On Saturday night I ran my first and last Jungle Run: the original night time race.
It was an exhilarating experience especially because the first Jungle Run I came to was in 9th grade and I was injured so I could only cheer on my team and didn’t experience the race first-hand.
The race started off fast it was 8.45pm and pitch black, the course was lite in various areas by the tall, loud generated lighting. There were lots of tight corners causing the influx of runners to bunch up and slow down the pack. Eventually the race spread out after the first mile and I was able to pack up with three other girls from my team (this turned out to be a very crucial move for our team to win the Invite race).
The second mile we spread out a little and began to pick other runners off- we started the race being around runners number 40 or so, and by mile 2 my Mum had shouted out 27, 28, 29 so we knew if we kept picking of the girls in front we would have a chance to medal.
On the last mile we could hear our team cheering for us through the trees, unable to see them as it was so dark. We hit the track and I could see the clock out of the corner of my eye and was happy to see 20 something, I sprinted round and took 12th place and a medal. As a team we were so proud to win The Girls Invitational, plus 3 of us medaled. We had one JV girl and boy to medal, plus one of our varsity boys came in first place for the boys invitational.
The team left on the bus around 10.30pm and I stayed to the end of the awards so that I could pick up the well deserved hardware for our team.
A great first and last Jungle Race!