Dam Good Run

Sunday, April 22, 2018
40K | 26K | 13K | 4 Mile | 2 Mile
Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown, AZ

6:30 AM – 40 Km (Dam Insane) Start
7:00 AM – 26 Km (Dam Crazy) Start
7:30 AM –  13 Km (Dam Tough) Start
7:45 AM – 4 Mile (Dam Challenging) Start
8:00 AM – 2 Mile (Dam Fun) Start

The Dam Good Run is a unique opportunity to run across the New Waddell Dam. Aravaipa Running in partnership with Lake Pleasant Regional Park brings you this 14th Annual run, walk & hike. Now with a 40 kilometer & 26 kilometer option on many of the park’s newest trails!

This event will also serve as the award ceremony for the Desert Runner Trail Series & our third annual volunteer appreciation event!

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



10 Lane Boat Ramp at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown, AZ. Directions

Course Summary
A unique chance to run across the New Waddell Dam which was built to create Lake Pleasant. All events except the 2 mile will cross the dam right away. The 26 kilometer (Dam Crazy) and 40 kilometer (Dam Insane) courses will utilize newly constructed trails traversing along the shoreline and above the lake. The 40 kilometer course climbs to the top of Yavapai Point with incredible lake views.

Forecast for Morristown, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup

Thursday, April 19
Sole Sports Scottsdale
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM
7001 N Scottsdale Rd
Suite 170
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Friday, April 20
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00PM
Sole Sports Glendale
18583 N 59th Ave
Suite 112
Glendale, AZ 85308

Sunday, April 22
Race Day Packet Pickup 6-8:00AM
Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Aid Stations
Aid stations every 1.6 to 5.4 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Being at the end of April in the Sonoran Desert, this race will be HOT, so please be prepared (run with AT LEAST 2 bottles (40 ounces) of fluids). Plan for sun and hot temperatures. Additional notes about our aid stations at this race:

Aid stations will have extra water & ice to cool you down during the heat of the day.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Aid station distance chart:

40K 26K 13K 4Mile 2Mile Notes/Cutoff
Start 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Dam Aid 1.0 1.0 1.0 2 Mile Turnaround (Water Only)
Dam Aid 3.0 4 Mile Turnaround (Water Only)
Agua Fria 4.5 4.5 4.5
Two Cow 9.2 9.2
Scorpion Bay 10.8 10.8 Drop Bags (40K & 26K)/ 26K Turnaround
Cottonwood 13.9
Scorpion Bay 19.1
Two Cow 20.7 12.4 Drop Bags (40K)
Lake Pleasant Finish 23.7 15.4 8.0 4.0 2.0 Drop Bags (3pm Cutoff)


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 1.6 to 5.4 miles
Post race food & socializing
Finisher award pint glass

Crews & Pacers
Crews are permitted at the start/finish line only.

Only registered participants are permitted to cross the dam.

There are no pacers allowed for any distance.

Awards to the top 3 male & female finishers at each distance.
All finishers will receive a finisher award.

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: Dam Good Run Volunteer Form

Freak Brothers will be serving pizza at the race.

You can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the water after finishing your run!



Entry Fees*

Until 10/1 Until 3/1 Until 4/17 After 4/17
2 Mile $27.03 $32.43 $37.84 $48.65
4 Mile $37.84 $43.24 $48.65 $59.46
13 Km $43.24 $48.65 $54.05 $64.86
26 Km $48.65 $54.05 $59.46 $70.27
40 Km $54.05 $59.46 $64.86 $75.67
Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 3/1, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.
*Prices include Maricopa County, City of Peoria or State of Arizona Amusement Tax which is 8.100%
Entrant Limit
800 Runners
Entrant Lists

Registration Options
**This is a Sunday Race**
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry

Online registration closes on 4/17 at 11:59 PM. Registration will be available after online registration closes at all packet pickup locations and race day.

Cut-Off Times
Overall Race Cut-Off 3:00 PM for all races. All runners must be off the Dam by 9 AM.


The 40K, 26K and 13K 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 4 Mile and 2 Mile runs will be on an out-and-back. The 2 Mile will run to the edge of New Waddell Dam and the 4 Mile will cross over New Waddell Dam before turning around to head back to the finish. These courses are runner, walker, and beginner friendly.

Course Maps


2016 Dam Good Run Shorter Distance Map

Elevation Profiles


Dam Good Run Elevation Profile 40KM


Dam Good Run Elevation Profile 26KM


Dam Good Run Elevation Profile 13KM


Dam Good Run Elevation Profile 4 Mile


Dam Good Run Elevation Profile 2 Mile 

GPS Files

40K  GPX | KML

26K  GPX | KML

13K  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

40K | Male – 3:10:14 – Arrick Nietert (’17) | Female – 3:32:39 – Kristina Pham (’16)
26K | Male – 1:47:58 – Pedro Gomez (’17) | Female – 2:15:34 – Adela Salt (’16)
13K | Male – 51:15 – AJ Sobrilsky (’16) | Female – 1:01:39 – Katherine Weiss (’17)
4 Miler | Male – 29:19 – Clifford Andersen (’17) | Female – 31:32 – Sara Nazemi (’16)
2 Miler | Male – 10:55 – Schuyler Hall (’16) | Female – 14:38 – Marisa Jenkins (’16)

2017 | 40K | 26K | 13K | 4 Mile | 2 Mile
2016 | 40K | 26K | 13K | 4 Mile | 2 Mile
2015 | 8 Mile | 4 Mile | 2 Mile


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

5:26 AM – Begin civil twilight
5:51 AM – Sunrise
6:00 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
6:30 AM – 40 Kilometer Start
7:00 AM – 26 Kilometer Start
7:30 AM – 13 Kilometer Start
7:45 AM – 4 Mile Start
8:00 AM – 2 Mile Start
11:30 AM – DRT Series Awards
3:00 PM – Race 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 Scorpion Bay Aid Station for the 40 Km & 26 Km runners. All drop bags MUST be at the start line in the appropriate area by 7:30 AM to be transported over to the Scorpion Bay Aid Station. Drop bags should be back to the start/finish line by 2 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 Dam Good Run, 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(2mile will follow pink) (2 Mile and 4 Mile = White, 13K = Purple, 26K = Green, 40K = Yellow). 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 10 Lane Boat Ramp. Parking is available on site.

Camping is available at Lake Pleasant Regional Park for both tents and RV’s. Please visit Lake Pleasant’s camping site for reservations.


From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel west 15 miles to Castle Hot Spring Road. Travel north to Lake Pleasant Regional Park entrance.


41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342

FullSizeRender 13