Race:  Tunnel Vision Marathon (Part of Tunnel Marathon series)

Runner: Dionne H

Date: 8/21/2016

Location: Hyak, WA

Results – 3:41:02

3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most

  • Small race/not overly crowded
  • Fast course
  • Boston qualifier

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

I can’t think of anything.

Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race

You are going through Hyak tunnel that is pitch-black and damp in the beginning of the race and you will need to use a head-light.

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

The fast course. It keeps on going downhill but not steep enough for you to feel uncomfortable.

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

I ran the course once during one of my long runs, 21 miles, and that helps a lot.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Check with the weather forecast.

I thought I was going to need my vest (wasn’t in the game plan) because it was supposed to be a warm day. But after checking again in the morning I realized I will be finishing right around when the temperature is in the high 60’s low 70’s.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The last 3-4 miles of the course were flat all the way to the finish line.

Aesthetics – is it a pretty course

It can be at several spots.

Difficulty – is it a tough course

No.

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

It is well organized.

Competition – is there a strong field?

I don’t know but one thing I know is that this race is popular for those trying to get BQ.

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.

Register early.

Aid Stations –

Several of them.

Weather and typical race conditions –

Warm. Start out in the 50’s but by the time you are done it can be in low to high 70’s. Put sunscreen on, the sun will be on your back throughout the entire ran.

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

Running gaitors will keep gravels out of your shoes.

Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends

Yes. Plenty of access to the trail.

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

I give it a 4 out of 5. It is a fast course, makes it feel like you are running your tempo pace on a good day. We just don’t need the noise from I-90.

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