Q: I am new at this and am a little unsure of what to expect?
A: If you are nervous about your first trail race then it is a good idea to practice running off road, as there is a different technique to it. You can expect a variety of terrain. This includes off road trails with rocks, roots, gravel, streams, steep inclines and declines, plus potentially some wildlife. If you do not train on hills then this will be the most challenging component for you. Many racers speed walk up the hills to conserve energy. Just be sure not to use up all your energy too quickly, pace is important for late race hill climbing. If you are nervous, try the shorter course your first time, this may take a bit of the pressure off.
But be sure to give it a go, it is great fun!
Q: Is there water on the course?
A: This is course dependent. Victoria will have water, but Nanaimo won't. Duncan is yet to be determined. It is recommended you carry water with you, as the conditions can be quite hot and humid, increasing your risk of dehydration. There are a variety of running belts, backpacks etc. on the market (available at Frontrunners in Langford, Victoria and Nanaimo) to carry your water supply. It is also recommended that you use this system on your training runs to get used to the weight and to make sure your water supply is ideal for the distance.
Q: Are all four races counted for the series title or just the best three?
A: Just the best three races count towards the series title. The more you race the more points you can collect.
Q: What if I am coming over from the mainland on the ferry?
A: Be sure to set your alarm clock. The only ferry that will get you to the island on time is the first sailing (check schedule). There is an option to make reservations for the ferry which can alleviate some race morning stress. Visit www.bcferries.com for more information.
Q: What type of footwear should I wear?
A: First of all, be sure that your shoes are broken in to avoid racing with new blisters. Remember that in trail running the courses include extreme uphill and downhill conditions at times. This means that your foot will shift forward when running downhill and can cause "black toes", so be sure that your footwear isn't too sloppy. Once again this is something that can be sorted out before race day. As far as what type of shoe to wear, that is personal preference to a point, however there are excellent trail runners on the market that offer excellent tread and support. Road runners are fine but may not provide the type of grip that you could benefit from. Go and visit the crew at Frontrunners Victoria, Nanaimo or Langford for some of the best trail running advice and let them set you up for success!
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: To be safe and fair to all participants, dogs are not permitted on any of the GutBuster Trail races. They are welcome at the start/finish area.
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