Finished in 2:19:58 (official time) 10:41 pace; no new PR
Overall place: 264/606
Overall Men: 207/375
Men 45-49: 31/51
First half marathon of the year and half marathon #31. This was the second time I've been to this event as my first was last year. Another awesome trail race. I really love the challenge of this course. It's one of my more difficult half marathons but so much fun and rewarding when you finish it. I'll be running this one again in the future. This year, I'm running the Serious Series and this is the first of three races in the series. I highly recommend this race.
Registration is always easy with Running Fit events and this was no exception. A press of a button on their website and I was registered to go.
Packet pickup is also very easy at this event. It's open a couple hours before race day and because it's a trail race with limited number of runners, it makes for an easy process. You can see Sharry has my bib number, is holding it up, and is all ready for me! Haha! Awesome! It's nice when the volunteers know you. I was in and out of line in a matter of a minute and that was getting there within an hour of start time.
|Packet pick up|
The start area is a really beautiful area and off of Silver Lake. As you can see, we had an absolutely perfect day for running.
|Beautiful for the start|
|Start all set up|
|Port-o-Johns and real bathrooms|
|Runners waiting for the race|
|Runners ahead of me|
|Runners behind me|
I had no goals but to just get through it. I'm still dealing with a lingering injury so the plan was to finish between 2:15 and 2:30 hours. That was more than fast for me today. I went back and looked to see what I did last year and was 2:07. I'm not sure how I was even able to run it last year that fast.
The half marathon course is a one loop course around the "Poto" trail. I love that it's only one loop. It's 99% single track with a little bit of roads. The trail is technical and hilly and a very challenging course. I love it and wish I lived closer to the area since it's fantastic training.
|Half loop per Garmin|
|Elevation per Garmin|
|Splits per Garmin|
|And wer'e off|
|Already at the single track|
|A few runners running!|
|Things thin out quickly|
|I love the single track of the Poto|
The views, even in the spring before the leaves are on the trees, are very nice.
|The views are always awesome on the Poto|
|I love the boardwalks|
There are a few lakes/ponds that we run by and it's always a nice distraction from the running and helps keep you pushing forward.
|More great views|
|Technical trails - watch your step!|
|Lots of hills!|
|Looking from behind - I didn't even stop to take that one!|
|Downhill and boardwalks|
|Tree in way - cut it out.|
|Susan running hard!|
There is a nice bridge we got to cross that even included a hill in it!
|A little bridge|
|Lots of boardwalks|
|A little road|
|Well marked course|
|The views are amazing even in Spring|
|Another bridge coming|
|Running by some pond water|
|Well placed markers|
|Just trying to hold on at the finish|
|More of the lake|
There were several aid stations and the volunteers did an outstanding job. The race had water and gatorade at every aid station as well as GU at a couple other locations. I always carry a water bottle on the course so I didn't stop at any of the stations but they were evenly spaced and fully stocked.
|Water and Gatorade|
|GU at a couple locations too|
The finish was the same as the start. We finish with a volunteer giving you your medal and also a bottle of water. The race had half muffins(which are awesome!) as well as cookies(another big plus). I believe they offered the same thing last year as well and, if I were the race management, I would not change a thing. I loved the finish line food.
For my $46.82 entry, I received a trail half marathon bib, a race shirt, a race magnet(new this year as they have given pins out in the past) as well as an awesome medal. Running Fit has done an excellent job with running medals since last year and I hope they continue that. The design on the shirt and medal are great! You also received a measured course for the half that was supported with volunteers. They had a road crossing that the police was also at as well to keep runners safe.
|Trail Bib with QR code|
|Medal with ribbon|
|Medal close up|
The organization for Running Fit events have typically been good. Believe me, I wouldn't come back to their races if I felt differently. They have the start/finish area set up well, they have more than enough volunteers, the course is marked well, the food was good, the medal was awesome. Communication via email was excellent. I always know what's going on when attending a Running Fit event.
Overall, another super trail event and I am very happy that I signed up for this and also the Serious Series. Outside of the cheap shirt, the event was outstanding and I'm sure I'll run it again in the future. If you have not run a trail half before, this is a great one to try. You won't be disappointed with it and it will get you hooked on trail running.
|Dave, Kevin and I finished!|
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.