A beloved winter trail run just outside of Scottsdale, Ariz., the McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs offered a 50-mile, 50K, 25K, 10-mile and 5-mile distances for runners as part of the Desert Runner Trail Series.
The 50 mile and 50K courses started at McDowell Mountain Regional Park and traveled into Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The 50K is a single loop while the 50 milers climb to Thompson Peak some 4,000 feet up, offering views across Scottsdale.
The 50-mile race was dominated by Gabe McGowan in 7:08:57, more than 90 minutes up on second place. Keri McMeans was top female and seventh overall in 10:09:46. Van Patterson won the 50K in 4:31:54, while Stephanie Sathre was top female (and seventh overall) in 5:10:23.
Here are photos from the race, taken by Derrick Lytle: