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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, December 27, 2014

Refrigerator Gulch Run


With the temperature hovering around 20 degrees, snowflakes from the cloud over Elden pelting us, and a howling wind that made the wind chill well below zero, 9 NATRA runners ran 5 miles on the Flagstaff Loop Trail. As a result of the season, their outfits looked more like a Christmas light display than anything else; today NATRA left no color behind. After ascending "Refrigerator Gulch" the frozen snot icicles beneath their noses began melting on the Flagstaff Loop Trail. Once off the mesa and back on the Urban Trail, the winds pushed us all the way to the KickStand where we all successfully defrosted over coffee and easily won the where is Abe on sabbatical now game. Don't forget to kick of the New Year with NATRA at 9 AM Thursday at the Marshall School parking lot for a tour of the Urban Trail and a run through neighborhoods along it!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

"White" Christmas Day Run

 The snow began just before our Buffalo Park jog. Cold, but very pretty, as five humans and two dogs jogged or walked a lap or two. Coffee was at the only known open place - the Cedar Safeway Starbucks, where the dogs attracted the attention. Merry white Christmas! (Thanks to bruce higgins for the post.)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2nd Annual Mayan Apocalypse Survivors Run

We had a nice 2nd reunion of Mayan Apocalypse survivors celebrating the Winter Solstice. Runners came from as far away as Sedona. What was the Mayan Apocalypse run? Here is some history: https://www.facebook.com/events/225524970913930/
This group outing looked more like a Thursday evening run with the Flagstaff Trail Divas outnumbering the men and dogs 10 to 8. Despite the balmy winter and lack of snow for the first time since we started celebrating the shortest day of the year, the winds kicked into high gear reminding us that we still had a chance for a real winter. After 3 miles the Solstice runners said goodbye to each other and disappeared in the golden late afternoon light. Happy Winter Solstice to all and Join us at 9 AM Thursday in Buffalo Park to celebrate Christmas! Ramble Brothers, you get a free pass...I realized what game was on...... #wintersolstice