Behind the scenes
I love seeing how much goes on behind the scenes of a race and even as a race director I had no idea the magnitude of work that happens with TAR. While runners are waking up at 5am, organizers are up at 4am. While runners are taping your toes, there is a race village being set up, baggage being picked up from a million hotels and neighbouring towns, pre-course runners heading out, sound checks happening etc....
As the CDN Media Lisaon for TAR, I had more of an opportunity today (unfortunately not participating in the stage) to see what goes on behind the scenes. Let me tell you it's all very impressive.
The take down happens almost immediately after the last runner crosses the timing mat. People dispurse, fully knowing their responsibilities and there wasn't one idil person with PLAN B on their clothing standing around. You could hear the buzz fill the air!
I was fortunate to get a ride from the race owner, Heini, and a fella named Mike who was one of the sweeps for the race. We zipped away in one of the organization vans to the first access point along the route where we stopped to cheer the lead to tail end runners along the road. I loved this part of my day as I got to cheer and see all my buddies. I was happy for my friends and channelled nothing but positive energy to help them up those mountains today!
I learned that today's stage is actually one of the stages of the 4Trails Race, which is another PLAN B event that happens in July. The stage was long but sounded like one of the most spectacular! I had hoped the views inspired strength and perserverence among the PACE Teams and all competitors today.
I throughly enjoyed the ride over to Samnaun and friendly conversations along the way. I was asking all sorts of questions about the culture, the race and found it fascinating to learn new all sorts of cool things. We stopped with some other members of the race crew quickly for espresso along the way, which was hands down the best cup of joe I have had since arriving in Europe.
I was surprised to see how much of the next stage town was already set up when we arrived. It's unbelievable how fast and steady this team works. A testimate to great leadership from Uta and Heini who have put together an amazing team!
I offered my hand but it wasn't needed. So I strolled up the hill and checked into our guesthouse and just rested my stomach. I noticed a little improvement today, although still very sore to touch. I met my buddy for lunch and had a beer. It's the little things in life...
Then we walked over to the finish and waited until our friends started to roll in. So proud of them! It was a very long and hard stage. Cooler temps and winds brought some relief but the gruelling climbs and descents didn't let up!
Stage Four was nothing less than 45km, 2800m ascent + 1829m descent. Them good news is that stage 5 is a rest day, hill sprint and we get two nights in Samnaun.
The team celebrated with our own pizza party at our hotel.