Sunday marked the 5th and last ENDURO race of 2014 PACE season. The ENDURO series was something I introduced this year to help challenge my athletes and provide a safe place to practice all their race tactics from pacing to gear to fueling. Basically, I hosted 5 mini races for the athletes taking the current trail training clinic.
For the last race, I shortened the course to 6.5k & approx. 200m climbing so that runners could do shorter laps and more of them this time of year to stay motivated. It was cold out and there was also a rather challenging downhill I put into the route this time. We had about 30 athletes participate and they did amazing. It was great to see people setting their lap goals and sticking to it or adding one more after they got moving. Lap times were consistent and steady which is great for this time of year. We celebrated and visited over a nice pot luck afterwards and put the Enduro series to rest until 2015.
I want to thank all the athletes who participated in one or more of these this year. Kudos to Judy who, to my knowledge, is the only PACE athlete who completed all 5 and has her medals to prove it. What an accomplishment.
I also want to thank my volunteers. My Dad for his help with set up and timing. Dave for helping with misc jobs and team support. Stephanie for making homemade energy balls from the Whitewater Cookbook for runners to enjoy at the aid station. (and maybe my Dad and I as we waited for runners in-between laps) Daryl came out and took photos and Natasha who helped score in the winter version.
Lastly, to my team. Always there to help with course marking or sweep if I needed it. And Ellen and Mike, spouses who were put to work the one enduro where our flagging was vandalized.
It was a fun Enduro Race Series and I am already planning the route and changes for 2015. Here are some inspiring photo recaps.