October 14, 2023 8 AM Parks, AZ 86018 US
Events

Soulstice Long Course 11 Miles

$75 Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

Soulstice Short 6 Mile Course

$75 Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

Soulstice Kids Dash

$10 Registration ends October 14, 2023 at 8:00am MST

7:00 AM Long Course Early Start

$75 Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

7:00 AM Short Course Early Start

$75 Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST
IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF:

 

Jacqueline Weintraub

 

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.   

Description

October 14th is the 24th edition of the Jackie Weintraub Memorial Soulstice Mountain Trail Run. The race is limited to 225, selected by April 1st lottery. As a result of the long term effects of three fires over the past decade, and uncertainty of future flooding that will likely prohibit us from using the traditional course for the foreseeable future, we will again hold the race just west of Flagstaff in the stunningly beautiful Government Prairie grassland. READ THE STORY HERE.  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, 2022 (Contact Neil ASAP once you have made your donation at natrallc2017@gmail.com). 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 2023.  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." After the April 1st Lottery, there are absolutely no refunds, however we will allow up to 10 deferrals into the following year's race. 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF)

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. Once you do this, please send an email to natrallc2017@gmail.com and I will send you a coupon code to register. 

Flagstaff runners strong!

 

THE FUN STUFF:

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 we did last year. As a result of forest closures, fires, and flooding, we will be moving the race to Government Prairie north of Parks, AZ.   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 TIMELINE:

The race takes place at 8 AM on October 14, 2023. 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 2nd, you will get a $10 discount. 

Course Maps

Below are course links to maps, gpx files, and the course layout from the 2022 race. While we are proposing a nearby alternative course, this will be our fall back if it is not approved. 

If you plan on driving out to test the course, please do so ever so slowly and no faster than 15 MPH, especially within the residential neighborhood that you will pass through to access the route. The residents I've met are excited about having Soulstice take place in Government Prairie, and we want to keep them happy!   Also, Coconino County road crews are reconstructing historic Route 66 with flaggers so use caution when passing through the construction zone! 

Soulstice 11.0 miler (aka Long Course)- https://www.strava.com/routes/2995430300177792854

Soulstice 10K (aka Short Course) -https://www.strava.com/activities/7797134801

Soulstice 10K GPX File for download

Soulstice Long Course (11 Miles) for download

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Place
Government Prairie, Kaibab National Forest
Parks, AZ US 86018
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