Speaking of rough in spots, I ran a 15k barefoot in McCalister and got a mesquite thorn in my foot (requiring extraction). Outside of that incident (puncture wound) I've only had one other run in with a thorn, some small blisters and a few stubbed toes in all 4 years since I've she'd my shoes. For me, this coarse is a fun one to experiment with different minimalist shoes. In my experience, going fully bare on this coarse or even in VFF's is quite uncomfortable.
0 · March 2, 2012
Just joint this group! I'm probably not going to run this race, but I have run some of the trails that this course is on and I will tell you that it is very rough in spots. Expect fist size rocks in some places with lots of ups and downs and lots of gravel. I ran the trails at McAllister last weekend in my 4mm sandals from invisible shoes (first time trail running in sandals) and I was wishing I had a pair in 6mm.
0 · March 1, 2012
I was just looking at the PDF from online, it says "the trails are rocky" -- I was thinking vibrams, but I don't know the trail at all. I just got a pair of Newtons that I ran the Natural Bridge Caverns race in which worked well and were VERY needed, that one is kind of like Bandera. I was torn up in vibrams running the Bandera trail (not the race).
0 · February 21, 2012