Saturday, May 19, 2007

El Prieto Handicap - Race Report

This race was FUN. When I heard about it, I immediately wanted to run it. El Prieto is one of my favorite trails near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that we train on. This was a very low key race, so it is not very widely known. The field was only 40 people. It has been going on for 14 years. This wasn't on my race calendar, but it was just one of those spurt of the moment things.

Because of the handicap format, I started near the back because the faster runners started later. As soon as I flew off the starting line, I was beginning to catch people. This was a 4.6 mile point to point race over very familiar trails, so I knew I can give it all I got and not worry about blowing up. I started fast and kept pushing when we hit the uphills; and sprinted the final downhill into Millard Campground.
My goal was just to keep passing people and not get passed. When I finished, I knew I had passed many people, but I did get passed by one guy. Fellow ATB'ers/Pacers were there too, Max, Lisa, and Laurie. Overall, I think I did pretty well. I think I will be starting further back next year.

They had drinks and snacks for us at the end and even gave us a race t-shirt. The race was FREE, that's right, free. I heard that the Race Director just donates the money because he enjoys organizing the race so much.

They alternate the race between years with going downhill and uphill. So, next year's race will be going downhill from Millard Campground to Hahamongna Park in La Canada / Flintridge.

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