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Across The Years is underway

The highly-anticipated multi-day event began on Tuesday morning and will continue until January 7

Aravaipa Running’s Across The Years running festival started on Tuesday, and a few Canadians will be tackling the highly-anticipated race this year. The multi-day running event will continue until Jan. 7 and will see several athletes ring in the new year with the marathon, the 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, six-day or 10-day event.

Canadian sweep at Across The Years multi-day race

The event takes place at Camelback Ranch near Phoenix, Arizona, and has attracted some big names in the ultrarunning community over the years, including 24-hour world record-holder Camille Herron, multiple Barkley Marathons Fun Run finisher (and race director of ATY) Jamil Coury, Trans-America record-holder Pete Kostelnick, 2019 Desert Solstice winner Marisa Lizak and multiple Leadville 100 champion Ian Sharman. 

There are fewer Canadians at ATY than in years past, but Matt Shepard from Valleyview, Alta., is returning for the second time, after completing 435 kilometres over six days for second place at the 2019 event. He will be going head-to-head once again with Kostelnick, who ran nine kilometres farther than Shepard two years ago, in hopes of besting his friend this time around. At the time of writing, Shepard had covered 35 kilometres in just over four hours, and Kostelnick was about five kilometres ahead of him.

How Dennene Huntley Pangle won the 72-hour at Across The Years

Unfortunately, Keeley Milne of Medicine Hat, Alta., was not able to make it to the start line because her flights to Arizona were canceled. She had planned on challenging for the Canadian 6-day record, but will have to wait for another opportunity to take a stab at the distance.

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