Avg Temps f.

72/27f (high of 79 in 2016)

Gain/Loss in ft


Furthest Aid


Highest Elev.

4197 ft.

Time Limit

20 hrs


7 am


Dirt single track and jeep roads

Course Records

7:52:26 (Sage Canaday)

10:06:31 (Caroline Boller)


7:11 am/6:15 pm

Longest Climb





Race Details

Black Canyon 100k is a desert run with a mostly downhill course for the first half and rollers over the second.


Mostly single track dirt and jeep roads, with some reports of rocky and slightly technical sections.

Detailed course description:

  1. First five miles have gentle rollers
    1. Starts around a track, then 2 miles on paved road and one on dirt before connecting to single track trail.
  2. Miles 5 – 13 are all downhill
  3. Miles 13 – 16 are mostly flat, before going back downhill to mile 20
  4. 300ft climb from 20-21, then mostly flat or slightly down to 27 (this is where heat can typically set in)
  5. Steep descent from 27 to 29.5, then rollers to 40
  6. 40-42 has the steepest climb of the day, gaining 659 ft
  7. Downhill from 42 to 50, then another climb from 50-55 (about 600 ft over 5 miles)
  8. Rolling for the next 3 miles, before going down to the finish

Crew access

Furthest distance apart: 18.2

Crew instructions/directions:

#1 Antelope Mesa (Mile 7.3) – Crew

#2 Hidden Treasure Mine (Mile 12.5) – Crew / Drop Bag

#3 Bumble Bee (Mile 19.2) – Crew

#4 Black Canyon City (Mile 37.4) – Crew / Drop Bag

#5 Table Mesa (Mile 50.9) – Crew / Drop Bag


Total gain/loss: 3,642/8,898

Total climbs: 8 over 100ft, and lots of little climbs

Longest climb: 659 ft over about 2 miles

Steepest climb: around 300ft/mile

Elevation profile: BC100KProfile2015.png

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 9 (not including start and finish)

Furthest distance apart: 8.8

Locations: 7.3, 12.5, 19.2, 23.7, 31.2, 37.4, 46.2, 50.9, 58.6

#1 Antelope Mesa (Mile 7.3) – Crew

#2 Hidden Treasure Mine (Mile 12.5) – Crew / Drop Bag

#3 Bumble Bee (Mile 19.2) – Crew

#4 Gloriana Mine (Mile 23.7) – No Crew / Drop Bag

#5 Soap Creek (Mile 31.2) – No Crew

#6 Black Canyon City (Mile 37.4) – Crew / Drop Bag

#7 Cottonwood Gulch (Mile 46.2) – No Crew

#8 Table Mesa (Mile 50.9) – Crew / Drop Bag

#9 Doe Spring (Mile 58.6) – No Crew

What’s available:

Drinks offered:

  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Coca-cola
  • Mountain Dew
  • Ginger Ale
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate

Food Offered:

  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Boiled potatoes with salt
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • (other seasonal fruit)
  • Peanut butter/Jelly sandwiches
  • Bean tortilla rollups
  • Cookies (oreos, ginger snaps, chocolate chip)
  • Crystalized Ginger
  • Dates
  • Gummy worms
  • Trail Mixes
  • M&M’s

There is also hot broth and ramen at a few of the aid stations along the way where we see a majority of runners coming through at night.

Race reports

Strava activities and GPX files

100K GPX


Packet pickup

Race Expo + Bib Pickup

Friday, February 17

2PM – 6PM

Hampton Inn Phoenix/Anthem (Host Hotel)

42415 N. 41st Drive

Anthem, AZ 85086

(623) 465-7979

Race Day Bib Pickup

Saturday, February 18

100K Packet Pickup: 6:00-6:45AM

60K Packet Pickup: 6:00-7:45AM

Mayer High School Gymnasium


There will be a shuttle bus available on race morning for the 100K & 60K (tickets must be purchased here).

100K passengers will park and be shuttled from the Anthem Outlet Mall located a couple miles from the finish line at Emery Henderson Trailhead to the start line at Mayer High School in Spring Valley by 5:10am. After you finish your run, there will be a van shuttle to take you back to your car at Anthem Trailhead. The shuttle cost will be $8 / person and you can sign-up when you register for the race or with this link.

Race start and cutoff times

Start – 7am, Saturday, Feb 18th

Cutoff times

Race Website



Mayer High School Track

17300 East Mule Deer Drive

Mayer, AZ 86333


Fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport (PHX)


**Discounted Room Rates w/ booking link or group code**

Hampton Inn Phoenix/Anthem

42415 N. 41st Drive

Anthem, AZ 85086

(623) 465-7979

Group Code:BCU

Booking Link

Other close lodging can be found off Happy Valley Road or in North Phoenix off I-17. The drive from Happy Valley Road & I-17 is approximately 15 minutes to the shuttle and 45 minutes to the race start.

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