Stage Race Sunday!
Who’s coming to play in the desert this year?
Just a hop down the road in Glenwood Springs, Allison Christie joins us in the midst of a lifelong adventure with her son to climb all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers (nearly halfway!)
Marital Status: Married
Number of Children: One son, will be 13 in June
Years running: 5
Years running ultras: 3
Ultras I have done: Goblin Valley 50k, Utah, 10/15 The Coastal Challenge, Costa Rica, 6 days, 2/16 The Four Pass Loop, CO, 8/17 The Golden Ultra, British Columbia, 3 days, 9/18
Favorite race and why: Fourteener trips with my family. My son’s goal is to climb all 54 CO 14ers by the time he finishes high school. He’s currently 12 and has done 25 of them. I love the family time, shared experience, and seeing him working towards his goal when when we’re able to go together and do a cluster of them over a few days. Plus my favorite place in the world to be is in our tent with my boys, and those trips incorporate some quality tent time!
Best results in races: I’m slow so don’t race for results, just to finish within time cut-offs, which I have accomplished in every Ultra I’ve done so far.
Tell us something about yourself, running related or other: I enjoy doing a lot of different things, which gets me in trouble with time management. In addition to running (which I wouldn’t necessarily say I “enjoy”) they include spending time with my family, hiking, travel, cooking, gardening, reading, playing oboe, and decorating baked goods.
What’s your favorite way to train for Desert RATS: Any run that leaves from my front door. I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of options in that category!
What are your goals for Desert RATS: To successfully complete each day within the allotted time without getting seriously injured. To meet new friends and have a great camp/race-life experience. To learn the things one learns when pushing physical and mental limits, and to have that raw kind of experience one can only have when doing so.