Saturday, Apr 15, 2023 @ 7:00 AM

Serengeti Trail Races

Bates Canyon Trail Head

Erda, UT 50K, 25K, 6.2 Miler

Registration closes: Thu, Apr 13 @ 7:59PM

Race Simply

We create our events, especially our courses, to give you a beautiful, challenging experience, racing in the foothills and mountains of Tooele County's Oquirrh Mountains!

Our prices are low - we don't give out gimmicky race entry bags full of clutter you'll never use; we don't hand out finisher's awards that will end up in a drawer somewhere; and we don't play thumping music, announce finishers over a PA, or display flashy finish line arches.

The course is where it's at. Each year, we like to keep things interesting by changing up the course routes! Always with an eye for scenery and the challenge: what will the runner see as they're flying down wooded single-track or as they crest a tough climb? Would it be more of a challenge to climb a mild dirt road or a rocky, technical ravine trail? Each of these distances will treat you to challenging trail conditions and beautiful views of the surrounding Oquirrh & Stansbury Mountain Ranges, the Tooele Valley, and the Great Salt Lake, with Stansbury Island rising out of it.

Our aid station(s) will be adequately stocked to help you get to the finish line.

The vibe will be very low-key; but you'll face stiff competition, whichever distance you choose.

The top three men & women in each distance will receive a modest award.

We look forward to having you, and are excited to show off some off the great trails the Oquirrh's have to offer!

6th Annual Serengeti Trail Races!!!

Tooele County is home to the Serengeti/Oquirrh Wave trail system, situated at the feet of the Oquirrh Mountains. These courses will appeal to the beginner and experienced trail runner alike. You will traverse technical atv trails and beautiful single-track; take in sweeping views of the Tooele Valley, Great Salt Lake, and distant Stansbury Mountain Range; and enjoy the beauty and solitude of getting off the asphalt and onto the dirt.

50k Course

The 50k course will be a double-dose of the 25k course - washing machine style!

Counter-clockwise for the 1st lap (along with all the 25k'ers), then clockwise for the 2nd lap.

The total vert will be approximately 5,200 ft!

25k Course

Starting at an approximate elevation of 4,600 ft, runners will head south on a dirt road for 2.4 miles (4,700 ft), where they will turn east. At mile 2.8 (4,850 ft), runners will head south, passing through the green pedestrian gate, heading toward the Churchwood Rd gate, where they will turn east at mile 3.9 (4,900 ft). At mile 4.3 (5,000 ft), runners will head northeast, toward the pole line road. At mile 5.1 (5,150 ft), runners will turn northwest, following the pole line road for 3.3 miles. At mile 8.4 (4,900 ft), runners will turn west. At mile 8.5 (4,850 ft), runners will turn north, arriving at the aid station, situated at the mouth of the BBC (mile 8.6).

After refueling and rehydrating, runners will head east, ascending beautiful, wooded single-track, where they will join up with Bates Canyon Rd at mile 9.4 (5,300 ft). A hairpin turn will take runners northwest, then north along a dirt road, where they will reach the green pedestrian gate, granting runners access to the Pole Canyon Trail (mile 10.1; 5,250 ft). After passing through the gate, runners will climb 1 mile northeast, heading toward the mouth of Pole Canyon. At mile 11.1 (5,750 ft), runners will turn north, then west, descending the beautiful, wooded North Pole Canyon Ravine Trail. At mile 12.2 (5,200 ft), runners will pass through another green pedestrian gate, then turn southwest along a dirt road. At mile 12.4 (5,200 ft), runners will pass through a large green gate, continuing south along the dirt road. At mile 12.5 (5,200 ft), runners will turn southwest onto some mountainbike single-track. At mile 12.8 (5,150 ft), runners will turn north onto the "Serengeti Sidewinder" mountainbike trail. At mile 13.6 (5,000 ft), the trail will cross a dirt road, continuing its switchbacking descent to the west. The "Sidewinder" trail will end at mile 15.5 (4,850 ft). Runners will descend a dirt road south, then southwest, all the way back to the finish line (mile 16.25)!

Yep, that's right - the course runs a little bit longer than a true 25k; so don't be discouraged when your watch reads 15.55 miles and you're still 0.75 miles from the finish.

The total vert for this course will be approximately 2,600 ft.

10k Course

Starting at an elevation of 4,600 ft, runners will head northeast on a dirt road. At mile 0.15, runners will turn northwest on another dirt road. At mile 0.25, runners will leave the road, heading north on some mountainbike single-track. At mile 0.7 (4,700 ft), runners will cross a dirt road, continuing to run along the mountainbike single-track. At mile 1.1 (4,800 ft), runners will cross another road, still running along the mountainbike single-track. At mile 1.5 (4,850 ft), runners will turn northeast onto a dirt road, passing through a large, green gate. At mile 2 (4,900 ft), the dirt road will turn southeast - watch for some mountainbike single-track trail, heading east. After running along this single-track trail for 0.5 miles, runners will turn east onto a dirt road (mile 2.5; 5,100 ft). At mile 2.8 (5,150 ft), runners will pass through a large green gate, heading south on a dirt road.

At mile 2.9 (5,200 ft), runners will head southwest on some mountainbike single-track. At mile 3.2 (5,150 ft), runner swill turn north onto the "Serengeti Sidewinder" mountainbike single-track trail. After following this trail for 0.8 miles (5,000 ft), runners will cross a dirt road, continuing west, down the switchbacking "Sidewinder" trail. At mile 6 (4,900 ft), runners will exit this, trail and head south, then southwest along a dirt road, all the way back to the finish (mile 6.75)!

Yep, that's right - the course runs a little bit longer than a true 10k; so don't be discouraged when your watch reads 6 miles and you're still 0.75 miles from the finish.

The total vert for this course will be approximately 800 ft.

Local time: 9:21 AM

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