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633 South Broadway St. Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80305
Predominately off-trail, brutally steep, navigationaly challenging, terrible weather and a long tradition of competition. Fell running is a uniquely British pastime.
The Bob Graham Round is one of the oldest, hardest and most prestigious challenges within this storied, yet niche, sport. Located in England's spectacular Lake District, the route summits 42 peaks in 100 kilometers, gaining an astounding 26,000ft of ascent. Pioneered in 1932 by local hotelier, Bob Graham, in his quest to break the Lakeland fell record, the route has seen thousands of attempts. Nevertheless, its 35 year old record has remained elusive.
Last year, four of Boulder's Rocky Mountain Runners with a penchant for misery, Ryan Smith, Peter Newton, Nick Pedatella, and Andrew Bainbridge, traveled across the pond to take on this challenge. Ambition among the group ranged from completion to a solo attempt, to, of course, a crack at the record.
Come listen to tales from the trip, and learn what it takes to tackle the weather, logistics, terrain and struggle of this-once-in-a-lifetime quest to follow in the footsteps of the legends of fell running. Including some short movies, photos and attempts at jokes, this is sure to be a fun evening of running history, tradition, and adventure!
We'll have snacks and beverages, and support from La Sportiva (special promo, maybe a raffle, prizes? Join us to find out!).