Full Name: Kylie Aldaz
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Current Residence: Tucson, AZ
Occupation: HR Director for the University of Arizona Global Campus and Running Coach
1. How did you discover trail running?
2. You competed in the 6 day Race2Adventure in Costa Rica last year. What was that like?!
Costa Rica is by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited and this race/adventure brings you all over the country to see everything it has to offer. I got to run on a volcano, through the middle of a rainforest where there were howler monkeys swinging above me growling and throwing things, in the cloud forest, to the most beautiful waterfalls, and on the coastline with some of the most pristine beaches I have ever seen.
Also, I had never swam in the ocean before (I had just seen the ocean for the first time a few years ago actually), and a few of my friends and I swam over a mile in the ocean to this little island- it was the scariest and coolest thing I had ever done!
3. If you could compare/describe the running scenes in Tucson vs Phoenix vs Flagstaff in short catch phrases, how would you do it?
Tucson - Under rated trail scene and overshadowed runners by our friends in the North, but it is a little piece of heaven down here with our canyons, peaks, and saguros.
Phoenix - Way too hot, way too crowded, too much drama, but an incredible running community and some of the best runners I have ever met.
Flagstaff- The most badass runners who get to run up the ski mountain in the middle of the winter, eat Pizzicletta anytime they want and run into Jim Walmsley at the local grocery store. No big deal.
4. On the States side, you’ve raced countless ultras! Name a race that was the prettiest, hardest, and had the best after-party.
Mt. Hood 50-With constant views of Mt. Hood in Oregon, you run through dense forests of huge trees and on some of the softest single track trails I have ever been on.
Definitely Run Rabbit Run 100 miler- It was my first 100 miler and I was not prepared for what was going to happen in those 33 hours. I somehow managed to finish after throwing up for 24 hours and not being able to keep anything down and pretty much coming back from the dead at mile 70.
The Pikes Peak Marathon always has the best after party! You run back into the town of Manitou Springs (where I grew up and went to high school) after running up and down a 14,000’ mountain and the streets are just lined with people, including all of my friends and family and then all of my favorite local breweries are serving up beers right at the finish line!
8. Besides Crown King 50k and a this year’s Race2Adventure in Norway, you’re running the Cocodona 250! What are some unique ways you are preparing for this race?
Running and eating a lot on no sleep…
In all seriousness, I have a good plan with my coach Hayden Hawks and I am doing 3 big weeks that will include Crown King 50k, the first 50k of the Cocodona course which includes 10,000 feet of vert, and a R2R2R.
I am also switching up my nutrition plan and starting to train more with whole foods versus liquid calories and gels which will be more sustainable over that distance and that amount of time.