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I've been home for nearly 3 hours after hanging around after the HM for an hour. It was a great course for my style but not your typical HM.<br><br>
The course starts out on a two lane road inside the park and continues for the first mile in the park with a slight uphill for the first 3/4 mile. The route then turns onto a State Highway (one of the few that has a shoulder) for the next mile and a half.<br><br>
Here's where the course turns nice - a paved one lane country road that has some gradual ups and downs, past farms and into forests. First water stop was as we turned off the highway and the next one was at mile 7 where we briefly went out on a highway (no shoulder) but turned back onto a country lane in about 300 meters.<br><br>
This lane was not as nice as the first. It had been paved but more patched than paved now. Somewhere around mile 8 the paving went away and it was gravel - big stone gravel. The 2 inch sized gravel. It was fine when running in the car tracks but in passing folks it meant stepping into the unpacked rocks. This stretch lasted about 2 miles and went back to pavement around mile 10 or 11, as we passed the last water stop.<br><br>
Since the course started out with such a long downhill, there was a need to climb back up to the start. That climb started somewhere after mile 11, and continued till nearly mile 13. The finish was downhill! And here is where you finally get some crowd support! Through the old style finish line chute and a card as you get to the end. Put your name, age, and sex on the card for the good old hand cranked finish results.<br><br>
There were about 250 - 300 registered runners. Entry fee was $5 pre-race and $10 race day. Tee shirts were an extra $5 pre-race and $10 race day. No finishers medals. The male winner was about 1:16 and the first female was about 1:25.<br><br>
I was supposed to run this course slow as a training run for next weekend's marathon. The long downhill in the second mile ended that idea and I ended up finishing in 1:54:13 - six minutes faster than my goal. I did run it smart though since I was not being passed in the second half of the race but was passing people instead!<br><br><br>
I received the final results today - When they are done by hand they are not readily available when you are still at the race.<br><br>
My official time was 1:54:17, placed 9th of 16 in the 55 - 59 age group (male) and 176th of 360 overall.
 

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Trecker - Nice run and it sounds like it was a great course. Other than the 2" rocks to run on. Great job
 

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Good work, Tony! You've got to love those no frills races .... it's all about the running <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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Great job, trecker! You blew away your expectations for this race and should be feeling really confident when you decide to "really" race one!
 
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