Catch-up week! Post 2 of 4: Off road runs

SSSMST raced in two cross country/train run type races recently: The Twilight Trail Run in North Chagrin Reservation, and the Classic at Mastick 5k. The Twilight Trail Run is a fairly new 8k trail race, but the Classic has earned it’s name. Brandy Smith, Aaron Rood, and Scott Zubricky were all there.

Brandy and Aaron did the North Chagrin race, and this is what Brandy had to say. It sounds like a great race that’s getting better every year.

This is a very fun race along the bridle trails of North Chagrin Reservation. They have a staggered start by age, and so I started 9 minutes after the initial start (women 70+) and Aaron started 16 minutes after. There is a small water crossing at the beginning so you can “get your feet wet” and then there is a MONSTER hill. After that, it’s pretty standard bridle trail.

Because of the staggered start, the first one to cross the finish line is considered the winner. I like the staggered start because I can continually pass people who started before me, and I actually get to see the fast people as they blaze by me! Aaron passed me in the third mile (I was really hoping to at least make it to the third mile before I saw him) and made me feel like I was standing still.

At the end, you are greeted with an ice cold beer. What could be better than that?? They also serve Dewey’s Pizza (YUM), and we got a do-rag and headlamp with our registration!

The results aren’t up yet, but based on the time on the clock when I finished, I was over a minute faster than each of the last two years. This was the third annual running of the race and Aaron and I have been at each. I think it’s safe to say we will continue to be there in future years, too!

Scott Zubricky– as usual– didn’t have much to say about his race at Mastick, but– as usual– let his results do the talking. He finished with a 19:25 to take 1st in his age group.

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