2008 GORE-TEX™ TransRockies™ Run – Final Results

GORE-TEX TransRockies RunMy outcome oriented friends, loyal iRunFar readers, and Google searchers have all been coming to iRunFar over the past few days looking for the final results from the 2008 GORE-TEX™ TransRockies™ Run. Well, I’m happy to say that TransRockies has finally posted the results to Stage 6 (Excel- pdf) and the Overall Race (pdf). However, you should stay here and look at iRunFar’s version of the final results. Really. Being the hardcore data geeks and information gurus that we are here, we’ve taken TransRockies’ results and massaged them into a much more readable and usable format. We swear this to be true. Take a look for yourself. We’ve made it so that each race category is entirely on one page. In addition, all the stage times and placings, as well as overall time and placing of each team can be seen on one page. We’ve also alternately shaded teams so you can more easily read results within each category. We’re proud of our work and really think you’ll like the results. (horrible pun intended) Read on for iRunFar’s analysis of Wing’s of Glory’s race.

Of course, I have to admit that I wanted to see the final results myself. I must also admit that I’m super pleased with what I see. Before the race, a well informed someone said that Martin’s and my team, Wings of Glory, would be lucky to place top 10… well, we were 7th after all the miles were run! That 7th came with some hard work as the total times of the four teams which finished from 6th to 9th overall were within roughly 8 and a half minutes of each other! That’s a pretty tight race considering tthere was a separation of only 514 seconds over 108 miles… or not even 5 seconds per mile over rugged, mountainous terrain. What I’m personally most pleased about is that Wings of Glory was one of only two teams in the 21 team open mens category to place as well or better in each subsequent stage. Over the 6 stages Wings of Glory placed 13, 10, 10, 7, 6, and 6. (Dam Flatlanders placed 20, 20, 18, 18, 17 ,17.) I think this fully justifies our stragey of focusing on running strong, smooth, and efficiently every day, but not “racing” until the final day.

Do take a look at iRunFar.com’s 2008 GORE-TEX™ TransRockies™ Run final results [broken link removed]. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like an Excel version of iRunFar’s final results.

There are 12 comments

  1. Grae Van Hooser

    Nice work beating Montrail. You know that warms my heart!:)Nothing personal against those guys, I know they are your buddy's. And one of them might end up being the promotions person for the team next year, and you might have to do some buddying up to get on the team. But getting beat by a team called "Fluffy Bunny" doesn't sound good.

  2. Trail Goat

    Grae,I have no shame in saying that I am proud to have beat Team Montrail last week, as both Sean Meissner and Matt Hart are my buddies and because I respect them very much as runners. I honestly didn't think we had a shot to be close to them until about an hour and a half into Stage 2. On the "Bryon being evil" side of things, it does feel good to beat the team from which I was cut. :-) Also, no need for me to kiss Montrail butt, as I think I'll be staying away from any shoe sponsored teams for a while unless I get a killer deal (which I won't). I like the freelance shoe gig I've got going on at the moment.For the record, Fluffy Bunny would have kicked our butts had they not gotten lost for 40+ minutes during Stage 5. As you can see from the results, they beat us every other day. They were great guys, too.

  3. olga

    Wow, Goat! And you posted every day too! We missed you at Tetons this year, but you got some crazy event going on, so you're forgiven:) Waht's next?

  4. Trail Goat

    Olga,Both Hart and I were thinking of all of you up in the Tetons. I had seriously considered renting a car after TRR and driving up to pace on Sunday, but that was just a wee bit on the far side of the crazy line for me. I was following Tony out pre- and post-party on Saturday/Sunday. At that point most of the TRR folks were drinking as hard as he was running.I was trying to post every day and did every day I had an internet connect… except after Stage 6, a.k.a., party time. This may have negatively impacted both my race and socializing as I spent the first few afternoons and evenings doing little more than sorting photos and blogging. Before at least half the stages I was up typing at close to midnight. Next stage race I vow to get more sleep!Next up is the Iroquois Trails 100. I'd been leaning strongly towards the 50 mile option for months, but it's time to just go for it. I'll admit to being scared of running 100 miles – it's something I haven't tried for more than 2 years.

  5. Sunshine Girl

    Hey Goat,We sort of did that slower-start-and-improve-thingy along the way as well. In the 6 stages we went 7,5,4,4,2(gasp)and 4. The mens race was pretty damn cool to see unfold – that was some pretty exciting racing to see how close it was for the top 10 big boy teams!! Maybe next year the big girl teams will show up so slackers like me don't end up on the podium!!Leslie

  6. Meredith

    Great job at the race! Congrats on a strong perfomance and finish! Looking forward to seeing how the inaugural Iroquois race goes. A lot of new races on the east coast this year.

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