Monday, December 28, 2009
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
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
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
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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
Big UofA Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils football game Saturday. Be sure to make your prediction in the pole on the right hand column!!!
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 50k...it'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
Anyone else competing from the group?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
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
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!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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
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.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our volunteer form on our website: Javelina Volunteer Form
RD Javelina Jundred
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
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!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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….
*Start and Finish: Dreamy Draw Park
*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.
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
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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!:
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
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
Maybe a gift for those who attend?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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.
Friday, September 4, 2009
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.
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
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!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
TOP 5 MEN
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
TOP 5 WOMEN
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
29 Kirk McCarville 9:41:00
TOP 5 MEN
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
TOP 5 WOMEN
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.
297 Kirk McCarville 4:44:00
460 Robert Andrulis 5:24:00
TOP 5 MEN
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
TOP 5 WOMEN
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
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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
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
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
What: 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 - email@example.com
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
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....
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
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
We'll see everyone on Wed.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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 Vimeo.com
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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!!