Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Potomac Heritage 50k: Fast Course on Local Trails

This is a local race put on by the local trail running club (Virginia Happy Trails Running Club -- VHTRC) with (relatively) few runners on a (relatively) fast course.  This race wasn't one I had planned to run well in advance but I figured I would since I was well-trained and the start/finish area is a house located just a few miles from where I live.  Couldn't be more convenient.  

The results from this race aren't formal in any way so if you are keen on beefing up your UltraSignup results, don't bother.  But if you are looking for something casual, somewhat silly, and the chance to run alongside some of the best ultrarunners in DC/MD/VA, then give this race a go.  The highlights of this race are the hand-written race number on your hand, the "bonus points" you can earn at aid stations (I ate spicy tofu at the first aid station and jumped rope at the second aid station), the freedom to run as far (or not) as you like, and the friendly atmosphere & good food at the end.  I felt pretty good for most of the race and although my GPS reported less than 50k at the end (30.16 miles), I ran it in 6h:8m.  

Fun race.