Tradition: Welcoming New and Celebrating OldResurrected from possible extinction, Mogollon Monster found its way into our hearts. A young race but full of people making it an annual tradition. Hoisting up the official “Mogollon Monster” sign at the start brought chills to those present as it carried the stories of the past. The runners – hopefully – cross under this sign twice in the race, once at the start and the other when they finish. Runners of the Monster also see the same aid stations and radio checkpoints a few times during the run. Returning this year were many of the same Aid Station Captains, volunteers, and radio personnel as they celebrate another year of this special race. One tradition, special to runners who make it far enough in the race to enjoy the switch backs on Myrtle’s Trail, is listening to the song, “Stairway to Heaven.” The radio operator stationed at the top of the climb finds it fitting and has found it within himself to listen to it on repeat for the duration of the race and for the benefit of the runners.
What are some new traditions developing? There were a few Monster costumes that made appearances at packet pickup, aid stations and even on the course. Most were brown or black but one was bright pink. What kind of Monster will be seen next year?
Course: The Monster…Its Out ThereThe Monster is out there and whether or not you believe in the beast one thing is for certain: this course is not for the faint of heart. Lori Brakeman commented after finishing that the course is ‘brutiful’ a cross between brutal and beautiful. Four climbs up to the top of the rim and traveling through terrains of rocky trail that have loose rocks, shale, and mini dirt gullies from rain runoff. As if that is not enough, add in tall grass sections where it feels more cross country traveling. Many runners after finishing commented how, “it is just unlike anything else.”