Well, four races done, and including last year, Autumn Trail Series racers have covered a total of 1,269 miles. That's pretty impressive! This year, we experienced huge growth with a total number of 117 participants.
Last night was a lot of fun, and people went home with a lot of great prizes. Once again, amazing weather. I know, no need to thank me, but I did order it up just for the occasion. There was a record attendance of 75 runners, and the cooler temperature allowed them to get around the course in record speed. Both the men's and women's course records were set by the winners, both beating their own previous best times, with Dave Duede finishing the 5.8k course in 19:57 and Jamie Cheever finishing in 21:31. That's smokin'!
At the awards ceremony, prizes were awarded to overall top-three in the series and age-group winners. Everyone of those people received a jumbo-size raisin walnut cinnamon roll from Tom and Sally at the Linden Hills Great Harvest. Prizes were also provided by Twin Cities Running Co and Salomon. Eight pairs of Salomon XT Wing trail shoes were awarded as prizes or raffle items. We also cleaned house in the raffle and sent a lot of people home with Salomon swag. Two racers were honored for their perfect attendance of every race of the trail series since its founding in 2009, they were Matthew Rantala and Scott Maus.
Final series standings and last night results are available on the results page.
Thanks everyone for a great series and enjoy the rest of autumn!