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The Mendon Mauler Trail Run offers your choice of 4 miles or 8 miles in a true off-road challenge! Enjoy the picturesque Mendon Ponds Park, complete with wonderful fauna filled trails, perfect inclines (gotta be positive about them) and a great way to spend a Friday Night! You can begin … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a Friday evening trail race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing that takes place at Mendon Ponds Park which has some nice and tough trails. You have the option … MORE

    This is a Friday evening trail race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing that takes place at Mendon Ponds Park which has some nice and tough trails. You have the option of a 4 mile or 8 mile race. The 8 miler is 2 loops of the 4 mile and they allow you to drop down if you didn’t realize how hard they would make this course. I was on call this week so chose the shorter 4 miler. That was the correct choice as this course was brutal. I will write a caveat to this review that it has been an exceptionally busy week at work and I am very sleep deprived right now and it was also really hot out so I wasn’t really in the mood for a tough race but I’m trying to run 100 races this year so couldn’t say no to a local Friday race. Packet pick-up was the day before at the store. Packet included a T-shirt. it is just a cotton T-shirt but the design is cool with neon skeleton logo and its a nice forest green. This race also had a rolling start from 5pm to 6pm. Not the most exciting but convenient for being on call. I was driving in near the beginning of the race and it seemed at the start it was probably more exciting with lot of runners but by the time I parked and got ready it was the middle so a little anti-climatic. Mendon is a fun but tough place to run but this course was a little much especially for my current mood. The first 0.5 mile was mostly on grass which isn’t my favorite but it was at least relatively flat. The rest is through trails and is more fun but the hills are insane. I run at Mendon just about every week and I didn’t even know these hills existed. One of the downhills was even harder than the uphill. My Garmin had about 600 feet of elevation gain total. There were a lot of rocks, roots and horse poop to maneuver around as an added challenge. The trail is quite pretty. I was sad I didn’t see any of my deer friends on the trail like I usually do but I saw them on my drive out. Just a heads up the course is long and was about 4.5 miles but I have no right to complain about a long course after my rant about the short course at Virginia Wine Country half marathon. I really didn’t care that it was long, it’s just a heads up and they describe this as 4ish miles not exactly 4 miles. Ugh the end is again on grass to the finish line. Again the RDs know me so I got a personal cheer and a bag of goodies including a nutrigrain bar, crackers and chips so I can replenish my snack supply. In the past I think there had been medals but there weren’t this year which is fine since since they did not say there would be a medal this year and I don’t need a medal for every cheap, short race. It was also manually timed. But timing seemed precise. The times aren’t listed yet so I don’t know how accurate they were but I assume they are accurate based on YJR’s usual attention to detail. But I was super, slow since I was tired and hot and I wouldn’t mind if my official terrible time doesn’t get published. I think if it were 10 degrees cooler and I got 5 more hours of sleep this week and my deer friends showed up on the course, this might have been a 4 sneaker race. It was well produced and very well marked. It wasn’t my favorite race but I would do this again if I were in town since it’s a Friday night so not competing with other races. But I also wouldn’t stay in town for this race Friday night if there was a race I wanted to travel to that was several hours away on Saturday.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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