June 15 - 17, 2018
This Event Took Place Sun. Jun 17, 2018

The Broken Arrow Skyrace, "Where the Mountains Meet the Sky"

The Broken Arrow Skyrace, presented by Salomon, is a three-day, five distance event held at world-famous Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. On October 1-3, 2021 elite and recreational participants will experience an unforgettable trail running experience “where the mountains meet the sky.” The Broken Arrow consists of four iconic distances (plus a kid's race) that showcase the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Jewel of the Sierra Nevada.

Designed in the vein of classic European Skyraces, the Broken Arrow Skyrace represents a unique style of mountain running, characterized by off-trail scrambling on steep terrain with massive amounts of vertical gain and loss at altitude....with exposure, hand lines, a ladder and snow slopes thrown in for good measure!

The Broken Arrow Skyrace features five distances: a 52k, 26k, Vertical K, 11k and kids race. The shortest distance and the 26k are part of the World Mountain Running Association World Cup. These races are unique in California as most of the terrain is above treeline. Runners will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Tahoe’s emerald-blue waters and Squaw Valley's unmistakable high-alpine terrain. Elite and recreational participants will run and then celebrate together with first-class food, craft beer, music, films and fun activities for the whole family.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION OPENS AT 9AM PST ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th AND CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th.

Kid's Race

We're excited to welcome future Skyrunners to a fun and festive kid's event at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. The course will be easy and fun, and children of all ages are welcome to participate, although we ask that little ones under six years old have a parent accompanying them. The race will begin at the start line of the Vertical Kilometer, ascend a short hill, and circle back down on easy service roads through the finish line chute... all in less than one kilometer.

Registration will be available all day Friday and before the race Saturday morning. The event is $7.50 and all participants will receive a medal!  

11k Course:

The Broken Arrow 11k is slated for Sunday, October 3rd at 930am. The price for the 11k is $75. The course is 11km in length with ~569m / 1,840 ft. of vertical. The cutoff is a generous 6 hours.

The Broken Arrow is all about community, both elite and recreational runners, and as such we want to celebrate runners of all types! While our other distances are Skyrace caliber events, the 11k is a gateway drug to those longer and harder distances. If, perhaps you are just getting into trail running or are intimidated by the other events, this is your race!

Please note that you must be 14 years of age or older to run the 11k. We allow runners under 14 to participate but they must be approved by the race directors and have a parent accompany them.

Vertical Kilometer "VK" Course:

The Broken Arrow Vertical Kilometer or "VK" is once again part of the Skyrunner USA Series and slated for Friday, October 1st at 11am. The price for the VK is $65.

The VK covers some of Squaw Valley’s most iconic terrain in a short, steep, and physically demanding sprint. From the valley floor, runners will ascend over 3,100 feet in a mere 3.1 miles to the summit of 9,000-foot Squaw Peak. In true Skyrunner fashion, the course begins on steep terrain, ascends technical off-trail talus, and finishes on an exposed ridge line. The Headwall ridge is the most iconic portion of the race, complete with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, a bolted hand line, and the infamous "Stairway to Heaven" ladder to the top of Squaw Peak.

The Vertical Kilometer course will contain steep slabs of rock, potential snow slopes, scree and exposure. This is not your average trail run...and is one you will remember forever! We also encourage hikers to join this party! You won't be disappointed by an absolutely stunning section of Squaw Valley's most extreme terrain.

Please note that you must be 14 years of age or older to run the VK. Runners under 14 must be approved by the race directors and have a parent accompany them.

26k Course:

The Broken Arrow 26k (16.2 miles) will be run on Sunday, October 3rd at 7am. The price for the 26k is $115. The Broken Arrow 26k covers a world-class loop that showcases some of Squaw Valley's most famous terrain. The cutoff for the 26k is 7 hours and the race starts in the heart of Squaw Valley.

From the valley floor at 6200 feet, runners will ascend more than 5,000-plus feet as they circumnavigate the heralded terrain of North America's most rugged and extreme ski resort. In true Skyrunning fashion, the course is characterized by a plethora of vertical gain over a technical and physically demanding landscape that is mostly above tree-line. Along the way, runners will be treated to the jagged terrain of KT-22, unrivaled views of the Granite Chief Wilderness, and the inspiration for the course, the Broken Arrow, as well as the most iconic portion of the race, the infamous "Stairway to Heaven" ladder to the top of Squaw Peak.

The course will contain steep slabs of rock, potential snow slopes, scree and exposure. This is not your average trail run...and one you will remember forever! Additional course description is available on our website.

Please note that you must be 16 years of age or older to run the 26K.

52k Course:

The Saturday, October 2nd Broken Arrow 52k (32.3 miles) is the signature distance of our three-day event and a part of the Skyrunner USA series. The price for the 52k is $175. The race begins at 7am in the heart of Squaw Valley. The cutoff for the 52k is 12.5 hours.

This iconic distance features a challenging, world-class race course that showcases Squaw Valley's most extreme and scenic terrain. From the valley floor at 6200 feet, runners will ascend more than 10,000 feet as they traverse the rugged terrain of one of North America's most iconic ski resorts. In true Skyrunning fashion, the course is characterized by loads of vertical gain and loss through technical and physically demanding terrain. Most of the course is above tree-line.

Runners will be treated to the jagged terrain of KT-22, unrivaled views of the Granite Chief Wilderness and the inspiration for the course, the Broken Arrow, and the most iconic portion of the race, the infamous "Stairway to Heaven" ladder to the top of Squaw Peak (twice!). The course will contain steep slabs of rock, potential snow slopes, scree and exposure. This is not your average trail run...and is one you will remember it forever!

After the inaugural event in 2016, many runners, including Salomon athlete Max King, called the event "the hardest event of it's type in North America." Additional course description is available on our website. Please note that you must be 16 years of age or older to run the 52k.

Awards

52k Podium Winnings:
M1/F1: $3500
M2/F2: $2000
M3/F3: $1000

26k Podium Winnings:
M1/F1: $3500
M2/F2: $2000
M3/F3: $1000

VK Podium Winnings:
M1/F1: $500
M2/F2: $300
M3/F3: $200

**Winners MUST be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible for cash winnings. Additionally, each winner receiving over $600 will be required to fill out a W-9 before their check is received.

Age Group Awards (All Distances):
M1/W2: Salomon Agile 6 Pack
M2/W2: Salomon Agile 2 Pack
M3/W3: Salomon Active Handheld Hydration Bottle

*Age group winners are asked to pick up their winnings at registration on race weekend. They will also be contacted via text by our timing partner Capital Road Race Management. We are happy to ship items but each winner will be responsible for the freight..

Kids Race:
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
Total Value: $20
M3/W3: Salomon Active Handheld Hyrdation Bottle

Vertical Kilometer (VK):
Limited Edition Salomon Trail Running Shirt ($50 value)
Limited Edition Boco Gear Neck Gaiter ($20 value)
Salomon 8oz. Soft Flask ($15 value)
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
Total Value: $95

11k:
Limited Edition Salomon Trail Running Shirt ($50 value)
Salomon Active Handheld ($30 value)
Limited Edition Boco Gear Neck Gaiter ($20 value)
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
Total Value: $120

26k:
Salomon Trail Blazer 10L Pack ($60 value)
Limited Edition Salomon Trail Running Shirt ($50 value)
Limited Edition Boco Gear Finisher Hat ($35 value)
Darn Tough Vermont Trail Running Socks ($25 value)
Complimentary Post-Race Meal at Fireside Pizza ($30 value)
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
All Good Brand Hand Sanitizer ($5 value)
Squirrel's Nut Butter .25oz Sample ($2.75 value)
Kuju Coffee Basecamp PourOver Single $1.95
Total Value: $230

52k:
Salomon Trail Blazer 30L Pack ($90 value)
Limited Edition Salomon Trail Running Shirt ($50 value)
Limited Edition Boco Gear Finisher Hat ($35 value)
Complimentary Post-Race Meal at Fireside Pizza ($30 value)
Darn Tough Vermont Trail Running Socks ($25 value)
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Limited Edition Klean Kanteen 16oz. Stainless Steel Pint ($10 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
All Good Brand Hand Sanitizer ($5 value)
Squirrel's Nut Butter .25oz Sample ($2.75 value)
Kuju Coffee Basecamp PourOver Single $1.95
Total Value: $260

Triple Crown Distance (includes VK/26k/52k):
Salomon Outlife Duffle 70L ($160)
Limited Edition Salomon Trail Running Shirt ($50 value)
Unique Finisher Medal ($15 value)
Hydrapak Speedcup ($5 value)
All Good Brand Hand Sanitizer ($5 value)
Squirrel's Nut Butter .25oz Sample ($2.75 value)
Total Value: $237.75

The Triple Crown:

For those tremendously adventurous souls we offer our "Triple Crown" option. This is some of the toughest consecutive day racing you can ever attempt! The Triple Crown consists of the VK on Friday, 52k Saturday and 26k Sunday. All Triple Crown finishers receive special prizes and are pretty much the raddest people ever.

The cost for the Triple Crown is $300.

Friday, October 1st Schedule of Events:

More information coming shortly!

Saturday, October 2nd Schedule of Events:

More information coming shortly!

Trails In Motion Film Festival: Friday, October 1st

We'll once again host the ever-popular Trails in Motion Film Festival before the race FOR FREE! Join us from 5pm-7pm on Friday, October 1st at Squaw Valley's Plaza Bar.

Sunday, October 3rd Schedule of Events:

More information coming shortly!

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

The race organizers reserve the ability to cancel or reroute the event due to unsafe weather. Race organizers will make the best decisions when it comes to protecting the safety of all runners. This means we reserve the right to adjust, cancel, reroute, OR reschedule as we see fit. Because the bulk of our costs come before the event occurs we will not be able to extend refunds to those who wish to cancel their registration. In the instance of biblical weather and/or a force majeure, we will assess things appropriately and fairly, to the best of our abilities.

Any registered runner who becomes pregnant during the months preceding the race is eligible to take advantage of our Pregnancy Deferral Program. Please email a doctor's note to us and we will happily honor the fact that you are bringing a new and beautiful soul into the trail running community. Rollover options are good for one year only. We would just ask that you notify us with as much time as possible so that we can open your spot up to another enthusiastic runner.

We allow you to change your chosen race distance until September 15, 2021. If you decide to run a longer (and more expensive) distance, you will be required to pay the difference. However, no refunds will be given if you choose to drop to a shorter (and less expensive) distance. If a distance is sold out changing distance is not an option. No changes WHATSOEVER are allowed after September 15, 2021. Please note this includes dropping down in distance from the 52k to the 26k on race weekend as it is likely both distances will be sold out.

For runners who were rolled over from the 2020 event and cannot make the new October dates, we are offering a 100% rollover to 2022, when we ideally are back to our traditional dates. Please note that we require that you email us this notification BY NO LATER THAN JULY 1, 2021. If you do not take this step it will void your rollover option as we will deduce that no response means you will join in October. Per usual, any and all race registrations are non-transferable.

For runners who registered after December 9, 2020 and got into any distance off the wait list, race registration is non-transferable and cannot be rolled over to subsequent years, unless extenuating medical or life circumstances occur. However, we understand life can get in the way of racing. As such we are happy to offer a $50 credit towards the following year until September 1, 2021 for the 52k and 26k ONLY. For the 11k and/or VK, we are happy to offer a $20 credit towards the following year until September 1, 2021.

Please not that we REQUIRE that you email us your "withdrawal" from the race AND cancel your registration on Ultrasignup.com. Not doing so voids any and all rollover options. Online registration closes at 11:59pm, Friday, September 24, 2021. On site registration will be available at Squaw Valley on Friday, October 1, 2021 (9am-4pm), Saturday, October 2, 2021 (530am-3pm) and Sunday, October 3, 2021 (530am-930am). Prices for the 26k & 52k increase $30 for day-of registration and $20 for the VK and 11k. The price for the kid's race increases to $10 on race weekend."

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