Kat'cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run

07 Aug 2021 (Sat)

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Kat'cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run

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Probably the toughest 100K race in the country is held in Utah, in August each year. It is called Kat’cina Mosa 100K but its name has nothing to do with the geography. The race director has interests in the Hopi culture from Arizona, so he named the course after it. The Cat Kachina is also sometimes referred to as a Black Cat Kachina. It’s history is interesting because it was originally inspired by a Navajo runner who ran from place to place giving notification of an approaching ceremony and inviting their neighbors.

A more apt name would probably be Wasatch Back 100K. The course runs a huge loop behind the Wasatch Mountains that rise above Provo and Springvale. The Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches approximately 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region. The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends just into Idaho, constituting all of the Wasatch Range in that state. According to the Utah History Encyclopedia, Wasatch in Ute means "mountain pass" or "low pass over high range." According to William Bright the mountains were named for a Shoshoni leader who was named with the Shoshoni term wasattsi, meaning "blue heron".  Nearly half of the course shares the same course as Squaw Peak 50, but in the opposite direction. Kat’cina Mosa runs clockwise and includes about 17,000 feet of climbing along the way over its 62 miles.

Course Highlights

This 100K out and back course is a challenging, difficult and scenic loop course through the Wasatch Mountains above Provo, Utah.  The race starts and finishes at the “Kiwanis Pavillion at Kelly’s Grove Park about a 1/4 mile past the Hobble Creek Golf Course Club House. About 42% will be on the same course as the Squaw Peak 50. These sections are Mile 2.1, Pole Heaven to mile 16.27, Rock Canyon and mile 24, just past Big Springs to mile 38.5 – Little Valley. The trail will be flagged . It will consist of 48% dirt trails, 44% dirt roads and 8% paved. Elevation gain is 17,404 feet and loss is 17,404 ft. 13,000ft of elev. gain by mile 28.5 in 3 separate climbs. Then the last half only has about another 4,000ft of climb.

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