Desert Solstice Invitational Track Meet

December 19-20, 2015

A competitive ultrarunning track meet.
Central High School Track
Phoenix, AZ

Schedule of Events
December 19, 8:00 AM – 24 Hour and 100 Mile

National Records set at Desert Solstice: 26
World Records set at Desert Solstice: 6

The Desert Solstice Track Invitational is an elite level event for record setting and as an ideal qualifier for the national  24 Hour team.

2017 USATF 24 Hour National Team Selection Procedures & Performance List

This event is by invitation or qualification only.

For the 24 Hour/100 Mile, entry is limited to 30 runners total.  At 20 entrants, entry requirements will be tightened.

Runners interested in applying should inquire:

Spectators are welcome and encouraged for the duration of the event.

Qualification Standards and Entry Fees
Runners meeting one of the listed qualifying standards may apply for acceptance into Desert Solstice.  The entry fee applies to all runners regardless of qualification time, and all runners are eligible to earn prize money for their performances as listed below.  Runners may request acceptance at other race lengths (e.g. 100k, 12 Hour) for comparable performances.

Runners not meeting listed times may petition acceptance to a given standard for other circumstances (e.g. course difficulty).  However, keep in mind the best way to demonstrate competence for a fast ultra is to run a fast ultra, not a difficult one.

Qualifying marks should be recent, preferably in the last three years.

Men Women
Entry Fee $200 $200
24 Hours (Miles) 137 122
100 Miles (Hours) 16:10 17:30
12 Hours (Miles) 80 75
100k (Hours) 8:10 8:50
50 Miles (Hours) 6:20 6:50

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Central High School running clubs.

Invited Runners

Prize Money
One of the goals of Desert Solstice is to encourage records and top performances by American athletes and others from around the world.  Prize money will be awarded to athletes achieving certain performance standards, as listed below.  Only the winner in each race category is eligible for the “Winner” award, and all other runners are eligible for the “Non-Winner” award.  Runners meeting several categories are eligible only for the greatest award amount.

Time Winner Non-Winners
11:28:00 $2000 $1000
12:00:00 $600 $300
12:30:00 $250 $125
Time Winner Non-Winners
13:30:00 $2000 $1000
14:00:00 $600 $300
14:30:00 $250 $125
Distance Winner Non-Winners
188.5 Miles $5000 $2500
172 Miles $600 $300
162 Miles $250 $125
Distance Winner Non-Winners
160 Miles $2000 $1000
154 Miles $600 $300
147 Miles $250 $125


Pending records may not be listed on the charts below.
Record Track Holder Overall Holder
Men’s 24 Hour 265,932 Meters Rae Clark 277,543.73 Meters Mike Morton
Women’s 24 Hour 243,725 Meters Katalin Nagy 244,669 Meters Sabrina Little
Men’s 100 Mile 11:47:21 Zach Bitter 11:47:21 Zach Bitter
Women’s 100 Mile 14:11:26 Pam Smith 13:47:42 Ann Trason
Record Track Holder Overall Holder
Men’s 24 Hour 303,506 Meters Yiannis Kouros 303,506 Meters Yiannis Kouros
Women’s 24 Hour 254,425 Meters Mami Kudo 254,425 Meters Mami Kudo
Men’s 100 Mile 11:28:03 Oleg Kharitonov 11:28:03 Oleg Kharitonov
Women’s 100 Mile 13:52:07 Mami Kudo 13:47:42 Ann Trason
Data taken from the American Ultrarunning Association website.
Marks for other distances and masters age groups available at the above webpage.

Event Records
Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Dave Carver 6 Hour Canadian Men’s 50-54 74,135 Meters
Joe Fejes 100 Miles American Men’s 45-49 14:41:09
Joe Fejes 200 KM American Men’s 45-49 18:40:52
Joe Fejes 12 Hour American Men’s  45-49 132,000 Meters
Joe Fejes 24 Hour American Men’s  45-49 252,065 Meters
Connie Gardner 50 KM American Women’s 45-49 4:38:06
Debra Horn 100 Miles American Women’s 50-54 16:52:28
Debra Horn 200 KM American Women’s 50-54 22:19:03
Jon Olsen 12 Hour American Men’s Open 154,800 Meters

<th]Jay Aldous<td]100 KM<td]American<td]Men’s 50-54<td]8:16:50

Holder Record Nationality Age/Gender Group Performance
Jay Aldous 100 Mile Track World Men’s 50-54 13:52:29
Jay Aldous 50 Mile American Men’s 50-54 6:33:57
Jay Aldous 100 Mile American Men’s 50-54 13:52:29
Jay Aldous 12 Hour American Men’s 50-54 140,400 Meters
Suzanna Bon 50 Miles American Women’s 45-49 7:39:14
Suzanna Bon 100 KM American Women’s 45-49 9:34:46
Suzanna Bon 12 Hour American Women’s 45-49 124,300 Meters
Debra Horn 50 KM American Women’s 50-54 4:51:30
Debra Horn 100 Miles American Women’s 50-54 17:13:21


Handlers will be available for all runners. Lodging and transportation assistance from local runners is also available. Please let us know your needs and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Race Schedule
7:00am Sat – Packet/Bib Pickup
8:00am Sat – 24 Hour & 100 Mile Start
8:00am Sun – 24 Hour & 100 Mile End

There will be a brief race meeting approximately 20 minutes before the start of each race to announce any last minute information.

Laps will be recorded by electronic chip timing and will be submitted for USATF and IAU record purposes.

You may leave the track at any point in time during the race, but you must return to the same place before continuing. You may not leave and return directly by the timing equipment, to avoid double counting a lap. Your number of laps, distance, and race will be shown on an electronic display near the start.

Awards will be given in Male and Female categories for the 24 Hour and 100 Mile.  Runners in the 24 Hour/100 Mile are eligible for both awards.

Average highs for mid-December in the Phoenix area are 67 during the day and a low of 43 at night. Record highs are in the upper 70’s and record lows are in the upper 20’s for this time of year.

Important – Weather in Phoenix in December can be sporadic.  Though the weather is usually clear and mild, we experienced light but steady rain for much of the 2011 and 2012 events.  Be prepared with clothing to handle a wet and cold event.  In case of rain, we will have tents available for crews to keep dry during the race.

Personal Space
We will have tables and chairs for runners to share. There is ample space around the track available to set up your own tables and chairs, blankets, or tents.

Aid Station
We will have a fully stocked aid station throughout the event with water, electrolyte drinks, and food. Volunteers can prepare food upon request and assist runners in every reasonable way.

Race Course
The race route is a 400 meter all-weather track located at Central High School in Phoenix. The direction of travel will change every four hours. Portable restrooms will be available on the course, and showers will be available nearby.

Central High School track is located at:
4500 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Contact race director Nick Coury with any questions at