Heyburn State Park was a very hard 5 mile race. Thank goodness this was really a 5 mile race. The starting line was at a base of a 2.24 mile hill up. I was not ready for that kind of a start. This race took me a long time because it was steep. Too steep for me to run up. The start was not so bad as we started to climb. but as we climbed, it just kept going at a steep incline. This race was more of a run/walk/hike up and level out run for a mile on the Mullan trail, and a fast run coming strait down again. The director called it a lollipop course. The only disappointment I had on this race is we did not run along the lake at all. But I am so glad I finished, and now I am off to race number 3.
The other thing I love about running in these parks is to learn about the history and how they became state parks and why. I always take my family hiking and to the visiting center to learn about the locals. At this park The local Native tribe still plants and harvests water potatoes from the lake. In fact you can see the potatoes in this pic and how they have them in rows that their boats will fit through when its time to harvest.