5 Essential Running Resources in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Outdoors, Sports

Whether you're an experienced marathoner or a beginning runner, here's your guide to running stores and resources in metro Phoenix.

It's roughly 90 degrees outside, so it's probably a good time to start jogging, right? Right!? Alternatively, you could follow our lead and just talk about how you should totally run a 5K for the next 10 years.

If you're ready to actually take the plunge into the world's most loved and hated sport, look no further than these five great local running resources in the Phoenix area.

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18 Arizona Parks and Monuments to Visit on Free National Parks Day

Andrew Pielage
They don't call us "The Grand Canyon State" for nothing.

Oh America, the beautiful.

When President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created The National Park Service, it read in part, "[...] and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Almost a century later, national parks and monuments continue to do just that, boasting everything from impressive natural made wonders to the ruins of peoples past. Monday, August 25, is the 88th birthday of The National Park Service, and they're celebrating this milestone with a party of sorts -- Free National Parks Day -- and everyone's invited.

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5 Tips for Summer Skateboarding in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Outdoors, Sports

Mor Gnar via Flickr
Skateboarding takes its toll, especially in the summertime.

Arizona has a wealth of things to enjoy for outdoorsy types, and for those who enjoy skateboarding are no exception. There are more than 20 various skateparks and other great spots to hit around the Valley such as The Wedge and Desert West. But during summer, it's just not as easy to enjoy all the pleasures that skateboarding has to offer. Skateboarding can be taxing and exhausting in the most ideal conditions, and with the heat it can be flat out dangerous. These five tips will help skateboarders navigate the sweltering summer conditions.

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Yoga Rocks the Park Returns to Phoenix's Steele Indian School Park February 23

Categories: Events, Outdoors

Courtesy of Yoga Rocks the Park - Phoenix

The time of year when we really appreciate Arizona weather is upon us, as is Yoga Rocks the Park. The event returns Sunday, February 23, with its third annual five-week celebration of yoga, music, giving, and getting outdoors (before we all collectively hibernate).

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Echo Canyon Recreation Area at Camelback Mountain Reopens with Parking Problems

Categories: Outdoors

Images: Ray Stern
Hikers enjoying Echo Canyon Trail on January 15, the day it opened after a yearlong closure.

Echo Canyon Recreation Area at Camelback Mountain re-opened Wednesday morning after a yearlong closure, and excited hikers jammed the renovated parking lot.

One of the main features of the redeveloped trailhead and staging area was the expansion of the lot from 66 to 135 spaces. But rangers were turning away vehicles because the lot was too full at various times of the day.

Even larger crowds are expected on Saturday, the first weekend day after the reopening.

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Camelback Mountain Combines Beauty, History, and Adventure in One Fragile Phoenix Park

Categories: Outdoors

Andrew Pielage
It was a fine morning on the day after Christmas, crumpled gift wrap still lying in the sleepy Paradise Valley homes below as a 17-year-old climber clung desperately to a sheer rock face at Camelback Mountain.

Getting to the top of this freestanding 100-foot finger of pink rock on the northern slope of the mountain was more than a little crazy. He was heels-to-the-air with scant protection -- one slip away from a possible death fall.

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Warren Miller's 64th Annual Ticket to Ride to Screen in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

Courtesy of Tony Wilhelms via Warren Miller Entertainment
Tyler Ceccanti skiing in Montana.

Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride comes to the Valley this month December to help celebrate the much anticipated winter months. The legendary film series takes world-class athletes from around the globe to different snowy destinations where the athletes can ski, snowboard, show off their talents, and enjoy the scenery of such winter wonderlands as Alaska, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan.

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Desert Botanical Garden Celebrates 75 Years with Free Admission Day

Categories: Events, Outdoors

Adam Rodriguez/Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating 75 years this weekend with -- what else -- a garden party.

Since opening in the late 1930s, the 140-plus acre garden has been home to more than 50,000 plant displays and is no stranger to hosting a myriad of cultural events -- from ballets to benefit dinners and everything in between. As part its yearlong anniversary celebration, DBG is hosting a free admission day Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Camelback's Echo Canyon Trail Opening Pushed Back a Few Weeks; City Shooting for End of Year

The new entranceway to Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail won't be finished in time for a planned November 30 opening, a Phoenix official said on Tuesday.

The city had previously announced a "firm" date for the re-opening of the trailhead, which has been closed since January 28 for the $5 million renovation project. David Urbinato, Phoenix parks and recreation spokesman, had told us at the time it was possible weather or some unforeseen factor could delay the hoped-for target date.

As it turns out, the problem is "due to delays in shipments of steel for the new restroom and ramada at the trailhead," according to an email sent to the news media by Urbinato.

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Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail and New Parking Lot to Re-Open on November 30, City Says

Categories: Outdoors

Image: City of Phoenix
The railroad ties of Echo Canyon Trail's lower section have been removed.

Camelback Mountain's reformed Echo Canyon Trail, trailhead, and parking area will re-open to the public on November 30, officials say.

When the short, popular summit trail closed on January 28th for a $3 million renovation, hikers were told only that they could come back sometime in the fall. Now, says David Urbinato, Phoenix parks and recreation department spokesman, a "firm" re-opening date has been set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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