INTO the WILD Race Recap
I LOVED THIS RACE! INTO the WILD! I must confess though, this is only my 2nd trail race. I have done quite a bit of trail running lately, but not trail racing. This was also less grueling than the first trail race I ever did. The first one, Xterra Crystal Cove (recap) was a 15K and it had more gain…like 1000’…lots of steep hills. Today’s race (Saturday 12th) was a 10K and only a few inclines I think 400′ gain total.
Let me start with the packet pick-up. Oh wait, I can’t actually do that because, I cheated 🙂 Hubby was out and about, it was pouring rain, I am a bad driver, I don’t like driving in the rain…blah blah. He picked up my stuff for me. The pick-up was held from 5-6:30 pm Friday night at the Whole Foods in Tustin. Easy Peasy. You could also easily pick-up right before the race.
We got a little bib – no timing chip (I am not used to that!!!). We also got a cute t-shirt and some sample products. Good fun.
The race was held at Irvine Regional Park which is an awesome park! It’s huge and I can’t believe I never go there!! There’s so much to check out now.
The 21K started at 8:00 a.m. It scared me off when I read that it was offering 2800′ gain and was to be very challenging. I just didn’t quite feel up to that.
The 10K started at 8:30 a.m. I found that there was no need for me to leave my house at 6 a.m. I live less than 1 hour away and this turned out to be the smallest race I have ever run. I totally loved how low-key it was. I could just sit in my car until race time. I could see the start area from my front seat. It was cold out and I was there alone so I just chilled out and took a few trips to the bathroom…nice, clean, park bathroom.
The results have not been posted yet so I can’t tell you how many people ran this year, but last year there were only 128 runners in the 10K – so that gives you and idea. I think the smallest race I’ve ever run, prior to today, is a 2500 runner half marathon. I feel like I did well…like there were more people behind me than in front of me but I’m anxious to see the results. I felt strong the entire time and only walked a few steps of the steepest hill. There was not a clock at the finish line.
The beginning and ending 1/4 mile of the race were asphalt but the rest was dirt, mud, and rocks. I loved running these trails, even when my muddy shoes were super heavy. Yeah for us finally having rain…..the night before the race! There were the perfect amount of runners there. Enough people around to follow but not too many to fit on the sometimes narrow trail. The course measured out to almost 7 miles (on my RunKeeper and most of the other runners said the same thing). The views were so wonderful I wished I could have stopped every minute to take pictures. When I did slow down to take a few of the below shots, I got passed by a woman that I swear was in my age group. After that, no more camera! Need to focus!
After the race they had picnic tables covered with all sorts of fun snacking foods. My favorite was some kind of chili lime snack mix. There were watermelon slices, oranges, bananas, water, lemonade, to name a few.
Also, they raffled off lots of stuff. Our bib numbers were our entry so we all had a chance to win something.
They overall top 3 winners won cash prizes and the 1st person in each division won a nice gift bag.
All finishers got this medal
My entry fee, since I signed up before the end of February was only $50. I think it went up to $55 and then this morning it would have been $60. I had such a great experience, I think it was well worth it.
I would definitely run this race again. Maybe even the 21K next time!
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