- Trail Race
I had a lot of fun at the third Naylor Mill 7K! This year and last year, the race has been a Team Bacon vs. Team Scrapple competition. There's also Team Veggie.
The race is held at the Naylor Mill Forest Trail. This is definitely the toughest trail in the general area. It's singletrack and has lots of turns and steep inclines and declines. I had a 14:31 average pace at this race, and my normal pace for a road 5K has been in the low 9s recently. So be ready for a challenge!
The race has such a fun environment. I had a bacon doughnut beforehand, bacon on the course and bacon and scrapple afterward. The volunteers are great. At the second aid station, I was showered with water from wet rags by about five different people, while another volunteer filled my water bottle. Volunteers also cooked the bacon and scrapple.
The trail is pretty and fun to explore — just pay attention to where you're going with all the roots and turns. Parking is easy — the trail adjoins the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, where there is plenty of parking. I carpooled with a friend because there was also a softball tournament going on, but there still seemed to be a good amount of parking.
There isn't really an expo, but early packet pickup was available on the Wednesday before the race — the race is on a Friday night.
Race management is great. The course was very well-marked, and there is lots of communication between a Facebook group and emails. I'm also friends with the race director, and I'm sure I could ask him a question anytime.
I liked the swag of a Team Bacon T-shirt and a sticker of the race logo. There are also griddle prizes for the Top 3 men, Top 3 women and Top 3 under-18 participants. It was really competitive so I didn't get one of those, but they were really unique. This race was also affordable at $20.
This race sold out soon after registration opened in the spring — stay tuned to be sure you get a spot!