Stage 3 of the GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run often times requires a bit of mental toughness (like they don’t have that already!) from the runners. It’s the start of the last stage for the RUN3 racers, the teams competing in the 6 day competition are hitting the “half-way” point, and all runners are about to take on what is the longest stretch of mileage in the entire race.
From Leadville to Nova Guides at Camp Hale, runners took on 24.2 miles and 2,800 feet of elevation gain. After lining up at the chilly start in downtown Leadville, runners took off with a police escort and headed out of town. A cool morning turned into a perfect day of racing, as runners made their way through picturesque Aspen forests, over Tennessee Pass, and finally finishing up in historic Camp Hale.
The final day of racing for the RUN3 competitors saw stage leaders Alicia Shay and Max King continue to dominate the trails. King and Shay won all three stages – an accumulative 58.4 miles and 8,600 feet of elevation gain - and took the overall wins in the Open Men and Open Women divisions.
RUN3 Stage 3 Top Finishers
1. Alicia Shay – 3:15:58
2. Gina Lucrezi – 3:32:15
3. McKenna Douglas – 3:49:06
1. Max King – 3:08:07
2. Josh Korn – 3:10:56
3. Greg Mitchell – 3:11:44
RUN3 Overall Top Finishers
1. Alicia Shay – 8:00:26
2. Gina Lucrezi – 8:47:24
3. McKenna Douglas – 9:28:00
1. Max King – 7:19:12
2. Josh Korn – 7:49:13
3. Greg Mitchell – 7:50:12
For the 6 day competitors, a continuing theme of top competitors pushed their way to the front of the trails and increased their lead on their competition. The same stage 2 winners would repeat on Thursday for stage 3 wins – holding and increasing their overall lead times on competing teams.
Stage 3 Top Finishers
80+ Mixed: Team Caba-nators, Katie Caba and Jeff Caba – 3:42:25
80+ Women: Team Titanium, Sue Lee and Missy Berkel – 4:53:49
80+ Men: Team La Sportiva Trail Masters, Bernie Boettcher and Andy Ames – 3:15:18
Open Mixed: The North Face Bendites, Zach Violett and Stephanie Howe – 3:25:01
Open Women: Team Ooh la LA SPORTIVA, Pam Smith and Jenny Capel – 3:53:38
Open Men: Team Run Flagstaff, Michael Smith and Rob Krar – 2:44:21
Stage 3 Overall Standings
80+ Mixed: Team Caba-nators, Katie Caba and Jeff Caba – 8:58:09
80+ Women: Team RESILIENCE, Valerie Lacarriere and Marielle Chabaud – 12:20:54
80+ Men: Team La Sportiva Trail Masters, Bernie Boettcher and Andy Ames – 8:07:52
Open Mixed: The North Face Bendites, Zach Violett and Stephanie Howe – 8:29:51
Open Women: Team Ooh la LA SPORTIVA, Pam Smith and Jenny Capel – 9:47:01
Open Men: Team Run Flagstaff, Michael Smith and Rob Krar – 6:52:24
Stay tuned for updates as Colorado Runner covers the event!
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