The Crazy Owl Marathon is part of the Rock and Road 5k-Marathon-Marathon Relay put on by the Friends of Warner parks and takes place at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, TN. This year’s event took place on October 22.
The start time for the Marathon and Marathon Relay was 8:00 am.The course consisted of 3 loops of approximately 7.8 miles (one of the 7.8 added the stone steps at Belle Meade Blvd., and made that lap 8.1) and a final loop of approximately 3.1 miles (my watch read 26.55 miles at the end). This course was new this year. I talked with several friends who have run this in the past. They said that this year’s course was tougher and had more trail. This was a tough marathon with some sweet road sections.
The first 3 loops (approximately 3.2 road/4.6 trail). These loops started and finished at the Steeplechase Grandstand and were a mix of trail and road, mostly trail. The trail portions of this race were on the red trail and on the white trail. You stayed in Percy Warner the entire time. You did not go over to Edwin Warner or the blue trail. I love how the the road sections broke in and out of the red and white trails.
The first part of the course was tough. Mostly uphills. You took the road from the Grandstand to the red trail and went right (left here takes you at the intersection of candy cane and red in .20 mile). You ran red downhill to the Indian Springs sign and back up tornado alley to white.
At the white trail you ran right and took it almost all the way around to the road, close to Deep Wells. This mini road section was .25 miles right, toward the Deep Wells trail head. Then, you climbed up to get back on red and take it to the right, toward dripping springs.
You come to a road crossing, before ascending to dripping springs. At the road, you turn left and run for about .20 miles. Then, turn right back onto the red trail at mile 6 then off again at mile 6.5 to run the road back to the exchange point. It is 1.3 miles on the road back to the Grandstands.
The final loop started at the Grandstand and finished just shy of it with a right turn before climbing back up the hill to the Grandstand. The final lap, 3.1 miles, was on the road. The last 1.3 were the same as the previous 3 laps, except for the detour right to the finish at the end.
I loved this race. This is one race that I would do again. The swag was nice. I like the race shirt, and we received a cool pair of Swiftwick socks! Whole Foods catered delicious food at the finish. You could get your food and eat out at the picnic tables, at the Grandstand. The Jenni’s ice cream truck was there if you wanted to purchase ice cream. There was also a free beer for the runners at the finish.
I think this would make a great training run for a longer distance race in November or early December. You could use this race as a training run for a November 50K. You could also start a 7 mile run before the 8:00 am start and make this race a 50K in prep for a 50 miler in November or early December. There were aid stations at every mile. Some stations just had water and some had water and gel. Worth running checking out next October!
The temperature ALL day was terrific. The 8:00 start was a chilly 42 degrees. The finish was a pleasant 65. I loved this and would definitely run it again. I ran with a handheld for the first 3 loops, and I ran without it for the last 3.1 miles. We had a total of 3400′ of gain and 3400′ of loss. I finished in 5 hours and 6 minutes.