glacier ridge trail race reportRace: Glacier Ridge Trail Races

Runner: Jeremy L

Race Date: 05/11/2019

Location: Moraine State Park, Portersville, PA

Results: 5:07 (7th Overall)

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2359571500

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

Good snacks at the finish
Good swag
Close to home

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

Race had three distances that all used the same section of trail so it got really crowded at times, which is something I am not used to. Some close calls on some of the hills.

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

4,300 ft of climbing in an area that looks pretty flat (the longest single climb was less than 300 ft).

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

7th overall for the third time in three 50k races (20+ min. PR)

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

Grab the cookies when you can.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Eat a bit more… I tried to limit my time at the aid stations but I could have used a little kick at the end.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Typical western PA trail… lots of rocks and roots and essentially not flat sections.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Rolling forest hills… doesn’t suck.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Always up or down and almost always technical.

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

Very well oiled machine consider the various distances.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

New course record was set and all runners in top six went sub-5hr.

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.

Nothing special.

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

Quality stuff.

Weather and typical race conditions

Perfect weather for running (rare in western PA in early May).

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

Nope.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yes, it is an out and back course that has aid stations at major road crossings.

How’s the Swag?

Decent… good t-shirt, nice medal, great food.

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

6/10… it was nice that it was close to home and seeing friends at the start/finish but the crowded trails with the out and back format isn’t for me.