Finished in 6:46:49 (official time); no new PR, a personal Worst!
Overall Place: 155/272
Timed race #112, Marathon #8
Great trail marathon in Ohio. It was a really hot one though so I ended with a personal worst, walking half the course and running out of water even! The trails are beautiful and worth a trip to run this and have a nice camping vacation.
I decided to rent a Garmin 735 through Rundetroit's Garmin program to test it out. What a nice watch! I didn't end up buying one since my 220 still works just fine but it was fun to play with and super comfortable.
Registration was completed online and was very simple. They have their own website with all the information for the race.
|Mohican State Park|
|Camping on the river|
|Map at packet pickup|
The next day I walked over to the start. It was already warm and was going to be a hot day (in the mid 80's). I got to see Val and Ryan who were there volunteering for the race at the start line. The race started at 8am. With little fanfare, they said "go" and we were off! The race is a gun start (no chip)
The course is mostly single track with hills like I never run in training, however, overall, it was not an extremely hard marathon course. It was just really hot and the heat took all my energy so I ended up walking half the race. I could not have imagined running the 50 or 100 mile races in those conditions.
|Starting with some roads|
|Start of the trail|
|Lots of roots and climbing|
|and huge hills!|
|Back to single track|
|Well marked course|
|Climbing was a theme|
|Rocks bigger than homes!|
|By the river|
|Muddy area - this was the best area of the course in my opinion|
|Beautiful and tough|
|The famous root wall|
|At the top of the root wall|
|Glad we were going down this!|
|Guy fly fishing on the river|
|The single track was incredible|
|Fantastic area to run|
|I love this surface|
|Back to the roads|
|Almost at the finish|
As would be expected for a trail Ultra marathon, the race aid stations were not like regular marathon races. They are fully stocked with everything you can think of for the ultra runners. They were very organized and ready for the runners as they came in. They also were cheering at each aid station. There is not a ton of spectators so keep that in mind if that is what you are looking for. I didn't get many pictures of the aid stations but they were spread out about every 5 miles.
|Aid Station 4|
Overall, I finished, and given the heat I was happy to just finish. It was my personal worst time but I didn't care. The race had free Great Lake Brewing beer at the finish and you could also buy food from food trucks as well. I got my free beer and ate some food before I walked back to my campsite to relax the rest of the day.
For your entry fee, you received a well marked course with aid stations. You also received a custom race bib with your name on it.
|Great tech shirt|
|Back of shirt|
|Medal close up|
The organization was good. They have a website that had most of the information you needed. The park didn't really know where the start was when we asked initially but then when we asked again, they knew where it was. It was easy to find both the start and packet pickup. Packet pickup was organized and they could answer all your questions. The City is small so this is primarily a race to do to explore the trails although it's a perfect camping vacation since that is primarily what you do there. There were no hotels very close.
Overall, it was a great experience. The area is just beautiful and it's an area I'd love to go back again and just run some trails on vacation. Having the river at the campground was nice and the pool is great especially if you are bringing the family. I stayed the entire weekend since it was so nice. I would definitely recommend the race. This also looks like an awesome Ultra marathon although I won't be running 50 or 100 miles anytime soon.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.