The Colossal Vail 50/50 is an adventurous ultra run on portions of the Arizona Trail near the community of Vail (24 miles southeast of Tucson). Starting and finishing at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, both the 50K and 50-mile courses feature some of the greatest high desert trail running opportunities in this part of the state. Please note that both routes are long. At this point our best estimate of the actual distance of the "50K" is about 33.9 miles. The "50-mile" is about 52.4 miles. We probably won't change the event name to protect the innocents who attempt this run.
The gentle terrain, expertly built trail, and wide-open vistas made the first running on Nov. 15, 2014 an instant hit. The Colossal Vail 50/50 utilizes some of the most recently completed sections of the Arizona National Scenic Trail between Saguaro National Park-East and the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains. The course was designed by experienced members of the Tucson Trail Runners as a relatively fast trail ultra on rolling terrain with great scenery. Well-stocked aid stations, comprehensive emergency communications, excellent event swag, and much more await all who participate in the event…not to mention the adventure of a lifetime.
For 2016, we'll continue to make sure there are no snakes in the tunnel under Interstate 10. Beyond that, who knows what you'll find...
|For a very good article on the impact of trail running and how it is growing, check out this issue of Running Times.|