Run Through Time Marathon Race Report – Jacob R

Photo: Daniel Flanders

Race: Run Through Time

Runner: Jacob R

Race Date: 03/11/2023

Location: Salida, CO

Results: 5hrs 59mins 57S

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

The race has Beautiful scenery, it is a very low key race with no fancy metals or big swag bags, the course was really fun

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

The food at the finish.

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

The town of Salida

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

I fueled really well and was able to push myself better than I have in other trail races

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

Pack layers and be prepared for unpredictable weather

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Don’t be stubborn and apply sunscreen if I need to.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The back half of the course is loaded with very technical trails. Even though it’s a forest road it was very technical and challenging to run down

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

The course is gorgeous. The Collegiate Range and Salida never disappoint

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

It is a difficult and challenging course. The is usually some ice an snow at the higher elevations.

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

The map the publish for the course and the course directions are not very clear. However, the course is very well marked and the had a lot of markings at every major intersection. Packet pickup was very clear and everything else was very well organized.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Yes. It attracts some very fast runners.

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.

Logistics are easy. Lodging fills up fast and the run fills up fast too.

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

Very standard trail run food. Electrolytes, goo, chips, candy etc.

Weather and typical race conditions

Weather can be extremely variable. It thundersnowed for the first 2hrs. It then turned to blue bird skys

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

I brought layers and a rain jacket along. I found my poles very useful

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

No. There is good spectating at the start but the race coordinator ask to keep the spectators to a minimum in the more remote areas of the course

How’s the Swag?

You get socks for entering. And a nice card for finishing. This race is purposefully swag light.

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

8/10. It’s a fantastic race