We grabbed our race packets, headed into the town to grab some groceries for the week and picked up a Domino's pizza for dinner. Due to the 3-hour time difference, it was an early bedtime this night.
The next morning, we headed just down the street to the Lake Mead Recreation Center and took in the gorgeous views. Pretty quickly, it was 8 AM and we were off. The first two miles of this course felt hard to me and I knew at that moment I wasn't going to have a stellar day. I was really thirsty already and know I hadn't hydrated enough the day before with the traveling. I also had a big of an upset stomach and the sun was beating down already. The first few miles were a slight, but constant uphill. Shortly after the uphill portion, we hit the trail which which was the surface for most of the race. It was a packed-gravel trail but it was looser trail than the rail trails that I'm used to around here. The scenary made the next few miles go by quickly though.
Along the trail, we also ran through a series of tunnels.
Shortly before the half-way mark was the turn-around. We had a short section of switchbacks, which were fun to run down and harder to get back up! They took us down to the top level of the Hoover Dam parking garage which gave us the view of the Hoover Dam and the new bypass bridge. The parking garage can be seen in the middle right side of this picture. All these pictures were taken after the race was over. We went back and walked several portions of the trail and did a drive-by of the Hoover Dam as well, so it is from a different angle.