Race Reports and Photos

This Saturday was the first of 2 Trail Monster Fat Ass races this Winter. It was a lot of fun and there was a ton of great food at the aid station.

The course had to be changed up, since the recent snowstorms had completely blocked the trail we were going to use, but the course we wound up going on worked out really well. It was a 5 mile out and back loop up and down Hedgehog Mountain in Freeport.

Other than a field with 3 stream crossings (that you had to go over 6 times per loop) the footing wasn’t too bad.

I was out for about 3 hours and did 3 of the 6 loops, plus a shorter out and back that didn’t involve going through that field again to run a bit over 17 miles total. There were 3 people that ran all 6 loops, plus 1 that had over 50k if you count his 13 mile run on the roads to get there.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time going into extensive detail, since there are already quite a few great race reports (linked below). Everybody was tasked to come up with a haiku, though, so I’d like to share a few of those which give you a pretty good idea of what it was like:

Running Through the Woods

Running up HedgeHog
Run a Total of 6 Laps
Not All Will Bother
Post Holing through the Field of Death

Post-holing sucks ass
Didn’t need to shave my legs
The field of death lurks
The Food At the Aid Station

Nice run through the snow
In spite of postholing hell
With donuts at end
A Snowman on the Trail

So soft. So squishy.
Trail Monster Fat Ass kicks ass.
Sweet beer and donuts.
Jim Dunn and his Bloody Shin

Trail Monsters Running
Bloody legs and some chaffage
PBR Waiting
– Jim
Crossing the Field of Death

Submerging my feet
In water so cold it hurts
Thirty-six damn times
Stephen after Falling

Pretty field of snow,
Chuck leads an alternate route,
You son of a bitch!
Emma Barclay and Jim Dunn

Schedule said eighteen
Had to run one more than Jim
Mission accomplished
– Emma
Trail Monsters

charge up Hedgehog hill
stomp across the Field of Death
stretch on sunny deck
– Dora

Special thanks to Katie and her mother for manning the aid station, laying out all the goodies, and especially for the delicious soup! Not a bad thing to come back to every 5 miles…

Looking forward to joining us for the next one? It will be the last weekend in March at Bradbury Mountain. Stay tuned for details.