Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
50 Mile | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, AZ

7:00 AM – 50 Mile Start
7:30 AM – 50 Km Start
8:00 AM –  30 Km Start
8:15 AM – 1/2 Marathon Start
8:30 AM – 8 Km Marathon Start

Mesquite Canyon is the seventh and final race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.

WARNING: This is a very tough, rocky, mountainous trail run!
Trail Series = 30 km | Ultra Series = 50 Mile & 50 km

Quick Links: Race Info | Registration | Course Info | Results | Photos | Race Day



The Group Campground at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, AZ. Directions

Course Summary
Enjoy challenging climbs and epic views of Phoenix across the White Tank Mountain Range. All runs take place on single track trails within White Tank Mountain Regional Park.  Expect typical desert trail conditions including rocks, sand, cactus and gravel.

50 mile & 50 km runners will travel through a two mile section of wash in Ford Canyon featuring several downhill granite rock scrambles, sand and boulders.

Forecast for Waddell, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup
Thursday, March 10
Packet Pickup 4:00-7:00PM
Group Run 5:30-6:30PM

iRun Phoenix
4730 E. Indian School Rd. #125
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 368-5330

Friday, March 11
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM

Saturday, March 12
Packet Pickup 6-8:15AM
White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Aid Stations
Aid stations every 1.8 to 9.3 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Due to the remoteness of the course, there is a 9.3 mile stretch in the 50 mile, 50 Km, and 30 Km with NO AID, so please be prepared (run with AT LEAST 2-3 bottles (50-70 ounces) of fluids). Plan for sun and hot temperatures. Additional notes about our aid stations at this race:

The Waddell aid station will be sponsored by the Surprise Running Club and will service the 8K, 1/2 Marathon, 30 Kilometer, 50 Kilometer, & 50 Mile races.

The Mesquite aid station is our most remote and also sponsored by the Surprise Running Club. We haul all supplies in by backpack including all water. There will be no ice at this aid station and we ask that you help us conserve cups by refilling your own pack and bottles.

Black Canyon aid station will service the 50 mile, 50 Km, and 30 Km runners and will have drop bags, water, food and ice.

Ford Canyon aid station will also be a minimal remote aid station accessed by the 50 mile & 50 Km runners. Do not plan for ice at this station, but there will be plenty of water and food for your final miles into the finish.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Aid station distance chart:

Race Perks
Gender specific cut race shirt (Men’s & Women’s styles)
Chip timed race results displayed at finish line
Scenic and challenging course on desert trails
Well stocked aid stations every 1.8 to 9.3 miles
Post race food (soup, fresh fruit) & socializing
Wood fired pizza for 50K participants
Finisher award pint glass

Crews & Pacers
Crews are permitted at the start/finish line and the Black Canyon Aid Station.

There are no pacers allowed for any distance.

Awards to the top 3 male & female finishers at each distance.
All finishers will receive a finisher award.
Points earned in the Desert Runner Trail Series (additional weight given to this race).

Volunteer Helpers
If you would like to join our volunteer team, we are looking for help with event setup, aid station captains, aid station helpers, timing, photography, videography, social media, course sweep and event breakdown. Volunteer perks include a piece of Aravaipa merchandise or race goody and Aravaipa Race Credits. You can see our current opportunities and sign up here: Mesquite Canyon Volunteer Form

Charity Beer Garden
For the 2015-2016 Desert Runner Trail Series Aravaipa Running will be working with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) to bring awareness to their cause. Proceeds from the beer gardens at each event will go directly to SWCC. The Beer Garden is being sponsored by two local breweries: Huss Brewing & Fate Brewing. More information available on our blog.



Entry Fees

Until 1/15 Until 2/12 Until 3/8 After 3/8
8KM $35 $40 $45 $55
Half Marathon $40 $45 $50 $60
30KM $45 $50 $55 $65
50KM $70 $75 $80 $90
50mile $100 $105 $110 $120
Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 2/12, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.
Entrant Limit
600 Runners
Entrant Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry

Online registration closes on 3/8 at 11:59 PM. Registration will be available after online registration closes at all packet pickup locations and race day as long as we have not reached our capacity.

Cut-Off Times
11:30am – 50 Km Runners must leave the Black Canyon Aid Station at mile 13.3
2:30pm – 50 Km Runners must leave the Mesquite Canyon Aid Station at mile 22.5
4:00pm – 50 Mile Runners must leave the start/finish at mile 31
5:15pm – 50 Mile Runners must leave the Black Canyon Aid Station at mile 36
9:00 PM – 50 Mile final cutoff


All runs take place on rugged, single track trail with significant challenging climbs, incredible views, steep descents, large boulders, rocks, and desert vegetation. The courses offer a challenging but rewarding experience for all, from the beginning trail runner to the most experienced ultra marathoner.

The 50 Km course is designed for EXPERIENCED TRAIL RUNNERS ONLY since you travel through a hazardous (but incredibly awesome) section of trail/wash down Ford Canyon (see Ford Canyon video). 50 Km participants will be required to execute some downhill rock scrambling over the famed “White Tank” rock formations. Course Photos

Course Maps

Mesquite 50M 50K Map 2015

2015 Mesquite Canyon 50 Mile & 50 Km Map

2015 Mesquite Canyon 30 Km, 1/2 Marathon & 8 Km Map

2015 Mesquite Canyon 30 Km, 1/2 Marathon & 8 Km Map

Elevation Profiles

Mesquite 8K Profile 2015 Final Mesquite Half Profile 2015 FinalMesquite 30K Profile 2015 Final Mesquite 50K Profile 2015 FinalMesquite 50M Profile 2015 Final

GPS Files
50 Mile | GPX | KML
50 Km | GPX | KML
30 Km | GPX | KML
Half Marathon | GPX | KML
8 Km | GPX | KML

*Note on GPX & KML files: Right click and select “Save link as…” to download files.
GPX files may be opened by downloading the demo version of TopoFusion for free. KML files may be opened in Google Earth.


Course Records
50M | Male – 7:27:10 – Brian Petersen (’13) | Female – 9:45:34 – Jane Larkindale (’13)
50K | Male – 4:01:22 – Jason Griffiths (’10) | Female – 4:24:37 – Kerrie Bruxvoort (’12)
30K| Male – 2:11:51 – Joshua Trevino (’13) | Female – 2:58:21 – Caris Marcos (’13)
1/2 Marathon | Male – 1:29:58 – James Bonnett (’11) | Female – 1:54:54 – Ivana Jourdon (’11)
8K | Male – 28:28 – Jules Miller (’14) | Female – 35:54 – Shannon Durkin (’11)


2016 | 50 Mile | 50 KM | 30 KM | Half Marathon | 8 KM
2015 | 50 Mile | 50 KM | 30 KM | Half Marathon | 8 KM
2014 | 50 Mile | 50 KM | 30 KM | Half Marathon | 8 KM
2013 | 50 Mile | 50 KM | 30 KM | Half Marathon | 8 KM
2012 | 50 KM | 30 KM | Half Marathon | 8 KM
2011 | 50 KM | Marathon | Half Marathon | 5 Mile
2010 | 50 KM | 25 KM | 10 Mile | 5 Mile


2015 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
2014 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2013 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2012 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2011 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2010 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
Course Photos


Race Day Schedule
Please arrive early to park, check in and warm up prior to your run. Restroom facilities are located at the start line at a permanent park facility.

6:00 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
6:18 AM – Begin civil twilight
6:43 AM – Sunrise
7:00 AM – 50 Mile Start
7:30 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
8:00 AM – 30 Kilometer Start
8:15 AM – 1/2 Marathon Start
8:30 AM –  8  Kilometer Start
11:30 AM – 50 Km Runners must clear Black Canyon Aid at mile 13.3
2:30 PM – 50 Km Runners must clear Mesquite Aid at mile 22.5
4:00 PM – 50 Mile Runners must clear start/finish at mile 31
5:15 PM – 50 Mile Runners must clear Black Canyon Aid at mile 36
6:33 PM – Sunset
6:58 PM – End civil twilight
9:00 PM – 50 Mile Cutoff

Park Entry Fee
Remember the park charges a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Please arrive early and have correct change (cash) available on race morning for a smooth entry process. Carpool to save!

Trail Running & Trash
Please respect the trails and the beauty of the desert by disposing of any trash at one of our aid stations.

Race Timing
We will be utilizing a chip timing system at this event to record your time at the finish. Results will be posted using “gun time” only.  You will be provided with a timing chip embedded in your race bib number.  Please wear this bib on the front of your clothing on race day.

Drop Bags
A drop bag will be allowed at the Black Canyon Aid Station for the 50 mile & 50 Km runners. All drop bags MUST be at the start line in the appropriate area by 7:00 AM to be transported over to the Black Canyon Aid Station. Drop bags should be back to the start/finish line by 7 PM or you can pick them up on your way out of the park if you finish early.

Aid Station Helpers
We cannot produce these trail runs without the help of our amazing volunteer team. If you are interested in helping with the Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs, we have opportunities to help with setup, registration, aid stations, finish line, course sweep and breakdown. All volunteers will receive an Aravaipa Running shirt and a discount on a future race entry!  You can even help and run on race day.
Sign Up Here

Course Markings
Each course will be well marked with orange plastic ribbons with black polka dots. Trail junctions and turns will be well marked with colored laminated signs. Please pay attention to these signs at each junction as there are multiple race distances and race courses! Course signs will correspond with your bib color (8K = Blue, Half Marathon = Green, 30K = Yellow, 50K = Red, 50mile = White). In addition, blue & white checkerboard plastic flagging and pink WRONG WAY signage will be posted to designate non-race trails. All runners are responsible for understanding the layout of the courses. Please familiarize yourself with the course maps on our website prior to race day and/or print a map to bring along with you.

Parking / Start Area
The start/finish line is located at the Group Campground on the North side of the park. Overflow parking will be available at the competitive track gravel parking lot approximately a 1/4 mile from the start/finish area. See the map below:

Camping is allowed at the group campground (start/finish line) as well as the competitive track parking lot on Saturday night. See the park entry station to pay for a camp spot. Cost = $10.


From central Phoenix, take I -10 west 18 miles to Hwy 303. North on Hwy 303 to Olive. West 4 miles on Olive to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance.

Construction on 303

With the continued construction of the 303, some directions are in order if you plan to come out to visit the park.

NORTH:The 303 is basically complete from Glendale avenue north and there is no longer an off ramp for Olive Ave. So coming from the north on the 303, you will need to exit at Peoria Ave, go west (right) to Cotton lane, turn left on Cotton lane, then right on Olive Ave.

SOUTH:From the South there is still construction happening and the 303/Cotton lane ramp/area is closed. From I-10, I recommend taking Pebble Creek exit (before Cotton lane/303 exit). Go north to Indian School. Take a left (west) on Indian School to Sarival Ave which is just before the 303. Indian School is closed at the 303 for construction at this time. Turn right on Sarival Ave and go north until Northern Ave. Turn left on Northern and go to Cotton lane or Citrus Ave. Turn right and follow until Olive Ave. Turn left and proceed to gate.

You can find more information at


13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355

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