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The 18th Annual National Trail Trek, TLC Freestyle - Club Style

So I was asked by a number of people to put this together as a club event this year, so I am going to make that happen.  As I will do the 7 Summits thing next year in 2014 as well. 


Please read the entire write up:


I was going to get us some T-Shirts, but since Registration is so much, we will forgo the T-Shirts this time around.    

It is $50.00 to register.  Be prepared. 
I have heard this will sell out quickly.

The 18th National Trail Trek is January 25, 2014!  Barcode #99170, Viewable on-line 11-2-13.  Registration opens[masked] @ 10:30 a.m.

Rain or Shine! This 15.5 mile hike will take you from the easternmost edge of the mountain (Pima Canyon) traversing the South Mountains all the way to San Juan Lookout near the western edge. We provide the food, water, round-trip transportation, various prizes and surprises -- you provide the miles and miles of smiles!

Please note: Pre-registration is required for the National Trail Trek; absolutely no walk-in registrations will be taken the day of the event. Also, no mail-in registrations will be accepted.

If you have photo images from the 2013 NTT please e-mail then to [masked] and include photo credit info.

South Mountain Trail Trek Map

National Trail Trek Information:

• Average hiking time – 5 to 6 hours for 15.5 miles
• Half-way shuttles: you can obtain a ride in the van at the half-way point (7.5
miles) if you cannot continue. The van will drop you off where you parked at the Activity Complex.
• Transportation: Bus from Activity Complex parking/check-in off Central Ave. to Pima Canyon – approximately 10 miles and takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Vans used for transporting you from the end – approximately 5.5 mile drive.
*You can have someone drop you off at the Pima Canyon parking lot. Be aware – you must have your NTT wristband to obtain the lunch and get a ride back in the vans to the Activity Complex. Your driver cannot drive to San Juan to pick you up.

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  • Eric K.

    Monthly Hiking Club VID Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsH0C1g0JLE

    January 31, 2014

  • Brian M

    Lots of fun, good people to hike with...running into Joe on the trails was pretty cool too. Til some dude tried to knock him off the trail.

    January 29, 2014

    • Brian M

      He was fine just really pissed...never seen a pissed off Joe before. Some dude was running in the opposite direction and was an ass...

      January 29, 2014

    • Eric K.

      Glad he was ok, yeah, never seen him pissed before

      January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    18+ miles. .... u are all Monsters. Awesome :-)

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Heres' the "skinny" on the Day: NTT (National Trail Trek), 18th Annual. 17 of us today. This was an event where it was hard to not do it for "time". 15.79 Miles. 2700 ft in elevation Gain. TRAIL RUN. Not pavement. The 15.79 miles is ALMOST the entire length of the main Ridgeline of South Mountain Park, the largest City Municipal Park in the world. The western part of the park/trail has much rougher spots of terrain on the trail than the Eastern. I was the 4th to finish today, from our Group. Jason St Louis and Rick Roorda were ahead of me by a few minutes, but had made a wrong turn, so I actually finished before them technically, but in sports fairness they were ahead of my by about 3-4 miles. Then Russ Lee came in 3rd about 2 minutes ahead of me. Then I came in at 3:35. Mary Wheeler was about 2-3 minutes behind me.

    January 25, 2014

    • Eric K.

      When I came in, there were only 4 other people who had finished prior, and there were 300 Registrants and many who ran "rogue" style, because of such reduced people allowed. I'm not sure when those people started, as we didn't launch until 7:58am. And no one passed me other than Jason, Rick, and Russ. Anyhow, this was a tough event to do, especially keeping it under 4 hours, or even 4:30. I thank the entire group today who came out and decided to push themselves. You all did great and should be very proud of yourselves. I am especially proud of my wife Amy Heise Kinneman for coming along today and finishing the race/trek at 4:15. For not training too much, that was a great time, and was probably in the top 30. So after finishing the race, we had to hike an additional 2.5 miles to get back to the Casino where everyone parked in the morning, since mostly everyone was going Rogue.

      January 25, 2014

    • Eric K.

      So a few extra miles to not have to deal with the Max Registration issue. Topping out at 18.25 miles in total today. Great Day. Perfect weather. Great friends. Pushing boundaries. Rolled an ankle pretty bad around mike 9-10. Had to stop and tape it up. I was just glad it wasn't broke. I heard a "pop". Get Some!

      January 25, 2014

  • Sobha Y.

    Sorry have to withdraw myself last minute ! Emergency w the family !!!! Not happy w it . But duty calls !!! GRRRRRR!!!!

    January 24, 2014

  • Peter M.

    I am off the 101 @ Union Hills...anyone wishing to carpool from Arrowhead

    January 17, 2014

  • Eric K.

    I also recommend going to Google Maps and finding out how long it will take you to get to the Casino from your house. Eat your breakfast and use the bathroom prior to the meetup. Don't be late. Please depart Casino parking lot by 7:00am, with or without the people listed above. If you are not going to attend, please have the courtesy to remove yourself from the Meetup ASAP. Doing it the night before or the morning of could screw your fellow hikers. When at Pima Canyon, go to the cabanas/restrooms and wait there. Yes, parking will be difficult and there will be many people. It may take you awhile to park. FYI: Don't fight it, park a ways out and simply walk in. Don't be one of those that comes in and drives around for 15 minutes trying to find a close parking spot. Just park and be done with it. See you at the Pima Canyn Parking Lot at 7:45am. Please text me as you are leaving the Casino parking lot.

    January 16, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Once you near the end of the National Trail Trek, you will go to the San Juan Lookout and Officially finish it at their tent, get a little rest and then get ready for your last push to the Casino. You have to double back a smigid, to the Maricopa Trail, and take this to the Casino. Yes, the trail finishes on the other side of the road from the casino, so you will need to cross the road when done and travel up the parking lot. Stay on Maricopa Trail and DO NOT cut through peoples backyards or property. Obviously all Rangers will be employed on a day like this. Some folks shaved the trail last time and cut through private property. Simply take the Maricopa Trail off of National Trail. Very simple. All maps show these trails. Do not go off trail on a day like this, as you may be visited by a Ranger, again, all Rangers will be out on a day like this. Please take 2 minutes and look at a map of SO MO.

    January 16, 2014

  • Eric K.

    The Rangers themselves make mention that 3 liters of water should be enough. So bring an extra liter or two to be safe if you wish. My number is[masked]-2171. Please text me as you arrive on Pima Canyon. Please leave the casino at 7:00am. This is very important: Myself, my wife Amy and Brian Mildener are actually registered for the race and paid the $50, so we will be shuttled to Pima Canyon in the morning and will meet you all there. So, someone will need to take the bull by the horns at the Casino and get organized and get you all over to Pima Canyon. Us 3 have to check in at a different place, but will meet you at Pima Canyon. Don't be late. If anything be early. PLEASE don't get a wild hair up your ass and leave early at Pima Canyon because you see all these other people starting to hike. Be patient. Hang out until at least 7:45am until you depart.

    January 16, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Here is what we have so far: Debra Watson, Debra Onken, Sobha You, Jason St Louis, Wayne Shannon, Caroline Shannon, Anna Esckelson, My wife Amy, me, and Brian Mildener, Rick Rorda, Russ Lee, Brad Brown, Paul Schrom, Al Courts, Jim Mowbary, and Ingrid. Some of the folks are not communicating on FB, so it makes it difficult on the planning. So this is our best attempt. Please read all of this as this contains crucial planning information. The numbers have to be worked backwards, pay attention. Be at Pima Canyon AND ready to go at 7:45am. This means you have to leave the Casino no later than 7:00am. Please emphasize "No Later". So this means you will be meeting at the Casino at 6:40am. Please exchange phone numbers and try to keep communication to a text message service.

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't get the permit in time. You can still hike just wouldn't get the lunch.

    January 15, 2014

  • Mary

    On wait list

    November 17, 2013

  • Eric K.

    message from Ranger: Hi Eric,

    The last time I looked at the waitlist there were only 6 people. I would still get on the waitlist! Last year we had over 100 people on waitlist and I went down that list pretty good with people cancelling. So if you have not registered yet, I will still do so.

    Christine G. Romo
    Park Ranger II/South Mountain Park
    Natural Resources Division
    2705 N. 15th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ[masked]
    Work Days- Wed - Sat 10/8:30pm
    [masked]

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am Attending as a Shuttle Driver ONLY. Just wanted to RSVP ( If that is OK, Erik ) so that I would be kept in the loop and updated of details as it grows near.

    November 16, 2013

    • Eric K.

      That's totally fine Steve.

      November 17, 2013

  • Debra O.

    Waitlist! Did it at parking lot of hike. Said 34 available and yet I'm on wait list? I'll check on Monday.

    November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Steve Costa and Johnny Volkman have already offered up a taxi service, so we are good to go everyone...... sign up here on Meetup, if serious, but please don't pull that shit of backing out the night before, because you could take someone's spot in the shuttle......

    November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    There is an easy way around this: We simply do what we did last year and hike all the way to the casino, extra 2 miles. Leave cars at the casino that morning. Or have a friend pick us up at the casino. Don't be deterred, this is an easy fix.

    November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    For questions about the National Trail Trek, call Event Coordinator Christine Romo @ (602)[masked] or e-mail [masked]

    November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    If you call the help desk, it will tell you how many back on the wait list you are. From what I have read, they keep adding people to the event as time goes on. Guess, they weren't kidding about selling out very quick....... I tried to warn people............

    November 16, 2013

  • Anna E.

    Waitlist

    November 16, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Then add to your cart. It will prompt you to register with the site first.

      November 16, 2013

    • Brian M

      Done...and you get a t-shirt too.

      November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Amy and I are registered.

    November 16, 2013

  • Eric K.

    I just updated the info.

    November 5, 2013

  • Eric K.

    I am totally going for time. Other than uphill, I hope to be able to run the entire thing. I am shooting for 3 hours or less.

    October 8, 2013

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