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TransRockies Run Day 4

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Hard initial climb leads to amazing views and downhill.


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14.5

Miles

23.3

KM

83%

Runnable

11,680' 3,560 m

High

8,655' 2,638 m

Low

2,838' 865 m

Up

3,388' 1,033 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

STAGE 4
15 miles/23 kilometres
3600 ft/1100 m gain
1 Check Point | Run 6 | Kahtoola Run 3- Cliff to Creek

Like Stage 2, stage 4 is short and steep, although it tops out a little lower, at 11,700 feet. Starting with a rolling run on gravel roads for about 2 miles, you'll then start climbing on a jeep road, which gradually gets steeper as you work your way up Hornsilver Mountain. Once on top, you are treated to an extended run on the rolling meadows along the ridge with views of Mount of the Holy Cross before starting the descent into the Wearyman Creek drainage. Watch for loose footing on the way down, as this stage has claimed a few ankles and bloodied a few knees. Once you turn left at Wearyman Creek, the creek is running down the middle of the trail. There is no way to avoid getting wet, as this water section goes on for about half a mile. The water is never more than knee deep and is cold, which is refreshing for hot feet. After Checkpoint 2 you'll spend the last 2 miles running on a hard packed road to the finish in front of the world-famous Mango's Bar and Grill. Remember to bring cash or card for some fish tacos and margaritas on the patio.

Early Start Option will be available to runners at 6:30am. Please check in at the timing tent no later than 6:15am.

Description

This is stage 4 of the TransRockies Trail Run held in August every year. The race runs from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek over 6 days. Here is the stage write up from the race website: Like Stage 2, stage 4 is short and steep, although it tops out a little lower, at 11,700 feet. Starting with a rolling run on gravel roads for about 2 miles, you'll then start climbing on a jeep road, which gradually gets steeper as you work your way up Hornsilver Mountain. Once on top, you are treated to an extended run on the rolling meadows along the ridge with views of Mount of the Holy Cross before starting the descent into the Wearyman Creek drainage. Watch for loose footing on the way down, as this stage has claimed a few ankles and bloodied a few knees. Once you turn left at Wearyman Creek, the creek is running down the middle of the trail. There is no way to avoid getting wet, as this water section goes on for about half a mile. The water is never more than knee deep and is cold, which is refreshing for hot feet. After Checkpoint 2 you'll spend the last 2 miles running on a hard packed road to the finish in front of the world-famous Mango's Bar and Grill. Remember to bring cash or card for some fish tacos and margaritas on the patio.

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Karl Robohm

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