Pace Chase…

I didn’t feel so bad ’til the sun went down. ~ The White Stripes

Headed out to the Res around dusk to run with Chase during his 24-Hours of Boulder effort. I just missed him when I arrived so got to spend some time with his lovely wife, “Saralee” while we waited for him to come back around. It was a beautiful night without a cloud in the sky. Perfect weather for a run.

Chase’s other crew member, Duane, had headed out “just to the top of the hill” and ended up doing a full lap. Nice work off the couch, Duane! I took over pacing once they returned to base camp and we headed out across the dam for the first of two laps (for me).

The course is an out/back that starts on pavement by the main Res center, runs east past the boat dock, across the dam then back west across the spillway and up to the north-side trailhead where it turns around at the second aid station (adorned last night with many great jack-o-lanterns) and heads back. Pretty cool in that you get to see the front-runners hauling ass on what is really a very flat, fast course. Chase was spinning great splits during my stint as pacer and we alternated running/walking for 3.5 hours or so.

I hung up my shoes after 2 full laps (15+ miles), defrosted my thoroughly dysfunctional hands (why I didn’t wear my gloves is beyond me) and headed home. Chase had completed 9 laps (64+ miles) when I left. He was gunning for a full 100 miles and was still on track at midnight. Hoping to hear more later today and I’ll post information when I get it.

All in all, it was fun to get out for a nighttime run with a bunch of other lunatics. If you have never taken some part in a 24-hour, lap-style event, you should give it a whirl sometime: as spectator, crew, pacer, team member or solo runner. They are a lot more spectator-friendly than traditional ultra events for sure.

~stubert.

UPDATE: Just got word that Chase did 12 laps, 85.7 miles total. Hung it up at about 6:00 this morning after 21 hours. Had visible bruises on the soles of his feet – Yikes! Nice job, Chase. That is a proud effort, rolling all but about 22 miles of that solo.

2 thoughts on “Pace Chase…”


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    Chase Squires says:

    Stubert, you rule, thanks so much for coming out that late to run with me … Man, for me staying sober allllll day Saturday to go running with someone at night would be a challenge! Can't wait to run with you again, if you've got some trails that aren't snowed in after I rest up, would be a lot of fun to head out your way for a run


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    ~stubert. says:

    Hell yeah, man. I had a blast. Now I have been a spectator, pacer and runner at an ultra. I definitely think pacing and running is best. I'll have to crew for someone sometime to try that out.

    Let's definitely get together once you aren't Sen├Ár McBruiseyfeet.

    ~stubert.


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