The time is drawing near for the little 14.5 mile run up one of Colorado’s 14,000’+ peaks. You can check out some of the info about Mount Evans here. There are 53 “official” 14,000+ peaks in Colorado. Mount Evans ranks 14th in elevation at 14,264. There are actually 58 peaks over 14,000′, but there is a criteria to be a 14er. To be ranked, a peak must rise at least 300 feet above the saddle that connects it to the nearest 14er peak (if another exists nearby). For a whole list of Colorado’s 14ers check out – http://www.14ers.com/photos/photos_14ers1.html
My friend running the Mt Evans Ascent actually has a cabin near Idaho Springs. So, we are planning on going up after work on Friday and not worry about the 1.5 hour drive on race day. This is a good thing to help get a little acculmated to the higher elevation a little earlier.
So, I am making a checklist to pack my bag tonight and prepare for the run. The checklist contains your normal items for a race like fuel belt, shoes, running gear, Forerunner, etc. I will need to add a few things like tylenol for the elevation; jacket, gloves, & beanie for the unpredictable weather, and of course sunscreen for the glaring sun during the rise to the summit. I also plan on taking my Weezie Wipe for a summit picture 🙂 . If you are wondering what a Weezie Wipe is, you can see a few here.
I will also be carrying my camera to try and snap some good pictures along the way. You can see some pictures from the 2007 Mt Evans Ascent here – http://www.skipix.com/skipixv2/viewsubcategory.php?lang=en&subcategoryid=102.
I will try and put a race report up Saturday, but it may end up being later. There is a post race party in Idaho Springs after the race. Results will end up on the Mt Evans Ascent website here –
So, keep an eye out here and I will post something soon.