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SWAG
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The Great Scorpion Trail Run is coming to Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian, Mississippi. Bonita is one of the region’s great trail systems and has a little known characteristic; scorpions. What better way to pay tribute to these little critters than to give them their own race. Join us for … MORE
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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was held in my hometown park. 2018 was it's inaugural year. Tim & Caroline worked diligently researching the best (& worse) practices for trail races and I believe … MORE

    This race was held in my hometown park. 2018 was it’s inaugural year. Tim & Caroline worked diligently researching the best (& worse) practices for trail races and I believe they have created a masterpiece!

    PACKET PICKUP: PP was at a local runner-friendly hotel. They even caught some nocturnal scorpions in the trails and brought them for everyone to check out. Excellent swag bag and all questions were easily answered there.

    COURSE: The roughly 7.5 loop is run twice for the 25K and 4 times for the 50K. At first I thought I would get bored running the loop 4 times, but each loop felt different. The first loop is partially in the dark (race starts at 6am) which was a little scary for me but with a headlamp and a plan to start slow, I successfully ran the first loop without falling. 🙂 The course includes a nice mix of bike/hiking trails, the gravel road and horse trails. Had it been all bike trails, it would have been B-R-U-T-A-L. The horse trails and gravel roads gave your legs and your mind a bit of a break. This would be a great race for a first time trail runner!
    I ended up taking a “graceful” tumble on loop 2, and ended up with a flesh wound. If you don’t draw blood in the trails, then your still a trail virgin!

    AID: There’s an aid station in the trails (near the halfway point) that you pass by twice. Water, Gatorade as well as medical aid was available. There is also a fully stocked tent at the start/finish as well as medical personnel there to assist if necessary.
    RACE: The finish line is feet from where you would park. I was able to leave a drop bag and extra food nearby to grab each loop. A lot of runners simply let their tailgates down and left their food/needs there to grab as the came by. The finisher medals and awards were custom and really cool!

    This is definitely a race I will be repeating!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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