Join Bryce Canyon Ultra Marathons
The sorbet-colored, sandcastle-like spires and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park pop like a Dr Seuss picture book creation. Though the smallest of southern Utah’s national parks, this is perhaps the most immediately visually stunning, particularly at sunrise and sunset when an orange wash sets the otherworldly rock formations ablaze. Steep trails descend from the rim into the 1000ft amphitheaters of pastel daggers, then continue through a maze of fragrant juniper and undulating high-mountain desert. The location, 77 miles east of Zion and 39 miles west of Escalante, helps make this a must-stop on any southern Utah park itinerary. With that being said, the Bryce Canyon Ultra is the place to be.
This scenic, mountain course runs along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 8,000 – 9,000 ft.
The 100 mile course starts at turnoff to Coyote Hollow trailhead on Hwy 12, at the top of Red Canyon. Due to limited parking at the start and finish line areas, we will use a shuttle system from Ruby''s Inn, which is 5 minutes away. Shuttles start at 5am, with the last one leaving at 5:30am. If you choose to park at the starting line, be prepared to walk up to 1/2 mile or more from your vehicle.
The race begins with 2 miles of dirt road approaching the Coyote Hollow trailhead (Thunder Mountain trail). The singletrack starts with about 4 miles of going in and out of draws through a ponderosa forest then descends 1,000ft through the hoodoos. At the intersection at the bottom of the Thunder Mountain trail, you'll take a left and begin following the Grandview trail, which you'll stick to for much of the race. The first aid station comes 2 miles after the intersection, at mile 10.5.
The route then heads south along the base of the plateau, in and out of canyons and climbing ridges until you reach Proctor Canyon aid station at mile 19. This is your first of only 3 crew access points along the course. Due to the limited parking and rough access road, we will need to shuttle your crew in the last 2 miles.
From Proctor Canyon, you'll continue south through a rugged 9+ mile section, ultimately ascending up onto the rim of the Plateau at Blubber Creek Aid Station.
The next section offers some incredible views from on top, stringing together single and doubletrack for just under 8 miles the Kanab Creek Aid station. After the aid station, you'll have a couple miles more of rim running, then will depart from the Grandview trail and take a mild descent along doubletrack for 3 miles into the Straight Canyon Aid Station, your second crew access point at mile 41.
From Straight Canyon Aid Station, you'll follow the dirt road for a half mile, then will take a hard right and follow some singletrack for a mile and a half before you begin the 3 mile ascent up to the Pink Cliffs Aid station at nearly 9,400ft.
From Pink Cliffs, you'll descend double track for about 2.5 miles the beautiful Crawford Pass trail, which you'll follow for another 2.5 miles to the turnaround at Crawford Pass Aid Station. This is the third crew access point.
The finish line will be at an equestrian campground between the starting line and Coyote Hollow trailhead, 1 mile from where the race started. Shuttles will run between the finish line and Ruby's Inn for those that need it. All crew and family must take a shuttle from Ruby's to the finish line. These shuttles will be running frequently. We will encourage a quick departure from the finish line as our space is limited at this staging area.
The 50 mile course will start on Saturday morning and will be run in reverse direction. Shuttles will load at 4:30am and depart at 4:45am and the race starting at 6am. The starting line is near the Crawford Pass aid station, 1/2 mile back, to allow for runners to spread out before hitting the singletrack and to ensure that they get the full 50 miles in.
The 50K course starts at the boat ramp area of Tropic Reservoir, near King's Creek campground. Runners will be shuttled here from Ruby's Inn. Shuttles will load at 7:30am and the race will begin at 8:30am. The route starts with about a half mile of road to thin the field out before hitting the singletrack which will lead you out to Keyhole Arch and some beautiful hoodoo running before descending to a doubletrack road after a couple of miles. You'll begin a 5 mile ascent, peaking at over 9,000ft, then descending 500ft over a half mile to the Blue Fly aid station at mile 8.5.
After the Blue Fly aid station, you'll hop on a steep and scenic singletrack section that quickly descends through some hoodoos down to a doubletrack at around mile 10. You'll take a left and have a two mile climb until you meet up with the 50/100 mile route. From there, you'll take a right and descend two miles of singletrack to the Proctor Canyon aid station, your only crew access point.
You'll have 8.5 miles of singletrack between Proctor Canyon and Thunder Mountain aid stations, with plenty of ups and downs through canyons and along ridges. After Thunder Mountain aid, you'll have a gradual ascent for about two miles before hitting the Thunder Mountain trail for a long and grueling climb up to the finish line.
directions_runStart Address: Garfield County,us
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Ruby’s Inn will be our sponsoring hotel. They are located at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. Discounted rates are available for anyone running or supporting runners in the Bryce 100.
After Race Services
The finish line offers a place to kick back, rest your legs, and mingle with others. We will have shade, seating, pizza, heated tents, drinks and showers.
The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted, using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. A second buckle option is available, made from a painting we had commissioned from a photograph taken on the course and preserved in resin. The finishers’ award for the 50 mile distance is a leather cuff bracelet with the race logo. The 50K finishers' award is a hand made mug with the race logo and distance.
100 mile, Overall cutoff- 36 hours. 50 mile, Overall cutoff- 17 hours. 50K, Overall cutoff- 11 hours.
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