• Park City,
    Utah,
    United States
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, 50K, 50 miles, Relay
  • Trail Race

Jenny

San Diego, California, United States
34 10
2015
"Breathtaking but challenging course"
Overall
T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Parking/Access
Race Management
Jenny 's thoughts:

I loved this course, it was definitely challenging and I unfortunately got altitude sickness and got my first DNF at mile 16. As a sea-level dweller with Asthma, it was definitely ambitious for me to try, but if you don't try, you don't know and I have no regrets.

That being said, I'm only able to review 1/2 of the race.

Expo: There were 2 locations for the Expo, either at the North Face store in Murray, UT or at the Park City Mountain Resort (start/finish line). It was nothing special, we received our bibs and a T-shirt. A virtual swag bag was emailed a few days before the race.

T-Shirt: Was a nice green color with Dirt, the original proving ground on the front. I was a little confused by it because it wasn't really a traditional race shirt but it fit ok. I got a women's medium and it was a little wide but over all fit wasn't bad.

Start/Finish Line: The start & finish were in the same spot at the Park City Mountain Resort and there was a ton of parking. There were a bunch of booths, including REPREVE Socks which gave out free socks to each runner. There was a tent set up for checking your results, a few other booths, a beer garden and a coffee station.

The course: It was an absolutely gorgeous course. We started off at about 6,800ft and at the highest point, Jupiter, it was almost 10,000ft.

The first half of the course was mostly single track with a few fire roads. At first it was really smooth dirt with a few branches here and there and of course lots of leaves on the ground, as we got closer to the major climb the trail turned a lot more technical, with lots of rocks. There were a few downhill sections that to me, were very precarious, but that was probably because I was after a lot of other runners.

This was truly one of the most beautiful places I've had the privilege to run in. I really wish I had been able to finish the race.

Volunteers: The volunteers were amazing. After I started getting light headed and feeling faint, I was at about mile 10.5. I walked back down to the aid station to get some advice. They were super nice, the medics asked me if I wanted some oxygen and they were joking with me about being from San Diego (literally at sea-level) and telling me that what I was feeling was altitude sickness. They told me that I had plenty of time, the cut off for the race was 6:01p and that if I wanted to try to continue, the sweeper, who was at the station at the same time, would get me there.

I started off and went another 4 or so mile up in elevation another 800 or so feet to Jupiter and where one of the volunteers was like, I was just about to go out and find you. Which was super nice of them to be keeping track of me.

I made it to the aid station 2.7 miles away before I had to call it a day. I was continuing to get lightheaded as I made my way down the mountain and while it was a tough call, I knew it was time.

My husband finished the course in about 6h15m and when I saw him, he said that it was not an easy course (and he's run a lot of 100+ mile ultra races) although it was beautiful and he was kicking himself for not bringing his phone to take photos.

Trail Marking: It was really easy to keep track of the trail. They had colored ribbons that matched your bib for each race. And big wrong way signs at turns. I only had one spot, near the first aid station were I was slightly confused, but other than that, it was really easy to navigate.

Medals: The medals are pretty generic North Face medals, it looked like all the races received the same medal just a different ribbon with the race name and date on it.

Overall, this was a fabulous race in a beautiful area of the country. I would definitely recommend it to anyone (just maybe train a little at high altitude first, lol).

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