Watermelon 100 – Preparation Runs

Follow Matt as he runs much or all of the course during the weeks leading up to May 13 to scout the trails and prepare himself physically and mentally. Maps of his runs and breathtaking videos made during them can be found below.

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April 2, 2022

April 10, 2022

Matt created an amazing video of his April 10 run up steep Oso Ridge Trail to South Peak in the dark followed by a run north on South Crest Trail and back down on Pino Trail. You can watch it by clicking here.

April 16, 2022

In another fantastic video, Matt allows those of us who will never complete such an arduous trek to follow along as he conquers the north end of the Sandias. You can watch by clicking here.

April 23, 2022

Matt didn’t let the need to spend the weekend in Flagstaff keep him from preparing for the big event just three weeks away. He ran a 20-mile loop with over 2,200 feet of elevation gain on Saturday utilizing the AZT Trail system.

April 24, 2022

Sunday Matt ran over 24 miles with a total elevation gain exceeding 5,500 feet. That totals about 44 miles and 7,700 feet for the weekend. Mind-boggling as these numbers are, they still are less than half of what Matt plans to do in the Sandias in just three weeks!

May 1, 2022

With less than two weeks to go, Matt did Section 9 of his planned course covering almost 18 miles with about 4,700 feet of elevation gain. He promised some great video from the South Crest Trail.

Here’s another awesome video by Matt, who delivered on his promise of great views from South Crest Trail. While it’s fun to see familiar sections of trails previously hiked, it’s even more fun to experience new trails albeit vicariously. Watch by clicking here.