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 rocky streambeds, assuming there is no rain. The ultramarathon, though, will cover almost exactly 10km in the Willow Creek Canyon, which may have a tiny amount of water flowing higher up, but small enough to avoid getting your feet wet. The reward is being surrounded by surreal colorful cliffs. Runners of all distances should not expect expect smooth paved road terrain, or even a defined trail in several of the the canyons, but expect natural wild beauty throughout the day.
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. A field close to the event will also be available for free camping. Packet Pickup and a pasta party will be held at Herb's Place at the local bowling alley the evening before the race. Races start at 6AM (75km), 7AM (42KM), and 7:30AM (21KM). 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.
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