Race: Carkeek 12 Hour
Runner: Bill S
Race Date: 10/27/2018
Location: Seattle, WA
Results: 12Hr/ 41.85 miles
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- It’s a small race and even on a 2 mile loop you can run by yourself for hours.
- There’s a short .5 mile loop, straight up then straight back down.
- At the end of the night the mad panic to cram in short loops is hilarious.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
Weirdest thing was that the day seemed to go by in about 3-4 Hrs
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
My goal for this race was to focus on pace. I wanted to go 12 hours so I knew I couldn’t burn too many matches early. I’ve done the 6 HR a handful of times and going out too hot can make for a very long day.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
The climbs at Carkeek will catch up with you quickly. Ease into the climbs from the start, don’t wait until 2-3 laps in.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
A good mix of walking/fast hiking/running can cover the miles you want. You just have to trust it.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Course is pretty diverse and never got boring between the fall colors and the views of the sound.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Carkeek is a very tough course. Of the 2 mile course only about 150-200 yards are flat. The rest is climbing or descending.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
RDs, Matt and Kerri are amazing and care after every runner.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Super strong competition, some amazing runners out there.
Weather and typical race conditions
Weather varies, first time doing the 12 HR but have done the 6 HR 4x and it’s probably rained hard 3x and been amazing weather 3x. Although, Carkeek in the driving rain can be pretty fun.
How’s the Swag?
You’re medal is a ring pop! And you get a bag of Halloween candy when you’re done.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
5 stars and I totally recommend it.