Wow, where did summer go? The fall racing season fires up this weekend when 200+ Flagstaff runners make the annual trek to the Imogene Pass Run. Good luck to those of you heading north. This is also a final reminder that if you have a story about Imogene, please share it with Myles Schrag who is writing a book about Flagstaff's love of Imogene. Contact Myles at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. You can read his final plea for stories at http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/high-country-running-deadline-looms-for-imogene-book-submissions/article_7835d5c4-a361-5407-9c1b-6d64213b834c.html
Not headed to Imogene? Join NATRA this Saturday at 8 AM as we celebrate the Arizona Trail at 8 AM in Buffalo Park. Due to trail closures we will run the Arizona Trail south over the Cedar Ave. bridge onto McMillan Mesa. Following coffee we will return to Buffalo Park and celebrate with the Arizona Trail Association's AZ Trail Days. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/434490026920020/
The Flagstaff Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K are on September 16th at the Arizona Nordic Village. Register ASAP before the race sells out at https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Flagstaff/FlagstaffMarathon
Mark your calendars for the Sunday September 17th Flagstaff Running Community picnic at Fox Glenn Park from 3 to 6 PM. RSVP asap so we can get a head count at https://www.facebook.com/events/319687561828002/
The following weekend September 23rd and 24th, join NATRA at the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Relay and Ultra Race. You or you and your friends can run the Arizona Trail all the way north to the Grand Canyon without crossing pavement. This course retraces the path of the stagecoach that first brought tourists to the Grand Canyon from 1892 to 1901. Learn more and register at http://www.aztrail.org/ultrarun/
Looking ahead to early October, on the 6th and 7th you can run in the Flagstaff Sky Races, one of the most challenging uphill climbs anywhere! 55K, 39K , and Vertical KM distances. Do one or all three! http://aravaiparunning.com/network/flagstaff/
On October 7th, join NATRA for the Annual War Dog Run in memory of War Dog Annika Lurie. We will meet at Schultz Tank at 8:45 AM to head up to starting tree for 9 AM start. To learn more about Flagstaff's first major trail race held in 1981, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=AWABn-B0W4g
Finally, I am getting lots of requests for entry into Soulstice. Folks, please understand it is sold out and overbooked. While in the past I've been able to put a few last Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff fundraisers into the race, those have all been used up. Registration for the April 1st lottery will open for the 2018 event on January 1st.
Best, Neil W.