In an effort to continually lessen our race footprint, we are expanding our cupless events to the Desert Runner Trail Series. We will have UltrAspire reusable cups available at registration and on race day or feel free to bring your own!
Now in its ninth year, the Cave Creek Thriller plays host to 4 different distances with the 50K and 24K options exploring the Maricopa Trail in point-to-point races before finishing inside Cave Creek Regional Park. The 11K and 5K distances stay entirely within Cave Creek Regional Park on hilly and pristine mountain trails. Portions of the trail are steep, rocky, and entirely exposed to the sun with great views of the expansive Sonoran Desert.
The 50K & 24K registration includes your shuttle bus ticket to the start line.
Series Pass! This race is also the first race of the Desert Runner Trail Series hosted by Aravaipa Running. You can register for the entire series at a discounted rateHERE.
Anything else you may need to know is located on the Cave Creek Thriller website! Information on the website includes: course maps, race day schedule, pacer & crew information, race perks, and more.
Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. For other options, please check out our Race Withdrawal Policy.
Desert Runner Trail Series
The Cave Creek Thriller is the second race in the Aravaipa Running Desert Runner Trail Fall Series. The Desert Runner Trail Series now has four points divisions: Short, Middle, Trail and Ultra. The 24km race for Cave Creek Thriller will score points in the "Trail Series" while the 50km race will score points in the "Ultra Series".
Two races, one day! Thriller is the first race in the Desert Runner Trail Run Series. This race will be held on the same day as the Cave Creek Thrasher Night Trail Runs, part of the Insomniac Night Trail Run Series.
Local time: 2:45 AM
Finish both the Thriller and Thrasher trail runs to win a unique medal!!