13TH ANNUAL WILD WEST RELAY - GET YOUR ASS OVER THE PASS!
A COLORADO LONG DISTANCE, 24-HOUR TEAM RELAY RACE ADVENTURE
FORT COLLINS TO STEAMBOAT SPRINGS; 36 LEGS, 200 MILES. 2 MOUNTAIN PASSES
Friday - Saturday August 5th - 6th, 2016
"... it was the most fun I've ever had while running." John Meyer, Denver Post
Colorado is home to some of the most inspiring landscapes in the country. With mountains that reach to the sky, rushing rivers, and starry nights like you’ve never seen, the Centennial state is a runner’s dream – and you have the chance to experience it like you never have before!
The Wild West Relay starts in the foothills of beautiful Fort Collins before sending runners deep into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This scenic and remote course takes athletes over two mountain passes and through three national forests before reaching the finish line in the idyllic ski town of Steamboat Springs. Along the way you’ll pass picture perfect mountain communities, working ranches, and the jaw-dropping vistas that typify the American west. You’ll run on dirt roads and under starry skies and when you and your team cross the finish line at the Steamboat Springs ski resort, you’ll be rewarded with a cold beer and an even colder dip in the Yampa River that winds its way right through town.
FUN FINISH AT THE STEAMBOAT RESORT WITH BEER GARDEN!
Race veterans know the importance of a substantial post-race celebration. Our new finish line is at the Gondola Plaza at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. Not only will teams finish in a more centralized area, but they will also be able to enjoy a cold brew at the beer garden and a refreshing dip in the rippling creek that cuts through the heart of the resort. What's more, the upscale finish line feast will be provided by resort catering.
This Colorado relay race begins by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, and finishes in the beautiful ski and summer resort town of Steamboat Springs. Held on open public roads, much of this very scenic and remote course runs through National Forests or on dirt roads. The route winds through Roosevelt, Medicine Bow, and Routt National Forests, and through small, mountain and ranching communities.
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There are two main divisions of teams in the Wild West Relay: 12-person and Ultra teams. Both divisions have competitive and non-competitive options.
- 12-person teams are comprised of 7 - 12 runners and have six competitive categories to choose from: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Open, or Master's categories. Each member of a 12-person team will run three legs of the race, with legs averaging 5.6 miles in distance. Teams who wish to be competitive must maintain the same rotation order.
- Ultra Division categories are available for runners that want to take on a more serious challenge. Ultra teams are broken down into two different categories:
o 6 x 6: Each runner is responsible for six legs in rotation. This is just like the 12-person teams but with each runner doing more legs.
o Super Ultra: For the hardy fools crazy enough to try the whole thing solo, or in teams of two or three!
High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.
Teams who want to shake things up a bit can choose the non-competitive Helter Skelter category. Helter Skelter teams may mix up the order of runners but all other relay racing rules apply. No awards are given for teams in this category.
GET YOUR ASS OVER DEADMANS PASS TIME TRIAL
The Get Your Ass Over Deadmans Pass Time Trial presented by Fort Collins' premier running store, Altitude Running is back. Each team's Leg 14 runner, which goes over Deadmans Pass, will be timed. The fastest three men and women to run Leg 14 (8.5 miles, 1,180 feet elevation gain, -738 feet elevation loss) will win gift certificates (first place $75, second place $50, third place $25) from Altitude Running for their achievement.
To be eligible for the prizes, interested teams must register their runner for the time trial prior to the start of the relay.
HOW IT ALL WORKS
Long-distance relay racing is a form of self-supported adventure racing. You and your team will be out all day and all night dealing with everything the course throws your way. While we will be there to make sure you have an amazing experience, you are responsible for your own food, water, and transportation (team vehicles). This also means being prepared for things like adverse weather conditions and the darkness of night. We're not trying to scare you - these challenges are some of the very things that make long distance relay racing so rewarding!
Putting on a long race that passes through rural areas is a challenge. In order for the Wild West Relay to be a success, all teams will be responsible for choosing one of the two volunteer options- one of which benefits local community non-profit organizations.
In this way, we will secure the commitment of volunteers necessary to act as Race Marshals, staffing the Start and Finish areas, and the 35 exchange points along the course.