Race Information

For complete participant information please see the documents below:

50M/50K Participant Guide (COMING SOON)

HM/10K Participant Guide (COMING SOON)
 

Distances

50 Mile & 50 Mile Relay:  Begins at 7:30 a.m. on the AZT north of the town of Oracle at the Freeman Road Trailhead. We provide transportation from Oracle State Park (OSP) to the start line, then you'll run back on singletrack, south to OSP. Making your way through the park (southeast of Kannally Ranch) you'll continue on the AZT south to the High Jinks Ranch and then turn around for more great running in OSP before heading to the finish line where you'll be greeted with friendly folks, great food, and a cool finisher prize!

The 50 Mile Relay exchange point will be at the Tiger Mine trailhead at mile 27.4.

50K:  Begins at 7:30 a.m. at the same location as the 50 Mile (Freeman Road Trailhead). Transportation is provided to the start line from the staging area in OSP. When you reach OSP the course will diverge from the 50 Mile and instead of heading east you will continue south to the finish line.

Half-Marathon:  Beginning at 8:00 a.m., this race is entirely within OSP and consists of a single loop almost exclusively single-track. The course is a tough challenge with lots of rollers and some moderately technical areas that will get your lungs and legs working hard! Make it to the finish line to collect your finisher's award.

12K:  Like the Half-Marathon, this course will also be entirely within OSP and will be a single loop almost exclusively on single-track, starting at 8:30 a.m. This is a tough course that is constantly rolling up and down. Your fitness will be tested! If you are new to trail running or haven't run longer distances, this is the perfect event for you!

Location

Oracle State Park (OSP) is located at 3820 Wildlife Dr, Oracle, AZ 85623. The town of Oracle is located roughly 40 miles north of Tucson. The drive from Tucson International Airport to the town of Oracle takes about one hour. From the Phoenix airport it takes only about 1:30.

Located northeast of Tucson in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Oracle sits at an elevation of 4,154 feet. As a result, it is much cooler than Tucson or Phoenix and, in the days before air conditioning, the climate attracted people for health reasons, as well as for comfort that towns at lower elevations could not provide. According to local legend, Oracle was named for a ship built in Bath, Maine. In 1878, a prospector named Albert Weldon made the trip to the western part of the United States around Cape Horn aboard his uncle's ship, The Oracle. In gratitude for his safe passage, Weldon named his first mining claim "The Oracle" which the town later adopted as its own.

Directions To Oracle State Park Staging Area

From Tucson (via Highway 77):
Take Highway 77 (Oracle Road) north. Continue on Highway 77 as it curves east at Oracle Junction. Turn right off Highway 77 at the Oracle turnoff. Follow the road through Oracle (American Avenue) 2.3 miles to Mt. Lemmon Road. Turn right on Mt. Lemmon Road. Follow it 1.1 miles to the park entrance. The park is located on the left (north) side of Mt. Lemmon Road.

From Phoenix Area (via Highway 79):
Take Highway 79 south (79 passes through Florence). At the junction with Highway 77 turn left (east). Turn right off Highway 77 at the Oracle turnoff. Follow the road through Oracle (America Avenue) 2.3 miles to Mt. Lemmon Road. Turn right on Mt. Lemmon Road. Follow it 1.1 miles to the park entrance. The park is located on the left (north) side of Mt. Lemmon Road.

Race Day daylight hours

Sunrise:  7:21 a.m.
Sunset:  5:50 p.m.

Weather and Terrain

In January, the average high temperature is 56 F (13 C) with a low of 35 F (2 C). At an altitude of 4,100 feet Oracle's vegetation consists of mostly emory oak (Quercus emoryi), desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), soaptree yucca (Yucca elata), prickly pear (Opuntia) and various grasses. For an up-to-date weather forecast, click here.

Packet Pickup

Details on packet pickup will be announced closer to the event date. Please plan on picking your packet up on Friday afternoon, the day before the race.

Restrooms & Trail Etiquette

There are restrooms at the start/finish of the 12K and Half-Marathon courses. There will be porta potties at the start of the 50 Miler and 50K. At the Aid Stations for the 50 Miler and 50K, there will be small portable toilets for use. Nature potty is always an option, but you must pack out your toilet paper (yes we're serious). Do not leave any trash on the trail. We want to make sure we have minimal impact on the AZT and the trail corridor. Anyone caught littering will be automatically disqualified.

Drop Bags

Drop Bags must be securely closed and clearly labeled with the aid station abbreviation and your race bib number. For example, if you are #50, your Kannally Wash Drop Bag should be labeled: KW #50. Drop bags will need to be delivered to the finish line and placed in the appropriate area (it will be clearly labeled with the name of the Aid Station) before you board the bus to the start line. If you are getting dropped off at the Start Line on Freeman Road by crew on race morning, you are required to bring any drop bags you want to packet pickup on Friday, Jan 26. This is the only way we will be able to get your drop bags where they need to go in time on race morning.

Pacers

There are no pacers allowed in any of the event distances. Anyone seen using a pacer will be immediately disqualified.

Photography

Remote desert trail running photography will be provided by talented folks who will help capture the high points of the day for us. You never know where you might see them. Look your best. Photos will be available a few days after the event on the Photos page.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on the race course, and are not allowed on most trails within OSP. Pets are welcome around the finish line but must be leashed at all times.

Parking

50M, the first leg of the 50M relay, and 50K participants will park within Oracle State Park in and near the Oak Woodland Park area. Crew and spectators are also encouraged to park here and then walk north on the paved road for 1/4 mile to the Group Use Site which will be the finish line for all events.

Half Marathon and 12K participants should park at the Oracle Justice Court at 1470 N. Justice Dr. Oracle, AZ 85623. There will be free shuttles to take you a few miles to Oracle State Park (and also return you to your vehicle after the event). Make sure to leave extra time before the start so you'll have time to catch the shuttle and make it to the starting area. All of the details of parking, and everything else you need to know for race morning, will be available in the Participant Guides which will be emailed and posted closer to the event date.

Spectators who park in Oracle State Park will be required to pay the $7 entry fee or present a valid State Parks Pass. The second leg of the 50 Mile Relay will need to park at the Tiger Mine trailhead to make the exchange with their partner and run the second part of the 50 Mile course, finishing in OSP.

Parking and Start Area within OSP

All parking for the event is within the Oak Woodland Picnic Area in Oracle State Park. Runners, volunteers and spectators are encouraged to park here and then walk north on the paved road for -mile to the Group Use Site for registration, bus boarding and various start line information. All events finish at the Group Use Site.

Buses to Start for 50 Mile, 50 Mile Relay and 50K

Runners in the 50 Mile, 50 Mile Relay first leg, & 50K will board their buses at 5:30 a.m. at the Group Use Site (finish line) for a 5:40 am departure. Do not not arrive late. These buses will depart promptly at 5:40 am! If you need to leave anything on the bus, make sure it ends up in the front two seats of the bus in a bag with your bib number and we'll get those bags back to OSP. Runners may have crew drop them off at the Start Line on Freeman Road but cars may not park for any time in the start line area.

Awards

Every finisher in every distance will receive a super cool finisher award similar to that pictured below (sizes and colors will vary depending upon distance)! The top 3 male and female finishers in each distance will receive a modified version of the finisher medal indicating their place. These totally custom and unique awards are being made by local artist Jason Butler from all Arizona materials. This is truly a finisher award like no other!