ADDING MORE FUN TO COLORADO’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RELAY RACES, ROADS LESS TRAVELED RELAYS ADDS HIGH ALTITUDE TIME TRIALS TO THEIR RELAY RACES
Who will be the fastest runner to get their ass over the pass?
ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO, June 20,2014– Roads Less Traveled Relays (www.RLTRelays.com) is pleased to introduce the Get Your Ass Over The Pass Time Trials for runners participating in the Wild West Relay in August and the Flaming Foliage Relay in September. These exciting time trials will add even more fun and challenge to an already incredible relay race experience, as they will determine the fastest men and women to race over mountain passes on two of Colorado’s most scenic relay legs.
During the Wild West Relay, each team’s Leg 14 runner will be timed for the Get Your Ass Over Deadmans Pass Time Trial, an 8.5 mile leg which summits Deadmans Pass in Roosevelt National Forest. The runner will gain 1,180 feet in elevation to pass over the 10,269 ft pass, and then descend 738 feet as fast as they can. Prizes sponsored by Altitude Running of Fort Collins will go to the fastest three men and women who run this leg.
During the Flaming Foliage Relay, runners who tackle Leg 11 will be timed for the Get Your Ass Over Georgia Pass Time Trial, a 12.6 mile single track trail leg that climbs 2,146 feet to to the 11,585 foot Georgia Pass summit in Pike National Forest. Prizes will again be awarded to the fastest three men and women who run this leg.
“I’ve chosen the most scenic leg of each relay to introduce the time trial,” said race director Paul Vanderheiden, “And the fact that each of these legs also have a mountain pass only adds to the challenge Colorado runners appreciate. Relay races are all about team camaraderie, and having fun – with some fun trash talking and bragging rights thrown in. The time trial introduces another level of fun and challenge for the participants.”
Vanderheiden adds, “Georgia Pass is the Heartbreak Hill of Colorado relay race lore, so it is especially exciting for me to be bringing back the single track routes that Colorado Outward Bound established with the original Colorado Relay back in the late ‘90s.”
Racers are invited to take part in the time trials by joining the relays at www.rltrelays.com. Sign-ups for each relay close three weeks prior to the race.
About the Relay Races
August 1-2, the Wild West Relay will cover 200 miles from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. Runners compete on a 12 person team or a 6 person ultra-team through foothills, open spaces, back roads, and National Forest ending at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. Late registration for the Wild West Relay starts July 1st. Registration closes July 11th.
September 12-13, the Flaming Foliage Relay marks the return of the best legs of the original Colorado Relay route. Ten person teams or 5 person ultra teams complete 30 total legs over 3 mountain passes and 165 total miles from Idaho Springs to Leadville to Buena Vista. The race is conducted during the most stunning weeks of a Colorado fall giving it the Flaming Foliage name. Late registration rates start August 1st. Registration closes August 22nd.
Roads Less Traveled Relays are staged by Timberline Events LLC, a Colorado owned company. Our races benefit Volunteers with a Purpose, Inc (www.VolunteersWithAPurpose.org); which benefits non-profits in the communities that races pass through – over $250,000 raised and distributed), and 1% For the Planet.