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I have never felt so much adrenaline right off the bat as I did in the Skirt Chaser 5k. The race took off from Sports Authority Field at Mile High Saturday evening. Ladies started the race and three minutes later the guys took off. Let the chase begin!
Of course, in my wildest dreams my shoes would scurry across the finish line before the boys caught up. In an attainable dream, I wanted to make it the one mile mark before one of the tough guys passed me. Didn’t happen…but it sure made me push harder. Plus, I figured my new Wonder Dress compliments of Skirt Sports would give me the need for speed!
Following the finsh was one heckuva expo! Local food companies such as LOVE burritos, Justin’s Nut Butter, Rush Bowls, White Girl Salsa and Sosi’s Dips all sampled fabulous made from scratch products. Avery Beer also provided two brews to each participant that was 21 plus. Other vendors sported deals on everything from innovative water bottles and stylish running belts to hold essential items while you are on the pavement. Plus, ‘That 80’s band,’ rocked the house down long after our heart rates came down from the chase.
If you missed this years event you can still check out http://www.skirtsports.com/ to find hip gear from running skirts, vests and even rockin’ dresses!
I am up and clean after the Merrell Down & Dirty rocked Aurora Sports Park yesterday. The race is especially unique because of the military personell volunteering at the race. At each obstacle they were there to not only encourage us but push us event if it meant push ups! My running quickly came to a stop as I approached an obstacle that required us to pick up two heavy sand bags and maneuver around cones. “Don’t slow your pace, come on and keep running.” I looked up at a man decked out in his full Army gear and realized he was right. Thinking of everything our miltary endures, I picked up those sand bags and ran through the next obstacle. At each checkpoint from there I looked forward to the tough encouragment. From climbing cargo nets, through tunnels and even sand I gained energy.
And boy was I ready for the after party. This is not event to head into with an agenda to speed out of. The grills are fired up and the speakers are blasting. Obstacle and adventure style races have to compete just as much as the next guy to get racers to this event. This family friendly course has definitely met it’s niche.
I also had the chance to interview Scott Roegner with Merrell Down and Dirty to find out what else makes this race stand out.
Rule number one of the Tough Mudder- it’s a challenge not a race. This challenge has made a bold name for itself as one of the biggest and baddest. In fact, only 80% of participants finish. The course tests teamwork, toughness, fitness, strength and mental grit. Time is not of the essence- there is not even a clock to time participants. The point is to promote teamwork and camaraderie. Finishing is a victory in it’s own right.
About the course: Distances range between 10 and 12 miles and are spiced up with challenges and obstacles. Although the exact challenges for each event are different- expect hills, mud, water, ropes, walls and a dance over fire. You will also come face to face with fears- whether it’s heights, claustrophobia or running through electrical wires. Yes, electrical wires. ZZZAAAP!
How did the Tough Mudder get so tough? The CEO of the company, Will Dean, was in Harvard Business School when he started visioning the race. A college professor snuffed his idea, telling people would shy away from participating if the race wasn’t timed. With fire still burning, he decided to keep on keeping on and put on a race in Allentown, PA in 2010. He didn’t quite meet his goal of 400 participants. Turns out, he far exceed it when over 5,000 people showed up to claim Tough Mudder status.
Since the inaugural race, the numbers of participants continues to grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up. This year, there are 35 scheduled events. With an ambitious team behind Tough Mudder, they thought why not double it? That’s right, next years slate includes 70 events including every state and several other countries.
Oldies but Goodies:
If you are 80 years or older you race for free! Tough Mudder was so inspired after an 81-year-old man rocked the course and will be back out again this year.
The ‘Pink Socks’ entered the coffin races at the Frozen Dead Guys Competition in Nederland, CO with one goal: to chalk up a big W. There were no stutter steps as this team charged up a snow-packed hill carrying a makeshift coffin with a person posing as a corpse inside. In unison they hauled through the obstacle course that left other competitors in their slushy tracks. Determination carried through to the Chinese Fire Drill and across the slushy finish where this pinked out clan finished in just under fifty seconds.
Teams like the Frozen Assets, Bone Crushers and the Donner Party were close behind. Others uprooted on the hills when their feet slipped from beneath dropping coffins and the delicate corpses inside.
This was the 11th year for the wacky festival that honors a frozen corpse found in a shed in the hills of Nederland. When the man died in 1989 , his family brought his body from Norway to preserve his body in hopes that the right kind of technology would one day exists to bring him back to life. The festival is a way for people to show their excitement for the coming of Spring.
Frozen Dead Guy Days also features a parade of hearses, frozen turkey bowling, a salmon toss and pond jumping into icy waters. Even organizer, Amanda McDonald, estimates this years attendance at 15,000 people.
A pack of 750 runners chased a Yeti through Bear Creek Lake Park this morning. The 2nd annual Yeti Chase sold out quick, even clearing space for an extra 250 extra participants from last year’s run. Many people were back again for the scenic sights of Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.
The race is put on by Racing Underground, a company owned by husband and wife team Darrin and Jill Eisman. “I think our events are successful because they are low key and well organized,” explains Darrin. Racing Underground puts on about two dozen races each year.
Darrin’s will to compete started as a freshman in high school on the cross country team. After meeting his wife in college they took on a four month adventure competing in races around the country. Low of funds, Darrin built a camper out of plywood and hitched it to the back of his car. To make it from race to race and state to state they depended on prize money.
One way they make their races stand out is to offer prize money. “It’s for local elite athletes that can now afford a new pair of shoes or have the money to get to their next race,” says Darrin. Today’s top winner walked away with anywhere from 50 to 150 bucks.
Racing Underground also organizes the Mile High Duathlon, Barking Dog Duathlon and Mount Evans Ascent. Racing underground is eager to launch new races this year. The Ralston Creek Half Marathon in February and also look for a triathlon in both Evergreen and Fruita.
On one of the darkest days of our nation’s history 343 firefighters lost their lives trying to rescue those hit the hardest by the terrorist attack on September eleventh. The twin tours were crumbling as firefighters raced up stairs knowing they may not race back down. 9/11/01 marks the biggest rescue and loss from a single event.
To honor lives lost, stair climbs have become synonymous across the nation and also the world. West Metro Firefighters began climbing stairs at Red Rocks to remember fallen firefighters. They realized it is an event that could greatly impact and benefit more than just those in the fire industry.
Three years ago more than 400 people powered up the stairs after West Metro opened the event to the public. Firefighter, Shawn Duncan says he had no idea how much attention the event would receive. To mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks over 3,000 participants came out. Most may not be in full gear like the firefighters but it certainly puts the rescue effort in perspective. All participants receive a sticker with the picture and name of a fallen firefighter to climb in honor of.
Captain Dean Wahl of West Metro F.D. says though an ominous day, 9/11 has brought him and his son closer together. Tyler Wahl was 10 years old at the time and worried about his father working in the fire industry. Tyler is now 20 and following in his fathers footsteps and says he has the up most respect for him.
This year’s climb may have passed, but for the eleventh anniversary in 2012 make sure to join the crowds at Red Rocks. Proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and will also help fund the Historic Lakewood-Mountair Fire Station #1 at Lakewood’s Heritage Center.
Passing up an event that includes bobbing for beer, slip sliding down hills and swooping around curves on mini bikes would be a just plain boring if this was only part of the fun. But there’s more. at the nation’s largest bike scavenger hunt. It’s called the Urban Assault. You need a partner, a bicycle and a sense that anything goes!
You are supplied with eight checkpoints that are peppered across the city. From Lakewood to Denver, it’s your choice to decide what route to take. The night before you receive a mystery checkpoint that you have hopefully solved by the time your gears are ready to grind. At each checkpoint you complete a challenge. That’s where the mini bikes, slip n slide and three legged races come in.
My favorite challenge, bobbing for beer, took place at a community pool. Here you do more than get your feet wet. Everyone has to dive in with their racing clothes on and retrieve a variety of beers from the bottom of the pool.
Music, dancing, New Belgium Beer and a limbo stick are waiting at the finish line. And the rest of the day just keeps jamming!