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Whiskey Basin Trail Runs

 Saturday, April 14, 2018

88K | 57K | 31K | 10K

Prescott Circle Trail
Prescott, AZ

5:00 AM – 88 Km Start

7:00 AM – 57 Km Start

8:00 AM – 31 Km Start

9:30 AM – 10 Km Start


UTMB Points *

88K 4 Points
57K 3 Points
31K 1 Point

*These points will be applied for the 2019 UTMB

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


Finish Line Location

Watson Lake Park

3101 Watson Lake Park
Prescott, AZ 86301

Course Summary

Welcome to the 3rd annual Whiskey Basin Trail Runs! These point to point endurance foot races will take place along the Prescott Circle Trail in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. Featuring a perfect mix of high desert trails, pines and junipers this route takes you completely around the City of Prescott on some of their best trails all while never being more than a few miles from the heart of downtown and Whiskey Row. Reserve a campsite right at the 88K start/finish line for Friday and Saturday nights of the event in scenic Watson Lake Park and join us for a post race bar crawl on the infamous Whiskey Row! The 10K course will also start and finish at Watson Lake Park with an out and back section on the Peavine and Watson Lake Trails taking in some of the beautiful Granite Dells.


Elevation Gain: 5,978 Feet | 1,822 Meters


Elevation Gain: 4,285 Feet | 1,306 Meters


Elevation Gain: 883 Feet | 269 Meters

Expect beautiful race day conditions with an average high of 67 degrees and average low of 37 degrees. Forecast for Prescott, AZ

Bib/Shirt Pickup

Friday, April 13, 2018
Packet Pickup 3:00-6:00PM

The Hike Shack
104 N. Montezuma
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-8565

Saturday, April 14, 2018- Race Day Pickup
Watson Lake Park

Aid Stations

Aid stations every 4 to 9 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water. The 10K course will have one aid station that runners hit twice (approximately mile 2 and mile 4).

57K 31K 10K Notes Cut Offs
Watson Lake Start 0.0 88K Start
Pioneer Aid 5.8 Crew
Williamson Valley Aid 9.8 No Crew
Iron Springs Aid 16.4 Drop Bag, No Crew 10:00 AM
Thumb Butte Day Use 0.0 57K Start
Copper Basin Aid 25.2 6.2 Drop Bag (88K only), No Crew 12:30 PM
White Spar Aid 31.1 12.1 No Crew 2:15 PM
Goldwater Lake 0.0 31K Start
Goldwater Aid 35.5 16.5 0.5 Drop Bag, Crew (hike-in)
Badger Mountain Aid 44.9 25.9 9.9 No Crew 6:30 PM
Sundog Aid 48.5 29.5 13.9 Drop Bag, No Crew
Watson Lake Finish 54.4 35.4 19.4 Finish 9:00 PM


Race Perks

Gender specific cut race shirt

Chip timed race results displayed at finish line

Scenic and challenging courses

Well stocked aid stations every 3.6 to 12 miles

Post race food & socializing

Finisher Medal 57K, 31K, 10K

Finisher Buckle for 88K


Training Runs: TBD 

Follow our Whiskey Man Series Facebook page to stay up to date on training runs offered on the Prescott Circle Trail–Dates and Times TBD.

Crews & Pacers

Crews are welcome to support runners at the finish line, Pioneer Park and Goldwater Lake. Goldwater Lake has a $2 parking charge and will require that crew hike a 1/2 mile to meet runners at the aid station.

Pacers are allowed for the 88K only starting at Goldwater Lake aid station (mile 35.5). Pacers will need to pay $2 to park at Goldwater Lake and hike a 1/2 mile to meet their runner on the course.


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: Whiskey Basin Volunteer Form


Entry Fees

Until 1/5 Until 3/9 Until 4/10 After 4/10
88KM $151.69 $157.10 $162.52 $184.19
57KM $108.35 $113.77 $119.19 $130.02
31KM $75.84 $81.26 $86.68 $92.09
10KM $43.34 $48.76 $54.18 $65.01

*Prices include applicable sales tax based upon location (8.35% Prescott, AZ)
Save $10 with our no-shirt option! Shirts guaranteed on race day if ordered by 3/10, otherwise shirts will be sold on race day if available.

Entrant Limit

500 Runners Total

Entrant Lists

Registration Options

Online via Ultra Signup

Mail-in Entry

Online registration closes on 4/10 at 11:59PM. 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.


10:00 AM – Iron Springs Aid Cut-off
12:30 PM – Copper Basin Aid Cut-off
2:15 PM – White Spar Aid Cut-off
6:30 PM – Badger Mountain Aid Cut-off
9:00 PM – Overall Cut-off at Watson Lake
**Please reference the aid station chart above for distances for each race at these aid stations**



Course Map

Whiskey Basin Map 2016


Map of the entire Prescott Circle Trail

Elevation Profile

88K Elevation Profile

88K Elevation Profile


57K Elevation Profile

57K Elevation Profile


31K Elevation Profile

31K Elevation Profile


10K Elevation Profile


GPS Files 

88K | GPX | KML

57K | GPX | KML

31K | GPX | KML

10K | 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.


Race Day Tracking

Live updates will be available race day on ultracast.

Course Records

88K | Male – 8:23:51 – Catlow Shipek (’17) | Female – 10:19:27 – Adela Salt (’17)
57K | Male – 4:59:30 – Anthony Kunkel (’17) | Female – 6:46:33 – Lora Liu (’17)
31K | Male – 2:17:46 – Ruairi Moynihan (’17) | Female – 2:42:42 – Kelly Wolf (’16)
10K | Male – 41:55 – Matthew Muncha (’16) | Female – 42:25 – Sara Trane (’17)

2017 | 88KM | 57KM | 31KM | 10KM
2016 | 88KM | 57KM | 31KM | 10KM


To capture both your pain and euphoria along the way there will be professional photographers out on the course. With SweetM Images you get photographers who are also runners and understand what your race photos mean to you!


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.


4:00 AM – Packet pickup / race day registration begin at Watson Lake
5:00 AM – 88K Start
5:33 AM – Begin Civil Twilight
5:58 AM – Sunrise
6:00 AM – 57K Shuttle Bus leaves Watson Lake
7:00 AM – 57K Start at Thumb Butte Day Use Recreation Area
7:00 AM – 31K Shuttle Bus leaves Watson Lake
8:00 AM – 31K Start at Goldwater Lake
9:00 PM – Overall cut-off at Watson Lake / Races End
9:30 AM – 10K Start at Watson Lake
10:00 PM – Night out at Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott!

Park Entry Fee
Remember the park charges a $3 park entry fee per vehicle. Please arrive early and have correct change available for a smooth entry process. Carpool to save! (This does not apply to people who paid for camping – your parking is included). This fee goes directly back to the park system to help maintain the city parks.

Trail Running & Trash

Please respect the trails and the beauty of the forest 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. 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. Additionally, you will be required to check in to all aid stations by prominently displaying your bib number for volunteers to record. If you drop from the race you must notify race management.

Drop Bags

A drop bag will be allowed at Iron Springs Aid, Copper Basin Aid, Goldwater Aid and Sundog Aid.

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: Whiskey Basin 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. 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 finish line for all races and parking for shuttle buses will be at Watson Lake Park.  88K runners will also start at Watson Lake Park. For those running the 57K or 31K, there will be a shuttle bus available or you can be dropped off by a crew member. Vehicles are not allowed for the duration of the race at either Thumb Butte Day Use area (57K Start) or Goldwater Lake (31K Start).




We are excited to offer camping options at Watson Lake for the Whiskey Basin Trail Runs. Watson Lake Park has some amazing amenities which should make for a really great weekend including:

  • Two boat launches
  • Picnic ramadas
  • Restrooms
  • Showers for campers
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Barbecue grills
  • Playground equipment
  • Frisbee golf course
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing (license required)

The camping area opens Friday, April 13 and we have reserved spaces through Sunday, April 15. A camping site consists of one RV and one tent or two camping tents and cost is $35 for the weekend. These are all numbered and will be assigned once you purchase a camping site through race registration. There are a total of 35 camping sites and will be on a first come first serve basis through the registration process. We will send out campsite assignments after online registration closes (emails will go out the Wednesday before the race) and will have further details for you at that time.

Watson Lake Park Map



Directions to Watson Lake Park

Google Maps Link



3101 Watson Lake Road
Prescott, AZ 86301