The Grand Traverse is proud to offer a supported trail run and mountain bike race from Crested Butte to Aspen on Saturday, August 16th, 2014. The course approximates the 40 mile route that skiers have undertaken since the inception of the winter traverse in 1998. The races’ will start in downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue and finish at the base of Aspen Mountain.
Runners will start on Elk Ave at 6:30AM (Mtn. Bikers @ 9AM), run to the Upper Upper Loop trail via Tony’s, over to Brush Creek Road, and out to Canal Trail. They will continue on through Death Pass (Trail 400) to Star Pass to Taylor Pass and Richmond Ridge and into the Aspen Ski Resort for the Finish at the base of Aspen Mountain. Racers may do the run solo or as a team of two. With the team entry, both teammates will run the entire course. This is not a relay race. Both teammates must arrive at each check point together and finish the race together.
There will be 5 Aid Stations on the course that will have limited water, food and nutritional products. THEY WILL NOT HAVE CUPS FOR DISPENSING WATER, RACERS MUST SUPPLY THEIR OWN WATER CONTAINER. THIS IS A CUP-LESS RACE! The following items are also suggested but not mandatory: wind shell pants, sunblock, water sterilization, matches or lighter, compass & map (of the area), light gloves, trekking poles, emergency space blanket, running pack, cell phone (very limited service on course).
The weather is a dominant factor for this run and can be as formidable as the terrain, the remoteness and the high altitude. Realize that late August thunderstorms are widespread. If you are pinned down, chances are that other runners are, too. Your position in the field will probably not change. Use the time wisely – eat, drink, stay warm, and rest. You will be able to run faster when the storm has passed. The course ranges from 7,907ft – 12,100ft, be prepared and train hard for this; especially if you are training at a low altitude.
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