Pass Mountain Trail Runs

Saturday, November 14, 2020
50 Mile (Cancelled)| 50K | 25K | 10K | 5K
Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, AZ

6:00 AM – 50 Mile Start (Cancelled)
7:00 AM – 50 Km Start
7:30 AM – 25 Km Start
8:00 AM – 5 Km Start
8:15 AM – 10 Km Start

The Pass Mountain Trail Run is the second race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.
Quick Links: Race Info | Registration | Course Info | Results | Photos | Race Day

UTMB Points *

The 50 Mile course is under evaluation for UTMB points.

The 50 Km course will award 2 points.

*These points will be applied for the 2021 UTMB


COVID-19 Guidelines

We are working towards an approval for this event from Maricopa County Regional Parks thanks, in part, to our Event Safe Plan which has been approved by permitting agencies. We encourage all entrants to look over and read this plan prior to signing up and attending.
Aravaipa Running Event Safe Plan

Here are the major takeaways for the event that you should know below:

Trailhead Staging Area
3939 N Usery Pass Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85207
Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, AZ. Directions

Offsite Parking Location & Shuttle Info

Smith Junior High School Address
Google Map Pin to Parking Area
10100 E Adobe Rd
Mesa, AZ 85207

NOTE: All 10Km runners will need to park in this lot! Please plan accordingly.
We will be utilizing the Smith Junior high School parking area located just a few miles from our start line (13 minute ride to the start line) with a shuttle by the Mesa Public Schools to and from this lot provided with your registration.
The buses will begin operating around 7:15am and will depart for the start line around 715a-7:30am depending on how many of you arrive that early. They will make trips to/from the park right up until about 8:15 a.m.

Your 10 Km race begins at 8:30 a.m. this year with wave starts continuing beyond that time; the final group of runners to hit the trails on Saturday.
A bus will continue to run from the Trailhead Staging Area driving you back to your vehicle until around noon on Saturday.

Parking & Runner Shuttle within Usery Mtn Park (separate shuttle)
We will once again have the shuttle running between parking lots within the Usery Mountain Regional Park to better assist you all in getting to the start line. The shuttle will run from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the distance from the parking to the start/finish line is just under 1 mile.
50K runners & some 25K runners will be able to park in the main “Trailhead Staging Area” parking lot and not have to shuttle. Once this lot is full, everyone will be directed into lots C & D to be shuttled over. Please add this in to your arrival time to the start line.

Course Summary
Features winding trails throughout Usery Mountain Regional Park on the edge of the Goldfield Mountain Range. The start/finish will be at the Trail head Staging area.
NEW IN 2020: The 25 Km will consist of two 13K loops (yes, that means it’s a 26Km this year) that will remain within the Usery Mountain Regional Park. This is due to capacity restrictions within the Tonto National Forest because of Governor Ducey’s Executive Order. We hope to return to the normal route in 2021.
The 26Km (only) will head west on the Blevins Trail from the start line for 6/10th of a mile where you’ll connect with the rest of the distances continuing all the way around the regional park. You will come into the finish area for an aid station, hit the timing mat to complete loop 1, and then continue on the same exact loop. This will be a faster 25K then normal without the Pass Mountain climb but will be a lot of fun and still very scenic as you run through cholla forests, some super fun and windy single track and enjoy views of Flat Iron and the Superstition Wilderness.

The 50 km courses will remain the same and will include a scenic loop around Pass Mountain in the Tonto National Forest.

Double Down! 
We also hold the Punisher Night Runs at this park the same day as Pass Mountain. Finish any distance at both races and receive a unique custom medal for completing our Double Down! Races for Punisher begin at 6 p.m. and include a 5K, 10K, 20K, and 30K.

Forecast for Mesa, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup


Friday, November 13
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00 PM


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

-or- Saturday November 14
Packet Pickup 5:15 AM-9:15 AM
Usery Mountain Regional Park

Aid Stations
Aid stations every 3.0 to 8.6 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 3.0 to 8.6 miles
Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit) & socializing
Finisher award pint glass

Crews & Pacers
Crews are welcome to support runners at the start/finish line at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Pacers are not permitted 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.

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: Pass Mountain Volunteer Form



Entry Fees

Until 7/16 Until 10/22 Until 11/10 Race Week
5KM $31.89 $38.27 $44.65 $53.15
10KM $37.21 $44.65 $53.15 $63.78
25KM $47.84 $58.47 $69.10 $79.72
50KM $79.72 $90.36 $100.99 $116.93
50 MILE $100 $120 $140 $160

Save $7.97 (including tax) with our no-shirt option! Shirts are offered & guaranteed on race day if ordered by 10/22, otherwise shirts will be available on race day if there are extras.

Entrant Limit
500 Runners
Entrant Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-In Entry

Online registration closes on 11/10 at midnight. 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 to begin second loop is 11:30 AM
9 hours for the 50 Km (4:00 PM)
7 hours for the 50 Mile to reach Usery Aid I – mile 26.4 (1:00 PM)
15 hours for the 50 Mile (8:00 PM)


Medical –      

We will have our MedStar Solutions medical staff based at the start / finish headquarters. This team is here to help you with most basic and advanced first aid right on site. We reserve the right to pull you from the race if medical officials deem it necessary. Please understand that these decisions are made for your safety and do not argue. Continuing on in a state where you cannot safely navigate is a recipe for disaster and we are here to prevent that.

NOTE: If something happens to you or another runner, do NOT call 911 right away. Our medical team is highly trained in these scenarios, has been with us at this race the last three years and understands the terrain and driving access points. Please call their 24-hour number that will be answered by a real human being and they will dispatch accordingly.

MedStar Solutions Race Day Number: 480-269-4126


The 50 mile course will take runners outside of Usery Regional Park and through the lesser known but awesome Goldfield Mountains as you head north through the Tonto National Forest where you’ll link to the Maricopa Trail. Continuing northwest, you’ll do loop in the fun and windy Hawes Trail System before heading back to Usery via the Pass Mountain Trail, this time from North to South, unlike the 25K & 50K races.
The 50km and 25km runners will run through Usery Mountain Park and then out into the Tonto National Forest, over the Pass Mountain Trail. 10km and 5km runners will stay on gorgeous trails within Usery Mountain Park winding through Cholla Forests with views of Pass Mountain & the Superstition Wilderness Area, finishing with a climb through Cat Peaks Pass. Course Photos

Course Map

26 KM 2020 Course (2 Loops)

Elevation Profiles

GPS Files

50 Mile | CalTopo
50K | GPX | KML
25K | GPX | KML
10K | GPX | KML
5K | 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
50K | Male – 3:29:17 – Chris Mocko (’18) | Female – 04:08:43 – Ailsa Macdonald (’19)
25K | Male – 1:44:18 – Art Degraw (’18) | Female – 02:00:09 – Courtney Barnes (’19)
10K | Male – 40:03 – Mike Mclean (’18) | Female – 42:32 – Megan Kupres (’19)
5K | Male – 22:46 – Charles Miller (’19) | Female – 29:50 – Melanie Sherman (’14)

Past courses:
26K | Male – 1:51:11 – Jules Miller (’13) | Female – 2:12:02 – Lauren Besenfelder (’12)
12K | Male – 45:40 – Boone Ebel (’13) | Female – 57:34 – Courtney Ellabarger (’12)

2019 | Results
2018 | Results
2017 | Results
2016 | 50 KM | 25 KM | 10 KM | 5 KM
2015 | 50 KM | 25 KM | 10 KM | 5 KM
2014 | 50 KM | 25 KM | 10 KM | 5 KM
2013 | 50 KM | 26 KM | 12 KM
2012 | 50 KM | 26 KM | 12 KM
2011 | 50 KM | 26 KM | 11 KM
2010 | 50 KM | 26 KM | 10 Mile | 9 KM



2019 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2018 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2017 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
2016 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
2015 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2014 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2013 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2012 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2011 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2010 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery



Race Day Schedule
Please arrive early to park, check in and warm up prior to your run. Portable restroom facilities will be located at the start line.

5:15 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
6:00 AM – 50 Mile Waves Start (Cancelled)
6:34 AM – Begin civil twilight
7:00 AM – 50 Kilometer Waves Start
7:00 AM – Sunrise
7:30 AM – 25 Kilometer Waves Start
8:00 AM – 5 Kilometer  Waves Start
8:15 AM – 10 Kilometer Start
11:30 AM – Cut-off to begin second loop in 50K
4:00 PM – 50 Kilometer Cutoff
5:00 PM – Punisher Night Run Packet pickup begins
5:24 PM – Sunset
5:50 PM – End Civil Twilight
6:00 PM – Punisher Night 30K Start
6:15 PM – Punisher Night 20K Start
6:30 PM – Punisher Night 5K Start
6:45 PM – Punisher Night 10K Start
10:00 PM – Punisher 30K must start 3rd & final loop
12:00 AM – Punisher 30K cut-off / Race ends

Park Entry Fee
Remember the park now charges a $7 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! If you are participating in the double (day & night runs) your pass is good all day.

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

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.
Please do not listen to music with a speaker (yes, we know you listen to the best music).
This course includes some legit 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.

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 embedded in your race bib. It is important to not crease, or fold the timing chip to ensure your finish time is read.

Drop Bags
A drop bag will be allowed at the Trailhead Staging Area for 50K runners to access at the 25K point (start/finish line).

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 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:
Pass Mountain Volunteer Form

Course Markings
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 (5K = Blue, 10K = Green, 25K = Yellow, 50K = Red). 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 Trailhead Staging Area. Drive 1.4 miles past the park entry booth and turn left into the large dirt parking area. Overflow parking is available around the Blevins Drive Loop.

SHUTTLES: This event requires some of our entrants to park about one mile from the start/finish line and be shuttled over. Specifically the shorter distances. Please plan accordingly.

Usery Mountain Regional Park offers a campground with 73 individual sites. 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, barbecue grill, and fire ring. Usery Mountain Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping Fees

From central Phoenix, I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road north to the Usery Mountain Regional Park entrance.

3939 N. Usery Pass Road
Mesa, AZ 85207

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Video Credit:Ed Gildersleeve