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 km & 50 mile 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
Thursday, March 20
Packet Pickup 4:00-7:00PM
Group Run 5:30-6:30PM
4730 E. Indian School Rd. #125
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Friday, March 21
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM
Tortoise and Hare Sports
17550 North 75th Avenue, Suite 605
Glendale, AZ 85308
-or- Saturday, March 22
Packet Pickup 6-8:15AM
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Aid stations every 3-9 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Due to the remoteness of the course, there is an 8-9 mile stretch in the 50 Mile, 50K and 30K 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 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, 50K and 30K 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 50K and 50 Mile 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.
Our finish line aid station will feature hot food made with Daiya Cheese. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like dairy-based cheese! It is free of dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, rice, peanuts, and tree nuts (except coconut oil). If you’ve never given Daiya a try, you’ll have your chance at Mesquite Canyon!
Gender specific cut race shirt
Chip timed race results displayed at finish line
Scenic and challenging course on desert trails
Well stocked aid stations every 3-9 miles
Post race food (soup, fresh fruit) & socializing
Awards to top male & female finishers at each distance. We will have an awards ceremony for the entire DRT Series (Trail and Ultra) at the end of each respective race. Awards will be given in Open and Masters (40+) divisions for the entire DRT Series (Trail and Ultra).
DRT Trail Series Point Standings 2013
DRT Ultra Series Point Standings 2013
|Until 1/24||Until 2/21||Until 3/18||Race Day|
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 on their 2nd loop at mile 31
5:15pm – 50 Mile Runners must leave the Black Canyon Aid Station at mile 36
9:00pm – 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 50km & 50 mile courses are designed for EXPERIENCED TRAIL RUNNERS ONLY since they travel through a hazardous (but incredibly awesome) section of trail/wash down Ford Canyon. 50km & 50 mile participants will be required to execute some downhill rock scrambling over the famed “White Tank” rock formations.
*Aid Stations subject to change locations pending park approval.
Course Detail (Maps)
50 Mile | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
50 Km | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
30 Km | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
Half Marathon | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
8 Km | Elevation Profile | GPX | KML
*Note on GPX files: Right click and select “Save link as…” to download GPX files. GPX files may be opened by downloading the demo version of TopoFusion for free.
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 – 34:10 – Alan Rietze (’11) | Female – 35:54 - Shannon Durkin (’11)
2014 | Check Ultracast for Race Day Results
2013 | 50 Mile | 50 Kilometer | 30 Kilometer | Half Marathon | 8 Kilometer
2012 | 50 Kilometer | 30 Kilometer | Half Marathon | 8 Kilometer
2011 | 50 Kilometer | Marathon | Half Marathon | 5 Mile
2010 | 50 Kilometer | 25 Kilometer |10 Mile | 5 Mile
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
6:05 AM – Begin civil twilight
6:30 AM – Sunrise
7:00 AM – 50 Mile Start
7:30 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
8:00 AM – 30 Kilometer Start
8:15 AM – Half 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
6:42 PM – Sunset
7:07 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.
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.
A drop bag will be allowed at the Black Canyon Aid Station for the 50km & 50 mile runners. All drop bags MUST be at the start line in the appropriate area by 7:30 AM to be transported over to the Black Canyon Aid Station. Drop bags should be back to the start/finish line by 7pm 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.
Premium volunteer - we now have a premium volunteer position available in the timing tent. Must be technologically minded and be able to multitask. $100 race credit for a 10 hour shift.
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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, 50 Mile = 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, head west on the I-10 freeway approximately 17 miles, then follow directions labeled “South” below. With the continued construction of the Loop 303 freeway, directions have changed from past years.
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. Follow to park entrance.
SOUTH:From the South there is still construction happening and the 303/Cotton lane ramp/area is closed. From I-10, take 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 follow 4 miles to park entrance.
13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
Turn Sheet & Aid Station Distances
2014 | Check Ultracast for live race day results
2013 | 50 Km | 50 Km | Marathon | Half-Marathon | 8 Km
2012 | 50 Km | Marathon | Half-Marathon | 8 Km
2011 | 50 Km | Marathon | Half-Marathon | 5 Mi
2010 | 50 Km | 25 Km | 10 Mi | 5 Mi