Capilano Canyon, as beautiful as ever.
The first race course I ever designed from scratch was The Cap Crusher, an 8k / 13k trail race in Cap Canyon that we host via my @coastmtntrail series in March.
I always get a chuckle out of that course design now, because it's quite a crazy route full of twists, turns, loops and overlaps. That race reflects my limited course building knowledge at the time, while also confirming that we could put together a volunteer plan and team of people to ensure runners could safely navigate through anything we put forth, from start to finish.
Five years on and I'm putting a critical eye to a lot of my CMTS races. My goal for 2018 is to increase distance options in our shorter events. After going over maps of the canyon for hours I finally settled on what I consider the best new Cap Crusher race route, and today I finally had a chance to run it. I know it's tough to trust an opinion from someone who's essentially talking about their own product, but I thoroughly enjoyed the newly designed course. It's much more runnable, less choppy, more flow, more scenic, and I managed to cut our volunteer course marshal needs in half. Win, win :) If all goes well we'll bring forth an entirely new 12.5k and 25k Cap Crusher race next March. This is the 10% of my job that gets to happen outside, on the trails, and though I love what I do for a living these 10% moments really help to balance out all the computer screen time and endless email communications.
Trails, they're good for the soul.
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