Even though the weather was not perfect for the
6th Annual Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge Races, runners young and old alike turned out to take on the “challenge” of the 5K Run/Walk and Half-Marathon. Most importantly, they’re off at Watoga’s Sixth Annual Mountain Trail Challenge Races. Photo by Daniel Flores. Meanwhile, determination appears on the faces of half-marathoners at Watoga State Park. Photo by Brian Hirt. Now, through the woods of the Mountain Trail Challenge we go. Photo by Brian Hirt. Furthermore, along the trails at Watoga State Park is a plethora of flora and fauna for runners and hikers alike. Photo by Brian Hirt. Without doubt, the moss and ferns welcomed the much-needed rain. However, we’re not so sure about the runners. Photo by Brian Hirt. And the Mountain Trail Challenge Continues . . . During the races, fist-bumps are often seen between volunteers and runners. Photo by Brian Hirt. Despite the weather, the smiles came out in full force. Photo by Brian Hirt. Evidently, the refreshments and nutrition will be very useful in a second. Photo by Daniel Flores. In spite of thunder, lightning, and torrential rain, this runner weathered the storm. Photo by Peggy Owens. Certainly, there are many thumbs up to all the runners who show up year-after-year for the Mountain Trail Challenge races. Photo by Brian Hirt. Strategically placed aid stations help runners to endure the “challenging” race. Photo by Daniel Flores. Aha, the finish line at last! Photo by Peggy Owens. Obviously, we took your photo. How did the one of us turn out? Photo by Peggy Owens. No words needed. Photo by Daniel Flores. Weather aside, warm and friendly smiles ruled the day. Photo by Daniel Flores. Until Next Year . . . Two Foundation board members await confirmation that all runners have safely traversed the courses. And planning is already underway for next year’s Mountain Trail Challenge races. Photo by Peggy Owens.