I had the privilege of running in the first “Echo Sage Run” this last Sunday. This will be a very good technical race for the future. I cannot wait to go back next year! I really enjoyed the terrain and the atmosphere of this small town race. This town is located just outside Hermiston OR, and has the old small town feel. Echo has a great little cafe that served a great omellette and hashbrowns. I also went and visited the local winery in town. This is a great day visit place and my running partner and I decided we should go run the trails again soon. I love the small towns. My husband and I took our camper and stayed for 2 days just to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Both nights we heard bands playing different genres each night. The race itself started out hard for me, it started out up hill and as I was running up the hill my breathing became wheezing and I had to recover toward the top and was thankful that we started a down hill descent and just had some smaller rolling hills to get through. The whole race was rolling hills and you ran along a cliff bank for a while and down into a ravine of lemons or limes (with my sunglasses I couldnt tell which) then ran up one more hard hill. I actually had to walk up this last hill, and down to the finish line. I liked this race because it was very challenging for me both endurance and strength wise. The trail was very technical, and you had to watch your footing. The trail had rocks, sand, and some gopher holes you had to pay attention to not step in them. The trails were narrow and going along the Umatilla River was my favorite part even though I joked of being on a goat trail. I finished this race 4 minutes faster then I thought I would at 1:16:24 . I averaged just over 12 minutes a mile and for me, and the type of terrain I was on ,I thought I did pretty good for my first 10k trail run!