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Join us for the Dirt Cheap Trail Series Race #1, a super-cool, mid-week, low-key fun trail race series at different parks around Monroe County. You can register for each race separately, or commit to the entire series. The first 4 races will start at 6:30 pm, race 1 (new date) … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is usually the first race in a series of 5 midweek, low-key trail race put on by Yellow Jacket Racing that highlight different trails around Rochester. However this year … MORE

    This is usually the first race in a series of 5 midweek, low-key trail race put on by Yellow Jacket Racing that highlight different trails around Rochester. However this year due to Covid it ended up being the third race. It was the only one I had the opportunity to do and it was a ton of fun. As the name says these are dirt cheap. They cost less than 20 bucks and are all about the trail. There is no swag unless you sign up for the series in which you get a shirt. This one is at Mendon Pond Park which is my favorite place for trail running. It is not my favorite place because it is easy. It is about as technical as possible to still be mostly runnable. This race was 4.5 miles through the trails and they definitely chose all the most challenging parts. The race had a rolling start from 4pm to 6pm and you came, picked up your bib, they checked your temp and you went. A little anti-climatic but the RD is there with music making it a bit more fun. The course starts easy enough with some relatively flat, not too technical trails and I had a really fast first mile. Then you get deeper in the woods and it gets technical. Some big hills. One was really steep up and even steeper down. Along with lots of rocks and roots there are also some fallen trees to climb over or under. To top it off a nice stair climb. Miles 3 to 4 were through this muddy, marshy area. Yep there was mud. Pretty much this was nature’s obstacle course race (well other than the stairs which were man made). The mud was kind of fun at first but as I was running very carefully because I didn’t want to get injured before my upcoming marathon I ended up walking through the muddy area after I almost tripped. After the mud it is a small stretch through grass. There wasn’t as much grass in this race and it was mostly connecting trails. Then you head back to the more runnable trails to the finish. At the finish you get some prepackaged food (chips, protein bar, water). No medal but swag isn’t the point of this race. I ran it very carefully so purposely had a pretty slow time. Race was the perfect difficulty to feel really hard-core for finishing but not a complete masochist. The course also had some pretty areas and I even ran past a deer which is not an uncommon finding at Mendon. I look forward to doing the race series next year and hope they can produce their winter trail race series this winter. Highly recommend this race. Even if you aren’t up for a difficult trail race it is short enough you can walk it.

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    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1

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