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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.
The race begins with 2 miles of dirt road approaching the 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.
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 7:00am and the race will begin at 8:00am. 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 8:30 AM. The race starts at 9:30 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!
2-7 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 2-7 pm.) **any runners unable to check in at this time may also check in race day be at our check in at least 30 minutes before shuttle departure.
6 pm 100 Mile course overview meeting (optional)
8 pm- 100 mile drop bags deadline
4:30 am- Morning bib pickup opens
5 am-5:30am- Shuttles leave from Ruby’s Inn to the starting line.
6 am- The 100 mile race begins.
2- 7 pm - 50 mile, 50k and Half Marathon check in **any runners unable to check in at this time may also check in race day race day. Be at check in at least 30 minutes before shuttles depart.
6 pm course overview meeting (optional) .
8 pm- 50 and 50k drop bags deadline
4:00 Morning bib pickup opens. Be at check in at least 30 minutes before shuttles depart for your race.
4:30 am-50 mile shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn.
6am- 50 mile race begins at Crawford Pass trail head.
7:00 am- 50K shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn.
8:00 am- 50K race begins.
8:30 am- Half Marathon shuttles leave Ruby's Inn
9:30 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, and Blue Fly. Drop bag options are only for ultra distances. Please follow 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. Because of the long distances between aid stations and the finish line please allow additional time.
If you do not pick up your drop bag on Saturday, they will be available for pick up (near the finish line area) until 9am Sunday morning. If you are not there by 9 you will have one week to request your drop bag be mailed to your through our website found here. Runners will have to pay $10 in shipping. After one week, the bags and their contents will be donate.
The 100 miler has 13 fully stocked aid stations, the 50 mile has 6, and the 50K has 3 and the half marathon has 1.
A tentative list of items found in an aid station includes: water, Tailwind, fresh cut fruit, soda, a variety of salty and sweet items. Aid stations later in the race for the 100 and 50 will have real food that may include boiled potatoes, tortillas 2/Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, anti chafing agent, sunscreen and first aid supplies. We will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps and electrolyte caps. All aid stations will have composting toilets.
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 Ruby's 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.)
Finding locations to cheer on your runners is also difficult. There are a few easy to access spots and we ask that you cheer from these locations. The Straight Canyon Aid Station (A.S), Crawford Pass A.S. and the finish line (via shuttle from Rubys Inn) are all good places. Please be courteous and cautious while driving to these locations as runners may be on the same road. There are also numerous large groups camping and using the same road that arent part of the race. They will be on ATV's and other all terrain vehicles. Slow down on the dirt roads around these groups! Please check with HQ before trying to access any of these locations. Any precipitation can make the roads a mess and at times impassable. Please note there is NO PARKING at the finish line. Crew and spectators will need to be shuttled from Ruby's Inn.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
For course marking, we use colored flags with reflective tape. 100 mile and 50 mile will be pink markings, the 50k, blue, and 1/2 marathon yellow. 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 responsible for all related search party costs, but you will not be allowed to enter any future U.A. events.
Zero Waste Event:
All Ultra Adventures events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill. We have created a system that recycles/reuses nearly everything. We also use composting toilets which conserrve water, eliminates the use of harmful chemicals, and create a nutrient rich soil amenity. Please help us by placing your trash in the marked containers. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.
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 don't 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:
In addition to a finisher award given to everyone who finishes the race, we award the overall top 3 male and female finishers for each race distance.
THERE IS NO EVENT PARKING AT THE FINISH
Spectators, family and crew are welcome around the finish line to cheer on runners. However, they must park at the event parking area by Ruby's Inn and be shuttled to the finish. Shuttles will be running continuously starting at 9pm Friday night.
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.
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 run the race you registered for, you have three options: Deferment, Event Transfer, or Refund.
You have 2 choices when it comes to your deferment. Up until the close of the expo on the night before the event, and for a $20 fee, you can defer to the following year’s event, or you can transfer to another one of our events.
- Defer to another race: Runners will be allowed to defer their registration to any eligible Vacation Races event. Start the process by logging into your RunSignUp account > Click “Edit Registration” > select “Transfer to Another Race”. A list of eligible races to transfer to will show up and you can select which race to defer to.
- Defer to next year’s race or a future race: To defer to the next year’s event, log into your RunSignUp account and defer your registration. This will remove you from the current year’s race and put you on our deferral list for the following year’s race. When the following year’s race registration opens, you will be sent a coupon code to use for a future event. You will not be registered for the event, until you use the coupon and register for the event. Start the process by logging into your RunSignUp account > Click “Edit Registration” > select “Defer Registration”.
Transfer to a different Event: Runners will be allowed to transfer their registration to a different distance in the same race (as long as the event is not sold out). Start the process by logging into your RunSignUp account > Click “Edit Registration” > select “Transfer to Another Event”. A list of eligible events to transfer to will show up and you can select which event to transfer to. Only the amount of the registration, not the race extras or processing fees, will be transferred. If the event you are transferring to costs more, you will need to pay the difference. If the event costs less, you will not be refunded any amount.
Note: Event Transfers can only be done online 7 days or more prior to the event, after that this must be done at the race expo.
Request A Refund: Runners will be allowed to cancel your registration and receive a refund (of your paid entry fee and any race extras not yet received, does not include processing fees).
- If you request a refund during the race’s Early Bird Registration you’ll get a full refund with no processing fee.
- If you request a refund during the race’s Regular Bird Registration window, you’ll get a full refund minus a $10 processing fee.
- If you request a refund during the Late Bird Registration window, you will no longer be able to get a refund.
Start the process by logging into your RunSignUp account > Click “Edit Registration” > select “Request a refund”. Only the amount of the registration, not donations or processing fees, will be refunded.
We understand life happens- accidents, illnesses, and other circumstances. That is why we have provided an amazing deferment policy. Up to the night before the race, you can defer your race entry to another event or the next year’s event. Refer to the deferment policy above to get started.
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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