Schedule of Events
December 13, 8:00 AM – 24 Hour and 100 Mile
December 14, 9:00 AM – 50 KM
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 national 50 KM, 100 KM, and 24 Hour teams.
2015 50km World Cup Qualifying Standards
2015 Race Details: November, 2015. Qatar. Exact date TBD
Qualifying performance Time Frame: (assuming race is Nov 1): July 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015.
Team announced: Three months prior to event. Team selection Aug 1, 2015; Team announced August 15, 2015.
Number of slots available: 5 men, 5 women
Priorities as follows: Prioritizing 50km performances over marathon performances. First place applies to US citizens. For example, if first place is won by an international runner, the first US runner across the line would receive auto qualification. If the first US citizen declines, the selection will be offered to the second US citizen assuming the minimum criteria are met. If the second declines, the selection will be offered to the third assuming minimum criteria are met.
Note: Any race used as a qualifying race will be asked to apply for an IAU bronze label in order to maximize funding for the team. Named races below will be contacted. Lin Gentling can help facilitate the application required for the IAU bronze label. Bronze label can be obtained at no cost to the race.
Sub 3:00 Road or Track 50K
Sub 2:22 Marathon-Road
Sub 3:33 Road or Track 50K
Sub 2:48 Marathon-Road
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.
For the 50 KM, entry is limited to 20 runners.
Runners interested in applying should inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)||135||130|
|100 Miles (Hours)||15:30||16:30|
|12 Hours (Miles)||80||75|
|50 Miles (Hours)||6:10||6:35|
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Central High School running clubs.
|Name||Notable PR||Significant Performance|
|Jay Aldous||13:52:29 (100 Miles)||50-54 World 100 Mile Track Record Holder|
|Greg Armstrong||138.5 Miles (24 Hours|
|Zach Bitter||101.77 Miles (12 Hours)
11:47:21 (100 Miles)
|World 12 Hour Record Holder
American 100 Mile Record Holder
|John Cash||15:10:13 (100 Miles)|
|Eric Clifton||13:16:02 (100 Miles)|
|Stacey Costa||130.3 (24 Hours)|
|Courtney Dauwalter||123.6 Miles (24 Hours)|
|Ed Ettinghausen||14:50:40 (24 Hours)|
|Joe Fejes||156.62 Miles (24 Hours)||6 Day American Record Holder|
|Anthony Forsyth||16:03:47 (100 Miles)|
|Connie Gardner||149.3 Miles (24 Hours)||Past 24 Hour American Record Holder|
|Kevin Grabowski||7:17:48 (100 KM)|
|Sho Gray||123.7 (24 Hours)|
|Dennene Huntley||9:04 (100 KM)|
|Debra Horn||16:52:28 (100 Mile)|
|Carilyn Johnson||130.9 (24 Hours)|
|Sabrina Little||152.03 Miles (24 Hours)||American 24 Hour Record Holder|
|Ben Macaux||6:59:12 (50 Miles)|
|Mark Manz||14:16:25 (100 Miles)|
|Kristina Pham||7:14:29 (50 Miles)|
|Jean Pommier||14:54:58 (100 Miles)|
|Dave Proctor||7:51:12 (100 KM)|
|Rich Riopel||142.725 Miles (24 Hour)|
|Oleg Tabelev||8:02 (100 KM)|
|Brian Teason||5:29:48 (50 Miles)|
|Anders Tysk||147.3 Miles (24 Hours)|
|Charlotte Vasarhelyi||119.9 Miles (24 Hours)|
|Name||Notable PR||Significant Performance|
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.
The 50 KM does not currently have any prize money.
|Men’s 24 Hour||265,932 Meters||Rae Clark||277543.73 Meters||Mike Morton|
|Women’s 24 Hour||223,633 Meters||Pam Reed||244,669 Meters||Sabrina Little|
|Men’s 100 Mile||11:47:21||Zach Bitter||12:12:19||Rae Clark|
|Women’s 100 Mile||14:11:26||Pam Smith||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||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.
|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 & 100 Mile Start
8:00am Sun – 24 Hour & 100 Mile End
9:00am Sun – 50 KM Start
1:20am Sun – 50 KM 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.
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, 100 Mile, and 50 KM. 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.
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 email@example.com