SAR Trail Half Marathon Race Report – Steven B

Race: SAR Trail Half Marathon

Runner: Steven B

Race Date: 08/11/2019

Location: Shaver Lake, CA

Results: 8th overall/ 5th age group

sar trail half marathon race report
Photo: Juan loera

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

The view of the lake and the amazing scenery along the trail

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

Nothing disappointed about this trail

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

The first two miles went by fast then mile 3 was gut check uphill

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

The uphills I was able to keep moving when others started walking

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

Can’t really pace yourself but you can definitely keep your effort about the same throughout thanks to my training from my coach

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Work on elevation training and hill training

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Keep moving

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?


Difficulty – Is it a tough course?


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

Well organized

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Strong competition, kept me focused throughout

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 special needs for this, maybe the bus shuttle if you don’t get VIP parking

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

Aid stations are well placed and managed

Weather and typical race conditions


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

My shoes and hat that’s about it besides my shorts and shirt of course

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Only at the finish

How’s the Swag?

It’s okay

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

Give it a 8/10

sar trail half marathon race report
Photo: Juan loera