AM- Paris Mtn 12k trail race- quick report. First year of the longer course (used to be 11k). Finished under old CR pace, but so did the reigning CR holder who beat me by 28 sec. I was happy to hold of a hard-charging young buck by 10 sec, too. Race was 7.3 miles in 51:11 with about 1100 ft climbing on my normal PM stomping grounds with semi-technical terrain. Good times, lots of friends, definitely the fastest I've run in a few months. Full report later- going on a date with the wife to see Avengers right now.
Full (short) report:
Short race report- Paris Mountain 12k was a nice local race.
CR holder Trent Humphreys started very fast and put ~30 seconds on me in the
first mile. I was in second and then third during the steep climb, but pulled
away as soon as the hill mellowed out. One of the young bucks, James Brooks, stayed in contact behind me
for most of the race, and was right behind me as we flew down the switchbacks
after the aid station. Definitely the fastest I’ve run on trails in a long
time- lots of 6 min miles on technical terrain. Not wanting the race to come down
to a sprint, I pushed as hard as I could with 1.5 miles to go and was able to
open up a small but adequate gap. Trent won, I was 29 seconds behind, and James
was 10 more seconds back. All 3 were under the old CR pace (but not CR time,
since the trail reroute had lengthened the race from 11k to 12k). Lots of food
at the finish, and lots of making new running friends while recounting the race
with Barry, Justin, and Aaron. Nice, low key race that is super cheap- can’t
Garmin data from the race. Nice climb for a few miles.