Way back in June, Cory and I celebrated our 11th anniversary by running the Mueller Marathon.
This race is put on by Mad Moose Events, I really like their events and am eyeing some of their races in Utah for late 2018/early 2019.
This race is completely held in Muller State Park near Divide, CO.
Since this is only a couple hour drive from our house we decided to spend the night at home and just get up extra early race morning. We packed Cannon up the night before and he spent his first night away from us at Grandma and Grandpa’s.
The drive to Mueller State Park was easy so early in the morning and we arrived at the race start nice and early. I was expecting the laid back atmosphere of an ultra even though this was a marathon, but I was disappointed that there was only ONE bathroom. The race didn’t bring in any additional bathrooms and the parking lot where the race started only had one pit toilet. Racers were having to jog to other parking lots to find additional bathrooms. It didn’t seem like a great start to me. I don’t need fancy VIP bathrooms at a trail race, but more than one would be nice.
That being said the start was low key with both the marathon and 25k starting together. I could immediately notice that we were not in the low country of Denver anymore, the lack of oxygen was evident. It was all climbing and descending from the start, I don’t recall one flat section.
There were parts that were beautiful, but overall compared to other Colorado trail races I have done, but I wasn’t overly impressed.
I think this report sounds super negative, and it really shouldn’t it wasn’t a bad race, just not a recent favorite. If I had to give it a grade it would be a B-. There were 4 aid stations total that were well stocked with fun ultra style food. The volunteers were so nice and helpful. And it was some seriously good hill training.
I enjoyed running with Cory as it had been a long time and it was a great way to celebrate our anniversary. By the time we were done we were tired and ready to get back to our little boy!