Bryce Canyon Ultras
& Trail Half Marathon

May 17–18, 2019  |  Hatch, UT

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Quick Info


Race Details

Date: May 17-18, 2019
Location: Hatch, UT
Start Time: Depends on distance
Weather: 32° – 69°F

Course Type: Loop
Strollers allowed? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? Yes (on a leash at expo/finish)

Expo
Date: May 16 & 17, 2019
Location: Property at the mouth of Proctor Canyon in Hatch, UT
Hours2-7pm 

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early Registration: Sep 28. – Nov. 18
Regular Registration: Nov. 19 – Mar. 3
Late Registration: Mar. 4 – 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
Las Vegas (LAS) - 4 hrs.
Salt Lake (SLC) - 4 hrs.

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

Lodging Options

Race Guide
The race guide has the answers to all your questions leading up to the race. Read it today!

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 doubletrack 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 doubletrack that heads northeast on a gradual downhill slope to Johnson Hollow Water Station (mile 15.6). Runners will continue 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 18.2), you’ll continue northwest on doubletrack 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 climb 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 to 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
60K, overall cutoff - 14 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.

NEW!
Tap below to directly download your race distance 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.
Ultra Marathon Aid Station

Had an amazing time

We had an amazing time. Thank you!

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Deb Hamberlin
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

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

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
    (We recommend having a headlamp at the start)  
  • 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
    (We recommend having a headlamp at the start)    
  • 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 is a flat fee of $40 no matter if it’s for 1 night or the duration of the 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). 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 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 half marathon passes through 2 aid stations.

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).

• 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). 

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.


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 Half Marathon 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.

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Pricing & Packages

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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.

Beautiful race

Beautiful race, coming back next year!

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Susy Gutierrez
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

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Questions & Comments

  • Elan says:

    I thought that I read months ago on your website that 100 miles pacers were allowed much earlier in the race than the statement below. “ 100 Miler Pacers will be able to join their runner at East Fork Aid Station (mile 76.4) or later (wherever crew access is allowed).“ Is this correct?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Elan – For the most part pacers can join their runnat at the 76-mile mark. However, if you need your pacer earlier they can join you anywhere there is crew access.

  • JR says:

    I paced a friend on the 50 Miler at Bryce 2 years ago and poles came in handy. Just doing the Half this time. Vaguely familiar with the course. Would poles be helpful on the terrain over the last 5 or 6 miles leading up to Proctor Canyon?

  • Adrienne says:

    Question about rooftop tents for camping for the bryce canyon race. Are they allowed and would we be in the RV section or camping or parking section? Thanks!!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Adrienne – You can use a rooftop tent at the Bryce race. Once you check in you will be directed where to park.

      • Adrienne says:

        Thank you Kaelee! With the weather being so cold will campfires be allowed??

        • Kaelee Clifford says:

          You can have personal fires if you choose a campsite in the open field. Fires are not allowed if you are caming in the trees.

  • Janice Hartkorn says:

    Traveling from PA-US. Anyone running the 50 miler that is having a pacer at Hilsdale Canyon (mile 42.9) that would be able to car pool to the trail head?? Facebook message me: https://www.facebook.com/janice.hartkorn?ref=bookmarks

    Thanks.

  • Dylan says:

    For those starting at 5:00 a.m. will it be dark enough to require the use of a light?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Dylan – We recommend having a headlamp for the start at 5am. It will be dark for the first bit of your race.

  • Colleen says:

    Will dogs be allowed in the camping area as well (on a leash)?

  • Carmen Cruz says:

    Are the race courses marked well ? Will each race run in very different courses? I do not want to end up in a higher distance course.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Carmen – All of the courses are well marked. Some of the course do overlap, but if you download the Avenza map for your distance and follow your course’s markings you will be just fine.

  • Jon says:

    With the recent changes to the 100 mile course in Bryce, at what aid station and mile will pacers be permitted? Thanks

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jon – Pacers can join their runner at East fork, coyote Hollow, Red Canyon, Hilsdale, and the starting line.

  • Justin Brandt says:

    Is there a way for family and friends to track our progress online, through a live tracker? If so, can you please provide the link?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Justin – The location is too remote to have live tracking, unfortunately.

      • Justin Brandt says:

        So the check points, running over the mats, will simply give us our splits then? Will we have access to these after the race?

        • Kaelee Clifford says:

          Hi Justin – Yes, that’s exactly how it works. During the race if we’re able to update the timing mats your friends and family will be able to see that you have checked in at a certain aid station. The results won’t be live but they will be able to see that you have made it to an aid station. This will be on runsignup.com.

  • Kat says:

    I ran the 50M in 2016. The 100M was the 50 out and back. Has the 50M course completely changed or is this the same one from 2016? Thanks.

  • Carol says:

    Are there grim reaper times for the 60K? I don’t see any in the spreadsheet.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Carol – There are not Grim Reaper times for the 60k but there are recommended pace times. You will want to stay as close to those times as possible to be able to finish in time.

  • Carol says:

    Hey, my car died in the parking lot at the race … is it a problem for me to leave it there until tomorrow when I can get it picked up/towed?

  • jsk says:

    What are you’re standings about transgenders racing as a woman yet they are men with the strength and testosterone levels of men. This definitely puts women at a disadvantage. I would email. The world arbitration committee has already ruled that it is unfair for transgender females to compete in the same class unless there testosterone levels are the same.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi – Our policy mirrors the NCAA and USA Track & Field (USATF) policy. We don’t police it. Runners should select the gender they identify as. If, however, a runner places in their age category (divided by gender) and it is contested by another runner then it becomes an issue between them and the person contesting the placement. The runner may then need to verify that they have been taking testosterone suppressants or other similar hormone therapy for at least a year.

  • Mike says:

    Did you have staff out there in the hail snapping photos? If so, thanks, And where can we see them?

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