Sports Writing

I became a sports editor in May 2018, when I took over as coordinating editor of the High Country Running column in the Arizona Daily Sun. It’s a weekly column that engages and nurtures the running community throughout northern Arizona.

I came to the position through my love for trail running. As coordinating editor, I get to work with all sorts of runners, from self-proclaimed back-of-the-packers to national champions. If you have an idea or a news tip, send me an email.

The previous coordinating editor, Myles Schrag, had a marvelous book idea: to celebrate the Flagstaff running community through the lens of our town’s unique relationship with the Imogene Pass Run. Imogene is a rite of passage for Flagstaff runners and one of the top five toughest things I’ve ever done. Run in Colorado every September, it features more than 5,000 feet elevation gain as you travel from Ouray, up over Imogene Pass at 13,100 feet, then down to Telluride. Every year, Flagstaff sends more participants than any other town, including Denver.

“To Imogene: A Flagstaff Love Letter” will include contributions from more than 50 writers, illustrators, and photographers. Myles and I are working together to bring that project to fruition, with a publication date in August 2019.

High Country Running

In May 2018, I became the coordinating editor of the High Country Running column in the Arizona Daily Sun.

High Country Running has been published every Sunday since May 10, 2009. It’s an essential source of local information that builds and reinforces the northern Arizona running community. Anyone can contribute, and everyone is welcome to. All topics of interest to northern Arizona runners—anything related to northern Arizona running events, locales, people, and issues—is fair game.

Here’s my first column for High Country Running, which ran before I became editor: “Mental maps and the joys of just running the T.”

This column, about ultrarunner Jim Walmsley’s win at the 2018 Western States 100, was a reader favorite: “Even bears can’t stop Jim Walmsley.”

People also liked this one, about Rob Krar’s formidable recovery from a potentially catastrophic knee injury: “A single step can change your life.”

And here’s my latest, about the “other 50,000” runners at the TCS New York City Marathon: “Celebrating the other 50,000”

If you have a story idea, news tip, or something you’d like to share, send me an email. 

High Country Running belongs to everyone who runs up here in this special place; make it your own.

~Julie Hammonds
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