This weekend I ran my first race in 15 months, the Timber Trek, put on by Corridor Running. It was part of Oktoberfest activities in Amana, a group of villages in Iowa that were founded by Germans seeking religious freedom. This race was new to me in that it is a trail run with natural obstacles.
This was my first trail run ever and running the distance ended up being the least of my worries. It was stated as a 4.3 mile run, but I believe it was more than 4.5 miles in the end according to my running app. I had a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work getting the hang of running single file much of the way, so you had to be in step with the people in front of and behind you, while keeping an eye on the trail and dodging branches, rocks, holes and sometimes wires on the ground. But there was always time to rest at the obstacles, as these were the types of things where you were wading in water up to your waste while your feet were getting stuck in the muck, only to reach the bank and having to pull yourself up in slick mud. There were other interesting obstacles along the way (hay bales, walking a plank that isn’t even), and you run along trail, prairie and cornfields. It really was a fun, different race and I like how they use the natural elements as obstacles.
The Corridor Running program is good, too. I have run a July 4th race with them twice, and they are well organized, provide a variety of race styles and distances, and offer different shirts every year made of good-quality material. Those are the types of things that keep people wanting to sign up for the same event year after year.
Possible next races
In the past few weeks I have given some thought to try a 5k Spartan Race next year. (Disclosure: This paragraph contains affiliate links.) I kind of love and fear this idea, as it will be a great accomplishment to finish it, but it will take a lot of work and I’ll be sore. Spartan Race will be in Minnesota next June, so I have a lot of time to prepare and it will give me motivation to lift weights this winter. It would be really fun of others want to join this race and we make a team (as in, start lifting weights and mentally preparing now, people!). If you are motivated to sign up for a race now, get $10 off a Reebok Spartan Race with code SPEAR10.
And not long after that, I think I would like to go back to running the Corridor Racing July 4th 5th Season 8k.
Besides those two, what other races are worth marking on the calendar? And what races will my running readers be participating in?