Sunday, December 18, 2016

2016 race #23 - Ragnar Trail Alafia part 3

AKA the one with all the pictures

After my second leg, I took another nap for a few hours before it started to get pretty warm in the tent and I heard my other teammates up and about in camp, so I got up and we found out that our team would have to double-up on our loops so I would end up running with our captain's 63-year-old uncle. He had never done a race like this and typically runs on the road, but he seemed to have a lot of fun running with us.

The Red loop was the longest loop coming in at 5.9 miles and we had heard from everyone that it was pretty tough with lots of steep up and down hills and that it felt like a roller coaster. I was really excited to run this loop and would love to try it on fresh legs at full speed at some point, but I was able to get a ton of pictures from the loop and it makes me wish I could have seen the others in the daylight as well!
 Jairo running next to the water early in the loop
 So much green in the water... I kept looking for alligators, but didn't see any


 The super heavy Red loop totem! 


One of the many bridges on the Red loop

The bridges were pretty much my only complaint about this course - the slats were made for bikes, so they were just far enough apart that you had to make sure to step on them correctly so that you didn't stick a toe down in between them. I noticed this a lot more on the Yellow loop, probably because it was my first loop and I was running it in the dark, but while the bridges were definitely stable enough to run across, I tended to walk or at least slow way down to make sure I wouldn't take a tumble and hurt myself.


Here comes the monster hill!

Here's the view from the top of the hill looking down across the switchbacks

Banked curves for the bikes, flatter trail for the runners


Looking back on the beautiful single track trail


So many hills on this course means you get previews of what is coming up next

Eventually the course opens up to more expansive views

After 5.9 miles, we joined the rest of our team and donned our holiday gear to cross under the arches as a team and get our medals. Team No Moe' Hills was officially finished!

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