Some readers may remember a post I did last year about how I did away with my lawn and put in indigenous plants. As a follow up project, I made running paths that allow me to go for a run in the country without leaving my front yard.
Eric Nelson, a fellow Manito Runners Club runner, suggested I hold a marathon race in my yard. I took him up, got the course Boston certified, and wrote about the event in a post called Basalt and Pine Marathon.
I was hoping to make the marathon an annual event, however, several issues arose during last year’s race that forced cancellation of this year’s race.
- Over 2,400 runners entered my event. Entrants spent most of the race trying to squeeze past other participants without making much progress.
- Since the race course was a 220-foot loop, race officials soon lost track of lap counts and placing.
- Many runners left their warm up clothing in my neighbor’s yard, and I forgot that my event and his lawn-mowing schedule coincided. The shredded outfits left a bitter taste among participants.
- Because I’ve been injured, plants in my front yard have grown out of control. I estimate it’ll take two weeks to cut a trail good enough for racing.
I leave you with a photo of me, gazing among the plants, wondering if I can corner one of the four marmots that live in my yard. The pair of coyotes watching me may laugh, but they haven’t had much luck either.