Utah Trail Running
In recent years, my summer exercise time has been increasingly occupied by running on dirt roads and trails, which seems to be easier on my aging body than pounding the asphalt. Although I participate in few races, I have listed here all of the Utah off-pavement running events of which I am aware. Please check this information with the race director to be sure that it is current. Also, please let me know about any errors or races that aren't included.
For more information on local and nearby trail runs, check out the Ultra Running Magazine calendar page, which lists trail runs across the country, along with ratings of terrain (1 = "flat or nearly flat", ... , 5 = "mountainous, total climb more than 250 feet per mile") and surface (1 = "paved or very smooth surface", ... , 5 = "very rough trail"). Other sources of information about trail races around the country and world are American Trail Running Association, Ultramarathon Running.
4/25/14 - This is a first draft. Please let me know of any additions that should be made or errors that you see. (hanscom 'at' cs 'dot' utah 'dot' edu)
7/10/14 - Added a date for the TUNA Mountain Challenge (10/4/14).
2014 Utah Off-Pavement Running Event Schedule
date race start dist. description Sat, Feb 1 Antelope Canyon 50 6:00am 50 mi and 50 km A scenic run through Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation. Sat, Feb 15 Moab's Red Hot 55K and 33K 8:00/8:30am 55/33 km Courses start at Gemini Trailhead north of Moab and end at Poison Spider Trailhead on Colorado River. All on dirt jeep roads. Sat, Mar 15 Inter FC Annual 5k & 10k 9:30am 5/10 km The course follows a mixture of well maintained dirt roads and single track trail, as it winds itself through Wheeler Farm. Sat, Mar 15 Monument Valley 50 7:00am 50 mi and 50 km A run through Navajo canyon country, with Lake Powell overlooks, from Page, Arizona. Fri & Sat, March 21-22 Antelope Island Buffalo Run 9:00/8:00am Sat, 6:00am Sat, noon Friday 25/50 km, 50/100 mi A 25-k loop on trails around the north end of Antelope Island for the 25 and 50K; a different 50 mile course in the same area for the 50 and 100 mile. Sat, Mar 29 Behind the Rocks 50 5:30am/7:30am 50 mi/50 km Courses on slickrock, single and double tracks around Moab. Fri, Apr 4 Zion 100 6:00am 100 mi, 100 km, 50 km Courses start and end in Virgin town park and follow trails on the Gooseberry, Grafton, and Guacamole mesas. Many spectacular views of Zion National Park and surroundings along the course. Sat, Apr 12 Timp Shadow 5K 8:00am 5 km Course is a loop starting at the Bonneville Shoreline trailhead in Provo Canyon. Contact Tyson at 801-735-2640 for more information. Wed, Apr 16 Wasatch Trail Run Series 6:30 pm in Draper, 7:00 pm at ski resorts 5/10K Races every Wed evening through August 27 on trails, either around Corner Canyon in Draper or at one of the ski resorts. Check the website for details in a particular week. Sat, Apr 19 Desert Rats Trail Running Festival 6:30am 52 mi, 50 km, 26 mi Courses are in challenging desert terrain on the Kokopelli and adjacent trails. Sat, May 3 Amasa 6.5 mi, 9.5 mi, and 14.5 mi 8:00am 6.5/9.5/14.5 mi Courses start and end at Kane Creek Trailhead south of Moab and follow loops on jeep roads and single tracks in the Amasa Back area. Sat, May 17 Grand Canyon Ultras 6:00am 100/50 mi, 50 km A run through remote terrain in the Kaibab National Forest along the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Sat, May 24 Timp Trail Marathon & Half Marathon 6:00am/8:00am 27 mi/13 mi The courses follow mountain trails and fire roads along the west face of Mount Timpanogos. Sat, June 7 Vigor Utah Solitude Trail Series Race #1 7:00am 3/5/8/11 mi Courses are trails around the Solitude Ski Area. Sat, June 14 16 Crossings 6:30am 20 km A run up Birch Creek Canyon and back. Sat, June 14 Bryce Canyon Ultras 6:00am 100/50 mi, 50 km A run through the Dixie National Forest along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt plateau with views of the Bryce Canyon hoodoos. Sat, June 21 Park City Tail Series 8:00am 5 km Trail run in Round Valley. Sat, June 21 Wahsatch Steeplechase 6:00am 15 mi Memory Grove to the summit of Black Mountain along a sometimes narrow and very exposed trail; return via City Creek road and trail. Sat, June 28 Logan Peak Trail Run 6:00am 28 mi Trail run on singletrack and 4wd roads with 7261 feet of elevation gain/loss in the Cache National Forest, Logan, Utah. Sat, July 5 Alpine to Slickrock 5:00am 50/42 mi Courses start at base of LaSal Mountains and cross three 11,000 foot passes before dropping down to finish at the Slick Rock trailhead. Sat, July 12 Skyline 50 6:00am 50 mi Course starts at the bottom of the Powder Mountain road and circles the north end of the Ogden Valley. In the process it goes over Willard, Ben Lomond, and Lewis peaks, drops down to Pineview Reservoir, and finishes along the trail by the reservoir to the park in Eden. Sat, July 12 Park City Tail Series 8:00am 10 km Trail run in Round Valley. Sat, July 12 Battle at Big Springs 8K 8:00am 8 km Course is a loop from Big Springs State Park up the South Fork of Provo Canyon above Vivian Park. Sat, July 12 Vigor Utah Solitude Trail Series Race #2 7:00am 3/5/8/11 mi Courses are trails around the Solitude Ski Area. Sat, July 12 Canyon to Canyon Half Marathon 7:00am 13 and 6 mi Out and back from East Canyon Resort to Jeremy Ranch on a dirt road. Sat, July 19 Speedgoat 50K 6:30 am 50 km 50 kilometers of trails around Alta and Snowbird, with lots of vertical. Sat, Aug 2 Jupiter Peak Steeplechase 8:00am 15 mi Park City Mountain Resort, up Thaynes Canyon to Jupiter Peak, along the ridge to Scotts Pass, and back down Thaynes to the start. Sat, Aug 2 Kat'cina Mosa 100K 3:00am 100 km Up the Left Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon, Pole Heaven road, and Rock Canyon to the Wasatch crest. Down to Big Springs in Little South Fork of the Provo. Up to Windy Pass and east to Little Valley on the Great Western Trail. Back over the ridge and down the Right Fork of Hobble Creek. Sat, Aug 9 Park City Tail Series 8:00am 15 km Trail run in Round Valley. Sat, Aug 9 El Vaquero Loco 7:00am 25/50 km Out and back run in National Forest near Afton, Wyoming. Sat, Aug 16 Skyline Mountain Marathon 6:00am 14/26 mi Marathon starts at North Fork Park in Liberty, climbs to the shoulder of Ben Lomond, drops down to North Ogden Pass, climbs up Lewis Peak, drops down to Pineview Reservoir, follows the trail along the reservoir to the park in Eden. Half marathon starts at North Ogden Pass and follows the same route to the finish. Sat, Aug 16 Vigor Utah Solitude Trail Series Race #3 7:00am 3/5/8/11 mi Courses are trails around the Solitude Ski Area. Sat, Aug 16 Sapper Joe Trail Race 5:00am 15/30/50 km Courses are trails and dirt roads around Camp Williams. Sat, Aug 23 Bryce Canyon Rim Run 9:00am 5 mi Starts and ends at Ruby's Inn. Follows rolling dirt trails near Bryce Canyon National Park. Sat, Aug 30 Gruesome Grizzly 8K 8:00am 8 km Course is a loop from Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon. Friday, Sept 5 Wasatch Front 100 5:00am 100 mi Layton to Midway (The Homestead) along the Wasatch crest. See the web page for more details. Sat, Sept 6 Little Grand Canyon Marathon 6:30am 26 mi A point-to-point race starting just south of Huntington State Park and following dirt roads down through BuckHorn Wash to the San Rafael Swell. See the web page for more details. Sat, Sept 13 Mid Mountain Marathon 8:00am ~26 mi A point-to-point race starting at Deer Valley, passing through Park City Mountain Resort, and ending at the Canyons. The course follows the newly completed Mid Mountain Trail, which is all at about 8000 feet in elevation. Sat, Sept 20 Park City Tail Series 8:00am 13 mi Trail run in Round Valley. Friday, Sept 26 Bear 100 6:00am 100 mi Logan to Bear Lake. A cool autumn loop through the pines, golden aspen and red maples of the Wasatch/Bear River Range. Sat, Sept 27 Hidden Peak Challenge 10:00am 6 km Hill climb up the Snowbird ski area. Sat, Sept 27 Elk 50K & Half 6:00am/8:00am 50 km/13 mi The courses follow mountain trails and fire roads along the west face of Mount Timpanogos. Sat, Oct 4 TUNA Mountain Challenge Duathlon 10:00am 10 mi The course will be a 5K run followed by a 10K bike on the Soldier Hollow cross country ski trails. Teams or individual entries are welcome. Shorter distances for kids. Register at the start before 9:30. This is a fun event, with (white elephant) prizes provided by competitors. Contact Chris Magerl at 801-595-8293 or daymag 'at' hotmail 'dot' com for more details. Sat, Oct 11 Antelope Island 50K and 100K 8:00am and 6:00am 50/100 km A 50 km loop on trails down the west side of Antelope Island, then back up the east side. Start and finish are at the White Rock Bay trailhead. Sat, Oct 11 Trial @ Trail 51 15K 8:00am 15 km Course is a loop from the North Orem Bonneville Shoreline trailhead. Friday, Oct 17 Pony Express Trail 50 and 100 Mile Run 8:00am 50 or 100 mi This is a no-fee fun run. No aid tations, no markings, no awards, no sponsors. Just 100 miles of dirt roads. You must have your own support crew! Sat, Oct 18 Frary Peak Hill Climb ??? 6 mi Up and back on the Frary Peak Trail on Antelope Island. Sat, Oct 18 Corner Canyon Ultra Trail Run 50K/25K 6:00/7:00am 50/25 km The course follows many trails throughout Corner Canyon. To name a few: Ghost Falls, Clarks Trail, Ann.s Trail, Canyon Hollow, Oak Hollow, Bonneville Shoreline, and the famous Widowmaker climb. Sat, Nov 8 Moab Trail Marathon & Half Marathon 9:00am 13/26 km The course wanders through canyons and along ridges on trails and dirt roads around Moab. One "fixed rope section" adds some adventure to the course. National Trail Marathon Championship. Sat, ??? Mountain View Trail Half Marathon 9:00am 13 mi A point-to-point run on Antelope Island dirt roads and trails from White Rock Bay to Garr Ranch. Sat, ??? Up-N-Over Trail Run 10:00am 5/10 km A trail run, with about 1400 feet of climb, from the old gravel pit in North Ogden to the top of North Ogden Pass, where you'll stop if you choose to do the 5k. 10k racers will run down the other side to the Wolf Mountain Ski Area. This is a fundraiser for Ogden Nordic trail maintenance and development programs.