13 September 2009

Moscow Mountain Madness race report

So there's a killer 12 mile trail race on some of my favorite trails right up the road from me. I ran it for the first time yesterday. Sweet.

They call it Moscow Mountain Madness. No dogs allowed on the run, though. This is the reason I haven't run this race since I found out about it a few years ago. Part of the joy I get from running is to run with Sadie. But I decided to give it a shot this year. And to make it up to Sadie, I promised her some extra fetch and no bath for at least three more days.

Early morning registration

Getting my game face on

Sadie stretching with me
in hopes of getting to run too.

There were two divisions of mountain bike races that started 10 minutes before the runners. Some of the trails were shared, but with their head start there wasn't much of an issue. Here you can see the runners starting:

(from race website)

I run these trails often, but I usually don't try to burn through them because I've never been faced with an ominous clock ticking at the finish line. You've seen my posts, I love to stop and take photos. I find vistas and enjoy the views. I love to find creeks for Sadie to swim in. So I was very curious to see how I could handle the trails with a little bit of speed incentive.

The run course was basically an out-and-back. (The advanced bikers got a lot of the sweet, looping single track for themselves.) Climb for five miles, then a couple miles of ups and downs, then descend to the finish.

Google Earth snapshot of the course

I felt pretty good the entire way. I've gotten used to walking up to conserve energy for ultra distances, but I pushed hard and basically ran the entire distance - minus a few water station stops and short burst hikes up the steeper terrain. It's a great feeling to see the training I've put in pay off in something more than the ability to eat more chocolate chip cookies then I should. I charged hard on the descent and it felt great. Wish Sadie could have run, though.

View on the climb near mile 4
(stock photo from my Moscow Mt. library)

Cruised to the finish line in about 1hr 41min (8:25 min/mile pace). The results haven't been officially posted yet, but the results board placed me 9th overall on this tough 12-mile course. I'll chalk the race up as a success.

I am a rock star
(in my own mind)

Keep running!



  1. Super run! And great photos. So what's next? Rocky Raccoon 100 in Texas with your Dad? :)

  2. Awesome work, Scott! You are a rock star!

  3. Great job Scott! How fun to have a race on your favorite trails. And the good thing about dogs? They forgive everything, even being left behind on a run!

  4. Looks like a really cool trail race and 9th place-impressive!

  5. What a great venue! What a crowd! How long did it take to cross the start line? Did you have to dodge walkers?


    I lurve those kinds of races! The trails look awesome. I was just looking at my trail shoes and thinking in another month or so, they are going see some action!

    Well done!!

  6. Looks like a really fun little race. On some of your favorite trails, how cool is that.

    Congrats on your top ten finish.

  7. Wow! Yay! 9th place is awesome. I like Dad's idea of you guys doing the Rocky Racoon 100. :)

  8. Awesome! You're still inspiring me...

  9. you make it look so easy scott! seriously, what is your secret?

  10. Top 10 , well done. I'm sure Sadie understands having to sit this one out.

  11. Alright, catching up on several of your recent post... you are a rock star!! Staarting any race out of the gate for some major up hill climbing is insane.

    I love Saddie!!

    HM in Columbia. How cool. Only 9o minutes from Scott and I here in Greenville.

    Glad your dad is well and running. Now that is Rock Star status.

  12. hey! sounds like a great race and yes, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR. Keep running!

  13. I'm so impressed Scott!

  14. howdy long time no chat! looks lke you are doing great! I am in the process of eventually relocating to Washington state. YAHOO I will be living in Federal Way not to far from Tacoma and Seattle. I ran a 5K there in Seattle this summer and man was it hot and humid! but still i love all the green trees and being near so much water. time for me to start a new life and looking forward to meeting to running and triathlon friends.