Last night I ran in my 3rd Crooked River Trail Runners (CRTR) Easter Egg Hunt event. Mom came with me the other years and we had a wonderful time!
This year her knee was bothering her so she wasn’t able to attend. It’s a good move because despite advertising it as a family friendly event, IMHO the routes are very challenging and the mileage is usually a tad off, meaning your kids better be mini badasses.
Last night we all gathered at the Brandywine Golf Course Country Club. I’ve never been inside before and it was beautiful. My sister went with me and we milled about and I introduced her to a few friends.
Around 630 we all gathered outside to get instructions on the route options (5 or 3 mile distances) and a little background on CRTR. We also learned about helping out CSB and other local children’s sources where kids often arrive in care without socks or underwear. Donations were taken up for the evening to help their cause. Soon the runners were off and there was no looking back.
The route itself wasn’t too eventful. I knew the course fairly well. We took the Valley trail up to the road of “Initiation Hill” and then returned on the Buckeye. My calculations put us at 3.9 miles at the end. I taught Becky some fun facts about the blue blazes and we generally just hiked/ran/stumbled through mud and had a great time. Of course Becky kept wondering where the eggs would be…and I told her very close to the end. Sure enough they showed up around mile 3 or beyond. She kept saying how she didn’t want a raffle ticket as much as she wanted the thrill of finding an egg in the woods. Jim (leader) had said not to worry if they run out raffle tickets would be at the door. I was VERY pleased we managed to find some eggs.
Afterward there is a raffle. Some people brought food to share. Sadly, we walked away empty handed, but that’s luck sometimes!
If you’re local and you’ve never been to a big CRTR event, it’s a must try. If you’re not local I suggest looking into your own local options, because group training can be a great experience.
Happy Friday all and make sure you stop back later today or soon after when I’ll be posting a GREAT collection of Carrot Cake recipes!