Race #4 for 2012 is checked off: the Ralston Creek half marathon in Arvada, CO.  This race was held on the west side of Arvada near the foothills.  The trail system is well-developed and very scenic.

I registered for this race as part of my training plan and it was an excellent training run.

The morning was cold, about 13 degrees on the car thermometer, and not much wind.  There was a lot of snow on the ground and the reservoir was iced over but the trail was plowed and the footing on the course was mostly dry with some patches of ice and packed snow.

Parking was a couple of blocks from the start – a bit of a chilly walk – and packet pickup was well-organized.  There were portta potties and coffee and water available before the race.

This race started in two waves – one at 9 for runners intending to take more than 2.5 hors on the course and one at 9:45 for faster runners.  This also cut down on course congestion.  Both waves started on time (THANK YOU, race director!!!).

The first half mile of the course was on a neighborhood street leading to the paved trailhead.  The rest of the course was on concrete paths.  There were several long hills that I wondered how well my legs would hold up to – quite well – and the course was very scenic.  I maintained my training pace the entire way which made for about 12 minutes longer on the course than I am used to but felt good.

It was about 20 degrees when we finished – overcast and just chilly!  There were plenty of post race snacks and drinks and the lines were short and pretty quick.  The hot chocolate and cup o soup were very welcome though neither stayed hot for long.

It was a chilly day which did not encourage much lingering after the race but the course was enjoyable with the hills providing a fun challenge.  The volunteers were incredible – cheerful and helpful and braving the cold in heavy winter coats.

This race had a goody bag with snacks, coupons and fliers.

I’m impressed with the overall organization and planning of these races.  Fun and a nice challenge for a Colorado winter!


About wfig

Longtime horsewoman and hiker, occasional world traveler and professional biologist.
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3 Responses to Ralston

  1. Haha says:

    You are definitely tougher than I am. I whine when the temps go below 40 and I positivly snivel when they get below 30. The start of the 50 miler in March may be in the 30s or 40s but it will probably seem like spring to you.

    • wfig says:

      Oh, I was whining – on the inside. It’s motivational, though – if you slow down you might get hypothermic. My ideal temp for a really long run is probably 50 degrees. Then I can wear shorts. Yes – this sounds strange to me, too.

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