The 2012 Golden Gate Dirty 30 in the mountains outside of Golden Co., has been on my bucket list for several years yet I have either missed the registration cutoff or it conflicted with other races. Again this year I nearly missed it due to an ankle injury on another trail race the pervious month. In the week leading up to the race, I had gained a comfort running on smooth surfaces yet nothing on trail.
To be safe I decided to run this race easy and use it as a long training run especially with a challenging race schedule (Bighorn 50 miler in 2 weeks and the Vermont 100 in 6 weeks).
With a one hour drive from Centennial, we made it to the start area with 20 minutes to spare for the start. Kelly and I had a goal of running together so we got near the back to avoid getting caught up with the competitive runners.
The first 5 miles was a bottleneck of runners on single track. This was the only place I felt a few tweaks of pain in my ankle. Perhaps I got more attuned to my foot placement through the race. Again, this was good training for the UTMB-TDS and CCC that Kelly and I are running in late August. That race will have 1200 to 1600 racers each with long lines of runners on the climbs. The next 12 pictures are of the first 10 miles.
One of the old log cabins on the course
Since this race is in a state park there are plenty of rest rooms.
View of the Indian Peaks
The Moonshiner's cabin
The first technical section
Watch the clouds in the next set of pictures as they form up into thunderstorms
The next set of pictures are from the Bear Trail which is the most technical part of the race.
Here comes the thunder and rain
Above was about mile 21 after Kelly had me go ahead so I could make sure I made the cutoff
To learn more about the race with a good course descriptions see: http://www.goldengatedirtythirty.org/info.do?page=course50 Golden Gate Dirty Thirty
My Garmin report: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/185006136
Thanks Golden Gate Dirty 30