Outward Bound races through county today | SummitDaily.com

Outward Bound races through county today

Special to the DailyA runner competes during last year's Colorado Outward Bound Relay. This year, the relay will pass through Summit County as competitors head from the starting line in Idaho Springs to the finish in Glenwood Springs. Organizers expect to raise $70,000 for Outward Bound.

IDAHO SPRINGS – Ten people, 170 miles and 30 hours. That’s the goal of 132 teams today and Saturday when the sixth annual Colorado Outward Bound Relay passes through Summit County.

The relay race from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs is a fundraiser for Outward Bound West, one of four charter Outward Bound schools located throughout the country.

According to Eileen Lambert, marketing manager for Outward Bound West, the race is expected to raise up to $70,000 for the Outward Bound school located in Golden.

“The money goes into the general fund which provides for scholarships and general upkeep of the school,” Lambert said.

More than 30 percent of Outward Bound’s students are on scholarship.

The students learn outdoor leadership skills.

The race begins at 5 a.m. in Idaho Springs today and heads immediately for the high-point of the course – 11,669 foot Guanella Pass.

Each member of the 10-person teams will run in three, five-mile shifts. Ultra-runner teams competing feature five people, who each run a single 33-mile shift.

At checkpoints throughout the race, the runners will hand armbands to another teammate who will continue. Six of those checkpoints are located on a 35-mile stretch of the course that lies within Summit, including one at Copper Mountain’s Village Square.

The first racers will enter the Summit County on the Colorado Trail at Georgia Pass between 1 and 2 p.m. today, arriving at the Gold Hill Trailhead just north of Breckenridge an hour later.

The relay teams will then follow the bike path network through Frisco, with lead runners expected to arrive at Copper Mountain around 5 p.m. The course leaves Summit County via the bike path over Vail Pass.

After crossing over Vail Pass the runners will continue through the Vail Valley and Glenwood Canyon, with the race finishing in Glenwood Springs around noon on Saturday.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.

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