- 3 miles/5K
- Trail Race
This was my first time running the Crozet Trail 5k and it did not disappoint. For $5 entry you got a shirt, a fun course, and a family friendly event. The race is cut off at 250 runners but I think they went over that by a few and it was fine.
The course is held on the trails at Mint Spring Valley Park and there is 668' of elevation gain. I think most of that is in the first mile. The scenery, what you could see of it was nice with a sometimes glimpse into the valley and the town below you. Most of the time I was watching the roots and rocks in front of me. The downhill sections were nice and challenging and I was able to make up some time from power hiking up the uphill sections that I couldn't run.
The weather was very warm for May, but it felt nice in the trees so you didn't really notice it.
Personally I don't think you need aid stations for a 5k, but they had one set up about halfway, and the fish had water and snacks for everyone. Also the shirt that was given out was one of the best I have received at any event.
Overall, this was a great race and should be declared 'Virginia's Toughest 5k' if someone hasn't already claimed that title.