- 9 miles/15K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Trail Race
I’m going to be 100% honest, this is the hardest race I’ve been in to date. Mile for mile this is one of the toughest trail races in the world (source the Frozen Snot Facebook). Despite the heartache, the views and experience are like no other.
The first mountain climb comes immediately after the first mile, a smooth run to the trail head. From there it’s all uphill. You climb and climb and climb. And when you think you’re at the top, surprise! you’ve got to keep climbing.
There is a Bacon Aid Station smack dab in the middle of the course, with the happiest bunch of volunteers I have ever met. They send you on your merry way to yet: another hill climb.
The last hill climb is the worst of the bunch, mostly b/c you are plain exhausted from all the climbing and the downhill that follows is pure chaos. I think the downhills are worse than the uphill climbs.
This is the most technical course I can think of, it requires sharp mental alterness and the ability to adapt. I had to change my game plan twice during the race, it was a humbling learning experience. One I soon won’t forget.