This is the 2nd year for this race. The race director is a local runner (well-known and highly respected in the running community), Steven Godale, who lives nearby and treats this race and course as his baby. He created two trails and even mows the lawn in some parts of the course. He hand-mades medals by painting a piece of wood, very original.
The course consists of 5x 10K loops around a lake in
The course is considered easy, but I realized during the training run that it is not as easy as I thought. There is a variety of running surfaces, technical trails, grass, asphalt, including some very uneven areas. The only easy thing about it is that there are not as many uphills as other trail races.
Considering the course, plus my legs and training which did not feel great, I set a goal of 5 hours (10 min/mile) pace for the race.
Here is a group picture with facebook friends (Zach, Gale, Dawn, Kristin) before the start of the race:
As the race started, I sprinted ahead to take a picture of the leading runners: Vince Rucci, Michael Epp, Matt Shaheen. So, for a brief moment, I was the leading runner in this race!!!! :)
This race went differently than my other races. Normally, I start slow and have nearly even splits. But this time I started fast, trying to keep up with Connie Gardner (a celebrity in our area, ~17 hour finish in Burning River and top female in just about every local trail ultramarathon race), and finished slower, getting passed instead of passing other runners.
Because of the loop structure of the race, I got to see other runners, especially slower runners that I lapped. Here are pictures of Kristin, and Dawn and Kimberly:
Here is Steven Godale, approaching the runners with a box that looked like pizza. But, instead of pizza, we were offered the hand-made medals. Because each medal is slightly different, we got to choose. I think some runners would have preferred pizza :) but not me!