2019 Goodwin Forest Trail Runs

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend continued today at the Goodwin Forest Trail Runs in Hampton. Once again, it was a family affair for us. Debbie, Shepard, and I all ran the “10K” which is more like 5.7 miles, but who is counting? This is the short course Goodwin race, as the long course is 30K +/-. Dahlia came to watch. She had a soccer game that we had to rush to afterwards. That was one reason why we opted for the shorter version of this fun race.

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Debbie has run the 30K before, but Shepard and I have only ever run the 10K. Goodwin is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The Goodwin Forest Conservation Center is a collaboration between the Connecticut DEEP and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). As mentioned in yesterday’s post, CFPA is the coordinator of Trails Day Weekend.

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We had a beautiful June morning with a mild temperature and an overcast sky. This was good for running conditions. The trails were mostly dry, though there were a few mucky spots. The bugs weren’t too bad and the rocks and roots were a bit slippery.

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Shepard’s race was impacted by a “potty break,” but he still managed to have a strong run, good for 11th and first in his age group. Debbie was second overall woman and first in her age group. That earned them wood medallions and a bag of cookies. For Debbie, this was a good result in a short race. Yesterday, she reunited with an old friend and teammate, Jeff Woods.

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She joined Jeff and their mutual friend, Joe, at the Trilogy Adventure Race at John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, New York. They covered about 21 miles on foot, on mountain bikes, and in kayaks. The race was promoted by the New York Adventure Racing Association. This brought back memories for both of us as we did a lot of adventure race in in the early 2000’s. Jeff and Joe never stopped and every year, Jeff asks Debbie to join him for an event. I’m glad she was able to finally able to make an adventure race part of her schedule again.

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As for my results at Goodwin, I also earned a medallion for second in my age group. Debbie and I also won “Queen of the Mountain (QOM) and King of the Mountain (KOM)” honors. There really wasn’t one big climb, but this award is given to to the first female and male to reach Governor’s Island, regardless of the distance they are running. It really favors the 10K runners as you would have to go out pretty hard if you were a 30K runner and wanted this award. This is the point where the 10K and 30K split.   The QOM and KOM are somewhere around the 3.7-mile mark. “Team Livingston” as the Race Director described us, earned a jar of local Hampton honey and a bottle of local Hampton maple syrup. We were pleased with our prizes.

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The Goodwin trails are pretty rough, especially in the middle part of the race where there are more rocks. We love this event and enjoy the trails. The volunteers, many from the Willimantic Athletic Club, are fun and dedicated. The race benefits the Friends of Goodwin Forest. Sunday afternoon will

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Race Results (not posted yet, but they will be at this link)

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