My Experience: Ryan Ghelfi here with Trails and Tarmac, ready to give you the rundown on the Black Canyon 100k course in central Arizona. I ran this race back in February 2015. I was fortunate to be able to spend a few weeks leading up to the race in the area, training on all the sections of the trail multiple times. I found that I became quite fond of this piece of southwest desert, the looming Bradshaw Mountains to the West, and the quiet stark beauty of the landscape. On race day the temperatures were quite hot after the first 20 miles or so (more on this later). The competition was solid, and I was so close to gaining a golden ticket, getting passed in the last 15 miles and coming in third, six minutes shy of that elusive Western States spot. Still, I loved this race, and the course itself.