Fri - Sat, June 16th- 17th, 2017
Bryce Canyon 100 Mile, 50 Mile, 50K, and half Marathon trail run
This scenic, mountain course runs along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 8,000 – 9,000 ft.
The 100 mile course starts at turnoff to Coyote Hollow trailhead on Hwy 12, at the top of Red Canyon. Due to limited parking at the start and finish line areas, we will use a shuttle system from Ruby''s Inn, which is 5 minutes away. Shuttles start at 5am, with the last one leaving at 5:30am. If you choose to park at the starting line, be prepared to walk up to 1/2 mile or more from your vehicle.
The race begins with 2 miles of dirt road approaching the Coyote Hollow trailhead (Thunder Mountain trail). The singletrack starts with about 4 miles of going in and out of draws through a ponderosa forest then descends 1,000ft through the hoodoos. At the intersection at the bottom of the Thunder Mountain trail, you'll take a left and begin following the Grandview trail, which you'll stick to for much of the race. The first aid station comes 2 miles after the intersection, at mile 10.5.
The route then heads south along the base of the plateau, in and out of canyons and climbing ridges until you reach Proctor Canyon aid station at mile 19. This is your first of only 3 crew access points along the course. Due to the limited parking and rough access road, we will need to shuttle your crew in the last 2 miles.
From Proctor Canyon, you'll continue south through a rugged 9+ mile section, ultimately ascending up onto the rim of the Plateau at Blubber Creek Aid Station.
The next section offers some incredible views from on top, stringing together single and doubletrack for just under 8 miles the Kanab Creek Aid station. After the aid station, you'll have a couple miles more of rim running, then will depart from the Grandview trail and take a mild descent along doubletrack for 3 miles into the Straight Canyon Aid Station, your second crew access point at mile 41.
From Straight Canyon Aid Station, you'll follow the dirt road for a half mile, then will take a hard right and follow some singletrack for a mile and a half before you begin the 3 mile ascent up to the Pink Cliffs Aid station at nearly 9,400ft.
From Pink Cliffs, you'll descend double track for about 2.5 miles the beautiful Crawford Pass trail, which you'll follow for another 2.5 miles to the turnaround at Crawford Pass Aid Station. This is the third crew access point.
The finish line will be at an equestrian campground between the starting line and Coyote Hollow trailhead, 1 mile from where the race started. Shuttles will run between the finish line and Ruby's Inn for those that need it. All crew and family must take a shuttle from Ruby's to the finish line. These shuttles will be running frequently. We will encourage a quick departure from the finish line as our space is limited at this staging area.
The 50 mile course will start on Saturday morning and will be run in reverse direction. Shuttles will load at 4:30am and depart at 4:45am and the race starting at 6am. The starting line is near the Crawford Pass aid station, 1/2 mile back, to allow for runners to spread out before hitting the singletrack and to ensure that they get the full 50 miles in.
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. Shuttles will load at 7:30am and the race will begin at 8:30am. The route starts with about a half mile of road to thin the field out 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 9,000ft, then descending 500ft over a half mile to the Blue Fly aid station at mile 8.5.
After the Blue Fly aid station, you'll hop on 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.
The Half Marathon course is absolutely beautiful but very challenging. Shuttles for the Half Marathon will pick runners up at Ruby's Inn at 9:30 AM. The race starts at 10:00 AM at the entrance to Red Canyon campground and takes the Golden Wall loop, which returns to the main canyon after about 4.5 miles. From here, head down canyon on the bike path to the Thunder Mountain trailhead, where your only aid station will be set up. Make sure to fill up your hydration system here because it's a long and grueling 7.5 miles uphill to the finish line from here!
*** Subject to change***
4-8 pm- 100 mile check in at Ruby’s Inn. (50 mile, 50K, and Half Marathon runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-8pm.) **any runners unable to check in at this time may also check in race day AT THE START LINE 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE**
8 pm- Last call for 100 mile drop bags
5 am-5:30am- Shuttles leave from Ruby’s to the starting line.
6 am- The 100 mile race begins .
2- 8 pm - 50 mile, 50k and Half Marathon check in **any runners unable to check in at this time may also check in race day AT THE START LINE 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE**
8 pm- Last call for 50 and 50k drop bags
4:30 am-50 mile shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn.
6am- 50 mile race begins at Crawford Pass trailhead.
7:30 am- 50K shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn.
8:30 am-50K race begins at Tropic Reservoir boat ramp
9:30 am- Half Marathon shuttles leave Ruby's Inn
10:00 am- Half Marathon begins in Red Canyon
100 mile, Overall cutoff- 36 hours
50 mile, Overall cutoff- 17 hours
50K, Overall cutoff- 11 hours
Half Marathon cutoff- 4 hours
Aid Station Info:
You can leave a drop bag for any aid station that you’d like except for Pink Cliffs, Blue Fly, and the Half Aid Stations, following these guidelines:
-All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
-All drop bags must be left in designated drop off location by 8PM the night before race day.
-No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
-Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
-Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags..
-Maximum size: Shoe box for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffel or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.
Getting your drop bag back: Generally all bags come back about 1 hour after the aid station closes. There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area, Crew or volunteers cannot sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.
The 100 miler has 13 fully stocked aid stations, the 50 mile has 6, and the 50K has 3.
Tailwind is our sponsoring energy/electrolyte drink and will be served at each aid station.
Any night aid stations will have different warm food items such as broth (vegan), ramen noodles, rice/bean/cheese/salsa burritos, grilled cheese, quesadillas, coffee, hot chocolate, and pancakes/eggs/bacon in the morning.
Pacers & Crew:
Crew access is allowed at Proctor Canyon, Straight Canyon, and Crawford Pass. 100 milers can use pacers at any of these points after the 50 mile turnaround. 50 milers can pick up pacers at the Proctor Canyon aid station. There will be a crew/pacer shuttle van running up from the bottom of Proctor Canyon (2 miles below the aid station) from 8:30am-1pm Friday and 8am-5pm Saturday. Crew vehicles are not allowed beyond the shuttle parking area for the Proctor Canyon aid station (except crew visiting overnight Friday and very early Saturday morning, when traffic is slow in the canyon and we won't be running the shuttles.)
Must take free shuttle from Rubys to get to finish line
You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.
Due to the remote location of this race, we will not be able to provide live updates for your friends/family to follow you from home. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event. If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you have a couple of options. 1) You can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out. If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text, leave it in airplane mode, or carry a small battery backup device. 2) Use a tracking app such as Endomondo which will automatically update your whereabouts when you come into a reception area. (These apps tend to drain your cell phone battery and the use of a battery backup device will be necessary if you plan on leaving it on for the duration of the event.)
RULES AND GUIDELINES
For course marking, we use colored flags with reflective tape. 100 mile and 50 mile will be pink markings, 50k is green, and 1/2 marathon is orange. Whenever a route has overlapping miles with the 100 mile route, you will follow the 100 mile's pink flags instead of your races color. Any route variations unique to your distance will be marked with the color of your race. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station.) Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, not only will you be responisble for all related search party costs, but you will not be allowed to enter any future UA events.
Zero Waste Event:
All UA events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill (and no portapotty chemical sludge being sent to the wastewater treatment facilities.) Please do your part to assist us in this process by placing your trash in the appropriate container. Our aid stations run on solar power, as are the majority of our staging area energy needs.
Lodging - Camping:
Ruby’s Inn will be where check in the day before the race is. They are located at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park and will be the shuttle pick up and drop off for several of the races. Runners who stay at Ruby's Inn dont regret the proximity to everything. Ruby's has saved a block of rooms for runners and their family at a discounted rate. The group rate is $114.95+tax. To reserve one of these rooms
Call 435-834-5341 and mention Group Code: G CODE( 79 G)
Reserve online through group link here https://www.bryceres.com/rubys/availability.asp?startDate=6/16/2017&duration=3&requesttype=invBlockCode&code=79G
The hotels will sell out quickly, especially our block of rooms.
Remember that camping is also available at Ruby’s Inn. They have cabins and tipis available as well. Campground includes showers and a pool/hot tub. Call this number to reserve- 1-866-878-9373
King’s Creek campground is next to the 50K start and has sites available on a first come-first served basis.
The scenic Red Canyon campground is located about 5 minutes from the starting line. It is has showers and is $15/night.
In addition to these camping options, almost every canyon on the plateau south of the reservoir has wooded meadows with a creek running through it and some gorgeous free camping sites. (Please make every effort to leave no trace so that it will not affect our ability to get the race permitted in future years.)
Click here for more lodging options. The hotels listed in this link in the nearby towns of Panguitch, Hatch, Tropic, and Cannonville, are all within 20 minutes of the starting line, as well as the hotels at the junction of Highways 12 and 89.
The nearest airport is St. George, Utah and the drive is just over 2 hours. There is also the option to fly into Las Vegas, Nevada or Salt Lake City, UT. Either one is about a 4 hour drive. The most scenic option would be to fly into Vegas and drive on Hwy 9 through Zion National Park to Mt. Caramel Junction and then take Hwy 89 north to Bryce. The next best option is to take Hwy 14 from Cedar City up Cedar canyon and over Cedar mountain. Your GPS won’t send you on either of these routes but they take about the same amount of time to drive and are much more scenic than Hwy 20.
Awards & SHWAG:
The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted, using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. A second buckle option is available, made from a painting we had commissioned from a photograph taken on the course and preserved in resin. The finishers’ award for the 50 mile distance is a leather cuff bracelet with the race logo. The 50K finishers' award is a hand made mug with the race logo and distance. The Half Marathon finisher's award is your choice of hand made Navajo jewelry pieces, created specifically for this event by a local family. Each of our awards is unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you. Special awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.
The finish line is not at the same location as last year - less than a mile away from where it was last year. It is at the equestrian campground near the Coyote Hollow trailhead. Due to lack of parking at the finish area, all crew and runners will need to be shuttled to/from Ruby's Inn Shuttles will be running continuously starting at 11 pm on Friday night between Ruby's Inn and the finish line (15 minute drive). Please let your crew know that they must use the shuttle as well.
The finish line offers a place to kick back, rest your legs, and mingle with others. We will have shade, seating, pizza, heated tents, drinks and showers.
Active at Altitude is the official training partner of the Ultra Adventures Series. Program creator, Terry Chiplin offers free race-specific training programs for the trail half marathon races that are designed for an intermediate level runner who may also be new to trail running. (An intermediate level runner is someone who can already run at least a 10K distance on road or trails, and runs on a regular basis). He also organizes Training Camps, Running Vacations, Endurance Coaching & Positive Race Workshops. He has years of experience and just happens to be one of the nicest guys around.
Terry’s camps consistently receive high marks from participants, with reviews like these:
“Among the top ten adult running camps in the USA” - CNN, March 2015
“A once-in- a-lifetime fitness retreat for women!” - Shape Magazine, March 2015
Active at Altitude hosts running camps all year long including Women’s Running Camps (June, July, and August), Trail Running Camps (May and September), and Running Vacations in Estes Park, CO!
As an Ultra Adventures/Vacation Races runner you can save $100 on any 2017 women’s camp, use code 2017VR100, and save $50 on one of their trail camps in 2017, use code 2017VR50! (Discounts applicable for any accommodation option available at time of registration.)
We couldn’t be happier to have Active at Altitude as a part of our race series.
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If you are unable to attend the race after registering, you may defer your race registration toward any future Ultra Adventures event. The amount paid during registration will defer to a future race:
-A 100% credit will occur for a deferment done up to 60 days before the original race.
-A 75% credit will occur for a deferment done up to 30 days before the original race.
-A 50% credit will occur for a deferment done up to 7 days before the original race.
-Within 6 days of the event you will no longer be able to defer your registration.
Bryce Canyon Bucket List
We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer. Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of these unique areas. We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that incredible overlook that is not part of the course. Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where races are not permitted as part of the management plan. These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting. It is our hope that through a more in depth exploration of the area, you will become more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.
Here is our list of favorite trails in the surrounding area:
1) Fairyland Loop- (8 miles) . This loop trail is not too crowded and will still take you through some great hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, without having to pay the park entrance fee (the turnoff to the trailhead is just before you enter the pay booth. Click here for trail description. An alternate to the Fairyland loop would be to run the rim trail to all of the beautiful overlooks (you could also drop down into the canyon and run the Navajo loop if you choose to run the rim.)
2) Willis Creek- (4 miles) Beautiful nearby slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, don’t miss it! Click here for trail description
3) Powell Point- (9 miles out and back from forest service road 143 junction.) Crowning overlook of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the south and east and Bryce Canyon National Park to the west, while standing on top of hoodoos at 10,000ft. Unbelievable. Road can get washed out, but sometimes it’s great- call Escalante Ranger district (435-826-5499) to check status if you don’t have 4wd. You may have to do one of the substitute options if you don’t have 4wd. Click here for trail description
***Other amazing options (which can replace any of the above trifecta legs if you’re looking for something new)
Riggs Spring loop (8.5 miles) Beautiful forest and hoodoos on this trail that is at the southernmost point of the park.
Kodachrome Basin State Park- The Panorama trail (3-6 miles), Angel’s Palace trail (1.5 miles), and Shakespeare Arch trail (1.7 miles) are all amazing. Great campground (sandstone playground) and it’s not too far (30 min) from the starting line. (Make sure to check out Grosevenor Arch while you’re in the area.)
Grosevnor Arch- Not much of a hike, but a gorgeous destination.
Casto-Cassidy-Losee Canyon Loop (13 miles)- very colorful loop full of hoodoos outside of the national park in Red Canyon. A great mountain bike ride. An out and back up Losee Canyon will suffice if you're short on time.
Golden Wall/Castle Bridge/Buckhorn Loop- This is a gorgeous 5 mile loop that you can run in Red Canyon. Take the Castle Bridge section of the trail when you come to it, it's the more scenic option.
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