Bryce Canyon Ultras

100 Mile | 50 Mile | 60K | 50K | 30K

  • Location: Hatch, UT
  • Date: May 28-29, 2022 
  • Terrain: Technical Dirt Trail
  • Difficulty: Difficult (5/5)

May 28-29, 2022

Hatch, UT

Difficulty:

Technical Dirt Trail

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Race Info

May 28-29, 2022

Exact start times vary for each event. More info coming soon!


BCU Start Line

Corner of E Bench Rd and Forest Rd 109

Hatch, Utah 

Expo & Bib Pickup

May 27, 2022

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Both bib-pickup and the race start/finish line begin at the same location.


Course Overview

New! Some distances have eligibility requirements. Check them out >>

Strollers allowed? No

Disability Friendly? No

Dogs allowed? No, only at finish line

Please train accordingly, terrain makes a significant impact on run times and physical endurance.

Course Descriptions & Maps

This scenic, mountain course runs around the northern half and along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 7,000 – 9,000 ft.  

  • 30K  Race

  • 50K Race

  • 60K Race

  • 50 Mile Ultra

  • 100 Mile Ultra

Bryce Canyon 30K

Course Time Limit: 8 hours  
Race Start Time: 7:00 - 7:30 am
New! Training Recommendations

The 30k starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on doubletrack up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1).

From there, the route heads southeast for 1.6 miles toward Blue Fly aid station (mile 3.7). After Blue Fly aid, the course will head west on a rugged doubletrack road. This will be mostly downhill for a little over 4 miles before coming to the Badger Creek aid station (mile 8.2).

From there you will take a right running along forest service road 109. This will be a nice doubletrack road for the next 4 miles. It will be a steady climb with about 1,500 ft. of elevation gain. You will peak out around mile 12 where it will begin the nice steady downhill for the remainder of the course. We will have a water only station set up at the FS road 601 junction (mile 13.2).

You will jump onto a nice downhill singletrack section for the next 3 miles bringing you into the Proctor Canyon aid station one last time (mile 16.2). From it is all downhill for 2.1 miles to the finish line at the bottom of the canyon.


Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Map

Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Elevation

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HOW TO PREPARE

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FREE custom Training Plan for each event!

No matter what your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance! We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all levels.

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Know Your Guidelines!

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a cup-free event! Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course!

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Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Bryce Canyon Ultras Race Details

New! Requirements for registration
Please review our eligibility qualifications (required) and recommendations (suggested) before registering for a bib!

A link to your official qualifying race results will be required in order to participate. If the qualifying race is scheduled to take place after a runner plans to register, please include a link to that race's website during registration. Upon completion of the qualifying race, your Zion registration must be updated to include a link to the official results*.

100 Mile
Qualification

Runners interested in registering for the 100 Mile race MUST have completed a 50-mile race (or a race of greater distance) between May 29, 2020 and May 28, 2022. 

50 Mile
Qualification

Runners interested in registering for the 50 Mile race MUST have completed a marathon race (or a race of greater distance) between May 29, 2020 and May 28, 2022.

60K, 50K, & Half Marathon
Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that runners interested in registering for either the 60K, 50K, or half marathon races train on technical trails prior to race day. These are technical trail courses and should not be your first introduction to this type of terrain.

*Need to update your registration?  Log into your RunSignUp account, click Profile, click Manage Registration, click Questions, add the link in the text field under the qualification section and click Update Responses at the bottom of the page.

Race Schedule

Below is an anticipated schedule for the 2022 Bryce Canyon Ultras race weekend. We are still many months out from the event, so please check back for updated info.

*Please have a headlamp for early morning race starts. This course is technical and you will need to see your path!

Friday

11am-7 pm: All distances may pick up thier race bib at the expo which is located at the staging area in Hatch, UT.

8 pm: 100 mile, 50 mile, 60K, and 50K drop bags deadline

Saturday

4 am: Race day bib pickup opens  (get here early!)

5-5:20 am: 100 mile race start

5:30-5:50 am: 50 mile race start

6-6:20 am: 60K race start

6:30-6:50 am: 50K race start

7-7:30 am: 30K race start

3:30 pm: 30K cutoff

8:20 pm: 50K cutoff

9:20 pm: 60K cutoff

11:20 pm: 50 Mile cutoff

Sunday

5:20 pm: 100 mile cutoff

Bib Pickup & Expo

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet:

Option #1: Race Expo
We recommend getting your bib at our Race Expo, always held the Friday before the race. We’ll have our merchandise table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
We will have limited race morning bib and packet pickup on race morning at the start line. Get there early!

Option #3: Shipped Before the Race ($20)
You can add a shipped bib to your registration until one month before the race by logging into RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, and Add Ons.

Refunds: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.

Race Expo

Date: May 28, 2022 (Friday)

Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM (drop bags allowed until 8pm)

Location: BCU Start Line in Hatch, Utah (at the mouth of Proctor Canyon) 

Our race expo is your chance to pick up your bib and race packet, ask last minute questions, meet fellow runners, and get pumped for race day! Merchandise will be available. 

Expo and race day parking are at the same location. 

Drop bags should be submitted by 8:00PM!

example of 2021 event staging

Aid Stations

At our ultra marathons the aid stations play a critical role in getting you across the finish line!

Note: Each distance will have a different set-up of aid stations.

100 Mile - 14 full aid stations + 6 water-only stations

50 Mile - 8 full aid stations + 3 water-only stations

60K & 50K- 6 full aid stations + 2 water-only stations 

30K - 4 full aid station + 1 water-only station

Hours - Aid stations will close according to the posted minimum pace time.

Medic - At our busiest aid stations we try and staff a medical volunteer to help with larger issues. See your race guide for more details. 

All aid stations have composting toilets.

Food & Supplies

  • Water
  • Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink)
  • Fresh-cut fruit
  • Soda
  • A variety of both salty and sweet items

We will also have additional food and supplies further along in the course which may include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tortillas w/ Nutella
  • PB&J
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Dill pickles
  • Chips
  • A variety of candies
  • An anti-chafing agent
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid supplies

We will also have a limited supply of:

  • Gels
  • Salt caps
  • Electrolyte caps
Ultra Marathon Aid Station

If any item is of critical importance to your ability to finish, please consider putting it in your drop bag. 

While we do our best to help each runner finish the race, food selection and nutrient needs vary between runners. If you rely on a specific food or hydration routine, please use the drop bags to pack what you need along the course. 

Drop Bags (Ultras only)

For any ultra marathon distance you may use drop bags. You can leave a drop bag at designated aid stations. Please observe the following rules: 

  • All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
  • All drop bags must be left in the designated drop off location (near the start line) by 8pm the night before the race.
  • No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
  • Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
  • Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags.
  • Maximum size: Shoe box size for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffle or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.
Getting Your Drop Bag Back

Generally all bags come back about 90 minutes after the aid station fully closes (all distances that pass through it). There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area at all aid stations that allow drop bags. This is an area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it from that particular location and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area. Crew or volunteers are not allowed to sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.

If you do not want to stick around, we can mail your drop bags to you after the race for $10 per bag.

Offline Maps (Avenza) & Interactive Map

Offline Avenza Maps

Now you can use our maps offline with a gps-enabled device!

We plan to mark the course with such rigor that you should not need your own map to help you find your way. However, we have experienced blown down signs and vandalism in the past. We recommend downloading the free Avenza app (available for iOS, and Android devices) before the event. There you can find our uploaded maps that work without cell coverage.

Here's how:
1. Download the free app "AVENZA MAPS" to your smart-phone or tablet while your device is online. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
2. Open the app > Tap "Store" (Shopping Cart Icon) > Tap "Find Maps" > Search for the specific distance you would like to download. Type your search exactly as it appears below:
     Bryce Canyon 100 mile Ultra
     Bryce Canyon 50 mile Ultra
     Bryce Canyon 60km
     Bryce Canyon 50km Ultra
     Bryce Canyon 30km
3. Tap on the label on the map > tap "install" and the map will begin to download.
4. The map is now ready to use “offline”. Simply open the app, click on the Map and your GPS location will appear on the map.

NEW!
Tap below to directly download your race distance map!

Interactive Course Map

Timing Requirements
Overall Cutoff Times

Each runner must complete their race within the below cutoff time, otherwise they will receive a DNF. Your time starts the moment each runner crosses the start line, so be sure to pay attention to your individual start time and NOT just your starting window!

100 mile - 36 hours
50 Mile - 17.5 hours
60K - 15 hours
50K - 13.5 hours
30K - 8 hours

Minimum Paces (Guidelines only)

The link below is a guideline to help you gauge how you are doing in the race. Beating these times during training will help you avoid a DNF. If you find yourself consistently behind these minimums, your chances of finishing before the official close of the race will be small.  Finishing after the minimum pace time OR outside of your overall cutoff time will result in a DNF. However, you will be allowed to continue as long as race officials believe you are in good health.

Competing for a Top Finisher spot?

While qualifiying times are based on chip time (the moment you cross the start mat), overall top finisher awards are based on gun time, so you will need be at the start line at the beginning of your race's 20-30min start window. This doesn’t mean you will get more time to complete the whole race, it just means you have more time to make the cutoffs.

Don't Fear the Reaper!

On the aid station cutoff sheet, there is a column for Grim Reaper times. These are distance checkpoints that will result in immediate disqualification from the race if missed, even by 1 second. There is no negotiation or exceptions under any circumstances. 

A race official will be on site to ensure all runners are past checkpoints before the Grim Reaper shows up. Runners must exit the aid station before the posted Grim Reaper times in order to beat the reaper.

Pacers & Crew

Pacers

Pacers must register with the race prior to the race start. Pacers are only allowed for the 100 mile and 50 mile distances. There is no cost to register a pacer. Runners will be able to register their pacer(s) when checking in. Runners may register multiple pacers for the event, but each runner will be issued a single PACER bib and is allowed only one pacer at a time on course. Pacers must have their PACER bib visible at all times.

• 50 Miler Pacers will be able to join their runner at Red Canyon Aid Station 2nd Pass (mile 37.6) or later (wherever crew access is allowed).

• 100 Miler Pacers will be able to join their runner at Straight Canyon Aid Station or (mile 57.4, mile 77) or Crawford Pass Aid Station (mile 67.2).
Please note: 100 mile pacers must understand they are committed to running the remainder of the race with their runner, as there are no other crew-accessible aid stations after the 2nd pass of Straight Canyon Aid Station (mile 77).

Pacers will need to drive themselves to these aid stations to join their runner.
Click here for a map and directions to various aid stations for crewing and pacing.

*60K, 50K, and 30K runners are not allowed to have pacers on course with them. Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of the runner being paced.

Save time, and register your pacer or crew before event weekend

Crew

Crew access is only allowed for the 100 mile, 50 mile, and 60K distances. The accessible aid stations are shown on the aid station cutoff sheet.

Due to the social distancing requirements from state and local agencies, crew will be greatly restricted at this event. Same as with Pacers, each runner may request a bib for crew members. Only 1 crew member at a time will be allowed out of the car at the aid station, and must be wearing the crew bib. Any runners whose crew doesn’t abide by these guidelines will be disqualified, so make sure your crew understands and follows all guidelines and restrictions at aid stations. Please choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.
Note: As we get closer to the event, crew restirictions may be lessened. The race director will make adjustments and announcements for any major changes several weeks before race weekend.

There are no shuttles for pacers or crew. They will need to plan and figure our their own transportation needs throughout the event.

Crew access driving directions:

• East Fork Aid Station

• Coyote Hollow Aid Station
Straight Canyon Aid Station
• Crawford Pass Aid Station
Red Canyon Aid Station

*There are no crew allowed for the 50K and 30K distances.

Awards

The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. A variety of locally made or unique custom made awards or finisher medals will be provided to the finishers of the other distances. Special awards will be given to the **top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.

Ultras Overall awards are based on gun time. Here's why:

At our Ultramarathons, we offer a larger, more unique overall winner prize. Calculating awards based on gun time allows us to award these prizes in-person, instead via mail. We believe strongly in celebrating your accomplishments at the event (plus, the prizes don't ship well...)

If you are interested in competing for a top award you will need to line up at the front at the beginning of your start window so your chip time and the gun time are the same. 

Packing List
Recommended gear & apparel

Whether this race will be your first ultra marathon, your first trail race, or your first time running in this area of the country- we recommend coming prepared. We've created a packing list to help you think through what you may need for your race, so you can minimize stress and feel prepared. 

Rules for Race Day
Please review these guidelines so you know what to expect during the race!

Course Marking
For course marking all distances/courses will be marked with pink flags and ribbons. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.

Checking in at aid stations
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station). Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, you will be responsible for all related search party costs.

Timing Checkpoints
Depending on which distance you are running, you will find checkpoints at the following aid stations: Proctor Canyon, Blue Fly, East Fork, Blubber Creek, and Red Canyon Aid Stations. We will have a short corral that all runners MUST pass through upon arrival at the aid station on each pass. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the race. 

Dropping
Any runner dropping out of the race MUST hand their bib over to the aid station captain where they are dropping. Failure to do so will result in a 2 year suspension from all Vacation Races events.

Medical
At each aid station there will be a tent with self serve medical items like bandaids, salt tabs, etc. We will have trained medical personnel at the finish line as well as at the Crawford Pass, East Fork, and Red Canyon Aid Stations. If you find yourself in an emergency, call 911. You will be personally responsible for any costs associated with medical dispatch. If the problems are not urgent, please contact race personnel. We are equipped to respond quickly to problems on course that are not life threateningly urgent.

Crew/Spectators
Due to the remote area of where the races run, this is not a very spectator-friendly event. The course and trails purposely get runners out into desert solitude while offering fantastic views of Bryce Canyon. There are only a few spots to watch and cheer on runners. East Fork, Coyote Hollow, Straight Canyon, and Crawford Pass are open to crew and spectators.

Please be courteous and cautious while driving to these locations as runners may be on the same road that leads to the aid stations. Also, check with HQ before trying to access these locations if there is inclement weather. Of course, the finish line is one of the best places to cheer on the finishers.

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