Race: Teanaway Country 100
Runner: Ricardo H
Race Date: 09/15/2018
Location: Teanaway, WA
Results: 27:20:58 12th overall
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The climbs! I personally love big climbs. They had this well covered with 28,000 ft of vert on the course.
- The terrain. This course reminds me of the variety pack of cereal I used to get as a kid. You get a little bit of everything on this course.
- The views. I don’t think I have ever been on a course were there have been so many consistent amazing views.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
Nothing really weird.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
The highlight for me would have to be just running a well executed hundred. There were very little lows and it was a very pain free day.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
A lot of people seemed to get off course a lot. This was a very well marked course, but I think there is so much to look at it’s easy to blow by a marking. Don’t just trust the runner in front of you.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
It’s a tough course and you need all the energy you can. Keep up on calories.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Know the course.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Visually this might be my new favorite.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Very. Be ready for a fight. 67% finishing rate this year.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
For it being the first year and a fire scare a week before, I was very impressed.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Definitely some talented runners here, but it wasn’t Western States.
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.
There were only 97 registered, so it was very easy to get into and hotels were not all booked up. However, I do expect this race to catch on quick.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Very well stocked, plenty of options and amazing volunteers.
Weather and typical race conditions
It was perfect for us, sunny and high 50s. A little rain at night.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Mostly just be ready for mountain weather. It can change quickly here. I recommend caring a jacket and gloves.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
All the crew accessible aid stations were very spectator friendly and easy to get to.
How’s the Swag?
Cool buckle and a shirt to match.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
Highly recommend it!