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5 Peaks Trail Race

Saturday, June 25, 2011

For those who have never done trail races, they are amazing and make you walk away proud of yourself just for finishing every time. Any outdoor enthusiast would get addicted.

And now for the race. Sunridge, so cleverly disguised as a ski hill by winter, is in fact a treacherous and technical not-for-the-faint-of-heart trail race by summer. Just so you can fully appreciate some of the challenges, I've posted below some pics of the practice run from a week ago:

Last week, after a ton of rain, the river had overflowed, and trails were literally washed out. For todays' race, they re-routed some of the less passable trails without sacrificing the technicality of the race.

The race began in waves: I ended up in the last wave because I was doing one final potty break behind a bush.

The race had two options: 7.5K (one loop) or 15K (two loops). I did the 15K and actually found it easier on the second loop just knowing what was coming ahead. There were some 15K runners who bailed after the first loop but the challenges of the race combined with the good company - I ran with a friend - made the time fly.

The photo below is of a downhill portion that the picture doesn't do credit. It was almost straight down. My run buddy is a really fast downhill runner but one slip of the foot and ai-yi-yi...I told him that if he tumbled, let me know so I could at least tuck before he hit me :)

We took some time for photos - why not! In the photo of me, I had made John stop to take a pic of the parks and cityline but he decided to include me so I hammed it up.

I haven't been running much, mainly biking, so I was glad to run with a friend and take a slower pace than I'm used to. I enjoyed the scenery and even picked some wildflowers for my girls along the way. We finished in 2:02:00, pretty slow, but I think I'd run with him again just for the enjoyment.

Speaking of the girls, there was a 1K kids' race before our race. The girls ran strong and finished well, very proud of their accomplishment.

Both our spouses and some other friends cheered us on. The crowds were very supportive and vocal, a great group. The awards ceremony included a watermelon holding contest for free running shoes. Lots of fun. 5Peaks is really one of the greatest trail series and I'll be back for more. John and I will be running the September half-marathon trail race, and I'll probably do a couple more in between. Stay tuned :)

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  • no profile photo CD6427585
    Oh my GOSH!!! That is AMAZING! I don't know about running it... but I would enjoy WALKING it! (I guess they don't do that, huh....) Congratulations on FINISHING!

    I finally got my hands on an old old old run down, beat up treadmill! But it WORKS! So I'm going to be BACK in the training thing... and hoping to RUN a 5K in the fall/winter! (IF this treadmill works out for me... and I DO indeed USE it -- which is the concern... then I will replace it with a newer more user friendly model! But I just wanted to make sure I would actually USE a treadmill before I spend money on one!)
    3496 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5826188
    emoticon that looks like such fun!
    3497 days ago
  • FREES1
    glad you survived! let alone had a good time!!! looks like it was a great event for everyone!!
    3497 days ago
    Holy cow that looks very treacherous! Good for you on running this race. That pic of you wading ing the water is just crazy!
    3498 days ago
    Certainly does look daunting but sounds you had a fantastic time! Great job and good luck on the next one!!
    3498 days ago
    Looks like it was a little muddy! I've been contemplating trail running, but after spraining my ankle this year, I think I'll stick to groomed paths....

    The kids look like they enjoyed their day
    3499 days ago
    Great trail run description. I love the image of tucking when a trial buddy takes a face plant.
    3499 days ago
    Is this Sunridge as in 5 minutes from my house? Kind of looks like it!
    3499 days ago
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