The wild red rock canyons and rainbow hills around Richfield, Utah offer endless exploration and adventure. This run links together several canyons, dry washes, remote sections of the Paiute ATV Trail systems, and the brand new (2019) Pahvant Mountain Bike Trail System, into a very unique experience. Run up a slot-like red rock canyon, trek atop a packed natural clay fin under colorful hills, power up and speed down remote trails, and catch great vistas along ridgelines. There will be a 25km (approximately 15.7 miles) and a 50km ultra (approximate 31 miles). Note, because of licensing with the Forest Service, we have the 50 miler on hold right now, but with more single track being created in 2020, we may have new options soon to bring it back online.
We are excited to add the 25km distance for 2020! It will be the previously run 1/2 marathon route, but with about a loop added in Cathedral Canyon, instead of an out-n-back. The 25km runs up the magical Dairy Canyon, out Flat Canyon, a loop out to Cathedral Canyon, up the red rock roller coaster of trail 84, and down along the spectacular Scorpion Ridge overlooking Cottonwood Canyon, and down a couple brand new single-track trails).
The 50km will start with a loop up to near the summit of Table Mountain, with great views of Willow Creek, before descending both the upper and lower sections of Ken's Canyon. The 50km will for it's second half, follow the 25km route. The 50km runs in 4 total canyons, and along the rim of a 2 others.
This is a trail run, with a light sprinkling of adventure elements. The large majority of the race is running on trails or streambeds, but there are parts in two of the canyons where you may need to do a little climbing or boulder scrambling. Both distances run through the lower 2 miles of Dairy Canyon, which has several small overhangs, a few fallen boulders, and a 4-foot ledge at the end (with a step and rope to assist). In Cathedral Canyon there is the large cock stone to climb over (rope to assist if needed), and one small easy ledge. Besides these two canyons where runners might need to use hands, the rest of the course is pure, glorious running.
Racing in the heart of Panoramaland involves running in dry streambeds/washes, traveling on defined yet remote sections of the Paiute ATV trail, hitting sections of the brand new Pahvant Trail (mountain bike) System, and of course occasionally clambering over sandstone boulders or overhangs in your path.
* 25km (15.7 miles) 3097 feet / 944 meters (time limit 6 hours)
* 50km (30.6 miles) 5190 feet / 1582 meters (time limit 12 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 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 will be held the evening before the race from 6-8 PM. Morning-off pickup is discouraged, but available if you arrive at least 45 minutes before your race begins. Races start at 7:00 AM (50 km), and 7:30 AM (25km). 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 or join their runners at select aid stations.
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