Stagecoach 100-mile race not for the faint of heart

Arizona Daily Sun

by Eric Betz

The mercury hit a frigid 21 degrees in Flagstaff on Saturday, leading to a chilly morning for those braving the cold to celebrate NAU’s 89th Annual Homecoming. But for a group of hardcore runners participating in the first Stagecoach 100-mile Ultra, the low temperatures were a major obstacle to completing a race from the San Francisco Peaks along dirt tracks to Tusayan.

Running at night through an unfamiliar landscape, 79 people managed to complete the trek. The race started with 26 individual racers and 17 finished. There were 12 teams of relay racers, and all teams finished. Groups varied from four-person to six-person teams and most were coed.

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