"15k" McDowell Sonoran Challenge. Great trail run. Hillier than I was expecting, but with hindsight not surprising since we were running around the flanks of two mountains. Most of the trail was a gravel like surface that made for nice running. We had a few hundred feet of deep sand in a wash bottom, and another section of boulders. Since I have not been training to run nine mile races, it went better than I expected. I passed a few people on the long uphills on the back half and finished strong. 14th among the men, and 25th of 58 overall (winning time was 1:04:27).
The race is organized by a group that is trying to buy this area as a urban preserve for the city of Scottsdale. They have about half the land now, and if they get it all it will be about 56 square miles -- the largest urban preserve in the country, and 1/3 of Scottsdale. I hope they can get that done.