On September 14th I ran my first ever trail race. It was a lovely 7.5 miles around Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. The race was quite challenging, but absolutely beautiful. And any race that offers free beer at the finish line is a great race in my books.
The early drive up to Tahoe was well worth the lack of sleep, as I got to enjoy the stunning sunrise.
The starting line remained elusive until the last few minutes before the race began. Many of us were wandering around the general area where we thought the race would probably begin when a truck pulled up, a man got out, and drew the official starting line on the road with a piece of chalk.
I had never seen Emerald Bay from lake level before, as the road that winds around it is several hundred feet above the shore. So this was a real treat.
When I wasn’t distracted by the beauty of the lake, I was enjoying the interesting rock formations, and the even more interesting rock art.
While I certainly didn’t finish first in the race, I didn’t come in last and I didn’t get lost or fall over. Success!