Bryce Canyon Ultras
& Trail Half Marathon

May 17–18, 2019  |  Hatch, UT

Course Details

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.  

Maps and Course Descriptions

  • Half Marathon (Trail)
  • 50K
  • 60K NEW!
  • 50 Miler
  • 100 Miler

50 Miler

Course cutoff: 16 hours

The 50 miler starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on double track up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.1). 

From there the route follows the Grandview trail south for 3 miles on singletrack, climbing an additional 1,000 ft. to an unmanned water station (mile 5.2), where the route then breaks off the Grandview trail and doubles back, heading north to the Blue Fly aid station (mile 8.9) up onto the rim of the plateau. There is approximately 800 ft. of vertical gain and loss over this section through a gorgeous hoodoo amphitheater.

After Blue Fly aid, the route heads inland on a double track that heads northeast on a gradual downhill slope to Johnson Hollow Water only station (mile 15.6) Then continues on for another 3 miles to an aid station near the East Fork of the Sevier River in the center of the plateau. From East Fork aid (mile 18.3), you’ll continue northwest on double track that takes you back towards the edge of the plateau.

After the aid station at Coyote Hollow trailhead (mile 24.5), runners hop on the famous Thunder Mountain trail. The first 4 miles of this trail climbs up and down a series of about a dozen small ridges, each with about a hundred feet of climb and descent. It then steeply drops through a series of hoodoos on what is likely the most photographed section of the course. This section of trail can also be a bit slippery on the steeper sections, as there is often a tiny gravel layer that sits on top of the hard pack trail and can cause runners to lose their footing.

When the Thunder Mountain trail T’s into the Grandview trail (approximately mile 31), take a right and head north to the Red Canyon aid station (mile 32.4). From here runners will head out for a 5 mile loop on the spectacular Golden Wall trail. There is about 1,400 ft. of climbing and descent on this section.

After passing through Red Canyon aid station a second time (mile 37.6), the route heads south along the Grandview trail 5 miles to an aid station in Hillsdale Canyon (mile 42.9). Although this appears to be a comparatively mild section along the bottom of the plateau, this terrain is relentless with constant ups and downs- there is still over 800 ft. of climbing!

The next section is similar, climbing over a series of small ridges in the foothills that ends up being more than a thousand feet of climbing over 7 miles to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 48.7).

From here, it is all downhill on the finish line at the pond at the bottom of the canyon.

2019 Bryce Canyon Ultras 50 Map

2019 Bryce Canyon Ultras 50 Elevation

Minimum Pace and Cutoff Times

100 mile, Overall cutoff - 36 hours
100K, Overall cutoff - 21.5 hours
50K, Overall cutoff - 12 hours
Half Marathon cutoff - 5 hours

Click here for a detailed table of individual aid station cutoffs

The link above is a guideline to help you gauge how you are doing in the race. Beating these times 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, but you will be allowed to continue as long as race officials believe you are in good health. Finishing after the minimum pace time at the finish will result in a DNF.

Don't Fear the Reaper: On the aid station cutoff sheet, there is a column for Grim Reaper times. Where applicable-specific Grim Reaper locations on this course. These are checkpoints that if missed, even by 1 second, will result in immediate disqualification from the race. There is no negotiation or exceptions under any circumstances.

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

Avenza Offline Course 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 Trail Half Marathon
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.

Ultra Marathon Aid Stations

At our ultra marathons the aid stations play a critical role in getting you across the finish line. Before mile 26, we have a more basic set of foods available at each aid station including things like:

  • Water
  • GoGnarly electrolyte drink
  • Fresh-cut fruit
  • Soda
  • A variety of both salty and sweet items

After mile 26, the aid stations will also have real food that may include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tortillas w/ Nutella
  • PB&J
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Dill pickles
  • Chips
  • Candies

All aid stations are stocked with self serve aid stations supplies such as anti-chafing agent, and sunscreen. In addition, we will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps, and electrolyte caps.

If any item is of critical importance to your ability to finish, please consider putting it in your drop bag. While we want to do our best to help each runner finish the race, food selection is often a guess as to what each runner will want or need, and we occasionally guess wrong. For example, if you always need a Coca Cola soda at mile 80, do not count on the aid station to provide this; you should put it in your drop bag.

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.

Thank you for putting on a terrific event! The volunteers were amazing, course was perfectly challenging, and I would definitely recommend this race to a friend. Thank you thank you!

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Darcie M
Bryce Canyon 50K Runner

Most difficult thing I've done

Easily the most difficult thing I've done in life. First Hundo in the bag!

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Matt Cowgill

Event Schedule

Thursday:

  • 2-7 pm: 100 mile check in at the expo at the mouth of Proctor Canyon (50 mile, 60K, 50K, and Half Marathon runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-7 pm).
  • 6 pm: 100 Mile course overview meeting (optional)
  • 8 pm: 100 mile drop bags deadline

Friday

  • 4 am: Last-minute bib pickup opens 
  • 5 am: 100 mile race begins  
  • 2- 7 pm: 50 mile, 60K, 50k and Half Marathon check in **any runners unable to check in at this time may also check in race day. Be at check in at least 45 minutes before the race start.
  • 6 pm: course overview meeting (optional) 
  • 8 pm: 50 mile, 60K, and 50k drop bags deadline

Saturday:  

  • 4 am: Morning bib pickup opens. Be at check in at least 45 minutes before your race start. 
  • 5 am: 50 mile & 60K race begins  
  • 6 am: 50K race begins
  • 7 am: Half Marathon begins
  • 1 pm: Half Marathon cutoff
  • 5 pm: 100 Mile cutoff
  • 6 pm: 50K cutoff
  • 7 pm: 60k cutoff
  • 9 pm: 50 mile cutoff

Travel

Camping: If you're a fan of camping, the best option by far will be to stay near the staging area at the mouth of Proctor Canyon - That's right at the start and finish lines! We have plenty of space for primitive camping. There is enough space for everyone, and cars and *RVs are welcome.

The cost to camp will be $30 for up to three nights during race weekend. Additional nights will be $10 per night. Reservations are not required. Just show up to the event, pay for a campsite with cash and you can choose where to camp. 

Please note that only cash will be accepted for camping fees.

*No RV hookups available. 

Rope swing at Lucky 7 Ranch

Showers are available at Riverside Ranch for $10 (that includes access to their group lounge and laundry facilities). It's just a 10 minute drive from the finish line.

Lodging: While the area is a bit remote, there are lodging options in the nearby towns. You can find a few motels in Hatch, just a few minutes from race HQ. We also recommend looking in Panguitch (13 minutes away) and Bryce (30 minutes away). Here's a useful link to find lodging in the area. If you're looking to stay closer to the park entrance, Ruby's Inn is a great choice.

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Bib & Packet Pickup

All runner check-in will take place at the mouth of Proctor Canyon (the same place as all start and finish lines). 100 milers will be able to pick up their bibs and check in starting at 2pm on Thursday. 50 mile, 60K, 50K, and Half Marathon runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-7 pm.


Aid Stations

The 100 miler has 15 fully stocked aid stations and will run through a water-only station twice. The 50 miler has 8 (plus 1 water-only station) . The 50K will pass through 4 fully stocked aid stations and twice through the water-only aid station. The half marathon will pass through a minimal aid station at Proctor Canyon twice, a water-only aid station at mile 5.5 and a fully stocked aid station at mile 9

A tentative list of items found in an aid station includes: water, Gnarly electrolyte drink, fresh cut fruit, soda, a variety of salty and sweet items. Aid stations later in the race for the 100 and 50 will have real food that may include boiled potatoes, tortillas w/Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, anti-chafing agent, sunscreen and first aid supplies. We will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps and electrolyte caps. All aid stations will have composting toilets.  


Drop Bags

Drop Bag Rules


Pacer Info

Pacers must register with the race on Thursday, or Friday morning before the race starts. 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.

100 Miler Pacers will be able to join their runner at the following aid stations:
   Straight Canyon  (mile 24)
   Crawford Pass (mile 34)
   East Fork (mile 76) 
   Coyote Hollow (mile 82)

   Hilsdale (mile 92)
   Proctor Canyon (mile 98) 

50 Miler Pacers will be able to join their runner at the following aid stations:
   Red Canyon - 2nd Pass  (mile 37)

   Hilsdale (mile 43
   Proctor Canyon (mile 48) 

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 Half Marathon 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.


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Registration Periods

Early Bird: Sep. 28 – Nov. 18
Regular: Nov. 19 - Mar. 3, 2019
Late:  Mar. 4, 2019 – Race Expo

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for the race you want to run as soon as possible. When a race distance sells out, there is no waiting list should someone drop out. Once sold out, a race entry may be obtained through a bib transfer from another runner selling their spot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our bib transfer policy before buying/selling a bib.

Hardest 50k I've done.

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Justin Pollert
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

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