Riding the White Rim jeep road through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park in one day has been on my to-do list ever since moving to the southwest in 2012. In October 2020, I was able to gather four like-minded friends (four ultrarunners and one ironman) to join me. We loaded up our bikes and packs with six liters of water each, as well as plenty of snacks to last at least 12 hours.
One of the cool things about racing versus a long adventure run is that you don’t have to carry all of your gear and calories with you. Aid stations offer general food and hydration needs, but if you have specific requests, using drop bags or having a crew with a dedicated crew bag can help, if your race allows them.
Spring is a time of the year when the snow is melting, birds are tweeting (old-school style) and the sun is shining a bit brighter. A combination of warm sun and melting snow creates one of our furry running buddies favorite things, and one of the worst substances to get off running shoes – mud.