Trail running on a hot, humid day makes you truly appreciate the beauty of nature. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy racing through a tree covering and scrambling up a trunk laden hill, but there is nothing like entering a trail and feeling the temperature drop 15 degrees.
On Saturday, June 29th, I participated in the Independence Day 5K and 10K race, part of the Trail Assail Series hosted by Silver Circle Sporting Events. The race began and ended in Fox River Park, located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.
The race was just an hour from the state border, but you felt as though you were deep in nature as you entered the park system. There was a small parking lot with parking allowed along the main road entering the park. Some had to walk further than others, but we were all able to reach the start line within 5 minutes.
The race began promptly at 8 a.m. with both distances beginning together. After a short out and back segment paralleling the main road, we entered the trail system and were greeted with a lower temperature and shade. This was a welcome relief, given that the start line temps were nearing 80 degrees with a sky full of sunshine and high humidity.
The first mile or so was on a tree-enclosed path with slightly technical terrain. Runners had to dodge a few tree trunks and mud puddles, but for the most part, it was a dirt trail. There were a few challenging hills, but they were sandwiched with flat portions so runners could bring their heart rates back down.
Runners left the tree lined area to tackle about ¾ of a mile on paved area lining the path. This was an easy, flat portion, however the sun was out in full force with very little coverage. Runners happily re-entered the trail system to make their way back to the start line in shade.
5K-ers finished a single loop, while 10K-ers went twice. All runners received a short-sleeved, gender specific, race t-shirt in patriotic colors for us to sport this Fourth of July! This is a low-key, no frills race, with a great crowd, lots of volunteers and course support, and one of my favorite race directors, Sean Osborne. This is definitely one to put on your calendar for next summer!
First through third female 10K winners were: Lisa Carleen, Melissa Schuett, and Kimberly Miszewski. First through third male 10K winners were: Michael Teixeira, Matt Dischler, and Dale Baumbgartner.
First through third female 5K winners were: Tara Riehl, Carol LeValley, and Maddie Fontaine. First through third male 5K winners were: Patrick Wills, Christopher Schlosser, and Ian Cooley.