White River 50 Race Report – Alan V

Race: White River 50

Runner: Alan

Date: 8/5/17

Location: Crystal Mountain, WA

Results – 10:24:00

3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
1. Always the volunteers, they were so nice and made sure I had everything I needed. Always happy to see and thank them.

2. The first down hill was a lot of fun. In the shade and threw a pretty forest on a nice soft trail.

3. Well organised and nice goodies (event shirt, socks, water bottle).

Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
Nothing bad. I enjoyed it all.

Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race
At the sun top aid station I thought I saw a bar. If true I should of took a shot.

Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
I thought I managed the first climb well. I felt really good most of the race.

Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Be patient on the down hills. The second down hill can be fast so be sure not to trash your quads

Cool off at the aid stations and creeks. It really made a difference that day.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
On the last big down hill take it easier so I can manage skookum flats better. My quads were tired by the time I got to the last aid station so the last 6 miles were a mix of running and walking.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
17,400ft in elevation change so be ready for both climbing and downhills. If you’re really looking to compete for a top spot its best to start up front because it can get crowded the first few miles.

Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
Yes there were times I wish I had my camera.

Beautiful evening at packet pickup up on Crystal Mountain.

Difficulty – is it a tough course
Yes and no, the climbing at times can be difficult but most of the trail is soft. Most of the trails here in Texas are really rocky and can leave your feet bruised but i was walking fine after the race and the days after.

Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Well oiled machine. I can see why this is a classic race.

Competition – is there a strong field?
Yes, some big names have run this race and it being one of the well know races in this area it attracts a lot of fast people.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
I signed up about a month before the races and it was easy. We camped near the start and didn’t have any issues finding a spot.

Aid Stations
Lots of options and the nicest people. Went straight for the water melon and chips each time.

Weather and typical race conditions –
According to y’all it was “hot” lol

Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Other than my race vest not much. A hat or sunglasses for the exposed parts of the course helps.

Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends
Most of the aid stations were near a road so I imagine them being easy to get to. There was one that was on the first climb (you also pass it on the first big down hill) that was a bit remote.

A break in the smoke and blue skies up on Crystal Mountain the night before the race.

Awards –
Finishers medal. There was also prize money for the top finishers.

The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it
Yes 10/10. I’ll be back

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