The race director, Brad Dains, is top notch. He's pretty impressive as a runner, but even better as a race director and all around good guy. Here's what makes it my favorite local race. In no particular order.
- It's close to home for me. Which means I don't need to drive there if I want to run or walk there.
- The weather both times that I've done it has not been above 80 degrees (I'm not much of a warm weather runner). In fact, I don't think it's even been above zero.
- The race finishes in a parking lot, so I can get warm, dry clothes right after the race instead of having to walk several blocks to my vehicle.
- The proceeds go to a good cause (Central Iowa Trail Association)
- A bus is available to take participants from the finish line to the start.
- I am very familiar with the trail since I run and bike it often because of its convenient location.
- Warm, tasty soup at the finish
- Eight miles is enough of a distance to be a challenge, but not so long that it gets boring or I'm overly sore the next day.
- (saving the best for last?) Great swag. I have plenty of t-shirts already. From this race I've received a stainles steel pint "glass", a very nice bottle opener/key ring that I have attached to my computer bag, and an orange Buff that I use often. This year there will be a small bag f "Sycamore Single Track" coffee. Trail running and coffee. Can't go wrong there.