One year ago, I happened to be in Leadville, CO for work. After a morning run cut short by my inability to breath at 10,000 ft., I came across what I would learn was the Stage 3 start-line of the TransRockies Run. I stopped to chat with two older men tending to some gnarly blisters to find out what was going on. “We are running a 6-day race!” A 6-day race? Crazy.
Fast forward one year, and I was lacing up my own shoes on Leadville’s Main St., getting ready to start the 24-mile Stage 3 with my teammate and coworker, Magda Boulet.
The TransRockies Run
The TransRockies 6-Day Run was created in 2007, and it set the standard for epic multi-day trail racing in North America. Since then, the race has ballooned to 550 participants and also has a 3-day option. The course covers 120 miles with 20,000 ft. of climbing. The shortest day is 13 miles over Hope Pass at 12,500 ft., and the longest day is 24 miles over Vail Pass. It’s a fully supported race, which means runners only worry about getting themselves from point A to point B each day. Meanwhile, the amazing TransRockies crew transports all extra gear, tents, food, beer, adirondack chairs, etc. to a new campsite each evening.