Slick and Steep – 2015 Bangs Canyon 30K Trail Race Report

Starting back in November of 2014 I started getting urged by several Grand Valley running buddies to come out and run the Bangs Canyon 30K/60K to start off the new year. The fatass race has a long history and has been run by the same group of old-school, die-hard Grand Valley runners from before I was running in high school. The course is fully self-supported and in place of any entry fee it is suggested to bring food, drink or firewood to share with everyone after the race. All of the usual suspects from the Mesa Monument Striders were present, and James had a late start that morning so I lent him my extra handheld water bottle. By about 8:15 am over thirty people had signed into the paper ledger so the course director would know who was out there and some copies of the course were distributed. Kevin Koch (the event coordinator) gathered everyone at the starting line to give some directions and to explain the course conditions. Today's conditions varied from ATV-packed powder to 2-3" of unconsolidated snow over mixed terrain and slickrock.