mesquite canyon

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs

Saturday, March 17, 2018
50 Mile | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, AZ

6:15 AM – 50 Mile Start
6:30 AM – 50 Km Start
6:45 AM –  30 Km Start
7:00 AM – 1/2 Marathon Start
7:30 AM – 8 Km Marathon Start

WARNING: This is a very tough, rocky, mountainous trail run!

Mesquite Canyon is the seventh and final race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.
Quail Series = 8 Km | Roadrunner Series = 1/2 Marathon | Owl Series = 30 Km | Hawk Series = 50 Mile & 50 Km

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


UTMB Points *

50 Miles 3 Points
50K 2 Points
30K 1 Points

*These points will be applied for the 2019 UTMB



Competitive Track Parking Lot 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 & 50k 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 15

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, March 16
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM

Tortoise & Hare Sports
17570 N. 75th Ave #605
Glendale, AZ 85308


Saturday, March 17
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:15 AM
White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Aid Stations
There are aid stations every 1.8 to 9.3 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fresh 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 on backpacks 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.

Bajada 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
Finisher award pint glass.

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

Pacers are permitted for 50 mile runners after they have come through the 50K mark at the start/finish line.

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 2017-18 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 a local brewery: Huss Brewing. More information available on our blog.



Entry Fees*

Until 12/22 Until 2/16 Until 3/13 After 3/13
8KM $37.20 $42.52 $47.83 $58.46
Half Marathon $42.52 $47.83 $53.15 $63.78
30KM $47.83 $53.15 $58.46 $69.09
50KM $74.41 $79.72 $85.04 $95.67
50 Mile $106.30 $111.61 $116.93 $127.56
Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 2/16, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.
 *prices include tax
Entrant Limit
600 Runners
Entrant Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-In Entry

Online registration closes on 3/13 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
10:30 AM – 50 Km Runners must leave the Bajada Aid Station at mile 12.6
1:30 PM – 50 Km Runners must leave the Mesquite Canyon Aid Station at mile 21.2
3:00 PM – 50 Mile Runners must leave the start/finish at mile 29
4:15 PM – 50 Mile Runners must leave the Bajada Aid Station at mile 33.6
8:15 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 & 50 Mile courses are 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). 50K & 50 Mile participants will be required to execute some downhill rock scrambling over the famed “White Tank” rock formations. Course Photos

50 Miles

Elevation Gain 7,260 Feet | 2,213 Meters


Elevation Gain 4,497 Feet | 1,371 Meters


Elevation Gain 2,367 Feet | 721 Meters

 1/2 Marathon

Elevation Gain 1,710 Feet |  521 Meters

Course Maps

Elevation Profiles

GPS Files

50 Mile | GPX
50 K | GPX
30 K | GPX
Half Marathon | GPX
8 K | GPX

*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 – 7:25:45 – Joshua Brimhall (’16) | Female – 9:45:34 – Jane Larkindale (’13)
50K | Male – 4:01:22 – Jason Griffiths (’10) | Female – 4:24:37 – Kerrie Bruxvoort (’12)
30K| Male – 2:09:59 – Travis Swaim (’17) | Female – 2:26:28 – Lauren Coury (’17)
1/2 Marathon | Male – 1:29:58 – James Bonnett (’11) | Female – 1:46:59 – Jennifer Faraone (’17)
8K | Male – 27:44 – Jens Wicksen (’17) | Female – 34:35 – Melissa Holt (’17)


2017 | 50M | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2016 | 50M | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2015 | 50M | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2014 | 50M | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2013 | 50M | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2012 | 50K | 30K | 1/2 Marathon | 8K
2011 | 50K | Marathon | 1/2 Marathon | 5M


2017 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
2016 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
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.

5:00 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
6:13 AM – Begin civil twilight
6:15 AM – 50 Mile Start
6:30 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
6:38 AM – Sunrise
6:45 AM – 30 Kilometer Start
7:00 AM – 1/2 Marathon Start
7:30 AM –  8  Kilometer Start
10:30 AM – 50 Km Runners must clear Bajada Aid at mile 12.6
1:30 PM – 50 Km Runners must clear Mesquite Aid at mile 21.2
3:00 PM – 50 Mile Runners must clear start/finish at mile 29
4:15 PM – 50 Mile Runners must clear Bajada Aid a 2nd time at mile 33.6
6:38 PM – Sunset
7:03 PM – End civil twilight
8:15 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 Bajada Aid Station for the 50 mile & 50 Km runners. All drop bags MUST be at the start line in the appropriate area by 6:30 AM to be transported over to the Bajada Aid Station. Drop bags should be back to the start/finish line by 6 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, 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 Competitive Track Parking Lot on the North side of the park. 

Camping is allowed at the competitive track parking lot (start/finish line) on Friday night. See the park entry station to pay for a camp spot or visit their site. For Fees click here.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park is located at the very west end of Olive Ave about 15 miles west of the 101 (Agua Fria Highway).

NORTH: Take Highway 303 south and exit at PEORIA AVE. Turn right from the off-ramp and travel west for 1 mile on Peoria Ave to Cotton Lane. Turn left (south) onto Cotton Lane until you get to Olive Ave. Turn right (west) on Olive Ave and continue 4 miles to the park gate.

SOUTH: Take Highway 303 north and exit at NORTHERN AVE. Turn left (west) at the light and off-ramp onto Northern Ave, traveling west for 1 mile to Cotton Lane. Turn right (north) onto Cotton lane and travel 1 mile to Olive Ave. Turn left (west) onto Olive Ave and continue for 4 miles to the park gate.

20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355

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Video Credit: Michael Carson