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Running In The New Year: The Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and Squaw Peak 50

Havasu Falls near Supai, Arizona. The water is...

Havasu Falls near Supai, Arizona. The water is blue/green due to high concentrations of dissolved lime picked up as the water runs through the sedimentary rock of Havasu Canyon and the Grand Canyon. 

It’s that time of year again when we say good bye to the out going year and greet the new year with goals and new year’s resolutions. If you’re like me you may have goals and new year resolutions for running.

For me I plan on running the Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Race in January and then during the months of February and March train for some Spring/Late Summer adventure runs. I want to either do a rim to rim run of the Grand Canyon or do a day run into Havasupai to play and swim in the waterfalls there and then at the end of the day run back out back to the trailhead.

Back in May of 2012 I did a Grand Canyon rim to rim run and I would have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable adventure runs that I have done. It’s enjoyable to do for a number of reasons. 1) Well maintained trails that are relatively rock free. 2) Lots of downhill running and flat trail running equals very runnable trails. 3) Low elevation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon means easy running that makes you feel like a running God. Especially if you live and train at higher elevations. 4) Water is piped into the trail.

What I think would make Havasupai a fun adventure run is that this is an Indian Reservation with places to buy food and a restaurant to eat at. This means we can go light and carry with you water and a few things to eat while on the trail. The real highlight of course would be exploring the area around the waterfalls and the swimming in the turquoise blue water of Cateract Creek, and to see the beauty of Navajo, Havasu and Mooney Waterfalls.

In June I plan on Running the Squaw Peak 50 Mile Endurance Run. I have 7 lifetime finishes for Squaw Peak, but for the past few years I have struggled to finish this race. For this year, I really want to get my 8th Squaw Peak finish and then eventually get 10 lifetime finishes.

After June I plan on running the local trails during the summer and running Mount Timpanogos as mush as time will permit.

Squaw Peak 50 Mile Endurance Run

Squaw Peak 50 Miler

Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run. Held the first Saturday in June

A week from this Saturday I’ll be running in the Squaw Peak 50 miler. This will be my 8th running of the race. So far I have started 7 times and finished 7 times. Hopefully I can keep my streak alive and go 8 for 8. My goal is to become a 10 time finisher at Squaw Peak.

From what I hear the course is pretty much snow free which should make for a great race. The only thing that could slow any lead runners down or the whole field of runners for that matter is the heat. We have had a warm spring…warmer than usual and the warm weather hasn’t let up this spring. I’m definitely not complaining…I’ve really enjoyed the weather this spring. As of right now the race day forecast (June 2nd) is upper 80s. So it might be hot one.

I don’t plan on getting a PR this year. I’m just looking to finish. But I’m looking forward to running the race with my sister Jami, my brother-in-law Jon, his brother Roy, my brother Caleb and my Dad. I don’t think we’ll all stay together during the race, but it’s fun knowing that we are all out on the course at the same time.

Squaw Peak 50: Runners coming off of Windy Pass. The highest point of the course.

Brian Beckstead who will also be running the Squaw Peak 50 wrote a nice pre-race report on his blog Ultra Experience that gives some details on who will most likely be contending for the top spot in the race. Along with that he gives some details on what the course looks like for this year’s race.

Here is a fun video of the Squaw Peak 50 from the 2010 race. In this video there is snow, but this year (2012) there won’t be any snow like you see in this video. This video also gives you a good idea of what the whole course looks like and what to expect if you’re running this race for the first time.

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