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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, January 3, 2015

A Very Snowy Wet Beaver Creek Trail Run

Fleeing the single digit temps in Flagstaff, 7 NATRA runners could not believe the wintery landscape as far as their eyes could see. Hopping out of the cars at the Wet Beaver Creek Trailhead, they looked in disbelief that several inches of snow still blanketed the desert scrub. Never before in our 13 years of winter runs in red rock country had we run in snow. The powdery white fluff still clinging to trees and the edge of the trail, actually made for good traction, and only got deeper towards the turn around spot at the "crack". As I lagged behind, the lead group thought they could outsmart me, and said they had all taken the annual polar plunge and that it was my turn. Noticing no one's lips turning blue, I decided this was the year to break tradition. After all, we were going to need all of our wits to avoid traffic jams in town. By the time we headed north, there was near gridlock in Flagstaff caused by visitors chasing fun in snow. Luckily, we all found alternate exits to get to Lone Tree road and were pretty pleased with ourselves finding a relatively mellow Wildflower Bakery, an island of no traffic in Flagstaff. Next Saturday join us at 9 AM and we will run up Schultz Creek from the "Y".


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Snowy New Year's Run

Seven NATRA runners, including two from Hawaii, rang in the New Year running in the last snowflakes of the big storm. We ran mostly in powder along the Karen Cooper section of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Running with former City Councilman Nat White, we learned that in the late 1980s this trail was the first section of FUTS. The City obtained a Heritage Fund Grant and since Coconino Estates residents had already created what was known as the "Ditch" trail, this was the most opportunistic place to start. After the run Bruce Higgins treated all to coffee at the KickStand. Our next run is this Saturday along Wet Beaver Creek up to the "Crack" (About 7 miles round trip). We meet at 8:15 AM at Fort Tuthill at parking lot in front of Flagstaff Extreme parking.