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 17-19, 2022 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 45k, 26k, Vertical K, 11k and kids race. The VK and the 26k are part of the World Mountain Running Association World Cup, while the 26k is part of the Golden Trail National Series for North America. 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 6th AND CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST
We're excited to welcome future Skyrunners to a fun and festive kid's event at Palisades Tahoe on Saturday, June 18th. 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 $10 before race weekend and $15 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 Sunday, June 19th at 9am. The price for the 11k is $85. 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 once again part of the World Mountain Running Association World Cup and is slated for Friday, June 17th at 11am. The price for the VK is $75.
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.
The Broken Arrow 26k (16.2 miles) will be run on Sunday, June 19th at 7am. The price for the 26k is $130. 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.
The Saturday, October 2nd Broken Arrow 45k is the signature distance of our three-day event and a part of the Skyrunner USA series. The price for the 52k is $185. The race begins at 7am in the heart of the Palisade Tahoe Village. The cutoff for the 52k is 12 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.
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, 45k Saturday and 23k Sunday. All Triple Crown finishers receive special prizes and are pretty much the raddest people ever.
The cost for the Triple Crown is $325.
Podium Winnings: TBD
*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):TBD
*Elites are not eligible for age group prizes. Age group winners are asked to pick up their winnings at registration on race weekend. They will also be contacted via text by our registration team. We are happy to ship items but each winner will be responsible for the freight..
Kids Race: TBD
Vertical Kilometer (VK): TBD
Triple Crown Distance (includes VK/26k/52k): TBD
Friday, June 17th Schedule of Events:
Saturday, June 18th Schedule of Events:
Sunday, June 19th Schedule of Events:
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. In the instance of biblical weather and/or a force majeure, we will assess things appropriately and fairly, to the best of our abilities.
Local time: 4:29 PM
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 1, 2022.
We allow you to change your chosen race distance until June 1, 2022. 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. No changes WHATSOEVER are allowed after June 1, 2022 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 were rolled over from the 2020 event (once or twice) the June 17-19, 2022 edition of Broken Arrow is your ONLY chance to use this rollover. Per usual, any and all race registrations are non-transferable.
For runners who register on or after December 6, 2021 and/or get into any distance off the waitlist, 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 $80 credit towards the following year until May 15th, 2022 for the 52k and 26k ONLY. For the 11k and/or VK, we are happy to offer a $40 credit towards the following year until May 15th, 2022.
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 10, 2022. On site registration will be available at Palisades Tahoe on Friday, June 17, 2022 (9am-4pm), Saturday, June 18, 2022 (5:30am-3pm) and Sunday, June 18, 2022 (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.