This Saturday hundreds of runners and skiers will flock to Arizona Snowbowl to compete in the 8th annual Gore-Tex presents Kahtoola Agassiz Uphill. Runners make their way up Humphreys Peak using traction devices, like Kahtoola MICROspikes. Skiers skin up the mountain and ski down. In years past, it has been a close race between the runners and skiers, which makes for some nice, friendly rivalry. Best part of all, 100% of race entry fees, race raffles, Golden Ticket, and Champ for Camp go to the Friends of Camp Colton Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that strives to create sustainable funding mechanisms to ensure continued operation of Camp Colton’s outdoor and environmental education programs.
For the first time ever, I’ll be competing in the event to see what it’s like running 3.5 miles up a down a ski hill with nothing but traction devices on my feet. I’ve been training pretty hard and feel confident in my ability. However, the task at hand still feels a bit overwhelming, so I decided to speak with Sara Wagner, local Flagstaff, AZ runner and Brooks Inspire Daily Elite Team Member, about the race and what to expect. (See video above). We took a little run around Buffalo Park and then sat down for a quick discussion about the race. Sara’s passion for the event and for others definitely gave me that extra inspiration I needed to give it my all on Saturday. See you there!