Bryce Canyon Ultras & 30K

May 30–31, 2020  |  Hatch, UT
100 Mile | 50 Mile | 60K | 50K | 30K

Now with a new 30K distance!


Quick Info


Race Details

Date: May 30-31, 2020
Location: Hatch, UT
Start Time: Depends on distance
Weather: 32° – 69°F

Course Type: Loop
Strollers allowed? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? Not on course. Finish line OK.

Expo
Date: May 29, 20​20
Location: Property at the mouth of Proctor Canyon in Hatch, UT
Hours: 12-7pm 

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early Registration: Aug. 2–Nov. 17
Regular Registration: Nov. 18–Mar. 15
Late Registration: Mar. 16–Race Expo

Price: Depends on distance. ​Details »​

Refund Policy
- Refunds available during Early Registration (no fee) and Regular Registration ($10 fee). 
- Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20).



Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
St. George (SGU) - 2 hrs. 15 min.
Cedar City (CDC) - 1 hr. 20 min.
Las Vegas (LAS) - 4 hrs.
Salt Lake (SLC) - 4 hrs. 15 min.

Driving Directions: The race start & staging area will be at the mouth of Proctor Canyon in Hatch, UT

Lodging Options

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.  

Maps and Course Descriptions

  • 30K NEW!
  • 50K
  • 60K 
  • 50 Mile
  • 100 Mile

30K 

Course Time Limit: 7 hours  
Race Start Time: 8:00 am

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 double track road. This will be mostly downhill for a little over 4 miles before coming to the next aid station called 30k Aid Station (mile 8.2).

From there you will take a right running along FS road 109. This will be a nice double track road for the next 4 miles. It will be a nice steady climb with about 1500 feet 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 (601 junction) at about mile 13.2.

You will jump onto a nice downhill single track section for the next 3 miles bringing you into the Proctor Canyon Aid Station one last time (mile 16.2). From there you will have a nice 2.1 miles of double track remaining down Proctor Canyon to the Finish Line.

Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Map

Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Elevation

Minimum Pace and Cutoff Times

100 mile, overall cutoff - 36 hours
50 Mile, overall cutoff - 16 hours
60K, overall cutoff - 14 hours
50K, overall cutoff - 12 hours
30K, overall cutoff - 7 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
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!

*30K map download available soon!

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.
Ultra Marathon Aid Station

I was recently featured on the Boldly Went podcast sharing the story of running my first 100-miler at Bryce (mine is the second story). I look forward to returning to Bryce for a do-over, but I also wouldn't change my first experience for anything. Thanks!

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Ellen Bayer
Bryce Ultras 100 Participant

Great Event

Thanks for putting on such a great event! Also a huge shout out to all the volunteers, and the folks cheering us crazy people on!

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Katrina Morrow
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

Event Schedule

Friday:

  • 12-7 pm: All distances check in at the expo located at the mouth of Proctor Canyon.
  • 5 pm: Course overview meeting (optional)
  • 8 pm: 100 mile, 50 mile, 60K, and 50K drop bags deadline

Saturday

  • 4 am: Last-minute bib pickup opens
    (Check in no later than 45 minutes before your race start) 
  • 5 am: 100 mile race begins
    (We recommend having a headlamp at the start)  
  • 6 am: 50 mile race begins
    (We recommend having a headlamp at the start)    
  • 7 am: 60K race begins
  • 7:30 am: 50K race begins 
  • 8 am: 30K race begins
  • 3 pm: 30K cutoff
  • 7:30 pm: 50K cutoff
  • 9 pm: 60K cutoff
  • 10 pm: 50 mile cutoff

Sunday:  

  • 5 pm: 100 mile cutoff

Travel & Lodging

Getting Here: 

The start/finish and expo will be located on private property at the mouth of Proctor Canyon, in Hatch, UT. This is a small town, so if you are needing supplies for the race, for camping, etc. we recommend getting your provisions prior to arriving. 

Flying
Look for flights into the following airports:

Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC) 
Cedar City, UT has the closest airport. It is served by Delta, but keep in mind that it is a small airport and connections may be limited. It will take you about 1 hr. 20 min. to drive to the event.

St. George Regional Airport (SGU) 
St. George is the next closest airport (2 hrs. 15 min. drive), but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta services St. George, and you could take a drive through Zion National Park along the way (this detour will add an hour onto your drive).

McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Las Vegas International airport is the next closest, at just under 4 hours away. It’s an interesting drive through the desert and then a beautiful drive through the Virgin River Gorge. Just follow the driving directions from Southern Nevada above. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive and most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good deal should be simple.

Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) 
Salt Lake is another option that will work for some. It's just over 4 hrs. away, but depending on your post race activities, it may be a good option for you. Salt Lake City serves most major airlines and is a Delta hub. Car rentals are cheap and the airport isn’t huge so it’s very easy to navigate.

Driving
From Las Vegas-
Head north on Interstate-15 through Nevada to enter Utah. Take exit 57 in Cedar City, UT onto Highway 130/Main St. Turn right onto UT-14 E/Center St. You'll drive on a scenic byway through a canyon and over a pass before coming to a T. Turn left onto US-89 N until arriving in Hatch. Turn right onto E 100 N and follow the signs/GPS to the event location at the
mouth of Proctor Canyon.

From Salt Lake City-
Head south on Interstate-15 toward southern Utah. Take exit 95 toward Panguitch/Kanab, UT. Continue on UT-20 E and turn right onto US-89 S until arriving in Hatch. Turn left onto E 100 N and follow the signs/GPS to the event location at the mouth of Proctor Canyon

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! This is primitive camping, but there is enough space for everyone should you choose to camp. Whether it's a tent, your car, or an RV* all are welcome.

The cost to camp is a flat fee of $40 no matter if it’s for 1 night or the duration of the entire event. 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.

Additional Hotel Options
We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!

HOTEL


Things to See and Do

We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer. Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of these unique areas. We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that incredible overlook that is not part of the course. Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where races are not permitted as part of the management plan. These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but  are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting. It is our hope that through a more in depth exploration of the area, you will become more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.

Here is our list of favorite trails in the surrounding area:

Fairyland Loop- (8 miles) This loop trail is not too crowded and will still take you through some great hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, without having to pay the park entrance fee (the turnoff to the trailhead is just before you enter the pay booth). An alternate to the Fairyland loop would be to run the rim trail to all of the beautiful overlooks.

Willis Creek- (4 miles) Beautiful nearby slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, don’t miss it!

Powell Point- (9 miles out and back from forest service road 143 junction) The crowning overlook of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the south and east and Bryce Canyon National Park to the west, while standing on top of hoodoos at 10,000ft. It’s unbelievable. The road can get washed out at times so call the Escalante Ranger district (435-826-5499) to check status if you don’t have 4wd.

Riggs Spring Loop- (8.5 miles) Beautiful forest and hoodoos on this trail that is at the southernmost point of the park.

Kodachrome Basin State Park- The Panorama trail (3-6 miles), Angel’s Palace trail (1.5 miles), and Shakespeare Arch trail (1.7 miles) are all amazing. Great campground (sandstone playground) and it’s not too far from the race’s starting line. (Make sure to check out Grosvenor Arch while you’re in the area.)

Grosvenor Arch- Not a difficult hike, but a gorgeous destination

Casto-Cassidy-Losee Canyon Loop- (13 miles) very colorful loop full of hoodoos outside of the national park in Red Canyon. A great mountain bike ride. An out and back up Losee Canyon will suffice if you’re short on time.

Golden Wall/Castle Bridge/Buckhorn Loop- This is a gorgeous 5 mile loop that you can run in Red Canyon. Take the Castle Bridge section of the trail when you come to it, it’s the more scenic option.


Packing List

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. 


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). For all distances, the expo and check-in is on Friday, May 29 from 12-7 pm.


Aid Stations

• The 100 miler passes through 15 aid stations as well as 4 water-only stations.
• The 50 miler passes through 8 aid stations as well as 3 water-only stations.|
• The 60K passes through 6 aid stations as well as 2 water-only stations.
• The 50K passes through 6 aid stations as well as 2 water-only stations.
• The 30K passes through 4 aid stations as well as 1 water-only station.

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.  
*Due to the proximity of Proctor Canyon Aid Station to the finish line, it will only have a basic menu.


Awards & Swag

100 Miler finishers will be awarded a hand-crafted belt buckle. Each are made using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. Other distance finishers will be awarded their choice of either a locally-made award or a finisher medal. The locally-made awards include Navajo jewelry pieces, ceramic mugs, and various crafts handmade in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Special awards will be given to the **top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well. A Navajo family will also be selling some of their hand made jewelry at the start/finish line. 

**At our ultras we base the overall winning times off gun time, not chip time. Here's why: we offer a larger, more unique overall winner prize and if we waited to for all chip times to make sure we have the fastest we wouldn't be able to give out any of the awards and would have to ship them. These awards don't ship well, and we want to be able to give them out in person at the race - it's funner that way. If you are interested in competing for a top award you will need to line up at the front at the starting line so your chip time and the gun time are the same. 

Drop Bags

Drop Bag Rules


Pacer & Crew Info

Pacers must register with the race at the expo the day before the race, or race morning 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
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*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.


Crew Information
Crew access is only allowed for the 100 mile, 50 mile, and 60K distances. You are responsible for the actions of your crew. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course. There are no shuttles for crew members. They will need to plan and figure our their own transportation needs throughout the event. 

Crew access driving directions:
• Straight Canyon Aid Station
• Crawford Pass Aid Station
East Fork Aid Station
Coyote Hollow Aid Station
Hillsdale Canyon Aid Station
Red Canyon Aid Station

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


Zero Waste Event

Garbage

All Vacation Races events are zero waste, with the goal of sending no trash produced at the event to the landfill. We've created a system that recycles/reuses everything, but it requires your help to make it work. Please place trash in the appropriate containers. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.

Toilets

We also use Great Outdoors Composting Portable Toilets which conserve water, eliminates the use of harmful chemicals, and create a nutrient rich soil amenity. It is the best pooping experience you will ever have. To learn more or to have them at your event visit GreatOutdoorsToilets.com or ask the race officials for more information.

Hydration

We encourage all runners to carry their own form of hydration. Whether it be a cup, handheld, waist pack, or running pack- it’s up to each runner’s preference. We do not provide disposable cups at aid stations or anywhere at the event.

However, we will have reusable mugs at aid stations that are washed after use. There will be water and recovery drink at the finish line, but no cups. Please use your own methods to fill up at the finish line. We will have some limited compostable cups, but these are unnecessary if your bring your own cups.

Participant Lookup


Pricing & Packages

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.

Registration Periods

Early Bird: Aug. 2 – Nov. 17
Regular: Nov. 18 - Mar. 16, 2020
Late:  Mar. 16, 2020 – 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.

Tough but breathtaking

I ran Bryce as my first 50k last year. Ultra adventures races are tough but breathtaking.

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Nidhi Shah
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

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Questions & Comments

  • Mark says:

    Running Bryce in May. I wonder if anyone else is concerned about the delay to make a call on these races. It seems irresponsible to keep this decision in limbo until the dates specified. Most areas of the US, at least here in the west, restrict movement outside of their community to trailheads and regions that are situated in rural communities with unsupported healthcare systems. Not to mention the trailheads are already too packed. While I’d love to be running and training at this point in time the responsible priority for most is not to travel to trailheads especially if you live in a city and need to make your way out into another county to find some hills to train on. To keep hope alive is great, but while the rest of our lives are full of uncertainty lets agree to move on. For those of you who think I should make my own decision, ok, but lets for the sake of our healthcare systems and in accordance with stay at home orders be responsible here because truth be told I want to run it, and healthy I would, but my rationale says this is not right.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Mark – It is not our intent to be irresponsible, but to make a decision based on the most current and accurate information. This race is not until the end of May and current restrictions have us quarantined until the end of April. If any of our runners are uncomfortable waiting until April 27th for the final decision, we urge you to take advantage of a deferment or transfer, all fees are currently waived.

  • Shalise Morgan says:

    Nevermind I just saw the post about the decision being made on APRIL 27

  • Shalise Morgan says:

    Is this race still happening in May?

  • Rob Whittemore says:

    I’m registered for the 30k, would it be possible to upgrade it to the 50k?

  • Jeramy depauw says:

    Is the race going to be canceled with the recent and ongoing events?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jeramy – We hope to not have to cancel this race. The final decision for this race will be on April 27th, based on the current information at the time.

  • Ian says:

    What are the odds that these events will be cancelled due to COVID-19? I want to sign up but I don’t want to lose entry fee’s due to race cancellation.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Ian – We are hopeful that the Bryce Ultra will be able to be held since it is at the end of May. However, there is always the chance it will be canceled – that will depend on the current information on the date we make the final decision, April 27th. If you want to hold off to register that would be your safest bet. If you want to register now and the race is canceled, we will be able to offer you a few options, like deferment, transfer, or virtual run.

      • Ian says:

        Ok great, thank you Kaelee! Good to know about the April 27th date. Hopefully things improve by then and everyone is safe and healthy. Thanks again and stay safe out there!

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