|View of the Tetons as soon as I stepped off the airplane|
|El Rancho Motel|Our dinner crew with Magenta the Road Trip Flamingo
The next day was race day. I could sleep in to a reasonable time because the starting line was just a couple blocks from the hotel. We got some pre-race pics and then we were off.
|Pre-race pic in town with Daphne Dog; note the ski runs in the background|
|Marathon Maniac/50 Staters pre-race pic at the Town Square|
The first few miles were in town, then we entered a paved bike path for a long section. Later on, we did some miles on the highway, and then another bike path. the entire course went from the town of Jackson to the Teton Village resort. The views were spectacular but the race was another difficult one at altitude. Along the way, we made friends with fellow Maniac Jess with whom we shared several miles, and later dinner at LibertyBurger (they had a yummy veggie burger).
|Jess and Abbi as we enter the first trail|
|I may be slow but I'm enjoying the scenery|
It was great to run most of the race with Abbi. We had an opportunity to catch up and to enjoy the day. We were slightly disappointed that we didn't see any moose on course, despite the numerous moose-crossing signs. In any event, Abbi did a great job of pacing us and pushing me, but toward the end, I was having trouble getting enough oxygen, so I slowed down and finished a bit after her.
|I knew I was almost done when I saw the entrance to Teton Village|
|Finishers: Carol, Abbi, Chad, me, Jess|
|With Abbi and the only moose we saw|
I would highly recommend Jackson Hole Marathon for its beauty and organization, but a few things to note:
· You will be running at 6,000+ ft, so be ready for the thinner air. Everything feels harder at this elevation.
· There isn’t much shade, so use sunscreen.
· This is a cup-less race, so take your own water bottle to refill at aid stations.
· Take your camera, because the course is gorgeous!