- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Trail Race
- Event Website
This is a neat race. It is a trail race intended for people to be able to run with their dogs. You don't have to have a dog (like me), but it is encouraged. All the proceeds also go to local dog shelters and charities.
The course itself is very hilly, and this year was quite challenging. Overall there was 1200' of elevation gain over the 13 miles. However, it was more challenging that it usually would be this year because of heavy rains leading up to the race. There was a lot of standing water, and the hills became very slick. Most of the course is on mowed grass trail, but there are lots of sections of single-track dirt trails. The dirt trails turned into mud trails pretty quickly.
As a looped course, it got a little monotonous towards the end, but that is part of the challenge. I enjoyed it.
The swag is OK. The shirt is great -- not the most amazing design -- in it's material and comfort. The rest of the bag is geared towards dog owners, as there are samples of dog foods and treats and many coupons for vet visits. At the end of the race you are awarded a neat wooden medal.
There are two full aid stations, at the start and 5k into the loop. This is a great set up as it makes sure you get a full aid station every three miles and can stay hydrated and fueled as you run.
This is a good race, and worth a look if you're in the area and want to get into trail running at the 10k/HM distance.