March 6, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ - Aravaipa Running, the premiere trail and endurance running company, is again raising the bar with the second year of the Insomniac Night Series. With great initial reception in 2013, the 2014 summer series returns with even more to offer. The big news this year is the introduction of team relays at two of the events, Adrenaline in June and Hypnosis in August. In addition, the series sees the return of Sinister in May, Vertigo in July, and the Javelina Jangover in September. The series draws runners from all over the valley, as night running offers the opportunity to race when the scorching summer heat makes running long distances difficult during the day.
Runners of all abilities will find an event to fit their ability, as each race offers a short distance (7k to 10k), a long distance (25k to 31k), and an ultramarathon distance (50k to 75k). The relays will be comprised of teams of six (“The 6″), three (“The 3″), or one (“The Solo”) runner(s) to challenge every runner. Each race begins at 7 PM as the sun is going down, allowing breathtaking views of the Sonoran desert under the glow of the moon and fellow runners’ headlamps.
“We are very excited to expand the series to include relays this year. Night time trail running offers a new and challenging, but rewarding experience to every runner that gives it a shot. Combining it with an all-night party makes it even better.” says Nick Coury, co-race director of the series.
Runners will receive all kinds of swag for participating in the runs, as the series eschews the standard cotton tee. Cooling arm sleeves, trucker hats, duffel bags, and sunglasses are only a few of the goodies runners will receive for participating in the series. The iced coffee bar at the finish line will keep runners refreshed and ready to roll all night long!
Registration officially opens Monday, March 10. More information can be found at http://www.insomniacrunning.com/
May 3 – Sinister Night Runs (9k, 27k, 54k)
June 14 – Adrenaline Night Relays (The 6, The 3, The Solo)
July 26 – Vertigo Night Runs (10k, 31k, 62k)
August 16 – Hypnosis Night Relays (The 6, The 3, The Solo)
September 6 – Jangover Night Runs (7k, 25k, 50k, 75k)
Team Aravaipa started off January with some great races!
Across The Years continued its long tradition of bringing in the new year in its 30th running, once again at Camelback Ranch. This year was especially exciting with the return of the 6 day race!
Kelly Agnew led the way for the team at his first attempt running 48 hours. He reached 100 miles in a PR of 17:05 and pushed on through the second day to complete a second 100 miles in under 24 hours. Even stopping with 7 hours to go due to pounded feet, Kelly surpassed Jon Olsen’s 200 miles from earlier in the race to win the 48 hour .
Anthony Culpepper represented in the 6 day, clocking over 500 KM and making the top 10 in the men’s race. Dave Bloom spent much of the race volunteering but still managed 140 miles over the 6 days as well.
Rich McKnight and Kristin Steele both ran the 72 hour, posting distances of 139 miles and 111 miles over the three days.
Kristina Pham posted an impressive 6:55 split through 50 miles, then continued on to finish her first 100 in just over 25 hours. Cristian Rios also completed his first 100 miles, and Chase Duarte put in a solid 50 mile training run.
The San Tan Scramble, now in its fourth year, saw the addition of a fourth distance but otherwise maintaining the same great atmosphere. Runners look forward to great weather, great trails, and the scrambled egg (or tofu) burritos at the finish!
Mel Branta took 3rd in the 50k to kick off her racing year on the right foot. Teammate Jenn Thompson traveled down for warmer weather from her new home in Boulder to take 10th.
Chase Duarte and Rich McKnight both ran in the 26k for some shorter miles after Across The Years. Chase placed third in the masters category.
The Coldwater Rumble added a new 100 mile this year in addition to moving to a new, bigger starting area. Team Aravaipa was out in force, doing well across the board.
Kelly Agnew, back from his performance at ATY, took sixth place in the 100 mile and second place in the Sonoran Desert 200 (Javelina Jundred + Coldwater 100).
Mel Branta once again hit the podium, placing second in the 52 mile in impressive back to back races. Kristin Steele also ran the 52 mile, coming in 10th.
Rich McKnight rounded out the team finishes with an 18th place finish in the 20 mile for his third race of the month.
The team is lined up to run numerous races in the spring, both Aravaipa events and abroad. Stay tuned for all the exciting updates!
Race report by Martina Haussman
I came to Phoenix / Arizona first time end of 1999 in order to celebrate the new milenium with a 6
day race. I got hooked by running on an all-weather track surrounded by cactus dessert. I waited for
a comeback in vain. I began to regularly take part in the 72-hours races into New Years and combined
it with short trail hike vacations before and after the event. The race venue did move to a 500m dirt
track and did move again two years ago to even dirtier one mile loop at Camelback Ranch, the big
baseball stadium of Glendale.
The 6 days finally are back for the 25. anniversary of „Across The Years“! My enthusiasm is
unlimited!! My dear annual host Gerry Smedinghoff invites me to arrive already middle of December.
I am able to acclimatize for 10 entire days, spend all day long on trails. So I arrive at Camelback Ranch
on December 27 well suntanned, 6 pairs of brand new shoes tested. Gerry unloads all my stuff in
front of my rented tent and drives back home. The new job eats up all his free time. The news spread
around: The crazy German has arrived! Organizers, helpers, runners come and greet. I definitely
belong to the big Across The Years family! I am in second position of lifetime mileage here…18 miles
to go for first position. Less than 600 miles to go to receive the desired 3000 miles jacket! I still stand
around chatting. My tent neighbors are William Sichel with supporter Alan Young from Scotland.
This professional will also care a bit for me, especially agrees to wash socks. I should concentrate on
setting up the basecamp. It will be dark soon. Late evening, most people leave Camelback Ranch.
Nights in the dessert are cold! But I am super well equipped, close my tent and disappear between
several layers of blankets and sleeping bags on the cot. I sleep deep and more than 12 hours.
Runners, helpers, organizers come back in the early morning, excited chatting all around and I wake
up, still dozing. The ice on the tent rustles in the first sunrays. I have breakfast comfortably in the
bed, wearing a woolen cap. Towards 8am it begins to feel warmer in the tent. One hour to the start!
Allez –hopp!! I get a cup of hot tea from the nearby aid station and finally I am awake. Off we are!
We are 55 participants in the 6 days, 15 women. The youngest girl is four years, the oldest man is
78. Most come and run/walk/eat/nap for fun, others come to win, like Joe Fejes and Yiannis Kouros.
The latter could put through prize money, but not just for himself as he wished but for any person
reaching first 400 – 500 – 600 miles or/and running world record. The race could become thrilling!
The one mile loop partly winds on trails through the scenic park, partly goes straight on a (mostly)
dirt road. In between, half mile is done. Here is a second aid station with water supply and a second
electronic mat for lap counting control. The long road, according to the runner’s mood, feels terribly
endless or simply flies by. Anyhow, the surface is well packed. In the park, the ground is loose and
one has to run or walk through a cloud of dust. I am a short person, with my nose almost as deep in
that cloud as the nose of the children. Children love dirt and everything what is forbidden. It is very
forbidden to shuffle around the dirt just for fun!
Just some hours in the race, I notice a light cough. I wrap mouth, nose and ears in a buff and look
like a thief getting ready to steal money from the bank. Everybody grins. But I don’t remain the
only „thief“! Yiannis imitates the Japanese way of mouth and nose protection. Joe loves wide white
clothes with holes. William will more and more hide from the sun in the shade behind his tent. The
secret of success is to find a way to adjust to the conditions. The aid station offers a broad range of
foods and drinks. Special wishes are no problem; the staff is very helpful and the supermarkets of
Glendale open 24 hours. The so-called drinking water is undrinkable for me; too much chlorine. And
most Americans don’t like tea. Therefore I did deposit plenty of filtered water along with tasty black
tea. Soon every coffee drinker of the aid station knows how to prepare my tea.
113km completed on day 1, I am, what surprise, in 4th
of the whole pack; men love to start out fast. 9am: I should hurry to change clothes! The
temperature will climb 30C within no time, once the sun is out. I free my wounded feet cautiously
from shoes and socks. I realize why my toes have been so painful during the last hours: There are big
blisters underneath the nails. I relieve the pressure, use disinfection spray, let dry, use it again. I
cover the skin of the whole feet with zinc cream, wear my tightest socks and use two gaiters. Shoes
on. Reborn! I work myself out of the tent and I am on the track again. Ice on tables, grass and tents
melts within minutes. Every day one can greet fresh runners, as the 24-, 48-, 72- hour runners can
choose their start date within the time frame of our 6 day race. Amazing ! I have no problems with
the sun at all; evidently it was a good idea to arrive at Phoenix so early. I just stop between 1pm and
2pm; these are the hottest hours of the day. I rest in the so-called warm-up tent next to the aid
station, which is the coolest place at late noon. At 3:30 it’s already time to change clothes for the
night. I wear my angora knee warmers and a wrap around the back of same material. I am out soon
again. I love the short time of sunset; everybody is out laughing, chatting, in great mood. I feel
excited. Time seems to fly by. I watch the close duel between Yiannis and Joe curiously. Yiannis was
the hero of day one. Now the younger and definitely more likable Joe of Georgia is about to take the
lead. He is always friendly, often smiling, even encourages his co-competitors. Yiannis speaks to
nobody except to his handlers, mumbles, roars, cries against them when he feels unwell. He seems
always to feel unwell! I remember my own duel with Yiannis at Hallsberg/Sweden 2008 with horror.
The more I remember the more I pray for Joe to win. I encourage him every time he comes by. The
women’s race is less exciting. On top unchallenged Liz Bauer who already did win the 6 days of
Oxford 2013. Far behind the young intervall sprinter Vikena Yutz, and in third position that’s me,
relentlessly walking. I become very tired in the early morning and have a short nap in the warm-up
tent. It’s really useful, one can step in with dirty shoes and dusty legs, lay down on a cot covered by a
sleeping bag. I feel comfortable and warm and relaxed in no time. My friend Paddy from the aid
station peers through the door, a big smile on the face. She comes back with a hot soup! Oh!! So
good. Afterwards I manage to sleep the first minutes since race start. I walk out, already „smelling“
the sunrise, refreshed. I collect 86,5km on day two. I look confidently towards my goals to reach 300
miles or even 500km.
I begin day three wearing freshly washed clothes. Alans help is worth gold. Of course – and sorry for
that – washing socks has not remained his only job; everything gets so incredible dirty through all
the shuffles in dusty ground. My cough becomes worse. Sucking candies creates a short relief. More
and more people are on the course. Most of the 48- hours runners did start today in order to run into
New Year the day after tomorrow. There are also more and more children. They have so much fun
and don’t realize that they finish lap after lap! K-G Nystrom from Sweden, second oldest man in the 6
position, women. I am a bit behind the middle
days, has two artificial knee joints. He did throw away his canes years ago. He doesn’t run any more,
only walks, looks really good, doing great. I reach 84,2km today. I don’t have to fear for my goals if I
only could continue constantly.
More than 70 runners have their 24-hours race started on day 4, December 31, along with some 48-
hours and the last 72- hour runners. Hundreds of people shuffle tons of dirt in the air. Especially in
the park portion of the course, we disappear in a cloud of dust. Meanwhile I am so hoarse that I have
difficulties to speak. Particularly after rests I am literally speechless. On the other hand, spirits are
high when walking among all these fresh runners. Joy of life sets me on fire, although I should be
deadly tired. In the afternoon, great surprise, Gerry arrives! We walk a lap together; it’s my fastest
lap since the first hour! Finally, the midnight hour attracts us all. Some are disguised, others trumpet.
The ever-present excited chat of these jesters is drown by music beats. We get alcohol free tasty
cider. What a crazy life! One hour into New Year, excitement and noise calm down, the course gets
rather empty. A good idea to try to really sleep for the first time! I get rid of my shoes and brush
off the worst dirt from the clothes before I enter the tent. I set the alarm clock for 3am and place
it close to my head, because I use ear plugs. I want to sleep these two hours, not dawdle away
the time. Every some minutes I dream or hear (?) a dull signal from the outside. „Alan has set the
timer for William? Oh my God!!“Clouds of dreams circle my head. Suddenly dull signals, relentlessly
nonstop. „The idiot from the neighbor tent should finally turn off that damn alarm clock!“ Nothing
happens. Dreamy thoughts come and go. Klingeling-Klingeling. „Finally the battery of the stupid thing
will be empty!“ a cautious idea hits my mind. „Should I MYSELF be the idiot??“ Oohhh – no!!! The
alarm clock did ring more than 15 minutes some centimeters from the ear! Enraged at myself, I am
out of the tent in record time, before other sleepers would kill me. Inspite of the intermezzo, I circle
Day five begins nice and quiet. Almost nobody did start on January 1. But it’s even more difficult to
breathe. No wind at all, and very hot. They say, that a second warning has been issued due to bad
air conditions. In addition, Camelback Ranch is located underneath the flight path to/from Phoenix
airport. It’s a cold comfort that we are all in one boat together. I walk slower and rest longer at
noon. In spite of this, I walk into a stomach problem: I drink water, juice, tea, no matter what, it
runs directly through the body. Somewhere must be a hole? Luckily there are portaloos every some
hundred meters around the loop. My 500-kilometer-goal as well as my third position is not (yet?
) in danger. William thought he was safe in same position, until suddenly Ed Ettinghausen comes
from behind. I know the funny fellow with the long legs well for years! How often had he taken me
by surprise when I was a runner! He looks so harmless with his fancy hat. But – oh!! – he is fast and
serious as well.
In the night I forget about my stomach troubles . This seems to be the final duel between Joe and
Yiannis. Joe is some laps ahead. Yiannis puffs directly behind him, almost stepping on Joe’s heels.
The Greek later will complain on facebook about the „unfair American“ who chases him so badly.
No kidding!! Some time later both are disappeared. The helpers take care whether the rival would
return. I also would like to go to bed for a while, but fear to miss the progress of the adventure. Joe is
back! He still looks rather fit, running smooth. And there comes Yiannis! He staggers serpentine lines
some meters ahead of me. How can I pass by? I wait until he has reached right side of the narrow
path in the park. But it happens he hits a stone, crashes to the left and falls in the grass. He would
have buried me under his weight, if I only had been a little faster! He seems to be experienced in
standing up; he is on the course again in no time. Yiannis disappears again. Joe circles some extra
laps and disapears as well. I shuffle thoughtless. Suddenly in front of me the sign which invites us
to change direction every four hours. So I turn around. Evidently I am the first, because everybody
else runs/walks in opposite direction. Strange, that nobody passes by from behind. And everybody
grins and giggles. Frightening thoughts and doubts hit my mind. “Could it be…?” I look at my watch.
10 minutes to the change of direction! Two possibilities: I have begun to walk serpentine lines like
Yiannis, or the sign was placed wrong. I finish the lap and have a look. The sign is placed wrong.
Relief! Next control at the computer: The complete “ghost lap” has been counted. Happiness!! I
turn, walk one lap, then turn legally. I better go to bed for a while! Particularly I hope my stomach
problem will finally settle down. No good luck with this. Soon, I am busy again with visiting the
portaloos. I manage to walk almost 80 kilometers on this turbulent day.
More or less only the 6 day runners are left on the course on day 6. It becomes even hotter, no wind
at all. I can’t help stopping at least for four hours after noon. I am completely dehydrated, as I am not
able to make use of the fluids I drink. The question remains: Where is the best place for a good rest?
Behind the tent in the shadow? It’s a quiet place indeed, great if I had a handler. Warm-up tent?
There are always helpful people around. But I would need some personal things from my tent. Dear
Paddy finds the solution. She sends me to the warm-up tent and brings everything I wish from my
tent. Perfect! She suggests a diet consisting of mineral water, chicken broth and hot dogs to
overcome my stomach problem. I have a nap, eat, drink, go to the toilet alternate. Already three
hours gone! I feel much better and rest for another hour. Paddy appears and we discuss the further
procedure. “It’s lightly overcast out there, ideal for a slow re-begin. Please only drink mineral water. I
bought enough!” I nod: “I will do that!” Paddy carries all stuff which I don’t need any more back into
my tent. I am alive and on the course again! People already did miss me. Diet and rest did work out
just fine. Excited thoughts: “Maybe I could walk all night long with very little or no rest at all?!”
Unfortunately, no. I become much too slowly. 300 miles done, I go for a two hours’ nap. But I don’t
use the ear plugs again! Out again at 2 am, the course is still quite crowded. Many runners try to
hold on that last night. I can feel all the positive energy around and try to inhale it. All of a sudden,
head-aches bother me. No meditation works any more. Once again, Paddy has the solution: “You had
no caffeine for more than 24 hours. I will prepare a good tea for you!” Amazing – I drink and the
head-aches fly away. I reach 500 kilometers and decide to celebrate this with a 10 minutes rest in the
warm-up tent. I find one free cot, but no blankets and no sleeping bag. The person next to me has
taken them all. Yiannis! It doesn’t matter anymore. What a delight to have the feet up one last time,
even on the hard cot! I open my eyes again. Yiannis has left. I don’t stay much longer. I have heard
that the 6 days will become a habbit of Across The Years. I want to put in some more miles until
finish to increase my chances for a 3000 miles jacket next year!
I finish the race with 517 kilometers (more than 321miles), place 10 overall and place 3, women. Liz
Bauer is the leader of the women’s race with 670,5km, followed by Vikena Yutz with 581,2km. The
overall winner is Joe Fejes from Georgia with 893,8km, followed by Yiannis Kouros with 885,4km and
Ed Ettinghausen with 767km.
All informations about the race: www.acrosstheyears.com
The winner Joe Fejes is about to organize a 6 day race indoor on 400m all-weather track in August at
Anchorage / Alaska. All informations: www.sixdaysinthedome.com
This Sunday, January 19 will the the third and final preview run for the upcoming Black Canyon Trail 100K which will take place February 15. This section will resume from the Black Canyon City Trailhead and continue to head south towards New River & Phoenix. We’ll head back into the canyons and across several more creeks before the trail generally becomes flatter towards the finish at Emery Henderson Trailhead.
The course will be minimally marked with orange ribbon and some flour arrows at key junctions, but we make no guarantees. Be alert and carry a map.
We’ll be carpooling from the finish line of the run at Emery Henderson Traihead to the start of the run at Black Canyon City Trailhead.
Schedule: Please meet at the Emery Henderson Trailhead at 7:00am to carpool together up to the Black Canyon City Trailhead.
Cost: This is a completely free run and anyone who can run the distance is welcome to attend.
Aid: We may have aid along the route if we get someone to host an aid station. Aravaipa will supply the water and food, we just need someone to staff it. Aid if it happens will be at Table Mesa Road ~13 miles in.
Directions to Emery Henderson Trailhead (where we meet at 7am)
1. From Phoenix, head north on the I-17
2. Exit #232 towards New River
3. Head West (left) for 3.1 miles and turn right into Emery Henderson Trailhead
Directions from Emery Henderson to Black Canyon City Trailhead
1. Head back to I-17 and turn North
2. Go 10 miles and take exit #242 towards Black Canyon City
3. Turn left onto Velda Rose Road and go 0.2 miles
4. Turn right onto Old Black Canyon Hwy and immediately turn left onto Warner Road.
5. Follow Warner Road for 0.2 miles to the trailhead
RSVP on Facebook group or directly with Jamil
See you there!
Facebook event to carpool and talk about the run: https://www.facebook.com/events/227692927397011/
100 Km & 50 Mile Spring Track Invitational – Phoenix, Arizona
Aravaipa Running is seeking ultra marathon runners to compete in a 100 kilometer / 50 mile track race at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. The race will take place on the same 400 meter all weather track that is used at the Desert Solstice 24 hour / 100 mile invitational in December except geared towards top performances at the 50 mile and 100 kilometer distance. This event will only happen if we get enough serious interest by competitive athletes. We need a minimum 12 to 15 qualified runners in order for this event to take place. The deadline for applying and receiving enough interest for the race to happen will be Saturday, January 25. If we don’t receive enough interest by that date, the event will be postponed until next year.
If you are serious about wanting to run a competitive and fast 100 km or 50 mile race on ideal conditions, please inquire to: email@example.com
Confirmed Runners as of 1/21/2014:
When: Sunday, February 23, 2014, 8:00am
What: 50 Mile & 100 Kilometer track race
Cutoff: 8 Hours 40 Minutes
Why: Qualifier for the U.S. world 100K team, ideal conditions to run a certified course for record setting.
Who: Submit race resume for invitation. Generally qualify to participate.
Qualifications: Same as the US World 100K Team or potential to hit these numbers
-Road 100km: Sub 7:20:00 (Men) or Sub 8:40:00 (Women)
-Road 50 Mile: Sub 5:40:00 (Men) or Sub 6:40:00 (Women)
-Trail times will be considered on a case by case basis.
Record Setting: The race will be USATF sanctioned, run on a certified track and IAU Bronze Label. Aravaipa Running will submit paperwork to USATF and/or IAU for all national and world records set at the race.
Entry Fee: $120
Prize Money: Goes to the first runner who hits each mark. Runners may receive prize money for 50 mile & 100 kilometers.
Men’s 50 Mile
Sub 4:50:21 (World Record ) – $1000
Sub 5:00:00 – $400
Sub 5:10:00 – $200
Men’s 100 Kilometer
Sub 6:10:20 (World Record) – $2000
Sub 6:30:11 – $400
Sub 6:40:00 – $200
Women’s 50 Mile
Sub 5:40:18 (World Record) – $1000
Sub 5:50:00 – $400
Sub 6:00:00 – $200
Women’s 100 Kilometer
Sub 6:33:11 (World Record) – $2000
Sub 7:00:48 – $400
Sub 7:30:00 – $200
We are excited to announce this year’s team! Without further ado, here is the new team’s roster:
Kelly Agnew, Ogden, UT
Dave Bloom, Phoenix, AZ
James Bonnett, Scottsdale, AZ
Mel Branta, Scottsdale, AZ
Jamil Coury, Phoenix, AZ
Nick Coury, Phoenix, AZ
Anthony Culpepper, Silverton, CO
Chase Duarte, Vail, AZ
Justin Lutick, Fountain Hills, AZ
Rich McKnight, Scottsdale, AZ
Holly Miller, Scottsdale, AZ
Kristina Pham, Phoenix, AZ
Cristian Rios, Phoenix, AZ
Kristin Steele, Surprise, AZ
Jenn Thompson, Boulder, CO
This is the first year we have accepted open applications for Team Aravaipa, and the process has been enlightening to say the least! I initially intended to keep the team to 10 members as it was last year, but with 75 applications and so many qualified runners, we quickly expanded the limits. Though every person would have brought something new and unique to the team, we had to narrow it down to a select few. What qualities stuck out in the selection process? Today I’ll share a bit of the behind-the-scenes process of what brings the team together.
Team Aravaipa was started in 2010. We saw a young but growing community of trail and ultrarunners, many just beginning to develop their competitive potential. The team became one way for Aravaipa to support promising runners to represent Arizona on a national level. In the last three years, Aravaipa has grown and so has the goals of our team.
The competitive focus of Team Aravaipa is as strong as ever. Many of our team members are looking to hit the podium at big events, qualify for national teams, and set records.
This year we added a few spots for runners that aren’t necessarily running to win, but add a lot to the Arizona running community in countless ways.
The Aravaipa community has grown beyond borders. Not only do we have races outside Arizona, but many out of state runners visit so frequently that they are truly members of the Araviapa family.
We look for qualities beyond the resume of a runner. What does a person give back to the community to keep it strong? Attitude, volunteer history, encouragement to other runners, and many other factors played a big role in who made the final cut.
After the application period closed on November 1, I printed out a hard copy of every application. To give every applicant equal consideration, I hadn’t read any up to this point. Going through each application, I made notes on what qualities stuck out at me from each of the responses. My first impression going through the stack was how many great people were applying. I’d made a push when announcing the team for every type of runner to apply, hoping no one would sell themselves short because they weren’t winning races. The response had been bigger than I’d imagined, and our “Everyday Runner” spots became more competitive than the competitive ones.
Beyond making the selection far more difficult for me, this was truly flattering. So many of you connect with Aravaipa and the Arizona running community as your second family, that being an ambassador is second-nature.
The final selection was made by Jamil and myself, after much deliberation. It was a challenge to have limited space, as we wanted to keep many more. At the end of the day, we picked a team that we feel is well-balanced to represent Aravaipa and enhance the community around us.
We will be selecting a new team for 2015. I can only hope to have this hard of a time making the selections next time around, it’s a good problem to have!
This Sunday, December 1 will be the second of three training runs along the Black Canyon Trail 100K course. We will be running approximately 18 miles from Bumble Bee to Black Canyon City Trailhead. There will be two on course water / aid stops at approximately mile 4.4 and 11.4. This section is mostly single track trail winding through saguaros and breathtaking views of the Bradshaw Mountains. There are also several stream crossings in the latter miles of the run!
The course will be minimally marked with orange ribbon and some flour arrows at key junctions, but we make no guarantees! Please download and bring these maps and pay attention on the run.
Schedule: Please meet at the Black Canyon City Trailhead at 7:00am to carpool together up to Bumble Bee. We will start just south of the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek around 7:45am (where we finished our first training run).
This is a completely free run and anyone is welcome!
Directions to Black Canyon City Trailhead (Where we meet at 7am)
1. From Phoenix, take I-17 freeway to exit 242 Black Canyon City / Rock Springs
2. Turn left onto Velda Rose Road and go 0.2 miles
3. Turn right onto Old Black Canyon Hwy
4. Take first left onto Warner Road and go 0.2 miles
5. Turn right into trailhead
Directions from Black Canyon City Trailhead to run start at Bumble Bee
1. Get back on I-17 North
2. Drive 5.9 miles and exit #248 Bumble Bee / Crown King
3. Turn left towards Bumble Bee and follow paved road down hill
4. Turn right onto dirt and follow until you see a trailhead on the left side of the road before the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek.
Contact: Questions? Email Jamil at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-361-7440
RSVP: On Facebook group or email Jamil
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573135722751089/
This upcoming Sunday, November 10 will be the first of three training runs along the Black Canyon Trail. We will be breaking up the course for the inaugural BCT 100K race to be held February 15, 2014 into three sections on November 10, December 1 and January 19.
Here is information for those of you wanting to join on this first training run:
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2014.
Directions to Bumble Bee (end of run, park here to carpool to run start):
1. Drive north from Phoenix on the I-17 Freeway
2. Take exit #248 towards Bumble Bee / Crown King
3. Turn left and drive 2.1 miles on pavement (road descends downhill)
4. Turn right at the bottom where it turns to dirt and take Crown King Road for 2.9 miles to a small dirt parking lot on the left side of the road. If you cross a bridge over Bumble Bee Creek you have gone too far.
Directions to Mayer High School from Bumble Bee (we will carpool as a group):
1. Drive north on Crown King Road for 5.6 miles
2. Turn right onto Forest Road 259 and go 1.3 miles
3. Turn right staying on Forest Road 259 and go 2.8 miles
4. Continue straight onto Antelope Creek Road at town of Cordes and go 2.8 miles
5. Take right onto Duffers Drive and then go 1.3 miles
6. Turn left onto Spring Lane and go 0.6 miles through the town of Spring Valley
7. Turn right onto Mule Deer and the high school will be straight ahead
Format: This is a no fee, limited aid, limited course marking training run. You must plan to be self sufficient in terms of navigation, personal safety and aid between stations. Aid is not guaranteed to be there for all runners, so plan accordingly and do not assume aid will be there for you. Please study the maps on this post, utilize the posted GPS files and follow signage for the Black Canyon Trail.
Distance: The first 18.3 miles of the Black Canyon Trail 100K course. This will be a point to point training run so car shuttles will be necessary.
Shuttle: We will meet at the end of the run (Bumble Bee, AZ) about 1/4 mile south of the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek. Park here by 7AM and we will carpool in as few vehicles as possible up to Mayer High School. We will plan to start running from Mayer High School at 7:30AM.
Aid: We will have at least one vehicle providing aid at approximately mile 7.4 and 12.4, but depending on how spread out runners are, you may or may not receive aid at one or both. Treat it as a bonus, but not guaranteed.
Markings: The course on principle will be unmarked. There is signage for the Black Canyon Trail at most questionable junctions, but we recommend studying and printing maps to bring with you. The front runners may carry a roll of orange ribbon to hang at some junctions, but do not expect or count on this.
Cost: Free. If you want to bring a snack to share at the finish and camp chair to hang out post-run please do so.
Contact: Questions? Email Jamil at email@example.com or call 602-361-7440
RSVP: On Facebook group or email Jamil
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/752292708129777/
This year’s Javelina Jundred men’s field has shaped up in the past couple weeks to be quite impressive. We’ve got the Javelina men’s course record holder, the course record holder of The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, and a past winner of the Badwater 135.
Set the course record on this course in 2011 at 13:47 and is a veteran 100 mile runner with numerous wins and records. He recently set the FKT on the John Muir Trail.
Smashed the course record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning this summer – finishing Western States, Vermont, Leadville and Wasatch 100 milers. He also won Leadville and has a 100 mile personal best of 12:44 at Rocky Raccoon.
Has podiumed at Badwater the past 5 years and won the race in 2011. He has a 14:30 100 mile personal best at Rocky Raccoon and recently won the Yellowstone-Teton Endurance 100 in 15:34.
Joe placed 2nd at the 2012 Hardrock just behind Hal and was running tied for the lead through half of Hardrock this year before dropping. He should be ready to go after missing out on the Run Rabbit Run 100 due to the Colorado flooding.
Hailing from Tucson, Arizona Catlow has wins at the Old Pueblo 50, Zane Grey 50 and Flagstaff 50. He placed 6th at his first 100 miler this year at the San Diego 100 and it will be fun to see how he stacks up against this field.
With 3 finishes at Javelina, he is experienced on this course and has a course best of 16:34 which he ran last year. If it is hot expect Mark to do well. He placed 2nd here in 2009, 2nd in 2010 and 4th in 2011 the year of Hal’s record.
Jeremy won Bear 100 this year and Cascade Crest last year both in the 2nd fastest times ever at each race. We’ll see how he can run on a flatter course this weekend.
Also from Tucson, Sion has competed at several of Aravaipa’s Insomniac Night Races this summer with a second place finish at the Vertigo 63K and first place finish at the Javelina Jangover 75K.
Christian is a Phoenix local and at just 20 years of age already has some impressive ultra victories under his belt. He has won his last 5 trail races he has competed in – all at Aravaipa’s Insomniac Night Races ranging from 31K to 65K in distance. Expect him to be running up with the leaders.
With lots of mountain running experience including finishes at Hardrock, Jason should run in the top 10.
What are your thoughts? Anyone we are missing?
Aravaipa Running is proud to announce the Aravaipa Youth Runs! In partnership with the Scottsdale-based Naturopathic Specialists, Aravaipa will be offering select races to youth under the age of 18 at no cost. The first race to be offered is the McDowell Mountain Frenzy on December 7, 2013 with a 1.6 mile run. Runners of any age are welcome, though children under 13 must have an adult accompany them during the entire run.
The program intends to introduce youth to the joys of trail running in a safe and friendly environment. Exercise and diet are critical part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle, and Aravaipa Running stands behind encouraging this at all ages. Aravaipa also offers healthy and vegan options in the post race meals at every race. Kids participating in the run will receive the full race experience including technical t-shirt, finisher glass, chip timing, and post-race refreshments, all through the generous sponsorship of the Scottsdale-based Naturopathic Specialists. Dan Rubin, a doctor at the practice and frequent runner of Aravaipa events, fully supports the runs:
The more science and medicine progress the more obvious it becomes that prevention of chronic disease should start at a young age. Exercise is an absolute basis for such prevention and it seems these days, that exercise has taken a back seat to more sedentary and indoor activities usually engaged in front of a screen. Likewise, “modernization” of exercise has encouraged our youth towards computer-generated and fantastical representations of real sport. I support efforts which direct our younger generations towards the beautiful outdoors, towards the self-propelled activities that our bodies were meant to perform. Ultimately it is important that our youth recognize that health, happiness and stimulation can still be found is such activities. I salute Aravaipa Running for their dedication to kids’ wellness and Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, is proud to be a partner is this endeavor.Phoenix Top Doc, Dr. Dan Rubin
Youth or their parents may sign up online through the sign up form. Details of how to complete registration will be provided within a week. Youth entry for this race is limited to 50 participants.