10 Tips for Running the Gore-Tex Trans Rockies

A month after running across the Rockies, Kevin Fonger of Active Gear Review put together a list of tips for Gore-Tex Trans Rockies run successfully.

In today’s running world, the standard marathon has become all too common, leaving many runners looking for a race that sets them apart from the pack. The Gore-Tex Trans Rockies is a 3 or 6 day stage race totaling up to 120 miles and 20,000 ft. elevation gain through the beautiful and challenging Colorado Rockies.

To run this race, you have to be well trained, but to fully get the best experience of the race, here are 10 important tips.

Training
Train on hills no matter where you live.  Many runners find themselves sucking wind and walking when they are faced with running up the Colorado Rockies.  If you prep your legs with uphill running whether it’s a local hill or a treadmill, your legs and body will thank you.

Bring the right gear
The Gore-Tex Trans Rockies website does a great job of prepping you on what to bring, but the two things that are a must for me include anti-chaffing cream and toe socks such as Injinji socks.  There are tons of people that end up with bad blisters and chaffing problems over the 6 days.  If you can prevent this early on, it will make your adventure so much more enjoyable.  One year, I gave a sponsored athlete my dirty injini socks to run in since she had bad blisters.  She thanked me a million times when she was done running in my dirty socks.

Have fun
If you aren’t looking to win your age group or the race, take a little time to have fun.  A camera phone should be plenty to take along with you for taking pictures.  There are also professional photographers on course to take your picture too.  The more goofy you get, the more the photographers take pictures of you.  Max King who is always in the lead pack wears a running skirt on one of the stages.

Socialize with others
I have met a number of people that I still keep in touch with from the Trans Rockies.  After 6 days of running with the same people, it almost feels like you are one big family by the end.

Sleeping
With up to 600 people in and out of their tents at night, having something to drown out the noise is a must.  I use ear plugs and I take Benadryl to help me sleep.

Protect your skin
Since most people are running closer to the sun in the Colorado Rockies, it is easy to get sun burnt.  The race usually has sunscreen, but I suggest bringing your own to ensure you are protected from the sun.

Shoes
I like to bring at least 2 pairs of shoes in case one set of shoes start rubbing me the wrong way.  This is also helpful in case your shoes get wet.

Ice Ice Baby
At the end of almost every stage, there is an ice cold stream or lake that you can soak your legs in.  While it might be uncomfortable for a few minutes, your legs will recover much faster.

Bring a partner
If you are running the 6 day race, having a partner is mandatory. Since most runners don’t run the exact same paces, it is important to be patient and remember to have fun.

Party time
There is a banquet and party the last day that is optional.  That night is a blast and a great way to end your adventure

For more outdoor tips and gear reviews, check out Kevin’s site, ActiveGearReview.com

By Yoon Kim

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