Tiger Mountain Trail 12k Race Report – Chanelle Lansley

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?

  1. The organizers and volunteers were great! There was a community-feel from the beginning until the end.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Very pretty!

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?