Race Report: DTR Full Moon Night Trail Run

I would be remiss if I didn’t write a race report following my first-ever Down to Run trail race! Last Saturday I “competed” (I use that term loosely) in this event, known as the Full Moon Night Trail Run. The whole experience was magical! As you can see from the photos, everyone wore a headlamp, as well as various other types of luminescent devices, and headed out from Kitching Creek, at Jonathan Dickinson State Park around 8 PM for two hours of soggy, wet madness!

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Race Directors, Andre & Ludi Chaves

Our race directors, Andre and Ludi Chaves, were as gracious and supportive as ever, as was DTR co-founder Diego Mey. They all put on one heck of an event! Special thanks to all of the people who volunteered at the registration/packet pickup station, aid stations, as well as the photographers and medal hander-outers! And a special shout-out to Jenny Q for manning the microphone and welcoming in all of the finishers with charm and grace!

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One of the most memorable aspects of this race, in particular, was the amount of water runners had to traverse throughout the dark and somewhat treacherous terrain. This photo shows what a typical water crossing looked like, and I estimate that approximately 20-25% of the course had some kind of deep water over it, which made it difficult to keep your footing and maintain a quick running pace. Somehow the winners managed to do it, however, as they crossed the finish line with miles averaging in the 8-min pace! Unbelievable!

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Me, two miles in, after only having to make a few water crossings…there would be many more to come before my two hours of running were over!

All in all it was a terrific experience. I can now say I have an official DTR trail race under my belt and I didn’t twist an ankle or break a leg in the process! I came in under my goal time of two hours and couldn’t be happier!

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Crossing the finish line in under two hours!

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How to Remove Sand Spurs Easily: My Experiment

Today I ran at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and decided to try a little experiment as I knew the sand spurs would be epic on the Dunes of Hell. I took commercial grade paper towels and attached them to my laces and most of the spurs stuck to them. Then I removed the paper towels and hence, most of the Spurs, and removed the rest with a micro fiber cloth. Then I removed the spurs from the cloth with my teeth. Yes, I said “my teeth”. This may sound gross but it works! Voila-no spurs anywhere!


Th cloth, one minute after the video was taken:


Hope these tips work for you!

The “Best” Running Tip Ever!

The Long Run

Yesterday, I ventured out of my comfort zone to meet up with a group of friends to run a portion of the Grassy Waters Preserve trail system in West Palm Beach, FL. I typically prefer to run in the Jupiter area, but decided it was time I explored something new and I’m so glad I did! Since I wanted to run at least 15 miles this weekend, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so and not have to run alone! So I met up with the group at 7 AM and planned to run two 8-mile loops around a portion of the trail system known as the Owahee Trail.

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Trail running phenoms!

The 16-mile Challenge

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