For complete participant information please see the documents below:
50M(& Relay)/50K Participant Guide
HM/12K Participant Guide
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!
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
), soaptree yucca (Yucca elata
), prickly pear (Opuntia
various grasses. For an up-to-date weather forecast, click
Friday, January 26, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m packet pickup will take place at Summit Hut
(Oro Valley). Summit Hut is located in the Oracle Crossings Shopping Center (Suffolk and Oracle)
at 7745 N Oracle Rd, 85704.
We very strongly encourage all runners to pick up their packets at packet pickup on Friday
before the race. Race morning will be very hectic so picking up your packet ahead of time will
make things much easier for everyone. Please see the Participant Guide for additional details.
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 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:
. 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.
There are no pacers
allowed in any of the event distances. Anyone seen using a pacer will
be immediately disqualified.
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
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.
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 ¼-mile to the Group
Use Site for registration, bus boarding and various start line information. All events finish at the Group
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.
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!