Escape to Camp Sinawa!
That’s what I did on May 15th, at the first annual Camp Sinawa 6 Hour. There were trail running events on Saturday and mountain biking on Sunday, and it was a great weekend! Jason Schneider and his family of St. Nazianz has spearheaded a trail building effort in the land to the west of Camp Sinawa Road, and the efforts have resulted in some amazing single track trails that have a mix of soft pine needles, rugged rocks and roots, and plenty of elevation change.
I participated in the 6 Hour run and had a great time…for the most part. Doing anything for 6 hours is probably going to cause some low moments, and for me those came on the 2nd last of the 7 loops I completed. I wanted to be ‘done.’ I ended up finishing the loop with about 70 minutes left in the event.
And I didn’t sign up for the “Sinawa 5 Hours and 50 Minutes”. So, out I went for one more of the 5 mile loops. My pace was the slowest on the 7th loop but that also allowed me to really take in the nature of the trails. Oddly enough, I noticed parts of the woods that I hadn’t noticed in the previous loops, and the slower pace seemed to help my stomach and my legs recover a bit.
I finished the 7th loop with 9 minutes left in the event, and at that point, when asked if I wanted to run another mile, the answer was an immediate ‘Nope!’, and I sat down.
I highly encourage you to wander around a bit out at Camp Sinawa sometime soon! The trail system will continue to grow, and the things you will notice out there throughout the seasons will grow as well.