Race: Escarpment 25K
Runner: Emily C
Race Date: 02/09/2019
Location: Government Canyon State Natural Area – San Antonio, Texas
Results: 2:51:36; 5th female
Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2134960837
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The location! This was the first ever ultra distance trail race at this nature preserve (both a 25K and 50K distance) and Spectrum Trail Racing secured access to part of the gorgeous, back-country area for the race course.
- The race directors! Husband and wife duo, Mallory & Jason Brooks, organized this race and – as with every Spectrum Trail Race – they provided the quintessential Texas trail race experience. Brick-oven pizza, live music, local, craft beer, and awesome (and useful!) race swag!
- The course! Only ONE loop for the 25K race across varying terrain.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The weather did not cooperate with us this day – Cold and drizzly the whole way through! Fortunately, everyone who ran in and worked the Spectrum race was extremely positive and encouraging, so the weather did not hamper my experience overall.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I was proud of my pacing this race. Candidly, I ran this race, but did not “race” this race – Mentally, I was better for it! I had much more restraint in the early miles which gave me the energy to push the pace in my late miles.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
First four miles of this course are FAST! Watch your pacing because the first (of many) big climbs begin at mile 5 and are pretty unrelenting. Race directors are awesome about marking the course, so you can expect the chance to really focus on your running and less on navigating/worrying if you missed a turn.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
YES! The course runs through a 12,000-acre wilderness preserve that protects San Antonio’s drinking water. Course runs through wooded areas and grasslands and up (and down) steep slopes to overlooks.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
The course runs through varying terrain, so there are a few climbs that present a challenge throughout the loop. You definitely won’t be bored!
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. Everything was easy from check-in to finish.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Yes! In the 25k, first male finished in 2:04:20 and first female at 2:31:14.
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.
Easy registration online (www.spectrumtrailracing.com) and super affordable pricing. Race directors provide all information on how you can camp or lodge for the race and are great about keeping you updated if accommodations/registration is filling up!
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Full spread! Brands featured include Clif, Tailwind, Epic, and Human Nutrition Project.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Be sure to wear trail shoes because the jutted limestone makes for a rugged course! I wore a racing vest with soft flasks and found that was perfect for the course layout (several aid stations and water drops).
How’s the Swag?
AMAZING! Here, finisher’s received a custom race BOCO hat. Keep in mind you only get the swag if you EARN it!
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
5 Stars for the inaugural race – Looking forward to years to come!