Running History - The First Cougar Mountain 5 Miler
Yesterday I took the dogs and ran the original 2003 Cougar Mountain Race Series 5 Mile Course. Despite the killer start - straight up Cave Hill - the course was really cool, running across the boardwalk trail through Shy Bear Marsh and to the Far Country Lookout. We took a wrong turn at the bottom of the Far Country hill and headed towards the Licorice Fern Trail for about 1/2 mile before realizing the mistake, so we added a mile to the run. But the rune was a nice course - only the parking at Red Town allows for about 20 cars, making the Race Series move up to Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead understandable.
Statistics: 2003 Cougar Mountain Race Series 5-Mile Course, 6.5 miles (5.5 mile course), 880 feet gain/lost, 1:27.