san tan scramble

San Tan Scramble Trail Runs

Saturday, January 6, 2018
50K | 26K | 17K | 9K
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Queen Creek, AZ

7:00 AM – 50 Km Start
7:30 AM – 26 Km Start
8:00 AM – 17 Km Start
8:15 AM – 9 Km Start

The San Tan Scramble is the fourth race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.
Quail Series = 9 Km | Roadrunner Series = 17 Km | Owl Series = 26 Km | Hawk Series = 50 Km
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! 


San Tan Trailhead
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Queen Creek, AZ. Directions

Course Summary
Tour the foothills of the San Tan and Goldmine mountain ranges. The courses feature rolling single track trails through Saguaro cactus studded mountains and valleys. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is tucked away in the Southeast Valley. Discover this hidden jewel of mountains and trails in the desert!

Forecast for Queen Creek, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup

Thursday, January 4
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, January 5
Packet Pickup 5:00-7:00 PM

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Cadence Running Company
3107 S. Gilbert Rd, Ste 110
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 786-8835

Saturday, January 6
Packet Pickup 6:00-8:30AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Aid Stations
Aid stations every 2.2 to 5.1 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 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 2.2-5.1 miles
Post race food (egg & tofu scramble burritos) & socializing
Finisher award pint glass

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: San Tan Scramble Volunteer Form

Charity Beer Garden
For the 2017-18 (more to come on what 2018 will bring) 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 10/6 Until 12/8 Until 1/2 After 1/2
9KM $37.20 $42.52 $47.83 $58.46
17KM $42.52 $47.83 $53.15 $63.78
26KM $47.83 $53.15 $58.46 $69.09
50KM $74.41 $79.72 $85.04 $95.67

Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 12/8, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.

*prices include tax

Entrant Limit
400 Runners
Entrants Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry Form

Online registration closes on 1/2 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.

1:00 PM- 50 Km runners must leave on their third and final loop (6 hours)
4:00 PM- Final cutoff for 50 Km runners (9 hours)


The 9 Km race makes a loop of the San Tan, Hedgehog, and Goldmine trails. The 17 Km encompasses a larger loop of the San Tan, Dynamite and Goldmine Trails. The 26 Km combines the 17 Km and 9 Km courses. The 50 Km course makes 3 loops of the 17 Km course, reversing each loop (first loop is Clockwise).

Sections of the Goldmine Trail are on a very steep rocky trail and portions of the San Tan trail are in a sandy wash. Course Photos

Course Map

Elevation Profiles

GPS Files
50K | GPX | KML
26K | GPX | KML
17K | GPX | KML
9K | 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 Km | Male – Charlie Ware – 3:50:05 (’16) | Female – Shanna Ailes Istnick – 4:41:55 (’13)
26 Km | Male – Brian Folts – 1:45:13 (’13) | Female – Renee Hodges – 2:13:04 (’13)
17 Km | Male – Andrew Escanuela – 1:08:16 (’14) | Female – Katherine Weiss – 1:20:49 (’16)
9 Km | Male – Mark Gareia-Hire – 36:11 (’14) | Female – Ricki Ceton – 43:47 (’12)

2017 | 50Km | 26Km| 17Km | 9Km
2016 | 50Km | 26Km| 17Km | 9Km
2015 | 50Km | 26Km| 17Km | 9Km
2014 | 50Km | 26Km| 17Km | 9Km
2013 | 50Km | 27Km| 9Km
2012 | 50Km | 25Km | 9Km
2011 | 50Km | 25Km | 9Km


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 | Megan Powers
2011 | 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
7:00 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
7:04 AM – Begin civil twilight
7:30 AM – 26 Kilometer Start
7:31 AM – Sunrise
8:00 AM – 17 Kilometer Start
8:15 AM – 9 Kilometer Start
1:00 PM – 50 Kilometer runners must leave on 3rd and final loop
4:00 PM – 50 Kilometer 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.
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 start/finish line for the 50km and 26km runners to be accessed after each loop.

Volunteer Opportunities
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: San Tan Scramble 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 (9K = Blue, 17K = Green, 26K = 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. Once you enter the park through the entry station, follow the paved road around to the dirt parking area. The start line is a short walk to the San Tan Trailhead. Detailed park map

There is no camping available at San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Power Road south to Hunt Highway. Travel east on Hunt Highway to Thompson Road south. Turn west on Phillips Road to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park entrance.


6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek Arizona 85142

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Video Credit: Ed Gildersleeve