Add another to the “Rave Runs” list.
I parked my car at the entrance gate to City Creek Canyon, intent on following the winding road uphill through the canyon for as far as I could while still reserving enough leg and lung to be able to make it back down. As I chugged my way uphill, I was passed by a fair number of cyclists (and even passed a few!), but I didn’t see many other runners. After a mile or so, I realized why. Between the constant uphill, and the altitude, it’s one tough run! I made it up 3.5 miles, covering 734 feet of elevation change, before I turned around and headed back downhill. The second 3.5 mile leg was considerably easier than the first!
I was a geek and mapped out the run when I got back to the hotel. Here’s a link.
Unlike a past post-worthy run in Florida, there were no alligator warnings on this route. The bulletin board at the entrance gate did suggest keeping an eye out for some other critters, though.