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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!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Arizona Trail "Gription"

Six runners arrived at the starting point on Old Walnut Canyon Road to run on the Arizona Trail. It has become a NATRA tradition to alternate between running north and running south from this point--and this time was north. Todays runners (Mark, Anne, Betsy, Daniel, Susan, David) were amused that the turnout was from the "middle-and-back-of-the-pack" NATRA runners.

The trail was damp from recent rains and resulted in excellent gription (you know, grip and friction!). On the flip side, there has been some erosion of the trail from the rain and it may need some trail work in the future. At the crossing of the Walnut Canyon paved road, four of us turned back while Mark and Anne continued on to the I-40 underpass. Keep up the good work on the Imogene training, Anne!

The after-run breakfast/coffee was held at Wildflower Bread Company with Betsy, Susan, and David. The restaurant was crowded with walkers who had finished the "Climb to Conquer Cancer" walk on Snowbowl Road. Congratulations and thank you! (Thanks to David Blanchard for the post and Betsy Mennell for leading the run and photos.)