50 Miles into 103 in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve
A month now after the Gonzalez Family 24 hour event I'm still looking back not quite sure what to make of it all. It really happened so quickly and before I knew it I was standing in the parking lot at 5:30am, in the cold, alone and wondering..."What the hell did I get myself into this time?"
Soon enough I'd know.
But for now, I'm not ready to fully recap this but I will. Because it was too important a day for the Gonzalez family for me to shortchange it without a real story. I have so much to say about it, even now, a month later, that I just need the time to sit down and do it. If I can talk my son into longer naps I think I can knock it out.
Until then check out the Upcoming Adventures & News tab on this site. I'm put an unofficial Arizona trail running calendar of events up there to include all the upcoming Aravaipa Running DRT series races, Tucson Trail Runners (TTR) events, and a few random big road races, shorter events of note and some unique fat ass or fun runs planned in the coming weeks. The winter season in Arizona, specifically Phoenix where it doesn't snow, brings a chance to get out to a lot of places that are tougher to get to often in the hot summers. So every weekend seems to have a couple options to run and often these are not publicized and difficult to find. So here you go, a few more options for the coming weeks and months to shoot for!
Also, now at the end of the year we are again putting together a vote for the Ultrarunning of the Year for Arizona, both male and female, and also for Most Outstanding Performance of the Year and Grittiest Run of the Year. On December 17th the voting will open up on www.mcdowellmountainmain, Jay Danek's running website, and will close on the 28th. I've offered up a comp entry to the Mogollon Monster 100 for the winners of AUROY and Aravaipa has a free entry for those that are runners up. IRun and Sedona Running Company have both pitched in gift certificates for the winners of the other two categories. So check out Jay's site if you have any nominations for Jay & I to include. Just comment on the post for the awards to have someone included and we'll update it.
On the 17th we'll open up the voting itself and award the winners all on the 28th. There are a lot of great performances every year and with trail scene growing everywhere more people get involved every year. You don't have to be the fastest person to win anything, that has never been what Ultrarunning has seemed to represent, at least to me. So don't feel someone shouldn't be included just because they can't run a 18 hour hundred.
Check it out! www.mcdowellmountainman.com