Race Date: May 3-8, 2021
250 Mile footrace across the heart of Arizona
Start: Rock Springs Cafe - Black Canyon City, AZ
Finish: Heritage Square - Flagstaff, AZ
Cocodona is the brainchild of Jamil Coury, brought to life by Aravaipa Running – linking together some of the most iconic trails and towns in Arizona for one monumental undertaking of 250 consecutive miles. Join us May 3-8, 2021 for the inaugural running of this life altering ultramarathon.
The Cocodona Trail is a curated route through central Arizona linking historic towns and paths off the beaten path. The rich history of the towns linked up through little traveled ranges makes this a one-of-a-kind tour of Arizona.
From the beauty of the Sonoran desert, through canyons and pine forests this is a magical route. The accomplishment of traveling the Cocodona Trail on foot will be one of the most life changing and epic journeys of an endurance athletes career. We envision this as a once in a lifetime experience and the pinnacle endurance challenge in North America.
Cocodona 250 takes runners from Black Canyon City up into the Bradshaw Mountains – an area steeped in gold mining lore – to the historic town of Crown King. The course then traverses more of the Bradshaws, up and over Mount Union, and snakes down into Prescott where it cuts straight through town on Whiskey Row and out into the iconic Granite Dells. From Prescott the course heads up and over Mingus Mountain into the town of Jerome and onward through Sedona, experiencing a mix of stunning red rock formations and high desert vistas. As runners leave Sedona, the course starts to get into the pines of Flagstaff, finishing up and over Mt Elden and into downtown Flagstaff. It is an extraordinary undertaking and gives runners an incredible point-to-point experience through some of the best landscapes that Arizona has to offer.
The experience of a lifetime running 250 miles across the most scenic lands in Central Arizona connecting together multiple geographic zones, towns and communities highlighting the best of what Arizona has to offer.
This point to point 250 mile foot race will link together the towns of Black Canyon City, Crown King, Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, Sedona and Flagstaff in what can only be described as a life changing test of endurance.
This route will celebrate not only some of the best trail locations in Arizona, but also its people, history and landscapes.
There are 21 aid stations spaced from 5-21 miles apart. Aid stations will all have water, an electrolyte drink, sodas, sweet snacks, salty snacks, fruit, and several “real food” selections. All aid stations will have vegan options available – please ask. Major aid stations (sleep stations) will have additional substantial meal choices.
Distance: 254.5 Miles
Surface: 48% Single-Track, 44% Double-Track, 8% Pavement
Cutoff: 120 Hours
Elevation Max: 9,200'
Elevation Min: 1,900'
Estimated Cumulative Gain: 37,500'
Estimated Cumulative Loss: 32,400'
Permitting Agencies: Bureau of Land Management (Hassayampa Field Office), Prescott National Forest (Bradshaw & Verde Ranger District), Coconino National Forest (Red Rock & Flagstaff Ranger Districts)
World Class Trail Systems: Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, Prescott Circle Trail, Arizona Trail, Flagstaff Loop Trail
Parks Visited: Jerome Historic State Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Fort Tuthill County Park
Journey Through Mainstreet: Crown King, Prescott (Whiskey Row), Jerome, Clarkdale, Sedona, Flagstaff
Partner Towns & Communities: Crown King, City of Prescott, Town of Prescott Valley, Town of Jerome, Town of Clarkdale, Town of Cottonwood, City of Sedona, City of Flagstaff
Local time: 10:59 PM