Yesterday, I registered for the Iroquoia Trail Test 18K. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but have hesitated because this is a real trail race, full of steep climbs and descents, lots of rocky bits and pieces, that sort of thing. I’ve never run a trail race before, much less a gnarly one like this.
This year’s race will take place not far from my home, at the top of the Niagara Escarpment, a rugged and beautiful part of the southern Ontario landscape. The Escarpment is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, one of only 16 biosphere reserves in Canada.
Here’s a short video of the 2011 edition of the Iroquoia Trail Test. Watch it, and I think you’ll see why I’ve decided to run it.
I’ve only just begun to explore trail running, and I have much to learn. But, with two trail races already scheduled for the season, I can sense a transition happening in my running.
Or maybe I’m about to fall into an abyss…