Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
3.5
Stream crossings, foot bridges, and baby heads what do they all have on common? You will find them all out on course at the Dirty Secret Trail Run. OK we don’t mean literally seeing baby heads, but you will come across Baby Head Alley named after the rocks that line … MORE
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    deleon8 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Overall, this was a fun and relatively easy trail race through open grassland sprinkled with wildflowers and small sections of riparian forest. I ran the longer of the two courses … MORE

    Overall, this was a fun and relatively easy trail race through open grassland sprinkled with wildflowers and small sections of riparian forest. I ran the longer of the two courses (10.3 miles), which was a mix of fire road, double track, single track, and short sections of pavement. Most of the hills were rolling and quite runnable. There were only a few somewhat technical, rocky sections of trail. There were also a couple of shallow stream crossings, which could be rock-hopped with minimal skill, and some unavoidable mud in the last mile or two; however, the course was not as wet or dirty as I anticipated after a season of record rain.

    A local friend was able to pick up my packet for this event with a copy of my ID, which was much appreciated since I do not live locally. Packet pick-up was reportedly quick and easy. They also offered race morning pick-up.

    The color, design, and material of the shirts were superb – one of my all time favorites. I arrived about half an hour prior to the start of the race and found only short lines for parking and port-a-potties despite a sold out field. Kudos to the organizers for making sure there were plenty of both. I carry my own hydration and fuel, but I noticed there were well-staffed aide stations every few miles. There was good energy crossing the finish line, and plenty of bottled water there as well. It may be worth noting that finishing medals were not included at this event. I don’t personally mind; however, it did occur to me that the race name and logo could have made for a particularly cool medal.

    Post-race food consisted of pancakes and strawberries, but I cannot attest to the deliciousness of this because the line was 50-60 people deep and I decided I was too hungry/inpatient to wait. I’m a middle of the pack runner, so I suspect I arrived during peak pancake demand, still it would have been nice if the pancake table were better staffed. The only other minor downside of this race was that there were bottlenecks along the last couple miles of single track. I generally like to push my pace at the end of a race, so this was a bit frustrating and rather unusual for the end of a trail race in my experience, but nothing that would keep me from recommending this race to others. In fact, I think this would be an excellent first-time trail race.

    I would definitely run another race hosted by Fleet Feet Sacramento in the future. In addition to the highlights mentioned above, the race photos were free and the proceeds for the race go towards funding an after school running program for youth at no charge to them.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey May 12, 2017 at 9:56pm

    Great review, Debbie! Love your description of the trails and scenery – I can envision the course in my head, and it sounds like a fun one. And Cool has… MORE

    Great review, Debbie! Love your description of the trails and scenery – I can envision the course in my head, and it sounds like a fun one. And Cool has some beautiful scenery to be sure, I ran Way Too Cool in March and was amazed by the diversity of the trails out there. Though I was surprised when you mentioned bottlenecks near the *end* of the course, don't think I've ever encountered that. Congrats, and glad the course dried out a bit for you after all the rain! LESS

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    chidrarae FIRST-TIMER '17

    The well-marked course was beautiful with ~1,400' gain, crossing some creeks. Aid stations were minimal carrying only water and Nunn water. No photographer and no medal but cool race shirt … MORE

    The well-marked course was beautiful with ~1,400′ gain, crossing some creeks. Aid stations were minimal carrying only water and Nunn water. No photographer and no medal but cool race shirt and pancakes at the finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    deleon8 May 11, 2017 at 8:49pm

    There was a photographer! Check the website for the free photos and video. :)

    There was a photographer! Check the website for the free photos and video. :)

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