Brand Ambassador Joe Gray Takes His Second GoPro Games Win!
The Go Pro Mountain Games started off like any other year. I typically like to go there not only to compete, but to soak up the scenery and atmosphere. I also like to check out some events outside of my craft that interest me such as Dog Jumping, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, and Road bike time trial. This year was a little different because I was aIso able to lead some events. Those events included the kickoff for the Vail Running Club as well as the kickoff for the Mountain Games! Prior to the opening of theGames, I also lead another group event at Zac Shanle’s new run shop in Edwards, Colorado, called Peak Performance Footwear. It’s a great store with lots of options and a very knowledgeable staff. If you are in the Eagle County area and need to get some Spenco Insoles or SCOTT Sports footwear, Zac is your guy! Both group events were awesome and I’d like to especially thank SOS Rehydrate, SCOTT Sports, Elevated Legs, Mio Global and the Vail Vitality Center for their help in sorting these events!
Athletes who attended were able to check out all of the above sponsors’ products and get a glimpse into some vital gear that impact my training and racing experiences.
I decided at the last minute to double since I hadn’t done much in terms of specific mountain training this season. I wanted to use this weekend as a training vacation…or Traincation? The half marathon went as planned. I wanted to get a solid tempo just below threshold effort. I ended up finishing second to a very solid performance from an Eritrean athlete who also happened to be a heel clicker for a few miles until I verbally let him know I wasn’t going to tolerate it! All in all, we both broke the course record for the event.
Day 2 was the Vasque Spring Run-Off 10k. I won this event in the past, so I definitely wanted to come out and redeem myself after a loss the previous day. From the gun, a familiar face in Andy W. and I pulled way out in front of the field and just cruised a few miles together. I later started to get a little gap which held to the finish. I was relieved to see the finish line after having a lot of pressure to come out and repeat this year. I was even more excited to see that I broke the course record! There have been two or even three different courses here, as some years the snow changes the route of the course. Results are on my twitter page.
Now my focus will start to shift as the NationalMountain Running Championships and some other major mountain races approach! Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone for your support!