Just the Facts

Date & Time

The 11th annual CV 50/50 will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2024. Four races are offered: the 50-mile begins at 7 a.m. The 55K begins at 7:15 a.m. The Daytime Half-Marathon begins at 9 a.m. The Nighttime Half-Marathon begins at 5 p.m.


Race day headquarters is at Colossal Cave Mountain Park’s La Posta Quemada Ranch in Vail, Arizona.

Packet Pickup and Check-In

Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Sports, located at 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road (520-886-7800) in Tucson on Friday, December 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on December 7 at the start/finish line. All ultra runners are required to check in on race day. Check-in and packet pickup begins at 6 a.m.

Course Summary

The CV50/50 is comprised of two out-and-back segments on the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The course begins by heading 16.9 miles south from La Posta Quemada Ranch at Colossal Cave. 55K runners return to the ranch for a finishing distance of almost 34 miles! The 50-mile racers continue past La Posta Quemada to the northern stretch of the course and cover 8 additional miles. Daytime half-marathoners run south on the Arizona Trail for almost 6 miles, then a short segment of dirt roads and and sandy arroyos before returning to the trail and running north back to the finish line. Nighttime half-marathoners run north on the Arizona Trail for an out-and-back that overlaps with the end of the 50-mile race. The race concludes at La Posta Quemada where food and festivities await.

Race Details

We will post updates periodically. To view the aid stations, segment mileage, crew instructions, and course rules, check out the Participant Guide and our Aid Station page. All aid stations will be fully stocked with a minimum of water, soft drinks, electrolyte replacement drink, sweet and salty foods, and sandwiches. If a runner needs something specific during the race, they will need to carry it or utilize crew and drop bags.

Course Information

This course consists mostly of rolling hills and beautiful open desert with moderate climbs and fast singletrack. This is a great course for fast times or stepping up from road marathons to the world of ultrarunning.

Time Limits

The 50-mile event has a time limit of 15 hours (10:00 p.m.).

The 55K has a final aid station cutoff (Gabe Z at mile 29) of 9 hours (4:15 p.m.).

The Daytime Half-Marathon does not have a time limit.

The Nighttime Half Marathon has a cut-off of 4.5 hours (9:30 p.m.)


Pacers are not allowed for any event distance. If you require a pacer, please contact event staff and we will consider your request.


The average high in the Vail area on December 9 is 64 degrees. The average low is 37 degrees. Sunrise will be at 7:13 a.m. and sunset is at 5:18 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecast in the days leading up the race so you can dress and prepare accordingly.

Forecast for Vail, Arizona


If you have any questions, feel free to contact matthew@aztrail.org