A couple weeks ago I tackled my first trail race in ages. My first 5K was a trail race and I often ran or walked in the woods when living with my parents, but I never trail run anymore! I have been eyeballing this race since I moved nearby and I'm so glad I finally made it!
Vulcan's Fury: Highly Recommend
This race is within Pawtuckaway State Park, running on sections of single track trails, sections of larger trail, and a short distance of paved road. There are lots of ups and downs, roots, rocks, and sometimes...BEES!
The race has two options a 5.5 (ish) miler and a 11.5 (ish) miler. I ran the short loop. (Thank god.)
Both routes began together and split after a couple of miles. Those first miles before the split were VERY crowded and it was nearly impossible to pass, but I wasn't trying to break any records so I didn't mind. It was fun to run in a crowd in the woods and somehow still be in silence. These first couple of miles did pass pretty slowly though. At some point before the split people started warning of bees. The lady in front of me got stung and I found out at the end that she wasn't alone! There was a gaggle of angry bees out there!
After the split I was alone for most of the run. I was wearing a bib, running and walking through the woods, occasionally passing someone out exploring the park or finding someone else who was part of the race. I enjoyed the ups and downs, realizing that for some reason it was really easy running uphill on these trails.
I took lots of pictures and posted on Snapchat, throughly ruining my experience in nature, but having fun.
I wore my Team Brittany Stevens shirt after I found out this race benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Brittany is a friend of mine from middle and high school who lived with CF. She was a great friend and a great human, who sadly passed away at 19. We walk for her every year and I was glad to run for her as well as a neighbor who also has CF.
The miles passed quickly after the split. During the last mile I realized how close I was to the finish and started pushing myself to keep running and pass the last few guys I came across. I was exhausted, but I pushed through the last section of trail, met the road, and ran to the pavilion where the finish line was.
The race director, spectators, and runners who had already finished cheered me in as though they knew who I was. I walked into the pavilion to find water, cider, bagels, cookies, and more up for grabs. AMAZING.
Post race the director was giving out prizes to random finishers. I've never seen this done before, but I love it! He drew numbers the night before the race and you got a prize if your finisher number was drawn. So fun!
Things that were amazing about this race:
Things that were not amazing about this race:
Last random tid bit, t-shirts were available for purchase. I don't think anyone got a free shirt, which I'm totally okay with, but I know a lot of people want that shirt!
Overall, Vulcan's Fury Trail race: HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Maybe next year I'll tackle the long course.
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance