The first mile was a fast, flat paved trail leading to the base of Bald Hill. Even though I was well aware that I was going to be running to the peak of said hill, I still found myself speeding out faster on this stretch then I knew I should have. As paved trail gave way to dirt, and flatness to incline, I knew I had made an initial mistake. Far smarter runners passed me over the next half mile until the first decline brought me back up to speed.A short flat stint around the northern portion of the park, and to mile 2, led to the real climb, a mile trek to the peak of Bald Hill. This portion was really a test on my legs and really had the burning (along with my lungs). When the trees parted near the peak, the clearing gave way to a magnificent view to the southwest. It was all I could do to keep chugging along, as the view begged to be taken in more then I was able. A quick re-hydration at the top led way to trails leading back down to the paved trail and to the finish.
This year will again feature an extremely scenic 30k race. It follows the same path as the 8k before venturing further into the back country and into Fitton Green Natural Area and Mulkey Creek Trail. The spectacular views that await the brave athletic souls are sure to be second to none. This distance will have 4 aid stations for water and sports drinks. The Fitton Green aid station, which runners will pass twice, will also have race snacks available. Check out course maps here.