All races feature the mountainous Go John & Overton trails. 19 km, 31 km and 50 km runners will also run portions of the Slate, Quartz and Flume trails. Expect hot conditions (we typically see temps into the 90’s)! Portions of the trail are steep, rocky, and entirely exposed to the sun with great views to the north.
This is typically a hot race, with temperatures into the 90′s! Forecast for Cave Creek, AZ
Thursday, October 17
Packet Pickup 4:00-7:00PM
Group run 5:30-6:30PM
4730 E. Indian School Rd. #125
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Saturday, October 19
Race Day Pickup 6:00-8:15AM
Cave Creek Regional Park
Aid stations every 3-6 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water. Aid Station Helper Signup. Aid station distance chart:
Our finish line aid station will feature hot food made with Daiya Cheese. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like dairy-based cheese! It is free of dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, rice, peanuts, and tree nuts (except coconut oil). If you’ve never given Daiya a try, you’ll have your chance at the Cave Creek Thriller!
Gender specific cut race shirt
Chip timed race results displayed at finish line
Scenic and challenging course on desert trails
Well stocked aid stations every 3-6 miles
Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit) & socializing
Crews & Pacers
Crews are welcome to support runners at the start/finish line at Ramada 2 & 3. This will serve as the “Thriller Headquarters” for the duration of the event. Pacers may join runners after loop 2 (Mile 23.5) in the 50 km race.
Awards to top male & female finishers at each distance. Winners of the 31 km and 50 km races will earn free entry into the DRT Series Championship in March at Mesquite Canyon. All finishers will receive a finisher award.
If you would like to help at an aid station please sign up here: Cave Creek Thriller Volunteer Form
|Until 8/23||Until 9/20||Until 10/15||Race Day|
Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 9/20, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.
9 hours for the 50km (4pm). All 50km runners must be leave on their third and final loop by 2pm (7 hours into the race).
The 12km race makes a loop of the hilly and challenging Go John and Overton trails with a short out and back on the Maricopa Trail down to the Gunsight Aid Station. The 19km course incorporates much of the 12km course, but also includes a trip on the Slate & Flume Trails down to the Flume Aid Station and on the way back, the Quartz Trail. The 31km course consists of two loops, the first being the 19km course and the second the 12km course. The 50km course completes two loops of the 19km course and one final loop on the 12K course.
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50K | Male – 4:26:11 – Michael Carson (’11) | Female – 5:26:17 – Paulette Zillmer (’12)
31K | New distance in 2013
19K | New distance in 2013
12K | New distance in 2013
Race Day Schedule
Please arrive early to park, check in and warm up prior to your run. Restroom facilities are located at the start line at a permanent park facility.
6:00 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
7:00 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
7:30 AM – 31 Kilometer Start
8:00 AM – 19 Kilometer Start
8:30 AM – 12 Kilometer Start
2:00 PM – 50 Km runners must leave on 3rd (last) loop
4:00 PM – Overall cutoff / Race ends
Park Entry Fee
Remember the park charges a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Please arrive early and have correct change (cash) available on race morning for a smooth entry process. Carpool to save!
Trail Running & Trash
Please respect the trails and the beauty of the desert by disposing of any trash at one of our aid stations.
We will be utilizing a chip timing system at this event to record your time at the finish. You will be provided with a timing chip attached to the back side of your race bib. It is important to not crease, or fold the the timing chip to ensure your finish time is read.
A drop bag will be allowed at the start/finish line for the 50km and 31km runners to be accessed after each loop.
Aid Station Helpers
We cannot produce these trail runs without the help of our amaing volunteer team. If you are interested in helping with the San Tan Scramble, we have opportunities to help with setup, registration, aid stations, finish line, course sweep and breakdown. All volunteers will receive an Aravaipa Running shirt and a discount on a future race entry! You can even help and run on race day.
Premium volunteer – we now have a premium volunteer position available in the timing tent. Must be technologically minded and be able to multitask. $80 race credit for an 8 hour shift.
Sign up here with iVolunteerOnline
The race courses will be well marked with orange plastic ribbons with black polka dots. Trail junctions and turns will be well marked with colored laminated signs. Please pay attention to these signs at each junction as there are multiple race distances and race courses! Course signs will correspond with your race’s color (12K = Blue, 19K = Green, 31K = Yellow, 50K = Red). In addition, blue & white checkerboard plastic flagging will be hung to designate non-race or “WRONG WAY” trails. All runners are responsible for understanding the layout of the courses. Please familiarize yourself with the course maps on our website prior to race day and/or print a map to bring along with you.
Parking / Start Area
The start/finish line is located at the Group Picnic Area. Overflow parking will be available at the horse staging area parking lot or around the Tonalite Drive Loop approximately 1/4 mile from the start/finish area.
Cave Creek Regional Park offers a campground with 38 individual sites and a group camping area. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45′ RV and is a “Developed Site,” with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and fire ring. Cave Creek Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers. All sites in the campground may be reserved online at http://www.maricopacountyparks.org/.
From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Hwy (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel east to 32nd St. (7 miles). Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance.
37019 N Lava Ln
Cave Creek, AZ 85331