The wild red rock canyons and rainbow hills around Richfield, Utah offer endless exploration and adventure. This run links together several canyons and remote ATV trails into a unique trail run. Run up a slot-like red rock canyon, trek atop a packed natural clay fin under colorful hills, power up and scream down remote sections of the Paiute ATV Trail along ridgelines, and ultra runners will explore a magical stream carved canyon up and back down other dry red rock streambeds. There will be a half-marathon distance (21km / 13 miles), a marathon distance (42km / 26 miles), and an ultra-marathon (80km / 50 miles).
This race through the heart of in Panoramaland (as the area is known) involves running in dry streambeds, on defined yet remote sections of the Paiute ATV trail, navigating seasonally wet streams (ultra runners only), and of course occasionally clambering over sandstone boulders or overhangs in your path. Plus there is one cliff where you climb a 20-foot ladder.
For 2018, the marathon and half marathon will avoiding any wet streambeds. The ultramarathon will cover about 10km in Willow Creek Canyon, on cow trails that crisscross the stream, but small enough in the fall to avoid getting your feet wet. The reward is being surrounded by surreal colorful cliffs. Runners of all distances should expect natural wild beauty throughout the day.
Elevation gains & time limits:
* Half Marathon 2515 feet / 767 meters (time limit 5.5 hours)
* Full Marathon 4506 feet / 1373 meters (time limit 10 hours)
* 50 Mile Ultra 6685 feet / 2038 meters (time limit 16 hours)
Getting There and Logistics
Richfield is located in Central Utah, about an 1hr 45min drive South of Provo, and about 1hr 40min North of Cedar City. There are many hotels to choose from in Richfield, as well as a KOA. Our race partner hotel, the Days Inn of Richfield, is where we will be having packet pickup, abd is actually the very closest to the starting line. They have discount pricing for race participants. A field close to the event will also be available for free camping. Packet Pickup and a pasta feast will be held the evening before the race. Races start at 6AM (50 mile), 7AM (marathon), and 7:30AM (half marathon). There will be several aid stations throughout the course, stocked with standard ultra fare, including Hammer gels & Heed. Given distances in rugged canyons and time (1 to 2 hours between stations), all runners must carry a personal hydration solution. Drop bags will be available at a couple aid stations, and support crews will be able to cheer on their runners at select aid stations.
Note on Registration & Starting Waves
Currently when registering, you will notice 2 marathons options and 4 half-marathon options to choose from. The reason for the different waves is to limit the numbers starting at one time, because at two miles into these distances, runners enter a slot canyon and climb a ladder, and we want to minimize congestion at that point. If you want to be considered for overall placement medals, please sign up for the 7am marathon, or the 7:30am half-marathon.
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