Saturday, December 10, 2011
Deception Pass 25K
This event will soon be written about in publications as one of the most beautiful trail runs in America.
The registration write up went something like this:
Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move quickly. During low tides, the swift current can lead to standing waves, large whirlpools, and roiling eddies. This swift current phenomenon can be viewed from the twin bridges' pedestrian walkways or from the trail leading below the larger south bridge from the parking lot on the Whidbey Island side." Deception Pass State Park which is host to the race boasts equally dramatic "trailscapes" that mix dense old growth forest, beach front, mountain top, and grassy seaside bluffs into a delightful running adventure. The course snakes it's way through this small but bountiful park covering nearly every single inch of fun single track trails on both the north and south sides of the famous Deception Pass Bridge which runners get to run over twice!
They had me at dramatic seascape. I had clicked 'sign up' before the end of the sentence.
Trail running for me is the equivalent of Disneyland to a toddler: fun, adventurous, full of ups and downs-and in trail running, the cast of characters include the fluffy, the goofy, the princely, and the courageous.
Like Disneyland, it's the most magical when you get to share it with friends. In a 'wordle':