“One of the premier races on the Colorado Plateau! It will leave you breathless!”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Jun 18, 2017
Closed much of winter.
This scenic, mountain course runs along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos, plus many miles of running among the famous hoodoos of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 8,000 – 9,000 ft.
Need to Know
This is a great run in a remote area, so you'll want to be prepared.
The 50k course starts at the boat ramp area of Tropic Reservoir, near King's Creek campground. Runners will be shuttled here from Ruby's Inn. The route starts with about a half mile of road before hitting the singletrack which will lead you out to Keyhole Arch and some beautiful hoodoo running before descending to a doubletrack road after a couple of miles. You'll begin a 5 mile ascent, peaking at over 9,000 ft, then descending 500 ft over a half mile to the Blue Fly aid station at mile 8.5.
Soon after, you'll hit a steep and scenic singletrack section that quickly descends through some hoodoos down to a doubletrack at around mile 10. You'll take a left and have a two mile climb until you meet up with the 50/100 mile route. From there, you'll take a right and descend two miles of singletrack to the Proctor Canyon aid station, your only crew access point.
You'll have 8.5 miles of singletrack between Proctor Canyon and Thunder Mountain aid stations, with plenty of ups and downs through canyons and along ridges. After Thunder Mountain aid, you'll have a gradual ascent for about two miles before hitting the Thunder Mountain Trail for a long and grueling climb up to the finish line.