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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, May 11, 2013

Descending into the Depths of Kelly Canyon

Fourteen runners and Oso ran into the depths of Kelly Canyon, and I am thrilled to report that all made it safely out!


The run follows mostly single track as it descends into a side canyon. All runners had the same thought.....what goes down, must come up.

The trail magically weaves up and down little ridges until it hits the bottom of Kelly Canyon. From there it is a lot of jumps over logs and a bit of ankle twisting in the drainage bottom. With pools of water and densely wooded canyon walls, the area has a northwest feel.  There are stunning sandstone formations in the bottom of the twisted canyon and plenty of water at the turnaround point. Just ask Oso.


The uphill return got pretty challenging until folks realized that walking is faster than running!  Safely emerging from the canyon, most returned to Mountainaire Tavern for a brunch that more than replenished the caloric loss over the 6 epic, stunning miles.

Next week the group run is cancelled in favor of the Run for the Mountain races, the first of the Run Flagstaff Summer Series!  JOin in on the fun by registering at Virtualroster.com today!