Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tarahumara / Copper Canyon Ultra

Here is a sweet video from last year's race in Copper Canyon. Nick and I head back down this Friday to get ready for the 50 mile race on March 7th. Enjoy! Jamil

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs

50 Kilometer, 25 Kilometer, 10 Mile & 5 Mile Mountain Trail Runs
March 20, 2009
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, Arizona

The inaugural Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs will be held on March 20 at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, on the West side of Phoenix. Courses include a relatively flat 5 miler, a hilly 10 miler, a challenging 25 kilometer, and a really steep, rugged, rocky and tough 50 kilometer. The 25k & 50k courses are recommended for experienced trail runners who are used to negotiating tough rocky terrain. 25k & 50k runners travel through Ford Canyon which features a 2 mile section through a sandy and rocky wash complete with a few minor rock scrambles.

Prices go up on March 1st so register today!

A few volunteers are still needed. If interested, register here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Group Trail Run 2.24.10

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the very top parking lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale / Lincoln Dr. past the main trailhead of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a moderate pace. Maybe a hill or two (3,4,5). Runner of the week goes to Taylor Cosmas for participating in her first 5K. Mom and Dad report all smiles! … Until they all watched the Sun Devils Basketball team take down the Wildcats Sunday. Little Taylor has demanded her mom dress her in Sun Devil gear next game.

Runner up: Jeff Jones running the Tom Thumb 50K Fun Run in blistery conditions. Also congrats to Jody Chase and Paul Bonnett for completing the 26 mile edition.

It’s time to stop crying about the demise of the Crow King Scramble. Get your mind set on the inaugural Mesquite Canyon 50K (or 25K, 10 mile, 5 mile options) March 20th in the White Tank Mountains. Check out the run info and sign up here: Mesquite Canyon 50K

Last call on WMRC shirt orders!! Place order Now

Looking for some inspiration? This video will motivate!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

LAST CALL Spring 2010 WMRC Shirt Order

Last Call: the spring 2010 WMRC performance shirt order will be sent in this week. Take advantage of the great group pricing. Only $16 for short sleeves and $18 for long. Order info here: WMRC shirt order info

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Major Recovery Run 2.17.10

What does “Major” mean? Hopefully extra slow!

Reminder: Tomorrow is Wednesday. Time for another group trail run the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Meet 5:15 AM at the very top parking lot on Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale / Lincoln. Plan on a little over one hour at a “major” slow pace.

WMRC runners covered a lot of ground this past weekend: Twin Peaks 50K / 50 mile; Pemberton 50 K and Lost Dutchman Marathon: First Ultra! : Runners of the week are Karen Heard (5:52) and Jason Klonoski 5:17) who both ran their first Ultra at the Pemberton 50K in the McDowell Mountain Park. Great job you two. Others who enjoyed and finished the run Joe Galope 4:34, Higgins 5:11, and Robert Andrulis 6:48. Other notable friendly faces at the event: Nick, Jamil and Jon working aid station 20 and 25. Tiffany working the start and finish area. Cheering the troops on: Andrew, Debbie, Aaron and Jeff McCoy. Thanks everyone!

The Traveling Team: Twin Peaks 50K and 50 Mile, Corona California. Congrats to Jody Chase (2nd woman, 1st masters) 6:18, Honey Albert 6:56 and Liz Everly 7:22. 11,000 Ft gain in the 50K ouch! Looking for more pain was Laura Nagy who completed the 50-mile in 14:49. Very Nice!!

Back in AZ: Congrats to the Lost Dutchman Marathon runners Jon Roig, Joanne Hughes, Debbie Leftwich and Brad Combs!

Get you WMRC shirt orders in. Don’t miss out on a premium performance shirt at a discounted price. Only $16 short, $18 long: WMRC Shirt order info here

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WMRC Raffle Results

A big thanks to all that bought raffle tickets for the Heart Shaped Jewelry Box. Jason Klonoski was the double winner. His name was drawn and he was there for the run this morning. Bonus!! $115 dollars was collected / pledged and an Anonymous donor stepped forward and matched that with an additional $115. The WMRC total donation to the Red Cross Haiti Relief was $230. A special thank you to Jeff Jones for putting it all together.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pemberton Taper Run 2/10/10

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Wake-up calls available upon request!!

Runners of the week are twofold: First is Laura Nagy who keeps the Mt Ord Fun Run going annually. Distances completed this year ranged from 25 to 15 miles. Great job to all! Second are the Coury brothers who continue to travel and push the limits. Nick and Jamil both ran the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile this past weekend. Ran together and finished in 8th and 9th place in a time of 17:09.

The raffle for the Heart Shape Jewelry Box will be held after the Wednesday morning run. Get your pledges in if you want a chance to win. 100% of the money collected goes to the Red Cross Haiti relief fund. More info here: Jewelry Box Raffle

Orders are now being taken for the 2010 Spring WMRC performance running shirts. Some new color options available. Only $16 ($18 long sleeve) You don’t always run with us? We still want your order! Order info here: WMRC shirt order

Good luck to those that are running the Pemberton 50K on Saturday or any other event!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spring 2010 WMRC Race Ready Shirt Order

Please submit your orders by Friday February 19th to Kevin at:

NEW for Spring 2010! A Limited Edition Gray Unisex Short Sleeve with a Black logo (Gray is typically not available in short sleeve and the material is a little heavier than the standard cool T's)

By popular demand, we are about to order new 2010 WMRC running shirts. This WMRC shirt order will be through RaceReady (the same company as last time). RaceReady arguably makes some of the finest running / athletic shirts available. Very breathable, lightweight fabric. 100% made in USA. 100% USA Fabrics. Check out the website here: There are many options and new colors to choose from!

You can pick from 6 different styles:

1. Unisex Cool T's
2. Women's V-Neck
3. Men's Sleeveless Trail Shirts
4. Men's Singlet
5. Women's Singlet
6. ReadyTech Alta Long Sleeves

Specific colors for each style below.

Some sizes not available in all styles, see below.

You have a choice between the gray/silver, all black, or all red logo.

$16 - Cool-T, V-Neck, Trail Shirt, Singlets
$18 - Long Sleeves

Amazing prices!! Pay upon delivery when shirts arrive.

Email order to Kevin Higgins at: including:


Order as many shirts as you would like! If you never have run with our group we still want your order!

Please have your order in by Friday, February 19th.

Unisex Cool-T
Colors: White, Black, Royal, Red, Lemon, Orange, Purple, Lime and Special order Gray.
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (Unisex Sizing)

Women's V-Neck

Colors: Black, White, Royal, Red, Lemon, Purple & Lime

Size: XS, S, M, L, XL

Men's Sleeveless Trail Shirts
Colors: White, Royal, Lemon and Lime
Size: S, M, L, XLMen's Singlet
Colors: Red, Lemon, Orange, White, Lime, Black and Royal
Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL Women's Singlet
Colors: Lime, Black, White, Royal, Red, Orange & Lemon
Size: S, M, L, XLReadyTech Alta Long Sleeve
Colors: White, Black, Lemon, Red, Silver, Orange, Twilight Blue, Raspberry, Royal
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (Unisex Sizing)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Copper Basin Fun Run

Copper Basin 50K, 36K, & 19K Fun Runs
April 10, 2010 - 8:00AM
Thumb Butte Day-Use Area, Prescott, AZ

This will be a no fee (except the $5 per vehicle day-use fee at Thumb Butte parking area), minimally supported fun run on the yet to be completed Prescott Circle Trail. The trail is non-motorized and a mix of pine needle covered single track, old jeep roads, rails-to-trails, and technical mountain bike trail. The full run is approximately 50 km (31.4 miles) in length, but we will offer two shorter options at 19 km (12.0 miles) and 36 km (22.6 miles). This route will be slightly different than the first version of the Copper Basin run held in October of 2009

There will be two water only aid stations and two aid stations with food and water. The furthest distance between any sort of aid will be 6 miles. The course will be marked with orange ribbon and flagging for the correct route and blue flagging for the incorrect route. All runners are encouraged to carry at least one bottle of water and a provided course map/turn sheet.

Start/Finish line is located at the 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.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Limited to 60 runners.

CCTM Recovery Run 2/3/10

Record crowd this weekend at Jody’s Cave Creek Trail Marathon. Its time for a little recovery. Reminder: we are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve tomorrow morning at 5:17 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a SLOW pace. Meet at the same old place, top lot of Squaw Peak Drive. Rain or shine. Newcomers are always welcomed and encouraged to join in.

As noted, Sunday was Jody’s Cave Creek Trail Marathon. Pictures above. 26.4 miles, over 6,000 feet of gain, rugged, some water, 100% beautiful. Check out Cosmas’ GPS map / elevation profile of the day.

Runners of the Week: 1st place Women and 4th overall Paulette Zillmer. Great Job Paullette. At the end it looked like you could have done a double. Maybe next year!

Jamil Coury continues to Roll. Jamil and Art battled for the coveted first place with Jamil just edging Art at the end. So what does Jamil do for a follow-up? Runs the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile this weekend in Texas with his brother Nick. Good luck you two!!

48 runners started, 42 finished, Full Results here:

Check out some video from the event: The first one is submitted by Kopol the 11-year old dog running his first trail marathon. Congrats Kopol!!

Jody's Run 2010 from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Without all the production the 2nd one is a running segment up high on the ridge and some lower creek crossings.

2010 Cave Creek Trail Marathon (A little Running) from Bigg Higg on Vimeo.

Pledges are still being taken for the Heart Shape Jewelry Box Raffle to aid the Haiti Earth Quake Relief. Drawing to be held after the Wednesday run February 10th. More info Here.

Up Next Saturday: Mt Ord Fun Run.

***By Popular demand, order information for the 4th installment of the WMRC performance shirts will be posted within a couple days. Incredible Pricing. Even if you don’t run with us we want your order. Stay tuned.***

Monday, February 1, 2010

Results: 2010 Cave Creek Trail Marathon

Thanks for coming out yesterday. It was a lot of fun. Sounds like everyone had fun also. This is a link to the desert foothills land trust that is trying to save the open space near cave creek park and spur cross park.
Yesterday I had 48 runners start and 42 finish. I raised $455.00 to donate to the land trust. Thanks again, Jody

Here is the finisher list:
Jamil Coury 4:50 (birthday boy)
Artemus Bourque 4:51
Chip Gosswisch 5:13
Paulette Zillmer 5:28
Dave Cauthon 5:32
Paul Bonnett 5:34
John Pearce 5:34
Honey Albrecht 5:45
Jason Greyslak 5:45
Jon Roig 5:50
John Vaupel 5:56
Dallas Stevens 5:56
David Binder 6:05
Joshua Motter 6:16
Kevin Higgins 6:12
Ron Harding 6:22
Josh Miller 6:27
Mark Cosmas 6:28
Jules Drelick 6:29
Scott Wallace 6:29
Concetta Palella 6:32
Elliot Kawooka 6:33
Tim Widener 6:40
Renee Webb 6:41
Jeff Jones 6:44
Jason Klonoski 6:46
Giles Widner 6:54
Justin (late start) 6:55
Debbie Leftwich 7:00
Mike Allen 7:03
Aaron Mascarella 7:22
Kate Hansen 7:28
Daniel Gannon 7:28
Andrea Griego 7:28
Stephanie Buehner 7:31
Shelly Rush 7:31
Jeff Bott 7:38
Donovan Sarka 7:40
Gary Kline 8:10
Brent Pinder 8:10
Linda VanTilborg 9:06
Karen Bunge 9:06