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McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs

Fountain Hills is a small, scenic desert community located east of Scottsdale and about 45 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. The town is surrounded by mountains with sweeping mountain views including Four Peaks, the Superstition Mountains and the McDowell Mountains, and boasts a natural desert landscape. With a name like Fountain Hills, of course there is a fountain. But not just any fountain. Built more than 30 years ago, this dramatic landmark is a centerpiece of the town in Fountain Park. The fountain is located in the middle of a man-made 28-acre lake in the heart of Fountain Hills. One of the world’s highest fountains, the 560-foot tall plume of water, shoots to the sky and is visible for many miles.

Fountain Hills is home to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which hosts the annual McDowell Mountain Frenzy. This year’s 50 Mile course include rolling single track trails within McDowell Mountain Regional Park and a traverse of the McDowell Mountain Range within the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 50 Mile runners will get a chance to see the Maricopa Trail heading North towards Brown’s Ranch and climb to the top of Thompson Peak.

Distances

10M

  • 0.01km

5M

  • 0.005km

25K

  • 25km

50K

  • 50km

50M

  • 80.467km

Practicalities

Accommodation

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers 76 individual sites for tent or RV camping. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45′ RV and is a “Developed Site,” with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. All restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. The south loop of the campground also offers handicapped-accessible restrooms. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aid Stations

Aid stations every 3-10.5 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water.

Award Medals

Awards to top 3 male & female finishers at each distance. All finishers will receive a finisher award. Points earned in the Desert Runner Trail Series.

Equipment Storage

Drop bags for 50 Mile runners will be allowed at Granite Tank, Dixie Mine, and Start/Finish Aid Stations.

Maximum Time

14 hrs

Parking

The park charges a $6 park entry fee per vehicle.

Refreshments

Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit).

Timing

Chip timing

McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs Route Map

McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs Route Map

Start:

Competitive Track parking lot

Fountain Hills,us

Highlights

 Saguaro Lake

 McDowell Mountain Regional Park

 River of Time Museum

 Fountain Park

Maricopa Trail

Brown’s Ranch

Thompson Peak

Overview

The 50 Mile out and back course will run along the 50 km route but also includes a lollipop towards Saguaro Nest Trails and and out and back to the top of Thompson Peak.


McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs Trivia

Fountain Hills was named after the towering man-made fountain in the center of town.

Fountain Hills has the world's fourth tallest fountain.

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.