For two years in a row, blue clear skies have greeted Mid-Valley runners to ring in the new year. This is perfect for racing, especially when bringing kids along. Staying true to our family tradition, my oldest daughter and I partook in the New Years Day Hangover Run 3k, put on by Run Wild Adventures. This low-key race sees less than 100 runners, but is the perfect start to a new year – as it allows for a manageable start time (10am, earlier than the usual noon starts they have done in the past) and short course distance, as well as some picturesque trail running and even an aid station with water, beer, Bloody Marys, and Fireball whiskey, if you somehow feel you haven’t imbibed enough the day prior. All of those make for a great running experience, and then the post-race spread and chill atmosphere really bring things home.
Having now done this race probably 6 times now, and my oldest’s 3rd, we knew the course pretty well. We toed the line on the gravel path and as the horn went off we followed this path for just over a half mile. We were guided across a short grass field before heading into a beautiful tree canopied area. With the weather being about at freezing, most of the mud in this section had been frozen – making it much easier to traverse and navigate than the slog it has been some years. We continued underneath and along this small forested area and took a quick break at the aid station. My daughter took a quick sip (she has learned from sideaches before) and I opted to stay smart and sip water as well.
Immediately after the aid station is the best part of the run in my opinion, a short jaunt along some mossy filbert trees that provide a cool visual.
After this portion, the rest of the race is pretty smooth sailing. The grass trails lead back to the gravel path and a final circle around the small lake and house on property put you back at the finish line. As the numbers are purposely left small, the awards are able to start shortly thereafter. There are simple medals for first place in each age division and top 3 overall for males and females. This year, a super quick 10-year-old girl took 3rd overall! We filled up on some Great Harvest Bread, chicken noodle soup, chips, hot chocolate, and coffee and were off around the time the Beer Mile was starting. Though we didn’t stick around for it, you can read my experience with my first (and only) Beer Mile from a few years ago. Just take a gander at my face…
Needless to say, that experience wasn’t necessary again. Overall, this race is one tradition we love having in the Rasmussen household. We can’t wait to come back for 2020!