Distance: 6.2 miles
Date: November 11, 2012, 9 am start
Finish time: 1:01:49, 9:59 min/mile avg.
What sets this race apart: The Cliffs of Insanity, the dressed up Buckeye Fans
The main gimmick of this race is that it is the "Buckeye" Classic, so many people dress up like Buckeyes. I am not a Buckeye Fan, but this is the second year I've been talked into this race. What makes this race challenging is that it takes place at High Banks Metro Park, a place that one running group I run with calls "The Cliffs of Insanity."
|The Group that coined that phrase. Pre-race. RUN DMC.|
|My only trail shot - so blurry or no, posted! This was in the first mile.|
|Focused on the finish - and yes, I caught them. :D|
|From last years race. You can tell I cropped this picture to not show as much gut!|
What makes this race so much fun for me is that so many of my friends are involved. Many of them run it, others spectate it and even others volunteer as course marshals or at the water stops. I LOVED screaming out for my friends when we passed each other at the point where the course loops itself for a short period.
After I finished, I cheered other friends still running. Then I joined Sarah and Mollie for a victory lap, bringing them some water, socializing and running them in. Most fun I had all day! We took some great group shots of those of us that started at MIT together plus some new additions...
|Finish line MIT photo op!|
Every week, I've been too chicken to go run at High Banks because trail running and potential injuries seemed like crazy talk pre-goofy. I even told several people I regretted signing up for this race. I take it all back. Yes, it was a TOUGH course. But, it was gorgeous and fun! I'm already saying that I have to come back next year to try and get sub one hour!
Anyone else race this weekend?
Do you prefer trail races or road races?
I kind of enjoyed this trail race, even though it's only my second one! (Both the same course).
Edited to add: I reread my recap of this same race from last year. In it, I said that I was planning to come back the following year, and hoped to better my time by 15 minutes. Success! Kind of fun to read my perspective from a year ago!