Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Wednesday Morning Run 2009

You can't stop him. He shows up every year carrying his over the hill bucket. Don't let Father Time win and keep training! Reminder: Group trail run the in Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:16 AM. Meet at the top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Avenue (GPS Coordinates +33.323370 -112.005578) Last opportunity to say you ran with WMRC in 2009. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace.
January 23rd is the McDowell Mountain Frenzy. 5K, 10 mile, 25K trail runs in the McDowell Mountain Preserve. Great course for all running abilities including first time trail runners. Click on the Aravaipa Running logo above for more info.

Also keep you training up for the Cave Creek Trail Marathon Fun Run January 31st 2010. This is a hidden gem.

Lastly, for those that think the board of directors are asleep at the wheel you are wrong. The WMRC year end runner awards are forthcoming!! Cosmas is diligently reviewing last years books.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa Says Go Run 12/23/09

Santa just sent a reminder that he is coming to town and we all need to go for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning. Meet at the top parking lot on Squaw Peak Drive 5:17 AM. Slow to moderate pace for a little over one hour. Rain or shine. Looks like rain is coming tonight but should clear up before we run. Darn!! "Please Santa all I want for Christmas is to run in the rain with a little snow mixed in!"

Runners of the week are two fold: Jody and Honey who spent time getting the Cave Creek Marathon Course ready and Nick and Jamil who ran the 68 mile Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains.

See everyone in the morning! Ho Ho Ho.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday Morning Run 12/16

Set the alarms. Wake up calls available upon request. We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the usual site at the end of Squaw Peak Drive North of Glendale Avenue. Plan on a little over one hour at a moderate pace. The weather is warming again so don't miss out.

Tough call on Runners of the week: Cosmas and Higgins are once again in the midst of an epic battle on how many day they can run this month. Both have run 5 days in a row. Incredible! Who do you think will win? New poll question.

Congrats to Laura Encinas and Joe G for their Tucson Marathon on Sunday. Both ran a 3:32:45 on a very windy day. I think that was a PR for Laura.

Also, the story still needs to be told but the Chimera 100 was held on Saturday but was called after 6 hours do high winds blowing away the aid stations and the incredible amount of rain. Who was in the mix? Jamil and Nick! What the heck.

Get your training in for the Cave Creek Trail Marathon Fun Run January 31st: Cave Creek Trail Marathon This is a beautiful challenging run. If you haven't been up there you must check it out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1 mile with Uli Steidi & Geoff Roes

Great footage by JB Benna last weekend at the North Face 50 mile trail chamionships last weekend:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dec. 9 Wednesday run reminder

For those who survived the storm last night, come join us on a 5+ mile trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve starting at 5:16 a.m. from the top end of Squaw Peak Drive. Plan on a casual steady pace for a 1-hour run through the trails around Trail 100.
Eleven people showed up to run the South Mountain 50K or some variation of it. Thanks for Robert to help coordinate this. The results are as follows:

Nick Coury 5:10
Jody Chase 5:49
Brian Wieneke 7:31
Debbie Leftwich 7:38

Andrew Heard 5:05 25.5 miles
Jamil Coury 5:49 24.2 miles
Honey Albrecht 4:12 20.8 miles
Aaron Mascarell 4:39 20.8 miles
Paulette Zillmer4:44 20.8 miles
Jeff Bott 4:56 20.8 miles
Boone Ebel 3:03 17.2 miles *

Also, congratulations to Jon Roig for getting into the Western States 100 mile.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2010 Western States Lottery

The Lottery for entry into the 2010 Western States is being held Saturday Morning. Already in are Jamil Coury and Andrew Heard (being paced by Hig and Cos!). The odds are long but good luck to Honey, Joe G, Nick Coury, Jon Roig and Paulette Z in getting picked. Lets keep our fingers crossed that more of the group gets in. To can follow the lottery live here: 2010 WS lottery

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WMRC Wednesday Run Reminder 12/2/09

Who is Running? Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the usual place at the end of squaw peak drive north Glendale Avenue. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Great running weather, don't forget your headlamp / flashlight. First timers are always welcome and encouraged to join in.
Congrats to the one person who predicted correctly the outcome of the ASU v UofA Territorial Cup. That person is very smart. Must be a Sun Devil!!

Sunday morning the South Mountain 50K / Fun Run is scheduled. Stay tuned for more info or leave a comment for someone to get back to you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday Morning Run Reminder 11/25/09

Hey guys and gals Thanksgiving is Thursday. What is the best way to get ready for the feast? Run, Run and Run. Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:16 AM. Meet at the very end of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Avenue. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Good turnout last week. If you missed it don't miss out this week!

Runner of the week: Even though this is a trail running group we have some that like to wear spandex and feel compelled to participate in triathlons. Sunday was the Arizona Full Ironman. Once again Chris Latvaaho qualified for the World Championships in Kona. Chris smoked the course in a time of 9:27:58. 5th in his division and 45th overall. On the women's side Paulette Zillmer finished with a time of 12:46:52 36th in her division. Also finishing: Jon Roig with a time of 13:02:50. Kirk had a great race going through the bike stage but ended up needing an IV in the middle of the run. Great job to all now get back to the Trails!!!

Big UofA Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils football game Saturday. Be sure to make your prediction in the pole on the right hand column!!!

South Mountain 50K / December 6th 2009

For those about to run, we salute you!

Well, December is almost here again. For those of you interested, the rumor is there is a fun run planned on Sunday, December 6th at South Mountain; some might even call it the South Mountain's not a 'race' or anything 'official', just a group of friends running trails, as many on this list have done in year(s) past...

If you haven't heard of it, or want more information, here is one source: South Mountain 50K 2008 recap

Self-supported run (water provided along the way with possible snacks, 'pot luck' style - no glass containers), 50k (or shorter options), be mindful of parking, hang out with your trail-running friends.

Details to follow, though expect something like last year; start/finish in the middle, run the West out-and-back, back to the car, run the East out-and-back, sit down, recover and regale the multitudes with tales of your trail adventures...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Arizona Ironman Sunday!!

Good Luck to Chris Latvaaho, Kirk McCarville and Jon Roig swiming, running and cycling the Ironman Arizona on Sunday. Chris is bib #862, Kirk is #2033 and Join is #591. You can follow their progress here: AZ IRONMAN LINK is now updated. Paulette in the mix too #2214

Anyone else competing from the group?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TPC Celebration Run - 11/18/09

Reminder: Like every Wednesday morning ran or shine, dark or light, all year round we are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive 5:15 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow pace. Just follow Higg. New runners are always welcomed and encouraged to join in.Runner of the Week: Big news coming out of the Cosmas camp. Little Taylor Paige Cosmas was born early Sunday morning at 12:37 AM to Katie and Mark! Statistics: 18in, 5lbs 15 oz, future trail runner / ultra marathoner. Upon deliver little Tayor asked what was the final score of the UofA football game??!! TPC in da House!
A race that little Taylor I'm sure will win one day happend over the weekend. The Mad Dog 25K / 50K Trail run. In the 25K event Laura Encinas was the 1st female and 10th overall with a time of 2:03:18. Karen Bea finished close behind as 3rd female finisher. Pacing Amy, Perry Edinger ran also!!

In the 50K event: Kate McCarville was the 1st female overall with a time of 5:28:45. Great show Kate! Joe G. also had a good run and finished 6th overall with a time of 4:42:12. Joe did have some "issues" during the run which can be summarized in the video below:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Veterans Day Run / Wed. Nov. 11

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:16 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive past the main trail head of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. The forecasted weather is a beautiful 63 degrees. Don’t forget your headlamp. In honor of Veterans Day, the Runners of week go out to Robert Andrulis and Bill Barthen for their service to our country.
Good job for Honey, Jody and Liz for another successful double crossing of the Grand Canyon over the weekend. The report back from the trip said they had fantastic weather and a great time. Good luck to anyone running the Mad Dog 50K this weekend at Reach-11 park.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Javelina Recovery Run / Wed 11/4

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive past the main trail head of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Headlamp needed for 3 quarters of the run. 63 degrees at kickoff with a full moon. Why sleep-in with those conditions?

Another Halloween, another Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail run in the books. With 250 starters and under 50% finishing, Javelina once again showed that running 100 miles in the desert is no simple task. Two WMRC'rs really toughed it out. Chip Gosewisch finished with a time of 24:34:26 and Debbie Leftwich completed her 5th Javelina battling chest congestion and a persistent cough that made her sound like a chain smoker. Jeff McCoy competing himself ran with Debbie the first 4 laps and Honey took over the rest of the way in what Debbie called a death march. She finished with a 102 fever. Additional congrats to Joanne Hughes for going under 24 hours (23:24:58) and Join Roig for also completing the death march!!

Costumes filled the grounds as The WMRC volunteers were also out in full force. Nick Coury once again wearing his "Karl Meltzer" costume paced the eventual winner Dave James from mile 75 to 90. With a time of 14:20:54 James smashed the previous record by over an hour even though he ran a 13:06 100 miles a month ago at the national 24 hours. Nick said Dave held back the last two laps because he wants to do well at the JFK in 3 weeks. Wow.
Joe Galope was also out pacing one of the leaders, Brenda Corona. Brenda was the 2nd female finisher and 9th overall with a time of 20:36:46. Joe said Brenda's system was to run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute after the intial 30 miles. This sounds better than Cosmas' system of walking 5 minutes and running 1 minute:>)
A big thanks to all the other volunteers and Jamil who runs one of the best 100 mile races in the country to great reviews!!
Are we really sure that was Candice working the Aid Station all night??? Thanks Candice if that was really you???

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Poker Revovery Run / Wed. Morning 10/28

Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:16AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Meet at the usual location, very top lot Squaw Peak Drive. Don’t miss out of the incredible sunrise!! Should be a little cool out. Nice!
Great weather contributed to a fun filled 2009 Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run Saturday morning. Runner of the Week, Candice won the grand prize with her pair of Jacks to a King. Candice got to take home and proudly display the traveling trophy. She also took home this year’s Javelina Jundred duffel bag filled with swag. Robert Andrulis come oh so close. He also pulled a pair of Jacks but only to an 8. Maybe next year Robert!
Best costume went to Jamil Coury for his Spartan Warrior. Checkpoint workers report lots of inquires about the guy running around with a sword. McCarville told them not to worry he is out there all the time! 2nd place went to Nick Coury with his Ultra Legend Karl Meltzer impersonation. Adam’s Men and Honey’s Women speed records are still safe but there was an epic battle this year between Albert Shank and Nick aka “Karl Meltzer” for the quickest time. Epic until Nick very Karl like got attacked by a moose like coyote. Nick failed to get behind a cactus to protect himself. The result was a major kick to the shin. Ouch!! No makeup was used in this photo. All real blood. Doctor report available upon request. Squaw Peak Scramble Photos: HereThanks to all who attended, ran the checkpoints and contributed giveaways!! Special thanks to Cosmas who puts it all together.

Next up this weekend is the Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail race. Good luck to Debbie and Chip. Anyone else?? Follow along on the live webcast. Jamil could still use some volunteers. Please contact him.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run WARM-UP

Reminder: Reminder we’re on for a group trail run Wednesday morning in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Meet 5:17 AM at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive North of Glendale Avenue. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace and preview potential routes for this Saturday’s Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run. We’ll also talk about an upcoming trail maintenance initiative.

Last weekend was the inaugural Copper Basin Bad Ass 50K in Prescott. The weather was very warm and 4 runners endured to complete the entire course. Brian Tinder (5:57), Joe Galope (6:01), Jody Chase (6:15) and Jamil Coury (7:35) who also marked the course. Others who ran 22.5 Miles: Rachel Jones (4:48), Bridgette Schiess (4:50), Mike Melchiors (4:50), Paulette Zillmer (4:50), Liz Everly (4:50), Karen Bea (5:16). 10.5 Miles: Pati Coury (2:45), Burke Painter (3:38), Julie (3:38). Thanks to Nick Coury for organizing!!
As noted above, this Saturday is the Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run. Meet at Dreamy Draw Park at 7:30 AM for instructions. Gun goes off at 8:01 AM. This is the best no fee fun-run in the area. Yes we are in still in a recession. We didn’t receive any Obama Money but we still have swag to give away!!! Yippy! The best poker hand is the Grand Prize Winner and receives the traveling trophy. Other prizes include Suns basketball tickets, custom metal artwork by JJ & miscellaneous stuff.

Cave Creek Trail Marathon 1/31/10

When: January 31th, 2010

Time: 7:30 AM

Where: Spur Cross Conservation Area

Cave Creek, Arizona

Distance: 26.2 Miles with 6,200' elevation gain

Hydration: 60 oz. Minimum to start

Aid Station: There is one aid station at the 12 mile mark. It will have all the regular ultra type food.

Jody Chase would like to invite my running friends to participate in another trail run in beautiful Tonto National Forest. This is only a gathering of friends who enjoy each other's company, the trails and would like to train on this gorgeous loop in a semi supported fashion. Last year was a record turn out of 40 people. This year, the trail has been newly restructured so there will a lot less cat claw and cross country running. The trail is in great shape. I will provide water/aid at the "top" of the loop, approximately 12 miles and will mark the course so I don't lose anyone. Maps will be provided. Although you are responsible for your own direction finding and well being. Donations of $10.00 will be graciously accepted. Whatever is left over after I pay for aid station supplies will be given to charity or other needy entity. This is a tough course that is not for the timid. The average finishing time is 6 hours. If you are not familiar with trail running, trail finding, trail etiquette, are ill-equipped, do not hydrate or are not prepared for the rigors, challenges of trail running in Arizona's back country, please wait another year. Search and rescue are not in my budget. Otherwise, for those who meet the above criteria, I would love to see you in January as some of the toughest runners in the valley gather to share a great run.

For additional information contact Jody Chase at:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Javelina Jundred Jalloween Party!!

We are looking for a few more volunteers for this year's Javelina Jundred. If you don't know much about the race, the Javelina Jundred is Arizona's only 100 mile endurance run and is quickly becoming one of the largest in the country. The race is held on the Pemberton Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional park near Fountain Hills. The race will be held from October 31st to November 1st and we are in need of help at our three aid stations (map).

Coyote Camp (requires a 4 mile hike/run each way)
- Sat. 6am-2pm
- Sat. 10pm - Sun. 6am

Jackass Junction (requires a 5 mile hike/run or truck ride each way)
- Sat. 7am-3pm

Javelina Jeadquarters (start/finish)
- Sat. 9pm - Sun. 5am

All volunteers will receive a technical long sleeve race shirt (from The North Face), an invitation to our pre-race pasta dinner Friday night, free camping, a beer or two from our kegerator, and a few other goodies. We encourage you to wear a costume and I guarantee a fun time! This is Arizona's biggest ultra running party after all! If you would like to volunteer, please email me at or fill out our volunteer form on our website: Javelina Volunteer Form


Jamil Coury
RD Javelina Jundred

WMRC Morning Run 10/14/09

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:16 AM. Meet at the very top parking lot on Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Ave. Contact us if you need directions. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace.

Runner of the Week: Dave Cauthon who did a double dip, Ran a real fast 9th overall 7 mile Cactus Cha Cha Saturday morning and followed that up with an 8th 3:02 Mazatzals 17 mile trail run Sunday. Others who ran the Cactus Cha Cha: Laura Encinas (3rd overall female!!), Joe G, and Candice.

Good turnout at Mazatzals: Jamil and Nick came in 1st with a time of 2:22. Andrew 2:36, Jody 3:02, Robert A 3:15, Rachel and Liz 3:47. Thanks to Honey and Debbie for organizing.

Upcoming: This weekend is the Copper Basin Fat Ass 50K. Next Saturday morning Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Man V Horse Recovery Run 10/10

We are on as always for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Wednesday morning 5:18 AM. Meet at the very top of Squaw Peak Drive. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace.

WMRC had another great show at this year’s 2009 Man Against Horse 25 / 50 mile trail run. This week there is a Female and Male Runner of the week. Lisa Osinga ran her first 50-mile trail race and completed it in a very strong fashion. She easily wins the female ROW. Way to go Lisa!! The Male Runner of the week was very close but Jamil Coury hangs on to beat his brother Nick. Literally. Jamil won this years race with a time of 7 hours and 8 minutes. He almost had all the horses beat until one passed him within a mile of the finish. Nick finished only 2 minutes behind Jamil. After the first 10 miles they didn’t see each other all day. Great job

The results aren’t posted yet so we are still a little foggy on who competed what. What is understood there where 6 WMRC’s in the top 10 of the 50 mile. After Jamil and Nick, Chip finished 7th in 8:40 even after getting lost. Jody was first female at 9:09. Joe Galope 9th at 9:15. Paulette Zillmer 10th overall, 2nd women. Very Impressive Run. Jeff Jones, Debbie L, Lisa O and Aaron finish off the group (unless I am missing someone).

In the 25-mile we had Tiffany Finke who was the 2nd female overall with a time of 4:04. Very Nice!! Albert Shank also had a great run. Candice and Honey too!! Lastly (unless I missed someone) Mark Cosmas completed the 25 even without his good buddy Higg. Reports are that he cried a little but persevered solo to the finish. Check out JJ's MVH video below.

Next up is Mazatzals 18 mile trail run Sunday. Also don't forget the Copper Basin Fat-Ass 50K on the 17th of October and the WMRC Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run on the 24th!

Man Against Horse 2009 from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Monday, October 5, 2009

2010 OP 50 Registration is now open.

Old Pueblo 50 mile endurance run. Enter before the spots are all filled. Here is the link: 2010 OP 50 Registration

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2009 Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run 10/24

Save the date. Squaw Peak Scramble Poker Run....IT IS ON!!!! Dreamy Draw Lot- Saturday, Oct 24th at 7:30 am. Race to Start promptly 8:01 am.

This is a no fee event!

Here are the rules. Only one rule, STAY ON THE TRAILS! NO CROSS COUNTRY! (Cheaters receive a 2 minute "time out" in the 40th street bathroom. Trust me that smell is life threatening you don't want to do it) You can take any route, any trail and any order to get to the 3 check points and then back to the start. You will be given a playing card at each of the 3 checkpoints as well as one at the start and finish. 5 total. The runner with the best poker hand at the finish is the grand prize winner and receives the Traveling Trophy. Other potential categories: fastest run time, slowest run time, best costume (May as well try out that costume. Holloween is the following week), attitude, most blood. Etc….

The distance is anywhere from 8-10 miles depending on your route. Brad went 11.5 in 2006. Don’t follow him, Average 8.67.

*Start and Finish: Dreamy Draw Park

*40th st lot
*Tatum Parking lot
* WMRC lot - Squaw Peak Drive top lot

Each checkpoint will have an aid station set up. Check in with them and get your playing card and then run off to the next checkpoint. There is no water at Tatum lot. Get water at Sq Pk. and 40th st.

Course Records
Poker Hand- Kirk McCarville- Straight flush to the King- 2006 – Prediction- Never will be beaten.
Men - Adam Hunt 2009 - 1:13:01
Women - Honey Albrecht 2009 1:21:45 – Prediction- Honey will break her own record once again.
Best costume- Mens: Brad Parker 2006 - Forest Gump; Womens Honey Albrecht 2009 - Catra

WMRC Poker Run from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Man Against Horse Taper Run 9/30

This weekend is the Man Against Horse 25 and 50 Mile trail run. Wednesday morning we taper! Reminder: we are on for a group trial run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning. 5:17 AM Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Avenue. Guaranteed to be a mostly flat slow run. Wake up calls available upon request!!

Runner of the week: Robert Andrulis ran his umpteenth 100 mile run this year finishing the Bear 100 in Utah last weekend. There is still time this year to squeeze a few more in. Also, Jon Roig did a R2R2R last weekend. So jealous!

This weekend is the Man Against Horse race up near Prescott. Good size group doing the 25-mile and even a larger group running 50-mile. Good luck to all and have a fun time!

Check out Jeff Jones latest video of the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Run. Try not to cry!:

Wasatch Front 100 Mile Run 2009 from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wednesday Morning Its Going To Be Under 80!

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning. 5:16 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive past the main trail head of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. The weather forecast is for clear skies and 71 degrees. That's right 71 degrees. That is perfect. We had 23 runners last week. Plenty of trail for more. 1st timers are always welcome!
Runner of the Week: Laura Encinas ventured out to Colorado to run the Boulder Marathon. 3:59, 15th female overall, 3rd in age group. I would say that is a successful run. Very nice job.

Keep in mind the Man Against Horse 25 and 50 mile trail run is a week from Saturday. Lets get a good size group up there.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

WMRC 9/16

We are on for an easy 1:06 run in the preserve tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Come one come all. This will be an easy run in case any of the Wasatcher's show up. Almost cool enough for Blue to come back and take over the group so get ready for some fun....
Runner of the Week: This goes to Jody Chase for her great run in the Wasatch 100 this past weekend. She overcame a tough HR race with a sub 30 hour (29:52) Wasatch finish and 9th female and 67th overall finish. Great Job Jody!!
Runner's up are Jeff Jones and Liz Everly. Both completed Wasatch in 33 and 34 hours respectively. This is such a tough course, constantly climbing or going down steep loose terrain. Great job to everyone. Jeff Jones report here......
Honorable mention to Candice for her Water is Life 50k finish on the Hopi Res. I heard this is a great race in beautiful terrain. Way to go Candice!
See you all in the morning!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Copper Basin Fatass 50K 10/17/09

Copper Basin Fatass 50k

What: Low key, no fee run on sections of the beautiful Prescott Circle Trail.

When: Saturday, October 17th. 7 AM start.

Where: Thumb Butte Day-Use Area. Coming into town from the east on Highway 69, continue on Gurly street until it turns into Thumb Butte. Continue 2 miles up the road to the picnic area on the right.

Cost: Free

Distance & Aid: The full distance is 50k, but there are opportunities to cut the run short to 11 and 23 miles. There will be water and minimal aid provided at miles 11, 17, and 26.

Course: Maps will be provided the day of the race, along with markings at major junctions. The trail itself is all single track or converted dirt roads, mostly flat or gradually rolling and no major climbs. From the start, the course follows the Prescott Circle Trail north to Iron Springs Road, then back to the starting area. From here, it follows the PCT south to Copper Basin Road, where the second aid station will be. Continue on the trail to Haisley Road, before returning the same way.

Contact: Nick Coury at If you are interested in running, please contact me so I can get an idea how many people are coming. Also, if you wish to help, I may need a volunteer or two to help with aid and course markings.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wasatch 100 Leader Board / WMRC updates

Update: Jody finished 29:52:57 9th female 67th overall; Liz 33:30:29; Jeff Jones 34:08:52

Joe will try to update spreadsheet hourly: Wasatch 100 Leader Board / WMRC updates
Also on the Wasatch 100 website: Additional runner inquires

Reflection Run Recap

Thanks to all who ran this morning. Thanks to Wardo for bringing the flag. It's always an honor to take a turn and carry with the USA Flag. Incredible feeling.

I've told this story before, eight years ago on 9/11 I went out for a run in the afternoon thinking it would make me feel better about the morning events. It ended up being the most lonely and sad run ever. I couldn't wait to get home with my family and friends. If I can help it, I will never run alone on that date again and be with friends like you. Just like this morning!!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

9/11 Reflection Run

Tomorrow Friday 9/11. We are going to meet at 5:30 AM at Dreamy Draw Parking Lot (exit Northern off SR-51) for the annual “Reflection Run”. This is a slow run in the preserve up an around red mound. Nothing better than running with a group on this day. Slow pace, good company, be thankful, reflect, look-forward.

Maybe a gift for those who attend?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Trail Work" Summer 2009

Great video and footage of WMRC this summer by Aaron Mascarella:

"Trail Work" Summer 2009 from Aaron Mascarella on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Washatch Taper Run 9/9 & Reflection Run 9/11

Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:15 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Ave. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. We had 22 runners last week. Plenty of room for more. We may have to succumb to headlamps but we shall see (or not).

Runner of the week: Nominees were running in the White Tanks, 12 hours at Javelina, Jerome Hill Climb, Squaw Peak Challenge. The ROW is Debbie Leftwich for running two laps (50K) on the Pemberton Trail Saturday night during the 12 hours at Javelina then backing that up with a heat of the day Squaw Peak Challenge Sunday afternoon. Great show.

Good luck to Jody, Liz and Jeff Jones who are running the Wasatch 100 mile endurance run in the mountains of Utah Friday and Saturday. You can follow their progress here: Wasatch 100 updates.

Friday is September 11th. A day to reflect. Also a day to look forward. We are going to meet at 5:30 AM at Dreamy Draw Park (exit Northern off SR-51) for the annual “Reflection Run”. This is a slow run in the preserve up an around red mound. Nothing better than running with a group on this day. Slow pace, good company, be thankful, reflect, look-forward.

Late edit: Robert Andrulis wins the weekend travel award for running the 71 mile historic Massunutten Trail "The Ring" in the George Washington National Forest - Central Virginia. Looking good at mile 42 below. Nice Job.

Friday, September 4, 2009

White Tanks Fun Run Saturday morning.

Fun run tomorrow at White Tanks Mountain Park. Meeting at the outside gate, 5:30, bring 6 bucks to get in.
Doing the Ford Canyon/ Mesquite loop. Awesome run, takes you to the actual "white tanks!" Some rock scrambling involved too. I am planning on going very easy, PROMISE! We can call this the Wasatch taper run. It will probably take around 2 1/2 hours, so bring enough water.
White Tanks
13025 N. White Tanks Mountain Rd.

Basically, take Dunlap, which turns into Olive going west alllll the way until it ends at the gate. 130th Avenue. I know it's far for you easterners, but trust me, it's worth it! Dunlap/Olive is between Peoria and Northern. Mapquest has pretty good directions. (unless you're Jason) Or you can e-mail me.
If you're interested, let me know so you don't get left at the gate.
my cell# 602-399-0531


Monday, August 31, 2009

Wednesday Run Reminder for 9/2/09

Will it ever cool off? Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Wednesday morning 5:14 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Ave. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. First timers are always welcomed and encouraged. Still trying to hold off on the headlamp!

ROW: What do you do after completing Hardrock? Do you put your feet up, rest and look at running pictures? If you are Honey, you keep on pushing. After running over 2hours Saturday in the White Tanks with Cos, Aaron and Robert A. you go up to Flag on Sunday and run 30 more mountain miles!

Don’t forget about the runs this weekend. Javelina 12-hour night run and the Squaw Peak Challenge. September 5th and 6th. Start Saturday 6:00 PM and run one, two, three or four loops on the Pemberton Trail (McDowell Mountain Park) then keep it going with a short quick run up Squaw Peak at 2:17 PM Sunday. A double dip mini grand slam. If you squeeze in the Jerome Hill Climb Sunday morning between the two that is a triple dip and a shoe in for Runner of the week!
The 2009 Angeles Crest 100 mile run has been cancelled due to forest fires.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"That's Ultra"

Former Phoenix resident, AJW on his way to a 9th place overall finish at Leadville 100. Warning, video not for everyone.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Leadville Recovery Run 8/26/09

Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:15AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Meet at the top lot of squaw peak drive. With a little luck maybe a little ran. I think we’re still okay without a head-lamp. The darkness is coming, I will not give in! ROW: Congratulations to Nick Coury for his 28th place finish at the Leadville 100 trail run in Colorado. 23:12:00. Great job Nick. The photo above is left to right Brothers Jamil, Nathan, Nick and ???

Remember to keep the dates September 5th and 6th for the 12 hours of Javelina 6:00 PM Saturday and the Squaw Peak Challenge 2:17 PM on Sunday.

Thanks to Joe, there is now a WMRC Facebook page. Just another way everyone can communicate and stay in touch. Check it out and sign up!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Leadville 100 Results

28 Nick Coury Tempe, AZ 23:12:03

1 Timmy Parr Gunnison, CO 17:27:23
2 Nick Lewis Memphis, TN 17:44:26
3 Duncan Callahan Gunnison, CO 18:26:40
4 Andrew Henshaw West Point, NY 18:56:41
5 Jeff Beuche Boulder, CO 18:58:40

15 Lynette Clemons Leadville, CO 20:58:01
21 Jamie Donaldson Litleton, CO 21:53:37
22 Darcy Africa Boulder, CO 21:55:22
40 Rebecca Wheeler Casper, WY 23:58:24
44 Kelly Cronin Yosemite, CA 24:14:22

It appears Kirk has dropped at Twin Lakes.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Anton Krupicka listed as DNF at Fish Hatchery

Leadville 100 update, through Winfield (50 miles)

9 Nick Coury 8:44:00
29 Kirk McCarville 9:41:00

1 Anton Krupicka 7:20:00
2 Timmy Parr 7:29:41
3 Nick Lewis 7:59:00
4 Duncan Callahan 8:02:00
5 Andrew Henshaw 8:25:00

28 Lynette Clemons 9:39:00
36 Jamie Donaldson 9:54:00
44 Kelly Cronin 10:15:00
60 Sus Brozik 10:34:00
69 Christy Sauer 10:42:00

There is no update for Robert past Box Creek Pass.

Leadville 100 update, through Fish Hatchery (23.5 miles)

18 Nick Coury 3:32:00
297 Kirk McCarville 4:44:00
460 Robert Andrulis 5:24:00

1 Timmy Parr 3:06:00
2 Anton Krupicka s.t.
3 Gustavo Reyes +3:00
4 Josh Mietz +6:00
5 Andrew Henshaw +6:00

37 Jamie Donaldson 3:47:00
46 Lynette Clemons +3:00
50 Tammy Stone +7:00
51 Rebecca Wheeler +7:00
65 Kelly Cronin +13:00

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Phoenix Mountain Preserve Morning Run 8/19

Reminder: Tomorrow is Wednesday. That means a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Meet at the top of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Ave past the main trailhead of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. First timers are always welcomed to join in!!!

Runner of the Week: We know you are out there. Somewhere.

Good luck to Kirk McCarville, Nick Coury and Robert Andrulis who are running the Leadville 100 mile trail race this weekend in Colorado. This is one of the Grand 100 mile trail races in the country. If a webcast can be found it will be posted on the WMRC Blog.

Save the dates for the 12 hours at Javelina and the Squaw Peak Challenge. September 5th and 6th. Start Saturday 6:00 PM and run one, two, three or four loops on the Pemberton Trail (McDowell Mountain Park) then keep it going with a short quick run up Squaw Peak at 2:17 PM Sunday. A double dip mini grand slam. See the two previous posts for more info.

Monday, August 17, 2009

16th Annual Squaw Peak Challenge 2009

What a lame monsoon season thus far. At least we have something to look forward to: The Challenge is on. Let the PAIN continue!

Recent global weather trends as reported by the National Weather Service indicate that this is an unusual year - the hottest days of our searing summer have yet to dawn. Thus, after careful evaluation and analysis of the Farmers' Almanac heat index - the confluence of maximum ambient air temperature and "peak" humidity - for the summer of '09, it has been decreed that the Challenge shall commence precisely at 2:17 PM Arizona time on Sunday September 6, 2009 at the base of the Squaw Peak Summit Trail. Handicaps will be based on, as usual, a number of vague, amorphous, and as-yet-to-be-determined criteria.

Last years race was a cooker - 112F. This was similar to 2000 race that was "warmed" by 111 degree "breezes" - measured in the shade of course. Notwithstanding the inferno, there was a stunning absence of heat exhaustions, broken egos, and shattered dreams. Hopefully, this year's race will return to normal and provide many of us that slice of humble pie lacking in our otherwise harmonious lives.

Come one, come all to the Challenge. Test yourself on what promises to be a sizzling September afternoon. Do not listen to the voices of doubt in your head - "It's too hot, I'm out-of-shape, the organizers are sadists." Instead, break on through to the other side with some heat training!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Javelina 12 Hour Night Run

I would like to invite everyone to a full moon night run on the Pemberton Trail on Labor Day weekend. The park trails are normally closed at night, so this is a unique opportunity to run in the desert under a full moon. If you are interested in running, please sign up using the link below. So far we have 50 people signed up! We will be keeping track of times and number of laps completed! Details below. -Jamil

Javelina 12 Hour Night Run - A full moon night run on the Pemberton Trail

When: Saturday, September 5th to Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2009; 6pm to 6am

Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome

Cost: Free* (*There is a $6 per vehicle park entrance fee, so carpool!)

Contact: Jamil Coury - 602.361.7440 -

Join us for a 12 hour run on the Javelina Jundred race course. We will record times for each lap and results will be posted after the run. Kachina Rescue (our medical team for the Javelina Jundred) will be on hand to tape feet and assist in any problems that come up. Please visit with them and address any concerns you may have.

We will be providing limited aid at the trail head (Water, Succeed! ULTRA, Gatorade and a few snacks), but you will need to carry enough water and food to make it around each 15.4 mile loop. There will be no support out on the race course. Runners are encouraged to bring a snack to share.

Run as many loops as you would like. Last year we had approximately 40 runners attend. You may also test out your costume if you want to!

1 lap = 15.4 miles or 24.5 kilometers
2 laps is approximately 50k, 3 laps 75k, 4 laps 100k, etc.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back to School Time

The end of summer is near and vacation time is over. Time to get back to work. That is why we are on for this Wed 8/12 at 5:16 for an easy 1:04 run. I say easy it will be easy. Higgins has volunteered to lead and will not even break into to a jog. I will have a leash on him just in case.

Runner of the week is a tie between Jeff Jones and Michael Chen. They both completed the Mt Dissappointment 50 miler over the weekend just outside of Pasadena. I hope to go there someday to watch the Wildcats play football on New Years day, but I am not holding my breathe. But I digress. JJ completed the race in just under 13 hours gaining his re-admittance to the WMRC and Micheal finished around 14.5 hours. The amazing thing about Michael, as usual, he did not train for this, I think he did 2- 10 mile training runs if that. Well done boys. JJ's movie is posted here....

Mount Disappointment 50M Run from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Runners up are Joe Galope and Laura Encinas. Both completed the Flagstaff half marathon in 1:49 and 1:54 respectively. Great job up there. Did you guys do beer bongs with Matt Leinart after, just askin....

We will see everyone tomorrow morning, should be good weather for this time of year.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Perry's Ultimate Race

Read Bob Young's article in the Arizona Republic about Perry Edinger. The 3 audio Slide Shows are very moving. The Ultimate Race

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mt. Disappointment 50

Any one know the results of JJ and Michael's 50 mile run?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why Not Run?

Reminder: we are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning. 5:14 AM. Meet at the very top parking lot on Squaw Peak Drive. North of Glendale Ave. Plan on a little over one hour.

Runners of the Week: Congratulations to Liz Everly and Laura Nagy for completing the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier. They completed the 93 miles over a three day period. 22,000 ft of elevation gain.

Runners up: Honey and Jody reaching over 30 miles in Flagstaff over the weekend.

Back of the pack: Higg drove over 450 miles in Northern AZ!

Below is the Wonderland Trail Map. The views must have been incredible!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

End of July celebration run!

Come join us on for an hour+ run in the beautiful mountain preserve of Phoenix. This will be the last Wednesday of July and another day closer to the cool fall temperatures just on the horizon. Park at the top of Squaw Peak Drive (About a mile north of Lincoln) at 5:16 a.m. It's the coolest time of day! When else were you plan on running? If you joined us last week, plan for more of the same fun unless someone else steps up to the plate to set the pace. I'm still mad at the world, so the run will be fun! Hopefully I won't break any more appendages. Runner of the week goes to Kirk for surviving (barely) his fall during the training run with the rest of the gang up in Flagstaff this past weekend. ...Joe G.

Monday, July 20, 2009

WMRC 7/22

We are on for an easy 1:04 run in the Phoenix Mtn Preserve on Wed am at 5:16am. Park at top lot of Sq Pk Drive about 1 mile n/o Lincoln.

Runner of the week goes to Perry Edinger for his great showing at The Badwater 135. This 135 mile race starts in death valley at 280 ft below sea level and finishes at the Whitney Portals at 8300 ft. Temps during the day at Badwater get to about 128 degrees. Perry finished in 9th pl in just over 29 hours. Great job Perry!

Runner up is my stellar performance this morning going 5 miles of flat bridal path along Central ave. I just dominated that thing, passing trees and old people like they were standing still. Blue is taking the summer off and resting up for his return to the trails when the temps get below 140 degrees next fall.

We'll see everyone on Wed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Man against Horse 50 or 25 mile trail run

Hey team, Jeff Jones here. We are 11 weeks out from Man Against Horse 50 and 25 mile trail race held on October 3, 2009. This is a great first 50 for several reasons (see below). I would like to encourage all of you that have thought about doing a 50 to set your sights on this one, start training and send in your entry. Would be a real kick to see the field dominated by WMRC shirt wearing runners. My training schedule for this race is provided, the same one I have followed to prepare for all my 50’s. I don’t do all the fancy foot work just run the distance called for throughout the week. Also a couple links to articles that helped me prepare for my first ultra. With WMRC at your disposal you are not lacking for running partners and friendly, enthusiastic answers to your questions.

1) Commute is minimal.
2) Entry fee is fair.
3) Little elevation gain.
4) Can camp at the start or stay in nearby Prescott Valley.
5) Pretty easy for your family to get to the start/finish and some of the aid stations to cheer you on.
6) Nice scenery.
7) Low key, small field of runners, easy parking.
8) Could become a star at

Hardrock 100 Video

Very cool video from Kelly Korevec who was a pacer at this year's Hardrock. Check it out.

Hardrock 100 - Pacer's View from kelly korevec on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Perry Finished 9th at Badwater!

Perry Edinger Badwater 135 miles 9th place 29:19:04

Hardrock Hangover Run

Reminder: we are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the very top parking lot of Squaw Peak drive north of Glendale Ave. Plan on a little over one hour run in 90 degree heat. That is better than 114! Right??

Another Hardrock 100 mile run has now come and gone. A big thanks to Joe G, Liz, Aaron, Steve, Karen and others for posting reports and sharing photos for those back home during the event. Nice Hardrock article and video from the Durango Paper

Runner of the week: “Lived my life in one day” That is how Hardrock veteran Roch Horton describes the event. Jamil Coury, Andrew Heard, Honey Albrecht and Robert Andrulis experienced Hardrock and are one of the few that understand. They all had very good times and finished Hardrock!!!

In every 100-mile run things happen. You multiple those issues 10 fold when you run an event at an 11,000’ average elevation. Aaron said it best “it almost seems like the mountains randomly pick who gets to continue and who doesn’t”. One set of runners can go over a 14,000’ pass in clear weather and an hour later, another group will get pounded by hail, wind and cold. Kirk is a two time finisher of Hardrock and Jody has completed many 100-mile races. I have no doubt they will be back to Hardrock in the future.

Nice picture that Bourque sent a little bit ago. He is vacationing with the family in Ouray and was able to watch some of the Hardrock runners. Today he run up to the Imogene pass 13,114”. Difficult run especially if you carry the other guy in the picture:>)

Perry is still running strong at Badwater. Just under 26 hours at mile 122. Only 13 more miles to go!!

Badwater Update

From Honey: Got a quick update on Perry from Vianne. He went through 100 miles in 21 hrs., things are heating up, and he has the big climb ahead. She said he is doing well.

Monday, July 13, 2009

From the Badwater Twitter page:

13:26 #82 Perry Edinger-he's going strong-solid food is grapes, oranges, bananas, chicken sandwich and PB&J

Badwater 135 update - 41 miles

Leaders through Stovepipe Wells (41 miles)

Marcos Farinazzo 5:31
Jorge Pacheco 5:31
Dean Karnazes 6:42
Lorie Hutchison (F) 6:45

Go Perry!

More Hardrock Photos

Here are more Hardrock photos from Aaron: Aaron Hardrock Photos

Perry at Badwater

Badwater starts today. Check out the article in today's: Arizona Republic

Badwater Webcast
Good Luck Perry!!!