|All bundled up at the starting line!|
Insulated tights, Stonewear Rockin Jacket,
hat, headband...but it warmed up quickly
in the desert climate of Big Bend
And ULTRA, you say? Not a crazy-long trail run??? The nice folks organizing this race (Friends of Big Bend National Park) know a long trail run might not be for everyone, so they offer a manageable 10K as well as a 25K and 50K lengths.
Truth be told: I've run the 10K twice now and so far, it is my favorite race. The scenery of Big Bend National Park is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the race is extremely well run. The race organizers take VERY good care of you!
|By mid-race it warmed up significantly!|
We had a ball at the water station on the
Rio Grande! The other side of the river
There's nothing like setting a goal and working hard to WIN something, but there's also joy in sharing it all with a friend. This year, it wasn't about placing or time, or goal-setting. It was all about helping a friend discover fun, accomplishment and the appreciating the beauty of the wilderness.
BIG thanks to our friends at Stonewear Designs! I wore their stylish Rockin Jacket at the beginning of the race. It was perfectly cozy at the very cold start, and as it warmed up (more than 20 degrees in an hour!) it was easy to tie the arms around my waist and complete the race, hassle free! I love the paisley cuffs!