Twenty-one miles is a long way to run, no doubt about it.
However, a 21 mile run at Jug Mountain Ranch on one of my favorite trails in the state of Idaho, as part of a weekend event hosted by Wild Rockies Racing and Shu's Idaho Running Company is hard to beat. Event director Darren Lightfield pitched a double-header this weekend, offering mountain bike races of varying distances on Saturday and cross-country running on Sunday. If that sounds like a loaded weekend for a race promoter, I'm sure it was, but Lightfield, a sometimes-pro mountain biker himself, pulled it off with flying colors. Along with perfect weather, he even supplied a keg of beer at the finish line.
Honestly, I can't say enough about what a fantastic race series Wild Rockies Racing has created over the past few years. Between the mountain bike races and the trail runs, there are opportunities for anyone, regardless of age or gender or skill, to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The next events happen next weekend, on July 3-4, when the race series returns to the beautiful resort town of McCall, Idaho, with races taking place at Brundage Mountain.
But the best part about mountain biking and trail running in McCall? Definitely the post-race plunge in Payette Lake.