February RLTRelays newsletter: http://www.timberlineevents.com/…/subscriber/newsletter.php…
Our races range from 50-mile "sprint" relays to the 200-mile overnight relays.
The Flaming Foliage Relay
Older Colorado runners remember this route as the Outward Bound Colorado Relay which started in 1998. The Colorado Relay lasted through three different owners before being purchased by the deep pocket, investment banker/corporate owned relay company. They changed the route (long time Colorado Relay runners described their change as “dumbing the route down”) and now only use a section of the original route.
The Colorado Relay was the first relay I ran..., so when that route was abandoned, I revived it, changed the second half of the course to improved it, scheduled it at the same time as the original (first weekend after Labor Day), and the Flaming Foliage Relay joined the Wild West Relay as part of our Roads Less Traveled Relay series.
The first half of the FFR, legs 1 through 15, follows the original Colorado Relay route. Starting in Idaho Springs, the route goes to Georgetown, then climbs over the 11,000-foot Guenella Pass. The next four legs (30 miles) are on single track trails; the last trail leg is the signature Leg 11 - 12.6-miles over Georgia Pass, another 11,000-foot pass. The course then takes teams through Frisco before reaching Copper Mountain.
From Copper Mountain, rather than going over Vail Pass and miles of running next to Interstate 70 as the original route did, the FFR goes over a third 11,000-foot pass, Fremont Pass, to Leadville. Next is a loop around Turquoise Lake, then down the Arkansas River Valley to finish in Buena Vista. This route change substitutes the noise of semi-tractor trailers on the Interstate for the wide open, star-filed sky of Fremont Pass, and replaces running on concrete bike paths with miles of dirt roads next to the Arkansas River.
The Flaming Foliage Relay; 165-miles, Friday-Saturday September 8th – 9th. 10-person or 5-person ultra-teams. Early Bird registration closes March 15th. RLTRelays.com
Early bird registration for the 14th Annual Wild West Relay, Colorado's longest running overnight relay race, closes January 31st. To get psyched, check out the just released Wild West Relay video! See how scenic the course is and how much fun participants are having.
Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2017 Wild West Relay on Friday - Saturday August 4th - 5th (Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs), and Flaming Foliage Relay on Friday - Saturday September 8th - 9th (Idaho Springs to Buena Vista). Go to RLTRelays.com for information.
These aren't the investment banker corporate owned relays, these are Colorado runner owned and produced, where money is raised that actually goes to participating non-profit organizations (as detailed on ...VolunteersWithAPurpose.org), over $300,000 in fact since we started.
As one runner suggested, our relays are the "craft beer of relays in comparison to the mass produced brand name swill."
So gather up your running friends and family and save cash by registering during the early bird registration period for a great running adventure!
RLT Relays November Newsletter: http://www.timberlineevents.com/…/subscriber/newsletter.php…
The Civil War Relay in Oregon is just a month away. Late registration starts November 11th and closes November 18th.
Here are some memories from a long time CWR participant:
"I started running the Civil War Relay back in the late 90’s....
The Start used to be the Parking Lot of Autzen Stadium and the course would run into Day Island Park east to the I-5 and follow the bike path down to Garden Way. The rest of the course is almost the same now as it used to be in the 90’s and 2000’s.
"Early restrictions from Lane County made it necessary to always run north and end at Linn-Benton Community College. At the end there would be a gathering in the cafeteria where you would pick up your shirts, pizza, and drinks.
"When the ROTC groups were more active, the runners would run in fatigues and boots, stopping at the exchange points and do push ups. There were many years when costumes were more the norm than the exception. That would be fun to bring back.
"It is my understanding in the early days of the race, the race actually did run from Autzen to Reser Stadium in Corvallis running up along the shoulders of 99W or 99E. Ruled too dangerous understandably."
The Civil War Relay is a one-day "sprint" relay commemorating the Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State. The 50-mile relay has 5-person teams and 25 legs, so legs average 2 miles and each runner runs five times. This year the relay is on Sunday December 4th and starts in Eugene and finishes in Albany (Oregon State hosts the football game this year. Registration is open at RLTRelays.com.