Runners from Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. and Blue Mountain Hospital braved the elements and the high altitude of Snowmass, Colorado last month to run in the annual Ragnar Trail Relay.
The eight runners each had to run the course’s three loops, The Green Loop - 3.5 miles, The Yellow Loop - 4 miles, and the grueling Red Loop - 6.7 miles, reaching elevations of 9,000 feet. Each runner finished the 14.2 miles in under 24 hours for a total of 113.6 miles as a team.
BMH Radiology Technician Codi Orr explained that all the legs ended at the same transfer tent and as runners approached finished a loop they transferred their monitor to the next runner and that runner was off to tackle the loop. Codi said the race was challenging but it was fun.
Members of the team included Codi Orr, Dr. Mahana Fisher and Jodene Fisher, Nick Fox and Reesie Fox, Kacee Simpson, Marissa Black and Trevor Olsen.
One of the best stories from the Snowmass Trail Relay involved Dr. Fisher, who proclaimed that he could finish the Red Loop - 6.7 miles with a steep climb the first 3.5 miles to 9,000 feet - in under an hour. Some team members bet he couldn’t beat one hour. When he finished in 59.12, the losers bowed and recited, “We’re not worthy!” at the end of the loop. Way to go Dr. Fisher!