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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, January 30, 2010

Beaver Creek or Mormon Lake?

NATRA runners divided themselves today. While a contingent escaped the snow and ran Beaver Creek, others competed or supported the first Kahtoola Mormon Lake 10K Snowshoe race. Proceeds from the race benefited Flagstaff's premier environmental program, Camp Colton. Reports gave the new race course a thumbs up. Jared Scott came flying across the finish line in first place, followed closely by Mark Thurston and Steve Rhode. On the women's side it was a sprint to the finish with Gail Hughes nudging out Abby Okrent. The biggest surprise was the number of families with kids who turned out for the Fun Run. Lots of kids testing out snowshoes for the first time. Mormon Lake Lodge hosted the post race party with hot chocolate, coffee and hearty chili for all. Kahtoola sent just about every participant away with Micro Spikes or other great gear! Don't miss this one next year!

Bruce and Sabrina supplied the following report from the warmer climes of Beaver Creek: Chris, Tobin, Janie, Sabrina, David, Susan and Bruce along with Wyatt, Josie and Skyler ran the Beaver Creek trail today. It's obvious a lot of rain fell last week, with rocks & boulders strewn along the trail along the cliff. The main side draw was flowing but easily fordable. You could hear the sound of rushing water for most of the run from the creek below. The streams were active, but not overflowing by any means. Beaver Creek was up and a bit murky, but not nearly as expected. No one
volunteered to swim today, with snow melt feeding the stream! Several of us gathered at Ravenheart afterward, as 89A had reopened with only one spot pinched down to one lane.

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