Day 3 brought us 21…or so…miles of nice, runnable trails, good climbs, warm temperatures, blue skies and a sweet swimming hole at the end. A few (ummm…a lot) of us got off trail in the first mile and added some bonus miles to our day. Probably should have paid better attention during the briefing, but bonus miles are always fun!
Trifecta accomplished! A huge thanks to the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club for planning 3 great days of trail antics. Looking forward to next year!
On Saturday, July 23, approximately 75 runners gathered in a parking lot near Luray, VA to do the Catherines Fat Ass 50K. Jeff gave a race briefing – “there are only 3 hills” and we were off to run through the Massanutten Mountains. There was a 21 mile option that some people (me) chose to do instead since it was another smoking hot summer day.
We started out with a steep, but beautiful uphill climb that kept going…and going…and going…
…but the view from the top was amazing!
A beautiful creek along the way.
The icy pops mid-race were a fabulous surprise from Jack and his son on the way into Pitt Spring – WOWZERS!
Saw several of these gorgeous moths on the purple trail.
Best. Aid. Station. Ever. – Ice cold washcloths, watermelon with lime, and lots of smiles and encouragement. These guys rocked!
Love the interesting rock formations on the trail.
On the final descent, a series of fun, rocky switchbacks.