I can’t decide what to call Sunday – marathon #3 or trail marathon #1. Neither Cathy or I, nor anyone I’ve talked to has actually run a trail marathon before. I don’t think they are very common. In all honesty, a trail marathon has very little in common with a road marathon, other than the overall distance, which in trail racing, who knows exactly how accurate it is..races never seem to be accurate, and you can always hear people discussing who’s GPS is right.
IMO, a trail marathon is more like an ultra, but an ultra is technically anything over the marathon distance, so it wasn’t technically an ultra, but it also wasn’t really a marathon. Let’s just go with really fricken long trail race? That sounds about right…
The short version :
I really enjoyed this race, it had a bit of everything in regards to terrain, and the course was laid out really well. I saw a few areas for improvement, but really very few for a first time event. The surprises of the day were how cold it was, and that it snowed on us for 30-60 mins of the race in the Chuckanuts.
Spoiler alert : I finished the race in 5:17:42, which was good enough for 13th female out of 39, and 2/4 in my age group, and 44th out of 90 overall finishers.
Of course, I wrote a way too long recap, but feel free to keep reading!