Sherpa John Takes On Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler

Sherpa John Takes On Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler

The 2012 Collegiate Peaks 25 and 50 Mile Run was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Buena Vista, CO (that’s Bee-you-na Vista). The race is directed by Burke Kaiser and is sponsored by the Buena Vista Optimist Club. This year marked the 12th annual occurrence of the race. It was voted “Best Colorado Ultra in 2009″ by Colorado Runner Magazine.

This was my first time running the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler. The race served as my 16th Fifty Mile Race and my 38th Official Ultramarathon of any distance. Something about the races website drew me in initially. From the second you venture to their corner of the inter webs, I knew I was looking into a race that didn’t spend entry fees for the glitz and glamour. I arrived in Buena Vista with the expectation that this race, even while being around for 12 years now, is a bare bones event that still very much holds on to the roots of our sport. I wasn’t disappointed.

View my footage from the the race:  http://youtu.be/qAySoiRy_4Q

The Collegiate Peaks 50 also allowed me to better gauge where my training is currently at for the coming season. It’s my first major test on the road to this June’s Big Horn 100 Miler in Dayton, WY. Big Horn should prove to be one of the, if not the, toughest 100 miler I’ll have ever tackled since I started running 100s back in 2007. I won’t lie in admitting that I’m incredibly nervous about Big Horn yet excited for the challenge and privilege to be able to run these vast distances.

In the end, I was pleased with my Collegiate Peaks performance in that I managed to run 44 miles before feeling tired or sore in my legs. Not once during the race was a fatigued mentally. I was, however, truly disappointed with my overall performance. 11:35:21 is one of my slower 50 mile times and I finished near the back of the pack. I truly felt that my training in the Front Range of Boulder, CO would treat me much better then that. Though, I’ll also admit, that the beauty of this sport is that on any given day, it could be your ultimate day. This day just simply wasn’t from a time perspective. I’m really stoked for Big Horn and excited to continue to rely on HeadSweats brand apparel to keep my head on straight. Be it the cool mornings in the mountains or the hot afternoons in the arid climate of Colorado. I can count of these hats to protect me and keep me comfortable. I would’t have it any other way and haven’t for the last 4 years of adventure. Next up? The Grand Canyon!

Sherpa John

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