My Runt Route
Ok.... last entry for Hawn, a few more reflections.
WIth the mass start, I saw 90% of the individuals heading South on the trail as a route choice for Control 1.... and just a few people running E/SE. The map showed two distinct route choices, but the nice trail across the creek on the bottom of the hill (E/SE) was shorter and seemed preferable. UNTIL.. I got to the creek and realized it was about 10-15 feet across and not shallow looking. So I stayed on the unpaved side. Oh well... it still would have been pretty quick if I did a better job counting creek crossings. I still like this choice.
I did see people running down the re-entrant as I was looking for the control.... and knew I was fine and not too far behind.
This was a very social feeling event; with the mass start of course, but then also the way the course was designed with the Grunters starting 20 minutes earlier and then joining up on the Runt course for their last 16 controls... it meant that I had the opportunity to be passed by a lot of good people.
In addition to the people in my own event... I saw John W around 6, Eric B and Pete W before 8, Maricel on the way to 9, Andrei at 10 when we were both searching around the Easter Egg hunt, Pete W and Ian on the trail to 11, Tom P at 15.....
that's kind of what I recall... but it was reassuring and fun to see everyone! I tried to keep telling myself "don't follow, pick your own routes, gotta learn", but it is possible
that I might have peeked once or twice.
But I also tried to let people go ahead, or chose alternate routes a couple of times, which was a good exercise.