I really enjoyed this race last year, and despite not being in the same shape I was then, was looking forward to it. One reason is that the start is about a mile from my house, in Ranch San Rafael, and I can ride my bike to it. Another is that it takes place on local trails that I'm pretty familiar with - although I usually run them in the other direction.
I took some pretty decent pictures, so I'm just going to let them tell the story:
Lining up for a pre-race briefing
Heading through the park and into the tunnel under McCarran Blvd.
Beginning of the climbing, under the UNR "N"
A line of runners coming up the switchbacks behind me
Lots of greenery and flowers due to a wet spring
Heading down to the aid station at the radio towers, with Peavine Peak behind
A rare flattish section
Great singletrack with old mines on the right side of the picture
Steep section heading up to aid station at (Poeville?) Lake
Looking back at the lake aid station
Looking back on an insanely steep climb
Awesome runner and volunteer Darren slapping together the PBJ
The start of the long downhill back to the finish
All in all, a great course and really fun race. This one's going to be a main part of my running season for years, I hope -