On Saturday, I attended the Viking Dash Trail Race held at Veteran’s Acres in Crystal Lake. The race company featured a weekend full of events. On both Saturday and Sunday, distance options included a 5K, 10K and half marathon.
Runners that signed up to race on both days were given a special bonus medal in addition to their medal of choice. When registering for this unique race, runners were able to select what type of medal they would like. Options included Thor’s Hammer, Axe, Sword, or Mace!
Runners were encouraged to come in costume and the organizers held a costume contest on both Saturday and Sunday before the races. All events began right near the parking lots and wove through the trails of Veteran’s Acres.
The trails were full of elevation and highly technical. It was a very difficult course, made even more challenging by the packed snow and ice. Many hills forced runners to slow, some completely to a walk. But the tough terrain did not dampen the spirits of this fun group of runners. The atmosphere was jovial, capped off with a fire and meal post-race.
Results were not posted at the time of this article.