On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go out and preview the Green Lakes Endurance Runs course.
The course was in excellent shape. As of right now, the section around Green Lake (the larger lake) is mostly hard-packed dirt and the section around Round Lake is quite a bit softer. The upper trails are quite firm as well, which will probably lead to fast times (and sore joints).
I ran about 17 miles on Saturday and I used my Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX‘s – they were great! I continue to love these shoes.
Last year, I raced the course in a pair of road flats (Asics Gel DS Racer 8s). You can definitely get away with “road” shoes on this one. I would not recommend running in trail shoes with big lugs – they will not dig into the hard-packed trails that are found on most of the course.
I tried to take video of a few sections of the course to assist any out-of-towners who may be running (the video clips are of the “dotted” sections in the map above). Full disclosure: the video quality is poor. Like really bad.
This is the first uphill, immediately after leaving the section around Round Lake:
This is the second uphill – it takes you from the wooded (and shaded) trails into the open fields:
This little dip is about four miles into each loop – it’s pretty short and you will barely notice it the first couple of times:
This is the big downhill – you drop 300 feet of vertical in about half a mile. It’s the most technical part of the course, and as you can see on the map above, there is two-way traffic for the last section. Be sure to watch where you are going!
Hopefully, this helps a little! Happy running!