Race Recap: The Lost Dutchman Marathon

Released Sunday, 21st February 2016
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Sitting by the fire with Academy Member Addie from UT
Early Wakeup
I got up at 3:45am and and was thankful that I’d organized everything the night before and prepared my UCAN because I had to leave the house at 4:15 for a 45 minute drive to the marathon buses. I had a little trouble finding the right entrance to get to the buses in the dark but once I got pointed in the right direction they had volunteers who directed parking. The bus ride took around 40 minutes and involved some very rutted roads until we got to the Peralta Trailhead. No runners were allowed to drive to the marathon start because of the narrow dirt roads.

At the Runner’s Camp
The start area was at a place called Don’s Camp and they provided ground mats by mesquite warming fires. They also had coffee, hot chocolate, tea, water and breakfast breads available. There was a large bank of port-a pots without any lines which was awesome. They also had a bag drop area.
The half marathon, 10k, 8k trail run and 2 mile fun run had different starting times and locations so it was just us marathoners hanging around by the fires waiting for the race to start. There was a 6:15 time limit for the full marathon.
I saw Addie and she shared her mat by the fire. It was relaxing to sit around and talk amidst the fires, rock formations and starlit morning. The weather was mid-50’s already before 6am so the temps were very comfortable for sitting around.
I met Stephanie who was running her 2nd marathon; Christine from AZ, a Marathon Maniac running her 10th marathon; Shawn from St. Louis who is training for his first 50k; and Gary from St. Louis who I met at the Maniac picture. I guess people were drawn in by the sound of my familiar voice and laugh. Shortly before 7am we got in the starting area and I saw these two ladies wearing Run 3rd visors. I introduced myself and met Mindy and her friend which was a cool connection since we promoted their race last year.
imageIn the last mile there was this lady wearing long pants, jacket and pack who was running her first marathon and she said, “let’s finish together.” It was cool to be able to share that moment with her although I marveled that she hadn’t already wilted from the heat.
Finish Line
My time was 4:32:01 and I reached the finishers area just in time to hear the award ceremony taking place. I got to see Addie (who finished 2nd in her age group) and Mindy after the race. This was my 42nd marathon and 33rd state.
Christopher Rayder was the male marathon winner in 2:40:04 and the female overall winner was Cecilia Castenada in 3:13:03. There were a total of 287 full marathoners, 719 half marathoners, 556 doing the 10k, and 619 participating in the 8k trail race.
They gave out a really nice medal, long sleeve race shirt and had good post-race food (chocolate milk, chips, turkey/cheese wraps, yogurt, oranges, and bananas). I sat for a while and ate before getting on the race shuttle to head to the car and drive to Phoenix. Even though the heat and hills got to me I really enjoyed my experience at the Lost Dutchman Marathon and would recommend this event.

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Also Mentioned in This Episode

Website for the Lost Dutchman Marathon:
50 States Marathon Club -for those interested in this goal.
Quick Tip: What to do the day before your race.
Carbon38 -fashionable, high performance women’s activewear.
The Runner’s Toolbox -resources to help you prevent injuries.
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