|GDR finisher award|
|Sunrise after the first 3hrs|
|Switchbacks? What is that?|
The race went pretty good for me, I kept up to par with nutrition and hydration and enjoyed breathtaking views the ups and downs had to offer. Despite the gnarling terrain everybody was
in good spirits, and up for chats as one would expect in a trail race. I ended up running the last 12 mi or so with a new trail friend, Lee Shane. This was great since my legs were fried after the early mountain miles so it was easier to trade walking in favor of running. Lee and I took turns motivating each other to keep shuffling and finished after 15:22hrs.
|Final mile during sunset|
|Run Bum's motivators along the trial|
We started the day with the biggest climb of the race that lasted about the first 5-7 miles. Then the pain started, for the next 31 or so miles we went straight up and straight down each mountain we came to. The climbs were approximately one mile in length but they were steep, and the descents were just as steep and knee pounding, and they came one right after another, no flat in-between.
After the first 38 miles of all single track it turned into fire and service roads for the remainder of the race. The word is next year he found more trails to connect and the course will be changed a little to get more trail near the end of the race. Either way these dirt and gravel roads were a blessing. You could finally relax and well by this time mostly walk, but at least it wasn’t as steep.
The final mile was another adventure, you lost 1500 feet in less than a mile, yes this hurt quite a bit. Lastly the race was said to be 60 miles but the lady I finished with had 65.4. This wasn’t really a big deal except during the heat of the day it got up to 80 degrees and I ran out of water between aid stations thinking it was only 6 miles but it felt more like 8 or 9. I ended up finding a stream and drank from it and cooled down.
Cut off times this year were 28 hours but I see next year it will be 24 hours, which gives you plenty of time. Over all it was a great race, especially for the first year. I am sure lessons were learned and things will be a little different next year. I would recommend this race but make sure you train for relentless STEEP hills.
|Hanging bridge along the way|
|Lots of streams and rivers on the course|