|Running thru the pines towards the finish of the inaugural Frost Town Trail Fest.|
|The elevation chart for the Frost Town Trail Fest 25K courtesy of Ironwood Adventure Works.|
I am not sure I have heard of a 25K having a cut off, but this one did, and I was a bit concerned to make the 8.4 mile aid station within the time frame. I was also concerned about the couple of miles right after that aid station that appeared according to the above chart to gain about 1200ft. Fortunately, as the race got closer, my job changed at work and I started being able to train more regularly including getting in long runs on most weekends, working back up to 14 miles a couple of weeks before the race.
As race week came, the RD sent out an e-mail noting the cut off time and also mentioning that the course is quite RUGGED. Okay, what does that mean? I've run everything from the mile to 50K, I've run in heat, cold, across mountains, bush whacked to create my own race course for the Hardin Hill Run...and now I'm scarred? Just what are these guys from Vermont planning for us?
Race day came a bit overcast and with rain having hit the woods during the previous night. I saw several people I know from our local trail group which was great. As we got ready to go, they told us due to the rain some of the course had been shortened and in the end it would knock off about .75 of a mile. No one really seemed to complain to much, especially as he went on to describe the large descent before the aid station and major ascent at mile 8.4. He said that the descent was quite rugged and footing was not great. He promised the ascent would be much better.
And so the race began and we ran the first loop of around 3 miles of so to the East of the road and nature center as seen below:
|Towards the top of the climb. This looks flat, but there's more angle here than the camera tells.|
|Beautiful, tall pine trees!!! I'd been waiting for this view!!!|