Land Between the Lakes Trail Races

 At the start for Land Between the Lakes Trail Races with Rob Gentry, Andy Hudson, and Michael Harr (from left to right)

At the start for Land Between the Lakes Trail Races with Rob Gentry, Andy Hudson, and Michael Harr (from left to right)

This was a really fun race to kickoff the 2017 running season. I ran the marathon, Rob knocked out the 60K for the second year in a row, and Andy finished his first ultramarathon - at the 50 mile distance, no less!

It was a great day for running with temperatures just below freezing, and with four distances, there was something for every runner - 23K, marathon, 60K, and 50 miles.

Coming out of ski season without a ton of training miles, I elected to run the marathon, and it turned out to be the perfect distance. I ran well throughout the race and generally felt strong.

The course is a great one because it's not overly technical but has plenty of elevation change - without any brutally steep sections I've experienced on more challenging trails.

The race was extremely well organized and had a ton of participants - making for good times on the course with plenty of room to spread out.

I finished the race in a little over 7 hours, Rob finished 60K a little after me, and Andy accomplished his goal by finishing 50 miles in less than 11 hours.

Next year, I'll sign up for the 60K knowing this is a very runner-friendly course.

 Map of Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon

Map of Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon

 Elevation profile of Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon

Elevation profile of Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon

 On our way to the starting line

On our way to the starting line

 On our way out to the trails

On our way out to the trails

 A snowy day at Land Between the Lakes Trail Races

A snowy day at Land Between the Lakes Trail Races

 The rocky shoreline at Land Between the Lakes

The rocky shoreline at Land Between the Lakes