A signature event in its 33rd year, Wildflower is always a great race and even better festival-style event. According to their website, Wildflower is known all over the world for its festival-like atmosphere, challenging courses and some of the happiest volunteers on earth.
There is something for everyone. In addition to the several versatile events offered, you can listen to bands on the stage, browse through the exposition areas or swim or fish in the lake. There are also kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals available.
The Maverick Multisport team had a great time and strong showings, with both women finishing in the top ten. Jillian Petersen placed 6th in the PRO Female category with a time of 4:47:14. Julie Patterson placed 10th in the PRO Female category with a time of 4:56:00.
Julie Patterson said her personal wins in the race were first not dying on the run, and second thinking the notoriously difficult nasty grade ascent was a stride compared to ones she’s previously competed in. She says her losses were “mechanical on the bike that cost me time, barely missing the main swim group, and a loss of power meter at mile 39.”
Racing in the Wildflower is on many athletes’ bucket lists. If it’s on yours, Julie Patterson has advice for future racers!