Run - Trail race (Soapstone Sampler) 28:30  6.1 km (4:40 / km) +100m 4:19 / km
shoes: Salomon TR2
Ran the Sampler with the kids. They were content to run their own races, and since the sampler has an age handicapped start, they were off a few minutes before me anyway. So I opted to race it. Starting in the 'E' group, I knew there were a number of fast looking younger runners in the few waves starting after me, so my goal was to run hard on the early dirt road section, to put myself out of their sights and hopefully they wouldn't reel me in. Ran well the whole race, passing lots of folks in the first half. By the time I was down off Hedgehog and back on Sodom Road, I was by myself, no one in sight ahead or behind... Kept the pace as hard as I could and into the finish.
This is probably the only time in my life where I'll see my name ahead of such legendary trail running names as Nephew and Schmidt. (ok, it was Stephanie Nephew and Liz Schmidt, but they're both strong runners in their own right.)
When I finished, I was told one person finished ahead of me but apparently he started in the wrong start group and they would adjust the results accordingly. Didn't stick around as I went back out and jogged the course in reverse to catch up with and finish the back half with my kids.
When we finished up their races I was told that the time difference had put me in first place.. I got a rock.... (its a very nice rock, BTW).
Next year there is talk of setting up an even shorter kids race - my kids are able to finish the 4 miler, but they do end up walking most of the second half. It will be great to see a shorter race tailored just for the kids...
PS - This years winning time was about a minute slower than last years 4th place finish.
Run - Trail warm up/down (Sampler redux75) 30:00  3.0 km (10:00 / km) +75m 8:53 / km
shoes: Salomon TR2
easy jog back out on the course in reverse to catch up and check on the kids. They were all in a group coming up the N side of Hedgehog when I caught up to them. Jackson kid of took off after the top and I walk/jogged the remaining way be with Anna and Hayden.