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Black Canyon Ultras 60K

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Black Canyon Ultras 60K

The Black Canyon 60K trail race takes place on the world class Black Canyon Trail near Phoenix, Arizona. This 80 mile long trail features incredible single track trails on an old stagecoach route, this course traverses across high desert grasslands and crosses through several arroyos and deep canyons on a classic journey in the desert Southwest. This historic trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by wool growers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. The trail north of highway 69 is still used as a cattle driveway. The trail ends at the Prescott National Forest boundary. The Black Canyon National Recreation Trail was originally designed as a livestock driveway. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott.

The Black Canyon Ultra 60K features a stretch of this trail beginning near the town of Spring Valley and ending at the Black Canyon City Trailhead. Along the way, runners will cross through Black Canyon and the Agua Fria river multiple times.

Practicalities

Accommodation

Lodging available at Hampton Inn Phoenix/Anthem. Other close lodging can be found off Happy Valley Road or in North Phoenix off I-17. The drive from Happy Valley Road & I-17 is approximately 15 minutes to the shuttle and 45 minutes to the race start. Camping is not allowed at the start, but is allowed in parts of Prescott National Forest.

After Race Services

After-race ultra-party, complete with wood fired pizza, beer, and recovery station.

Aid Stations

There are six aid stations spaced 4.3-8.6 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit.

Award Medals

Awards to top 3 male & female finishers. 60K finishers will receive a commemorative glass.

Equipment Storage

Drop bags are permitted for all races and must be brought to the start line of your race. 60K runners are allowed four drop bags. We will bring drop bags back to the finish line after the closing of each aid station.

Maximum Time

12 Hours

Parking

60K runners will park near the Black Canyon City TH in the morning and take the shuttle bus.

Timing

Chip Timing

Transport

There will be a shuttle bus available on race morning for the 60K. 60K participants will be picked up at the Black Canyon City TH near Rock Springs on race morning at 6:30am.

Start:

Mayer High School Track

17330 E Mule Deer Dr, Mayer, AZ 86333, USA

Finish:

Black Canyon City Trailhead

19041 Palm Ln Dr, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324, USA

Difficulty

hilly

Highlights

Black Canyon

 Agua Fria River

Overview

Experience the beauty of winding Sonoran Desert trails in the shadow of the Bradshaw Mountains. The course is point-to-point with net elevation loss. The course runs along the non-motorized Black Canyon Trail (a National Recreation Trail) featuring a mixture of single track trail, jeep roads, and pieces of an old stagecoach route. The Black Canyon Trail is located on Bureau of Land Management land and is overseen by the Black Canyon Trail Coalition. The 60K race consists of the first 60K or 37.9 miles of the 100K course.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.