We are excited that our friends at GU Energy are coming back to support the Oracle Rumble with an in-kind donation of GU Energy Gels at aid stations. So whether you’re running the 12K or 50 Miler, expect to find a boost of energy waiting for you at each of the aid stations along with other food and beverage offerings. For over 20 years, GU has been the preferred energy gel of outdoor adventurers. We are grateful for their support!
Check out the video that Damion Alexander captured and produced from the 2021 Colossal Vail 50/50 here:
Registration is now open for all five events in the 2022 Arizona Trail Endurance Series. Whether you prefer to run or ride, we’ve got some outstanding adventures lined up for the year ahead. We hope you can join us for one or more of these events (from 10K to 100 Miles), all of which benefit the Arizona Trail Association and our mission to protect and maintain the AZT!
Thanks to the talented designers at Cirrus Visual Communications, we are excited to share the 2019 T-shirt for the Colossal Vail 50/50 presented by Fleet Feet Sports – Tucson. The image celebrates the rattlesnake mural that all participants will run through in the 50-Mile, 55K and Half-Marathon distances on November 9. Created by Ed Muren, this mural is the first art project to lively up the cement culverts the AZT utilizes to safely cross under roadways.
Registration is still open for the Colossal Vail 50/50, so sign up soon for this premier trail running event that benefits the Arizona Trail Association.
The AZT North Rim Ramble presented by Summit Hut on August 25 was a huge success, with 82 runners finishing this annual event among the spruce and aspens of the Kaibab National Forest. A course record was set in the half-marathon when Mike Popejoy finished in 1:21:50. Laura Haley finished her very first marathon in 4:01:47, capturing the women’s marathon win and finishing third overall. Complete results can be found here. Thanks to all the runners and families who traveled great distances to participate in this trail running event for the benefit of the Arizona Trail Association. We hope you’ll join us next summer as the Ramble tradition continues…
Thanks to photographer Michele Bauer we’ve got over 500 great images from the 2019 Vail Scramble presented by Summit Hut. Check out all of the photos here, download them for free, and share them far and wide.
The Colossal Vail 50/50 presented by Fleet Feet Sports-Tucson isn’t just an ultra anymore! While running 55K or 50 Miles on the Arizona Trail remains at the heart of this event, we added a shorter distance for 2019 — the scenic and adventurous half-marathon features a segment of the Arizona Trail south of Colossal Cave Mountain Park as well as a sandy slog through a portion of Davidson Canyon. Runners will visit the aid station at Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead two times before their return to the finish line at Colossal Cave Mountain Park. The event is limited to only 100 runners. Register here.
For the third year in a row, we are excited to welcome Southern Arizona’s most famous mariachi ensemble to the finish line of the Vail Scramble. Ruben Moreno and Mariachi Luz de Luna will perform classic songs from 9:30 – 11 a.m. It’s not a real fiesta without a mariachi band!
Check out the great photographs of the 50K and 50-Mile events here. Thanks to Michele Bauer for capturing the essence of trail running through this remote and beautiful terrain.
The Kaibab National Forest announced today that the Arizona Trail, East Rim View Trailhead and other trails/roads within the vicinity of the Cat Fire have reopened after three days of heavy rain put the Cat Fire to sleep. This is just in time…since the North Rim Ramble presented by Summit Hut is happening this Sunday, August 26!
The Cat Fire scorched portions of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness and Kaibab National Forest east of the AZT over the past two weeks. The fire was started by lightning, then extinguished by monsoon rains.