Race: Tiger Mountain Trail Run, 12k
Runner: Chanelle Lansley
Race Date: 08/20/2022
Location: Tiger Mountain State Forest, Issaquah, WA
Results: 1:16:44 Elapsed Time, 1st place Female, 9th place overall
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/7671456506
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The organizers and volunteers were great! There was a community-feel from the beginning until the end.
- The trail! This was my first trail race and I thought it was perfect for beginners and likely those with a lot more experience as well. It wasn’t too technical.
- Post-race snacks. There was a good amount of fuel and hydration available.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The trail had a lot of mountain bikers, who were all very considerate and friendly towards the runners, but made for some crowded trails at times.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
There was a baby bear spotting!
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I enjoyed the mentally “fun” part of the race. It was a nice change of pace from my usual road running.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
I tried the 12k instead of the half-marathon for my first trail race. I’m glad I started here because the elevation was tougher than I anticipated.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
I wish I would have taken my hydration pack or belt. There was one aid station, but I could have been more self-sufficient.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Not technically difficult, but maybe ~2k of elevation gain.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
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.
Runners can register the morning of!
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Weather and typical race conditions
It was a perfect day
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
At the start and finish, yes. Outside of that, no.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?