Mountain of Hope (MoH) is a little different than your typical Regina road race. First of all, it is not a road race – it is a trail race. As far as trail races go, MoH is fairly tame. There is a fair bit of space to run, the footing is generally pretty good, slopes aren’t too steep, but you will get your feet wet. There are hills, but they are Regina hills, so they aren’t too big.
There are a few things you should be prepared for at MoH. And a few other tidbits that are just good to know.
In addition to fantastic scenery, good camaraderie, and fun race experience, you might find: mosquitoes, ticks, wet feet, tall grass on the course, limited drinking water on the course (just in start/transition/finish area – check the map – Mountain of hope maps). So, here are a few things to think about when preparing for MoH.
What should you bring?
- towel and dry footwear for after the race
- change of socks and shoes for a mid-race change if you are running a longer distance (some do this, some don’t)
- Body Glide can help on your feet
- bug repellent
- water bottle and water belt
- jacket or long sleeve shirt (the race is in the evening, so it may cool off)
How can I prepare?
I found these sites to be helpful.
- Tips for first trail race
- Trail Racing 101
- How to Approach Your First Trail Race
- Ideas for Off-Road Running
- Proper tick removal
Now I’m worried
Don’t worry – just prepare. MoH is a different challenge for runners. Lots of people look forward to the challenge MoH offers and really enjoy themselves.