Its getting close to that time of year again when the March anniversary run occurs. March will mark another year of FR4X4 and we usually have an 'anniversary' run to commemorate. We will still hold the official anniversary run of China Wall in June when it opens for the season - but this run commemorates the founding month of the first run (which originally was held on China Wall before seasonal closures). As we are commemorating the March anniversary month (as opposed to the specific trail) we are open to discussion on what trail to run.
As its March the snow is starting build - we have limited options and want to choose a trail that provides a range of vehicle and driver abilities and challenge . Illinois Gulch/Lil Moab is always good as its basically pretty mellow dirt roads in the rampart range (unless covered with snow) with one or two interesting obstacles with lots of park-n-play and good for spectating/socializing and the generally large group we had. The 3 gulches are also nearby, can be reasonably good for easier (Metberry) to more challenging (Hackett and Longwater), and could also accommodate a large group if we split up in 3 (1 for each gulch). How much snow is on the trails will also affect the conditions and challenge significantly. Other options that come to mind could possibly include Miller Rock?....other suggestions? Post up if you have a trail suggestion that would be open and feasible in March (minimal snow), is reasonable access for our front range members, and could potentially accommodate a large group.
Here are some run report threads from the past few years:
In terms of potential dates - March has 4 saturdays/sundays this year: 3/7-8, 3/14-15, 3/21-22, 3/28-29.
I will put up a poll of the individual day - please post for any and all that you would commit to going. Our hope would be to put this on the calendar a few weeks in advance. In the past, noting the start of DST has been helpful, as I think many find it preferable to go after DST has started - DST starts on Sun March 8.