With over 80 miles of trails to choose from, McDowell Mountain Regional Park is a trail runner's paradise and our venue for race #5 of the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. The 15 mile long course features a gradual climb full of cholla forests and fields of beaver tails. It is one giant loop with a short out and back down to Dixie Mine (and a treat at the turn around). The shorter 7k course is easily defined by its name, the Scenic Trail. Following a counterclockwise loop, the rocky climb at mile 1 will keep you on your toes.
All participants will receive a huge post-race breakfast, a super cool race tee and finisher medal, as well as entry into fun post-race festivities.
Late arrivals will park at the Trailhead Staging Area, which is the first right as you enter the park, across from the competitive loops. There will be a couple of shuttles running to get you up to the top to the start line. Shuttles will run continuously from 7:00 until 8:45 and again after the event. Or you can use the 2 mile walk as a warm up. Keep in mind, packet pickup will be at the Pemberton Trailhead. You will not be able to temporarily park up there just to pick up your bib. Avoid last minute scrambles and come to packet pickup on Saturday.
Event details and schedule
|15mi Start Time: 08:00 |
Pemberton clockwise to Dixie Mine. Short out and back to the park boundary. Back up Dixie Mine to left turn onto Coachwhip. Back to Pemberton at mile 10 continuing clockwise. Right turn down Tonto. Cruise down to Pemberton one more time and left to the finish.
5 aid stations with Water/Gels/Gatorade.
|7k Start Time: 09:00 |
Counterclockwise loop. Pemberton to Scenic to Pemberton. Up the hill and around back to Pemberton and the Start/Finish.
2 aid stations with Water/Gels/Gatorade.