Race: Dirty Turtle 50k

Runner: Ricardo Hoffman

Race Date: 5/22/2021

Location: Green Mountain, Bremerton, WA

Results: 6:47:45 – 6th OA

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/5341455769

Photo: Brian Kilpatrick

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

  1. Race organization: Everything from parking to the runner check-in and waved starts were well-organized and easy to navigate.
  2. The course: A fun mix of technical rocky terrain with a few rope sections, some bushwhacking and a some smoother, faster running sections.
  3. Race vibe: Everyone from the RD to the volunteers exhibited a great attitude and were super helpful.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

No dislikes.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Unexpected blowup dolls as course markers.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

There are some long technical ups. I recommend having your hiking legs ready.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Practice more hiking. There are some slow going sections, having a good hiking pace can make a big difference in a few sections.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

This course is definitely harder than it looks on paper. There are long, technical ups and some loose, rocky downs. Be ready for a little bit of everything.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

I thought so. It wasn’t the most visual stunning course I’ve done, but a few look outs and lush forest.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Very tough.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Very well organized.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

A few strong runners, but not a very competitive field. Hopefully that changes as this course is a fun challenge.

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.

Pretty easy to get in, might sellout close to race date.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Pretty straightforward. Classic mix of watermelon, chips, candy, soda, etc.

Weather and typical race conditions

At the start it was cool and misty, but it got to be mid 60’s and sunny.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

On a non-Covid year, there would be a few decent spots.

How’s the Swag?

You can buy a shirt when you sign up, otherwise nothing.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

8 out of 10. This race really exceeded my expectations. Fun, challenging and well-organized. A good 50K choice for those leading into bigger races during the summer.