It was only a matter of time. Between the varied [insert sport here]-cross disciplines that are out there – ski, board, moto, cyclo, etc. – and the desire for runners to have a fun, non-traditional race atmosphere you had to figure that TrailCross would eventually come to be. I am both excited and terrified to be able to compete in the first TrailCross race in Chilliwack, BC, on 26 April 2014.
Let me back track a little… Until last week I had no idea what TrailCross was. I’ve done fun runs before, but generally stick to the traditional roads and trails. I like a good get-together as much as the rest of you, but one can’t say that fun runs are generally super competitive. Not that I’m a super competitive racer by any means. More back-of-the-packer than anything else. But I do have aspirations of getting some semblance of speed going this year, even if it’s just a tad faster than last year. Basically, through that ramble, I’m trying to say that TrailCross has fallen into my lap.
In the randomness that is social media I was followed on Twitter by @Trail_Cross. I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued by their race. Compete in heats over a short distance (1-2km) on trails and runners advance base on placement. Do this 2 or 3 times until you get a winner. The bonus – at least to me – is that there is a beginner and an advanced category. I was seriously considering trying to make it work in my race schedule (I actually have one this year!) and then they offered me entry. Well, to be honest, I cheekily asked for a mutually beneficial working relationship.* So now I’m slightly nervous. As stated above, I’m not fast. And this race is based on speed and pretty much speed alone.
So I haven’t figured out if competing in this race – there is no “running” – might be the best idea I’ve ever had, but I am really looking forward to finding out.
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Have you ever run a race like this before? Tips are appreciated – although I think “run like hell” is the only advice that’ll work…
* Disclosure Statement: I have been given one race entry to TrailCross Chilliwack in exchange for this post.