Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Medvejie Half Marathon

On Saturday, I ran the Medvejie Half-Marathon.  Click the marker repeatedly! It is inspired by Warcraft 3. In the game, when you would select the character you wanted to make do something, it would have a standard response, if you did nothing but click the character over and over it would eventually give different responses, and it was like a little reward for persevering through repetitive clicking. The marker moves at the rate of 1 second = 1 minute. I want to put a stopwatch on top of the map so one could see the cumulative time. I don't know exactly how to do that though. There is something like it here https://www.mapbox.com/blog/playback-the-iditarod-with-turf/

So about the run, the weather was great and there was a good turn out. The run is officially called the Medvejie Solstice Run. There are three options of distances. You can run a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon. I signed up to do the Alpine Run this year, which is an intense run up Gavan Hill and around the ridge to Harbor Mountain. I signed up for the Medvejie half-marathon to make sure I'm on track with being in shape for the Alpine run. It was a fun run, so I'm glad I signed up.

You start at Herring Cove trailhead and from there you go along the service road that is closed to public and only for people working at the Medvejie Hatchery or at the Green Lake dam. Hikers often take this road on foot or bicycle to access Bear Mountain trails, Medvejie Lake trail, and a couple of other trails.  When we crossed the island we avoided the long walk/bike down this road by getting a boat ride directly to Medvejie Hatchery.


The race continues on this hilly, dirt road until reaching the very very end of the road at the Green Lake dam. You cannot see the dam or the lake from this end of the road. And then you turn around and head back.


My time was 1:48. My best mile was the 11th mile at 7'48". These were my splits.

5 comments:

  1. Wowwwww!!! I don't know what impresses me most: the half marathon race or the awesome interactive map!!! How did the race compare to Robie Creek?

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    1. It was much easier! I think I am in better shape than then. Also, having my GPS watch is really handy. I was able to start the race off at a steady pace. Usually, I get so nervous with all the people around I run way too hard at the beginning, but this time I was pacing myself with the watch and I was able to speed up the last half of the race.

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