Somewhere between Mile 8 and Mile 9 of the Mullens Cove Loop, while hunkered down along the rockiest part of the trail taking photos, I encountered a father and son running together. As they splashed past, the elder of the two looked my way, a smile spreading across his face, and said: “Nice day for a run, isn’t it?” You know, I think he was right.
So it went, at the 11th annual Rock/Creek River Gorge trail race, with 283 race finishers grinning ear-to-ear and dashing through the sloppy, wet mess. Presented by Montrail, this is the second race in the 2011 Rock/Creek Race Series, from which all proceeds go to Wild Trails for trail building & trail maintenance in the Chattanooga area. Mother nature threw us a curve ball this time; we awoke to early-morning thunderclaps, and were greeted by a race day that couldn’t have felt further from last weekend’s 80-degree temperatures!
Luckily, trail runners seem to love adversity, and everyone appeared to have a great time. They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but there sure wasn’t anything lamb-like about this spring day! Congratulations to overall race winner Aaron Saft, from Mills River, NC, who crushed the old course record (set in 2002) by a solid two minutes and led this one wire-to-wire.
Here are the podium finishers for each category:
10.2 Men’s Overall
10.2 Men’s Masters (over 40)
10.2 Women’s Overall
10.2 Women’s Masters (over 40)
10.2 Men’s 18 & Under
6.5 Men’s Overall
6.5 Men’s Masters (over 40)
6.5 Men’s 18 & Under
6.5 Women’s Overall
6.5 Women’s Masters (over 40)
6.5 Women’s 18 & Under
Rock/Creek Race Team members Sarah Woerner and Owen Bradley turned in convincing wins in the 6.5-mile race, with fellow team members Cathi Cannon & Jim Farmer also among the top finishers. Check back here during the week for race reports and photos.
The next race in the Rock/Creek Race Series is the Scenic City Trail Marathon / Half Marathon. Special thanks to all of our sponsors!