Come explore wild red rock canyons and trails in an unforgettable trail running event. The race is located just a 1 hour 45 minute drive South of Provo, Utah. Run through several unique canyons which are connected by remote sections of the Paiute ATV trail. There are three distances to choose from: a 13 mile half-marathon, a 26 mile marathon, and a 50 mile ultramarathon. There will be an optional (free for fun) 3 mile group hike the afternoon before the race up a nearby canyon and stream. The evening before the race, there will be pre-race pasta feasting during packet pickup. Those traveling to the event can choose from the many local hotels, or we have a field available for free camping. Nice long-sleeve tek shirts for everyone, and awesome finisher medals for those who complete the race.
Course summary: the half-marathon runs a loop in the "Red Hills" West of Richfield. The Marathon distance does this loop, plus extends up higher on the mountains to double the distance. The ultramarathon will do a 24 mile loop around Table Mountain, and then completes the marathon course. More details on the "Course" page.
With a date changes to the Utah Deer Hunt in 2018 on the Phavant Mountain Range, the race weekend in 2018 has been moved up a couple weeks to avoid the same weekend. There will be a staggered start to the marathon and half-marathon distances to avoid congestion as runners enter a slot canyon and climb a ladder at 2 miles into the run. This is why you will see multiple options for these distances as you register on ultrasignup.com. The marathon will start at 7:10 AM (so no need for headlamps) & 7:20 AM. The half marathon will start at 7:30/7:40/ 7:50 and if needed 8:00 AM. The ultramarathon starts at 6:00 AM, and head or hand lamps are recommended the first hour, and required if going to be on the course after 7:00 PM.
Because of awesome slots canyons at the beginning of the race, space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot for this unique race.
(23-January-2018) Updated GPS maps and elevation profiles will be coming soon, as well as images and video from the 2017 race. Until then, check out the video below from the 2016 preview run.
UPDATE (October 2017): Congratulations to all the racers who participated in the Crimson Canyons Ultra on Saturday, October 14th! It was a gorgeous fall day. Race times will be entered in Ultrasignup over the next several days. Some manual adjustments for the staggered start times in the 1/2 marathon need to be made. The most common feedback from finishers of all three distances was that it was one tough course, but so worth it. The first and only casualty of the day was one of the motorbikes on a steep technical climb to Aid Station B, that sat on the precarious mountain side most the day with broken handlebars. Shout out to all the volunteers. While many runners were sore and tired, any many noted "bonus" miles, there were no reports of major injuries to runners. The last three 75km runners who started at 6am, came in around 8:30 PM. It was a great day to spend with all the amazing runners who came from all across the USA!
Take a photo or video tour of the course.
Gary's Shoes is providing gift certificates to the male and female winners of each distance
CJF helps create good sustainable jobs for disadvantaged young adults in Cambodia through several programs. To support the good work they do, 10% of race profits will be donated to this 501c3 non-profit.
Hammer will be providing endurance products for all participating athletes.
An annual 65 mile, 6-person relay race starting at Fishlake and ending in downtown Richfield.
5 minute video of the 2016 preview running
Note, the race now runs along the rim of Cottonwood Canyon (your ankles will thank you), rather than in the stream at the end of this video. But, an informal optional group hike up this canyon will happen the day before the race.
Click for a description of the amazing canyons and trails covered in the run.
The spectacular lands of the Fishlake National Forest and their permission makes this race possible
2018 Registration now open
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