Finished in 1:00:38 (official time); no new PR
Overall Place: 116/371
Overall Men: 88/182
Men 45-49: 16/35
This is my first time running Flirt with Dirt. I was really impressed with the park that seems to be a hidden gem for the City of Novi. The trails, while not very challenging, were very nice and had some awesome single track to run on. It was well organized by Running Fit and was not over crowded which is nice. While I enjoyed it, I did this one for the Serious Series and probably would not drive the distance from my home for a 10k but I'm really glad I ran it. A perfect event for runners who want to try trail running for the first time.
Registration was very easy. I signed up for the Serious Series and this was the second race in that series. The first one was the Trail Marathon in April and the Legend in August. Running Fit has an easy to follow website for the race which makes it very simple.
We got there about 7:00am and had a little time to wait for the 10k which was at 8:15am but got a nice parking spot near the start/finish area. We were able to find our bib numbers posted but you could also get them online via an email the race sent out early. There was also packet pickup the day before the race as well which is a nice option. Given the distance to my home, we opted to pick up that morning. It literally took minutes and we had plenty of time to get back to the car and put out stuff away.
As you can see, there were not tons of runners in line when we got there so it was very simple.
The start area was all set up by the time we got there. It was a great day for running trails!
|Really nice park!|
|Finish set up|
|Runners in front of me|
|Runners behind me|
My plan was to keep things fairly easy. While my paces were faster than my training paces, this was also a flat course and I'm used to training on hills. Given that, I could run it faster but still keeping an easy pace. I had a 19 miler the next day so I didn't want to push it too much.
|Splits, Map and elevation per Strava|
|Started in the second wave|
|Little crowd to start|
|Kevin kicking butt|
|In the parking lot - weird|
|Back to dirt|
|Onto the trail|
|Nice and wide to start|
|Easy to pass|
|loved this bridge|
|More single track|
|My kind of trail|
|The bridge with names|
|really nice area|
|Continued single track|
|Reflections in the water|
|Back to single track(most of the course)|
|Well marked - sorry for the blurry picture|
|Marks for turns|
|Love this area|
|Markings to keep you on track|
|Almost there final hill|
The aid stations had water and gatorade in a few spots. The volunteers did a great job telling runners what they had for us as we were coming up on the aid station. I only got one good picture and that was one of me turned around going backwards! This is why you can see a runner coming towards me.
After we finished, there were volunteers there offering bottled waters. If you ran both the 5k and the 10k, the race offered a race glass for finishers. There were runners cheering us as we finished.
|Volunteers with bottles|
A little walk from the start had cookies, pretzels and bananas. I love the cookies Running Fit gets for their events. They are always great!
|Cookies, pretzels and bananas|
|Lake next to the park|
For your race entry, you received a custom race bib with QR code to find results. You also received a well marked and supported course.
Organization for Running Fit events has always been good. I would not run their races so often if they were not organized. They did a great job overall and if they can fix that part of the course in the parking lot to make it safer, it would help. The course came out good on distance and markers. The volunteers are always great. The communication via email was good.
Overall, this was a really fun race and a perfect race for that first time trail runner. It's not extremely hilly or technical and makes for a great race. As I mentioned, I did it because of the Serious Series of races and I'm happy I was finally able to run this race. If it were a little closer to my home, I'm sure I'd run this one again. If you have not run it, it's definitely one to put on your list for next year.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.