Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Andy "Flying Kick" Wacker 7 min late the the start of the Barr Trail Mountain Race…No Problem!

Flying Kick flies down the Barr Trail en route to the most exciting finish in BTMR history!  pic: Tim Bergsten/PikesPeakSports.us
"Yeah, I was late, you should try it some time!"

With all the attention about Barr Trail Mountain Race recently, I figure I'd like to write why everyone should run next year.

1) Post Race - Free pulled pork (or veggie) from Front Range Barbecue, Pineapp-Ale Wheat beer from Manitou Brewing Co. Not hungry? How about free massage to work out the kinks from the downhill. I was literally walked on by a masseuse!

2) Organization - Coming from someone who started 7 minutes late and still had flawless packet pickup, this is scary efficient. Plus a mustachioed race director in cheetah board shorts. (Go #TeamColorado)

3) Pike's Peak and Barr Trail - This is an amazing course, like nothing else it the world (and I've been around!).

4) Charity - The aid stations are operated by local high school cross country and track teams that compete for funding. Hard to choose between Minions, Jurassic Park and kids in tee-shirt tuxedos handing you Gatorade!

So next year, race it, and don't be late or Runner's World might embarrass you!

Andy "Flying Kick" Wacker 

Barr Trail Mountain Race

The 2015 BTMR top 5 men (and some guy is cheetah shorts, a mustache and a lot of red!)