Crown King Scramble Race Report – Georgia Porter

Race: Crown King Scramble

Runner: Coach Georgia Porter

Race Date: 03/26/2022

Location: Crown King, Arizona

Results: 1st Female, 5th Overall

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. I really enjoyed the beautiful desert running and the epic views of Lake Pleasant. The race starts down at Lake Pleasant and climbs about 6,500ft in 50k to reach Crown King. So there are plenty of spots to turn around and take in the views.
  2. I also liked the climbing! If your strength is uphill, this might be the race for you.
  3. The race finishes at a saloon in the very remote and VERY small town of Crown King, it’s a great celebration scene afterwards!

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

This race is on a rough 4×4 road and although this was the first year that Aravaipa had the road closed, there were plenty of ATVs that disregarded the road closure and kicked up a lot of dust.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

You get to see a lot of asses! Donkeys that is.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Because the race is on a 4×4 road there is plenty of room to run with people. I ran the first 22 miles with a good friend and it was so much fun.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Although the course profile makes it appear that this race is all uphill, there is a lot of rolling terrain the first 20 miles or so. Definitely train for the uphill, but know that there will be some downhill sections as well.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Because I thought the course was going to be ALL uphill, I was a little more conservative than I probably needed to be for the first 20-22 miles. Next time I’ll know I can push it a little more.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Mile 26-29 is the most sustained and steep uphill portion of the race. Be prepared to grind!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

This is a beautiful desert course with some great views.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

There is some solid climbing which can make this course tough. But the terrain is very runnable with only a few, short technical sections.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Aravaipa always does an amazing job at organizing races. The aid stations were full of amazing people who were so helpful and encouraging.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

There is usually a fairly competitive field.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Standard signup/registration process. It is also possible to book camping at the start (Lake Pleasant).

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Standard fare at the aid stations but extra amazing volunteers out there.

Weather and typical race conditions

It was warm and dry. Temps got up to the low 70s which is a little warmer than normal.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

I found a vest very useful. It was hot and there was a lot of exposure later in the race so having a lot of water really helped.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

This course is very remote making in not spectator friendly. Friends and family can watch the start then drive 1:30-2 hours (mostly on a dirt road) to the finish at Crown King.

How’s the Swag?

Long sleeve cotton shirt with a well designed logo.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

All 5 stars for this one!

Georgia Porter is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about her or to work with Coach Georgia, check out her coaching page.