What a beautiful range- The Tushars are a hidden gem

What a beautiful range- The Tushars are a hidden gem

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We have had a busy summer! Moving to the Wasatch region of Utah was one of our family highlights, as was the Tushar Sky running Marathon.  As an Ultra Adventure Ambassador I was really excited to take part in the last of the Grand Circle Trail Series. Here is a description of the race from the Ultra Adventures website.

The Tushar mountain range is a hidden treasure of 12,000ft peaks not far from Bryce Canyon.  This is one of the most challenging courses in the “Grand Circle Trail Series”. Runners will summit peaks and run ridgelines among a thriving mountain goat herd then drop down singletrack into vast, glaciated valleys spattered with abandoned mining ruins from the wild west. The race starts and finishes at Eagle Point Ski Resort at an elevation of over 10,000ft.  These conditions made it a perfect fit for the 2015 Sky Runner Series!

 

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As a family, this trip was our big summer camping trip, a chance to discover some new places and meet new faces. It was such a memorable weekend for all! It was my first trail race ever out west! I really began my trail debut in Chamonix in the Alps.

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After the spring and summer of 2014 and a pretty intense trail racing schedule, I took almost a year off from racing. The Tushar marathon was my first race back and also my first race in the West. Its hard to believe that I have done all my trail racing in Europe and most recently in New England. I was not sure if I  was going to be up for the full marathon but thanks to Adam and a good month of training when I first arrived in Park City, I felt well prepared.

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My son, who is eleven, decided he wanted to do the 1/2 marathon,  a feet in itself. He was really excited to be a part of the ambience and climb a 12,000 ft peak!

Top of the Peak! I felt the altitude. B made it to the top and had to punch his bib number. Photo credit Ultra Adventures

Top of the Peak! I felt the altitude. B made it to the top and had to punch his bib number. Photo credit Ultra Adventures

My son said to me that next year he wants to do the whole Grand Circle Trail Series! Now that is saying something about how fun this weekend was! Check out his race report at

Here are the maps and profiles of the courses:

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Anders and Michael were awesome support for both of us! And Buddy had a blast.

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A doing his own running race

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What a fun weekend. A huge shout out to Matt and his crew for putting on such an amazing weekend of racing and a great event.

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A view up Mt Delaney (Photo credit to Grand Circle Trail)

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I saw this herd of Mountain Goats! Amazing! Photo Credit Ultra Adventures

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Stunning Countryside (photo credit Ultra Adventures)

 

I have to say that the course was really beautiful and very alpine like. It was a nice change to be in technical trail running and even a taste of the Alps.

What a great experience to share together. All smiles after the race. What an accomplishment by B

What a great experience to share together. All smiles after the race. What an accomplishment by B

 

Thanks to Hammer Nutrition and Camelbak! Fueling right!

Thanks to Hammer Nutrition and Camelbak! Fueling right!

 

I can’t wait till 2016 for the next Grand Circle Trail Series!!!! Be sure to check out the series and sign up soon!!!