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 June 20, 2013

Desert Solitaire
A journey across Zion National Park and why you might run your next race alone
By Travis Macy

“Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds.”
—Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

As a younger athlete, I eschewed the idea of just about anything that did not involve competing in an organized race. Why train for something if I wasn’t going to test myself against the best? What was the point of traveling far away if a race wasn’t on? And previous, jobless, kidless life did cater well to organizing my existence around, well, organized races.

Enter a real job, two kids, the big 3-0 and a bit of maturity (I know, what I’m about to describe may not seem very mature), and I made a shift. All of a sudden I found myself dreaming all winter about a different kind of big “race,” one that did not involve other people, an official course or a marked starting line.

Ultrarunning for time and adventure on unofficial courses—Fastest Known Times (FKTs)—has taken off, and my first experience with the concept has convinced me why it’s here to stay. Read on …

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07/17 IRC Mid-Summer 5k 5K; Auburn, WA
07/20 Almaden Trail Run at Quicksilver 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Jose, CA
07/20 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 1.0 5K, 10K; Vacaville, CA
07/20 Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs 50K, 50M, 100M; Carson City, NV
07/20 Wild Woman Marathon and Relay 26.2M, R; Trout Lake, WA
07/21 La Sportiva Table Rock 10K, 27K; Stinson Beach, CA
07/21 La Sportiva Table Rock 25K 25K; Stinson Beach, CA
07/21 San Bruno Mountain 5K, 12K; Brisbane, CA
07/21 XTERRA Lord Hill Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Snohomish, WA
07/26 Ragnar Trail Tahoe 120R; Lake Tahoe, CA
07/27 Bad Bass Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
07/27 Dog Mountain 10K 10K; Stevenson, WA
07/27 Foothills Rails to Trails Buckley to Orting Half Marathon 13.1M; South Prairie, WA; www.rainiertoruston.com

07/27 Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run 15K, 50K; Ashland, OR
07/27 The Big 4-0 40M; Eau Claire, WI
07/27 Vertigo Night Runs 10K, 31K, 63K; Waddell, AZ
07/27 White River 50 Mile Endurance Run 50M; Cougar Mountain, WA
07/27 Wildwood Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Portland, OR
07/28 Chuckanut Mountain 12k/30k 12K, 30K; Bellingham, WA
07/28 Crazy Eights - Turkey Hill 8K, 13.1M; Stockton, CA
07/28 XTERRA Snow Valley 10K, 21K; Running Springs, CA
08/01 Renegade Summer Trail Run Series - #3 at Peters Canyon 5M; Tustin, CA
08/03 Angel Island 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
08/03 Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run 100M; Wrightwood, CA
08/03 Beast of Big Creek Trail Race 10K, 20K; Hoodsport, WA
08/03 Grand Ridge Trail Run #2 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
08/03 Matanuska Peak Challenge 14M; Palmer, AK
08/03 Round Valley 5.4M; Greenville, CA
08/03 San Francisco Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Sausalito, CA
08/03 Santa Cruz Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Felton, CA
08/03 Summer Breeze 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Leandro, CA
08/05 Tuesday Trails & Tacos 3M, 5M; Trabuco Canyon, CA
08/08 Into The Wild Rockin Summer Run #1 8K; Orange, CA
08/10 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff 5K, 13.1M; Flagstaff, AZ
08/10 CCC Trail Runs 10M, 25K; Umatilla, OR
08/10 Crystal Springs Trail Run #2 5M, 11M, 22M, 26.2M, 50K; Woodside, CA
08/10 Genoa Peak Completely Madathon and Only Half Madathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Genoa, NV
08/10 Hypnosis Night Runs 15K, 31K, 62K; Avondale, AZ
08/10 Mount Ashland Hill Climb 13.3M; Ashland, OR
08/10 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #4 13M, 20M, 50K; Newcastle, WA
08/11 Angels Staircase 25K, 50K, 50M; Carlton, WA
08/11 Dirt Devils Stairway to Heaven 15K; San Diego, CA
08/11 Haulin' Aspen Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M; Bend, OR
08/11 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #2 4.5M, 13.1M; Sammamish, WA; www.mudandchocolate.com

08/11 XTERRA Hagg Lake 10K; Portland, OR
08/11 XTERRA Trail Run Oregon Series Championship 13.1M; Portland, OR
08/15 Into The Wild Rockin Summer Run #2 8K; Orange, CA
08/17 Alyeska Mountain Run 2K; Girdwood, AK
08/17 Bear Creek 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Martinez, CA
08/17 Hamster Endurance Runs 12H, 24H; Bellingham, WA
08/17 Ponderosa Hustle 5K, 10K; Flagstaff, AZ
08/17 Waldo 100K 100K; Oakridge, OR
08/17 Zoom Castle Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Walnut Creek, CA

07/20 Backcountry Run 8.3M, 16.1M; Ketchum, ID
07/20 BD Store Hidden Peak Hustle 5K, 10K; Salt Lake City, UT
07/20 Classic 10K Race 10K; Colorado Springs, CO; www.csgrandprix.com

07/20 Goats in the Meadow 7.3M; Elliston, MT
07/20 Grin and Bear It Trail Running Race 15K; Crested Butte, CO
07/20 Kendall Mountain Run 12M; Silverton, CO
07/20 Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run 3.5M, 10M; Sandpoint, ID
07/20 SHATS Trail Series Race #1 7.2M; Helena, MT
07/20 Spring Creek Memorial 9 Miler 5K, 9M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com

07/21 La Sportiva Vail Half Marathon 13.1M; Vail, CO
07/27 Grand Mesa 100M; Cedaredge, CO
07/27 LaSportiva Eldora Trail 10K 10K; Nederland, CO; www.digdeepsports.com

07/27 Living Journeys Half Marathon 13M; Mt. Crested Butte, CO
07/27 Mount Falcon 15K; Morrison, CO
07/27 Skunk Hollow Sneaker Chase 8M, 16M; Casper, WY
07/27 Snow King HIll Climb 2.3M; Jackson, WY
07/27 Speedgoat 50K 50K; Snowbird, UT
07/31 Summit Trail Running Series - #4 5K, 10K; Breckenridge, CO
08/03 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Montana City, MT; www.vigilanterunning.org

08/03 Jupiter Peak Steeplechase 16M; Park City, UT
08/03 Mt Werner Classic 50K; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
08/03 Taos Ski Valley 10K Up And Over Trail Run 10K; Taos Ski Valley, NM; www.taosskivalley.com
08/03 Top Ten Mile 10M; Colorado Springs, CO; www.csgrandprix.com

08/03 Wild Idaho 50 Mile/KM Endurance Runs 50K, 50M; Crouch, ID
08/04 La Luz Trail Run 9M; Albuquerque, NM
08/04 La Sportiva Vail Berry Picker Trail Runs 3.2M; Vail, CO
08/04 Power of Four Trail 50K 50K; Aspen, CO
08/10 Beaver Creek Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Avon, CO
08/10 Bridger Ridge Run 20M; Bozeman, MT
08/10 El Vaquero Loco 25K, 50K; Afton, WY
08/10 Hunky Dory Half Marathon 13.1M; Breckenridge, CO
08/10 Kat'cina Mosa 100K Mountain Callenge Run 100K; Springville, UT
08/10 Kennebec Mountain Challenge 14M; Durango, CO
08/10 Park City Mini Trail Series 15K 15K; Park City, UT
08/11 Goat Pursiut 6.6M; Helena, MT
08/11 Leadville Trail 10K 10K; Leadville, CO
08/13 TransRockies 3-Day or 6-Day Run 58M, 120M; Buena Vista, CO
08/14 Summit Trail Running Series - #5 5K, 10K; Breckenridge, CO
08/17 Don't be a Turkey FUNdraiser Rogaine 3H, 6H; Pagosa Springs, CO
08/17 Leadville Trail 100 Run 100M; Leadville, CO
08/17 Pikes Peak Ascent 13.32M; Manitou Springs, CO
08/17 Shop To The Top Run 5M, 6M; Ketchum, ID

07/20 Dirty Burg 50K 10K, 50K, R; Belmont, MI
07/20 West Michigan MudVenture 5k 5K; Grandville, MI
07/21 Dirty Herd Summer Classic 6M; Grand Rapids, MI
07/21 Lost Lake Woods Club Trail Run 5K; Lincoln, MI
07/27 Birkie Trail Paintball Biathlon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI
07/27 Christmas in July 6H, 12H, 24H; Libertyville, IL
07/27 Crow Peak Ascent 10K; Spearfish, SD; www.bhrctrails.com

07/27 Grand Island Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Munising, MI
07/27 Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra 50M; Carlton, MN
07/28 Hell Creek on Heels 5k/25k 5K, 25K; Wilson Lake State Park, KS
08/02 Psych Night Trail Run 10K, 5K; Kansas City, KS
08/03 Eagle Creek Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com

08/03 Planet Adventure Eagle Creek Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN
08/03 The Legend 5M, 10M, 13.1M; Laingsburg, MI; www.runlegend.com

08/04 Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run 100M; Willoughby Hills, OH
08/07 A Midsummer Nights Trail Run 5M; Cincinnati, OH
08/10 Howl at the Moon 8H; Danville, IL
08/10 Tahqua Trail Run 10K, 25K; Paradise, MI
08/10 Victoria Secret Dirty Half 13.1M; Rapid City, SD; www.bhrctrails.com

08/10 Zombie Dash- Kalamazoo 5K; Kalamazoo, MI
08/17 The River Run 10M; West Lafayette, IN

07/20 0 SPF Trail 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Victor, NY
07/20 Chasin For Chalfin 15K; Coatesville, PA
07/20 OSPF Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Rochester, NY
07/20 Running With The Devil 3H, 6H, 12H; Vernon, NJ
07/20 Sproul 10K 10K; Hyner, PA
07/20 Vermont 100 Endurance Race 100K, 100M; West Windsor, VT
07/21 Forest Frolic 7K, 15K; Virgil, NY
07/21 Rosaryville Trail Runs 10K, 10M, 25M, 50K; Upper Marlboro, MD
07/21 USA Mountain Running Championships 8K, 12K; North Conway, NH
07/27 Allegheny Front Trail Run 12M, 30M; State College, PA
07/27 Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail Running Series - #1 10K; Germantown, MD
07/27 Endless Summer 6 Hour Run 6H; Annapolis, ME
07/27 Kanawha Trace Trail Run 50K, 10K; Ona, WV
07/27 Wakely Dam Ultra 55K; Piseco Lake, NY
07/28 Escarpment Trail Run 30K; Windham, NY
08/03 Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail Running Series - #2 10K; Germantown, MD
08/03 MD HEAT Race 25K; Baltimore, MD; www.mdheatrace.com

08/03 Moosalamoo Trail Races 14M, 36M; Goshen, VT
08/04 Grings Mill Run 5K, 10K; Reading, PA
08/06 Summer Sunset 5k at Pine Hill Park 5K; Rutland, VT
08/08 Forge The Gorgeous 7M; Moravia, NY
08/11 Half-Wit Half Marathon 13.1M; Reading, PA
08/17 Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail Running Series - #3 10K; Clarksburg, MD
08/17 Fab 5K 5K; Salem, VA
08/17 River Valley Run 10K Trail Run 10K; Manchester, MD; www.rivervalleyranch.com/rivervalleyrun
08/17 Run For Hunger Trail Challenge 2M, 8K, 13.1M; Freeport, PA; www.runrace.net

08/17 TARC Summer Classic 50K, 1250M; Medfield, MA

07/20 Cremator 50 50M; Bluffton, SC
07/20 Dirty Spokes Sawnee Mountain 3.5M; Cumming, GA
07/20 Full Moon 50K 25K, 50K; Perryville, AR
07/20 Start2Finish Open Water Challenge- Cane Creek 8K; Waxhaw, NC
07/26 El Chupacabra de San Antonio 5K/10K 5K, 10K; San Antonio, TX
07/27 Cedar Ridge Trail Run 18K, 36K; Dallas, TX
07/27 Gulf Winds Summer Trail Series - Magnolia Trail 3.5M; Tallahassee, FL
07/27 Tomahawk Triathlon 39K; Waxhaw, NC
07/27 XTERRA North Carolina Beech Mountain 5K, 15K; Beech Mountain, NC
08/03 Capt'n Karl's: Colorado Bend 10K, 30K, 60K; Lampasas, TX
08/03 Dirty Spokes - Red Top Roaster 9.9M, 3.1M; Cartersville, GA
08/03 Gulf Winds Summer Trail Series - Redbug Trail 4.5M; Tallahassee, FL
08/03 Hot to Trot 8 Hour Race 8H; Lithia Springs, GA
08/10 Annihilator 50K 50K; Connelly Springs, NC
08/10 Still Hollow Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com/greenway/

08/17 Bernheim Seven Miler 7M; Louisville, KY
08/17 Forge Trail Series - Furtive 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Lafayette, LA
08/17 Springmaid Summer Splash Trail Races 5K, 10K; Spruce Pine, NC
08/17 XTERRA Table Rock 15K 6K, 15K; Pickens, SC

07/20 5 Peaks Trail Run - Camrose 5K, 15K; Camrose, AB
07/20 5 Peaks Trail Run - Cypress 5K, 15K; West Vancouver, BC
07/20 5 Peaks Trail Run - Sundre Snake Hills 5K, 10K; Sundre, AB
07/20 Eiger Ultra Trail 101K; Grindelwald, Switzerland
07/20 Full Monty 12K, 25K, 50K; Victoria, BC
07/20 Risnjak Trail 30K; Crni Lug, Croatia
07/20 Try A Trail 6K 6K; Winnipeg, MB
07/26 Chiemgauer 100 100K, 100M; Ruhpolding, Germany
07/27 5 Peaks Trail Run - Rawdon 5K, 15K; Rawdon, ON
07/27 Herring Run Trail Race 11K, 22K; Mascarene, NB
07/27 Mary Leliveld's Happy Trails Run 10K; North Vancouver, BC
07/28 Bill's Great Peak Ascent 15K, 30K; North Vancouver, BC
07/28 You Yangs Trail Runs .05K, 50K, 30K, 15K, 10K; Geelong VIC, Australia
08/01 Elbrus Ultra Trail 105K; Azau, Russia
08/03 Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu #2 30K; Cusco, Peru
08/03 Elbrus Mountain Marathon 42K; Verkhnii Baksan, Russia
08/03 Elbrus Trail 30K; Verhnii Baksan, Russia
08/03 Inca Trail Marathon To Machu Picchu #2 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
08/04 Devilbend fun run 5K, 10K, 21.1K; Devilbend Reservoir, Australia
08/04 Port Edward Odyssey Adventure Race Port Edward, Natal, South Africa
08/04 Yukon River Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M, R; Whitehorse, YT
08/07 Mongolia Sunrise To Sunset 42K, 100K; Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia
08/09 Dirty Girls Run 12H, 24H, 48H; Mansfield, ON; www.dirtyrunnerproductions.com

08/09 Swiss Irontrail 46K, 80K, 136K, 201K; Pontresina, Switzerland
08/10 ArcÆteryx Squamish 50 23K, 50K, 50M; Squamish, BC; www.Squamish50.com

08/10 TrailCross Edmonton 2K; Edmonton, AB
08/10 Try A Trail 14K 14K; Winnipeg, MB
08/11 Gutbuster Mt Washington 9K; Courtenay, BC
08/15 Official 26.2 Mile Inca Trail Marathon 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
08/15 Trail de Porticcio 12K, 21K; Porticcio, France
08/16 Fat Dog 100 20M, 30M, 50M, 70M, 120M, 120R; Keremeos, BC; www.mountainmadness.ca

08/16 TransScania 246K, 60H; Lund, Sweden
08/16 XC Of The Valley 10K, 21K, 35K; St Raymond, QC
08/17 5 Peaks Trail Run - Camp Fortune 5K, 15K; Chelsea, ON
08/17 5 Peaks Trail Run - Delta Kananaskis 5K, 15K; Kananaskis Country, AB
08/17 Iron Legs 50 Mile 50M; Calgary, AB
08/17 Mountainman 21.1K, 42.2K, 80K; Engelberg, Switzerland

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