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Javelina Jangover Night Run 2016 Race Preview

Melia Coury Race Preview 1 Comment

Javelina Jangover has always felt like the gateway race into our fall racing season. It sits on the edge of the scorching desert heat months and you definitely still want to be prepared for warm temperatures throughout the night. Javelina Jangover is held during a full moon and has changed dates each year to accommodate the lunar schedule. This race is held in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The trail for the 75K, 50K and 25K will be on the …

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Mesquite Canyon Evolves

Jamil Coury Race Preview, Ultra Thoughts 1 Comment

I’ve been camping and backpacking in the White Tank Mountains east of Phoenix most of my life. It all started with a couple of trips a year with my Boy Scout troop. We’d do day hikes with fully loaded backpacks as training prep leading up to our annual trip to Havasupai Canyon. Our packs which back in the day were upwards of 40 or 50 pounds, you know, the ones with big metal frames that you’d bungee down a sleeping pad and …

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2016 Black Canyon Ultras Preview

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The 3rd annual Black Canyon 100K will take place this Saturday, February 13th north of Phoenix, Arizona on a point to point course along the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail. Over 260 runners from across the country will take to the 62 mile course under record temperatures forecast in the mid to upper 80’s in the afternoon. This 2017 Western States qualifier (for those finishers under 17 hours) is also a “Golden Ticket race. that will send the top 2 male and female …

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2015 Desert Solstice Preview

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Central High School’s track in Phoenix, Arizona will again make history on Saturday, December 19th.  Aravaipa Running is presenting the 5th edition of the Desert Solstice Track Invitational.  This year’s event features 21 of the best endurance athletes in the world chasing numerous national and world records at distances ranging from 20 kilometers to 24 hours.  Previous editions of this event have seen 26 national and 6 world records on this fast red 400 meter oval.  The weather forecast looks …

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Kendall Mountain Preview

Hayley Pollack Community, News, Press Release, Race Preview, Ultra Thoughts 0 Comments

If you can believe the write-up about Kendall Mountain on summitpost.org then you “[shouldn’t] feel too proud when you reach the summit of this one.” However, we disagree. The basis for their argument is this race, Kendall Mountain Run: because runners run up Kendall Mountain it is brushed aside. Standing in Silverton, looking up at Kendall as it towers over Greene Street you get your first sense of the injustice done in that one sentence. It is not hard to …

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2015 Insomniac Night Trail Run Series

Hayley Pollack Community, News, Race Preview, Ultra Thoughts 1 Comment

What happens when you are forced to ignore heat training advice? You know, the articles where they give varying degrees of heat and what you are supposed to do in each scenario. Invariably there is a section that tells you to cut back once it gets too hot or stick to running indoors for faster recovery. There was a Runner’s World article I read not too long ago that described racing in 80° as “gruesome conditions.” However, as many of us know, …

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Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs – Origins and Thoughts

Jamil Coury Race Preview, Ultra Thoughts 2 Comments

The 6th annual Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs are upon us. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. Not just the time this year, these first two months of 2015 but even the last 5 years! Just 5 years ago I was preparing to direct my first ever 50K that I created from scratch at a mountain park that I’ve been hiking, camping and mountain biking in since I was a kid. This would prove to be not just …

Aravaipa Running Announces Big Pine & Blackout Night Runs

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Aravaipa Running is incredibly excited to announce the 1st annual Big Pine 108K to be held June 13-14 in Flagstaff, AZ! We will also be offering a 13K, 27K and 54K that morning and hosting the Blackout Night Runs as a new addition to the Insomniac Series that evening! In scouting race courses we are always on the lookout for something new and exciting and a location that allows us to make the race a community affair. We have found …

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Crown King Scramble: Course Preview and Updated Course Record Information!

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I’ll start this post by being honest.  There was pretty much nothing about Crown King Scramble that ever interested me. I had no desire to run uphill on jeep road for 31 miles. That was until today. I’m not sure my preconceived notions about a race course have ever been so wrong. Jamil and I spent the day driving the Crown King Scramble course so I could learn the layout and we could post signs reminding users of Aravaipa’s race …

Crown King Scramble Contenders

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Once Arizona’s most competitive ultra, the Crown King Scramble is making a big splash in its first year back with a stacked field of runners on both the men’s and women’s side. Here we take a few minutes to highlight some of the amazing athletes that will be toeing the line this weekend. These athletes will be competing not only for the win at one of Arizona’s most historic ultras, but $250 in prize money going to the top man …