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.
We are excited to have just received a shipment of wooden finisher awards from Elevation Culture. Everyone who crosses the finish line of the Vail Scramble presented by Summit Hut will receive one. Will we see you on April 14? Registration is almost full for the half-marathon and 10K! Sign up today…or join us as a volunteer — just email Tamara and let her know you’d like to help.
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.
Visit the Stagecoach Results Page to see the 2018 finishers and check out all the new course records set this year! Thanks to every sponsor, volunteer, participant and spectator that made this year’s event a huge success!
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.
On May 11, ultra runners from throughout southern Arizona gathered at Borderlands Brewing to celebrate the 13 individuals who completed the Southern Arizona Triple 50 in 2017-18. Custom embroidered Salomon running jackets were given to all award recipients, along with a commemorative Triple 50 poster from Cirrus Visual Communication. Kevin Cross, the fastest person to complete all three 50-mile events, was also given a Royal Robbins polo shirt and an AZT mug.
The Southern Arizona Triple 50 has grown from 3 finishers in its first year to 13! Who’s up for the challenge in 2018-19? The first event in the series is happening on November 10.
Back row (l-r): Colossal-Vail 50/50 Race Committee Member Mike Duer; Julia Kemper (5th female); Arizona Trail Association Executive Director Matt Nelson; Deron Ruse (4th male); Wieke De Boer (4th); Rachel Dockender (2nd); Steve Greenwell (3rd); Kevin Cross (1st).
Front row (l-r): Old Pueblo 50 Race Director Bob Bachani; Oracle Rumble Race Director Steve Outridge; James Sinclair (7th); Nathan Warner (2nd); Robert Harris (8th).
Not pictured: Tonya Littlehales (1st); Holly Hovious (3rd); Trahern Jones (5th); Jason Butler (6th).
Congratulations to all runners who participated in the 2018 Vail Scramble presented by Summit Hut. Results are available online.
All runners finishing the Vail Scramble presented by Summit Hut on April 15 will be delighted to receive one of these awesome finisher awards. These custom wooden awards are made by our friends from Elevation Culture in San Diego.
Registered runners can pick up their T-shirt, race #, BottleBand, Summit Hut coupon and other goodies at Summit Hut (5251 E. Speedway Blvd) from 1 pm – 5 pm on Saturday, April 14. Summit Hut will also give pint glasses to the first 150 participants who show up to packet pick-up!
If you can’t make it to Summit Hut on Saturday, April 14, you can also pick up your goodies on the morning of the event, from 5:30 – 6:30 am at the event parking area: Vail School District Office (13801 E. Benson Highway Vail, AZ 85641).
All runners will receive their timing chip on the morning of the event, at the registration table at Vail School District Office.
See you then!