Before getting to some minor details about the race itself, what made this race even better was some of the people who were there (as is often the case). My mom once again joined me and I love having her support at as many races as she's already made it to (thanks, mom!). Also in town were my great aunt and great uncle from Oklahoma. They've followed all my racing since I really got into it last year, so I was excited to have them there in person to see what they've only watched in videos. In August I'll be down in Tulsa for "Conquer the Gauntlet" and they'll get to see another race, as well as some of my young 2nd cousins who will get to see it live for the first time.
Back to some race details - The race is still relatively small and with waves taking off every 15 minutes, they were able to keep the heats to an extremely manageable size. I ran in the first wave of the day, so I didn't encounter any back-ups at obstacles, but I didn't hear that many folks in later heats encountered issues. Overall, I enjoyed the race, though I could have done without the 5-10 minute break in the race while you rode the ski lift at about the 2.5 mile mark to get to the next part of the course. They're already talking about improvements they know they want to make for next year, so I'm excited to see how they will continue to grow the race. Being relatively close to home, I'll probably be back again next year and maybe improve on my own 3rd place finish. Time to rest and get ready for Race 10 tomorrow!