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Boulder City, Nevada
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 18m 4s
Overall Rank = 89/311
Age Group = F40-49
Age Group Rank = 9/17
Pre-race routine:

We were in Las Vegas for another race but I found this one and thought it would be a great way to get my long run done for the week.

We woke at about 0600 and got ready then headed toward Hoover Dam, with a stop at Starbucks of course. I had a flat white and a croissant. We got to the parking lot of the Hoover Dam Lodge, where we were instructed to park, then made the approx. half mile trail walk down to the trailhead where the race would finish. I hit the port a john and we watched all of the St. Patty's day costumes, and a bagpiper, mill around. As it got closer to race time we walked the little bit up to the start where I chatted with the Las Vegas RWB team captain until start time.
Event warmup:

walk from the parking lot to the start
  • 2h 18m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 32s  min/mile

We started out on dirt but it quickly turned to a cement bike path where we climbed steadily toward Boulder City. Thanks to my hillwork and the altitude (or lack thereof) at Lake Meade it was not an unpleasant climb. I could see much of the lake until we turned around so for the first couple miles I was just observing the people and costumes around me. One in particular became "Lucky Charms" and I would continue to yo-yo with him for much of the race. He was wearing a Derby and a tech green tux and a bow tie. Another was Ironman who had an MDot on his calf. I passed him close to the top of the climb and didn't see him again. About 2 miles in we started seeing the front runners come back to us so we got to cheer them. I wished I'd remembered them more clearly so I could cheer them at the next turnaround because by then we were mixed in with the other distances.

Once we turned around it was glorious. It was downhill, I could see the lake and we had a breeze. Yay! There were water stations every couple miles so I relied on them for water and Gatorade. I took a gel just before the station at about 5 miles.

Once we got past where we'd started we were on the Historic Railroad Trail and it was amazing. The history, the tunnels, the dirt path, I think I smiled for the last 8 miles. I was still back and forth with Lucky Charms and he got ahead of me when I stopped to take pictures. As we approached the second turnaround, at Hoover Dam, there was a set of odd, paved, switchbacks down to the parking lot. I mentioned to Lucky Charms that we would have to climb back up. He responded "every year" and said that he'd done the race several times. As we got to the bottom of the switchbacks a kindly volunteer called me smiley and told me I needed to catch the guy in front of me (Lucky Charms) I told him I had but he kept getting away. The other end of the parking lot was the second turnaround where the volunteer told us we were half way. Um, no, but thanks anyway.

Back up the cement switchbacks then on to the trail. Somewhere on the trail back I passed Lucky Charms for the last time. I continued to enjoy the amazing scenery on to the finish. At the very end I was trying to come around a pink tutu girl and she stepped to the side just as I got to her sending me on an odd course and a slightly twisted ankle. I managed to get past her and cross the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was an amazing way to get in my planned 13 mile long run.
Post race
Warm down:

I drank some water and had an orange. I talked to some NYPD guys that were there and had run the HM in kilts. They were also there for B2V but weren't running that one (they were in a support vehicle)

After a bit DH and I walked up to the car where he had a chocolate milk stashed for me <3

Then we drove back to Vegas and I cleaned up so we could visit Bobby's Burger Palace where I had an amazing burger and a caramel bourbon shake :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Maybe the heat, of course genetics, but I'm happy with this one.

Event comments:

Very well done race!!!! I would highly recommend this one. The organization was great, lots of volunteers, lots of aid stations and the scenery was stunning.

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Last updated: 2016-03-14 12:00 AM
02:18:04 | 13.1 miles | 10m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/17
Overall: 89/311
Performance: Good
Course: Begin at the Historic Railroad Trailhead and run West on the River Mountain Loop trail for 2.96 before reaching the 1st turnaround. Run back towards the start line, and continue onto the Historic Railroad Trail going through the 6 tunnels for 6.42 miles until you reach the 2nd turnaround, at which point you will head back 3.72 miles to the finish line.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2016-03-23 11:12 AM

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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: St. Patricks Day Half Marathon

2016-03-23 2:17 PM
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That race sounds like a lot of fun!  All those hills would kill me though   Well done and congrats on catching and ditching Lucky Charms!  And I am totally jealous of your after race shake!!

2016-03-23 3:23 PM
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Denver, Colorado
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The scenery is beautiful!! And I love your green outfit
2016-03-23 3:54 PM
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Katy, Texas
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Awesome race!! What a cool place to run!!
2016-03-23 5:01 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Great pics - and scary elevation chart!

Sounds like a terrific race.  I'd have thought there'd be green beer as an "after." 



2016-03-24 9:48 AM
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Lucky Charms, ha!  At least you finally left him in your dust for good.  Dang girls in tutus, grr!  Love your green top and shamrock socks.

Sounds like you had a great race at a spectacular location.  Any time 'smile' is in a RR and lasts for 8 miles is a very good thing.

This is a bucket list location/race for me, as I'd LOVE to run the historic train route and go through the tunnels.  All those hills, well, not so much.

BIG congrats!

Edited by melbo55 2016-03-24 9:48 AM

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