The race started slow with a small hill then the pace picked up. At the back end of mile 1 is a long tall hill. It wears you down. After that it is rolling hills and then a big down hill. I picked up speed at this point. Too much speed. Once I was at the bottom of the hill I was running, instead of looking. I don't know if I tripped or slipped. But I fell hard and fast, face first. I caught myself with my hands but the impact knocked the wind out of me. This was at mile 2 of a 5 mile race. Argh!Both of my Red team mates were ahead of me and there wasn't much chance of me catching up. I tried to hold ground but every hill was too much for me. I got passed by person after person. By mile 4 I was finally moving at a decent rate of speed. But there was no one close to catch up to. I finished in 44:52. I was 4th in my age group, so no medal.
Team Red got 2nd in the overall race teams and 1st in the 4 North Park Trail Runner teams. We got a medal for the 2nd place and a trophy for the 1st.
Trophy to be reused at other NPTR team events.
Best looking team. Team RED!