Grandpa Jim Sunshine Acre Piestewa Peak 12 Hour Challenge - February 8th, 2013
Grandpa Jim is someone I met a couple years ago through WMRC and since has been there for many an event with me. He's taken charge of the Houston Brother's Aid Station at Mogollon Monster, came out to run with me at the Gonzalez 24 hour event and countless other training runs. A great runner and a better man Jim puts on two events in the spring each year to raise funds for Sunshine Acres Children's Home.
The two events are the 12 hours of Camelback where runners/hikers head up and down Echo Canyon trail on Camelback Mountain as many times as they can. This year the mountain is closed for parking lot renovations so Jim has moved it to Squaw/Piestewa Peak down the road. Slightly shorter, but just as steep and probably rockier (if that's possible) it's an opportunity for those to come out for a challenging event and donate to a noble cause.
Kahtoola is based out of Flagstaff so naturally everyone should throw away their Yak Traks and buy Microspikes. Now.
And you should hit up Flagstaff for their race series. I missed it entirely last winter but two years ago I had a blast at their events. Small, low key but competitive and great giveaways. I miss running in the snow and the cold and these events are a great chance to do it. Unfortunately their website seems to get updated about as much as this one so often the events page isn't fully updated. So I'm not sure when these events are scheduled at this point. So check back and track it down when it's posted.
Grandpa Jim Sunshine Acre Events - McDowell Mountains - February 16th, 2013
9.5 miles, 19 miles or a killer 50k course for the Sunshine Acres Children Home fundraiser. The second of two events put on by Grandpa Jim Fowler.
Lost Dutchman 12th Annual Marathon - February 17th, 2013
If I'm going to run a marathon it's going to be this one.
Elephant Mountain DRT Series Race -INAUGURAL - February 23rd, 2013
I used to live further north in Phoenix so I'd run the Spur Cross trails all the time. They are an excellent example of the beauty of the Sonoran desert with lush landscape, mature old saguaro's and perfect trails winding through the desert and up to the turnoff of Elephant Mountain. I was excited Aravaipa Running took this one on as these trails and hills are beautiful and probably not all people would make the trip otherwise. But it's worth it and one I hope to make this year.
One of the old classic's for the Arizona trail scene and a big one for the Tucson Trail Runners group being in their neck of the woods. I probably should have pulled the trigger on entry this year but it's in March and March is essentially off limits for time off with my job so that complicates things. So I'll catch it eventually.
Mountain to Fountain 15K - March 10th, 2013
Running. Beer. Charity. Sounds perfect.
Mesquite Canyon DRT Series Championship - March 23rd, 2013
This will be year #4 I think for this race and I'll have done all four if I can swing another year on the schedule. A very difficult race terrain wise for many people. The drop down Goat Camp is awesomely rugged and the climb back out is as demoralizing as they come if you are not feeling it. One of the first races of the year where the heat starts to really kick in, snakes are out again and the run through Ford Canyon is never all that pretty. Last year I did better than the previous two and being a month out of Zane Grey this will be a real test of fitness.
I'm completely obsessed with Zane Grey and I'll openly admit it. It's the only race I've ever done that I've violently cursed afterwards. I've never had such a tough time at a race than I did in 2011 and I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
Now having the Mogollon Monster I've run the Highline so much, spent so much time on the Rim, in Payson, in Pine, all around the entire area, it's almost like "home turf" to me. So besides a vendetta against my dismal 2011 showing, I'm coming back hard for this race in 2013.
Bryce 100 - May 31st, 2013
Inaugural race within driving distance with mountains, elevation and beautiful views. We'll see how the cards play out this spring but hopefully this is an option for next year.
Adreneline Night Run - June 8th, 2013 - McDowell Mountain Regional Park
This is the first of four races in Aravaipa's Insomniac Night Series in the summer of 2013. It's really a genius idea as it's generally too hot to run for the majority of the daylight hours in Phoenix from June - September so a lot of times we end up doing long runs at night anyway. (I know some people enjoy 2pm runs in 110 degrees but it's simply not safe so I choose not to do it) There is a 65K starting at 7pm on a 8.8 mile loop, then a 26k and a 13k distance starting afterwards. New Moon as well so bring a headlamp!
My backup plan if they have space by the time I get shot down for Hardrock this weekend...
I know. Hardrock or Vermont? That's like saying ice cream or heroin for dinner. But I'm from Vermont and I want to go back and run it.
Vertigo Night Run - July 27th, 2013 - White Tanks Regional Park
Race #2 in the Insomniac Series now out at the White Tanks Regional Park. This has a 63K starting at 7pm as well with a 31k and 10k following. These all all on the 6.5 mile Sonoran Competitive Loop.
Hypnosis Night Run #3 - August 10th, 2013 -
Third of the four races in the Insomniac Night Series by Aravaipa Running this takes runners out to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park.
Saturday, August 10 to Sunday, August 11, 201362 Km – 7:00PM; 31 Km – 7:30PM; 15 Km – 8:00PM Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Avondale, AZ
Course Summary All races are held on the 9.6 mile (15.5 kilometer) Long Loop at the competitive tracks. The 31K runners will complete 2 loops, while the 62K ultra division will complete 4 loops, passing through the start/finish line after each lap! The Long Loop offers a variety of obstacles to test runners skills. The track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain.
Mogollon Mini Monster 50K - August 24th, 2013
Get ready for a beat down. More details coming soon.
It's not really a "race" even though there is a winner and you are all trying to get to a finish line. Although there isn't really much of a finish line, nobody is going to be there to cheer you on and it could take you a week to complete it. You won't know the course, distance or pretty much anything up front. You have to be accepted/invited and well...you don't get anything for even finishing. If you do. You can run/hike/packraft/bike or whatever to get there on whatever course you want but it's through Alaska so nothing is easy. Nothing. From the minute I heard about it I knew I wanted to try it. I contacted Andrew Skurka about the race and he politely told me to wait a while and gain more experience before they will let you join. Every adventure I have is training for this race. This is what I'm shooting for. Over everything.
You're only tired because you think you're tired. Keep going.