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Rock/Creek Sends Race Team Members to Gore-Tex TransRockies Run

Things will be a little quieter around here in the office as Rock/Creek co-owner, Dawson Wheeler, heads out West to Colorado. He will be crewing for our Rock/Creek Race Team members competing in this year’s 2010 Gore-Tex Trans Rockies Run on August 22-27th.
Covering 113 miles in 6 days, the TransRockies Run brings up to 200 teams to the beautiful mountain ranges spanning Buena Vista to Beaver Creek, CO.
Wheeler_Selbo_crop_3987727629_731e6b61bb_oWaving the banner for team Rock/Creek are two of our most experienced and elite runners, Josh Wheeler from Signal Mountain, TN and Nick Selbo from Chattanooga, TN. Josh, a McCallie graduate is currently a pre-med student at Appalachian State and Nick Selbo, is a cross country coach at Soddy Daisy High School.
When asked about the Team’s standing and how he feels about the upcoming challenges for the week, Dawson shares this,
“The field at TransRockies is packed with talent with many of the country’s best runners at this discipline and distances.”
He begins, ” Anything can happen. It is big mountain racing with elevations reaching 12,600 ft. There is unpredictable weather in the mountains, they must run as a team and both have to perform in concert and that is what makes it exciting and ads to the strategy. Both Josh and Nick are on form and certainly have their sights set high. I like the balance they bring. Both are seasoned racers especially for their ages. Josh races aggressive and from the heart and Nick brings the coaching wisdom and balance to the team. On the foot their speeds and results are similar.”
Dawson pauses then continues, ” I know one thing, no matter what they will do their best. We (Rock/Creek) also are half of a co-ed team racing with Team member Krissy Moehl running with Brian Dayton for Team Vasque and a women’s team lead by Jacklyn Greenhill from the Rock/Creek Race Team running with Roxanne Coboba. Jacklyn has a outstanding pedigree and top results. When it comes to stage racing, the race is just one piece of the puzzle; nutation, post race recovery, sleep and avoiding injury are all equally important.”
He concludes, “Josh and I have traveled to many ironman 70.3 events, triathlons and trail races so he is used to me coaching and forcing rest, recovery and hydration. When fatigue sets in, you need a coach/crew to simply encourage you and help with decision making. I think Nick and I will have the same relationship. I also will help them with decisions concerning the mountains and elevations- something I have a lot of experience with. I sought council from long time friend and mentor Dr. Chris Moore concerning altitude. Chris’s back-country medical expereince is second to none and we are leaving nothing to chance.”
Check back on the Rock/Creek Chronicle Blog or for updates, pictures and day 1-6 stage results.