Friday, January 13, 2017

Race Ratings - Woodside 50K 2017 - Woodside, CA

Seasoned ultra-runner Adam Blum reviews the Woodside 50K. An early season hit out for him. He placed 3rd of the 50+ age group despite a wrong turn. Results.
Photo Credit: Chasqui Runner
Woodside 50K - Woodside, CA. January 1, 2017 (reviewer: Adam Blum)

Overall - ★★★★☆
A true Bay area classic and one which I have run various distances on over the past 13 years.

Registration - ★★★★★
$80. Keeps it under my rule of thumb of no more than $3 per mile.  It's also on UltraSignup.  Doesn’t get much easier.

Swag - ★★★★☆
Nice ceramic coaster for finishing the ultra. Really nice tech T-shirt.  Upgrade over old PCTR shirt.

Course - ★★★★☆
Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are amazingly beautiful and lush.The course is however quite a bit short. Friends finished in under 29 miles.  I did over 50K for at least a couple extra miles. Although I have done this race several times I still missed the last turn to the finish as the turn ribbon was obscured by a car. The guy in front of me (I was chasing down the #2 50+ guy) said at the end that he almost missed the turn but his spectating girlfriend directed him the right way.

Post-Race Feed - ★★★★★
Sliders and soup bar.  Beer. Doesn’t really get much better. Way to go RD. Maybe some craft brews next time? But that’s really quibbling.

Prizes / Results - ★★★★☆
Bottle opener for placing third in age group. Nice. Results were online after a day.

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