|Runners enter the trail at the start of the 10 miler. |
Women's winner Leslie Beckwith is in the white shirt.
I have no idea how Shannon got this shot
Despite this, I managed to make a wrong turn in the first quarter mile.
Shannon had her camera this time (All her photos are here), and managed to capture my brilliant maneuver.
As you can see above, I was behind the guy on the bike. This means I started out way too fast, because I have no business leading a race. He turned around and said "turn right onto the trail here".
I immediately turned right onto the trail, followed by 4 or 5 guys.
Unfortunately it was not the trail. In fact, it wasn't even a trail at all. I led everyone just straight into the woods.
|Me returning from my forest detour|
In my defense, the Raven Rock course changes slightly every year, because of construction and maintenance at the park. This year the finish line was moved again, and the course was about half a mile shorter than last year.
Trail races are never exact, and there is no point in comparing them to road races. But if you have run Raven Rock several times here are the approximate distances, based on a poll of GPS watches after each race:
2007: 10.4 miles
2008: 9.6 miles
2009: 10.2 miles
2010: 9.75 miles
|Heiko cruising down the steep Fish Traps trail|
Tom finished in 5th place, and was 7 minutes faster than last year. That's what turning 40 will do for you.
Shannon fell and banged her knee on a rock, scoring a tiny bit of "trail love". She was disappointed with paltry amount of blood.
|Rodney on the right. Me on the left sporting the kick ass|
Montrail hat Shannon scored as a door prize.
Hard to find a hat that fits my voluminous melon
Rodney made a triumphant return to Raven Rock, after breaking his ankle at the race last year. He ran without fear, finishing 9th overall. Great comeback Rodney! Congrats!