The Soulstice Mountain Trail Run was originally conceived in 1997 when William Ring, Wiley Addis, and Paul Brinkmann returned home from the Imogene Pass Run believing it could be Flagstaff's version of the famous run from Ouray to Telluride. History shows that Soulstice has met this expectation! Soulstice is a high-altitude footrace held on forest service roads and trails with course elevations ranging between 7900 and 8800 feet. Adding a 6 mile "Short Course" to encourage beginners to try competitive trail running, with a limited forest service permit cap, the events have been a sellout since 2003.
2020 is the 21st edition of the Soulstice Mountain Trail Run. While the race is usually limited to 225 selected by lottery, this year it is going to be virtual due to COVID-19 and there is no limit to the number of participants eligible to participate! You can join the race by running either 12 miles or 6.4 miles ANYWHERE or ACTUAL between 10/1/2020 and 10/16/2020. The ACTUAL rugged trail courses are on trails in the Coconino National Forest. Runners often face adverse conditions, with snow periodically on upper reaches of the course, and has been held in torrential rains and the tail end of a tornado even flipped over a tent! In Spring 2011,
Runners World listed Soulstice as one of the top 32 trail races in the United States, and calling it "one of the best post race parties anywhere."
Keeping the dream alive - Soulstice 2020 invites everyone to accept the challenge!