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NASA ASTRONAUT TO RUN COLORADO WILD WEST RELAY WHILE IN SPACE
Longtime Competitor Will Join Team from Orbit
ENGLEWOOD, CO, June 30, 2014 - NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson is officially registered with a 6-person ultra team to compete in the Wild West Relay which takes place August 1st and 2nd in Colorado. He will join the competition from the International Space Station where he is currently in orbit. The race is a 200-mile relay originating in Fort Collins and ending in Steamboat Springs. Swanson has completed the Wild West Relay Race twice before as a participant.
To participate, Swanson will be strapped onto a treadmill on the International Space Station where he will run his six relay legs for his team at his designated times. The team is hoping to be in communication with Swanson during the race to notify him when to start running, and for him to notify his team when the next runner should start when each of his legs is completed.
Swanson will compete on a six person ultra-team (each runner averages 33 miles) with the team 200 Miles, 20 Orbits and 90 Schillings. The name of the team represents the number of miles of the relay, the expected number of orbits that will be made during the course of the relay and the team's favorite beverage. The captain of the team is Bredt Eggleston of Fort Collins, a friend of Swanson's and previous participant in the relay. Other astronauts are expected to be part of the team, including Sunita "Suni" Williams, who participated in the Boston Marathon in 2007 by running her marathon on the Space Station.
Swanson is originally from Steamboat Springs and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently two months into a six month mission on the International Space Station.
About the Race
August 1-2, the Wild West Relay will cover 200 miles from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. Runners compete on a 12-person or a 6-person ultra team through foothills, open spaces, and back roads, passing through three National Forests andÂ crossing two mountain passes. The race finishes at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. More information available at www.rltrelays.com.
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.
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.
Ragnar Wasatch Back is already sold out for 2013. Hood to Coast sells out its 1050 spots via lottery in October. These mega races are mega popular, and they are getting tougher and tougher to get in to. But with the huge races come headaches - traffic jams, van shortages, crowded exchanges, stressed out volunteers. While your initial reaction may be that the big races are the only way to go, I would like to share some thoughts about why the smaller races are worth a second look.
In contrast to the big races are smaller boutique events like the Green Mountain Relay, or the inaugural events like the Tuna Run 200. Smaller races have their own charm. Easy parking at exchanges, personalized attention from the race director, and mellow volunteers are just some of the advantages of a boutique relay. Because the size of the event is limited, the race director has more opportunity to focus on the details - fun contests, finish line parties or smooth race logistics. Even the smaller number of runners can make for a unique experience - the event becomes less of a race and more of a team building experience when you are running a course with fewer fellow runners. You will have just as much fun with your team if the race has only 25 teams as if there are a 1000.
If a rural route, a beach finish and fresh tuna to celebrate your completed relay is your style, then you need to check out the inaugural Tuna Run 200. Slated to debut on October 19 - 20, 2012, this 200 mile relay will challenge your body and reward you with a fantastic party in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
Right now, the relay is offering one monthly winner a 50% discount on your team registration if you help them spread the word about their new relay. Details on the offer can be found on their Facebook page.
Here's what race director Brian had to say about his newest endeavor:
Why did you decide to start the Tuna 200 Relay?
I co-direct a 200 mile relay in SC in the spring and we have a lot of teams from the NC area. Since there was not a relay in eastern NC I thought it would be a great idea to have one that would start near Raleigh and finish at the beach in the Fall.