On Sunday, August 12 I joined a handful of other volunteers for a Barr Trail Work Day sponsored by Friends of the Peak. Almost all of us intended to run the Ascent with all but me being veteran runners with at least several or more Ascents under their soles. All of that experience went a long way toward determining just what kind of "improvements" we would make to the trail. That is, we didn't want to sanitize it too much. This is a trail run after all, right? Mostly we took out some nasty roots that we thought might pose a serious tripping hazard for those running the Ascent and Marathon. Let me say again that obstacles are a part of trail running and we used a lot of discretion along with the guidance of our FOTP technical advisor, in determining what to take out and what to leave alone. We also did some pretty good work on fencing here and there, straightening and stabilizing as evidenced in the before and after pictures below. This particular section was about a mile up from the Barr parking lot. So, on Ascent Day, if you see Herman Polich, Jack Ramsey, Steve Watts and/or Darrell Weaver, give 'em a pat on the back for all of their hard (about 6 hours worth) work. Still a lot to trip over out there so be safe and have a good run this coming weekend. Stoked? I am more than ready. Let's get on with it!