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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, February 20, 2010

Buffalo Park and the Kahtoola Uphill Challenge

Most runners opted to forgo the Saturday group run and save their energy for the Kahtoola Agassiz Uphill Challenge. Neil and Don ran into Buffalo Park. Blinded by snow, they headed for the back of the park and found what they thought was a bubbling spring alongside the cinder road. As Neil stepped closer, the mysterious water erupted into a fountain. Their discovery was short lived as it was just their weight on top of the ice forcing the water upwards. Realizing the trails were too icy, the intrepid runners decided it was time for NATRA to be renamed NARRA, at least for this day. They turned around and hit the empty streets of McMillan Mesa, connecting over to Ponderosa Parkway, dropping off the hill onto Turquoise and returned via Cedar Hill.

The evening's main event was the Kahtoola Uphill Challenge. As Hilary changed the venue changed from an early morning to evening event, and made it a round-trip race, throngs of athletes came to party. Crow Wing belted out tunes and great costumes abounded. Ninja Turtles, Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat in the Hat, Father Guinness Time, a cow and pig and even the shirtless wonder, Ray Loboto, took on the course in a blinding snowstorm. No surprises as Jared Scott and Sara Wagner won the race titles. View and download photos.