On January 30th, I ran Evergreen Trail Runs’ Blast from the Past Half Marathon and ½ Half Marathon. It was an incredibly fun, light-hearted, and well organized race which really took the edge off the fact that the course itself was unrelentingly muddy and punishingly hilly. Although that’s not a bad thing. That’s just what I signed up for when I said I was going to start running trail races.
The race itself was called “Blast from the Past” since it was supposed to be a 70’s and 80’s themed race. Loud music was blaring and costumes were encouraged. There were giveaways and free food from sponsors and the race directors. Most people weren’t in costume since the weather was cold and elaborate costumes would make an already difficult course that much worse. Although I saw a few great outfits a la early 80’s Jane Fonda workout videos.
The course is an out-and-back of 6.5 miles. Do it once for the “½ Half Marathon” or do it again for the “Full Half.” The course, on Mt. Taylor near Issaquah, was so punishing that I briefly considered exercising my right to switch the lower distance when I finished it the first time. To give you a sense, you immediately hit a long, steep hill that does not relent for over a mile.
However, I did power through and I’m glad I did. I had such a sense of accomplishment for tackling such a tough course. Although the photos on this post were taken mostly on old logging roads, the course goes through beautiful single-track trails that were delightful. I would definitely do this race again.
However, I won’t have long to reminisce. The week after next I will be running the next Evergreen Trail Runs event the Lord Hill 20 miler in Snohomish. If the pictures are any indication that race should be no less…rewarding. Until then!