My friend Tom Dansie is the race director for the Hurricane Trails River Run, a 4 mile trail race in, you guessed it, Hurricane Utah.
I was able to help with some of the planning and course marking, but on race day I got to be the SWEEPER. (Sweeper = be the last one through the course, make sure everyone gets through okay, and carry out the bodies of anyone who happens to die along the way. Fortunately no body carrying for this race.)
I was also able to take some pictures along the way.
Cherie is one of my star pupils in How To Jump During A Race. Style = 10. Grace = 10. Arm Extension = 10. Catching some crazy air = 10.
My oldest offspring Jackson begged to do the race. I was a little apprehensive because I knew how challenging the course was, but he ended up doing great and had lots of fun.
The scenery along the course is amazing. The trail winds through Confluence Park and along the Virgin River.
David Holt won the race in a little over 23 minutes. Minutes! This is a 4 mile, challenging trail race. There is a tough hill toward the end. And he averaged less than six minutes per mile. Amazing. He was finishing the race by the time I even got to the trail. I got into good position to snap a picture as he neared the finish line:
The race went off without a hitch and everyone had fun. I may have had the most fun because I got to enjoy the atmosphere and the course without actually racing. I'll sign up to be sweeper anytime.
The finish line was complete with fruit, bagels, and donuts. Bonus points to any race that has donuts at the finish line. I ate so many that I had to waddle back to my car.