The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument strikes a welcoming entrance to Colorado.

As he races through the 1.8 million-acre Rio Grande Forest, Craig will climb to his highest peak... a staggering 10,702 feet.

At this altitude, Craig and his support crew will be facing a lack of oxygen in the air. Combined with extreme mental and physical fatigue, this creates a high additional risk of hypoxia - deprivation of oxygen to the brain.

Thankfully the race section over 10,000 feet is relatively short (five miles) before a fast descent to 8,500 feet, where there will be plenty of oxygen in the air.

Staying warm will be a challenge also, with average temperatures in the mountains expected to drop to a low of 5 degrees Celcius at South Fork (altitude: 8,200 feet).


  • Average June temperature: 10 - 26 degrees Celcius

  • Population: 5.5 million

  • Home to more microbreweries per capita than any other US state.

  • The only state in history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver, however 62% of all state voters chose not to.

  • More than one-third of land is owned by the US Federal Government.


Award winning, sustainably crafted wines that capture the unique time and place of every harvest. A family owned estate, hidden in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand, one of the world’s purest wine regions.

Six varieties of grapes are grown on over 160 hectares of pristine vineyards. It just so happens that we share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying too.


Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley wine has demanded global attention, where the wine has been called impossible to ignore and the company among the planets 20 most notable new producers. Delivering exceptional experiences for wine lovers around the world.

Colorado is one our fastest growing markets in the US. We are very proud to support someone local who has connections to our winery as they accomplish such an incredible achievement!

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