Race: Yakima Skyline 25k – http://www.rainshadowrunning.com/yakima-skyline-25k.html
Runner: Stephanie G
Location: I’d call it more Ellensburg than Yakima
Results: 3:05:37, 5th place Female
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
- One of the prettiest races I’ve ever done. The views went on forever (when you could look up from the ground)
- The start/finish location on the river was a great place to hang out
- Weather! It did get hot at the end, but stayed nice and cool on the ridge due to the breeze.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
I really can’t complain about anything. You do have to carry 40oz of water, which seemed like a lot to me for a 25K, but it was fine and meant I never had to stop to refill.
Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race
There’s a section of really steep sandy trail that I’m sure many people fell on. It was really hard to find footing and stay out of people’s way, and since the race is out and back there were people everywhere trying to navigate it going both directions.
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
I felt really good after getting up the first hill and felt like I ran the rolling trail and downhills pretty well.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
The majority of the single track is really, really rocky, very twisty-turny and pretty steep. I had to concentrate really hard on footing for most of the downhill parts of the race.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
Difficulty – is it a tough course
I thought so. Times seem to be slower all around compared to other 25Ks.
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Competition – is there a strong field?
Women’s winner was very strong – not sure about the men’s side.
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.
Sells out like all other Rainshadow Runs. Very close to Ellensburg and easy to get to the start.
One full aid station at the turnaround, one other one with mostly beverages and some candy.
Weather and typical race conditions – Seems to be mostly sunny and warm.
Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Good trail shoes (lots of loose rock and dirt), something to carry 40oz of water.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends
Not really, the only way to watch would be for them to hike up the first hill.
Top 3 per gender… I think.
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it