The Rockhoppers, An extraordinary Journey! Part 2

The Rockhoppers, An extraordinary Journey! Part 2

 North Rim to Cottonwood (6.8 miles 4200 foot descent) – It was about 130p when we headed back down the North Kaibab  trail. Most of us alternated between hiking and running down to the Supai Tunnel rest stop (1.7 miles down). – Ran into several Rockhoppers on this stretch as they were finishing their climb to the North Rim. First was Jean and Jessica. They both looked really fresh. They would wait for Rick, Louie and Brittney at the rest…

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The Rockhoppers, An extraordinary Journey!

The Rockhoppers, An extraordinary Journey!

R2R2R part 1. Okay, I know I have been a bit tardy but here is part 1 (or volume 1 of War and Peace) of my R2R2R report. Ever since I first laid eyes on the Grand Canyon at the age of 14 it has captivated me. It was much bigger than I expected and it made me want to explore it’s mysteries.  I have been fortunate enough to visit it a dozen or so times and hike it many…

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Observations on The Rockhoppers R2R2R Experience – May 15, 2014

Observations on The Rockhoppers R2R2R Experience – May 15, 2014

I know there has been more attention paid lately to the impact of R2R2R runners at the Grand Canyon. I was originally going to include our observations in my trip report but I decided that it warranted a post on its own. If I have overlooked anything then feel to weigh in.   Given some of the recent publicity about R2R2R traffic at the Canyon I was interested to observe things firsthand and to see how much things I had…

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Rockhoppers all over the map the past three weeks. Here are just some of the races and results

Rockhoppers all over the map the past three weeks. Here are just some of the races and results

The Georgia Death Race March, 15 John Sharp 15:02, Brian Ricketts 17:11 The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race in North Georgia. The race is 60ish miles (last year some clocked it around 64ish? Maybe just a bit longer this year?) Prairie Spirit 100 mile trail run March, 29 In and around Ottawa, KS, The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful “rails-to-trails” course that runs through numerous quaint little towns. Elizabeth returned this year after being pulled…

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Rockhoppers on the Nueces

Rockhoppers on the Nueces

Rockhoppers took home a lot of hardware on the banks of the Nueces Saturday and continue to rack up the USATF points.. It was tough conditions and congrats to all. The 50 milers that finished in such tough conditions were very impressive. Below are the summary of results (apologize for omissions and oversights): 50mi Renzo 7:37 (2d Male) Rolando 9:44 (5th Male) Anabel 9:47 (1st Female) Larry 10:21 (1st old dude) Don 10:21 (Bromance with the Legend?) Cara (10:22 (2d…

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Mark Thompson’s RR50 Race Report

Mark Thompson’s RR50 Race Report

Thank you Rockhoppers! This race was an amazing intro to ultra and your hospitality. The report below is published on my blog, www.lifeisnotametaphor.wordpress.com.   Overview: This is the first 50 miler of the season for me. Wait… that’s true. More accurately, however, this is the first 50 miler in my LIFE! I am not an endurance neophyte, nor would I consider myself a savvy veteran. Having completed two seasons of triathlon training that included two 70.3 Ironman races and one…

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Doise’ experience at the Rocky Raccoon 50 miler. 02/08/2014

Doise’ experience at the Rocky Raccoon 50 miler. 02/08/2014

I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for all of you.  You’ve adopted this Austinite into such an amazing, warm family prior to this weekend, and that was just the beginning.  This weekend really drove home how kind, encouraging, and supportive you all are.  Where do I even begin? First Stefan who was the key to me finishing and making the cutoff.  I was really feeling low by the time I got to Damnation my second loop…

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Chris Russell’s Thoughts from the other side (Bandera 2014)

Chris Russell’s Thoughts from the other side (Bandera 2014)

For the first time…I was at Bandera, not as a runner, but as a volunteer and pacer. Below are my thoughts and observations of the day, first as a volunteer and then as a pacer.   Volunteer:   – I didn’t have to be there until 730 so I didn’t show up until 730. Very odd to drive in on race day and encounter no other cars. – It was a gorgeous sunrise. While one couldn’t see the sunrise from…

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