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Monday, August 10, 2015

Moccasin Run - Navajo Mountain

Moccasin Run - Navajo Mountain
Navajo Reservation, UT
Mileage - 8.2
Time - 1:41
AEG - 4,600ft

When I found out there was going to be an organized run up Navajo Mountain, I was in. Then it was just a matter of figuring out the logistics to get there. The mountain isn't exactly in our backyard. Brian and I arranged the driving and Miguel and Erica managed to get us a tent near the race start.

There were two run options, a 24 mile solo or a 3-man relay, Brian and I teamed up for the latter (even though we couldn't find a third). My leg would be the 8.2-mile ascent, from the chapter house to the summit. Yes, it was tough. Really tough. The elevation, distance and steep grades were all factors, though the loose rock footing may have been the biggest obstacle. Let's just say I would rather run a marathon than do those 8 miles again. After a traditional morning prayer the runners were off! Scrambling through a wash and then over sandy roads to make the initial ascent. Then it was up, and up and up! I tried to hang with my friend Shaun as long as I could and reached the top about two minutes behind. As quickly as it started, my leg was over. It was quite a feat reaching the 10,300ft peak in that fashion, but why do it any other way?

It was an incredible experience and always a pleasure running with the Navajos! Thank you so much for having us and to all the volunteers that helped out with the first annual Moccasin Run.