Friday, July 5, 2013

Of Miles and Marathons

We had some extremely different races run this past weekend by Team Coloradans. One, a downhill road mile. The other, a marathon on the flanks of the famous Mont Blanc on the Chamonix, France side. Regardless, some competitive races were run and there were no casualties.

Bristol Mile

First up was the Bristol Mile in Colorado Springs, CO. This inaugural downhill mile (it was cancelled in 2012 due to the bad air quality caused by the Waldo Canyon Fire) was held on Cheyenne Blvd with a gradual descent of approximately 84 feet over one mile. Neil "Big McD" McDonagh ran a smart race and moved up to finish in 4th place overall in the Elite Men's race, clocking a 4:05.2, setting the new Team Colorado Mile Record!
Big McD gettin' it done with a 4:05.2   photo:
Simon "Gute" Gutierrez ran the 21 and Over Men's Race with some heelies on his feet and placed 3rd overall and first in the 46-50 age group with a time of 4:35.2, winning a coveted Bristol Mile Growler (beer included).

We caught an interview with Gute before the race. He showed us his heelies!

Gute shouldn't have worn those heelies. Here is what he said post-race.

(correction: the shoes were the Hoka Bondi Speed--sorry for any confusion!)

What we can say is that Gute probably has the fastest mile ever run in pair of Hokas!

The race victory went to a Sudanese emigree named Dey Dey...yep, that is it: Dey. Dey. He ran 3:53.7. You can't argue with that!

Men's Elite Race

21 & Over Men's Race

Bristol Mile Results

Mont Blanc Marathon

Out in Chamonix, France, Team Colorado's Alex "Axel" Nichols took on the strong European in the Mont Blanc Marathon. Representing Team Inov-8 (and the USA, of course) Axel battled the likes of Killian Jornet, Marco DeGasperi, Luis Alberto Hernando, and other great athletes with ø's in their name, to finish 7th overall with a time of 3:48:54.

Coloradan Stevie Kremer took the women's top honor running 4:03:16

Starting in the streets of Chamonix...Axel is in his zen phase                 photo: Nadine Davies
I would try to explain the course, but I think they do it brilliantly on their website:

TRAIL is semi autonomy. Distance of 42.195 km coupled with an elevation gain of 2511m, a 1490m vertical drop of. Open to Hope from the category.

I am sure that description was written after the author ran the race.

Axel shows his uphill face...better than a poker face!      photo: Nadine Davies

Axel showing off his snow-run-off-jumping-skills             Photo: Matthew Brown

Axel finishing through the small streets of Chamonix, France                 photo: Nadine Davies

Axel's kickin' it, Mont Blanc style                                         photo: Matthew Brown

Mont Blanc Results

Best of luck to Justin Ricks as he prepares to represent the Team Colorado (and the USA) at the IAU World Trail Championships in Wales. Justin, don't get suck in any bogs!

Special thanks to John Steinbeck for the idea to the title post...our story is much less depressing, though!

Congratulations to friend of Team Colorado, Whittier College graduate and new National Champion (Mexico-Steeplechase), Luis Ibarra. Feliz Cupleaños! Corre por la pista muy rápido mi amigo y saltar obstáculos como un caballo. Órale vato!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats to Alex on representing well over in Chamonix among stiff competition.

    Some commentary on the Bristol Mile...

    *what a difference in form between Dey Dey (very smooth) and James Burns (wheels coming off) when Dey Dey passed him.

    *Gerald "G-Man" Romero went out like it was a 400m race!

    *Mike Stephens (aka "Caveman") is a legitimate talent at that distance. He could easily lose 20 lbs and give 4:10(maybe better) a real shot next year. 4:28 is impressive nonetheless

    *Peter, great job getting that footage and providing incredible perspective. Putting the bike to good use :-)