Was the field size (254 finishers) too small, too big or just right? Explain: (180)
255 would have been a better number. I.e. if I finished
A bit small, but thats good for a two way trail race.
A good size. Manageable
About right, it wasnt too crowded heading up or back down
About right. Because of the traffic going up and down
Any bigger and the start of the running on the trail would be too crowded
Appeared just right. Others always visible but not too crowed.
Being about the 25th runner to Barr Camp, I was amazed how easily I egressed down the mountain at full throttle w/o running into anyone. Therefore, I believe the number could be safely increased to 400 entrants
Cant imagine more... The trail doesnt allow for easy passing
Coming down the trail felt rather lonely, you could easily add 50-100 more racers
Could be a little bigger.
Could be bigger - opens the race up to more "recreational" runners. Heard more than once that it would be a very competitive race.
Could be bigger by about 50 or so
Could be increase by another 100 runners
Could be larger. Might consider an elite start and a mass start with more overall runners. Once on trail, pack dispersed well with 254.
Could consider going up to 400 next year
Could have been a little bigger, trail was not crowded
Could have handled more runners at the finish line, but thats the opinion of a worker, not a runner!
Could probably handle 50 to 100 more
Could probably let in some more runners - wasnt very congested.
Crowded at first but then quickly spread out, on the way down I was by myself a lot of the time, so probably could take more runners next year.
Dont make it any bigger, trail races can get too big and crowded
Field size seemed fine to me. There was no congestion at any point on the trail. It certainly isnt necessary to have a smaller field
Field size seemed just right. No more traffic than I usually encounter in the Pikes Peak Marathon. Still had to deal with the people that went out too fast but that happens in the Marathon as well.
Field size was fine. Would like to have a bigger field just so there are more people of every age category and level of ability.
Field size was okay. No problems with crowding or congestion.
For the first year it was about right. Also keeping the field small, < 500 makes the downhill portion of the race better. A small field I would think will tend to keep the race more competitive. Runners who like to run race will sign up early.
Going up, I was bumping into people; coming done was fine
Good size for the trail
Good, too many runners on a tight trail like Barr just gets too congested
I did not think the field was too large and would say it was just right.
I didnt catch the start, but I think you could add an additional 50 or so entrants.
I didnt have a problem on the trail with passing or some passing me, so I think it was just right
I didnt have any difficulties with other runner. It seems about right.
I have not enough information to comment on this
I like bigger but defer to your judgement re: how many. Wouldnt want anyone to have to run slower than theyre able because of crowds.
I like the size.
I liked the field size. But I think that that is all the trail could handle. The only way to get more people would be to start lower.
I liked the field size. But I do think you should increase it by 50 next year. If thats okay add another 50 for the next year. Even though I had to pass lots of people.
I think it was a good size. Any more and the start would be a mess
I think it was about right considering this was the first year of the event
I think it was too small. Id like to see more runners in a race this well organized.
I think that next year, you could accept even more entries. I was impressed with how uncrowded the trail was. Plenty of room to pass and not cramped at all. I was able to maintain my pace the entire race without getting bottlenecked. Consider allowing more entries in the future. Maybe 400?
I think the field of runners for this particular race could be slightly larger. Once the runners stream into the switchbacks everyone sets their own pace. The hitch is the descent from Barr Camp and avoiding collisions with the runners going in both directions..
I think the field size was great. It was not too much and it did not seem too small. With the persons hiking the trail it may have been too much it there were any more in the field. The use of the trail has increased every year and any more runners may be too much.
I think there was room for more
I think you could accommodate 500
I thought it could have handled more as it wasnt crowded at all on the trail. I dont have a number in mind though.
I thought it was fine, this race allows for spacing out so you were not bunched up on the decent.
I thought it was fine
I thought it was just right. there was enough room on the trail for us slow people to make way for fast runners like Sarah, and that Matt guy.
I thought it was too small. Any trail race has funneling problems at the start. This race was no different. It is the nature of Trail runs. There were a couple of people that I know that would have joined the race if it had not filled up.
I was glad to see that there was going to be a limited number of entries for this type of race. I was afraid that there was going to be a problem passing runners on the descent portion of this race. However, there was no problem at all. The race size was perfect.
I would have to say the field size was just right. I am not opposed to a larger field size, its just that a large field of runners would create even worse bottle necks at the beginning of the race.
I wouldnt want it any bigger, too difficult to move on the trail
If possible, allow a larger field. Did not see much problem with bunching up on the trail. Having a bit larger field would add to the overall experience/excitement of the race.
Im new here and dont know how BTMR compares with the other Pikes Peak races. It seemed about right though.
It could probably be increased a little without compromising the small feel. 300 to 375 seems right.
It depends, I never thought of the race as being crowded, so it depends on the organizers point of view
It felt just about right. It felt less crowded than during the Ascent - easier to pass people on the Ws and also runners were more spread out above No Name - almost alone in some spots...
It seemed about right, especially at the beginning. Coming down, I was all alone most of the time.
It seemed about right. You could have probably had a few more. Since Im slow I wasnt sure what to expect when yielding to the downhill runners but I rarely had to stop unlike the Pikes Peak Marathon.
It seemed good to me. There didnt seem to be congestion on the switchbacks
It seemed just right to me. Since I was toward the end Im probably not a good one to ask. The trail was pretty much mine on the way down.
It seemed to be anywhere from just right to maybe a little too small. I finished in 2:24 and I was running by myself for at least 2/3 of the race (the uphill after French Creek to just before Barr and pretty much the whole downhill).
It was a good number I think, I didnt feel crowded.
It was fine
It was incredibly easy to pass and be passed given the field size. Even with another 100 runners it would still have been okay. I ran at the pace I wanted the whole time.
It was just right- any more, the trail would be too crowded.
It was just right-- it was actually less crowded than the ascent, and I was mid-pack, too.
Just about right, any more and the logistics get tough
Just about right. Passing was not a big problem
Just right - get the hikers out of the race
Just right - great job here
Just right -- 300 or so did entry
Just right -- it might have been good to start in two stages
Just right no problems on trail
JUST RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not too many people on the trail at the same time
Just right, any more, I think the trail would have been too crowded. Any less, the run would not have been as much fun.
Just right, because it allows everyone from all exercise fields to do it.
Just right, did not feel crowded and coming down against slower runners was not a problem
Just right, no traffic problems. By the way, the No for the previous is not a hard no, just think it is nice that some more people would be able to get an award instead of a few getting multiple awards, but again, not a real hard NO!
Just right, not too crowded
Just right, otherwise the race would be too crowded.
Just right, seemed like a comfortable number of participants for that course
Just right, the trail was not too congested, but numbers were still a challenge
Just right, the trail was not too crowded and all the runners/walkers were courteous
Just right. Hope it will not grow much beyond 500 for safetys sake
Just right. I was in the middle and I didnt have any problems passing or being passed
Just right. It was big enough to have a lot of competition, but not so big that you had to jockey for position continuously throughout the race. I like smaller races.
Just right. More people on the trail would cause a traffic jam coming down from Barr Camp.
Just right. More runners would cause the race to be more clustered. The beginning of the race was crowded for about the first mile, though, which, I felt could be hindering in getting a good start.
Just right. THANK YOU for allowing the 4 hr cut-off time. I was almost intimidated into not running, though I finished in 3hr 13 min. Increasing the size would not have made much difference in number of people entered, I dont think many were excluded by closing at 300.
Just right. The course was comfortable, not too crowded. Any more would make the finish area too small.
Just right. The pack thinned reasonably well before going into the Ws
Just right. There was no crowding, and downhill runners did not impede uphill runners
Just right. Two-way travel nature of race needs limited entry to keep it sane.
Just right. Any more and it would be difficult to sort it out before reaching the single track. If the race was lengthened to half marathon and the start moved further down Ruxton then maybe 500.
Just right. Any more would make the start too crowded. Any less would make it less fun
Just right. I didnt have any problems getting around people.
Just right. I found that people were very courteous to faster runners as we came downhill. This includes the walkers who werent in the race too
Just right. I thought it was very smooth
Just right. Im a slow runner and more runners would mean I would be fighting all the down hillers while Im still going uphill.
Just right. Smaller number, less congestion on trail than the ascent
Just right. The trail wasnt too crowded, it was mostly easy to get around people. I think that if it were a lot larger that wouldnt be the case, particularly since its an out and back race. The only place that was slightly congested was in the last .5 mile before Barr Camp. We had to be very careful about passing people since runners were coming down at us very quickly. It wasnt bad with the number of runners that were out there yesterday, but I think it could be dangerous with more runners and also inhibit the runners if there were more on the trail.
Just right. Trail not too crowded but lots of competition
Just right. Wasnt too much jockeying for position going up, at least towards the front, or too much oncoming traffic coming back down. Too many more people would have made traffic a factor.
Just right... There were elite runners, middle packers and the rest of us at the end... great fun
Just the right size. Pikes Peak Marathon is actually too big. In the Barr trail race by the time we got on the trail people had strung out more.
Limited entry to 300 is just right. The trail was crowded but not too bad. You could pass people without much trouble.
Nice size race
Nice, manageable size
No comment - was ill and unable to run
No problem being at the front. The sun coming down made it difficult to see the trail and upcoming runners.
Not crowded at all, could have been more
Okay, could be larger, trail accommodated everyone, it did not feel crowded.
On reflection, I think the field might stretch another 50 - 100, but only if the first half mile from the start continuos as Sunday.
Seemed about right. I started toward the end and passed quite a few going up, and any more runners would have really jammed up the trail
Seemed alright to me. The crowd thinned out quickly
Seemed fine to me. wouldnt go any bigger than 300 entrants cap.
Seemed fine. Probably could handle more though. Passing wasnt a problem.
Seemed just right to me.
Seemed like a good size
Seemed to be perfect
Seemed to work out just fine
Size was fine except it was difficult to get started. Too many people hitting the trail too fast
Size was just right
Size was ok ... some congestion on the trail due to the relatively short dist before entering the trail
Small - didnt see anyone on the way down
The field size was fine, could be a little bigger maybe 500
The race size was fine
The size seemed appropriate. It (the crowd) stretched out nicely during the race.
There was no problem with congestion anywhere on the trail so you could probably allow a few more runners
Too big. It seemed somewhat crowded to me the first 2 - 3 miles. The start was too crowded. The field size would have been okay if there was more distance to thin out at the start.
Too large for starting area, could not pass on trail
Too small, not enough bodies in my field of vision coming down the mountain. Perhaps more runners but with staggered starts.
Too small. On the descent part of the run I had no problems with people not yielding. I think it can handle 50 more. Maybe limit it to 350 which means the field will be a about 300 finishers.
Yes, it was relatively comfortable running
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