Aravaipa Running and Maricopa County Regional Parks are proud to present the sixth annual Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail and ultra running series! This series of trail running events span the Valley of the Sun from October 2017 through March 2018. Each race features up to six distances, ranging from 5 kilometers to 100 miles. Earn points at each event and compete in the DRT Series Finale in March at White Tank Mountain Regional Park!
Sign up for each race separately or the entire Fall or Spring series at once to receive a discount.
Series Mail-in Form
Fall Series Mail-in Form
Spring Series Mail-in Form
Online Series Sign Up:
Fall Series Pass – Online Sign-up (Cave Creek Thriller, Pass Mountain & McDowell Mountain Frenzy)
Spring Series Pass – Online Sign-up (San Tan Scramble, Coldwater Rumble, Elephant Mountain & Mesquite Canyon)
Fall Race Schedule
Spring Race Schedule
Gender specific running shirts to all participants
Finisher glass to all participants
Scenic, challenging, well marked courses
Accumulate series points in two divisions: Trail Series or Ultra Series
Well stocked aid stations manned by great volunteers
A race distance for all abilities at each event
Post run meal and at each race
NEW: Cupless Events!
In an effort to continually lessen our race footprint, we are expanding our cupless events to the Desert Runner Trail Series. We will have UltrAspire reusable cups available at registration and on race day or feel free to bring your own! You buy one directly on our website HERE.
There will be two divisions in the Desert Runner Trail Series: Trail & Ultra. Points will be awarded for the following race distances at each event:
|Race||Trail Series||Ultra Series|
|Cave Creek Thriller||24KM||50KM|
|McDowell Mountain Frenzy||25KM||50KM, 50 Mile|
|Coldwater Rumble||20 Mile||50KM, 50 Mile|
|San Tan Scramble||26KM||50KM|
|Mesquite Canyon||30KM||50KM, 50 Mile|
Within each series (Trail, Ultra), points will further be categorized by Male and Female. In each of these four categories, the winner of any given race will be awarded 1000 points. All other runners in that category will receive a percentage of 1000 equal to the ration of the winner’s time to their time. For example, if the winner finishes in 4:00 and you finish in 5:30, you will receive (240 minutes/330 minutes) * 1000 = 727 points (points will be rounded to the nearest whole number). The Mesquite Canyon Championship will award points out of 1250 instead of 1000.
A runner’s series score will be determined by adding the top 3 scores from individual races. Although running a single race will enter you into the point series, running 3 races will provide a competitive score. Running more than 3 races will provide an opportunity to improve your score. Note that points are not shared between series, so points scored in the Trail Series do not apply to the Ultra Series, and vice versa. However, points from both the 50 mile and 50 km races will count towards the ultra series (points are calculated separately for each race).
At the end of the series, awards will be given to the top 3 runners in the Trail Series and Ultra Series, Male and Female. Additionally, awards will be given in both the Open Division (all ages) and the Masters Division (age 40+). Age is determined by a runner’s age on the day of the Mesquite Canyon Championship. If a Masters Division runner claims an award from the Open Division top awards in the Masters Division will go to the 2nd place finisher on down.
An updated list of points will be provided by Ultra Signup as the series progresses at the links at the top of this page.