- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, 50K, 50 miles, Relay
- Trail Race
- Event Website
This was an amazing adventure. The altitude, the fall colors, the beauty that is Park City, UT all go into making this an amazing experience. This was my first 50k and I feel so fortunate to have picked such a challenging and rewarding course!
This race is difficult. It starts at 7,000 ft and climbs to nearly 10,000 ft with a total elevation gain of 5,100 ft over the 31.1 miles. It's a doozy but the views are totally worth it. The aid stations and volunteers were amazing and the race was very well organized. My favorite was at Aid Station 4/5 the volunteers had themed it to Oktoberfest which was a welcome party so late in the race. The final 5 miles are amazing becuase they are all down hill and you really just get to "cruise down" to victory!
This is a very difficult course in terms of elevation but other than the parts of the race above 9,500 ft, the paths are packed dirt and there was a decent amount of tree coverage. The trail is VERY WELL marked, I never felt lost or like I wasn't sure where I should go. We had perfect weather for this run but that also means the sun was very warm that high up so you need to be careful. Altitude is difficult but if you are aware of your breathing you can keep it in check by walking when your breathing gets to hard.
The expo wasn't much since I just picked up my shirt and bib at The North Face store in Salt Lake City but the after race area was fun. Beer, food, and vendors were out and just sitting in the sunshine was great. This is very small race (in terms of total runners) so there was plenty of room and no lines at the porto-potties!
Overall, I highly recommend this race if you are up for the challenge. Train for hills and try to hit the trails before race day but the location and race staff were excellent. I'm definitely adding this to my list of repeats if I'm lucky enough to get the chance!