Last fall I lead Patsy and Neo on a 7 mile run through Cougar Mountain. Neo impaled himself on a 3" length of wood the width of a pencil, and we embarked on three surgeries and a five month recovery. So it was nice to take Neo and Clair out yesterday on a trail run. For inspiration I used the Cougar Mountain Race Series course map for their 5-mile event, but I had forgotten to draw an arrow on my map and ran the course counter-clockwise, in reverse of the intended clockwise course. Oops. So my route featured a gently rolling course to a short climb, more rolling, then a slow steady climb up Anti-Aircraft Ridge before a big downhill and fast run back to the car. The actual course is certain to be fast, utilizing a wide retired road for the first mile, then a sharp stepp 300' climb to spread the crowd out, and long gentle downhill that racers will be able to keep speed up. I think its going to be a blast!