As punishing as it may be to traverse 120 miles on foot through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Ross McMahan canand#8217;t seem to get enough of it.
The multisport athlete from Incline Village will return for a fourth year to compete in the GORE-TEX TransRockies Run, starting Sunday, Aug. 21 in Buena Vista and ending six days later in Beaver Creek.
Based on the popular GORE-TEX TransAlpine Run in Europe, the fully supported race will feature 200 teams of two and 100 solo runners from across the globe. They will eat and live together while covering 120 miles on a mix of singletrack and forest road through the White River and San Isabel National Forests.
The course gains nearly 25,000 vertical feet and reaches elevations exceeding 12,500 feet.
McMahan, 41, will team up with friend Tim Menoher of Cincinnati. Theyand#8217;ll run the entire distance together, never allowed to space more than 200 yards apart.
Each day is a stage, with the division winners from the past day identified by a leaderand#8217;s jersey. Awards are given to the fastest in each division based on their cumulative race.
Check out what McMahan had to say about the TransRockies Run.
Q: Youand#8217;ve done this race several times now. How did you get into it?
A: and#8220;This will be my fourth year. My wife Sarah and I race for the Salomon Trail Running Team, and they offered a paid entry for a few of their athletes. The first year of the race I didnand#8217;t respond soon enough and didnand#8217;t get a spot. Since then I have done it the past three years.and#8221;
Q: Whatand#8217;s your best finish to date?
A: and#8220;Last year we won the men 80+. Both runners have to have a combined age of at least 80. I think we were ninth overall.and#8221;
Q: Whatand#8217;s your favorite part about the race?
A: and#8220;I love the elevation gain, views and the trails.and#8221;
Q: It canand#8217;t all be fun. Whatand#8217;s your least favorite part?
A: and#8220;Everyone has a low point somewhere in the race. You donand#8217;t know when it will hit you, but you just have to know if you eat and drink enough you can work through it.and#8221;
Q: Will anyone from Tahoe be making the trip to Colorado with you?
A: and#8220;I have heard there are some Tahoe locals doing the race, but Iand#8217;m not sure who. Last year Sarah Prinster from Incline Village did the race with her teammate from Tahoe City. Amber Monforte from Truckee/Bend/Reno also raced last year.and#8221;
Q: Your partner, whatand#8217;s his story?
A: and#8220;My teammate is Tim Menoher from Cincinnati. He and I ran against each other in college and then started battling in XTERRA 15 years later. We have become really good friends and do training weeks together from time to time. We thought this would be a fun event to do together.and#8221;