Race: Vashon Island 50k
Runner: Sammy H
Race Date: 06/01/2019
Location: Vashon Island, WA
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
The aid stations
Well mapped course
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
Doing 3 loops
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I finished! This was the longest distance I have ever ran and it was mentally and physically tough but I pushed through it and ended up enjoying it
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Definitely put trails and elevation gain on your training plan
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Bring back up water
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Very beautiful course
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Some parts of it were tough climbing up the hills and then running straight down them
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
They were very organized! It was their 10th year anniversary so they had everything pretty well figured out
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.
I would definitely book a hotel as soon as possible Vashon Island does have limited places you can rent but you can always stay off of the island and take the ferry but you need to plan it out in advance so you don’t miss the ferry!
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
They had a wide variety of food and treats at the aid stations and had restrooms at each one as well
Weather and typical race conditions
It was a foggy colder morning when it started but it did clear up and ended up being beautiful and warm
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Make sure you have enough water and nutrition so whatever you use to carry those because there is only 2 aid stations but you see them 3 times
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
How’s the Swag?
The shirts were great and the medals were handmade
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
9 out of 10 I really recommend others to run this