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7/24/14 11:09 A

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The trail races in my area always max out. Any idea why Citrus Trail gets so few entrants? The descriptions sound nice. Modest prices. Generous time cutoffs. And so on. What's keeping people away?

PS: Almost no one does trail marathons. You can see this phenomenon all over. For instance, in the 2014 Citrus, only 15 people did the marathon. All the other distances were much more popular. And it's understandable why: 50K is only a few miles more and for that, you get a hat and you get to call yourself an ultra runner (or get another ultra under your belt). It is for this reason that I've done 2 50K races and 0 marathons on trails!

So sorry to hear about your ankle. I'm currently nursing a sprained ankle. Can't imagine how much worse it must be to recover from a broken ankle.

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7/24/14 10:39 A

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Carolyn that sounds like fun! I am an older runner too, (56, started running at 53) and I love trail runs! I run on the trails for my usual run, but the best trail run is the Montana Island Challenge. THAT is a trail run! 9K up two huge hills (I can't run those) but about 5 miles through the most beautiful mountainside! (Lewistown, Montana is not in the Rocky Mountain system but is surrounded by these "Island Mountain - hence the name).

The Citrus Trail race sounds like something to keep on the radar!


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7/24/14 10:13 A

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Hi Team. I am an older runner (54) and didn't start running until my mid 40s. Since then I have done countless 5ks and 10ks, 13 half marathons, and 2 marathons, all on the road. Earlier this year, after talking with a friend who does ultras, she asked if I wanted to do a couple of trail runs in west Florida. I couldn't do both, but agreed to do the Citrus Trail, as they had some good options for distance - 4 miles, 10 miles, Marathon, and 50K. I opted for the 10 miler as I didn't want to drive across the state for a 4 mile race, and I had injured my foot last fall training for a marathon and really wasn't in marathon shape. The 10 miler seemed the perfect distance.

Without going into detail about the race, I had a BLAST. I liked that the race was so small with about 100 people in total for all the distances. I was told to expect my time to be about my best HM time (2:11 a couple of years ago, and 2:25 recently), but I wound up finishing in under 2:00! I especially loved when I was alone running in the woods and all I could hear was the birds and the soft crunching of the leaves and pine needles under my feet.

While I am currently nursing a broken ankle, once I am back to running you can bet that I will be doing more trail runs. I'd like to go back to the Citrus Trail race again next year and do the marathon. There are also a few here locally that I'd like to try, one of them being Corbett (15K, 50K, 50 Miler). We'll see, as I also have 70.3 aspirations as well.

Glad I found this group as I'd like to hear about other people's experiences and learn from them.


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