Grand Circle Trailfest

OCTOBER 4-6, 2018  |  Kanab, UT

A 3-day celebration of trail running

and the beautiful world around us.

What is Trailfest?

Trailfest is a social celebration. A meeting of friends who share a love of trail running, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation for our shared experience.


Run in the morning

Each morning, you'll run a gorgeous timed race on one of the world's most uniquely beautiful trail courses. 

You'll earn a finisher award for each daily race and overall winners will receive an additional placement award!

Explore all afternoon

After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and discovering other nearby beaches, restaurants, and sights. 

Absorb Southern Utah.

Enjoy the evening

After a day on the trails, sit back, and enjoy deserved rest, delicious food, expert presenters and motivational speakers, live bands, bonfires, a trail running film festival, yoga clinics, gear demonstrations, and more!

3 Courses

Bryce Canyon (13 miles)

Perhaps nowhere are the forces of natural erosion more tangible than at Bryce Canyon. Its wilderness of phantom-like rock spires, or hoodoos, attracts nearly two million visitors a year. On day one of the Trailfest, you'll see all of the beauty but avoid the crowds as you run on remote trails through the magical hoodoos unique to the Paunsaugunt Plateau.  

> More details about Day 1: Bryce Canyon

Zion (12 miles)

The towering sandstone walls and deep slot canyons of Zion National Park are unique to anywhere else on earth and attract 3 million visitors a year.  On day two, you'll run remote trails along the edge of a mesa, offering you commanding views of the majestic sandstone towers that make Zion famous.

> More details about Day 2: Zion

Grand Canyon (12 miles)

The grand finale of the festival! On day 3 you will run at the very start of the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River pours out of Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam and continues down river, carving the Grand Canyon. This course runs along Horseshoe Bend overlooking the Colorado River and then up through Waterholes Canyon - one of the area’s most amazing slot canyons. We will have one aid station near mile 8.

*Note: the official start of the Grand Canyon is at Lee’s Ferry, just a couple miles down river of Horseshoe Bend. This course may be one of our most scenic and unique of the three.

> More details about Day 3: Grand Canyon

**This course is being finalized and permit pending. We are still working with our Navajo friends to finalize this third course. If we can’t get things finalized we will go back to last year’s course on the North Rim which will also be about 12 miles.

Don't forget to check out the national park after the race!

Itinerary

*all times tentative and subject to change

Wednesday

12:00- 8:00pm - Runner check-in

4:00pm - Yoga class begins

5:00pm - Local musicians

7:00pm - Welcome/Event overview

7:30pm - Bryce course overview

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30pm - Fires out

Thursday

5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:45am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

6:00am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths, beer garden, massage tents and food vendors open

3:00pm - Yoga Starts

5:00pm - Clinic Speaker TBA

6:00pm - Native American performance- Apache Crown Dancers. Yoga classes end

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Bryce Awards. Demo booths close

7:15pm - Zion course overview

8:00pm - Massage tents close

9:00pm - Food trucks close, star gazing and beer garden ends

10:00pm - Quiet hour begins

10:30pm - Fires out

Friday

5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:45am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

6:00am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths, beer garden, massage tents and food trucks open

3:00pm - Yoga Starts

5:00pm - Navajo Hoop Dancers

5:30pm - Keynote Speaker TBA

6:00pm - Yoga classes end

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Zion awards. Demo booths close

7:15pm - Grand Canyon Course Overview

7:45pm - Film Festival TBA

8:00pm - Massage tents close

9:00pm - Food trucks close,  beer garden ends

9:15pm - Film festival ends

10:00pm - Quiet hour begins

10:30pm - Fires out

Saturday

4:45am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:15am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

5:30am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths open, beer garden opens, massage tents,  food trucks open and yoga begins. 

3:00pm - Yoga begins

5:00pm -  Live Music TBA

6:00pm - Yoga Ends

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Grand Canyon awards/Overall awards

8:00pm - Massage and demo booths close

8:30pm - Live music ends, Grand Canyon Awards and Overall awards

10:00pm - Food trucks close, beer garden ends

11:00pm - Fires out

Lodging Options

Festival HQ will be at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT!

We'll have plenty of camping for our Trailfest runners, but you are welcome to find your own lodging nearby if camping isn't your speed.

And yes, you can bring your friends and family. Campsites will be available from noon on Wednesday through noon on Sunday. (4 nights!)

Your Trailfest entry fee includes a camping pass to our group area at race headquarters. Bring your own tent or we can provide one for you. We have access to four baseball fields located adjacent to the city park (Festival headquarters). Camping* is allowed from noon on Wednesday (Oct. 3rd) through noon on Sunday (Oct. 7th). When you register, you will be able to select the option of camping/RV, or none, as well as purchase additional spots for friends and family.

There are bathrooms with flush toilets at the headquarters and there will also be compost toilets placed around the tent area and festival. Showers will be available at the Recreation Center/Pool next door.

Additional facilities include: pavilion with picnic tables, serving area (where Trailfest runners will provided with breakfast and dinner), three fire pits, stage for the film festivals, and a very large playground for kids. 

*It is possible to park a tent trailer or motorhome instead of tent camping, however, there aren't hookups available. Spaces are limited.

"Do I have to stay at festival HQ?"
Nope! We'll provide a tent and campsite for everyone who registers, but you don't have to take advantage of it. If you want to stay somewhere else and drive yourself to the festival and races, that is allowed.

"Is alcohol allowed at Trailfest?"
No, but also yes. We will have a beer garden at Trailfest. Utah and Kane County have certain laws we have to abide by that restrict where the beer garden can be. So it will be located at the “annex” of Trailfest. We invite everyone interested to come there and enjoy a drink.

There is NO ALCOHOL allowed at Jacob Hamblin Park, so please do not consume alcohol on park grounds outside of the designated beer garden. Failure to comply will impact our relationship with Kanab and could put the future of the event in jeopardy.

ADDITIONAL HOTEL, VACATION RENTAL, AND CAMPING OPTIONS

Whether you prefer a hotel, the convenience of a home-like living space, or want to be a part of the great outdoors there's an option for you! There are a few companies we've partnered with to search for the best options in the area for hotels, vacation rentals, and camping areas:

HOTEL

VACATION RENTAL

CAMPING

Transportation

We encourage you to drive to the start of each race so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the park and surrounding area on your schedule! However we will have shuttles each day taking runners to that day's course.

We’ll provide more specifics about Trailfest transportation options and timelines as the event gets closer!

Travel

Kanab is a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, NV, a 4 1/2 hour drive from Salt Lake City, UT, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, AZ.  No matter which way you're coming from, you will see some amazing country en route.

FROM LAS VEGAS: You will traverse the Mojave Desert and transition to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, with views of Zion National Park and the Mt. Caanan Wilderness Area, and the Kaibab Paiute Reservation.  

FROM SALT LAKE CITY: You will drive down the scenic Hwy 89 with views of the Paunsugaunt Plateau (home to Bryce Canyon National Park) and through the towering white sandstone cliffs just east of Zion National Park.

FROM PHOENIX: You will drive through Flagstaff and continue north, paralleling the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and through Navajo land. You'll have two amazing options that are equally breathtaking and similar in distance/time from Kanab. If you take Hwy 89A, you'll cross the Colorado River via Navajo Bridge near Lee's Ferry, then drive along the stunning Vermillion Cliffs National Monument before climbing up onto the famous Kaibab Plateau and then descending down into Kanab with perhaps the most expansive views of the entire Grand Staircase, including Zion and Bryce. We highly recommend this route.  The other option is to take Hwy 89 through Page, AZ (Make sure to get out and hike out to see Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River while you're there). You'll drive across Glen Canyon right below the dam with views of Lake Powell before heading west with views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the north and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument to the south. 

Kids Camp

Kids camp is going to be a blast!

Kids at Kids Camp will eat breakfast and lunch daily and get a free t-shirt. There will be tons of time for play as well as activities to keep your children busy. For the Grand Circle Trailfest Kids Camp, we'll have a licensed daycare provider with several volunteers helping out. (Ages 3-16)

Kids camp is $30.00 per child per day. If you have more than 1 child please add for the quantity you'll need.

Race Results

Testimonials

What have others said about Trailfest?

Super excited!

Super excited to run the trails of Nor Cal! Did the grand circle trailfest and looking forward to this new adventure!

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Jill Hansen
Trailfest Participant

Absolutely amazing!

Trailfest was absolutely amazing! Very well organized and so much fun! Thank you everyone who helped put this event together!

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Staci Geiselman
Trailfest Participant

Loved it

We had an amazing time...I've never done back to back to back like that ever and loved it. Know that I know I can I will try to do more because of this experience. Thank you!

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Thaddeus Zysk
Trailfest Participant

The cost is expensive but with what you are getting for the cost I completely understand the price.

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Elliot M.
Grand Circle Trailfest Participant

Amazing event!

Thank you so much for such an amazing event! I came with two dear friends and left with dozens of new ones. [...] I will be back!

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Shannon Halda-Wipf
Trailfest Participant

Trailfest really spoiled us

A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, crew, and organizers! Trailfest, you really spoiled us runners. Thanks for the amazing experience!

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Donna Grimm
Trailfest Participant

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Race Packages & Pricing

All Access

3-day Pass

October 4-6

  • Entry to all 3 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 6 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$675 / runner

$575 / runner

Save $100 through April 22nd

2-Race Pass
+ Festival

October 4-6

  • Entry to any 2 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 4 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$485 / runner

$385 / runner

Save $100 through April 22nd

1-Race Pass
+ Festival

October 4-6

  • Entry to any 1 course
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 2 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$295 / runner

$195 / runner

Save $100 through April 22nd

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Registration Periods

Early Bird: Jan. 26 – Apr. 22, 2018
Regular: Apr. 23 – Jul. 22, 2018
Late: Jul. 23 – Oct. 4, 2018


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will Trailfest sell out?

What time does the race start?

Will there be shuttles?

How do I register on a team/How do teams work?

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Do I have to take the shuttle?

Are there aid stations on course?

Are dogs allowed?

Are strollers allowed?

How do meal tickets work?

What is weather like in the area this time of year?

Do I have to stay at the festival?

How do the tents work at the festival?

What are the meal options?

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