The Inaugural RUFA-CO is now in the books.
Some 40 enthusiastic runners toed the line for the chilly (28 degrees) 7 am start on March 31. When the Suffer Better crew dropped the flag, off they went, running up to Granite Peak (8500') and back, again and again over the course of their 3, 6 or 12 hour stints.
Smiles were ubiquitous, especially when runners reached the summit, and each time lingering over the spectacular view - 14'er Mt. Evans to the west and Denver city skyline to the east - before heading down the trail - again.
Some meaningful and interesting facts and figures from the day:
Collectively, these intrepid RUFA-CO runners:
Ran a total of 252 laps up and down the trail to Granite Peak at 8500'
Completed over 680 total miles on occasionally treacherous snowy and, by mid afternoon, wickedly muddy trails
Ascended a grand total of over 190,250 feet (that's akin to climbing nearly 14 14'ers from sea level to summit)
- Consumed more than 200 bananas, 100 energy bars, 300 cookies, 120 oranges, countless gels and chews, and some 125 tasty pierogis
Raised over $3000 for Conservation CO's efforts to improve our air quality.
Pretty damn cool all the way around.
Official results are available here.
Of course, we owe our partners a huge thank you for their help and support, not to mention the cool RUFA-CO Ts, ice cold beers, amazing prizes, on-course nutrition and their invaluable time: Tik Tok Ink, Skratch Labs, UpSlope Brewing Co., HokaOneOne, Berkeley Park Running Co., Racerite Timing and Open Split Time.
We've also posted a ton of photos from the day on our Flickr site. To see those, go here: https://www.flickr.com/