Here's a video of the course from miles 24-46 on the climb up the Rim and around the first series of trails in the Cabin Loop. Still fresh off winter snows so the area hasn't had a chance to grow the meadows and flowers yet but still very pretty and great running.
Something I've heard since the idea first came about to start a new 100 mile wilderness race in Arizona, from scratch, is the concerns of some that they "don't run first year races."
I can certainly understand the concern and I've made every attempt in working with other race directors in learning the challenges they face in hopes of working contingencies out in advance, planning as meticulously as possible to avoid many of those "first year" miscues people may be fearing. So in an effort to further dispel those fears I have joined up with ATRA and Goodpeoplerun.com in their mission to provide a 15 step series of standards for all trail running events. ATRA, American Trail Running Association (found at www.trailrunner.com) really wants to make this the gold standard so to speak in providing runners with a race where you know the expectations are met across the board from course marking, safety, preparation and many other steps. Many of these steps are what you find at any well organized ultra but some certainly are missed at others. Here are the 15 standards, I encourage you to take a look and check out www.trailrunner.com for ongoing updates for the trail and ultra community.
The North Face has approved the Mogollon Monster 100 for 4 points towards qualifying towards their series in 2013. Very exciting to have that designation in the first year and proud to display their logo for the race. With Western States 100 and Hardrock 100 being races that require your first year to be complete it'll be a few more years before we have full designation as a qualifying race for the other "Big One's" but exciting nonetheless.
Here's the current list of qualifying races for UTMB, CCC and others: http://www.ultratrailmb.com/page/87/courses_qualificatives_liste.html