Friday - Saturday August 1st - 2nd, 2014
"... it was the most fun I've ever had while running." John Meyer, Denver Post
I have done hundreds of races, and I have to say the race organization over the past weekend is by far the most impressive, and what is amazing about that is that it was for a race that was over 24 hrs long. I am extremely happy with the overall experience, and I am definitely looking to do this again, and I am telling all who wants to hear "you have to do this race!".
LS Denver, CO
We can't take credit for the Colorado Mountains' being an ideal natural playground, but we can definitely boast about a distinctive course and relay experience that takes runners of all shapes and sizes on the run of their lives. Relay newbies can find information on the WWR below, and race veterans will find exciting updates to next year's event as well.
The Wild West Relay is an unforgettable experience from beginning to end. Beginning in the foothills of Fort Collins, the course takes teams through wide open expanses and enigmatic back roads. The scenic and remote course runs through Roosevelt, Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests, as well as over two mountain passes. Perhaps the most memorable part of the race is running at night; whether the Wild West Relay takes place during a full moon or a sky full of stars, runners experience a night run (or two!) that is unlike any other.
Race veterans know the importance of a substantial post-race celebration. Well, we've heard you, and we've moved our finish line to the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort at the base of the mountain. 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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My first relay was the Wild West Relay back in 2010. Since then, I've run every year. My first experience was the most unforgettable, as I came in not knowing what to expect, and left with 11 closer friends and countless memories. You see, what people don't understand about the relay format is how different it is from other races. Running is such a solo sport, but the relay changes that. It's no longer just you out there pounding the pavement, looking to set a personal best. It's about your team and overall time. Couple that with a pretty daunting task of running 200 miles for over 24 hours and you've got a pretty unique experience in the making. One of the best memories for me is running up Rabbit Ears Pass under the full moon back in 2012 and completely bonking. I was tanked and crestfallen that I was letting my team down. Not 5 minutes later did my van roll by and all my teammates were cheering me on and lifting my spirits. I went from feeling like crap to pushing up that mountain like I'd never do without that support. And that's what it's about: pushing yourself, making memories and new friends, and creating a sense of accomplishment on both a personal and group level.
Return WWR Participant
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 (7 - 12 runners) have seven competitive categories to choose from: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Open, Masters, or Flatlanders (all team members live below 2,500 feet) categories. Each person on a competitive 12-member team runs three legs of the race in rotation, with legs averaging 5.25 miles in distance.
High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.
Ultra teams (4 - 6 runners) have three options to choose from. Ultra teams can choose the 6 x 1 option where each runner is responsible for one leg of the race averaging 33.3 miles or the 6 x 6 option where each runner is responsible for 6 legs run in rotation just like the 12-person teams. The Super Ultra option is for ultra runners who want the challenge of running the route solo or on a team of up to three runners.
The Helter Skelter category is available for both 12-person and Ultra teams and is a non-competitive category. Whereas competitive teams must follow the standard relay rules of keeping the running order of their team intact, the Helter Skelter category is for teams that choose to have their runners run in any order they want. No category awards are given to the Helter Skelter categories.
Teams start in waves from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.
Are you an individual runner looking to join a team, or a team looking for runners? Check out our Team Matching Message Board.
In order for The Wild West Relay to be a success, each team 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 the more than 250 volunteers necessary to act as Race Marshals, staffing the Start and Finish areas, and the 35 exchange points along the course.
The Wild West Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously through the night to reach the finish. Many find this to be the highlight of their experience - their run in the middle of the night under the stars or full moon. But as it is an adventure race with a 200-mile route, teams must be aware of and accept certain responsibilities:
Teams are self supporting - teams are responsible to stocking their vans with their own water, food, first aid supplies, etc. While directional arrows are placed on the course, the responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant. Please always print, study and understand the leg maps available for print on this website.
Hazards are not marked - runners should proceed with caution.
The route is not closed to traffic - runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply. These rules are similar to USA Triathlon sanctioned events as their races are usually on open courses. Failure to follow these rules will result in the entire team being disqualified:
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WE LOOK FORWARD TO EVERYONE "GETTING THEIR ASS OVER THE PASS!"