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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!

Monday, April 29, 2013

An Elevationally Challenged Chuck Wagon

Six runners (Tzeidle, Marcy, Garret, John, Bruce, and David) and one dog traveled down the mountain for the final Sedona run of the season on the Chuckwagon-Gunslinger loop.ChuckWagonGunslingerLoop On the map, it appears that there is little elevation change on this trail -- but that is misleading. The hills are many -- just not big enough to show up on a topo map! There is only a difference of about 200 feet in elevation from the high point to the low point but there is over 800 feet of total elevation gain/loss along this trail.

Afterwards, we went to Indian Gardens Cafe/Garlands in Oak Creek Canyon to enjoy breakfast, coffee, cider, and other goodies.  (Thanks to David Blanchard for the post)


  1. I just wanted to say thanks for the warm (literally) welcome to NATRA group trail runs. Despite the small turnout, I had a great time running and chatting with everyone. It was a great morning to be on the red rock even though it got pretty toasty down in the canyon. I'm looking forward to joining the group on more Saturday morning runs. Speaking of which, where is the next one?


  2. John, we are now running in Flagstaff until December. Today we meet at the Thorpe Road Bark Park (softball fields) and will run portions of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon. We meet now at 8 AM for most Flagstaff runs (unless we are carpooling to other adventures). Stay up to date by visiting natra.org and click on next run! Best, Neil W.