Deception Pass 25k: Race Review





Welcome back to our blog and our only race review of 2023! This time, we're sharing our experience at the Deception Pass 25k – a true PNW trail runner's dream in the heart of Deception Pass State Park. 


A Weather Miracle!

We feel incredibly fortunate about the weather during the race. Having known the 50k runners battled through some pretty tough conditions the day before, we geared up for the worst. But, as luck would have it, we were greeted with near-perfect weather on race day. Clear skies, gentle breezes, and just the right amount of sunshine made our run more enjoyable than we could have hoped for.

Lollipop Loops: A Sweet Surprise


One of the most exciting aspects of the Deception Pass 25k is its infamous 'lollipop loops'.

These trails, winding and unpredictable, add an element of surprise and fun that you don't often find in other races. Every twist and turn brought a new landscape into view; we ran through rocky trails, dense forest and a seaweed laden beach. The unpredictability of the trail added an element of surprise and joy, transforming our race into a bit of a fun adventure.



Embracing a Comfortable Challenge

Running a 25k, especially when our normal distance is 50k, might seem less daunting in terms of distance. But, here's the thing – it's not always about pushing your limits to the extreme. Sometimes, it's about enjoying the journey, and that's exactly what the Deception Pass 25k offered. It was a perfect blend of challenge and comfort, allowing us to relish the experience without the overwhelming exhaustion that longer distances can bring. But don't worry James Varner throws in the hardest climb at the very end -- it's a true Rainshadow event.



Final Thoughts 


As we crossed the finish line, we couldn't help but feel a sense of deep satisfaction and gratitude. The Deception Pass 25k was not just a race; it was an experience that blended the thrill of the unknown with the comfort of a manageable distance. It was a day where the weather smiled upon us, the trails challenged us playfully, and the trail community we ran with uplifted us.


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