Super fun vibe for this weekend festival (about: 2013)|
Ed Robins from Philadelphia, Pa (9/13/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Run WoodStock
I had a blast at this event. I decided to embrace the whole weekend and not just come for the race. I would strongly encourage others to do the same. The marathon is only one race of this ultra weekend. Runners can run timed races from 5 miles to 100! Totally there were around 1600 runners (134 in full marathon and 600 in the half).
In keeping w/ the name the race organizers reserved an entire camp ground and runners are encouraged to camp Friday and Saturday nights. When not running there are pizza and lasagna dinners, yoga, tie dyeing, hikes, fun runs and continuous bands rocking out the sounds of the late 60's. So much fun!
The race is a trail race and it was my first trail marathon. I was ill prepared. I had run 2 5k trail races but they were much easier terrain. The entire race isn't run on trails since we run 5 miles on roads and cinder paths to thin out the field (which we run twice since its a 2 loop course). I can't imagine how tired I would've been had the entire race been on the trails. Since I'm a trail virgin I'm not sure how tough the real trail part actually was but to me it was challenging.
Another rookie mistake I made was not carrying a water bottle with me. There were only 7 aid stops but I noticed most runners carried a bottle and just refilled them along the way. Dumb!
Dispite the challenges and my mistakes I had fun during the race. It was pretty and almost entirely covered w/ shade. The volunteers at the aid stations were so friendly. All the stops had gatorade, water and some had gel. Most importantly the race was well marked. I've heard some horror stories told by trail runners at other races but here I heard only praise. With all the differant races overlapping on the trails it would've been very easy for runners to get confused but I didn't hear a single complaint about that.
After the race we get a great peace sign (of course) medal. After my shower I took the yoga class and tie dyed a t-shirt. I also hung around just to cheer the 100K and 100 milers finish their challenge. So inspiring!
I also took part in both of the nightime 5K's which include a 'natural' option. That is just what it sounds like and folks should throw caution to the wind and give it a go. They were both so much fun. The second night after all the positive reviews from Friday the event was packed. Beer, wine and water is part of this liberating event.
I'm going for 50 states so I never repeat races but I'm pretty sure I'll be back next year.