- Despite the sub-optimal weather, we’re still on for tomorrow. When has a little rain/snow stopped RUFA? That’s right, never!
- You can track my whereabouts via SPOT and this spreadsheet which will be updated throughout Sat & Sun.
Some things just seem impossible don’t they? One such thing is solving the unhealthy air pollution problem that plagues the Salt Lake Valley during winter thermal inversions. (See The Air We Breathe video, which aired on KUED). Thankfully, most people finally “get it” and are now asking “how can I help”? The best resource available comes from a local non-profit group called Breathe Utah. Check out their “Air Info” website to come up to speed on the science, the health effects, and to learn what you can do to help. Breathe Utah is a group of talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to improve the situation for all of us.
Running Up For Air (RUFA) represents a call to those of us who love to breathe. The premise involves setting and accomplishing a seemingly impossible physical challenge, a goal for ourselves measured in number of summits on the famous Grandeur Peak west side trail. In working to achieve our goals I hope to raise financial support for Breathe Utah. The last 2 years I’ve set challenges for myself that I truly didn’t know how I’d complete (10 laps in 2012; 12 in 2013). In 2013, through hard work and the collective positive energy of friends and family, nearly 60 folks met their goals and we raised $5,000 in the process! In 2014, I’m at it again and hope you can participate.
There are two options:
- Challenge Me : Make a financial pledge towards my objective of 15 laps in 30 hrs. I appreciate any and all support I can get. Knowing folks are supporting me helps me push on when the going gets rough.
- Challenge Yourself : Set a goal for yourself and encourage others (your employer, your grandma, your husband, your run-club, etc.) to support you! Come join me anytime you like.
This is not a race! Anyone may come and run/hike/crawl up and down the trail just like any other day. I will be starting my own challenge at 6AM on 3/1/2014 (Saturday) and intend to go until I complete 15 laps or by noon on 3/2/2014 (Sunday), whichever comes first. I’d love to have your company anywhere along the way. The trail-head can be found here. If you can’t find a place to park, the best option is to go south on Wasatch Blvd for 0.5 mile to Eastwood Elementary. Park there and walk to the trail-head.
Given that this is not a race, there is no route! However, I intend to follow the west ridge trail as shown below:
A Google Earth file (.kml) can be found here. The route (I am following) is an out-and-back, from the parking lot to the summit. Each lap is a total of 4.46 miles long with ~3,333.3′ of vertical gain (we’ll use this number for easy math; 3 laps = 10,000′) per lap. This is steep! roughly a 30% grade. Conditions as of 2/16/2014 are unusually dry with minimal snow up to nearly 7,000′. But, a lot could change between now and 3/1/2014. Most folk find additional traction very useful (yak-tracks, micro-spikes, hobnails, etc.) as well as poles for stability as the upper portion of the can be quite icy. As far as apparel goes, come prepared for just about anything. It’s still winter after-all so full-on blizzard conditions are possible.
Aid Stations :
Given that this is not a race, there is no aid whatsoever. Bring what you need to take care of yourself. Seriously, if you’re expecting any type of support you’ll be very let down. I’ve supported myself with supplies I’ve had in my car or from kind souls who have come to support me.
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