Desert Runner Trail Series

Current Point Standings:
Trail Series
Ultra Series 

Aravaipa Running and Maricopa County Regional Parks are proud to present the third annual Desert Runner Trail Series!  This series of trail running events span the Valley of the Sun from October 2013 through March 2014. Each race features up to 5 distances, ranging from 5 miles to 100 miles. Earn points at each event and compete in the DRT Series Championship in March at White Tank Mountain Regional Park!

Registration for the series is now open! Sign up for each race separately or the entire series at once to receive a discount.

Series Mail-in Form

Mail-in Form

Series Sign Up:

Series Sign Up Options

Race Schedule:

October 19 – Cave Creek Thriller – 12KM, 19KM, 31KM, 50KM @ Cave Creek Regional Park

November 16 – Pass Mountain – 12KM, 26KM, 50KM @ Usery Mountain Regional Park

December 7 – McDowell Mountain Frenzy – 5 Mile, 10M, 25KM, 50KM, 50 Mile @ McDowell Mountain Regional Park

January 11 – San Tan Scramble – 9KM, 17KM, 26KM, 50KM @ San Tan Mountain Regional Park

January 25 – Coldwater Rumble – 4 Mile, 20KM, 20 Mile, 52KM, 52 Mile, 100 Mile @ Estrella Mountain Regional Park

February 22 – Elephant Mountain – 12KM, 22KM, 35KM, 50KM @Cave Creek Regional Park

March 22 – Mesquite Canyon (Championship) – 8KM, Half Marathon, 30KM, 50KM, 50 Mile @ White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Registration Options:

Short - $196
Cave Creek Thriller 12K
Pass Mountain 12K
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 5 Mile
San Tan Scramble 9K
Coldwater Rumble 4 Mile
Elephant Mountain 12K
Mesquite Canyon 8K
Mid - $224
Cave Creek Thriller 19K
Pass Mountain 26K
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 10 Mile
San Tan Scramble 17K
Coldwater Rumble 20K
Elephant Mountain 22K
Mesquite Canyon 1/2 Marathon
Trail - $252
Cave Creek Thriller 31K
Pass Mountain 26K
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 25K
San Tan Scramble 26K
Coldwater Rumble 20 Mile
Elephant Mountain 35K
Mesquite Canyon 30K
Ultra (50K) - $336
Cave Creek Thriller 50K
Pass Mountain 50K
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50K
San Tan Scramble 50K
Coldwater Rumble 52K
Elephant Mountain 50K
Mesquite Canyon 50K
Ultra+ (50K+50M) - $384
Cave Creek Thriller 50K
Pass Mountain 50K
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50 Mile
San Tan Scramble 50K
Coldwater Rumble 52 Mile
Elephant Mountain 50K
Mesquite Canyon 50 Mile

Race Perks:

Gender specific, technical 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 a wide selection of in season fruit at each race

Series Details:
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 31KM 50KM
Pass Mountain 26KM 50KM
McDowell Mountain Frenzy 25KM 50KM, 50 Mile
Coldwater Rumble 20 Mile 50KM, 50 Mile
San Tan Scramble 26KM 50KM
Elephant Mountain 35KM 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 (age 0-39) and the Masters Division (age 40+). Age is determined by a runner’s age on the day of the Mesquite Canyon Championship.

An updated list of points will be provided by Ultrasignup as the series progresses at the links at the top of this page.