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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Arizona Trail Alignment

14 folks headed out on a beautiful fall day from Aspen Corner below the Snowbowl to run north on the new alignment of the Arizona Trail. This new trail includes the section that NATRA and Flagstaff Biking constructed during last year's trail weekend. It basically follows the 9,000 foot contour line with only minor ups and downs, a rarity for a Flagstaff trail run. The trail offers spectacular views of the Peaks to the east, Sitgreaves and Kendrick Mountain to the west, and in spots, the north rim of the Grand Canyon! We also encountered a heard of elk and deer. While we planned to run 7 miles, Don's gps indicated most did a 9.6 mile run. We also welcomed Flagstaff new comers Erica and Sabrina. We will certainly be adding this run to our regular list, and it will likely be held once in the early summer and on the week before the Flagstaff Marathon when the aspens should be glowing. Tony and Dana then treated us to incredibly hearty Oatmeal Pancakes and coffee at the Seasoned Kitchen. Download photos from today.