The uphills were so intense that you had to walk up most of them, and by the time you got to the top, you had no option but to walk the downhills to catch your breath! There were course markers, but no mile markers (which was fine with me) so I felt like I was in the woods literally forEVER. At one point I even felt like Forrest Gump! Ha!
I loved my Brooks Cascadia 8's that I ran in, too. This was my first long run in them. Loved them! They came in handy on the trails and when we had to run across streams. There was one point in the run when a lady had a brand new pair of Saucony Ride's on and kept slipping on her way up the riverbank, so I had to literally pull her up the hill. PHEW
|Me at the finish|
|" There is a God!"|
Overall rating? B. It was a trail run so it was kind of hard to base it off of anything else
Main complaints? The course was long, the premium & medal could have been better
Favorite parts? The views and it was a branded North Face run
Communication before the race? A
Expo? C . It was a pain in the badonk to drive into Georgetown on a Thursday or a Friday to pick up my packet at the North Face store.
Premium? C. Okay, they did give us a free pair of Smartwool socks, but don't make me drive way out of my way and then tell me if I want my shirt screen printed I could pick it up after the race...
Water Stops/Aid Stations? D. If you didn't have your own hydration/nutrition, you were basically screwed. They had one water stop at mile 2 and one at mile 11.
Finisher's Medal? C. Paid an awful lot of money for a boring medal
Finisher's Festival? A.Thanks for the beer!
Would I run this race again/recommend it to anyone? Not to newbies, but definitely for someone who is looking for a challenge.