My 40th Race!!
I did this race in 2013 and was registered for it last year but was injured. Previously, Calico Racing put this race on, and it was held on the River Mountain Loop trail near Railroad Pass Casino. BBSC took over ownership of this race this year, and changed the location to Equestrian Park.
I had done one other event at this park, but the course was a little different, as it was a 1,3,6,12 hour event held on a loop. For this race, 5k and 10k distances were held on an out and back course.
My husband picked up our race packets, but when he got home, we realized I had been given someone else’s shirts, timing chip, and race bib. He was registered for the race, as he had completed it in 2013 and 2014, but on race morning he decided to stay home with our dogs, who had surgery the day before.
I left early and made the 45 min trip across town, and was glad I gave myself extra time because race parking was located 1/2 mile from the start line. It was 60 degrees and very windy, and I was regretting forgetting my long sleeve shirt at home. I did remember my husband’s timing chip though, so I returned that and switched out my shirts and bib. I had ordered an xxl, but received an xl, which I didn’t notice until I got home—not a big deal since it still fit, but kind of annoying to receive the wrong shirt twice in a row.
I dropped my bag in the gear check area, and met up with some friends who were also doing the race. A small expo was set up, and several porta potties, which was nice. The finish line was also set up in this area.
The race start was located down a set of steps, and we made our way down to the chute area. The 10k took off and 5 minutes later, the 5k began.
Since the course was on a paved trail, it was a little on the narrow side and was a little congested, even at the back of the pack where I started. I walked with a friend who was using a pacing app and was able to tell us our pace throughout the race.
The first half of this out and back course was at a steady incline, and we were both happy to see the turn around, which meant down hill finish. Though we were walking, we decided to run for about a minute. I am in the middle of getting gel injections in my knees so I was curious to see how I would feel after this little sprint, and I was happily surprised not to be in pain!
We made it back to the finish area, but when we came to where the start line was, the inflatable archway had gotten deflated by the wind, and no one had removed it, which created a bit of a hazard. The finish line was in the expo area, so there was a little climb up a switch back to get there. Lots of energy at the finish line, cold water, and really good apples. 😉
The medals were designed by Calico, and bore their name and logo. I liked this new course for the race, and improved my time by about 3 minutes since my first race of the year.