Photos will be searchable by bib number at SkiPix.com approximately 3 days after each Racing Underground event, and will then be available for free download for a period of 10 days. Participants may also opt to purchase prints and other photo products, such as puzzles, magnets, and mock magazine covers. Prints, photo products and digital images will remain available for purchase after the 10-day time frame.
SkiPix.com is a professional race photography company, based in Boulder Colorado. They have been the official race photographer for Racing Underground events for nearly a decade, and are known for their high quality shots. Racing Underground is thrilled to be able to offer this fantastic benefit to all 2014 Racing Underground participants.
December 19, 2013 - The latest in a string of exciting announcements from Racing Underground comes today, as they announce that the Desert's Edge Off-Road Triathlon will become an official XTERRA event in 2014.
XTERRA Fruita is scheduled for September 13, 2014 at Highline Lake State Park in Fruita, on Colorado's western slope. The park is a beautiful green oasis, surrounded by a fantastic desert trail system for running and mountain biking.
The XTERRA Fruita course will feature a 1,200 meter point to point swim in Highline Lake, exiting on the opposite shore. Water temps in the mid-70's and the sun at the swimmers backs make this an excellent course.
From there, athletes will mount their bikes for a fun 12 mile, 2-lap ride in the desert. The bike course is a winding mix of single-track, and just enough double-track to allow convenient passing zones. Built with mountain bikers in mind, look for banked turns and a course that is 100 percent rideable. Fun for all ability levels!
The race concludes with a 4.5 mile rolling trail run, with stunning views from the bluffs overlooking the lake.
XTERRA Fruita debuted as an unaffiliated off-road tri in 2013, when it served as the opening event for the Desert's Edge Tri Festival. The festival is a two-day triathlon event featuring a Saturday off-road tri, followed by sprint & Olympic road triathlons on Sunday. In 2013, over 400 athletes and tri-fans camped at the venue, just 100 yards from transition. The race atmosphere is unlike any in Colorado!
The Desert's Edge Tri Festival returns for a third year in 2014, on a new mid-September date, which will bring warmer weather and warmer water than its traditional early October date.
"The XTERRA designation will be a great addition to the Tri Festival, " said race director Darrin Eisman. "With the XTERRA USA Championship just a week later in nearby Ogden, Utah, I think we'll see racers using this fast and fun course as a tune-up for the championship event. It will also be an opportunity to start earning points for 2015. "
In the 5K, Steve Johnson took the top spot in 16:52, followed closely by Scott Schrader in 16:56 and 11 year old phenom Tyler Scholl in 16:57. Brianne Nelson took the women's 5K with a time of 17:45. Christie Foster and Li Downs rounded out the women's top-3.
In the 10K, Kenneth Foster took the top spot in a course record 33:28, followed by Frank therrian and Ragan Driver. For the women, it was Heather Utrata repeating as women's champion in 38:28 just ahead of Carrie Zografos in 38:52 and Kris Klotzbach in 3rd.
Weather was chilly, but perfect for a January romp around the scenic Beark Creek Lake Park course. The Summit Cove Yeti was on hand to cheer in finishers, and the hoto cocoa, home made banana chocolate chip bread, and steaming noodle cups were a welcome treat.
It is also joined by the inaugural Ralston Creek Half-Marathon, just two weeks later, to offer a pair of great mid-winter events on the west side of the Denver metro area. Like the Yeti Chase, the Ralston Creek Half Marathon offers a cash prize purse, men's and women's tech-shirts and great post race food including home made banana chocolate chip bread, hot cocoa, and steaming ramen noodle cups. El Senor Sol Mexican restaurant will also be providing hot breakfast burritos as part of the Ralston Creek post-race spread! All finishers in the Ralston Creek Half Marathon will also take home a custom finisher's medal.
Both races are on pace to sell out, with the Yeti Chase approaching 70 percent full despite adding 250 additional runners to the 2012 race limit. The race is already beyond the 500 runners allowed in 2011. Ralston Creek is limited to just 500 runners, and is already more than half-full with 5 weeks to go before race day.
Part of the draw for the Yeti Chase has got to be the grand prize drawing for a $500 stay in one of the Summit Cove Keystone properties. Just get your photo taken with the Summit Cove Yeti on race morning - photos will be posted on the Summit Cove Facebook Page following the race. Tag your photo by noon on Thursday February 2nd, and you are entered in the drawing!!! You can choose your stay dates (between April 15 and October 15, 2012).
Another draw, for the top runners, is the $800 prize purse at the Yeti Chase and the $1,000 in prize money at the Ralston Creek Half Marathon. Age group awards will go three-deep, with Runners Roost Lakewood presenting a gift certificate to the first place finisher in each age group at the Yeti Chase, while Boyer's Coffee will be providing awards for all age group award winners at the Ralston Creek race.