ultra running

  • Jan 20, 2018
  • Starts 8:30 am South Mountains, Connelly Springs, NC.
  • 3 Well stocked Aid Stations
  • Over 600 Stairs
  • 6,000 ft. of elevation gain
  • Highly runnable trails
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Javelina Jundred

  • October 27-28, 2018
  • Starts at 6:00am in Fountain Hills, AZ.
  • 100 miles – 100k
  • 2018 Western States Qualifier
  • Course is a 20 miles rolling single track in McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • The ultimate social trail run of the year
  • Pizza, burgers and subs at headquarters
  • 680 feet of elevation gain per loop and 4 Aid Stations


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Outlaw 50k logo

  • October 13, 2018
  • Anna Maria Island to Marina Jack’s
  • Outlaw 50K
  • Custom Shirts for all entries
  • Prizes for all entries
  • Awards for overall male & female
  • Aid Stations throughout course
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Mesquite Canyon

  • March 17, 2018
  • Starts 7:00am White Tank Regional Park, Waddell, AZ.
  • 50 Mile – 50k – 30k – 1/2 marathon – 8k
  • Aid Stations every 1.8 to 9.3 miles
  • 8,760 feet of elevation gain for 50 Mile
  • 3,280 feet of elevation gain for 30k
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Whiskey Basin


Whiskey Basin

  • April 14, 2018
  • Starts at 5:00am Prescott Circle Trail, Prescott, AZ.
  • 88k – 57k – 31k – 10k
  • Aid Stations every 4 to 9 miles
  • Perfect mix of high desert trails, pines and junipers
  • Camping available
  • 5,978 feet of elevation gain 88k
  • 833 feet of elevation gain 31k
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HIT THE DIRT RUNNING – Here’s how to get started.

Turn off-road

Trail running is truly as simple as taking a normal run and doing it on dirt.  So first, you need to find some trails.  A local run club or trail running group can provide both training and camaraderie and a wealth of information on local races and places to train:  TRAIL CLUBS

Fuel right

Since it often takes longer to cover a distance on a trail and you’re less likely to find a convenience store along the way, carring enough fuel is an important consideration for trail runners.  How many calories do you need?  A good rule of thumb is your body can only process 200 – 300 calories per hour while running.  Since you typically burn over 100 callories per mile, and typically run more than two or three miles an hour, your body still goes into a calorie deficit.  Spreading out the timing of your trail calories can keep the bonk at bay.

Running Trails is Dirty Business

Don’t stress over getting your shoes dirty.  It’s just going to happen and you will need to just get over it.  If you obsess over paces, splits and distances, you will need to let it go and relax.  Take that energy and use it to focus on the ground in front of you.  There’s no zoning out on a trail run.  You’ll quickly realize that even a quick look up to enjoy the beautiful views, and bam, you might roll your ankle or face plant.

The right tools

Proper shoes, apparel, hydration, lights and data can make a big differance on the trail.  Trail shoes will offer distinct features that their road counterparts lack:  Traction, Protection and Stability should be carefully considered based on the conditions of the trail you will be running.  There are a variety of ways to carry water, calories, apparel and safety equipment.  Handheld bottles and waistpacks work well for shorter distances, while specialized backpacks with internal bladders and compartments for longer distances.

Stride Right

Practice good technique and pacing.  Trail running tends to require more dynamic movement and a shorter stride will normally result (170 – 180 spm).  On the trail, you need to read your body’s effort rather than relying on mile splits, and think more in terms of run duration than actual distance covered.

Trail safety

A primary concern for aspiring trail runner is getting lost – especially on long backcountry treks.  As a basic precaution, when you leave to hit the trail, make sure to tell someone where you are going and when they should expect you to return.  To minimize your risk of getting lost, study your route beforehand.  Google Earth is a good resource for many popular trails.  If possible carry a map.  GPS watches are also a good tool to have at your disposal.  Just make sure that there is a feature that will plot your way back.  The Garmin Fenix 2 has this feature and is easy to use.


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