New Expo Location for the Antelope Canyon Ultras

If you’re coming to the Antelope Canyon Ultras this weekend in Page, AZ, you need to know that the expo and bib pickup have moved to a new location. Tomorrow (Friday) will be pretty cold (it might even snow tonight) so we’re moving the race expo and bib pickup to the Community Townhouse at John C Page park.

Click for directions to the expo location.

Expo Parking

Try to park on 6th Avenue or in the stalls on the North side of the park. Once school is out, you could also park across the street at the High School.


The sun is expected to come out for the races on Saturday and Sunday so we’re not planning any other changes, just bundle up.

The race start and finish lines will still be located at the Page Shores Amphitheater.

New Registration Pricing

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that we are raising our registration pricing for the Grand Circle Trails ultramarathon series this year. It has been years since we have raised the price on registration, but as we've grown and worked to improve the runner experience, the cost to put the events on has increased.

On top of maintaining the quality of the events, we're also looking to improve. As you may know, we're working to upgrade timing at all the races and adding GPS tracking for our 100 milers. These improvements will not only make the weekend more enjoyable, but will also make the races safer for our runners without taking away the challenges of our ultramarathons.

We also want you to know that we've gotten rid of the hidden registration fees that would get tacked on to your registration in Ultrasignup. Ever since we've moved registration to RunSignUp, we've been eating those registration fees. Part of the increase is accounting for those fees, without it being a surprise at the end of the registration form.

We're so excited about the future of this series. We appreciate our runners and want to give them the best race experience possible!

Getting to the Grand Canyon Ultras!

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One of my favorite of our events is the Grand Canyon Ultras and Half! I love it for many reasons besides the big views of one of the natural wonders of the world. Grand Canyon is one of our more intimate events. Grand Canyon is also the most remote race that we host. It's an adventure just to get to the expo that includes a long drive, little if any cellular or data service and driving on dirt roads (usually in great condition but dirt nonetheless).  Because of the challenge of just finding the race please do a little more prep than you normally would. Have the route planned out! Know mileage and estimated drive times, have a map or GPS app for your phone, etc. The forest roads that we use are, in general, well signed but it is still easy to get turned around! I ended up driving the wrong direction for about 20 minutes last year before realizing my error. 

Race staging, check-in, and the start/finish line are located at the historic Big Saddle Tank in the Kaibab National Forest. The last 20 miles of road to get here is a dirt road so plan in some extra time especially if you do not have a high-clearance vehicle. This open use area is about 1 mile from the breathtaking Crazy Jug viewpoint. There is no event parking at the expo, and start/finish line. Event parking is located about 1.5 miles north of Big Saddle where runners and spectators will be shuttled to and from the parking area to the expo and race. Shuttles will run non-stop from 1:30 pm-8:30 pm on Friday, and from 4:00 am-10:00pm on Saturday. Directions to Parking Area: .

Major junctions will be well signed but remember you will not have any data/cellular service for much of your drive, especially once you turn off from any main road. Plan accordingly! I have used a few GPS apps on my phone to navigate the Kaibab National Forest. I am going to try Avenza Maps this year. You can purchase a Kaibab National Forest map using this app that includes roads, trails, and landform like the big saddle tank where check in will be. 

Remember these are average drive times. Much depends on your speed and comfort driving on forest service roads. We have found that map programs tend to estimate slower drive times. 
- North Kaibab Lodge/Jacob Lake- 60-90 minutes
- Fredonia, Arizona- 90 minutes
-Kanab, Utah- 90+ minutes


Come Run with Me!

                                         Dont run and try to look at your GPS! 

                                        Dont run and try to look at your GPS! 

As I rolled on the frozen ground bloodied and yelling 4 letter words after tripping over...well I don't know what I tripped on... I thought to myself "WTH am I doing?!"  So what was I doing on the frozen tundra of Little Creek Mesa besides swearing and bleeding? I was training for my first ultra! 

It was almost one year ago when I was running with the brilliant race designer Matt Gunn (we were placing the rope for one of the big climbs on the Zion course, yes there is a rope!) and he said something like "Dude, you should run Zion next year." At the time I had worked for Ultra Adventures for two years doing social media, communications, marking trails, setting up tents, manning aid stations, etc. Basically, I have done just about everything from behind the scenes to on site but I had never run one of the races, never an ultra for that matter, nor a marathon, nor a half.  I think I did a 5k once! Remember when color runs were all the rave, I did that one!  But it wasn't until Matt G. challenged me to run a race had I every really thought about it. 

So here we are one year later. Zion is just over a month away and over the next 5 weeks between now and race day I will share weekly updates! I will share tips that I have read, lessons I have learned and hope to share a successful race with all of you.

Today I would like to share my first two tips for aspiring ultra runners. They are,  first if you are anything like me it took a challenge or an invite to think about running that first race and here is your invite! "Dude, you should run an ultra next year!"

The second, and maybe most important piece of wisdom from this rookie of running is SIGN UP!!! FIND A RACE, PULL THE TRIGGER and REGISTER (preferably a race hosted by Ultra Adventures). 

Follow my story on  the Ultra Adventures "Latest News" between now and Zion!