I ran the Cedar Half Marathon which drops over 2000 vertical feet down Cedar Canyon. I've been running a couple times a week as cross training, but I don't really consider myself much of a runner. Biking is still way more fun but the benefits of throwing in an occasional run workout are noticeable and it certainly helps hiking endurance too.
Susie, the kids, and some of our neighborhood friends volunteered at the last aid station. Their cheering propelled me to the finish in a sprint, and I finished a lot faster than I anticipated (1:33:59 placing me 36th out of over 400 overall). I don't plan on doing a lot of running races, but this might be a fun tradition every fall.