2023-2024

Mt. Wrightson Ascent - 9/10/23 - 5.2 miles to the top

Thanks to all who were able to make it out today for the Mt. Wrightson Ascent! It was a record-breaking day of heat, at least down in the Tucson valley. Y’all are tough. Some highlights from the run today include a swift summit by Catlow (1:06) and then an even more impressive race down the hill in 39 minutes for a Strava CR up-and-down Old Baldy in 1:45. I was reading my book and listening to the bees in the trees, and couldn’t believe he was already done. There was much talk of bears but no sightings today. Two Mexican spotted owls were seen just shy of Josephine Saddle, and up higher there were lots of wildflowers and butterflies. 

Anyhoo, hope to see you all again soon this fall. Lots of runs on the calendar

Rick Mick

Mt. Wrightson Ascent - 5.2 miles

Catlow Shipek (45) 1:06 - En route to 1:45 up-and-down
Tyler Stinson (36) 1:35
Morey Brown (59) 1:39
Lisa Schlink (45) 1:45
*Dave Houston (41) 1:46 - as part of a double ascent
Robert Nowak (40) 1:47 - best style for the day
Brianna Russell (27) 1:48
Ryan Simonsen (26) 1:52
Renee Stevens (55) 1:56
Ben Weiner (55) 2:00
Cliff Anderson (64) 2:02
Robert Harris (50) 2:04
Fernando Bustamante (56) 2:04
David Armet (41) 2:07
Chase Woodall (13) 2:20 - post Saturday cross-country meet
Stephen Woodall (45) 2:20
Benjamin Roark (39) 2:55

*First TTR route

Miscellaneous
Billy Oliver (59) 1:35 - Josephine to Super Trail (6 miles)
Emily Wilkinson (39) Hike to Josephine Saddle



Sunset Loops - 10/01/23 - 16 mile full loop

Thanks to all those who came out this Sunday to run the Sunset Loops. We had 19 runners come out and enjoy the nice cool morning temps up there with a little breeze to add to the fun.

Tristan Lee

Full Route- 16 miles

Rick Mick (39) 3:29
Mike Duer (54) 3:35
Armen Sarrafin (33) 3:35
Ben Markwart (42) 3:48
Jeff Ladderud (33) 4:03
Cliff Anderson (64) 4:13

Cade Engle (26) 4:14
Billie Lubis (30) 4:18
Julie Henk (28) 4:18
Morgan Drew (29) 4:18
Henri Combrink (41) 4:41


Miscellaneous
Chris LaRoche (32) 4:06 - 13.06 miles

Mark DiFalco (24) 2:46 - 12.26 miles

Sarah Bratt (33) 3:02 - 10 miles

Peter K (39) 3:02 - 10 miles

Tim Cronk (61) 2:46 - 9.5 miles

Julie Rowe (50) 2:31 - 9 miles

Bruce Johnson (69) 1:50 - 6 miles

Heather Webber (60) 2:38 - 6 miles



Box Camp/ Palisades  Lollipop- 10/15/23 - 25 mile(ish) lollipop

12 people came out to run the trails near Gordon Hirabayashi, with five doing the full 25ish mile lollipop. It was pretty warm, even for us(!), which made for pretty toasty conditions in the early afternoon, bust everyone seemed to enjoy the route, especially Palisades, with its incredible views midway down! There are still about five miles that could use some good trail work on the whole route so hopefully by next year it will be smooth sailing. Thanks to John Mollenhour for helping with aid near the Bigelow TH, which was extra useful because of the broken water spigot. Thanks to everyone for coming out and braving the heat!


Full Enchilada- We'll go with 25.5 miles

Jak Kearsley (26) 6:46:00
Cliff Anderson (64) 7:43:47
Ryan Simonsen (26) 7:43:47

Cade Engle (26) 8:00:00

Tristan Lee (44) 8:00:29 (reverse lollipop direction)


Other fun: (out-and-backs)

Tim Cronk (61) 11 miles

Heather Webber 8 miles

Chris McGrew 10.5 miles

Brian Bokowski 13+ miles


Hutches Pool & Back (15.miles)

Julie Henk

Renee Stevens

Dallas Stevens


Ventana/Esperero - 10/22/23 - 14.6 mile full loop

On a hot day (94 degrees) no water sources, and a lot of steep, exposed climbing, (22) TTR members finished the full 14.6 Ventana/Esperero route. Everyone enjoyed the view from the Window, and it appeared that everyone also enjoyed the moment they finished. Special thanks to Bruce Johnson, who helped with the shuttle and then ran Cardiac and back.

Full Route- 16 miles

Vasileios Paschalidis (44) 3:51
Mike Duer (54) 4:04
Mark DiFalco (24) 4:12
William Mitchell (32) 4:18
Thomas Fresneau (39) 4:21

Sarah Jansen (39) 4:34

Caroline Mosley (34) 4:35

Morgan Drew (28) 4:36

Derek Lemoine(41) 4:39

Tim Cronk (61) 4:45

Michael Wilcox (63) 4:45

Henri Combrink (41) 5:19

Cade Engle (26) 5:25

Lauren Dahlin (32)) 5:28

Cristina Luis (44) 5:55

Marcy Beard (54) 6:05

Christopher Avery (60) 6:09

Adeene Denton (29) 6:09

Maureen Meyer (58) 6:09

Cliff Anderson (64) 6:37

Jil Albrecht (30) 6:58

Dylan Reichert (25) 6:58


Cardiac and Back: 

Bruce Johnson (69) 2:08



Charouleau Gap- 10/29/23 - Multiple Options

Yesterday we ran the Charouleau Gap out-and-back route which hasn't been entered into the TTR database in 10 years! The weather was nice and crisp, and we now have a new women's course record! 

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Options were to the CDO and back (~20 miles), the Gap and Back (12.4 miles), or any other distance ONB

Gap & Back- 12.4 miles

Vasileios Paschalidis (44) 1:53:03
Stephen Woodall (45) 2:09
Steve Outridge (45) 2:18:50

Caroline Mosley (34) 2:28 - new CR

Caitlin Vogelsberg (38) 2:28 - new CR

Adeen Denton (29) 2:34

Chris McGrew  (55) 2:38

Chris Fall  (61) 2:41:28

Nick Fraley (48) 2:53


Miscellaneous:

Arvind Gupta (27) 1:26:16 - 8.3 miles

Lisa Zucker Glick (63) 1:53 - 5 miles

Jim Porter (63) 1:53 - 5 miles


Tanque Verde Loop- 11/12/23 - 28.5 mile full loop

We had a good turnout, and great weather, for yesterday's Tanque Verde Loop run. There was a total of 16 runners and 7 of them completed the full 28.5 mile loop. Everyone else ran various out and back distances. We also had a mouse hanging out at the finish and a roadrunner came by too, but luckily or unluckily, not at the same time. Special thanks to Corey Keppel for supporting and helping runners make the last few miles back.  

Full Route (28.5 miles):

David Houston (41) 6:11:11 

Sarah Jansen (39) 6:21:00

Brian Bokowski (?) 6:24:00

Tim Cronk (?) 6:48:00

Michael Wilcox (63) 7:07:00

Tristan Lee (?) 7:11:00

David Allamon (?) 7:57:00


Cowhead Kinda-ish

Chris Herald (?) 3:55:55 (18.26mi)

Renee Stevens (?) 4:33:00 (16.5mi)


DS Campground Mostly

Adeene Denton (?) 3:12:00 (14.5mi)

Julia Rowe (?) 3:13:00 (13.1mi)

Cat Crawford (?) 3:23:00 (13.1mi)

Brian Kennedy (?) 3:23:00 (13.1mi)

Tom Gormley (?) 3:31:54 (13.1mi)

Cliff Anderson (?) 3:38:00 (13.1mi)

Lena Makena (?) 3:15:40 (12mi)


Mt Lemmon Ascent- 11/19/23 - 18.6 miles (7300 ft gain)

A wonderful day on the mountain, with perfect temps and foggy conditions at times. Some of the route had seen recent work from the AZ Trail VETS crew (including our own Dallas Stevens) and was much better than expected. Thank you Tonya Norris for filling in on RD duties, and also a big shout out to some folks who stepped up to be drivers: Steven, Cassidy, Brian, and Scott. We had more runners arrange rides (some at the last minute) and didn't need everyone to shuttle, but your volunteering of time was much appreciated! (a good problem to have).

Full Route (18.6 miles):

Jak Kearsley (26) 4:33

Michael Duer (54) 4:48

Michael Pilz (54) 5:18

Wesley Smith (44) 5:23

Renee R. Stevens (56) 5:44

Cade Engle (26) 5:45

Tristan Lee (44) 5:53

Brian Kennedy (53) 5:58

Cat Crawford (53) 6:00

Billy Oliver (59) 6:31

Robert Harris (50) 6:57

Fernando Bustamante (58) 6:57

Paul Fick (66) 7:58


Also running around out there:

Tom Gormley (54) 3:06 (Foggy Basin, Phoneline/Tram Rd, 13.1 mi)

Brian Janezic (37) 2:26 (Lemmon/WOR/Upper Aspen, 9.7 mi)

Steven Terry (44) 3:40 (Down-and-up on Lemmon Trail, 13.3 mi)


Loma Alta- 11/26/23 - 28.8 miles (full route)

It was a perfect Morning at Loma Alta, with temperatures in the low 40s and everyone eager to get going to warm themselves up. Everyone got down safe without any injuries and enjoyed the drinks, refreshments and the promised Baklava. Unlike last year we had 3 runners that completed the entire route to Manning camp! Kudos to them and everyone who came out today and crushed it! 

Full Route (28.8 miles):

Billie Braimah (30) 7:06

Sarah Smith Zentack (45) 7:06

Joe Tovar (40) 7:27


Other distances

Morey Brown (59) 4:34 Grass Shack  intersection (19.2 miles)

Catlow Shipek (45) 2:50 (17 miles)


Manning Camp trail intersection (14ish miles)

Kevin Cross (34) 2:36

Chris Herald (37) 2:36

Caroline Mosley (34) 2:43

Caitlin Vogelsberg (38) 2:43

Lisa Schlink (45) 3:11

Guy McArthur (53) 3:13

Tom Gormley (54) 3:16

Michael Duer (54) 3:26

Tim Cronk (61) 3:27


Also out there running

Heather Weber (60) 3:07 (10.75 miles)

Amy Dillan (44) 2:37 (10.15 miles)



King Canyon- 12/10/23 - 7.6 miles (full loop)

We had 33 runners come out last Sunday. It was a bit windy and a little chilly at the start but everyone had a good time. Jim and I love spending the morning with you. 

Full Route (7.6 miles):

Mike Duer (54) 01:14:04

Billie Lubis (30) 01:21:00

Robert Nowak (40) 01:26:36

Brad Mascal (37) 01:28:00

Bill Doctorman (39) 01:30:52

Caitlin Vogelsberg (39) 01:31:00

Billy Oliver (59) 01:34:00

Lily Wilhelm (27) 01:34:00

Chris McGrew (35) 01:34:00

Derek Vo (30) 01:34:00

Adeene Denton (29) 01:34:00

Steve Outridge (54) 01:39:00

Chris Fall (61) 01:39:00

Michelle Hawk (56) 01:39:00

Cliff Anderson (64) 01:51:00

Bruce Johnson (69) 01:53:00

Jill Albrecht (30) 01:53:00

Jon O’Brien (27) 01:53:00

Julia Rowe (50) 01:53:00

Chris LaRoche (32) 01:58:00

Chris Avery (60) 01:58:00

Stephen Woodall (45) 02:02:00

Chase Woodall (13) 02:02:00

Dylan Reichert (26) 02:10:00

Pam Hoyt (67) 02:15:00

Tim Cronk (61) 02:17:00

Joan D’Alonzo (64) 02:22:00

Heather Webber (61) 02:30:00


Up to Hugh Norris (did not do up to W Peak) 6.96 miles

Jennie Barnett (52) 01:40:00

Wayne Barnett (58) 01:40:00


Out and Back (to W Peak)

Joe Jankelson (49)  No time/distance


Out and Back to Saddle

Lisa Zucker Glick (63) 02:39:00

Jim Porter (64) 02:39:00



Green Bug- 12/17/23 - 19 miles (full route)

We had a solid showing of 16 trail enthusiasts come out to enjoy the beautiful (hot!?) winter day on Mt. Lemmon, with 10 completing the full route. Bonus to Billie and Brett for bringing cookies that nourished not only the Tucson Trail Runners, but mountain bikers, climbers, hikers and even an AZT through-hiker! Thanks for making it a fun morning for Tyler and I. 

Full Route (~19 miles)

Ben Markwart (42) 3:59

Jak Kearsley (26) 4:23

Billie Braimah (Lubis) (30) 4:35

Tim Cronk (61) 4:39

Cade Engle (26) 4:45

Brett DuBois (42) 4:55

Joseph Tovar (40) 4:58

Cliff Anderson (64) 5:28

Renee R. Stevens (56) 5:31

Ryan Simonsen (26) 5:33


Bug Springs Out-and-Back (~10 miles)

Brad Mascal (37) 2:07

Caitlin Vogelsberg (39) 2:07

Bruce Johnson (69) 2:46


Other Distances

Fred Ahrens (67) 3:30 - 8.7 miles

Heather Webber (61) 4:28 - 12 miles

Dallas Stevens - hiking around!