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@anchcarl

Circle Pines, MN Raving since 2024 Active 2 months ago

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55K Page, AZ Mar 9, 2024 11:56:19

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55K Page, AZ Mar 9, 2024 11:56:19

My Raves

This was my first continuous ultra marathon (had done a Yeti challenge 50K before). While many reviews said it was a perfect first ultra marathon, I would agree as far … MORE

This was my first continuous ultra marathon (had done a Yeti challenge 50K before). While many reviews said it was a perfect first ultra marathon, I would agree as far as the scenery, but for the level of difficulty, I think it is a tough one for newbies. The views were absolutely breath taking, so I am so grateful that I got to participate for that. The most difficult parts for me were the 20 plus miles of sand and the more technical slick rock in the first part of the race. We were warned about the sand, and I did do a lot of ankle stability training to prepare. My ankles were felt strong and great, but I don’t think there is a perfect way to train to run in that kind of sand unless you live in the area and can practice in it. Coming from Minnesota, the closest we have to sand like that is deep snow, and we had winter with practically no snow this year.:). I did find that using trekking poles was helpful with the sand, and that I could actually speed walk with the poles faster than I could run. The beginning of the race also has quite a bit of climbing up and down rock/boulders, which slowed me down quite a bit. Again, if you live in an area to practice that part, it would be easier. There also had to be a course change due to safety, and we could no longer drop down into the slot canyons. I completely respect the decision to keep everyone safe, but I do wish we could have done that part of the race. It would have broken it up more for me and added another element of awe. I feel like we probably had more sand miles to deal with because of the change. This was definitely an epic race and I am very proud to have finished. If you go in with the mindset that you will be facing a lot of sand and that you will be out there for a long time with beautiful scenery, you will be able to do it! The race organization and aid stations are top notch, so you will feel well supported!

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
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SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
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