Saturday, Sep 26, 2020

Crimson Canyons Ultra

575 W 400 N,

Richfield, UT 25K, 50K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 26, 2020

UPDATE (4-September-2020)

Adventure still happens! We are go for the race on September 26, 2020. Because of the global health crisis, regular registration did not open until the beginning of September. Registration is now open. We expect the 25km to fill up, so sign up soon.

True Adventure

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 16 miles) and a 50km ultra (approximate 31 miles). Note, because of licensing with the Forest Service, we have the 50 miler on hold for 2020. With all the new single track being created right through our course, we hope to have more routing options to bring the 50 miler back in the future

We are excited to add the 25km distance for 2020! It will be the previously run 1/2 marathon route, but with about a mile loop added in Cathedral Canyon, instead of doing an out-n-back (Cathedral Canyon is in the banner image above for the race). The 25km runs up the magical Dairy Canyon, out Flat Canyon, a loop out Cathedral Canyon, up the red rock roller coaster of trail 84, both the upper and lower sections of the Faulty MTB trail, down along the spectacular Scorpion Ridge overlooking Cottonwood Canyon, and ending on several other brand new single track trails just created the summer of 2020.
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 branches of Ken's Canyon. The 50km will for it's second half, follow the 25km route described above. 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 easy scrambling over boulders. 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 chock stone to climb over, 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.

The Run

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.

Elevation Gain
* 25km (16.5 miles) 3196 feet / 974 meters (time limit now extended to 8 hours)
* 50km (31.9 miles) 5430 feet / 1655 (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 Silo Inn (recently purchased from 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 will be modified this year as a health precaution, and will be available the afternoon before the race inside Gary's Shoes, or via drive-up in the parking lot behind Gary's from 5-8PM. Morning-of 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). Because of health precautions, for 2020 there will be staggered starts of 20 runners each every 5 minutes. Timing will be chipped again by Runnercard.com. There will be several aid stations throughout the course, stocked with standard ultra fare, including Hammer gels & Heed, also with health precautions in place for this year. 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 two aid stations for 50km runners.

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