IT’S PARTY TIME! – Days Away From Starting Cocodona 250

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com The work is done. It’s time to play. All of the energy you’ve put into the past however many weeks of Cocodona 250 training now gets to be unleashed. Let it ROAR! It’s a powerful feeling. Yes, there are more unknowns than known at this point. Especially for me and others that are new to this distance. Get ready to dance with them. I know I am. I’m going …

Treading Lightly: Some Earth-Friendly Etiquette for Trail Runners

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com The funniest question that I have been asked in regards to running Cocodona 250 came from one of my CrossFit coaches. He’s excited for me, but I saw his facial expressions turn from enthused to contemplative… “Where do you poo?” he asked with a smile and edge of concern. In honor of Earth Day this week, let’s talk about it! I think one of my biggest trail pet peeves …

What’s Your Why? – The Motivation Behind Running a 250-Mile Race

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com I remember my first run. Not the first time I ran, but the first time I ran after enjoying all of the french fries, ice cream, and Thirsty Thursdays in college. Discomfort in your own skin, amplified by every jarring jiggly step. For me it was the beginning of discovering self-discipline, the beginning of self-discovery, the beginning of falling in love with running. Ew. Typing that made me cringe. …

Training for Night Running

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com Up until age 19 I lived on a nameless dirt road in Stonington, Connecticut. There was one house just past ours, and then about a half a mile further, a seldomly visited gun club that reenacted Civil War stuff. Beyond that it was a power line trail that felt like it went forever (it probably was only four miles, but at the time “10K” wasn’t in my …

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Training for the Cocodona 250-Mile Trail Race While Working Full Time

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com “Sooo…do you just run all day?” People look at you like you’re an alien when you tell them you’re training for a 250-mile race called Cocodona 250. Congrats! You’re now the “crazy” friend! Running the race is one thing. The real perplexity is around how to train for something of this physical magnitude, especially when working a full-time job. (And MASSIVE kudos to the ultra parents out …

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Cocodona 250 – Six Weeks To Go

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Guest Post by Shelby Farrell | Follow her Cocodona 250 training journey at @shelbzzf & shelbzzf.com On the morning of May 3, 2021 a group of brave endurance athletes will be setting out to run the inaugural Cocodona 250. Two hundred fifty miles starting in Black Canyon City, Arizona, through Crown King, Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, all the way to Sedona, concluding in Flagstaff. The race is six weeks out, so basically it is just around the corner. Eeek! For me, …

2020-2021 Desert Runner Trail Series Final Standings

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As promised, here are the winners of the 2020-21 Desert Runner Trail Series and a few fun stats mixed in. This was the 11th year for some of these races and a nice little milestone for Aravaipa Running and how far we’ve come. As you all know, a lot can happen over the course of the series, this time beginning in November with Pass Mountain. Pulling from your three best races keeps things interesting and opens up the top spots …

DRT Series Wrap-up

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The 2020-21 Desert Runner Trail Series, or DRT Series as we like to call it, was a wild ride. Aravaipa Running as an organization went through some real challenges with the abrupt arrival of COVID-19 in 2020 that essentially shut everything down. As an event company, the idea of holding large groups of people in one space was daunting to all. Heck, being in a grocery store with a lot of people was daunting for many as we tip-toed through …

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Mesquite Canyon: A Rebirth in the Tanks

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Guest Post by Aravaipa’s Social Media Manager, Jen Laughlin. Spring is the season for rebirth. It’s nature’s way of starting over. This anticipated life cycle is obvious in the sights, sounds and scents in the outside world, especially to those who’ve experienced a long, cold winter. Though the turn in season isn’t as dramatic for us Phoenicians, there’s still something especially distinct about springtime in the desert. The air feels different. The temperature is still incredible, yet there’s a subtle …

2021 Black Canyon Preview

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Guest Post written by Andrew Veeder https://twitter.com/aveeder Andrew Veeder (@andrewveeder) • Instagram photos and videos One of Aravaipa Running’s premier events, the Black Canyon Ultras presented by HOKA, is set to take place on February 13-14 in the desert of Arizona. Competitors in the 100K event will be competing for two Golden Tickets, guaranteeing entry to the iconic Western States Endurance Run. While there are no Golden Tickets for the 60K, there are 2 points available for UTMB. Expect strong …