Run for the Hill of It: 5 Mile Trail Run

Last Saturday, July 25th, I had an opportunity to drive into the Philadelphia, PA area to meet up with another runner/blogger, Hollie! Hollie blogs over at FueledbyLolz. We had been trying a few times over the last few years to meet up in the area! The opportunity finally came through with a fun, but challenging 5 mile trail race! 

  
Saturday Morning: 

  • I drove 35 minutes into the Philadelphia area, from my parents’ house in south Jersey! 
  • The 5 mile trail run had an 8:30am start, but I was registering that morning. 
  • I parked at Chestnut Hill College and then jogged over to the registration table near the start of the 5 mile run! 

  
Run for the Hill of It : Proceeds Benefit Abused Children

  • The race was small, but well organized! 
  • A total of 243 runners raced that day! {Plenty of running room on the course}
  • Easy registration and bib pick up that morning.
  • Tables with tents for water and porta potties located near by! 
  • Hollie and I ran an easy 2.5 mile warm-up before the race! {I am usually not that great about warming up!}

  

Race Expectations:

  • I actually had never raced a 5 mile run! 
  • The hills on this {out and back} course were challenging
  • The trails through Wissahickon Trails at Fairmount Park were lined with trees. There was plenty of shade along most of the 5 mile run!
  • I forgot my Garmin watch that morning, so I ran with my run keeper! 
  • The trails were beautiful and I just focused on maintaining a steady pace and running all the hilly inclines! 

   

The Trail Run:

  • The first mile of the race was a bit fast and downhill
  • Miles 2-5 were a series of rolling to moderate hills
  • I remember 1 or 2 water stops along the course
  • The trails were wide and there was always plenty of space for all runners

Elevation Chart from RunKeeper:

  

 

RunKeeper Mile Splits:

   

 

Race Results were Emailed that Day!

  

Overall, I had a really great experience running this 5 mile trail race! If I’m in the Philly area again, around this time next year, I’d definitely run this race again! 

Two really neat links for exploring and mapping out trails can be found HERE and HERE An App is also available for download! 

What are your thoughts and experiences with trail races? 

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