Carkeek 12 Hour Race Report – Bill S

Race: Carkeek 12 Hour

Runner: Bill S

Race Date: 10/27/2018

Location: Seattle, WA

Results: 12Hr/ 41.85 miles

carkeek 12 hour race

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. It’s a small race and even on a 2 mile loop you can run by yourself for hours.
  2. There’s a short .5 mile loop, straight up then straight back down.
  3. 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.