San Tan Scramble Trail Runs

Saturday, January 2, 2021
50K | 26K | 17K | 9K | 5K
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Queen Creek, AZ

Race starts have been adjusted for the 2021 race with COVID guidelines in mind and minimizing passing while on course. We will also have all distance run in the SAME direction on each loop – NO washing machine style course for 2021. 

UPDATED 12.28.20

6:30 AM – 50 Km Wave Starts Begin
7:00 AM – 17 Km Start
8:00 AM – 26 Km Start
8:45 AM – 5 Km Start
9:15 AM – 9 Km Start
10:30 AM – Kids Fun Run (Cancelled for 2021)

The San Tan Scramble is the fourth race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, Arizona’s premier trail & ultra run series.
Hummingbird Series = 5 Km | 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

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:


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

UTMB Points

Our 50 Km distance will award one (1) point for the 2022 UTMB.

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!

Cancelled for 2021 – Kid’s Fun Run Info: Our first kids race will start at 10:30 a.m. with the kids heading down the San Tan Trail to the Stargazer trail junction where they’ll turn around and come zipping in to the finish line covering just about 1.3 total miles. The race is $8, kids receive a bib, custom finishers medal, and the option to add-on a youth race shirt. Parents can head out with the little kids too, no problem. The course is relatively straight and flat, smooth, and wide which is kind of perfect for our beginner trail runners!
When you arrive, stop at the registration tent to either register your child or to fill out a quick information form and receive your bib if you’ve already registered online.
Thanks for helping us bring a kids fun run to the Aravaipa circuit!

Forecast for Queen Creek, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup

Friday January 1
Packet Pickup 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Aravaipa Running Headquarters
2401 S 24th St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 346-0554

Saturday, January 2
Packet Pickup 5:30AM-9:30AM
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. We will have -scrambled- egg burritos at the finish line too. 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) 
Finisher award pint glass or wood finisher medal

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
2020 UPDATE: There will be no beer garden at San Tan.
For the 2021 Desert Runner Trail Series, Aravaipa Running will be working with the Arizona Trail Association to assist in their mission to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land. Proceeds from the beer garden will go directly to this Assocation. The Beer Garden is being sponsored by a local brewery: Huss Brewing. More information available on our blog.


Entry Fees*

  Until 8/1 Until 12/5 Until 12/28 Race Week
5KM $37.52 $42.88 $48.24 $53.60
9KM $48.24 $58.96 $69.68 $80.40
17KM $58.96 $69.68 $80.40 $96.48
26KM $80.40 $91.12 $101.84 $117.92
50KM $123.28 $139.36 $155.44 $176.88

Save $8.04 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 12/14, otherwise shirts will only available on race day if there are extras.

*prices include tax

Entrant Limit
500 Runners
Entrants Lists

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry Form

Online registration closes on Monday, 12/28, 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.

Note: mid-race cutoffs are for leaving aid stations, not arriving.

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)

Medical –      

We will have 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



UPDATE for 2021: All courses will be heading in a clockwise direction for ALL loops. There will be NO washing machine style courses in 2021. 

The 5 Km course makes a hard right onto the service road, running out to the San Tan Aid station and bearing right on the San Tan Trail where you’ll you wind around the base of Goldmine mountain, finally finishing on a fast track known as Little Leaf Trail.
The 9 Km race makes a loop of the San Tan, Hedgehog, and Goldmine trails in a clockwise direction. The 17 Km encompasses a larger loop of the San Tan, Dynamite and Goldmine Trails in a clockwise direction. The 26 Km combines the 17 Km (clockwise) and 9 Km (clockwise) courses. The 2021 50 Km course makes 3 loops of the 17 Km course, heading out in the same direction each loop this year. 

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

Course Map

Elevation Profiles

San Tan Scramble 5K Elevation Profile

San Tan Scramble 50K Elevation Profile ~ 3,650 Feet of Gain 

GPS Files
50K | CalTopo Interactive Map
26K | GPX | KML
17K | GPX | KML
9K | GPX | KML
5K | CalTopo Interactive Map

*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.
Caltopo GPX/KML Download
              From Desktop: On top left of screen there is an Export button for 
              GPX or KML downloads
              From Phone: On top of screen there is a wrench, click the wrench 
              and then export the file. If you have GAIA or a similar gps tracking 
              app, it should prompt you to download directly to your app. 


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.

5:30 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin
6:30 AM – 50 Kilometer Start
7:04 AM – Begin civil twilight
7:00 AM – 17 Kilometer Start
7:31 AM – Sunrise
8:00 AM – 26 Kilometer Start
8:45 AM – 5 Kilometer Start
9:15 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 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!

Parking / Start Area
NOTE for 2021: We are expecting this parking lot to fill up- please carpool if possible! 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.

We will have parking attendants in the lot to assist and in the event that the lot does fill, you will be asked to park on the shoulder of Phillips Road just outside of the park gate. It is VERY important to ensure your entire vehicle is off of the roadway and it is best to angle your nose in towards the desert once you pull of the road. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this! Detailed park map

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. This means there will be no cups for water, electrolyte drinks, soda, etc. 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 & Pacers
A drop bag will be allowed at the start/finish line for the 50km and 26km runners to be accessed after each loop.
There are no pacers allowed at this race. 

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 (5K = Orange, 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.

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


Course Records
50 Km | Male – Charlie Ware – 3:42:25 (’20) | Female – Vivian Carrasco – 4:32:06 (’21)
26 Km | Male – Charlie Ware – 1:42:52 (’19) | Female – Tessa Chesser – 2:09:28 (’21)
17 Km | Male – Andrew Escanuela – 1:08:16 (’14) | Female – Tiaree Towler – 1:20:901 (’20)
9 Km | Male – Art DeGraw – 34:12 (’19) | Female – Tracy Campagnano – 42:43 (’21)
5 Km | Male – Charles Chalmers – 21:14 (’21) | Female – Tylee Salcido – 24:44 (’21)


2021 | Results
2020 | Results
2019 | Results 
2018 | Results 
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


2021 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2020 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2019 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery
2018 | Aravaipa Photo Gallery | SweetM Images
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

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