Monument Valley Ultras – March 15, 2014
Race distances are 50 miles and 50k
Race date is March 15th, 2014
Course Description: The race will be staged near the visitor’s center and starts off at first light along the Wildcat trail singletrack around the West Mitten where you will witness a sunrise that will be permanently etched in your memory. After about 5.5 miles of open desert running you’ll arrive at the aid station for the first time, located at the parking area of the Dineh Trailrides horse corrals. The next leg of the course will have you following horse trails around the towering formations of Monument Valley before looping back to the aid station again at mile 11. From here you’ll take off on a 9.5 mile journey through the desert in which will take you by several remote and seldom seen jaw dropping formations in areas of the park that are only accessible with Navajo guides. Our group Navajo guides will be covering the trails by horseback to help ensure that you remain on the appropriate path. At mile 20.6 you will return to the aid station where you can regroup before embarking on the daunting 1,200ft climb up onto Mitchell Mesa, an area seldom seen since it was mined for uranium. The turnaround at the top of the mesa will offer life changing views that you have earned by pushing through the crux of the course. After returning to the aid station at the horse corrals, 50 mile runners will retrace their footsteps with new perspectives of the valley’s formations from the opposite direction and 50k runners will take a direct route back to the starting line.
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