mcdowell mountain frenzy

McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs

Saturday, December 2, 2017
50M | 50K | 25K | 10M | 5M
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills, AZ

7:00 AM – 50 Mile Start
8:00 AM – 50 Km Start
8:30 AM – 25 Km Start
8:45 AM – 10 Mile Start
9:00 AM – 5 Mile Start

The McDowell Mountain Frenzy is the third race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.
Quail Series = 5 Mile | Roadrunner Series = 10 Mile | Owl Series = 25 Km | Hawk Series = 50 Km, 50 mile
Quick Links: Race Info | Registration | Course Info | Results | Photos | Race Day



This race is part of a Series Pass with discounted entries! Check out some options HERE! 


Competitive Track parking lot
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills, AZ. Directions

Course Summary
This year’s 50 Mile & 50 Kilometer courses include rolling single track trails within McDowell Mountain Regional Park and a traverse of the McDowell Mountain Range within the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 50 Mile runners will get a chance to see the Maricopa Trail heading North towards Brown’s Ranch and climb to the top of Thompson Peak!

The 25 Km, 10 Mile & 5 mile courses will all stay within the competitive track trails featuring winding single track trails and short but steep climbs and drops.

UTMB Points *

50 Miles 4 Points
50K 2 Points

*These points will be applied for the 2018 UTMB

Forecast for Fountain Hills, AZ

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

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


Friday, December 1
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM
Fleet Feet Scottsdale
18261 N. Pima Rd. #135
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 907-6699

Saturday, December 2
Packet Pickup 6:00-8:45AM
McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Aid Stations

Aid stations every 3-10.5 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water.

Aid station distance chart:

Race Perks
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 3-10.5 miles
Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit) & socializing
Finisher award pint glass

Awards to top 3 male & female finishers at each distance.
All finishers will receive a finisher award.
Points earned in the Desert Runner Trail Series.

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 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: McDowell Mountain Frenzy Volunteer Form


Entry Fees*

Until 9/25 Until 10/31 Until 11/28 Race Week
5 Mile $37.21 $42.52 $47.84 $58.47
10 Mile $42.52 $47.84 $53.15 $63.78
25 KM $47.84 $53.15 $58.47 $69.10
50 KM $74.41 $79.72 $85.04 $95.67
50 Mile $106.30 $111.62 $116.93 $127.56

Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 10/31, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.

*Entry fee includes tax

Entrant Limit
600 Runners
Entrants Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-In Entry Form

Online registration closes on 11/28 at 11:59PM. 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.

14 Hour Cut-off for the 50 Mile (9:00 PM).
13 Hour Cut-off for the 50 Kilometer (9:00 PM).
10 Hour Cut-off for 50 Mile (Mile 33.5) at Dixie Mine (5:00 PM).


The 5 mile, 10 mile and 25 Km runs take place on the rugged, rolling, and beautiful McDowell Competitive Track desert trails. The McDowell Competitive Track varies from 2 to 10 feet wide and is designed for challenging one’s skills.

The 50 Km features a single loop format including the newly built Escondido Trail, parts of Pemberton and trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The 50 Mile course will run along the 50 km route but also includes a lollipop towards Saguaro Nest Trails and and out and back to the  top of Thompson Peak.

50 Miles

Elevation Gain 4,495 Feet | 1,370 Meters


Elevation Gain 2,854 Feet | 870 Meters

Course Maps


Elevation Profiles

Frenzy 5M Profile Frenzy 10M Profile Frenzy 25K Profile Frenzy 50K Profile Frenzy 50M Profile

GPS Files
50M | GPX | KML
50K | GPX | KML
25K | GPX | KML
10M | GPX | KML
5M | 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
50 Mile | Male – 7:08:57 – Gabe McGowan (’15) | Female – 8:19:13 – Emily Robbins (’12)
50 Km | Male – 3:22:54 – Rob Krar (’12) | Female – 4:18:38 – Lauren Besenfelder Coury (’16)
25 Km | Male – 1:33:36 – Mike Popejoy (’15) | Female – 1:59:38 – Ashley Kempton (’16)
10 Mile | Male – 1:00:41 – Forrest Boughner (’13) | Female – 1:15:55 – Katie Purpura (’14)
5 Mile | Male – 38:10 – Andrew Builder (’13) | Female – 38:34 – Brooke Andrus (’15)

2017 | Results
2016 | 50M | 50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5M
2015 | 50M | 50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5M
2014 | 50M | 50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5M
2013 | 50M | 50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5M | Kids
2012 | 50M | 50Km | 25Km | 10M |
2011 |  50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5Km
2010 | 50Km | 25Km | 10M | 5Km


2016 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2015 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2014 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2013 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2012 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | Justin Lutick
2011 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
12/2010 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
1/2010 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery


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
6:47 AM – Begin civil twilight
7:00 AM – 50 Mile Start
7:14 AM – Sunrise
8:00 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
8:30 AM – 25 Kilometer Start
8:45 AM – 10 Mile Start
9:00 AM – 5 Mile Start
5:00 PM – Dixie Mine Aid Station Cutoff
5:19 PM – Sunset
5:46 PM – End civil twilight
9:00 PM – 50 Mile & 50 Km Final Cutoff / Races End

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.
Cupless Events: In an effort to continually lessen our race footprint, we are expanding our cupless events to the Desert Runner Trail Series. We will have UltrAspire reusable cups available at registration and on race day or feel free to bring your own!

Race Timing
We will be utilizing a chip timing system at this event to record your time at the finish. You will be provided with a timing chip attached to the back side of your race bib. It is important to not crease, or fold the the timing chip to ensure your finish time is read.

Drop Bags
A drop bag will be allowed at the Granite Tank and Dixie Mine Aid Stations for 50 Km runners. Drop bags for 50 Mile runners will be allowed at Granite Tank, Dixie Mine, and Start/Finish Aid Stations. Please have your drop bags labeled with your name, bib number and aid station location and place in the appropriate signed location by 6:45 AM (50 mile) and 7:45 AM (50K) on race morning.  Bags will be returned to the finish line as aid stations break down. Please keep in mind Dixie Mine will be one of the last to break down, so your drop bag may not be back from that aid station until close to 8:00 PM.

Aid Station Helpers
We cannot produce these trail runs without the help of our amazing volunteer team. You can even help and run on race day. 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: McDowell Mountain Frenzy Volunteer Form

Due to permit restrictions on part of the course, we are only allowing pacers for the 50 mile runners once they head out for their final 8 miles. Pacers are not allowed for any other distances.

The race courses will be well marked with orange plastic ribbons with black polka dots. Trail junctions and turns will be well marked with colored laminated signs that correspond with your race’s color (5M = Blue, 10M = Green, 25K = Yellow, 50K = Red, 50M = White). Please pay attention to these signs at each junction as there are multiple race distances and race courses! 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 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 competitive track parking area.

We are excited to partner with the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center conveniently located just a few miles away from our McDowell Mountain Frenzy race this year. You can book directly with the resort by visiting their site here! A limited number of rooms are available for our runners at $99/night with the resort fee waived. Book your room now if you need lodging for the race!

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers 76 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 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping Fees

You may also camp with us on Friday night at the start/finish. Camping passes for Friday night run $17 which includes your vehicle entry and may be purchased at the entry gate or visitors center.

From central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd; turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255

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