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.
I ran my first EVER trail run this past weekend! A friend suggested we run around a local lake on Monday, which was a holiday here in Canada. The distance was going to be between 8km and 14km depending on if the trail was still closed due to flooding. I’ve been there before, but it was a very long time ago and I had only ever hiked one side of the lake. Perhaps I should have looked at the map and read the description prior to going… I knew that it was going to be hilly, but really?!?
Finally we got back to the car. It was pretty warm out and I’d run out of water with about 2km left in the run. Oops! I didn’t think I would be working so hard and I only brought 1 (out of a possible 2) litres. Thankfully I had thought ahead enough to bring a protein bar with me for the ride home. I was super hungry!
- Totally willing to do it again!
- Thankfully it wasn’t muddy. There were a few mushy spots, but nothing that actually made my shoes too dirty. Rain would have made this run miserable for me.
- Probably would have been nicer not to have been thrown off the deep end, so to speak, since it was my first trail run. The elevation gain was 150m which sounds okay until you convert it and discover it’s 492ft.
- I’d ask for fewer hills, but around here this kind of was fewer hills. Anything less is a gravel multi-use path.
- Wouldn’t mind a pair of trail shoes. Conveniently Asics makes a trail version of the GT-2160 so I wouldn’t even have to search. Of course, this is a want not a need and will only happen if we ever have surplus cash. Reality: probably not till next year.
- I’m not quite ready to say that I want to be a hard-core trail runner. I like it, but I have a lot of work (ahem, leg strength) to do before I can commit to actually racing in terrain like this.