Roanoke, Texas – September 18, 2011
During the course of writing the reviews for the races I participate in, I have definitely changed the way I write them up, some have been what is going through my mind obstacle by obstacle, some have been a detailed review of the race, and still others just a brief overview of the event. This being my third Run the Jailbreak event, all I can say is that they are slowing becoming a better and better event to participate in. Each one out does the other and depending on what you are looking for, they pretty much have it for you.
The Mud Crew I run with often, has a lot of competitive people, so some will disagree with my thoughts, but hey that is why I am entitled to my opinion right? While I am more on the competitive side, meaning I like to run for time, how fast I can get through the course, how fast over the obstacles, and what place I can finish in. It is just my competitive nature. But the reason I like the Jailbreak events is not because of the difficulty of the race, but the whole experience. This is a 5k run, it is not the competitive Spartan Series or Tough Mudder type of event. While they have obstacles which are challenging, the focus on this race is to break free. That is their motto, “breaking free” it means different things for different people, from what is holding you down, what is binding you, to what is troubling you. Some people strive to just complete the event, some want to just have fun with a group of friends and others want to prove to themselves that they can just do it.
With all that being said, and writing this post well after the 2011 race year is complete, this was by far the best race I competed in all year. Not only was the whole experience just plain awesome, the run was perfect. With Texas being in a drought for the entire summer, many other mudruns were canceling the races because the lands they selected had no water and they couldn’t get water to make the mud. Luckily the DFW Adventure Park has it’s own well system and plenty of water. The day before the event is was like the mudrun Gods knew how to ensure the success of this event, they opened up the skies and we had a whole day of Texas sized rain. In one day the dry creek bed turned into waist to chest deep water, the whole trail was a mud clump and my shoes never felt so heavy. If you didn’t find mud on this run, you didn’t run it.
With sunny skies the day of the event, this turned out to be an awesome run. I also have to give a big Kudos to a new friend of mine Mac. Mac a friend of Jailbreak, and he is on a quest to lose weight. When he started his journey he weighted close to 400 lbs. He has been slowly shedding weight and has lost a whole person to date. He still has a goal and pounds to lose, but I was inspired by him. You see, Mac ran the Jailbreak and he finished. He completed the course, completed the obstacles and is looking forward to more. My hat is off to you Mac, job well done.
Course: They ran the course in reverse of the previous year, and since Warrior Dash also used this location this year, they had to change up some things. Even though the course is relatively flat, they did a great job of using the creeks and ravines, creating obstacles to challenge and the mouse like maze at the finish with an uphill finish line was great. I think the fact that the ground was 2 inches of mud during the entire race definitely made it more challenging.
Registration: As any event grows, so does the packet pickup pains. But the day before pickup was ran pretty smoothly and the day of was laid out very easy and I didn’t notice much waiting.
Atmosphere: I really enjoyed the after party, the bands they had along with the jumbo-tron TV screen made the infield a cool place to sit on your blanket and relax. The food was decent and the beer was cold!
I am definetly looking forward to 2012, not only are they returning to DFW & Austin, but they added Houston and South Padre Island. South Padre Island is going to be a beach race, meaning sand! Should be interesting running in sand and going over obstacles. Should make for a great road trip! Oh yeah, and if you want a code to use on registration for the races. HERE IS YOUR STUPID CODE!
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