Race Report: 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point (2015) / by Heather Grieve


The 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point race is EXCELLENT if you enjoy running hills, striding over boulders, cliff drop offs, boardwalks, a random raccoon sighting, and some useful race swag (this year it was a 5 Peaks pint glass). I try to do one 5 Peaks race per season. Their "enduro" distances are always somewhere between 11km and 14km, which makes it one of the shorter distances in my race calendar. 

But the thing with 5 Peaks races is that just because they are a bit shorter, doesn't make them any easier and their Rattlesnake Point race is a tough one. With this course you have to be comfortable with lots of rocky and root-covered terrain. It can be SUPER technical, which for me is a blast, but a total ankle breaker of a course if you're not careful. Even if you are being careful, it can take you out. I did one magnificent toe catch and somehow managed to not totally wipe out, but that one impact has caused residual pain in my left foot all summer. It's only now, 2-months later that its finally feeling normal. But that's not the fault of the course, or that immovable rock, that's just me not taking a break to let it feel.

I would have liked to go a bit faster on this course, especially in the final 2-3km. But alas, I was feeling pretty tired and worn out. Maybe it was the hill climbs, but most likely I was still feeling a bit of fatigued from the Nike Women's 15km race six days earlier. Feeling pretty spent, I crossed the finish line in 1:20:10.