Transrockies RUN 3 Giveaway

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RUN3-NEW-210x189Aravaipa Running is excited to partner with Transrockies to raffle off an entry to their RUN 3 event, a three day, 58 mile epic stage race through the high altitude mountains of Colorado.  Entry for this race is normally $849!

How do I enter?
We are giving away the entry at the Crown King Scramble, the perfect training run for the 8,600 feet of elevation gain in Transrockies. Kick off your new years resolution by signing up for a great 50k, joining the training program and the weekend-long training camp! Raffle tickets will be given to Crown King participants as follows:

1 Ticket – Training Camp (Feb 28)
1 Ticket – Coaching Program (Starting January 2015)
1 Ticket – Finish Crown King
Up to 3 Chances to Win!
The official coaching program and training camp will be led by experienced ultrarunner and multiple time (since he was 11!) finisher of Crown King, James Bonnett.  We are excited to have him back working with us to make this year’s race better than ever!

2014 Crown King Scramble

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The 2014 Crown King Scramble 50K is now in the books. Runners tackled the 31 mile course that starts on the shores of Lake Pleasant and finishes in the cool pines in the town of Crown King. The Petty Thieves band greeted runners at the finish line at the new outdoor Crown King Event Center. This year it was 10-15 degrees cooler than last year’s race which made for a much more enjoyable race for many (although there is not way to avoid the climbing!).

Gabe McGowan who ran his first ultra on Saturday finished first overall in a speedy time of 4:13:29 followed by the more experienced Dennis Pollow Jr. in 4:19:17. Dave James after sprinting the fist few miles of the race rounded out the men’s podium with a time of 4:33:49 for his first Crown King Scramble finish.

In the women’s race, it was all Kristina Pham who now has won two years in a row. She corrected some mistakes made last year and improved by over 40 minutes to win in 4:58:39 and 5th overall. Second female went to Laura Seeney in 5:42:50 and third was Elizabeth Rich in 5:56:17.

Runners enjoyed a “Mexican Fiesta” lunch at the finish line as well as beer and live music. The party continued into the evening with The Petty Thieves moving over to the Crown King Saloon for an evening set. There were a total of 133 finishers this year. Thanks to everyone who ran with us this year and we hope you’ll join us next year!

We have to thank the Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group for providing communications on course, Phoenix Rescue for providing medical, the Crown King Event Center, The Petty Thieves band, Crown King Saloon, The Mill restaurant for the lunch, our aid station captains and volunteers (Kirk McCarville – Mile 8, Gotta Run Running Club – Miles 15, 19 & 23, Linda Van Tilborg – Mile 27) and everyone else who made this year’s event possible. See you next year!

Course Preview Video

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We took a drive up the Crown King Scramble course this past week to place signs on the course warning Jeep and ATV users that we’ll be staging a 50 kilometer foot race on April 5 with close to 200 runners. Course conditions look good at this time and  some of the roughest wash sections above Fort Misery have recently been graded smooth. Aid stations are coming together and there is a buzz in Crown King about the run returning this year! Check out the video:

2014 Crown King Scramble Updates

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The Crown King Scramble is back in 2014, taking place on April 5 this year! We’ll kick things off on the shore of Lake Pleasant at 6am (5am for you early starters) and head up the mountain through the Sonoran Desert and into the pines! Race planning is coming along as we are only 1 month out from race day.

We have hands down the best volunteers in Ultra Running and know this event would not be possible without their enthusiasm and dedication to making this race great. We want to thank Kirk Mccarville and team for again sponsoring the first aid station at Mile 8. A huge shout out to Gotta Run AZ for picking up and sponsoring the Mile 15 and Mile 19 aid stations this year. Also to Linda Van Tilborg (past race director of Crown King Scramble and Zane Grey) for again captaining the Mile 28 Oro Belle aid station which won the 2013 Best Aid Station award.  We are still seeking a captain and group to sponsor our Mile 23 aid station at Fort Misery (four-wheel drive and high clearance required). If you are interested reach out to us!

This year’s race finish will be moving from the Crown King Saloon just up the road to the cool pines of the new outdoor Crown King Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Event Center near Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch. There will be grass and an outdoor stage with The Petty Thieves playing all afternoon as you finish!


The outdoor stage at the Crown King Event Center


The Petty Thieves at the Spirit Room in Jerome


There will be a post-race barbecue served up at the finish line at the Crown King Event Center and beer for sale. Lay out on the grass, enjoy some live music and take in your accomplishment!

The party isn’t over yet. Once the race ends, head to your cabin, room or bunkhouse for a shower and nap before heading back out at night to the Crown King Saloon for more entertainment and drinks. We’ll be sharing stories throughout the night.

Sign up before March 7 to save $10 off registration:

Hope to see you April 5!