Amazing race! www.huff50k.com It's one of the largest ultramarathons in the country and takes you around Roush Lake
Drove from Chicago and didn't realize the time difference. Ended up getting lost ( very complicated area if you are unfamiliar with it) yet race official were kind enough to let me start regardless. Started the race at 8:40am instead of 8am. I was a bit unprepared since I jumped out of the car and got on the trail right away.
Trail was very muddy, with small streams, rivers and lots of puddles along with surrounding bushes equipped with thorns. I started off in 3 layers and became too hot after 2 miles or so. It was 29f, overcast, little wind except on bridges.
The first loop was exciting and fun, and I was running on my addrenaline rush. However, by the end of second loop I really started feeling my legs, especially hips and lower back and hamstrings from sliding around so much I think and carrying a couple of pounds of mud on the shoes. At times, I felt my shoe getting seriously stuck in the mud, specifically during the 3rd loop when I got tired of the slush and rolling hills
Overall, great race. I loved the conditions of the trail ( I can say that now but was swearing during the last loop!), its peaceful setting, great weather and gorgeous lake. The aid stations were set up every 4 miles with a portable toilet ( with toilet paper!). Great idea to have Pepsi there! Really saved my stomach a couple of times.
If you'd like more info, I'd be happy to share more details