Boulder Beast 2018: The Road to Hell is Paved

Here are some photos from the Boulder Beast trail race in Lock Haven, PA (September 22, 2018).

Traversing the boulder field was great fun and not as easy as one might expect. It’s a lot more significant in person than it appears to be from a distance. I wish I had taken more photos, especially through the middle section of the race. But that’s the section where I could only focus on moving ahead to get to the end. I was under prepared, overweight, and running with spasms in my quads most of the way, except, of course, when I was going up those long steep hills, stopping to lean on trees every 10 yards. There was no running then, only spasms.

On one of those hills between mile 11 and 16, I swore to myself this would be the one and only time I did this race. I doubled up on the swearing that night as my legs seized over and over. But as I spotted Rote Overlook high up on the mountain as I headed back to New Jersey on I-80 the next day, I recalled how stunning that view was and I began to miss that course already. Yes, it was damn hard. Yes, I was fairly miserable for long stretches. So what?

Now I have a new goal: get back to Lock Haven next September and do better!

By the way, the first 3 miles of the course are on paved roads, hence the title of this post.

Milling about waiting for the start as the sun came up. Note the boulder field on the mountain to the left.
#352 (Not sure who to give credit to. This was on the Boulder Beast Facebook page.)
A few miles into the woods
Arriving at the boulder field
Going up
Almost to the top
Photo by Michael McNeil
Photo by Michael McNeil
Photo by Michael McNeil

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The view over Lock Haven
The view over Lock Haven
Somewhere after mile 8
The Goat Path
Looking down on the mile 11 aid station from the Goat Path
One of MANY streams. Your feet will get wet on this course!
Not sure where I was at this point
Approaching the mile 16 aid station
The fire road after the mile 16 aid station. I ate a jelly donut while walking this. It was the most amazing thing I ever tasted.
Rote Overlook around mile 19

Forcing a smile with cramps in my thighs
Somewhere near the mile 21 aid station
“The Green Mile” – the paved road at the beginning and end of the course. The boulder field is visible on the mountain.
The Course

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