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The Soulstice Mountain Trail Run is held in the memory of race director Neil Weintraub's mother Jacqueline. Known to Flagstaff runners as Jackie, Neil's mom was a lifelong supporter of his running endeavors beginning with his first 15K at only 12 years old. Mom was at the finish line of nearly all his races that included six New York City Marathons. When Neil voluntarily started directing Flagstaff events, Jackie would drive 11 hours from San Francisco just to help time the race and party with Soulstice runners. Vibrant and involved, in the months before she unexpectedly passed away, Jackie had completed a 400 mile bike tour of the Northwest and enjoyed a dream safari in South Africa.
In 2015 Neil renamed Flagstaff's beloved trail run after Jackie. A moment of silence has been held in her honor each year at the beginning of the race.
We know Jackie's there on the mountain with us cheering on every runner.
October 9th is the 22 edition of the Jackie Weintraub Memorial Soulstice Mountain Trail Run. The race is limited to 225, selected by April 1st lottery. This rugged courses are held between 7800 to 8800 feet on Coconino National Forest roads and trails. 25 runners can guarantee entry by taking the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff ($400 per person, $800 per couple) prior to April 15th, 2021 (Contact Neil ASAP once you have made your donation at firstname.lastname@example.org). Legacy runners with at least 7 Soulstices under their belts must register prior to the lottery to guarantee entry. Here is the updated list for 2021. In 2012, 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."
All of the proceeds from Soulstice, the post-race raffle, and Arizona Tax Credit donations benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF). Race Director Neil Weintraub joined the Board of Directors shortly a month before running his first Soulstice race in 2001, and became a volunteer school-based mentor in 2002. Seeing the importance of mentorship to children in need, Neil has voluntarily directed both the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff Half Marathon and Soulstice to raise funds in support of BBBSF programs. Revenues generated by these events helps to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives forever for the better. To learn more about BBBSF and how your donation of up to $400 (individual) or $800 (per couple) can be fully refunded as a line item credit on your Arizona Tax return, visit https://www.flagstaffbigs.org/donate.
Additional direct donations can be made as you complete a Soulstice entry.
Flagstaff runners strong!
Soulstice is a celebration of fall and all things Flagstaff trail running. This year we are confident that we will be holding the race in person with whatever safety protocols we need to put in place. As the trails have reopened on the Sunset site of the race course after the Museum Fire, we will be going back to the original race courses! This year we will throw in a costume contest to celebrate our return to the race's original format. We have had a lot of great costumes over the years, however, I'd love to see more! We also will continue our tradition of a post-race raffle and party. So it is time to get you Soulstice party hat on and register today!
The race takes place at 8 AM on October 9, 2021. As our Forest Service permit limits us to a field of 225 runners, registration for the April 1st legacy/lottery opens December 31st at 9 PM AZ Time and runs through March 31st. If you register for the lottery by 11:59 PM on January 3rd, you will get a $10 discount ($55 for the Long Course, $65 for the Short). Beginning January 4th, prices go back to what they have been for the past 10 years, $65 for the Long Course and $75 for the Short Course. That's right, we reward runners for going long at Soulstice! Remember, if you register for the Long and need to switch to the short, there is a $20 penalty fee (remember this is a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff) to be paid at packet pick up! We will also have an early 7 AM start for non-competitive runners who may need extra time on the the course so they can arrive on time for the big post-race party.
Additional race information can be found at https://www.natra.org/soulstice.
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