The opening race for the Runners Edge Trail Series and my first trail race for the 2017 season. This is the second year of this event on newly created trails located on private land in Lolo, Montana. Just like last year, the weather was cool in the mid 40's with rain through the duration.
Ch-paa-qn Peak, located at the edge of Lolo National Forest and Missoula County, is the prominent peak viewable from the Missoula valley to the northwest. A short hike will reward visitors with spectacular views in all directions. Access is available from both the Reservation Divide Trail #98 or the longer approach along Sleeping Woman Trail #707.
This year was my first attempt at the Pengelly Double Dip. I ran in the Pengelly Single Dip last year and it was my first race that had some dirt trail in the race. I committed to running in the Double Dip early this year and spent my spring trail running in an attempt to prepare for this race.
I really wanted to run in the Sweathouse Half Marathon last year, but a bicycle tour in the San Juan Islands happened to overlap during the same time period and the trip to the San Juan Islands won out. The opportunity returned this year and I was able to make it happen.
I went into this years Missoula Half Marathon with higher expectations and less nerves, as last year was my first time running the Missoula Half Marathon, as well as my frist time running an official half marathon race. I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon about two months before and was happy with my continued improvement. I was hoping to see the same type of improvement in Missoula after putting in over 100 training miles in June leading up to the Missoula race.