I am excited to announce a free giveaway for the inaugural Mogollon Monster 100 this year in Northern Arizona on September 28rd!
I have never seen a 100-miler giveaway before, and I’m stoked because:
1. It can be expensive to race 100s.
2. It’s intimidating to sign up for a 100-miler.
Why You Should Enter
I jumped straight from a 50K to finish a 100-miler, so don’t be intimidated if you haven’t run 100k or 50 miles. This distance is very much a mental challenge.
Many don’t sign up because they don’t believe the can finish. And many would be surprised. You still have time to train for this event.
I’m a passionate advocate for running ultra marathons because we are always stronger than we think we are. The ultra can bring about such a life-changing transformation, and you cannot attempt 100 miles without being changed.
No matter what you have done or will do in the future – this is a victory that nobody can undermine or take away from you. And it’s free! So go ahead and throw your name in. Maybe this is your time.
Read this post about 7 Lies You Believe About Ultra Running to ease some of your fears. You CAN do this!
If you’re still having doubts, read my race report for my first 100-miler. And my thoughts before the race.
If you’ve finished 100 before, here is a worthy buckle to add to your collection!
- Arizona’s 2nd 100-miler and 1st mountain 100-miler
- 4 Mont De Blanc points
- Start at 5,500 feet, max at 7,400
- Each climb and descent is anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 feet, usually done in under 2 miles
- Climb through multiple ecosystems
- Scale the first climb to the top of the Mogollon Rim in the first 9 miles of the race
- Series of ascents and descents of the Mogollon Rim
- Run from red rock high desert terrain to the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the world (soldiers used to mark the Ponderosas high on the trees so they could still see them in high snow in the winter and today you can still see some of the markers)
- Minimal dirt roads, and nearly all have a view
- Dirt road sections are under 6 miles
- 1 mile at the finish is pavement into town
- Steep, rugged and extremely technical
Read more here.
The Race Director, Jeremy Dougherty, has spent years shadowing many RDs at ultra events, and can avoid the normal hang-ups of an inaugural race.
Here is a video of the upper region of the course called the Cabin Loop. This is right after the first snow break so the greenery hasn’t sprung up yet.
Visit the website www.mogollonmonster100.com for more course photos and videos.
If you really can’t make it…
Strongly consider being a volunteer or a pacer for this race. Both are tremendous learning experiences and will give you a chance to see what a 100-miler is all about. Shacky and I will be there with Ginger, volunteering.
If you’d like to get set up with a pacing gig but don’t know anyone who is running, email the Race Director at at email@example.com.
How to Enter
You must complete the following three things for one entry:
- “Like” the Mogollon Monster 100 Facebook fan page.
- Share a link to this giveaway via social media or your blog and mention that you’ve entered.
- Leave a comment and tell me why you want to win.
The winner will be chosen next Wednesday July 18th through a random draw and I will announced it here on the blog. You have five days to claim your entry before I pick another winner.