National Records set at Desert Solstice: 18
World Records set at Desert Solstice: 1
The Desert Solstice 24 Hour Run is an elite level event for record setting and as an ideal qualifier for the IAU 24 Hour World Championship.
This event is by invitation or qualification only. Entry is limited to 30 runners. At 20 entrants, entry requirements will be tightened.
Runners interested in applying should inquire: email@example.com
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.
|24 Hours (Miles)||125||115|
|100 Miles (Hours)||17:00||18:30|
|50 Miles (Hours)||6:30||7:15|
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Central High School running clubs.
|Name||Notable PR||Other Highlight||Nationality|
|Jennifer Aradi||128.1 Miles (24 Hour)||2012 Heartland 100 Winner||USA|
|Zach Bitter||5:12:36 (50 Miles)||2012 50 Mile National Champion||USA|
|Eric Clifton||13:16:02 (100 Miles)||Former JFK Course Record Holder||USA|
|Anthony Culpepper||82.39 Miles (12 Hour)||2013 Beyond Limits 100 Winner||USA|
|Ed Ettinghausen||135.7 (24 Hours)||52 Lifetime 100 Mile Finishes||USA|
|Anthony Forsyth||16:03:47 (100 Miles)||2013 Beyond Limits 50 Winner||UK|
|Connie Gardner||149.368 Miles (24 Hours)||Former American 24 Hour Record Holder||USA|
|Tracy Høeg||43 Miles (6 Hours)||2013 Salomon Hammer 100 Mile Winner||USA|
|Deb Horn||134.45 Miles (24 Hours)||Multiple Time Team USA 24 Hour||USA|
|Carilyn Johnson||130.92 Miles (24 Hours)||Multiple Time Team USA 24 Hour||USA|
|Olivier Leblond||14:33:25 (100 Miles)||2012 Old Dominion 100 Winner||USA|
|John Maas||15:37:23 (100 Miles)||2013 Kettle Moraine 100 Winner||USA|
|Beth McCurdy||122.55 Miles (24 Hour)||2012 North Coast 24 Runner Up||USA|
|Padraig Mullins||8:42 (100 KM)||2 Time Lake Waramug 100k Winner||Ireland|
|Roy Pirrung||154 Miles (24 Hours)||World Age Group Record Holder||USA|
|David Ploskonka||134.3 Miles (24 Hours)||2010 Beast of Burden 100 Mile Winner||USA|
|Pam Smith||15:01:40 (100 Mile)||4th Fastest North American 100 Miler||USA|
|Jay Smithberger||13:49:13 (100 Mile)||3rd Place 2012 Desert Solstice 100||USA|
|John Ticer||16:35:45 (100 Mile)||2010 24 Hour AG National Champion||USA|
|Victor Vella||34:29:40 (Spartathlon)||National Age Group Record Holder||Malta|
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.
|Men’s 24 Hour||265,932 Meters||Rae Clark||277543.73 Meters||Mike Morton|
|Women’s 24 Hour||223,633 Meters||Pam Reed||240385.85 Meters||Connie Gardner|
|Men’s 100 Mile||12:27:00.7||Bernd Heinrich||12:12:19||Rae Clark|
|Women’s 100 Mile||14:29:44||Ann Trason||13:47:42||Ann Trason|
|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||14:25:45||Edit Berces||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.
|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|
|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 KM||American||Men’s 50-54||8:16:50|
|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.
7:00am Sat – Packet/Bib Pickup
8:00am Sat – 24 Hour Start
8:00am Sun – Race Ends
There will be a brief race meeting approximately 20 minutes before the start of the 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.
This year the race welcomes Perry Edinger to the medical team. Perry served as the head athletic trainer at Arizona State University for 14 years, and is an experienced ultramarathon runner including finishes at the Javelina Jundred and Badwater. Perry will be available for select hours of the race to assist runners with medical issues.
Awards will be given in Male and Female categories for the 24 Hour. Awards will also be given for the best 100 Mile split.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org