Blue Ridge Relay, Sep 6-7: 5 PAX from Alpha participated in the Blue Ridge Relay last September and all 5 are all in to return! That should tell you something about the good time this is. Last year Mayhem, Turbine, Whiz, Lowes and Ha-ha all ran and had a blast!
What is the Blue Ridge Relay? I’m glad you asked! The BRR is a road running race from the VA/NC boarder to downtown Asheville, NC through the Blue Ridge Mountains. This race is all roads (don’t tell Mayhem that!) and is made up of 36 legs that average 5.5 miles each. There are 12 men on a team and you rotate through the runners for each leg so on a 12 man team that means you run 3 times with about 10 hours of rest between your runs. The legs range from “easy” to “hard” with a couple that are rated “Mountain Goat Hard”. We can arrange the legs to meet your skill level.
Although this is a “race” we are there for the fellowship. More than half of the 200 teams that participate are F3 and FiA teams. Even a few “F3iA” teams (mixed male/female teams). Just like our workouts, we leave no man behind. If you want to walk/run your legs, no problem! We are there to have fun!
The team is broken up into 2 vans with 6 guys in each van. The vans alternate between an “on course” van and a “rest” van. The rest van is free to get something to eat, sleep or take a dip in a creek. You actually spend very little time in a van as you just ride from exchange zone to exchange zone and then get out. The race starts on Friday morning in stages from 0530 till 1200 with slower teams starting first and the fastest teams starting last. The finish is in downtown Asheville with most teams coming in Saturday between 1100 and 1600. Yes, we run through the night but you get to sleep when your van is the rest van.
Registration for the BRR will fill up by April. If interested let Ha-ha, Turbine, Lowes, Mayhem or Whiz know soon!
Palmetto 200 (P200), March 22-23: The Palmetto 200 (P200) is the same format minus the mountains. It runs from Colombia, SC to Charleston, SC. Since there are no mountains it is a bit faster race. Registration for the P200 is still open now. If interested reach out to Ha-ha, Turbine, Lowes, Mayhem or Whiz.
Helenback Race Series, Apr 27: Come and test your endurance in the mountains surrounding Helen, Ga and support the business partners of Bear who have developed an amazing, yet simple, event. Opportunities for a 5k, half-marathon, and a full marathon, but be prepared for a little extra credit on these trail runs…. A couple refreshments await you at the end. Last year we had a great turn out of 9 runners from The Wreck. One full marathoner, who absolutely crushed it at 4:29:07, 5 half-marathoners, and 3 guys for the 5k. A few of us Wreckers/Hogwallowers plan to make this a yearly CSAUP event! Come join us for a day in hell..en. If interested connect with I-Beam. http://www.helenbackraceseries.com/
GoRuck Star Course, Mar 9: The 26.2 mile GoRuck Star Course is coming to Atlanta and it’s not too late to join your fellow AlphaRuckers who’ve formed a few teams and have begun training just last week. Up until Feb 7th registration will run you $85, after that it’s $95 and there doesn’t seem to be a cutoff date to join in. Look it up and read the background story as well as the format; it is sure to be a fun & challenging event (https://www.goruck.com/event-15006/). Training officially began the first week of January at The Widowmaker between the hours of 0530-0800. That morning, 10 PAX Rucked 10mi as a baseline for all to gauge where their training stands. It is encouraged, if not downright necessary, to add weekday Rucks on our own to increase our aerobic base and efficiency for loaded movement over ground. From now until the weekend of the event, AlphaRuck at The Widowmaker will be dedicated to Star Course training with a minimum 0530-0800 Rucking workout. But you don’t have to be registered or even be interested in the event to join us; AlphaRuck is ALWAYS open to everyone, and we always have a great Rucking time. Contact Dosido or Boomer for more information.
Spartan Atlanta Sprint, Apr 13: Mud, obstacles, running, mud, a few burpees, mud and a bit of fire to cap it off … all the trimmings of a good challenge for a team of F3 HIMs. Check it out at https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/4360/overview.