This started as an organized group run of 7 people, but the group separated within the first mile into 3 smaller groups. Myself and one other male were in the middle pack. This was my first time on this trail and didn't really know what to expect. Around mile 5 we were making decent time, the weather wasn't horribly oppressive, and I let my running partner know that I wanted to a stab at bettering the female fkt, but to still enjoy the day out. He let me lead and pace and stayed close behind. The rocks were very slippery and there was a good amount of caution. We enjoyed the views when we found them. There was an organized water drop at the mid-point which was actually unneeded as there's a water spout, but it's always nice to know that there's water waiting for you. There's also a good natural water supply at Buttermilk Falls.
8h 25m 10s