Just as my racing season started late this year, this post is late. It’s been well over a week since I kicked off my 2010 trail racing season. On May 15th, I joined nearly 250 runners at Cougar Mountain to run the first of 4 races in the Vasque Cougar Mountain Trail Series.
The Cougar Mountain Seris is sponsored by Vasque as part of their Vasque Project initiative. A brief overview of this initiative from the Vasque webiste is as follows:
The Vasque PROJECT is our effort, through sponsorship of trail races across the US, to foster trail running competition, community and stewardship. Vasque employs a rigorous selection process in order to partner with the best race series in vibrant running communities. These partners are selected because of their dedication to providing runners with the ultimate race experience and also because of their dedication to giving back to the community and environment.
I love the Vasque Project. I think it is great that Vasque is giving back to the trail community…and I think they’ve done a great job selecting the Cougar Mountain series as part of their project. The McCoubrey’s, who organize this race for the Seattle Running Club, are the kind of folks who epitomize the notion of fostering trail running competition, community, and stewardship. And, the Seattle Running Club (SRC) has always been great about giving back to the community. $15.00 from every race entry goes ot the King County Parks and the club regularly sponsors “trail work parties” at Cougar as part of their ongoing commitment to making seattle a great trail running city.
Oh yeah, and I finished the race in 40th place. Not great…not bad. My time was 41:10…which is certainly not stellar, but also not bad for a start to the year. Running just over 8 minute miles at Cougar isn’t bad for a starting point. Obviously, I’ve got a long way to go to run fast by Fall…but, I’m on my way. Martin Rosvall ran a stellar 32:00 flat for this course. That’s simply flying. Full results from the race can be found here.
Let the racing begin….