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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I sign up for these races?

Beautiful courses, great food, good company, quality custom finisher medal, friendly competition, performance t-shirt, and swag. What more could you want? Really if you can think of something let us know and we will try to get it!

What will the course be marked with?

We plan to use signs, flags, barrier tape, and real live humans (trail marshals) to keep you from getting lost. We mark our courses extremely well.

How is the race timed?

We use Ultrasignup for timing. We will be recording at aid stations and the finish line.

Why do you only offer race day packet pickup?

You have to check in regardless and this way you don't have to make an extra trip the day before. We guarantee if you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the race you will have plenty of time to park, pick up swag/check in, go to bathroom, drop non essentials off in your car, and make it to the pre-race announcement.

 

Why do you start so early?

Early morning as the sun rises is the best time to run. It is beautiful, cool temperature, and not as crowded. This also leaves the rest of the day to get back to your busy Saturday.

Do you have cut off times?

We are only giving out finisher medals to those who finish which we want to be 100% of participants. Even if it means you walking the entire course we will be there waiting at the finish line with your medal.

Corner Canyon Marathon & Relay is the one exception. Due to safety and logistics this race will have a cutoff time. See the race page for specifics.

Why trail running?

Yes trails are more difficult but the beauty makes up for it. Trails are a great way to challenge yourself. These trails are all safe, no need to worry about animals or getting lost.

We personally feel a combination of paved and trail running is the best way to avoid injury, reduce burnout, and make you an all around better runner. Give the trail a try!

What gear do I need?

For the paved trail races you will probably not need anything. For the dirt trail races we recommend carrying a water bottle or some type of hydration vest. Check out the map pages each race has to get an idea of distance and elevation gain between aid stations.

Why cap events to 500 total participants?

Due to these races taking place on trails we have to limit the number of participants. Registration closes when 500 is hit for all races combined. Quality over quantity!

What will be at aid stations?

Water, electrolyte drink, bars, gels, fruit, and tasty snacks we pick up from sponsors.

Is your finishers medal plastic?

No! We have a trash can full of cheap knock off finisher or participation medals from races we have entered. We want these medals to be something you keep and hold onto. These are local and custom made medals and we think they are awesome! The medals will differ in design each year. Below are a few of the medals from past races.

Is the shirt nice or just going to get lost in my drawer?

Being runners ourselves we know how annoying it is to get a cotton shirt you would never actually run in. These are polyester shirts that are comfortable and have what we think is a cool design.

Why Ultrasignup for Registration?

Ultrasignup started with Ultramarathons but now does all races. They have great timing software and their results tracking from year to year and race to race is amazing.

Do you offer refunds?

We do not issue refunds, however, we do have a couple options found below 

 

You may downgrade distance at no cost or upgrade distance for the difference in price.

 

You may also transfer your bib to another. If transfer is done BEFORE late registration that person will be able to change shirt size if desired. If bib is transferred AFTER late registration we cannot guarantee a different shirt size will be available.

Honestly we are not looking at taking your money. If you have some type of emergency let us know and we will see what we can do to take care of you. Please do not take advantage of this. Happy trails means happy runners and hopefully a happy Race Director ;)

What if it is bad weather?

All races will be be held rain or shine. Should Corner Canyon become too muddy to race in there will be an alternate course given. This is very unlikely in June and August.

Why charge more for late registration?

 The extra cost is to get you to commit early! It also helps us in ordering medals and shirts as well as how much food and support to have.

 

Any other questions you have please email us!