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Best Trail Running Races Southwest 2024

Best Trail Running Races Southwest 2024

The team at Strambecco rates the Best Trail Running events Southwest 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, runner feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the Southwest terrain features of Strambecco's best list includes mountains, canyons, mesas, buttes, high broad basins, plateaus, desert lands, and some plains characteristic of the Basin and Range Province. The entire southwestern region features semi-arid to arid terrain.

Our list of Best Trail Running Events Southwest 2024 is chock-full of outstanding trail events spanning the Ultra, Marathon, and Half-Marathon categories.  The granddaddy of them all is the Western States 100 in June, an event requiring qualification.  There are Western States Qualifier events all over the country and several on our Southwest list.  Another prestigious event is the Wasatch Front 100 in July, a Grand Slam of Ultra Running event and a Rocky Mountain Slam event.  There are several events on the list: UTMB Global Series events, an international series culminating in the famed UTMB Mt. Blanc (France) in August.  Lastly, check out events on our list from the Leadville Race Series and  Vacation Races, which offer premier destination events at amazing locations, including Zion and Bryce National Parks.

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please get in touch with us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.

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Old Pueblo Endurance Runs

For trail runners seeking both adventure and history, Sonoita, AZ presents the Old Pueblo Endurance Runs - a testament to Arizona's rugged beauty and rich past.  At Strambecco, we consider it to…
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Moab Run the Rocks

Moab Run the Rocks is a three-day stage race on the legendary singletrack of Moab, Utah.  The race, produced by the TransRockies Race Series, takes you through some of the most iconic…
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Catalina Island Marathon

Celebrating its 47th anniversary in 2024, the Catalina Island Marathon stands as California's oldest trail marathon, offering runners a truly exceptional experience and one of our "bucket list" events. Imagine running through…
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Vacation Races – Antelope Canyon Ultras

The Antelope Canyon Ultras in Page, Arizona is a trail running event that promises an adventure like no other. Imagine running through one of the most iconic landscapes in the United States,…
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XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run

The XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run in Rock Springs, Arizona, stands as an exhilarating stop in the XTERRA run series, promising an adventure-filled experience for trail running aficionados. This event is unique…
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Vacation Races – Zion Ultras

Zion Ultras and Trail Half Marathon is an amazing opportunity to mix a Spring vacation in the stunning Zion National Park and throw in an epic Ultra Trail event!  Zion Ultras comprises…
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Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB

Nestled in the historic gold-rush town of Auburn, CA, the birthplace of mountain ultras, lies a trail runner's dream event: The Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB. Produced in partnership with Epic Endurance…
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Vacation Races – Bryce Canyon Ultras

Bryce Canyon Ultras is a scenic Utah mountain course that runs around the northern half and western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race…
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Western States 100

The Western States 100 is an epic 100-mile trail run from Olympic Valley to Auburn, CA, in one day on the last weekend of June. It is the world's oldest 100 trail…
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Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs

The Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs (TRTER) is a popular trail running event that takes place annually on the scenic Tahoe Rim Trail, which is a 165-mile trail that circumnavigates the stunning…
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Enchanted Forest Trail Races

Gemini Adventures brings three challenging trail runs to the Land of Enchantment in Red River, New Mexico, with the Enchanted Forest Trail Races event. Runners can register for a Heavy Half course…
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Tushars Mountain Runs

The Tushars Mountain Runs, organized by the Aravaipa Running group, is billed as one of “the toughest, most spectacular mountain races in North America.” The event is staged out of the Eagle…
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Wasatch Front 100

The Wasatch Front 100 also known as "100 miles of heaven and hell", is one of the most uniquely challenging ultrarunning events in the world. This prestigious 100 mile endurance run is…
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Moab Trail Marathon

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Utah lies a running event that stands out for its extraordinary setting and challenging terrain: The Moab Trail Marathon. This event promises an unforgettable journey through…
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