Allison, Kate and Maria were all doing their first trail races. And since I was an expert now (bahahaha!) I gave them some tips (basically that was bring a chair for the finish!)
The route itself was incredibly twisty with little rollercoaster hills up and down. A few harder climbs too. Nothing like the big climb at Rattlesnake, but I wound up finding this race to be the harder of the two. (Terra Cotta was in it's own category considering the 6" mud! and fact that it was the first ever).
At the end of the race my Garmin reported the workout had been 'overreaching' which I'd never seen and have yet to again. I welcomed the slightly easier pace Lisa, Leanne and I took with Allison, but still felt this one more than the others.
Ahead of us, Michelle was running with Maria (who went on to get an age category win!) and Kate who had a bit of a different take on trail racing (uhm, we're trying to change that!).
After the race we recovered in a cozy circle of chairs (practicing for Ragnar Cottage Country) eating our fishy crackers and fizzy water until the games, awards and prizes were given out.
Another awesome morning thanks to 5 Peaks!
(Thanks to Leanne and Sue for the amazing shots, some of which I borrowed below)