Day 10.

Day 10 - Missoula, MT, to Medora, ND

Run - Ditzing around Buffalo Gap Campground and the surrounding roads.

From the eyes of Sadie Witt.

We woke up at a disgustingly early time, 4:00 am, to hit the road by 4:30 due to the long drive to find a campsite in Medora, North Dakota. Two hours in, as the sun was rising, we stopped in Butte, Montana, for breakfast at Park & Main Café. The place was empty. After coffee, huevos rancheros, and Charlie’s massive bowl of oatmeal, we headed out to a famous lake of sulfuric acid in town. Charlie and Nico saw an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations on Montana a couple nights before and got super pumped about this lake, especially Charlie. He ran up this hill to reach the lake’s fence to take a look at it and apparently couldn’t see it from there. And he discovered you would have to pay $2 to enter and that it wasn’t even open yet. He was a bit salty about the fee, pouted and whined, “this isn’t even a good town.” We had one more brief stop before hitting the road: a bakery. Usually I’m the only one not standing in line watching others order their delicious gluten-ous treats, but this time our newly-turned vegan, Charlie, stood alongside me. It was nice to have some company while Bailee and Nico selected and enjoyed their donuts.

Nine hours of driving flew by and we entered the grasslands of North Dakota. I’ve never been to ND, nor have I ever known anyone that’s been here. What a random state! We found our very cheap campground (with free showers!) in the middle of nowhere. After we set up our tent, the four of us took off for a little shakeout run because sitting in the car all day doesn’t feel great on the muscles, allowing us a little preview of the run we are supposed to do tomorrow. It was pretty windy as we ran through the green prairie grasses.

For dinner we had our vegan chili we made last night at our Airbnb in Missoula and then plan on heading into town to find a saloon (because why not, it seems very North Dakota-y). Tonight we will cuddle as we camp in the plains of this great state. Hopefully it won’t get too chilly.

Facts/Stats of the day:

Miles driven: 609

Miles ran: 21.4

Elevation gained (feet): 1706

Minutes slept by Sadie in the car: 148

Number of top 10 causes of death (other than Alzheimer's) that cannot be prevented or slowed: 0

Help support Alzheimer's research by donating here: http://curealz.org/heroes/running-road-trip

Day 9.

Day 9 - Missoula, MT

Run - Rattlesnake Trail, Missoula, MT

From the eyes of Bailee.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the road most travelled by. I turned away from the road less travelled even when it was calling my name because I knew my friends were waiting for me at the end. If I took the road less travelled, I might run for hours and hours and never be done. But it looked so perfect, shaded and sloped slightly upwards, taunting me with the idea that there might be more mountains to climb.

The hardest part of an out and back is that it seems like you have to stop exploring so soon. I reached five miles today shortly after Nico and Charlie passed me going back to the car. I told them I would turn when they had turned, but it was only another .3 miles to the turn around. And just around the corner I wondered if the views would be better. I wondered, if I went just a little bit farther, if I would get to ascend the mountain. If I ran fast enough could I reach the top before my friends missed me too much? But alas, it was not to be. I knew “just around the corner” was likely to turn into “just around the bend” and then “just up this next hill” and then “just another mile or so” and so I turned around.

But maybe I should start at the beginning. We had a lazy morning today. Yesterday was a lot of driving and then dinner didn’t happen until around 8:30PM. So we checked the weather, decided it was cool enough to run later, and went to bed with the plans to wake up when we woke up and run in the afternoon. By 9:00AM everyone was awake and we had oatmeal (healthy!) with nutella (less healthy). Sadie has been feeling pretty exhausted so she relaxed at home, while Nico, Charlie, and I headed out to do work at a local coffee shop.

We started our run with the daughter of our Airbnb host, Emily. She was nice and we ran together for the first two miles before she turned around (she only wanted to do four). The rest of the time was a solo run, but it was perfect. I joined a trail running group in Boulder last semester and I’ve loved having people to go on long mountain adventures with, but at the same time there’s something about a solo trot in the woods that clears your head like nothing else. Honestly there’s always a constant stream of chatter in my head as my thoughts fight it out for attention, but when I’m running I have time to organize my thoughts and think peaceful things. (I still have a million thoughts running through my mind, but they pass more peacefully). I think about the trip and the time spent with my friends, and all the different trails I’ve run, and all the trails I’m going to run. I think about what I should run when I go back home and about which trails I miss running in Boulder the most. I think about falling and the mechanics of it. Of that moment before the impact when you’re practically flying and then that instant you realize it’s happening, and then the flash of pain when you feel your skin tearing. (I haven’t actually had a big fall while running in a while, but I still think about it).

And then I turn around, but I keep thinking. I think about how sad out and backs are. You want to keep going, and you kind of get to but at the same time you know your time is almost up. You see all of these places you’ve already been and you know your run is ending. It’s really sad if you think about it. I think about what distance you have to go before you want to actually be done, and I know I reach that point in long runs sometimes and races often, but right now I’ve got that itch in my legs that says “Don’t stop, don’t ever stop”.

Unfortunately the run did end. But we went to get ice cream, which always makes me feel better. (I inherited that sweet tooth from my Dad). But since I opened with Frost, I guess I should end with Frost. I comfort myself sometimes during runs that seem to be ending too soon with the following line: “and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”. I think I like the repetition, and the thought of miles to go still makes me feel happy in my heart. I know we still have many miles to go on this trip, so I guess I’d better savor each one.

Facts/stats of the day:

Miles driven: 23

Miles ran: 32.1

Elevation gained (feet): 1334

Deer spotted: 4

Frequency at which a person in the US develops Alzheimer's: 66 seconds

Donate at http://curealz.org/heroes/running-road-trip 

 

Day 8.

Day 8 - Bellingham, WA, to Missoula, MT

Run - None

From the eyes of Charlie.

Today began with a very rushed breakfast and departure from Haley’s house in Bellingham. We love you Haley! Thank you (and your roommates) for letting us stay! Hopefully the newly fixed bathroom door and the hardboiled eggs we left in the fridge can serve as ample compensation for letting us spend two nights in Bham. We got on the road a little late at 8:30 am, but that was fine because we just HAD to stop for coffee at this place called Primer Coffee which had really good espresso (not surprisingly...it’s Bellingham)!! I’m a very inexperienced espresso drinker, so today’s espresso was the sweetest tasting espresso I’ve had to date. I thought it was much tastier than the slightly sour espresso I’m used to drinking at other shops. Props to Primer Coffee, and Kevin the barista!

The drive to Missoula was 9.5 hours, but to me, it didn’t feel too long (I’m not sure if this is a good sign or not!!). It felt especially short because about three hours in, we stopped at 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls for some gawking and a stretch break. Back when my family lived in Sammamish, WA in the early 2000s, my brother, my dad, and I used to drive to the falls all the time to learn to skip rocks! Such a fun nostalgia trip.

The six additional hours just flashed by for me, as I got to drive for almost three of them while the rest of the car took lengthy naps. We really need to start going to bed earlier in order to stay healthy and happy for the rest of the trip. Napping in the car is more of a band-aid to the real problem, obviously. The good news is that tomorrow we get to sleep in because we’re delaying our run until the afternoon. This is in order to accommodate our Airbnb hosts’ daughter, who is also a runner! I’m excited to start tomorrow and explore Missoula, but in order to do that I have to finish this blog post and go to bed. Goodnight y’all.

Facts/stats of the day:

Miles driven: 560

Miles ran: 0

Elevation gained (feet): 0

Visits to grocery store in order to prepare dinner: 3

Value of unpaid assistance to those with Alzheimer's: $230.1 billion

Day 7.

Day 7 - Bellingham, WA

Run - Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA; Fun Run at Fairhaven Runners and Walkers

From the eyes of Nico.

I had no idea I would be so exhausted.

When we were planning our route over a year ago, I endlessly resisted Sadie’s desire to take two nights in Bellingham, Washington. I thought it was ludicrous to take one of our few doubles so early into the trip, especially knowing that we would have to take two nights shortly after in Montana in order to make the immense driving distances work. I will happily and willingly admit that I was all sorts of wrong in my assumptions and expectations.

What other expectations have and haven’t been met in our first week on the road? Here’s my list:

-       Even if we only raised one-quarter of our operating expenses goal, I would still spend a couple grand on the car wrap. Having the car look as beautiful as it does has been more instrumental in our interactions with others than even I expected. Every day so far we have had people come up to us at trailheads or in parking lots and ask us what The Running Road Trip is or what we are doing. The goal of this project is connecting to and conversing with as many people as possible, and the wrap has undoubtedly been the most helpful tool for doing so.

-       Running the selected trails will not always work out quite how I expected it to. I don’t think we have had a single trail run that has gone how I thought it would, except for maybe our Utah run. We have managed to get lost, backtrack unnecessarily, and completely improvise due to trail closures. Yet, we have still managed to get everywhere on time, so I guess at the end of the day we are still doing reasonably well.

-       People are generous. Like really really generous. From strangers providing us with free lodging in their Airbnbs to random people giving us laundry money to event hosts handing us the mic when we ask them for it, people are really into what we are doing, and more than willing to help in whatever way they can. Example: today we joined Fairhaven Runners and Walkers for their “Run To Welcome Back Summer.” While running, we met someone who had been following us thus far simply because she was interested and impressed with what we were doing. To have someone want to take a picture with you simply because of what you are trying to accomplish is an odd feeling, but also a weirdly enjoyable and addictive one, one that makes you want to work even harder and achieve even more.

-       No state has nothing. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every state that we have passed through. Wyoming is (and really always has been) a top five state for me. Nothing compares to getting lost in the intricacies of the Wyoming sky while cruising across the high plateaus that define the state. Idaho is more than just potato country, and running through the rainforest in Bellingham is one of the most peaceful things I have ever done. Yes, we have only been traveling the West so far, and we still have to deal with what many believe to be boringly flat country in the middle of the US, but I am excited for that. I expect us to enjoy Nebraska and Iowa as much as we have Oregon and Washington. Now, I may end up being wrong, but I am pretty confident that we will all find something equally amazing in every state we visit.

 

Stats of the day:

Miles driven: 19

Miles ran: 31.4

Elevation gained (feet): 2890

Rainforests visited: 1

Americans providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s: > 15 million

Day 6.

Day 6 - Portland, OR, to Bellingham, WA

Run - Fort to Sea Trail, Warrenton, OR

From the eyes of Sadie

Upon entering the overlook of the cityscape of Portland after 10 hours of driving the night before, Charlie and I burst into laughter in the back seat. We were finally here to meet Haley in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). We met up with her at the popular Deschutes Brewery downtown. After such a long day we all enjoyed elk and quinoa burgers and washed them down with a cold pint of beer (I’m gluten-free and they had the best GF beer I’ve ever had!). It was a fantastic end to a very long day.

We woke up to steaming cups of delicious Stumptown coffee before our two-hour drive to our run off the Oregon coast. We crammed into our purple car with our fifth runner, Haley Duran (my roommate from freshman year) and headed towards Astoria. Charlie, Bailee and I started the trail at the “fort” part of the Fort to Sea Trail, which would end up being around 6.5 miles one way. Nico and Haley drove to the other end of it to do a shorter part of the run and to catch us coming down onto the beach to take great running shots. For the first three miles of the run, we ran through the most stereotypically PNW scenery: beautiful, green, mossy trees and hilly, dirt trails. We were the only people out on this trail, which made it feel even more magical. We eventually entered fields of farmland, where Bailee and I thought we got lost. Since the trail was so well marked before, we started to doubt that we were still on the trail and were instead actually trespassing. After a ways out, we determined it would be best to turn around and ask people living in the area… it turns out we were on the right path and had to backtrack once again. This ordeal took a while and we discovered later that Nico, Haley, and Charlie were getting worried. We eventually popped out into this stunning field of long green grass with wildflowers overlooking a massive and empty sandy beach. I still can’t get over how beautiful this run was. Bailee and I ran to join the others in the ocean and enjoyed having the peaceful beach to ourselves. I’ve never ended a run in a better fashion.

Driving up I-5, we stopped in Seattle to say hi to my sister (who goes the University of Washington) before carrying on to have a nice dinner with Haley’s family in Arlington. As I write this, we are finishing our last stretch up to Bellingham with a beautiful sunset to take in. We will be here for two nights - it will be nice to have more time to relax before picking up to the next state.

Facts/stats of the day:

Miles driven: 376

Miles ran: 22.3

Elevation gained (feet): 1673

Sand now in the car (pounds): 6

Seniors who die with Alzheimer's or another dementia: 1 in 3

Day 5.

Day 5 - Ketchum, ID, to Portland, OR

Run - Proctor Mountain Loop, Ketchum, ID

From the eyes of Bailee

Started out this morning pretty early. We’re getting pretty good at packing up all of our things, although for some reason I was struggling with my stuff. I couldn’t find one thing so I’d unpack my whole bag and as soon as I found it, I wouldn’t be able to find something else. Well, I finally got my stuff together and we headed out to Proctor Mountain in Ketchum, Idaho.

At first we weren’t sure we were in the right spot, but then we saw the sign for the mountain. It was in this pretty nice, upscale neighborhood and along the side of the road was a little dirt road going straight up. Charlie went to do some business in the port-a-potty, and I decided to start ahead of the boys as I figured they’d catch me anyways. (They took a wrong turn right at the top of the first hill and didn’t catch me until the top when I waited for them).

The trail was beautiful. A perfect 10/10. It was definitely my kind of trail. Gentle climbs, soft dirt, and surrounded by trees. From the first climb you had some pretty flat trail that continued through the valley until it turned into a switchbacks up the mountain. It began completely shaded and a bit chilly but once you hit the switchbacks you started to warm up a little from the incline. It wasn’t until I hit the switchbacks that I heard Charlie yelling at me. I was a little relieved as we’d gone over the plan of attack this morning, and I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d taken all the correct turns. I figured if they were below me, then I was on the right track so I kept going. All of it was run-able, however it was pretty continuous uphill so I stopped to take a few power hike steps here and there.

What was really cool was once you broke out of the valley and forest switchbacks you ran switchbacks along the side of the mountain. I could see Charlie and Nico briefly below me, and honestly that made me not want to stop. This is probably the one and only time I could stay ahead of them so I just kept going.

Right as I reached the top, a bush covered in some sort of animal poop (maybe bear?) hit my ankle and then there was a nasty clump of poop on my leg. I got most of it off with some leaves and such. Then I waited at the top for Nico and Chuck.

The descent was crazy, the underbrush was thick and in the path so you couldn’t really see where you were putting your feet. It was a lot of high knees and prancing. I got scraped by so many little bushes it felt like I was dying from the death of 1,000 cuts. (Although let’s be honest it wasn’t actually that bad, but it was a little bit of bushwhacking). The three of us ran down together and then there was another short climb up before a steep final descent. My motto for going downhill like that is to be fearless, but this time around we were a bit cautious as the downhill was pretty slick with a lot of loose little rocks. It’s still early in the trip! Can’t die too much! (Side note: surprisingly it’s been a long time since I’ve actually wiped out on a run...hmmm maybe I’ve gotten better?)

I’m a little bummed the run was so short (only around 4.5 miles total). On terrain like that, I feel like I could run all day. Unfortunately, we have more places to go. The drive was so long today. I drove for around two hours! (Yay me, we didn’t think I would drive much at all, so that’s pretty exciting). But honestly, it’s killing me a little bit sitting so much in the car. My legs feel pretty tight and my hips are pretty angry with all the sitting. But the summer is still early, and we have many more hours on the road ahead of us. So, onward then!

 

Stats of the Day

Miles driven: 589

Miles ran: 14.3

Elevation gained (feet): 5,164

Items left on car roof while driving: 2

Hours of care provided for Alzheimer's patients in 2016: 18.2 billion

Day 4.

Day 4 - Wilson, WY, to Ketchum, ID

Run - Random Horse Trail, Teton Village, WY

From the eyes of Charlie

Today we pushed off from Wilson at around 9 am, which felt relatively leisurely compared to the departure time for the last two days. Good thing it was a short drive to the Jackson Hole mountain resort though, only a seven minute drive away! Sadie dropped us off, and the rest of us donned our free tram passes, and hopped on what looked like a brand new cable car that would take us 4,500’ to the top of some now-forgettable mountain peak. After all, how memorable is the name of a mountain that you didn’t have to climb with your own two legs?

Good thing it was forgettable too, because as soon as we got to the top (wearing only long sleeve shirts, running shorts, and Salomon trail shoes) we realized that a) there was a whiteout in progress, b) the temperature was 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and c) that there was over a foot and a half of snow still on the summit, meaning it would be impossible for us to start our run on the Granite Canyon Loop trail like we had initially planned.

I’m actually glad that we didn’t do this run and had to improvise instead, because the original path involved 13.5 miles of pure downhill (RIP knees). Instead, we got off the gondola for a total of five seconds, froze our collective butts off, then hopped right back on and rode it right back through the clouds all the way to the base. When we exited the tram, we asked the nearest liftee if he knew of any easy to access dirt trails and he pointed us towards what we soon figured out was a “horses only” path. Of course Bailee, Nicho, and I didn’t realize this until we were ankle deep (almost) in mud and horse dung and happened upon a crowd of six horses plus their respective riders. At this point, the sagehen inside of me awoke and I let out a super super friendly “SKEEEEEEWWWW!!” which promptly spooked every single one of those horses. The terrified beasts took their riders trampling up and down the hill, off the trail, and into the brush. At this point, the lead rider (probably the Jackson Hole employee) gets off his horse and reprimands me, “This ain’t a hiking trail bro!” to which I responded “Oh sorry dude, we didn’t know! My bad.” This all would have been a fine and respectable altercation had his own horse not then up and departed the trail as well, crashing through fledgling trees and bushy undergrowth. At this point, naturally, the cowpoke rips off his Stetson and slams it against his thigh in frustration, muttering some obscenities under his breath. Aaaaaand at this point we turned tail, said a final half-hearted “sorry”, and got the hell out of there. Good news is, the rest of the run was great! I got in about 7.5 miles at not too slow of a pace. I did keep replaying the incident over and over in my head for the rest of the run though...it was totally unintentional. I hope none of those people were injured or thrown from their mounts on my account!

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, and the drive offered very casually breathtaking views. Nothing special you know, just some faraway snowy mountains plus beautiful green prairie stretched out as far as the horizon would allow. Main point from today, Idaho is quite pretty to look at, and not just for potatoes.

By far the best part of today though was when Nico and I walked a meager ten minutes from our Airbnb to the annual Sun Valley Brewfest, which offered us unlimited pints of regional brews for only $15. There we met the PPX-legend Ryan Rosmarin (aka RyRoss) who introduced us to five other Ketchumans (Ketchumians?) who were super stoked on Ketchum, as well as the beer they were drinking. It was a rad time! When we got home from Beer Fest, Nico, Bailee, and I collaborated on a batch of sweet potato + bean tacos (woohoo no animal products involved) and that about rounds out the night. Gotta get some sleep before waking up super early tomorrow to run up the mountain located conveniently in our Idaho backyard...plus don’t forget the nine hour drive to Portland!

 

Facts/Stats of the Day:

Miles driven: 249

Miles ran: 24.1

Elevation gained (feet): 2,252

Number of horses spooked: 6

Number of Americans living with Alzheimer's: > 5 million

Day 3.

Day 3 - Park City, UT, to Wilson, WY

Run - Pipeline Trail, Salt Lake City, UT

From the eyes of Bailee.

We woke up today at Sadie’s cousin Max’s apartment. I had some issues with thin walls in the bathroom and bladder shyness, so we left Park City early so that we would have time to stop at a grocery store pre-run to do our morning business.

The run today was amazing. Nine point three miles of gentle trail. Charlie ran with one of his friends from school. Nico also ran with them. Sadie and I brought up the rear of the party.

The trail was beautiful, it reminded me of Mesa in Boulder. There were some rocks which got to be a bit hard on the feet at the end, but it was pretty easy with small slopes and almost no elevation gain. It curved around the mountain, and in some places was shaded and cooler. In others, the trail was exposed and the sun was a bit brutal. But what those sections lacked in temperature, they made up with the views. Each of the exposed sections revealed sweeping panoramic views of the canyon and the city in the distance.

I used the GoPro for the first time today, but a lot of the footage I took was pretty unusable. I didn’t realize how much the camera would shake while I was running. In the future, I’ve been told it’s best to run up a little ways, stop, shoot a video for a couple seconds, and then continue running.

We met Nico at the point and stopped to take some pictures before descending again. This was Sadie’s second longest run ever (yay, congrats!) and I think we both noticed the temperature a bit by the end as we were a little dehydrated. (This will probably continue to be a major challenge for us to work on, especially as we move towards the peak of summer and the warmer states).

When we finished, the four of us met by the car and then went to stand in the creek and ice our legs a bit. The rest of the day was taken up by driving. I passed out almost as soon as we got into the car and slept until we reached Wyoming. The constant driving and long hours in the car are definitely getting to me a little. My legs feel pretty stiff and my butt hurts from sitting on it so much. But this is only the beginning. I do miss my little dog a lot, but this is such an amazing opportunity and trip and I’ve had so much fun so far.

We got in tonight and are having the rest of the lasagna from our first night for dinner along with some roasted broccoli. We’ve already settled into a pattern. Wake up. Run or drive. Stop to eat and stretch a couple times. Keep driving. Arrive. Unpack. Do work. Sleep. Repeat. I’m already looking forward to the East Coast and shorter periods of driving, but I guess the views and mountains help to make up for the hours of sitting.

 

Stats of the day:

- Miles driven: 308

- Miles ran: 36.6

- Elevation gained (feet): 1,073

- Temperature of creek (degrees Fahrenheit): 43

 

 

Day 2.

Day 2 – Gunnison, CO, to Park City, UT

Run – None (First rest day!) (Thank goodness – yesterday was not easy)

 

From the eyes of Nico and Sadie

 

4:10 pm, MST:

We are stuck. Like really stuck. We have been sitting in a line of traffic on Hwy 6 outside of Provo, Utah for the past 50 minutes. Every 15 minutes of so we get teased, the man in the orange vest letting ten cars through before stopping everything again. We can see him now, if we crane our necks far enough out the window.

At least it’s pretty. As we have advanced, the canyon has opened up, the view from the passenger window morphing into a field of tall, dry grass. Nestled in between two rocky, red-dirt cliffs, the grass is sporadically interrupted by three-foot tall thistles, their light grey-green hue contrasting the earthier scene around them.

Unfortunately for Sadie and Charlie, the widening canyon means more exposure, and as the sun heats up the front seat, frustration and boredom sets in. Topics of discussion float to the new Odesza song, “Late Night”. Unable to remember the actual tune, Sadie pulls out her phone. And, well, this happens:

 

Note: Youtube copyright forced us to remove the song from this video. As a result, you get pure Sadie and Charlie. We apologize in advance.

Day 1.

Day 1 – Boulder, CO, to Gunnison, CO

Run – Snodgrass Mountain Trail, Crested Butte, CO

 

Nico (RRT’s Best Beard): Wow. Wow. Wow! You guys, this is it. We are here. Like actually doing this.

 

Bailee (Official RRT Violinist): It’s strange.

 

Sadie (*Hiccup*): It hasn’t yet hit me that I actually graduated from college. And that we’ve embarked on a project we’ve been working on for two years.

 

Bailee: It’s crazy to think that it will be two months before I can play cribbage with my dad. Or snuggle with my dog.

 

Sadie: The departure date (June 14th) always felt so far away. Now we’re sitting in our first host location in the Rocky Mountains. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how that long-awaited day is already over.

 

Bailee: So, I have a confession: I’ve never been away from Boulder this long. This is also the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing my family. Since starting school I’ve made it a point to go home a couple of times a month on weekends so that I could spend some time with my dog. And family. But mainly dog. But I think this trip will be good for me.

 

Nico: Undoubtedly. Now, about that run. Ten out of ten would recommend. Absolutely beautiful trail.

 

Charlie (“Play More Bob Dylan!”): Yeah, pretty beautiful trail! Too bad I was staring down at my feet panting the whole time.

 

Nico: Two out of ten would recommend if you aren’t already in pretty great shape.

 

Bailee: The run today was pretty hard. I definitely noticed the altitude.

 

Sadie: Wow I felt the altitude. Holy God.

 

Nico: Also, that was a lot of uphill.

 

Sadie: The tendonitis in my knee really did not like the steepness of that trail.

 

Charlie: I had to stop a few times to wait for the so-called “distance runner”...Nico.

 

Nico: To be fair, I’m more of a sprinter.

 

Charlie: Maybe, but I’ve definitely got you in the 50.

 

Sadie: I struggled today. The grade, the altitude, the unreal chafing….

 

Charlie: I’m glad we turned around when we did though, seeing as the snowfields on the trail kept getting bigger and bigger. I definitely didn’t put on the shoes for that kind of terrain today.

 

Sadie: I am still in disbelief at the generosity of our Airbnb host, discounting our night here to $10! She left a fridge stocked with food, and this homemade lasagna is awesome!

 

Bailee: Plus, we have cinnamon rolls for tomorrow morning!

 

Nico: Definitely set a high bar. Made easing into being on the road much much simpler.

 

Sadie: And the views are incredible up here. What a great first hosting location to get us going.

 

Charlie: Although this first day has been fun, I can’t lie, I’m a bit apprehensive for the days to come. Perhaps in a week I’ll feel more settled, but for now there’s still plenty of uncertainty that I hope a good team meeting or two can put to rest.

 

Nico: We do have some more details to work out. It will be a little up and down for sure. But nothing we can’t get through.

 

Charlie: Agreed. Good work today team. Cheers.

 

Nico: And now for today’s fun facts and stats!

-               Miles driven: 266

-               Miles ran: 19.9

-               Elevation gained (feet): 4,681

-               Bugs splattered on GoPro lens: 8

 

A Short Introduction: Bailee Mulholland

Hey all! First off, I want to say THANK YOU for supporting The Running Road Trip. You have no idea how much we appreciate it. This has been our dream for over a year, and now we're about to make it a reality. We appreciate everyone who has donated, volunteered to host us, or just kept up with our news and shared it with friends and family. 

Anyway, I thought I should make this first blog post an intro, since I might not know all of you personally (I hope I don't! That means our project is spreading!). 

So who am I?

I am a runner (obviously). But I wasn't always a runner. I started running my freshman year of high school. It was one of the craziest decisions I've made, but it has helped me find focus and a love for life and the outdoors. I started off slow, but I persevered. Now here I am, six years later (wow, that's a long time) still running. I am not on any teams at school, I run mostly alone. In the years since high school, I've embraced the fact that I will never be the fastest and am transitioning into more of a trail/ultra runner. My main focus as a runner right now is Dirty 30, a 50k trail race that will take place June 3rd shortly before we depart on our summer of running. Unfortunately, I found out my iron levels are pretty low recently, so I won't be racing for a time so much as racing for the experience. In addition, I've returned to Boulder High School as a volunteer track coach.

But I don't just run. Yes, it is a huge part of my life and something I love, but I do a lot of other things.

School-wise, I'm finishing up a leadership minor and Chinese major this year. Next year, I plan to return to the school of music at CU Boulder to complete my Bachelors of Arts (in violin). In addition, I've picked up a Computer Science degree and a Technology, Arts, and Media minor. Hopefully Charlie will help me prep for this new area of interest as we travel.

I recently finished my yoga teacher training through Corepower. I hope to take what I've learned and use it throughout the trip, to keep our team injury free, but also to hopefully teach a couple of classes in various states! I am working on organizing that now.

So violin, yoga, running, school; I'm pretty busy. But when I have free time I love to make food and share it with friends. I'm especially excited to eat some of the places we travel this summer. (I've been researching the best donut shops in every state!)

I guess that's a brief overview about me. I hope you continue to read and follow us on our journey. Thank you again for all of your support! 

Bolder Boulder Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!

That’s right, you have the opportunity to snag race entry for the Bolder Boulder, the nation’s largest Memorial Day race. Here’s how you can join 54,000 others in the nation’s best Memorial Day celebration:

 

Timeline: The giveaway will begin April 13th, 2017, and close May 4th, 2017, lasting three weeks in duration.

 

Prizes: Three (3) prize winners will be selected. Prize packets include: One (1) 2017 Bolder Boulder Race Packet (1 race entry, 1 bib, 1 short-sleeved t-shirt, 1 post-race lunch box) (Approximate retail value: $55.00); Opportunity to join Sadie, Bailee, and Charlie for post race celebrations and ice cream. 

 

How To Enter: Participants will receive one (1) giveaway entry if they like/follow The Running Road Trip Facebook page and/or Instagram page, and share The Running Road Trip’s post about the giveaway. Additional entries can be received for contributing to The Running Road Trip’s GoFundMe campaign. For each $5 donated during the giveaway period, participants will receive one (1) giveaway entry. For every $25 donated, participants will receive an additional ten (10) bonus entries. That is to say, a participant who likes The Running Road Trip page, shares the post, and donates $25 will receive sixteen (16) entries in total. There is no limit to the amount of entries a participant can earn.

 

Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Employees of The Running Road Trip and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate.

 

Winner Selection: Three (3) winners will be selected. The first two (2) will be randomly drawn from among all eligible entries received during the giveaway period. This drawing will occur on May 5th, 2017, and will be live-streamed on Facebook. The third prize will be given to the participant who contributed the largest dollar sum (whether it be a single donation or multiple donations) to The Running Road Trip’s GoFundMe campaign during the giveaway period. 

All winners will be notified by the evening of May 5th, 2017. Prizes must be redeemed by May 14th, 2017. Certificates can be redeemed at the Bolder Boulder store or a registration form can be completed and mailed to: VIR Program, 5500 Central Avenue, Ste. 110, Boulder, Co 80301. If you have any questions in advance regarding prize redemption, feel free to contact a team member at therunningroadtrip@gmail.com.

 

General: Race entries are good only for the 2017 race. 

Subject to all federal, state and local laws/regulations. The Running Road Trip nor their affiliates will have any liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize or participation in these promotions. Acceptance of a prize shall be construed as and signify the winner’s agreement and consent that The Running Road Trip may use the winner’s name, voice, likeness and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further consideration, review, approval or payment, where allowed by law. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of The Running Road Trip which are final and binding in all respects. The Running Road Trip is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer or in administration of the promotion.

The Running Road Trip is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by The Running Road Trip on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the promotions are not capable of running as planned for any reason The Running Road Trip reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and select the winners by random drawing from among all eligible entries received.