Saturday, Aug 8, 2020

Elephant Rock Trail Run

2083 Mueller Park Rd., Bountiful Utah 84010

Bountiful, UT 50K, 26.8 Miler, 13.8 Miler, 7 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 8, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: 7.28.2020

Elephant Rock Trail Run Event IS HAPPENING Aug 8!

Final Permit was received today. Thank You for your patience in this process!

The event is using several safety protocols that meet the Covid-19 regulations and also conform to the County and State guidelines for the time of the event. All participants will need to abide by event regulations.

Our GOAL is to have a SAFE and enjoyable event for both runners and volunteers. We will be making adjustments including checking runner and volunteer temperatures, asking both volunteers and runners to wear masks at aid stations, and practice social distancing.

Runners and volunteers will receive further communication via email with updates within the next few days. Please, make sure your Ultrasignup is up-to-date and check on your Spam folders!

There are still openings for the 7.8-miler, 13.8, 26.8 or 50k courses. Please, place your name on Waitlist. Registration ends July 31, 2020 by 11:59pm;
Names on Waitlist: you have 48 hours from this note to still optout. Names will be transferred to the official list of participants and you’ll be charged registration. (You can still optout by signing into your UltraSignup account selecting Information and selecting Registration History. You have the option to edit/cancel registration prior to deadline, July 31, 11:59pm;
We will have awards for the top male and female for each race distance (No Age awards);
Due to the time constraint, race swags (hats) will be mailed post-event. Medals might be limited in number, based on number of participants. In case you do not receive one at the event, you will get one via mail also post-race. I know who you are and you know how to find me. So Trust me! We hope you can understand the circumstances.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED at Elephant Rock Trail Run in Bountiful, Saturday, August 8th.
We are still looking for individuals to help with all kinds of general volunteering duties, at aid stations, to assist at the finish/HQ, medical volunteers, and start/finish line help.
These races are not possible without all of your help and we are extremely grateful for all that our volunteers do for us! Volunteers take home a t-shirt, credits for free partial or full race and/or service hours for races.

If you're interested in helping, please register by selecting the “Volunteer” icon in this page.

Thank you in advance and HAPPY TRAILS!

Elephant Rock

covid-19 Registration UPDATE - 7.20.2020


We have received approval from the City of Bountiful staff just this afternoon:
“Hi Wanderly,

Your Elephant Rock Trail Run is approved by Bountiful City with the following condition:

1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty of how long it will last, Bountiful City staff reserves the right to cancel your event should social distancing, gathering or other restrictions continue to be in place at the time of your event. It is your responsibility to make sure all participants at your event observe current social distancing and other restrictions that are in place at the time of your event. Those can be found here: and

Best of luck with your event.”

I am optimistic that the race will also be permitted by the USDA-Forest Services, last agency in this approval process. The plans I submitted to the FS are still being reviewed. I am hoping to hear back from the FS by this week, discuss any further clarification in some mitigations and make sure we are all in agreement.
I apologize for the slight delay. Once I hear back from the FS with the approval, I will notify you via UltraSignup. I will provide you with 48-hours to make a final decision before moving the names from the Waitlist to registration.

Thank you again and Happy Trails,


Elephant Rock Trail Run

Welcome to Utah’s gnarly 50k and the original Elephant Rock Trail Races!!!

The challenging and popular Elephant Rock consists now of four races: the 7-miler, the 13.8-miler, the 26.8-miler and the 50K. Come join us for the 4th annual run in the beautiful, scenic, Mueller Park in Bountiful, Utah.

The 50k “challenging” course offers views of untamed terrain from single track and fire roads starting at the Holbrook Canyon trailhead and weaving through The Great Western, Sessions Mountains, Mill Creek, Kenney Creek and Mueller Park.

We have a very strict cut off time of 12 hours imposed upon us by the park for the 50k. This is one of the main reasons this race is extremely difficult for first time 50kers. We highly encourage those undertaking this challenge to have already run at least a 26.8-miler trail before attempting this course. Everyone else will have 8 hours to complete all three distances (7-miler, 13.8-miler and the 26.8-miler). If anyone does not finish within the cutoff times, they will receive a finishers award but will not have an official time recorded.

50K Course

*** All the original Elephant Rock Trail Run courses (7, 13.8 & 26.8-miler) remain the same.

The 50k alternate course will take into effect contingent on trail conditions and the weather.
The alternate course eliminates the section from Mill Creek to Kenny Creek from the course. By doing that, the only option to reconnect the course back to Mueller Park will be to run an out and back on the first section (total 18 miles, 9 miles/section), and then finish the course with the 13.8-miler trail at Mueller Park.
Overall, the trails in the first section of the 50k course are always ready for the event, with a few snow spots here and there at the Great Western when the area gets a harsh winter, but the snow is usually gone in the 2 weeks prior to the event. By the way, trails dry out quickly. The second section, at Mueller Park, trails are pristine.
The only concerning section that leads us to make this course change decision is the one from Mill Creek to Kenney Creek (miles 11-17), the final segment connecting the first section to Mueller Park.
Although, the snow is not typically an issue on those trails, the contribution of a harsh winter and spring rain might make trails vegetation to outgrow.
Additionally, since that section is not maintained by the Forest Service, trails might become unrecognizable. The vegetation can outgrow chest high and become a jungle like. There could have many fallen trees on that section, in particular. There would be a lot of bushwhacking needed during the event (something unexpected in a race, unless you’re doing The Barkley Marathons), and honestly speaking, that’s how you would feel by going through Mill Creek and Kenney Creek.
You will still have the epic experience in running on the Great Western, a section of the Wastach100, near Sessions Mountains with amazing views and run at Mueller Park, and with good elevation gain throughout the entire course.
We are continuing to work with the Forest Service to provide the safest racing experience for everyone involved.

Original Elephant Rock Trail Run Courses

The Elephant Rock Trail Run is a challenging trail race through an area that is truly a hidden gem in the Wasatch Mountains. This trail winds across and up the mountain keeping the elevation gain manageable (about 3,045 +/- ft over the entire course). However, to make things even more fun- and we mean crazy fun- we added 800 ft. of vertical climb in less than half a mile near the beginning of the race! It’s what we call “Elephant Ridge” which leads to another 0.5 miles of extremely rocky, technical steep descent down “The Chute” with lots of gravel that will challenge even the elite runners to not fall..
This race is also ideal for road runners who would like to have a glimpse of what it is like to run trails. You will love this so much that you will totally be converted to trail running :) Check out a video showing the course below:

Course Preview Video

covid-19 Registration UPDATE – 7.12.2020

Our 2020 event is set to be August 8, pending final permit approval and I hope to see you there!
We are hoping to provide you with a Final update by the week of July 20th. I will notify you if the event will officially happen and registration opens to those who are on the Waitlist.
We are using several safety protocols that meet the Covid-19 regulations and also conform to the County and State guidelines. These protocols will be explained once permits are approved so everyone will have a great time and safe day.
For now, keep up with your training and thank you for your patience with all the uncertainty and support of this beautiful event.

Wanderley Reis
Race Director



Due to the uncertain environment and the many race cancellations across the globe, Elephant Rock is implementing the following measure. Please, read this announcement in its entirety to not have any confusion. Also, please direct all further questions via our event official email only:
“I have capped my races entrants to where they stand today and have started a "waitlist" typical of a normal waitlist on Ultrasignup. This still allows runners to enter, but the credit card is NOT charged. If worse comes to worst and the race does not happen because of COVID-19, there will be a 100% refund. For those who have now entered the Elephant Rock Trail races, you will receive a comp entry of your choice of either of the next two years if the race is cancelled. If the circumstances change and we are cleared of restrictions due to COVID-19, please make sure to have your accounts in good stand when being charged for the event. I will keep you posted with communication about the status of the event.
Hopefully this process streamlines both your decision making process and the event as a whole. Our race is capped at 200 so feel free to enter and not worry about payment charges if the race is cancelled. If we end up not cancelling the race this refund process won’t be necessary and you’ll be able to enjoy the race as usual.
Happy Trails,

Wanderley Reis, RD
Elephant Rock Trail Run, LLC"

USATF Sanctioned Event

The Elephant Rock Trail Run is sanctioned by USA Track & Field.
USATF website:


Course Description

** Please, review 50k Course information

The Elephant Rock 50k is one gnarly, stunning point to point course connecting Holbrook Canyon Trail, The Great Western, Sessions Pass, Mill Creek, Kenney Creek, Mueller Park Trailhead, Cave Peak, Rudy’s Flat, and Elephant Rock. This course is not for first time 50kers without having already run at least a 26.8-miler trail, either an official race or self-supported. This course is tough. About 9,129’ of climb. Additionally, due to access, there will only be 2 limited aid stations for the first 17.2 miles, which includes the Start at Holbrook Canyon trailhead. You will have to carry at least a 2 liters of water while climbing. Think graduate level mountain run.

The remaining courses of Elephant Rock is a moderately challenging trail race at Elephant Ridge and The Chute sections, but then it turns into one of the most scenic loop courses (13.8 miler), a loop and reverse loop (26.8 miler), or a run to Elephant Rock (7 miler) through the Wasatch Mountains above Bountiful, Utah. The trail will be well marked. It consists of dirt trails (80%), dirt roads (19%), and paved ground at the start/finish line (1%).

There is over 3,045 +/- ft. of elevation gain and loss, with 1 major climb of 800 ft and 1 major descent. The climb starts at mile 1.6 (“Elephant Ridge”), and the major descent (“The Chute”), right after summiting Cave Peak. The climb heading towards Rudy’s Flat is very light with rolling hills, and then the rest of the way to the finish line is a fairly gentle mostly downhill slope.

RACE TIME: 6:30 am (Cut-off time for all races, is 2:30 pm and no exceptions, except for the 50k. The 50k will start at 5:30 am. The cut-off time is 6 pm and no exceptions)
*** All participants will receive an Event Instruction email 3 weeks prior to race date. We will send it via the email you use during your registration.

Refunds, transfers or deferments (rollovers) Policy

Starting in 2020, we do not offer any refunds, transfers or deferments (rollovers). A one year deferment (rollover) will be allowed with a documented medical reason emailed prior to the registration deadline. The entry fee you pay is for this year’s race (the year you signed up for to run) and covers this year’s supplies, fees, insurance, etc. Please, make the right decision when registering for the event.
The rules for 2019 still remain in effect, if you registered for that year.


We need volunteers. If you volunteer for a full shift you get free entry to any course of your choice in addition to get free food at the finish and likely some swag. A volunteer option is available in this site with a description of the tasks. Thank you for your volunteering!

Courses MAPS & GPX files

Courses maps are available in the photos here. GPX files will become available upon request. Please, email us to with your request.

Local time: 8:14 PM


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