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Locals prepare for 170-mile Outward Bound Relay

Special to the Daily/Matt KauneA runner in last year's 170-mile Outward Bound Relay trudges over Guanella Pass with the Sawtooth in the background during one of the most grueling sections of the race. This year's relay starts Friday morning in Idaho Springs and ends sometime early Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

SUMMIT COUNTY – From the highest-profile district attorney in the nation to a trio of Summit’s fastest pairs of feet, this weekend’s seventh annual Colorado Outward Bound Relay will have plenty of local representation.Billed as a race designed to “amaze” its participants, the relay starts in Idaho Springs early Friday morning and finishes in Glenwood Springs roughly one day later. One hundred forty-nine teams of 10 signed up to be amazed, with a single team of five tackling the 170-mile course in the aptly titled Ultra class.Per race format, team members in the 10-person division will take turns running designated legs of the relay. Each of the five Ultra runners will run a single 35-mile leg.This year marks the first time in race history that Outward Bound West – the event’s organizer and beneficiary – hit its 150-team limit.

“This is huge,” said race spokesperson Eileen Lambert. “We even had a waitlist.”District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, whose schedule opened up a bit on Sept. 1 when the Kobe Bryant case was dismissed, will lead a largely Summit-comprised team – “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges” – in the law enforcement division of the race.In addition to his brother Scott – also a Summit native and now a doctor in Colorado Springs – Hurlbert will be joined by a host of fellow local enforcers: Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman, who has run the Leadville 100; Mark Heminghous (Frisco PD); Michael Sineni (Summit County Sheriff’s Office); Joe Wray (Breckenridge PD); Jim Donahue (Frisco PD); and Juan Berber (SCSO).An avid runner, Hurlbert was part of Summit High School’s class of ’87 and ran track for the Tigers. He also ran in the relay last year, and despite his job’s demands this year, said he’s been able to get in “about 15-20 miles a week” of training. With Bryant a free man, Hurlbert’s newest sports-related rival is the Denver SWAT squad, which edged the Stinkin’ Badges in last year’s race by less than eight minutes. This year the Badges are hoping to reverse the result.

“It’s kinda become a pretty good rivalry,” Hurlbert said Wednesday, adding that he still holds the 2-mile school record at SHS, “last I checked.”While the Front Range-High Country law enforcement rivalry is taking shape, Summit speedsters Paul Brett, Eric Black and Bob Mayer will be attempting to help Team Ellefson defend the overall title it snatched away from the five-time-defending champ last year, Fort Collins-based “Running Without O2”.Brett said his team is “even better than last year,” and that they’ll be looking to hold tight to the crown they earned when, in a neck-and-neck race, a RWO2 runner took a wrong turn and cost his team a half-hour.”This is a two-horse race. We definitely wanna beat them, and they definitely wanna beat us. It’s a good feud,” said Brett, who is one of the county’s strongest runners but still called himself only the “fifth-fastest” member of his team.

Among the other local competitors (and their equally amusing team names) are Jared Manske and Amy Molitor, both of “Fueled by Bacon”; and Breckenridge engineers Ron Uhle and Dan Bolda, who will run for “The Rascals”.The Starbucks corporate team will also include a number of local runners: Matt Dexter, Corinne Toenjes, Hunter Mortensen, Mandy Silar and Diane Monaghan.After running over what will likely be a muddy and snow-covered Georgia Pass, the runners are expected to make their way through Summit County sometime Friday afternoon or early evening. They’ll be joining the Breck-to-Frisco bike path near Tiger Run, running through Frisco, past Copper and up Vail Pass from there.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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