Why Copper Mountain is Terrifying and Exciting

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Copper Mountain 50K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review and write race reviews!


Tomorrow morning I’ll be running up Copper Mountain. Twice.

I hope.

I’m super pumped for this race. It’ll be my third race in Colorado, with the first two being the Louisville Trail Half and the Cherry Creek Sneak (10 Mile). Fun fact: I’m actually writing this post about a 1/4 mile from the start line of the Sneak.

But those were both in the Denver Metro, and were fairly tame races in terms of elevation and terrain. The Copper Mountain 50k will be a different animal entirely.

First of all, the race starts around 10,000 feet. I’ve experiences that kind of elevation when I drove through Leadville a couple years ago, but that’s all. Typically I adjust well to altitude, and did this week in Denver. But almost doubling that elevation is a huge question mark.

So that’s a big reason for the scare factor of this race. I don’t know what it will look like or how I’ll be able to run that high above sea level.It’s a huge unknown.

But Ben, aren’t you more worried about the fact that you have to run up a freaking mountain?? Well, not really. Yes, that climb will be a beast…both times. But the elevation gain across the 50k is about on par with the Music City Trail Ultra. So purely in terms of gain during the race, this isn’t that big of a deal.

Mountain running is mountain running, right?

Also swirling in my mind are two other, more auxiliary things. One, whenever I run for BibRave (or PRO) I want to do well. But that’s the competitor in me, if I’m representing my race team or brand, I don’t wanna suck in the race. Two, the last time I tackled 50k it went horribly. Of course, this time I’m not running in unseasonably hot weather (it actually should be GORGEOUS tomorrow) and I’m not three weeks and no rest off of a Marathon. But it’s impossible to not think about that.

Overall, though, I’m super excited. I’m excited for the run and the scenery. I’m excited to meet up with other Team BibRave folks. And I’m excited to catch up with a couple other running friends tackling the course.

Basically, I expect this to be really, really hard. And I think it’ll be harder than I expect.

Although, when I finish, I’ll be able to establish dominance over my co-workers on campus next week when I tell them I ran up a mountain. So there’s that.

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