Bryce Canyon Ultras

100 Mile, 50 Mile,  60K, 50K & 30K

2025 Event Dates Coming Soon

Bryce Canyon Ultras

100 Mile, 50 Mile,  60K, 50K & 30K

2025 Event Dates Coming Soon
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This scenic, mountain course runs around the northern half and western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 7,000 – 9,000 ft.

Race Day

  • May 18, 2024 (Sat)
  • All distances start between 5:00 - 7:00am. See your exact start time.
  • The 100 miler finishes on Sunday evening.
  • Event Location: Google Maps - corner of E Bench Rd. and Forest Rd 109 (Hatch, UT) 

Expo & Bib Pickup

  • May 17, 2024 (Fri)
  • Hours: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Head to the race day location!

Quick Info

  • St. George (SGU) or Cedar City Airport (CDC)
  • 69° / 32° F
  • This event has Eligibility Requirements
  • No wheelchairs or strollers
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Let the Canyon push you farther...

Our courses are designed to push you physically and mentally. They're the perfect way to train for the next big thing on your bucket list. Check here to see which Bryce Canyon Ultras courses may qualify you for other competitions!

UTMB Index Races

The Bryce Canyon Ultras distances listed below are 2024 UTMB Index races. For more info on qualifying for the 2025 UTMB, CCC, or OCC races, please reach out to UTMB directly.

Western States Qualifiers

Bryce Canyon 100 Mile

Runners who complete either 100 Mile race within your time limit will qualify to enter a lottery where the runners for Western States will be selected each November.

Course Descriptions & Maps

  • 30K  Race

  • 50K Ultra

  • 60K  Ultra

  • 50 Mile Ultra

  • 100 Mile Ultra (Rotating Event)

30K Course Overview

  • May 18, 2024
  • Start Time: 7:00-7:20am
  • Technical Dirt Trail
  • High Elevation

Bryce 30K Course Description

The 30k starts at the mouth of Proctor Canyon and climbs 700 ft. over 2 miles on doubletrack up to Proctor Canyon aid station (mile 2.7).

From there, the route heads southeast for 1.6 miles toward Blue Fly aid station (mile 4.3). After Blue Fly aid, the course will head west on a rugged doubletrack road. This will be mostly downhill for a little over 4 miles before coming to the Badger Creek aid station (mile 8.6).

From there you will take a right running along forest service road 109. This will be a nice doubletrack road for the next 4 miles. It will be a steady climb with about 1,500 ft. of elevation gain. You will peak out around mile 12 where it will begin the nice steady downhill for the remainder of the course. We will have a water only station set up at the FS road 601 junction (mile 13.8).

You will jump onto a nice downhill singletrack section for the next 3 miles bringing you into the Proctor Canyon aid station one last time (mile 16.8). From it is all downhill for 2.1 miles to the finish line at the bottom of the canyon

Elevation Profile

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Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Elevation

Course & Aid Station Map

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Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K Map

GET INVOLVED

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Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.

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New as of 2023, YOU choose whether the funds you raise support a WP community partner or an organization that matters to you!

Volunteer with Us!

Our volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merchandise tent, and beyond!

Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race (credits can be gifted!) 

HOW TO PREPARE

Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a cup-free event! Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course!

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Bryce Canyon Ultras Race Details

Check here for race weekend logistics and rules for participation! Want these details on the go? Download the race guide.

Requirements for registration
Please review our eligibility qualifications (required) and recommendations (suggested) before registering for a bib!

A link to your official qualifying race results will be required in order to participate. If the qualifying race is scheduled to take place after a runner plans to register, please include a link to that race's website during registration. Upon completion of the qualifying race, your Zion registration must be updated to include a link to the official results*.

100 Mile
Qualification

Runners interested in registering for the 100 Mile race MUST have completed a 50-mile race (or a race of greater distance) between May 19, 2022 and May 18, 2024. 

50 Mile
Qualification

Runners interested in registering for the 50 Mile race MUST have completed a marathon race (or a race of greater distance) between May 19, 2022 and May 18, 2024.

60K, 50K, & Half Marathon
Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that runners interested in registering for either the 60K, 50K, or half marathon races train on technical trails prior to race day. These are technical trail courses and should not be your first introduction to this type of terrain.

*Need to update your registration?  Log into your RunSignUp account, click Profile, click Manage Registration, click Questions, add the link in the text field under the qualification section and click Update Responses at the bottom of the page.

Race Schedule

All times listed are in Mountain Time.

Friday

2:00pm-7:00pm: All distances may pick up their race bib at the expo which is located at the staging area in Hatch, UT.

8:00 pm: 100 Mile, 50 Mile, 60K, and 50K drop bags deadline

Saturday (Updated!)

4 am: Race day bib pickup opens  (get here early!)

5:00-5:20 am: 100 Mile race start

5:30-5:50 am: 50 Mile race start

6:00-6:20 am: 60K race start

6:30-6:50 am: 50K race start

7:00-7:20 am: 30K race start

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3:30 pm: 30K cutoff

8:30 pm: 50K cutoff

9:30 pm: 60K cutoff

11:30 pm: 50 Mile cutoff

5:00 pm (Sunday): 100 Mile cutoff

Please have a headlamp for early morning race starts. This course is technical and you will need to see your path!

Arrive early & get ready with us

We encourage runners to arrive early on race morning. Find a parking spot, grab some Summit Coffee or hot chocolate, and listen for updates from our race announcer (they're the one with the megaphone and early-bird energy)!

Bib Pickup & Expo

Bib Pickup Options

Choose your preference during registration:

  • Pickup at Friday Race Expo: Recommended! Expos are always the Friday before the race. Details below.
  • Pickup on Saturday: 4:00am near the start line until 30 minutes before your race start time.
  • Shipped to your house: $30 fee applies. Available as an add-on in Runsignup until 2 months before the event. 

Race Expo Details

  • Recommended
  • Expo Hours: 2:00pm-7:00pm || Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Expo Bib Pickup: Available until 7:00pm at the expo site
  • Bag Drop: Available until 8:00pm at the expo site
  • Location: BCU Start Line in Hatch, Utah (at the mouth of Proctor Canyon) 
  • Bring Your Own Bag: We do not provide bags at the expo. Help us reduce waste and bring your own bag!
  • Browse the Expo: Official merchandise, vendors, and race info tent available!
  • Make S'mores: Chill at the expo and roast marshmallows at our expo campfires from Solo Stove!
Aid Stations

At our ultra marathons the aid stations play a critical role in getting you across the finish line!

100 Mile (2024) - 15 full aid stations + 6 water-only stations

50 Mile - 8 full aid stations + 3 water-only stations

60K & 50K- 6 full aid stations + 2 water-only stations 

30K - 4 full aid station + 1 water-only station

Hours - Aid stations will close according to the posted minimum pace time.

Medic - At our busiest aid stations we try and staff a medical volunteer to help with larger issues. See your race guide for more details. 

All aid stations have composting toilets.

Food & Supplies

  • Water
  • Gnarly Fuel2O
  • Fresh-cut fruit
  • Soda
  • A variety of both salty and sweet items

We will also have additional food and supplies further along in the course which may include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tortillas w/ Nutella
  • PB&J
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Dill pickles
  • Chips
  • A variety of candies
  • An anti-chafing agent
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid supplies

We will also have a limited supply of:

  • Gels
  • Salt caps
  • Electrolyte caps
Ultra Marathon Aid Station

If any item is of critical importance to your ability to finish, please consider putting it in your drop bag. 

While we do our best to help each runner finish the race, food selection and nutrient needs vary between runners. If you rely on a specific food or hydration routine, please use the drop bags to pack what you need along the course. 

Drop Bags (Ultras only)

For any ultra marathon distance you may use drop bags. You can leave a drop bag at the aid stations designated on your course map. Please observe the following rules: 

  • All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
  • All drop bags must be left in the designated drop off location (near the start line) by 8pm the night before the race.
  • No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
  • Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
  • Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags.
  • Maximum size: Shoe box size for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffle or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.
Getting Your Drop Bag Back

Generally all bags come back about 90 minutes after the aid station fully closes (all distances that pass through it). There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area at all aid stations that allow drop bags. This is an area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it from that particular location and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area. Crew or volunteers are not allowed to sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.

If you do not want to stick around, we can mail your drop bags to you after the race for $10 per bag.

Offline Maps (Avenza) & Interactive Map

Offline Avenza Maps

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Now you can use our maps offline with a gps-enabled device!

We plan to mark the course with such rigor that you should not need your own map to help you find your way. However, we have experienced blown down signs and vandalism in the past. We recommend downloading the free Avenza app (available for iOS, and Android devices) before the event. There you can find our uploaded maps that work without cell coverage.

Here's how:
1. Download the free app "AVENZA MAPS" to your smart-phone or tablet while your device is online. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
2. Open the app > Tap "Store" (Shopping Cart Icon) > Tap "Find Maps" > Search for the specific distance you would like to download. Type your search exactly as it appears below:
     Bryce Canyon 100 mile Ultra (not updated with 2024 provisional course)
     Bryce Canyon 50 mile Ultra
     Bryce Canyon 60km
     Bryce Canyon 50km Ultra
     Bryce Canyon 30km
3. Tap on the label on the map > tap "install" and the map will begin to download.
4. The map is now ready to use “offline”. Simply open the app, click on the Map and your GPS location will appear on the map.

NEW!
Tap below to directly download your race distance map!

Not updated with 2024 provisional course

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Timing Requirements
Overall Cutoff Times

You must complete your race within the respective cutoff time, otherwise, you will receive a DNF. Your time begins when you cross the start mat, so pay attention to YOUR individual start time and not just your starting window when assessing your progress throughout the race.

100 mile (2024) - 36 hours
50 Mile - 17 hours and 55 minutes
60K - 15 hours and 30 minutes
50K - 13 hours and 50 minutes
30K - 8 hours and 30 minutes

Minimum Paces (Guidelines only)

Below is a timing guide to help you gauge your progress throughout the race. Beating these times during training will help you avoid a DNF. If you find yourself consistently behind these minimums, your chances of finishing before the official close of the race are slim. Finishing after the minimum pace time or outside of your overall cutoff time will result in a DNF. 

If you do not meet these minimum times, you may be allowed to continue the race at the discretion of race officials. Race officials will consider runner health, extraction resources/accessibility, grim reaper times, etc. to make this determination.

Don't Fear the Reaper!

Grim Reaper deadlines are cutoff times that result in a DNF and removal from the course if you miss the cutoff time. Even if missed by one second, these deadlines are non-negotiable and exceptions will not be made.

A race official will be onsite to ensure all runners are past checkpoints before the Grim Reaper. You must EXIT the checkpoint before the posted Grim Reaper time to beat it. These cutoff times are shown in the cutoff sheet.

Competing for a Top Finisher spot?

While qualifying times are based on chip time (the moment you cross the start mat), overall top finisher awards are based on gun time. If competing for a top spot, you will need to be at the start line at the beginning of your race's 20-30 minute start window.

When competing for these top spots and starting before the official race start, you will have more of a buffer to beat aid station cutoff times. This does not mean that you have more time to complete the overall race. Regardless of when you start, you must complete your race within the allotted overall cutoff time (i.e. 30 hours).

Pacers & Crew

General Rules

Who Can Have Crew & Pacers?
  • 30K Race: None allowed
  • 50K Ultra: None allowed
  •  60K Ultra: Crew only allowed
  • 50 Mile Ultra: Crew & pacers allowed
  • 100 Mile Ultra: Crew & pacers allowed 
Rules & Registration
Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of the runner being paced.
  • Register: Friday expo or Saturday before race starts
  • Crew/pacer bib must be visible at ALL times
  • Course access is allowed only at the aid stations listed below
  • Multiple pacers allowed over duration of race
  • One pacer allowed on course at a time
  • 2-3 crew members allowed at aid stations at the same time. To avoid overcrowding, staff may ask non-active crew members to return to their vehicles as needed.
  • Be patient and courteous with event staff and volunteers! You may be asked to vacate the premises at the discretion of our race staff.
Pacer/Crew Conduct

You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.

Online Pacer/Crew Registration

Save time at the expo and register your crew members and pacers in advance!

Course Access Points

Course access is allowed ONLY at the aid stations listed below.

100 Mile Course Access Points
crew only access:
  • East Fork Aid, 1st pass (Mile 18.8)
  • Coyote Hollow Aid, 1st pass (Mile 25)
  • Red Canyon Aid, 1st pass (Mile 32.9)
CREW & pacer access:
  • Red Canyon Aid, 2nd - 4th pass (Miles 38.6, 79.9, and 85.6)
  • East Fork Aid, 2nd pass (Mile 65.8)
  • Coyote Hollow Aid, 2nd pass (Mile 72)
50 Mile Course Access Points
crew only access:
  • East Fork Aid (Mile 18.8)
crew & PACER access:
  • Coyote Hollow Aid (Mile 25) 
  • Red Canyon Aid (Miles 32.9 and 38.6)
60K Course Access Points
No pacers allowed for the 60k. Crew member access only:
  • East Fork Aid (Mile 13.6) 
  • Coyote Hollow Aid (Mile 19.9) 

Find Your Access Point

Take a look at the Bryce Canyon Google Map below to see your aid stations in map form!


NOTE: The map below is not accurate for the 100 Mile Provisional course

Driving Directions

There is no shuttle service for pacers or crew. You will need to coordinate with your race crew to drop off/pick up crew members during the event.

Use the links below:
Track Your Runner

Tracking Your Runner

Live Updates (Not Available)

Due to the remote location of this race, we will not be able to provide live updates for your friends/family. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event.

On Course Calls & Texts 

If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out.)

Carry an External Battery Pack (Or Two!)

We highly recommend that runners, crew, and/or pacers carry an external battery pack with them to make sure your devices don't die during the event. Cell phones and trackers are key to your communication and safety, so don't neglect them.

If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text or leave it in airplane mode to extend the battery life.

Results & Awards

Results

Visit RunSignup for race results. We publish both gun and chip time, but overall awards are determined by gun time.

Racer times are available online ~20 minutes after you finish the race. Keep in mind, the results are not official until all racers have crossed the finish line, and have been reviewed by the event director. 

Top Finisher but missed the awards ceremony? You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@runsum.com.

Awards

The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. A variety of locally made or unique custom made awards or finisher medals will be provided to the finishers of the other distances. Special awards will be given to the **top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.

Ultras Overall awards are based on gun time. Here's why:

At our Ultramarathons, we offer a larger, more unique overall winner prize. Calculating awards based on gun time allows us to award these prizes in-person, instead via mail. We believe strongly in celebrating your accomplishments at the event (plus, the prizes don't ship well...)

If you are interested in competing for a top award you will need to line up at the front at the beginning of your start window so your chip time and the gun time are the same. 

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Olson Designs

Commemorate your experience with a personalized 3D race map. Each map is 3D wood carving with laser etching of the course, highlighting key course details and the unique terrain of Bryce Canyon. Stop by our booth, and display your accomplishment proudly in your home!


These hand crafted awards are given free to our Top Finishers!

Packing List & Gear
Packing List

Whether this race will be your first ultra marathon, your first trail race, or your first time running in this area of the country- we recommend coming prepared. We've created a packing list to help you think through what you may need for your race, so you can minimize stress and feel prepared. 

Trail Gear

Running distance trails is no joke. We highly recommend you give your gear some extra care as you prepare for your race. Make sure you have trail shoes that are right for your feet, a hydration system to get you across the finish line, and take stock of any special nutrition needs you may have. 

Looking for recommendations?

Or ask the community!

Search in the group for discussions about trail gear, training, and more.

Rules for Race Day
Please review these guidelines so you know what to expect during the race!

Course Marking
For course marking all distances/courses will be marked with pink flags and ribbons. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.

Checking in at aid stations
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station). Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, you will be responsible for all related search party costs.

Timing Checkpoints
Depending on which distance you are running, you will find checkpoints at the following aid stations: Proctor Canyon, Blue Fly, East Fork, Blubber Creek, and Red Canyon Aid Stations. We will have a short corral that all runners MUST pass through upon arrival at the aid station on each pass. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the race. 

Dropping
Any runner dropping out of the race MUST hand their bib over to the aid station captain where they are dropping. Failure to do so will result in a 2 year suspension from all Vacation Races events.

Medical
At each aid station there will be a tent with self serve medical items like bandaids, salt tabs, etc. We will have trained medical personnel at the finish line as well as at the Crawford Pass, East Fork, and Red Canyon Aid Stations. If you find yourself in an emergency, call 911. You will be personally responsible for any costs associated with medical dispatch. If the problems are not urgent, please contact race personnel. We are equipped to respond quickly to problems on course that are not life threateningly urgent.

Crew/Spectators
Due to the remote area of where the races run, this is not a very spectator-friendly event. The course and trails purposely get runners out into desert solitude while offering fantastic views of Bryce Canyon. There are only a few spots to watch and cheer on runners. East Fork, Coyote Hollow, Straight Canyon, and Crawford Pass are open to crew and spectators.

Please be courteous and cautious while driving to these locations as runners may be on the same road that leads to the aid stations. Also, check with HQ before trying to access these locations if there is inclement weather. Of course, the finish line is one of the best places to cheer on the finishers.

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