What’s on the line this Saturday at the McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50 miler?
Well, a very golden shoe…and a one year Salomon Running sponsorship that includes:
👟 10 pairs of shoes. 👔 1 race singlet.
💰 Salomon athlete discount.
🏃🏽♀️ Entries into Salomon sponsored races.
🤘 Inclusion in Salomon athlete communication and activation.
A six pack of race entries for 2023 Aravaipa races (excluding Cocodona.) 🍻
So, may the best man and woman WIN.
Calling all Night Owls! 🦉
We are in need of aid station volunteers for the overnight shift at Fat Ox Endurance Runs.
Join us at Estrella Mountain Regional Park this Saturday (12/2) from 12PM to 8AM and support runners as they push their limits for up to 48 hours.
Volunteers for the overnight shift will receive $100 in Race Credits that can be used towards any Aravaipa Event.
Link below to help!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
Registration for one of the most epic races you’ll ever toe the line at is now OPEN!
Join us this July 29th in Beaver, Utah for the one and only, Tushars Mountain Runs.
Take on the 100k, 70k, Marathon or 1/2 Marathon in the beautiful Tushar Mountains, a lesser known, rugged mountain range gem above Eagle Point Ski Resort.
Each distance option is gorgeous, challenging, and the best part is ALL go to the high point of Delano Peak at
12,169 feet…how rad is that?!
Tushars is definitely a bucket list race and space goes fast, so head to the link below now and snag your spot before it’s gone!
Still dialing in your weekend plans? Come Volunteer with us at McDowell Mountain Frenzy, taking place this Saturday.
We are still in need of help with event setup, registration, aid station crew, videography, and event breakdown.
Enjoy some great company in beautiful McDowell Mountain Regional Park and earn Race Credits at the same time!
You can see all the volunteer opportunities in the link below.
You’ve most likely seen our next community runner highlight crushing big mountain races, volunteering at them, or out on the trails with his adorable ultra pup, Bear. He’s also taking on the very competitive, very exciting, Frenzy 50 miler this weekend.
Let’s take a few moments to get to know local Mesa runner, Mike Cady, a bit better with a little Q & A!
Q: Where are you from and what do you do?
M: I'm from a small town off the coast of Washington in the rainforest of Aberdeen and have been slowly migrating south from Portland to San Francisco to Phoenix. I recently made a change in occupation from the healthcare field to realign my path with my passion and am currently seeking something I really enjoy doing, because life is too short to not follow your intuition to be happy.
Q: How long have you been running for and when was your first Aravaipa race?
M: I started running as a young kid to free my mind and step into that free state of flow, in an all out sprint. I liked to go fast. I got into running at the height of the pandemic in 2020. A friend asked me to run the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim and I started training and it felt good, so I just kept running. I ran Whiskey Basin 91k, Nov 2020 as my first race. I took a series of wrong turns and eventually made it back around the other lakes to get on course, through hail and 50mph wind I finished with all the glory of an ultra. I binged ate at the finish line aid maybe 6 hotdogs.
Q: What is your favorite distance to run?
M: My favorite distance to run is a 100 mile grueling mountain race. It takes me on a mind altering adventure I'm not sure I’ll make it back from.
Q: In my opinion, you’re definitely a dark horse in the running to place high at the Frenzy 50 mile. You’ve done some really tough races with a lot of vert, finished top 3 at Mogollon Monster and completed UTMB. Are you shooting for
that Salomon sponsorship, or just taking on Frenzy for funsies?
M: I'm shooting for that Solomon sponsorship. I've been waiting for this race for years and it’s finally happening. I've been going for golden tickets and this race might just be the boost someone needs to catapult their confidence to the next level.
Q: Lastly, tell us a bit about your furry running companion!
M: My dog, Bear, is the ultimate ultra dog, never stops, never quits, and he's fast. I've been training to try and keep up with him on 10 mile runs, but he's still got me. I finally outrun him on 30 milers. He’s ran 7 ultras, all at high elevation. We've been training for the annual ultradog 50k world championships on the Round Hump FKT course in Flagstaff. I'm trying to create a non profit ultra race event for dogs, to benefit dog charities and nature conservation. So, train your dogs to become Ultradogs!
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Thank you so much for sharing, Mike, best of luck to you this Saturday at Frenzy, and tell your dog we said hi. 😉
Gorgeous winter desert weather, super fun courses, distances for all, an extra hype finish line, beer garden, food, OH! And don’t forget that one year Salomon sponsorship for the men and women’s 50 mile champions… it’s going to be absolutely epic this weekend at McDowell Mountain Frenzy!
Online registration for all of the Frenzy and Mayhem madness closes tonight at midnight and space is limited.
Hurry on down to the links below to get one of the last spots for Frenzy, or if you’re feeling a little nocturnal or want to up the ante and “double down” for a sweet finisher award and all of the bragging rights, join us for Mayhem Night Runs later that evening!
Both are going down this Saturday December 3rd at gorgeous McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Hope to see you there for an amazing Saturday of trail running, friends and fun!
Just a reminder that the application window for the 2023 Aravaipa Racing Team closes on Monday, November 28th when the clock strikes midnight MT.
If you live in Arizona, Nevada, Utah or Colorado, head to the link below to apply now!
Registration for the third and final race in the Nardini Series, Fat Ox, closes Monday November 28th at midnight!
Head to the link below to join the fun at the exciting new for 2022 venue, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, beginning this Friday December 2nd.
With a great camping area, a one mile loop, mountain views and more, this is one fixed-time party you won’t want to miss!
48 hours, 24 hours, 12 hours, 6 hours or 100 miles…let’s go!
It’s time to show our favs a little love!
Tag your favorite small trail/running/outdoor business in your local community in the comments below!
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There are so many reasons to be thankful today, and if you’re anything like us, the trails that we have access to are just one of the simpler and finer pleasures in life.
So, tell us below which trail you’re most thankful for today and…Happy Thanksgiving, Aravaipa Family!
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Run the day? ☀️
Run the night? 🌙
When it’s in Cave Creek trust us, you’ll want to do both, and at Cave Creek Thriller Trail Runs and Thrasher Night Runs, you can!
Join us on December 17th for the third race in the Desert Runner Trail Series, Cave Creek Thriller and it’s sister night race and last night race until the Insomniac Night Runs Series starts up in April, Thrasher!
Distances for all ages and levels of trail runners including two point to point options, this is one event you won’t want to miss, and they all take place on the fun, runnable and absolutely gorgeous trails at Cave Creek Regional Park.
Sound like your kinda way to spend a Saturday in perfect desert winter weather doing what you love surrounded by your favorite people?
Then head to the links below to join the fun! 🦂
There’s no better feeling than the finish, especially when you’ve pushed yourself, maybe surprised yourself, and earned your reward.
Well done, Monarchs, we are all so proud of all of you!
The 2nd annual Monarchs In Motion is happening now at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School in Phoenix!
The focus here once again is fitness and fun as each class has 20 minutes to throw down as many laps as they can.
High fives, post race snacks, finisher medals and all the good feels are flying high, just like these butterflies 🦋
“CLIMB MOUNTAINS NOT SO THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU, BUT SO YOU CAN SEE THE WORLD.”
- David McCullough Jr
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Attention, trail runners!
This is your chance to run your way into a Salomon Sponsorship at the McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs.
The man and woman winners of the McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50 Mile will be awarded a one year Salomon sponsorship including free shoes, a team kit, and race entries to Salomon sponsored and Aravaipa Running events!
Questions? Check out the McDowell Mountain Frenzy website at https://www.aravaiparunning.com/mcdowell-mountain-frenzy/ for specifics.
Registration for the 50 Mile is filling up fast, so head to the link below to secure your spot today before it is too late!
Looking to run your first Marathon, first ultra Marathon, first 100 miler, hit a new distance personal best or all of the above?
There’s no better place to do it than at a fixed-time event.
Because of the looped style of each course, you’ll always have an aid station within reach, a cheerleader at every turn, and fellow runner or walker nearby to help keep your motivation high.
With zero worry about going off course, it’s more than easy to put your head down, zone out and grind out your miles, or, make new friends to chat with while getting lost in your laps!
Either way, you’ll become a first time (insert your new title here 😉 ) before you can say “Let’s get LOOPY”!
Wanna give your new distance personal best a go?
We’ve got three fixed-time events coming up on the calendar: Fat Ox in a few weeks, Across the Years in December and the Jackpot Ultras in March.
Learn more about each unique event and venue at the links below and…let’s get loopy!
Fat Ox: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=97793
Across The Years: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=92043
Jackpot Ultras: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98215
And the four winners of our first ever in-race Strava Segment Challenge are…🥁
Wait! Before we announce our winners, let us rewind and remind everyone what our Strava Segment Challenge is!
New for our entire 2022/23 Desert Runner Trail Series are in-race Strava Segment Challenges. We create two segments on the race course and mark those segments with signage. Whoever completes those segments the swiftest wins a prize! How fun, right?
Now without further ado, the winners of the Strava segments at Pass Mountain Trail Runs were Charlie Ware & Jenni Vanos for the "Are you Kitten Me" segment, and Michael Gfeller & Courtne McIntosh for the “Talk Derby to Me" segment.
Want to have a go at our Strava Segment Challenge? We will have it again at Frenzy Trail Runs in just a few weeks.
Great work, Strava winners!
Whiskey Basin Trail Runs has sooo many looks…and they all look SO GOOD!
If you’re seeking a spring race with diverse beauty that’s truly unique, look no further than Whiskey Basin.
Join us Saturday, April 15th on world class trails that are right outside of the quaint and entertaining town of Prescott.
Camp, stay and play all weekend long after taking on the point to point 91k, the ORIGINAL course 60k or 30k, or one of the most challenging 1/2 Marathons or 10k’s you’ve ever done!
All distances start and finish overlooking the water at Watson Lake with camping in walking distance, and downtown Prescott is just a stone’s throw away, making Whiskey Basin Trail Runs the perfect weekend getaway or day trip for the whole family.
Head to the link below to learn more about this exciting event and mark your calendars for WHISKEY TIME on April 15th in gorgeous, Prescott!
This year will be Cave Creek Thriller’s 12th birthday 🎂 and we can’t wait to celebrate it officially becoming a “tween” on December 17th!
This race is simply spectacular for so many reasons…
1) it’s in Cave Creek: AWESOME!
2) the 50k and 24k are both point to point: say what?!?
3) Distances for all: 50k, 24k, 11k and 5k: bring the entire family!
4) charity beer garden, games and fun after your race, on course strava challenge segments: All the things!
Don’t forget, you can stay and make it an even more epic day by upping the ante and doing the double: race Thrasher Night Runs that night! So. Much. Fun.
Links below to join us for the third and final race in the fall portion of the Desert Runner Trail Series, Cave Creek Thriller, now!
You feeling lucky? 🃏 🎰
Then join us for Jackpot Ultras this March for one of the most premiere & festive short loop ultramarathons in the country at the beautiful Cornerstone Park in Henderson, Nevada!
The perfect venue for a fixed-time event, this well maintained park also includes public restrooms, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic areas, open grass fields and a dedicated camping space for runners, making it easy to bring along your entire entourage aka family and crew!
Once the site of a mining operation that was abandoned in the late 90's, Cornerstone Park was revived and repurposed by the City of Henderson into an ultrarunners paradise.
Just 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip with a large pond at its center, Cornerstone is the ideal location for the fabulous Jackpot Ultras, where a good time is a sure bet. 😉
Head to the link below to learn more and roll the dice 🎲 with us at Jackpot Ultras this March 3rd-5th!
*Don’t worry, there are no wrong answers*
You know your favorite mountain or mountain range.
That one that you dream about escaping to after a long day. The one that you imagine the sunrise or sunset lighting up its peaks and just the thought of it lights up your life?
It may be in another state, a whole other country, or it may even be in your backyard…
Comment below what YOUR favorite mountain(s) is! ⛰️
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Did you know that Pass Mountain used to be the second race in the DRT Series and not the first?
Cave Creek Thriller was the to kick off of the series until the Covid era, when it was moved from October to December. Still pretty warm in October, everyone seemed to enjoy the December timing of Thriller a bit better so there it stayed!
Pretty cool, right? Pun intended 😉
We have a mix of first timers and those seeking revenge out here at today’s Pass Mountain Trail Runs 50k.
This course is fast, which makes it both a great intro to ultras as well as to those looking for a personal best!
Have fun out there, ultra runners!
Checking in and heading out!
It may be a chilly morning out here at Usery Mountain Regional Park but these athletes are ready to enjoy a day of running and recharging at Pass Mountain Trail Runs.
50 milers are off and our 50k runners are on deck.
While it seems that the popularity of ultramarathons has exploded in the last couple decades, the sport has actually been around for a lot longer than you may think!
During the late 18th and 19th centuries, pedestrianism was an extremely popular spectator sport. Pedestrianism, which was basically long-distance, competitive walking, was a staple at fairs and involved a lot of gambling (similar to horse racing).
During this time, one of the most coveted benchmarks in pedestrianism was to walk 100 miles in 24 hours or less, for which athletes earned the nickname "centurions". Large cash prizes were offered for participants and pedestrian events drew large crowds of spectators.
Through the years the sport has evolved and splintered into several disciplines like race walking, cross country, marathons and Ultramarathons, but the spirit of this OG endurance sport lives on.
Modern day fixed-timed races like Fat Ox, Across the Years and Jackpot Ultras still showcase the pedestrianism spirit today as a unique cross section of ultrarunners and endurance walkers that test their fortitude in much the same way as the pedestrians of the 1800's, minus the gambling, of course. 😉
You can learn more about each of our fixed-time events at the links below, including Fat Ox, which is coming up quick on December 2-3 at Estrella Regional Park.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for one if not all of these nods to pastime of pedestrianism…they are so much fun!
Fat Ox: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=97793
Across The Years: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=92043
Jackpot Ultras: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98215
Fueling for your race…it’s arguably one of the toughest aspects of running!
Aravaipa Racing Team member Colleen Lingley is no stranger to long efforts and executing near perfect races.
She’s completed numerous ultramarathons and trail races, including two 100-Mile finishes, and is also a registered dietitian in Flagstaff so she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to race fueling.
With Colleen being such an expert, we couldn’t think of a more knowledgable person in our running community to provide some guidance around race preparation and in-race nutrition.
Take a few moments and head to the link below to read our latest blog featuring Colleen’s nutrition tips for race week/day fueling.
It’s time to raise a glass…of whiskey, that is! 🥃
Because registration for the 2023 Whiskey Basin Trail Runs is now OPEN!
Join us on Saturday April 15th for the point to point 91k, or a 60K, 33K, 1/2 Marathon or 10K that all start and finish out of the gorgeous, Watson Lake.
AND, we are SO happy to announce that the 60K and 33K will be returning once again to the original courses on the Prescott Circle Trail…cheers to that!
Head to the link below and plan on joining us this spring for one of the most scenic, fun and challenging races in Arizona: Whiskey Basin Trail Runs!
Beautiful and unique scenery, challenging and fun trails, a charming town reminiscent of the late 1800’s and a fascinating history that surrounds it…if you’re looking for a footrace with both beauty and depth, look no further than Copper Corridor Trail Runs!
The town of Superior is shrouded in history and reminders of its past can be seen along the Copper Corridor course and throughout the town of Superior itself. Let’s learn more about it in a series of blog posts detailing the area’s landscape as well as its Copper mining roots that first put this booming destination on the map so many years ago.
Head to the link below now to read the first blog in the series that details some really cool facts about Picketpost Mountain and the Silver King Mine!
Copper Corridor Trail Runs: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98190
Are you running the fall DRT Series?
Well, what are you going to do with all that fitness you’re about to gain?
Run the the SPRING DRT Series, too!
Yes! After the fall portion wraps up with Cave Creek Thriller in December, there are four more races waiting for you after the New Year.
The second half of the DRT Series commences with San Tan Scramble on January 7th at San Tan Regional Park, then shoots over to the west side for Coldwater Rumble at Estrella on January 14th.
The third race takes you back over to Cave Creek Regional Park for Elephant Mountain on February 4th, then all the way west to the awesome White Tank Mountain Regional Park for the series finale on March 11th at Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs!
Choose to run the races individually, or save money and choose one of eight series passes tailor-made just for YOU.
Distances for all levels (including two Kids races), amazing weather, incredible trails and the fun and high energy vibe that Aravaipa is known for are all waiting for you at the Spring DRT Series.
Head to the link below to learn more and let’s run the desert together at the fall AND the spring Desert Runner Trail Series!
🥳 APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2023 ARAVAIPA RACING TEAM ARE OPEN!
Are you a runner or mountain biker?
Do you live in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada or Utah?
Would you like to represent Aravaipa Running/Rides as a member of the 2023 team?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, head to the link below now to apply!
*application window closes on November 28th
Get after it!
Are you coming out to McDowell Mountain Frenzy next month and need a place to stay?
Book your room now at the gorgeous, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort to take advantage of the Frenzy runner discount!
A limited number of rooms are available for our runners at $169/night with a $10 discounted resort fee.
Be sure to mention Aravaipa Running and the McDowell Mountain Frenzy race when reserving your room!
This deal is expires on November 11th so hurry and click the link below now.
👏 We can hardly contain ourselves!
The 2022/23 Desert Runner Trail Series kicks off THIS weekend at Pass Mountain and we are so excited for yet another epic 7 race series that enjoys the finest trails in our incredible Regional Parks here in the Valley of Sun during what is quite possibly the best running weather on earth.
Online registration closes tonight for both Pass Mountain and its nighttime sister race, Punisher Night Runs, which by the way has been newly rebranded!
All three fall night races are now a trio called “Desert Runner After Dark”, and with that comes a whole new angle of fun. Think campfire, s’mores and all the things cozy after your race!
So, beat the line and head to the links below now to join the fun this weekend at Pass Mountain and Punisher.
We can’t wait to see you at Usery Mountain Regional Park to get this DRT’y party started…let’s go!
Pass Mtn: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=92212
Punisher Night Runs: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=92252
It’s so close but feels so far away…
Escape the city life for the day and join us in charming Superior, AZ for the 4th annual, Copper Corridor Trail Runs on February 25th!
Registration is now open for the 50k, 32k, 17k or 12k, all of which get you out and exploring beautiful and relatively undiscovered single track trails that will treat you to lovely landscapes like Saguaro cactus forests, flowing creeks and rock formations reminiscent of the Superstition Wilderness or Bryce Canyon!
Finish your race then plan to relax and celebrate in the quaint town of Superior. Many of its saloons have live music on Saturday night and are the perfect place to kick up your feet, visit with friends and feel like you’re taking a step back in time…and it’s all within an hour’s drive from downtown Phoenix!
Head to the link below to learn more about this unique event, and plan to run with us this February at Copper Corridor Trail Runs!
Mining edition ⛏️
Located just to the North of Phoenix, AZ, the Bradshaw Mountains loom over the valley at just under 8,000 feet. These Mountains are rugged, steep, and (were at one point) full of gold, making them ideal for trail runners and miners alike!
After the initial discovery of gold deposits in 1863, mines and boom towns like Crown King, Bradshaw City, and Oro Belle were built and their populations exploded into the hundreds of thousands. By the 1900's, however, the mining boom had slowed and these towns were mostly abandoned. Today you can find over 40 ghost towns and abandoned mining camps within the Bradshaw Mountains.
Relics of the Bradshaw Mountain's rich mining history are still visible along the Cocodona 250, Crown King Scramble 50K, and Black Canyon Ultras courses.
Keep an eye out for rusty mining equipment and old building foundations as you look up (or down) at this epic mountain range on your training run or race!
Visit the links below to learn more about racing though the historic and beautiful, Bradshaw Mountains at:
Crown King Scramble 50k: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=97088
Black Canyon Ultras: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=93392
Cocodona 250: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=95982