The Lost Dutchman 8K is an excellent first trail race! The course is flat and fast, and does not require trail shoes. The running path itself is rather narrow, which made for some interesting passes in certain places, but this slight inconvenience is completely forgotten by the breathtaking view of the Superstition Mountain in the backdrop.
The start line did have time corrals, which helped runners to place themselves appropriately at the start. This is extra important, as it is a bit challenging to pass slower runners in the first portion of the race.
Runners should note that there are cacti and other desert life along the path. This can present a small hazard if you step off the path in order to pass another runner. Another area of caution would be the loose rock areas. In several places, it is possible to mis-step and fall, if not careful about foot placement. The path is a trail, but does not increase in elevation.
After completing the race, runners are treated to a buffet style food bar containing breakfast burritos, bagel quarters, fruit, yogurt, and water/Gatorade. The food was much appreciated.
Each race distance had a different medal, and the 8K medal was most certainly worth the run! This year runners also received a soft and light, long sleeved tee, plus many packet pickup perks.