Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 – Zion 100mi, 100k, 50k


A challenging, scenic run through the southern Utah desert adjacent to Zion National Park. 3 distances will be offered in 2015- a 50k, a 100k, and a 100 miler. The 100 miler and 100k will be run on Friday, with the 50k on Saturday. The 100 mile course includes 4 steep climbs onto mesas that offer incredible views of the varied geological features of the area. Click here to register via ultrasignup.com 

Click here to view the map, elevation profile, and read a detailed course description with photos.  We are very pleased to have the amazing workhorse Rick Whitelaw overseeing the trail marking at each of our events in 2015.

Click here to view images and video taken on this course, as well as any race reports, blog posts, etc.

SCHEDULE  Thursday: 100 mile and 100K check in from 2-8PM at the start/finish line in Virgin, Utah.  (50K runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-8pm.)  Friday: 5-5:30am- Last minute check ins 6am- The 100 mile and 100K races begin .  2pm-8pm-  50K check in. Saturday:  5am-5:30 Last minute 50K check ins 6am- 50k race begins TIME CUTOFFS: 100 mile, Overall cutoff- 34 hours 100K, Overall cutoff- 20 hours 50K, Overall cutoff- 10 hours AID STATION INFO

You can leave a drop bag for any aid station that you’d like.

The 100 miler has 13 fully stocked aid stations, the 100K has 8, and the 50K has 4.

Click here to view more detailed aid station information, including directions for crew/pacer access.

Aid stations will be stocked with: water, ice, Gatorade, a variety of soda, fruit, boiled potatoes, tortillas w/ Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, chips, Ensure (or similar drink), hard candies, granola bars, fig newtons, anti chafing agent, sunscreen, first aid supplies.  We will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps, and electrolyte caps.

In addition to the standard fare, any night aid stations will have different warm food items such as broth (vegan), ramen noodles, rice/bean/cheese/salsa burritos, grilled cheese, quesadillas, coffee, hot chocolate, and pancakes/eggs/bacon in the morning.

Birthday cake will be served at the Goosebump aid station, celebrating all of the runners with April birthdays!

We are so pleased to have the great Turd’l Miller overseeing all aid station operations at each of our events this year, bringing runners back from the dead left and right!


Crew access is allowed at Flying Monkey aid, Goosebump aid, Grafton Mesa aid, and Virgin Dam aid.  Please keep your speed down, especially on Gooseberry Mesa road, which you will be sharing the road with runners. Click here to view more detailed aid station information, including directions for crew/pacer access. Pacers are allowed for the 100 mile and 100K after the 2nd pass through Goosebump aid station and can be switched out at any aid station thereafter in the race. No  pacers allowed for the 50K. ZERO WASTE EVENT

All UA events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill (and no portapotty chemical sludge being sent to the wastewater treatment facilities.)

Here’s how we do it-

1-  We separate all organics/compostables as well as the normal recyclable materials at the start/finish line and each aid station.  Please help us to keep recyclables and compostables separate from the other trash.  We will have labeled bins at each location.  We have an Ubuntu Blox machine that compacts our non-recyclable trash into bales which are used as a sustainable building material.  The beauty of the Ubuntu Blox system is that it provides a use for the non-recyclables such as wrappers, plastic bags, etc.  With this system, we were able to “upcycle” nearly 100% of our landfill bound solid waste.

2-  Eco Commode composting toilets. All human waste collected is composted after the event, becoming a nutrient-rich soil amenity as the end product.  You will find a bin of cover material next to each of the toilets at the event.  Please add a scoop or handful of cover material after each use of the toilet to keep things fresh for the next user and to help maintain proper carbon/nitrogen ratios.  This cover material is usually sawdust, but can also be shredded newpaper, ash, peat moss, coffee grounds or another carbon source.

For more information about our Zero Waste system, see this blog post.


The pre and post race meals are artisan pizzas made to order. Runners will be required to present their bibs to the chef in order to get their free pizzas.  One pizza for 50k runners, two for 100K runners, and up to 3 for 100 milers.  The pizza ovens will be fired up at runner check-in before the race and then for the duration of the event.  A beverage of your choice will be provided with each pizza as well.  For those runners that finish during the night or in the morning, we have some delicious breakfast and dessert pizza options for you to choose from.  Additional pizzas can be purchased by runners and crew for just $6.


Virgin is located right in the middle of Hurricane and Springdale, about a 15 min. drive to either of them. We highly recommend staying in Springdale if you can- hotel prices are  higher than Hurricane or St. George, but the proximity to the park and the ambiance of the town are worth it.  A discounted rate has been offered from the premier hotel in Zion Canyon-  Cable Mountain Lodge. Just let them know that you’re running the race when you reserve.  Follow this link for more lodging options around Springdale. (Links to lodging in the Hurricane and St. George areas are also available through this same website.)

Zion River Resort is offering 15% off to participants. Just mention that you’re with the “Zion 100″ for the discount. RV and camping is available. Visit their website here://www.zionriverresort.com/ 

Here is a blog post about camping options within 15 minutes of the starting line.  The unofficial “group” free camping area is about 2 miles up Kolob Terrace Rd on your right, next to North Creek.

There are many home rental options near the start/finish line which can be found on vrbo.com and airbnb.com


The St. George airport is about 45 min from Virgin.  Las Vegas International Airport is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Virgin.


We realize that these are destination races for most folks, and it may be the only time that you visit this uniquely beautiful area.  One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the area has to offer.  Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of what this diverse topography has to offer.  We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that most amazing overlook that is not part of the course.  Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where large group activities are not permitted as part of the management plan.  These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but  are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting.  It is our hope that these experiences will help you to become even more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.

For each event, we have created a “Trifecta” list-  Boiled it down to 3 “must see” areas that are within a reasonable travelling distance of the race course.  For each of the 3 “legs” of the Trifecta that you complete, you will receive 10% discount credited towards the next Ultra Adventures event that you participate in!  Complete all three legs of the Trifecta and you have earned yourself 30% off of the next event!  These discounts can also be accumulated, so after 3 events, you can earn 90% off of the 4th event just for getting out and doing what you love!!

Trifecta Rules: To get credit for completing a leg of the Trifecta, you must submit a picture from each of the required locations of that particular leg of the Trifecta.  There is a two week window in which these pictures can be submitted- between one week prior to the event date until one week after the event has taken place.  Any pictures submitted before or after this time window will not be accepted.

Pictures must include:

1)  A clear view of your face

2) A clear view of your bib # (Race bibs will be assigned and available to view on ultrasignup.com 7 days prior to the event- if you visit one of the Trifecta sites prior to packet pickup, you will have to write your bib # on a piece of paper and have it visible in the photo.)

Pictures can be submitted in two formats:

1) Instagram- Use the hashtag #2015ziontrifecta

2) Email the picture to uatrifectas@gmail.com ***Race credit must be redeemed within one year from the race date and the amount credited is based on the amount that you paid for the event that you participated in- (ie. for a $100 registration fee you would earn $10 credit for each leg of the Trifecta, for a $200 registration fee, you would earn $20 credit for each Trifecta leg completed).

The 2015 Zion Trifecta will be:

1) Angels Landing- This popular hike offers spectacular views of the main canyon from 1,500ft above the valley floor. Click here for trail description If you have any energy left and you are looking for more miles after making it to the overlook, we would encourage you to continue up the amazing West Rim trail, which you will be using to access the Angel’s Landing spur trail.

2) The Narrows- This is a “must see” while you are here if the spring runoff is in your favor.  Your feet will get wet on this one, and other than the approach on the paved river trail, there will not be much running involved.  Click here fora  trail description of the Narrows.  ***April runoff can make it difficult to get very far up into the narrows.  If that is the case, you can substitute this hike with an exploration of Hidden Canyon. Click here for Hidden Canyon trail description.

3) Observation Point- This trail will take you to an overlook that peers down into the main canyon from the top of the cliffs 2,100ft above the valley floor. Click here for trail description

***Other amazing options (which can replace any of the above trifecta legs but are not required due to price and/or distance):

Trans Zion (Zion Traverse)- Anyone crazy enough to do this epic route within a week from race day would not need to do any of the other Trifecta legs.  30% off your next event if you have the legs to pull it off.  Take a pic in Hop Valley, one from the top of the West Rim trail and one from the top of the East Rim.

The Subway- If you are one of the lucky ones to obtain one of the 80 daily issued permits to hike the Left Fork of North Creek, don’t pass up the opportunity.

Pine Creek- You’ll need a wetsuit, rappelling gear, and a permit for this one but oh man is it amazing.

- Kolob Arch- This trail can substitute any of the 3 legs of the Trifecta that you’ve done before if you’d like to try something new.  There are two ways to access the arch, both are beautiful and about the same distance (about 7 miles each way). You can take either the Hop Valley trail or LaVerkin Creek trail.

Water Canyon-Squirrel Canyon- If you’ve seen it all in Zion or want to get into the rarely visited outreaches of the backcountry, this 11 mile loop is one of my favorites of all time.


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.  The finishers’ award for the 50K and 50 mile distance is a hand thrown pottery mug.  Each of our awards is unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well. We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers.  One of our goals this year is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends.  To make this possible, we will have the following amenities present at the finish line to keep you comfortable- shade, seating, pizza, drinks, hot showers, a wood-fired cedar hot tub, massage tent, recovery tent, medical tent, and a camping area.  We are so pleased to have the infamous “Whiskeytown” George Walsh (a.k.a. “GW”) overseeing the start and finish line operations at each of our events.


We are proud to offer one of the best refund/rollover policies out there.  The amount refunded will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us, since many costs involved with the race are incurred early.  If you notify us prior to 60 days before the race, you are eligible for a 100% refund or rollover towards any Ultra Adventures event.  If you notify us prior to 30 days before the race- a 75% refund or rollover will be issued.  If you let us know between 15-30 days prior to the event- a 50% rollover can be applied (sorry, no cash refunds issued within 30 days).  Within 15 days of the event- no refunds/rollovers will be issued.


Earn $$ off of your next Ultra Adventures race registration fees by volunteering! Volunteer hours are transferable, so if you can talk your non-runner family/friends into it, they can transfer their credit towards your next race!

Individual Volunteer Form- Please fill out this form to let us know when you’ll be available to volunteer and in what capacity you’re interested in volunteering or email thezion100@gmail.com

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