24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

 

Written by Coach Kurt Refsnider

The weekend before our semester kicked off, we had a big crew head down to 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, the largest 24-hour race in the country. Prescott College fielded a men’s 4-person team, a women’s 4-person team, a coed duo, a men’s duo team, and Prescott College Adventure Education instructor Kaitlyn Boyle raced solo.

The 17-mile cactus-lined course saw thousands of racers streaming around it from 12 pm Saturday until 12 pm Sunday. The enormous cycling community that springs up in the desert every year for this event celebrated the entire time. And our entire crew pushed hard through the night and into the second day. Fenix Lighting contributed lights for our riders to see in the dark, a few parents came out to help support, and I was there help with anything that our riders needed.

In the end, our riders stood on two different podiums: Greg Cooper and Ruby Zitzer took 2nd in the coed duo category with 17 laps (280 miles!), Kaitlyn Boyle won the women’s solo category (266 miles!). And the entire time left feeling incredibly accomplished, humbled by the positivity of the entire event, and completely exhausted.

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