ULTRA ADVENTURES CHARITY BIBS!!

RAISE MONEY FOR A GREAT CAUSE!


We’re excited to announce our  Charity Bib Program.  By participating you not only receive a complimentary bib toward any Ultra Adventure Race but also raise money for several great causes.  Many of our events are sold out and more will be soon, but we’ve reserved 10  bibs per event for people looking to help fund-raise for the Navajo Nation and the National Parks. Please note that registering for a charity bib is a serious commitment.

To get one of the charity bibs you will need to raise $1000. 100% of the money raised will go to charities benefiting the Navajo Nation or our partner the National Park Foundation!

How it works: First, you’ll register for a charity bib (links to sign up are below). Once you have completed registration you are on the hook to raise at least the agreed upon donation. You have until the deadline listed on the page (1 week before the race) to get donations from businesses, friends and family. You’ll be provided a link to send anyone where they can donate and contribute to your fundraiser. If by the deadline, you are short you will have the option to pay the balance or forfeit your bib. So, for example, if you sign up for a 50-mile charity bib and you raise $900, you could pay the remaining $100. If you raise exactly or more than the goal, you will not be charged anything.

Once you have met your fundraising goal, you will be given a link for a free registration in Ultrasignup.  Registration for you will, of course, be free of charge.

Click the following links for more info about each event. 

Antelope Canyon

Monument Valley

Zion

Grand Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Tushars

 

We are excited about this opportunity to raise additional money for the Navajo and the National Park Foundation. We hope this charity bib option gives you the chance to run in this race!

Monument Valley Service Project

Our race calendar this year has been pretty spectacular. We’ve run in and explored some really beautiful places. And as another year comes to a close, we’re excited to have a meaningful way to give back. That’s why we want to tell you about our 2nd Annual Monument Valley Volunteer Project!

We have a very unique and amazing opportunity to do some service that will make an immediate difference in peoples lives. From December 9 through 11 we’ll be at Monument Valley helping with a wide variety of service projects. Bring your families and come join in on some great running (optional) and hard work in some beautiful country.

You will have the chance to see areas of the park normally off limits to visitors and meet families who have been living traditionally in the same area for centuries.

 

REGISTER FOR THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

When is the project? Do I have to stay all 3 days? The project will be December 9-11, 2016. You don’t have to stay all three days. The main working day will be Saturday the 10th. You can see a detailed schedule on the registration form.

 

What needs to be done? We will have 10-15 different projects happening. Mostly construction type work such as mending fences, building fences, replacing a wall, adding solar panels, digging a trench, adding composting toilets, tearing down a hogan, etc The scope of what we can accomplish will depend on the attendance. The more people that sign up the more we can get done, so bring your families and tell your friends! You can get more details about the projects in the registration form.

Is there a price to register for the project? We’re not charging anyone to come volunteer. That being said, we have asked a local family to prepare traditional Navajo meals for breakfast and dinner for the group and you will prepare and pack your own lunch before heading out each day. To cover this cost, we are charging $5 per meal, so $25 total. All of the money will go to the family. Additionally, when you sign up you can pay to stay in a hogan or book a camping spot (you’ll bring your own tent). Otherwise, you can book a hotel reservation on your own.

Capitol Reef Race Report

On July 9th over 150 runners ran across portions of the Aquarius Plateau (the highest timbered plateau in North America).  For this race I was able to go mark a 20 mile segment of the course and I am not lying when I say our Capitol Reef races are some of the most difficult races of the Grand Circle Trail Series and in my opinion some of the most rugged and remote anywhere!  Many people see "plateau" and think that it will be flat. Ask anyone who ran these races how "flat" the course was! Big, steep, technical climbs with a huge portion of the course above 10,000 feet challenged even the strongest runners.  Ultimately we had a great finish rate and the finish line was one of the most welcoming and friendly that I remember. It was intimate and we had supportive crew, and runners who stayed clapping and cheering for every runner until the last person finished.  We were also fortunate to have the several Tarahumara runners, including Arnulfo of Born To Run. Their energy, friendliness and love of running was contagious to everyone who spoke with them! 

If you have read any of my other race reports you know I like stories! At every race we hear some of the most inspiring stories imaginable, Capitol Reef continued this trend.  In the 50 mile race a runner came into the aid station with 2 blown out shoes. He was in 4th place at the time and was doing very well so you can imagine his disappointment that after running an amazing race thus far it was over.  A worker at that aid station (Travis) quickly compared sizes and gave up his own shoes so that the runner could continue his race! 

The last runner to cross the finish line did so with under 1 minute left before cutoff. I love seeing everyone cross but for some reason the ones who come in at the wire are my favorite! They have been out on the trail the longest, have suffered the most and fought off the just drop demons for hours and hours yet they struggle on and fight through the pain and overcome their demons.  For this runner you could tell he/she was not used to being so close to cutoff and that his/her race had not gone as initially planned but still trudged on through the pain. Such a good example of never giving up! 

 

We also had a first time 50 mile runner! A grandpa who gave up smoking and started running! He had the largest cheering section. His family waited for hours for him and as he finally came into view the applause for their father and grandfather gave me chills!  

 

 

Here are the top finishers! 

50 Miles

1- Mark Hammond (3rd UA win of season also a course record)  9:28:50

2. Jeff Marshall 9:56:33

3.- Nolan Ripple 10:25:22

 

Female 

1- Emma Horton  11:15:43

2. Ivy Lefebvre- 11:16:32

3. Stacey Pearson 11:27:49

 

50K

Trevor Ricks 4:57:41 (Course Record)

Holden Rennaker 5:33:58

Michael Nanaszko 6:18:49

 

1- Cate Morgan (3rd UA 50k win of the season) 7:10:31

2.  Keena Delay 7:44:21

3.  Tarn Udall 7:49:57

 

Half

Patrick Dawson- 1:51:15

James Roche- 1:51: 32

Giff Walters- 1:54:33

FEMALE

Sophie McDonald - 2:24:34

Tiffen Zellers- 2:31:44

Emily Brydon - 2:44:16

- Matt Anderson

Bryce Canyon 2016 Race Report

Bryce 2016 was HOT! Record breakingly hot!! I swear that during ultra runs when the weather turns extreme  we often get to see true examples of heroism and acts of selflessness. That is what happened at Bryce this year. I heard countless stories of runners giving their water or fuel to someone who had run out, of aid station workers bringing water to runners miles from the aid station and then helping them make it back where we could get them medical attention, etc.

One story  stuck out more than the others, possibly because I was directly involved.  Around noon Saturday,  Chad who was running the 100, texted me saying he was turning around and he would "try to make it back to the blubber aid station" which was about 3 miles away.  He wanted to let me know so I could get him a ride. Not understanding his situation I told him "ok, good luck" and "I would send someone to get him."  A few hours later he sent me another message informing me he was on his way back to finish line in one of our shuttles. He also said the heat combined with dehydration was what ended his race.  At this point I still didn't know what he had gone through and to be honest neither did he.  He told me that another runner found him struggling, turned around and went back to the aid station to get him some help. I thought to myself "wow thats pretty cool," once again I still did not know the entire story. An hour after our last text,  Chad sent another message. He checked his GPS track and according to the data,  he had  passed out for for roughly an hour. He was in a dire situation with some extreme dehydration and heat related maladies  before the runner that ultimately "saved" him had left his own 50 mile race, ruining his time, his chances of finishing and potentially even his own safety to get another Chad help.  ‪#‎goosebumps

Here are your Bryce top finishers

Mark Hammond from Salt Lake won the Bryce 100 by a substantial margin with a time of 19:30:25.  Coming in second was Kenneth Ringled followed by DJ Loertscher with time of 21:45:37 and 21:59:00. In the female division Riva Johnson from Bend Oregon led the field running the 100 in 23:57:55. In second was Shannon Meredith (26:19:40) and Sylvia Ravaglia (26:19:40) 

In the 50M Female, Sabrina Stanley took home a first place award by of the by holding off Natalie Nicholson  with times of 10:02:45 and  10:08:20. Annie Blackham wasn't much behind in 3rd with a time of 10:31:06.  In the men's division Omar Pacheco  had a very quick race finishing in 8:37:20. Dan Berger and Tim Budd finished 2nd and 3rd with respective times of 9:27:39 and 9:37:53. 

In the 50k Nico Barraza took his second first place award of the season with a time of 5:48:38. Not far behind was Luke Watkins (5:48:38) and Alex Mettler (6:04:36). In the women's 50k Justyna Wilson (6:08?41) came in first followed by Florence Bonvin (6:16:02) and Arianne Brown (6:19:35) 

And in women's Bryce Half Kristen Svenson took first with a time of 2:22:45, followed by Valerie Cross and Kat Morrow with times of 2:29:15 and 2:30:55. In the men's Clay Mayes of Tulsa won with a quick time of 1:59:47 followed by Joshua Cross (2:05:39) and Brett Timothy (2:05:45)

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