Saturday, April 14, 2012
Battle of Allatoona Creek 5m
The second race in the Mountain Goat Trail race series. The second race was on the Allatoona Creek Trails This is one of the hidden gems in the Atlanta area. This is a mountain bike trail in Acworth Ga.
The trails are maintained by Cobb County and Atlanta Area Sobra. Nicely done.
The 5 mile race started around 8:30am in the morning. The first quarter mile was a parade lap around the field before crossing Old Stilesboro Road to hop on some double track for another 1/4 mile. The course was a nice 4.5 mile look in the woods. Maintained an even pace through the course. There were not too many uphills. This was a very nice beginners trail racing course. Several bridge crossings over the creek as well as ramps and dirt mounds for the mountain bikers. The weather was great starting out in the mid 50s. Got a bit warm at the finish. While the GPS measures trail runs short this one was a bit short of 5m.
The last 1.5 miles I slowed down a bit. I suspect that was a bit due to the fast pace around the parade field and the double track. I would not have changed the starting pace if I had to do it over.
All and all a good race. Started out fast and maintained 2nd place over all half way through the course when I was passed dropping back to 3rd place overall. Nice fast trail run course. It is very interesting to run at the front of the pack. Mentally you really have to push yourself. It was a nice change of mind set.
The finish top 3 overall were all in the same age group for the finish.
Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers for making the race happen. Next up Sutalle Trace Trail Challenge.
3rd place overall/age group: