Race: Born to Run
Runner: Jill D
Race Date: 05/18/2019
Location: Los Olivos, CA
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
1)Views during the run
2) No rules when you start; you restraints when to finish. This was perfect for me since I had a 24 hour stomach virus. It allowed me to complete my 50k in 2 days.
3) The community was supportive; Camping out and other activities to entertain your crew/friends.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
1) Not much trail, mainly dirt roads.
2) Consist of 2 loops. One is flat and the other was hilly
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
1) Beer mile everyday before each event starts
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
1) This was a training run for me, which was great environment b/c there were all skill levels there.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Stay clear of the dance floor the night before your run. 😉
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
The views were breath taking. While running you look off into the distance with rolling hills over looking vineyards, then the next turn you’ll run into a cow, deer, or snake.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
It was a easy course.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
This event was well organized and ran well.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
There were a strong group of runners; however, no one was really serious about podium.
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.
People are allowed to enter the property on Tuesday. 4 day race starts on Wednesday. I recommend getting there early to pick a great place to camp/park you R.V.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Each loop (10 miles/loop) you run into 3 aid stations. They had a great spread of food that worked for vegans or meat eaters. My favorite is hot food straight from the griddle.
Weather and typical race conditions
It was in the 70’s everyday with cloud cover and wind on the backside. It did rain Saturday night and Sunday.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Sun exposure is legit on this course. Bring a sense of adventure for not a typical race environment.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Very friendly course to friends. Even if you are not running, people can hike/run with their puppers. This event is kid friendly. A lot of families attended.
How’s the Swag?
I received a shirt for 30 miler, 60 miler, 100 miler. The 0.0 received a hat. The medallion, hand crafted necklace was the finishers “medal”.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
Totally recommend this race; however, you must be ready to go there to have fun and not take racing so seriously.