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 Palisades Tahoe. On June 16-18, 2023 elite and recreational participants will experience an unforgettable trail running experience “where the mountains meet the sky.” The Broken Arrow consists of five 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 46k, 23k, Vertical K, 11k, Triple Crown (Vk/26k/52k) and the Iron Face Challenge ... PLUS a kids race. These races are unique in California as most of the terrain is above tree line. Runners will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Tahoe’s emerald-blue waters and Palisade Tahoe's unmistakable high-alpine terrain. Elite and recreational participants will run and then celebrate together with first-class food, craft beer, music, seminars, films and fun activities for the whole family.
PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION OPENS AT 9AM PST ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th AND CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON JUNE 19th.
We're excited to welcome future Skyrunners to a fun and festive kid's event at Palisades Tahoe on Sunday, June 18th at 9am. 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 all weekend and on Sunday morning before the event. The event is $15 before race weekend and $20 on the day of the event. All participants will receive a medal but please note that we do not time the kid's race or offer podium prizes.
The Broken Arrow 11k is slated for Saturday, June 17th at 9am. Please note that this is a new date for 2023 so that we have less congestion for ALL race distances. The price for the 11k is $90. The course is 11km in length with ~569m / 1,840 ft. of vertical. The cutoff is a generous 4 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 slated for Friday, June 16th at 10am. The price for the VK is $90.
The VK covers some of Palisade Tahoe’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 4.5 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.
Before registering for the VK, please know that this is a SERIOUS mountain race with a moderate degree of risk and extreme physical exertion. Of vital importance is to remember that you may also have to descend the mountain ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET. In scenarios of adverse weather and/or high winds, the traditional tram download from High Camp may not be available. This usually happens once every five years or so and if this does occur, you will be responsible for descending to the valley floor. We will have trail marshals at key junctions on the descent, and it will be very well marked, but please plan accordingly and only register if you can handle this.
The Broken Arrow 26k (16.2 miles) will be run on Sunday, June 18th at 8am and is the kick-off event for the Golden Trail National Series for the United States and Canada. The price for the 26k is $140. The Broken Arrow 26k covers a world-class loop that showcases some of Palisade Tahoe's most famous terrain. The cutoff for the 26k is 7 hours and the race starts in the heart of the Palisades Tahoe Village.
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. Additionally, depending on the amount of snow on the course, our 26k distance can be slightly longer or slightly shorter and varies year to year.
The Saturday, June 17th Broken Arrow 46k is the signature distance of our three-day event. The price for the 46k is $190. The race begins at 7am in the heart of the Palisade Tahoe Village in front of Coffeebar. The cutoff for the 46k is 12 hours.
This iconic distance features a challenging, world-class race course that showcases Palisade Tahoe's most extreme and scenic terrain. From the valley floor at 6,200-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." Depending on the amount of snow on the course, the actual distance can be slightly longer or shorter and varies year to year.
The Broken Arrow Skyrace 46k is an extreme mountain run. As such, race directors reserve the right to require all participants to carry an adverse weather kit. Additional course description is available on our website. Please note that you must be 16 years of age or older to run the 52k.
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 $350. Please note that all distances can be shorter OR longer depending on the amount of snow we receive in the winter leading into the event.
Iron Face Challenge:
A unique and unforgettable mountain running event, the Iron Face Challenge travels 5.75-miles and climbs approximately 2,000 vertical feet. From the valley floor, it traverses and climbs the most extreme terrain at Palisades Tahoe and is the first event of its kind in North America! Due to the extreme technical nature of the event, the Iron Face Challenge is limited to only 100 participants.
The Iron Face Challenge blends three distinct and challenging types of mountain adventure running: uphill, downhill, and scrambling on a Via Ferrata. The first is a 1.75 mile/830-foot uphill singletrack section that starts next to the KT Sundeck. The second section of the race, the Tahoe Via, is a protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that keep runners safely connected to the rock at all times. This “via ferrata” section ascends the Tram Face, an imposing and pronounced granite cliff that towers above Olympic Valley. The Tahoe Via section is .35-miles long and has just over 600 feet of climbing.
As runners ascend the second section of the Iron Face Challenge (the Skyline Traverse), they will encounter chimneys, exposed ledges, and the highlight, a 30-foot long suspension bridge that is only passable via a single foot cable! After topping out on the Tahoe Via, participants will then enjoy a smoking 3.7-mile downhill to ring the iconic Broken Arrow Skyrace bell at the finish line. This is a true adventure race that combines running and pseudo-rock climbing. Accordingly, the Iron Face Challenge will test the mountain mettle of any runner.
The Iron Face Challenge costs $250. *DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE EQUIPMENT USED ON THE TAHOE VIA, PLEASE NOTE THAT PARTICIPANTS MUST WEIGH AT LEAST 88 POUNDS AND BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT.
THERE ARE NO ROLLOVER, REFUNDS, OR PARTIAL CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR THE IRON FACE CHALLENGE. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN OF YOUR ABILITY TO JOIN THE EVENT IN JUNE.
ALL REGISTRANTS MUST ATTEND A PRE-RACE MEETING ON FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 16TH.
Podium Winnings: The 2023 edition of the Broken Arrow Skyrace, presented by Salomon, will see the strongest runners in North American compete for OVER $50,000 of cash prizes. Exact amounts will be posted when finalized. *There are no cash prizes for the 11k, Triple Crown or Kid's Race.
*Winners MUST be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible for cash winnings.
*Each winner receiving over $600 will be required to fill out a W-9 before their check is received and 7% is required to be withheld by California law.
Age Group Awards (All Distances):
The top three men and women in each age group will receive unique, handmade prizes.
*Elites are not eligible for age group prizes.
*Age group winners are asked to pick up their winnings at registration on race weekend.
*Age group winners will be contacted via text by our registration team.
*We are happy to ship items but each winner will be responsible for the freight..
We update this section as contracts and items are finalized, but we commit to giving all of our runners the best race swag available. It has always been our goal for your swag to outpace your race entry. PLEASE NOTE that if you pull from the event in any capacity, you void your option on any/all race swag. If we have items left after the event you are welcome to email us and we'll do our best to fulfill this but the participant is required to pay for the freight.
Friday, June 16th Schedule of Events:
8am-4pm: Packet Pickup & Day-Of Registration (Vendor Village)
8am-4pm: Vendor Village Open
9am: MANDATORY Pre-Race Iron Face Challenge Meeting (Alpenglow Expeditions)
10am: VK Start (KT Sun Deck)
12pm: Iron Face Challenge Start (TBD)
2:30pm: VK Awards Ceremony (Events Plaza)
3:30pm: Iron Face Challenge Awards Ceremony (Events Plaza)
4pm: Shakeout Run/Trail Shoe Demo & Happy Hour presented by Garmin, Salomon & Tailwind
430pm: Pre-Race Pasta Feed at Fireside Pizza
5:30pm: 26/52k Non-Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting (TBD)
7pm: Trails in Motion Film Festival, FREE! presented by Victorysport Design (TBD)
Saturday, June 18th Schedule of Events:
5:30am-3pm | Packet Pickup & Day-Of Registration (Vendor Village)
7am | 52k Start (European Arch in front of Coffeebar)
8am | 11k Start (European Arch in front of Coffeebar)
9am-12pm | FREE Pancake Breakfast presented by Kodiak Cakes & Donner Party Mountain Runners (DPMR tent)
10am | Kid's Race Start (KT Sundeck)
11:30am | 11k Awards Ceremony (Finish Line)
11am-7pm | Vendor Village Open
12pm | Nutrition Panel with Rafa Nazarewicz, Sarah Keyes, Peter Mortimer, Lucy Bartholomew, Sage Canaday & Paddy O’Leary presented by Spring Energy & Tailwind Nutrition (Events Plaza)
1pm | Men's Elite Panel with Dylan Bowman, Max King, David Kilgore, Logan Williams, Stephen Kersh & Coree Woltering (Events Plaza)
2pm | Live Podcast with Dylan Bowman TBD (Events Plaza)
3pm | Women's Elite Panel with Courtney Dauwalter, Lauren Fleshman, Sophia Laukli, Maggie Guterl, Allie McLaughlin & Kaytlyn Gerbin (Events Plaza)
4pm | How to Trail Run workshop with Max King presented by Salomon (Salomon tent)
4:30-7pm | Live Music with Tim High & The Mighty
7pm | 52k Awards Ceremony (Finish Line)
Sunday, June 19th Schedule of Events:
5:30-8:30am | Packet Pickup & Day-Of Registration (Vendor Village)
7am | 26k Start (European Arch in front of Coffeebar)
8am-3pm | Vendor Village Open
9am-12pm | FREE Pancake Breakfast presented by Kodiak Cakes & Donner Party Mountain Runners (DPMR tent)
10:30am | "Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free" book signing with author Doug Mayer of Run the Alps (Vendor Village)
11am-1pm | Live Music with Mike Sinclair (Events Plaza)
12pm | 26k & Triple Crown Awards Ceremony (Finish Line)
2-4pm | Live Music with Oldman Fuller (Events Plaza)
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 any registration, without exception. In the instance of biblical weather and/or a force majeure, we will assess things appropriately and fairly, to the best of our abilities.
Due to liability issues, race entries are not transferable, without exception.
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. In order to be considered for our Pregnancy Deferral Program you must notify us ON OR BEFORE May 15, 2023.
We allow you to change your chosen race distance until June 1, 2023. If you decide to run a longer (and more expensive) distance, you will be required to pay the difference. No refunds will be given if you choose to drop to a shorter (and less expensive) distance. No changes WHATSOEVER are allowed after June 1, 2023 and you cannot be changed to a distance if it is sold out. Please note this includes dropping down in distance from the 52k to the 26k as the 26k is our most popular distance and will likely be sold out shortly after registration opens.
For runners who received a partial credit from the 2022 event the June 16-18, 2023 edition of the Broken Arrow Skyrace is your ONLY chance to use this rollover. All 2022 runners who received a partial credit must register on or after the portal opens on 12/5/2023 at 9am PST. Partial credits remain valid until a distance is sold out.
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. We are able to offer the following credits: $150 (Triple Crown), $80 (52k), $50 (26k) and $30 (11k/VK) until May 15, 2023.
Please note that we REQUIRE that you email us your "withdrawal" from the race. Not doing so voids any and all rollover options. Online registration closes at 11:59pm, June 9, 2023. On site registration will be available at Palisades Tahoe on Friday, June 16, 2023 (9am-4pm), Saturday, June 17, 2023 (5:30am-3pm) and Sunday, June 18, 2023 (5:30am-9:30am). Prices for the 26k & 52k increase $35 for day-of registration and $25 for the VK and 11k. The price for the kid's race increases to $15 on race weekend.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ALWAYS HOLD A SMALL NUMBER OF ENTRIES FOR DAY OF REGISTRATION. We make no promises here but if you are in need, we encourage you to show up as soon as registration opens on the respective day of your desired distance. If you cannot make the race due to injury or other circumstances, we cannot allow you to pickup your runner items on race weekend. If you are interested in having them shipped to you after the event, there is a chance we can help you. For this option, please email the race director one month after the event.
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