The Wild West Relay is a 200-mile distance team running relay race adventure in Colorado designed for runners of all abilities.
I have done hundreds of races, and I have to say the race organization over the past weekend is by far the most impressive, and what is amazing about that is that it was for a race that was over 24 hrs long. I am extremely happy with the overall experience, and I am definitely looking to do this again, and I am telling all who wants to hear "you have to do this race!".
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This Colorado relay race begins by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, and finishes in the beautiful ski and summer resort town of Steamboat Springs. Held on open public roads, much of this very scenic and remote course runs through National Forests or on dirt roads. The route winds through Roosevelt, Medicine Bow, and Routt National Forests, and through small, mountain and ranching communities.
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There are two main divisions of teams in the Wild West Relay: 12-person and Ultra teams. Both divisions have competitive and non-competitive options.
12-person teams (7 - 12 runners) have seven competitive categories to choose from: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Open, Masters, or Flatlanders (all team members live below 2,500 feet) categories. Each person on a competitive 12-member team runs three legs of the race in rotation, with legs averaging 5.25 miles in distance.
High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.
Ultra teams (4 - 6 runners) have three options to choose from. Ultra teams can choose the 6 x 1 option where each runner is responsible for one leg of the race averaging 33.3 miles or the 6 x 6 option where each runner is responsible for 6 legs run in rotation just like the 12-person teams. The Super Ultra option is for ultra runners who want the challenge of running the route solo or on a team of up to three runners.
The Helter Skelter category is available for both 12-person and Ultra teams and is a non-competitive category. Whereas competitive teams must follow the standard relay rules of keeping the running order of their team intact, the Helter Skelter category is for teams that choose to have their runners run in any order they want. No category awards are given to the Helter Skelter categories.
Teams start in waves from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.
THE WILD WEST RELAY IS A FORM OF ADVENTURE RACE
The Wild West Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously through the night to reach the finish. Many find this to be the highlight of their experience - their run in the middle of the night under the stars or full moon. But as it is an adventure race with a 200-mile route, teams must be aware of and accept certain responsibilities:
Teams are self supporting - teams are responsible to stocking their vans with their own water, food, first aid supplies, etc. While directional arrows are placed on the course, the responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant. Please always print, study and understand the leg maps available for print on this website.
Hazards are not marked - runners should proceed with caution.
The route is not closed to traffic - runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply. These rules are similar to USA Triathlon sanctioned events as their races are usually on open courses.