The Gore-Tex TransRockies Run kicked off from South Main Street in Buena Vista, Colorado, elevation approximately 9,000 feet, to Railway Bridge. The stage covered 20.8 miles of sun-exposed, sandy terrain, with a modest elevation gain of 2550 feet. Stage One rewards those who are already well-aclimatized to the altitude, comfortable in the heat, and fast on the flat sections.
TransRockies veterans Mike Smith and Rob Krar (Team Flagstaff) handily won the Men's Open in a blistering 2 hours 15 minutes. (Max King, who challenged Team Flagstaff in 2011, is competing solo in - and dominating - the TR 3-day event.)
In the Women's Open category, La Sportiva had teams in the top two positions, and Team Backcountry.com was third. Both La Sportiva and Backcountry.com are official sponsors of this year's event
In the Mixed Open category, Zach Violett and Stephanie Howe (North Face) once again proved their strength in the Rockies with a stage-winning 2 hours 47 minutes.
The GORE-TEX TransRockies Run is a six-day stage race covering 120 miles of trails from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek, Colorado. Team EverymanTRI will be racing and reporting from each stage.
For more information on the GORE-TEX TransRockies Run or full results for Stage One, go to www.transrockies-run.com.