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Beautiful morning mist, beautiful trails, big hill climb, and a chance to get beat (and inspired) by a fit-as-heck 81-year-old! What else could there be??
Thanks for putting on such a great race! I love Grand Ridge Park and am glad it's getting some visibility for other trail runners. The course was great - very well-marked and quite challenging. The aid stations were well stocked and support on the course was well placed.
And despite how wrecked I looked on the course it was great to have people out on the course taking photos! I will be looking forward to the next trail!
I cannot stress how well this course was marked. There were signs, flags, flagging tape, and spray-painted arrows on the ground. I don’t think I could have gotten lost even if I had tried. There was a wonderful variety of terrain; something for every runner. The volunteers were great; so encouraging and cheerful, exactly what race volunteers should be. The aid station and finish line were both well-stocked with food and drink. Read Kristin's blog.
I had so much fun Saturday. That was my first trail run. My body is a little beat up. The pictures turned out great. By the way for the short run I did the trail was marked great.
I love to trail run, and to find a group as devoted to both trail running and keeping it green makes Evergreen Trail Runs a great find here in the Northwest. Roger is passionate and welcoming, and it was obvious to me that he was excited for every single runner who finished the very challenging course at Grand Ridge. The post-race refreshments were amazing, as well. I can't wait to run with them again!
I recently did my first Evergreen Trail Runs 10-mile trail race, at Grand Ridge, and it was so much fun that I've already registered for the rest of the races this summer. The course was creative and challenging, with lots of elevation gain, but my fellow runners kept me motivated and entertained. It's a great group of runners. And, of course Roger and his volunteers did a great job with registration and logistics. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for great trail running and a little competition.
Great race, well organized, course well marked. Challenging course, but lots of fun. Nice change of pace from road racing. Beautiful scenery. Great post-race food! Race pictures were a nice touch. Highly recommend it!
Maple Valley, WA
From their ensuing adventures thus began Evergreen Trail Runs. It endeavors to bring this love of trails to runners who may not know trail running is a sport, or who may be intimidated by trail races that cover 50 kilometers or more. Read Shawn's article.
Whether you're a seasoned trail runner or your Asics have never left asphalt, it doesn't matter. Evergreen Trail Runs are for everyone. There are runners as young as four and as old as 83, with a whole lot of in-between. Other notable participants? Ultra athletes. Parents running with children. First-timers who want a new experience. Oh, and watch out for Jaye-Linh Shark flying past you on the trails: this 10-year-old has run three ETR marathons in just 71 days. Read Stella's article.
Left Coast Running
Everybody that I met on the trail had a smile, a cheerful word or a thumbs up for the camera. The trails that Evergreen Trail Runs select for their events are so interesting and beautiful that it takes more than a bit of rain to dampen the runners spirit. Read Steve's blog post.
Steve Sanders' Photography