Hawkeye 25K

Yesterday I ran the Hawkeye 25K in Solon IA. The first 7 miles or so followed a crushed limestone path along Lake McBride.

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We then had a water crossing, at points the water was well above ankle deep and cold. At race start it was around 23 degrees, sunny but certainly cold.

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Immediately following the water crossing, we climbed up into the woods and completed a 3 mile loop through a ravine. Lots of up and downs and some muddy trail at some points. It didn’t matter, the path was beautiful which outweighed the difficulty.

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After popping out of the woods, there was a small bit where we wandered through park fields and roads before making it a highway that we followed for the last 3 plus miles back to the finish line. It was a well planned event, the course was well marked and overall I felt pretty darn good at the finish. Upon finishing, I made my way to one of the aid stations and hung out helping until the final runner passed. Then I went back to the finish line and helped cheer the remaining runners to the finish. It was a long day, challenging, fun and rewarding!

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