Location: Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Results – 3:43:45
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most: Small race, fast course, and this year they gave us lights for the tunnel so we didn’t have to bring our own. At the end of the tunnel we just need to drop them off in a box.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you: Almost none.
Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race: It is not that weird since I already know it but running through the pitch black tunnel is always interesting. The first 15-20 seconds I lost my bearing.
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular: This is a fast course.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner. Just make sure you train downhill a bit for this. Although it does seem like it is difficult I have seen people ended up walking after only mile 17-18 because their quads were toasted.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around. I will use the bathroom before. I had to pee so badly after mile 18 but didn’t want to stop and there was no bathroom nearby. So .. I peed my pants. It’s the BQ that motivates me 🙂
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race: This year we had to go up and down for the first 5 miles before we enter the tunnel. After the tunnel it is all the way down to the finish line. It is better this way compared to last year when you entered the tunnel right off the start and finished the last 5 miles on the flat course.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course: Yes, it is. And for most part you will run alone too.
Difficulty – is it a tough course: Not at all but you definitely should prep your quads if you plan to run it fast.
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants? Yes, it is. The aid station is also well stocked with water, gatorade and I believe some Gu as well. At the finish line they have warm food as well.
Competition – is there a strong field? Yes, it is. This race is known for its BQ.
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. No, but it definitely sells out quickly as they limit the amount of runners on the course.
Aid Stations: Well stocked with water, gatorade, Gu. And more food at the finish line as well.
Weather and typical race conditions – Weather can be tricky. This year it was cooler in the morning, slightly misty too and some patchy fog, and I finished my last mile in the rain. Dressed in layers if you are typically feeling colder but a lot of people had tank top on from the beginning too.
Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy? I put on my gaiters on my shoes. It helps me since most of the course is on gravel trail.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends. Yes, it is. All they need to do is to find any access to the Iron Horse Trail.
Awards – I don’t know about the awards.
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it. I give it 5 stars because it is my 2nd time I got my BQ. Not only that, but overall the trail is very well maintained and beautiful views throughout.