VAIL TRAIL: Up
the ski hill we go.
The Vail ski hill trail
goes 4 1/2 miles upward through the forrest to the top of the hill. It's
a tough run, but it gets easier once you start running back down.
PINEY LAKE: One of
the highest natural lakes. Ever.
group stayed near Piney Lake for a night and was able to run on the thin
dirt paths near the lake. Some of the runners kept following the paths
for just a little over 4 miles, where the path meets up with a series
of waterfalls and eventually stops at a very large and impressive waterfall.
It's a very fun run.
COLORADO AS A WHOLE:
High mileage or not?
The point of
the Colorado trip is to just have fun, and for some runners, it's a time
to start thinking about the next Cross Country season. Mileage depended
on the person-- some people on the trip biked and didn't run much, some
ran around 50 miles, and some ran around 70 or 80 miles. There were about
7 or 8 days to run total.
What a great trip. Now
the group has returned to the Killer Beez International for the summer.