I have managed to make it to Wednesday. Not to be dramatic or anything, but this is the first time I have ever attempted to go caffeine-free. I will be honest, I am addicted and the headaches are not fun but I have been getting some SOLID nights of sleep because I am not fuelling with “liquid sleep” to get through busy evenings. If you just tuned in now, you can read this post to see what this no-coffee madness means.
To get my mind off caffeine deprivation, let’s talk races. Specifically the type of races that I like. Although I love the hype of big races, I am a huge fan of the small, independent races. I like the community feel and the unique prizes. I like the fact that they are often hidden gems in the running community and I often feel like a running hipster, trying to protect them before they go mainstream.
Another race that I have stumbled upon that I really don’t want to tell you about called Chase the Coyote. Probably one of the coolest race concepts I have ever seen, it has layers of fun for your enjoyment.
The race: Held in Orangeville, ON, it is a gorgeous trail race offering two different distances depending on your level of comfort on trails.
The Challenge: As challenging as the race directors could possibly make it full of cliff sides, roller coaster single track, slopes and stairs and the occasional vista (but you won’t be stopping for it anyways.)
Here is where things get crazy and they start speaking my language. Sign up for the Time Challenge and any male that can complete the 14.4 km loop in under an hour and any female who can do it in less than 70 minutes will receive a special “I Beat the Coyote” prize to be revealed on race day. Also, they introduced some shiny new medals this year and I don’t know about you, but I am excited to have this one join my collection:
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where: Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
Details: Early bird pricing ($40 for Challenge, $35 for sprint) ends on August 31. Next level pricing is $45/$40)
Whether you are there to chase the coyote or to beat the coyote, this race is stark, raving awesome. I am planning on heading up to the course before the race to test it out and I would be happy to have you join me. Email me at lacesandlattes[a]gmail.com if you have any questions.
What is your favourite race and why?
Ever given up caffeine for an extended period of time? How did you cope?!