NOVEMBER 16, 2019
30K | 20K | 10K | 5K
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ

Experience the beauty of Usery Regional Park on an array of fun and fast courses at the Punisher Night Runs. Our new 20K distance is perfect for night trail runners ready to step up from the 10K and the challenging 30K will push those ready for a new challenge.

This race is part of the 2019 Insomniac Night Trail Run Series with events all across the state of Arizona. Join us and “Carpe Noctem” to “seize the night”!

Registration for the 2019 event closes on Tuesday, November 12 at Midnight.



Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Our start/finish line is based out of the Pass Mountain Trailhead Staging area.

Start Times
6:00PM – 30K Start
6:15PM – 20K Start
6:30PM – 5K Start
6:45PM – 10K Start

Moon Phase
3:04PM – Moonrise
3:00PM – Moonset
Waxing Gibbous
68% Illumination


Register Now
Entry Fees*
Until 7/19 Until 10/23 Until 11/12 Race Week
30 Km $51.02 $59.53 $68.03 $78.66
20 Km $44.65 $53.15 $63.78 $74.41
10 Km $37.21 $42.52 $47.84 $58.47
5 Km $31.89 $37.21 $42.52 $53.15
*Prices include Tax

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry

Entrant Limit
250 Runners

Double Down!
We also hold the Pass Mountain Trail Runs at this park the same day as Punisher Night Runs. Finish any distance at both races and receive a unique custom medal for completing our Double Down! Races for Pass Mountain begin at 7 a.m. and include a 5K, 10K, 25K, and 50K.

Packet Pickup
Friday, November 15 5:00-7:00 PM

Cadence Running Company
3107 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 103
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 786-8835
Saturday, November 16

Race Day Pickup 5:00-6:45PM

Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N Usery Pass Rd
Mesa, AZ 85207

Online registration closes on 11/12 at 11:59 PM. If spots are available, registration will be available at packet pickup and on race day.


Course Summary
Punisher is our eighth race in the 2019 Insomniac Night Trail Run Series. Choose from distances of 5K, 10K, 20K, and 30K.

All races are held on a 9 kilometer loop of the Noso, Blevins, Moon Rock, Levee, Spillway, Cat Peaks and Cat Peaks Pass Trails.
The 30K runners will complete 3 loops, passing through the start/finish line after each lap!
The course features a mix of smooth runnable trails with just a few rollers and rocks for fun.

  • Punisher 30K Map

    Features three loops on the loop of the Noso, Blevins, Moon Rock, Levee, Spillway, Cat Peaks and Cat Peaks Pass Trails.
    Interactive 30K Map on CalTopo

  • Punisher 20K Map

    Features two loops on the loop of the Noso, Blevins, Moon Rock, Levee, Spillway, Cat Peaks and Cat Peaks Pass Trails.
    Interactive 20K Map on CalTopo

  • Punisher 10K Map

    Features one loop of the Noso, Blevins, Moon Rock, Levee, Spillway, Cat Peaks and Cat Peaks Pass Trails.
    Interactive 10K Map on CalTopo

  • Punisher 5K Map

    Features one loop on the Noso, Levee, Spillway, & Cats Peaks Trails.
    (For all you sticklers out there, this course is closer to 3.6 miles. 🙂 )
    Interactive 5K Map on CalTopo


Punisher 30K – 866 Feet of Climb / 866 Feet of Descent

Punisher 20K – 578 Feet of Climb / 578 Feet of Descent

Punisher 10K – 289 Feet of Climb / 289 Feet of Descent

Punisher 5K – 215 Feet of Climb / 215 Feet of Descent


  • Punisher Branded Race Goodie
  • Finish Line Photo
  • Copy of Chip timed race results
  • Iced coffee bar
  • Well stocked aid station
  • Custom Finisher Glass

One of a kind unique artwork awards to top 3 male and female finisher’s in each race.
All runner will receive a unique finisher’s glass upon completion of the race.


    Race Day Schedule
    Please arrive early to park, check in and warm up prior to your run. Restroom facilities are located along the start/finish area.

    5:00 PM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
    5:23 PM – Sunset
    5:50 PM – End Civil Twilight
    6:00 PM – 30 Kilometer Start
    6:15 PM – 20 Kilometer Start
    6:30 PM – 5 Kilometer Start
    6:45 PM – 10 Kilometer Start
    10:00 PM – 30 Km runners must leave on final (3rd) loop
    12:00 AM – Overall cutoff / Race ends
    Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Pass Mountain Trailhead Area
    3939 N Usery Pass Rd
    Mesa, AZ 85207

    Remember the park now charges a $7 park entry fee per vehicle.
    Please arrive early and have correct change (cash) available on race evening for a smooth entry process. Carpool to save!

    Expect warmer running conditions at the start with temperatures typically in the 60’s as the night progresses. We will have plenty of ice and water on course to keep you hydrated.

    Course Marking
    The race courses will be well marked with orange plastic ribbons with black polka dots and reflective medallions. Trail junctions and turns will be well marked with laminated signs. In addition, blue & white checkerboard plastic flagging will be hung to designate non-race or “WRONG WAY” trails. All runners are responsible for understanding the layout of the course. Please familiarize yourself with the course maps on our website prior to race day and/or print a map to bring along with you.

    Aid Stations
    In addition to a fully stocked aid station at the start/finish line at the Trailhead Staging Area, there will be one fully stocked remote aid station- Levee Aid- located along the course that runners will pass by every loop. The Levee & main aid stations will be stocked with water, ice, electrolyte drinks (Gnarly Hydrate), salty and sweet snacks, fruit, pb&j, bean rollups, hot food (quesadillas, grilled cheese), and more.

    30 Km Runners must leave for their third and final Loop by 10:00 PM.
    Final cutoff is 12 AM (6 Hours for the 30K).

    Crews & Pacers
    Pacers are not allowed for any distance. Crews are allowed at the race start/finish only.

    Drop Bags
    We will have an area specified for your personal drop bag at the start/finish area that will allow for easy and quick access.

    For overnight camping outside the race, Usery Mountain Regional Park offers 73 individual sites for tent or RV camping. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45′ RV and is a “Developed Site,” with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. All restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. The south loop of the campground also offers handicapped-accessible restrooms. All sites in the campground may be reserved online at

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

    Reminder: All Insomniac Night trail runs will be CUPLESS. Bring your own or Aravaipa branded reusable cups will be available for purchase!

    Trail Etiquette
    Remember to always remain on designed trails, no short cutting.
    If you decide to use headphones, please be respectful of runners behind you attempting to pass. Also, remove ear buds as you approach aid stations or a road crossing.
    Do Not listen to music without headphones.

    This course includes some nice single track. If you are fast and attempting to pass, please alert the runner in front of you before flying past them. Likewise, if you hear a runner approaching you from behind, attempt to find a spot to allow the runner to pass.

    As a general rule, when passing a runner, announce, “on your left.”
    Uphill runners/hikers have the right of way to downhill runners. Remain in control as you descend and respect the other runners.
    Everyone is after the same goal here so let’s be respectful of each other’s races and have fun. Please.

    For the safety of all runners, no pets are allowed on-course at the night runs. Any pets at the race must be on a leash at all times, respect park rules, and be supervised.

    If you would like to join our volunteer team, we are looking for help with event setup, aid station, 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 signup here: Punisher Night Runs Volunteer Form.



    2018 | Results
    2017 | Results
    2016 | 30 Km | 10 Km | 5 Km

    2015 | 30 Km | 10 Km | 5 Km
    | 30 Km | 10 Km | 5 Km

    Course Records

    30 Km | Male – Matt Tobey – 2:15:12 (’17) | Female – Abigail Swift – 2:18:24 (’15)
    20 Km | Male – Andy Clink – 1:25:44 (’18) | Female – Jen Laughlin – 1:52:19 (’18)
    10 Km | Male – Andrew Drobeck – 41:11 (’15) | Female – Julie Mahmoud – 49:00 (’17)
    5 Km | Male – CJ Schneider – 26:16 (’17) | Female – Becka Foerster – 28:30 (’17)


    We’ll see you on the trails!

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