BLACK CANYON ULTRAS 60K
Set to take off tomorrow morning, February 16, at 8:30 am, Nikki will compete in the Black Canyon Ultras 60k, hosted by Aravaipa Running. Scarlett had to sit the 100k out, but will act as crew for her, as well as Scarlett’s boyfriend, Mitch, who will compete in the 100k. Unfortunately escaping the snowstorm in Bellingham didn’t guarantee perfect racing conditions elsewhere – per the Nat’l Weather Service, a flood watch was issued on the Agua Fria river effective through today. “Aravaipa Running has been closely monitoring this incoming weather storm and has prepared two alternative courses for the Black Canyon 100k and 60k…” On top of this they expect colder than average temps (below freezing at the start) and humidity. Nonethematter, because our tough-as-nails teammate has endured insane winds and wet and snow for the past month, and Arizona should only be easier than what she’s been through in the fight for consistency as of late.
Should the course remain the same, the 60k is point to point on the Black Canyon Trail (a Nat’l Rec Trail) in the Sonoran Desert, and features a mix of single track, jeep roads, and pieces of an old stagecoach route. Aravaipa Running gives back to the Black Canyon Trail each year through trail maintenance and a special project coinciding with each year’s race. They have a goal of helping purchase and install signage on the length of the Black Canyon Trail used in the race.
The Black Canyon Ultra is a golden ticket race (top 2 F/M), and offers points for UTMB.
Mitch will take off at 7:00 am at Arcosanti, just before the sun rises. Nikki will take off at 8:30 am at the same start. The race is stacked with some incredible athletes, the likes of which include Max King, Dakota Jones, Jared Hazen, Chris Mocko, Eric Senseman, Kaci Lickteig, Yiou Wang, Alicia Woodside and too many others. ENTRANTS LIST!
WOOLLEY TRAIL RUNS 50K
Set to race the same day – Saturday, February 16 – Shawn will embark on NW Endurance Events’ Woolley Trail Runs 50k at 8:00 am. The race features a Marathon and a Half as well. All 3 runs are out and back on a railroad grade gravel path and incorporates the Cascade Trail in Sedro-Woolley. The course has a slight uphill grade on the way out, which means a slight downhill grade on the return. As with all NW Endurance Events races, there is limited aid. As last year’s champ, Shawn will look to maintain his crown. Results will be posted after the race HERE!
Good luck to our athletes this weekend! Training through winter is no easy feat, and conditions might not be perfect, but they rarely are. Fight for it!