Seeing so many PACErs crush the multi day “stage race” training & prep this year, I am curious if anyone is thinking more seriously about potentially running Transalpine Run 2 day, 8 day or Salomon 4 Trails in 2022? (Europe stage races)
I know it’s well over a year away for both of these events and things are still uncertain but I am getting booking requests from groups in North America and Europe already. While I am not opening up anything until this fall... I wanted to check in to see if anyone from the PACE family is even considering these events so I can provide an info night and make sure the PACE family has priority registration.
One of the hardest parts of running events like these is the commitment to the training and managing the volume it takes to prepare. Having a solid base is absolutely essential and those of you training for stage races this season are doing just that... building a strong base which will transfer over and give you a huge boost to your prep next season.
Salomon 4 Trails is a 4 day race that you can run solo, however Transalpine Run is either a 2 day or 8 day race that requires you to run with a partner. This is another challenging aspect of this event as it can take time to find the right fit, and someone who can commit both physically and financially to the goal. It's also my favourite part and what I find the most rewarding.
For some people, booking time off work, finding a sitter for your kids (if you and your partner want to run together, for example) takes time. The first year I ran Transalpine Run we took Carter with us and he was 10yrs old. He has since joined us half a dozen times at different ages and we have turned it into a family vacation by going a little early and/or staying a little later. There are always kids running around at the finish lines and pasta parties every year.
Trent and I are planning to take groups to both of these events next year (providing it’s safe to do so) and we would love to share the travel and running experience with anyone from the PACE family who’s curious and/or interested. I wanted to put this post out today because I know it takes time to wrap your head around an event like this.
I can host a European Vacation zoom if anyone is interested. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday and I will see how much interest we have.
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