5 minute video of the 2016 preview running
Note routing in 2017 will not be returning via Cottonwood Canyon (your ankles will thank you), rather all return routes will follow along the rim of Cottonwood Canyon on an ATV trail.
UPDATE: 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 needs 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 were sore and tired, any many noted "bonus" miles, there were no reports of major injuries to runners. The last three 47 mile 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!
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. The half-marathon course covers 21km/13 miles, the marathon distance is 42km/26 miles, and the ultramarathon distance covers 75km/47 miles. There will be aid stations throughout the course, but given distances and time between these, all runners need to carry personal hydration with them (hydration vest or a water bottle). There will be a pre-race pasta party during packet pickup the evening before the race. And those traveling to the event can either choose from the many local hotels, or we have a field for 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 21 mile loop around Table Mountain, and then run the marathon course. More details on the "Course" page.
Time limits have been extended for each distance from previous publications. The half marathon has a staggered start at 7:40/ 7:50/ 8:00 AM and should be completed before 1:00 PM (5 hours). The marathon begins at 7:20 AM and should be completed 4:50 PM (9.5 hours). The ultramarathon starts at 6:00 AM and should be completed by 9:00 PM (15 hours). Ultramarathon runners should use lights/headlamps for their first hour in the morning, and also if on the course after 7:00 PM.
This year will be the first official running of this race, so come experience this unique event from the beginning.
An informal preview run was held November 2016; check out images from this event further below. Note that course routing for 2017 has been modified to meet the three distances, and to make it safer for runners. All distances will run on the scenic overlook rim trails above Cottonwood Canyon this year as they return to Richfield.
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.
The spectacular lands of the Fishlake National Forest and their permission makes this race possible
Registration for 2017 now closed:
Click for a description of the amazing canyons and trails covered in the run.
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An annual 65 mile, 6-person relay race starting at Fishlake and ending in downtown Richfield.