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Tushars Mountain Runs

July 28, 2023 - July 29, 2023


The Tushars Mountain Run, 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 Point Resort in Beaver, Utah, with 100k, 70k, Marathon, and Half–Marathon course options.

This is a high-elevation technical mountain course, with each race starting at 10,000 feet and reaching elevation climbs to 12,174 feet. With heavy elevation climbs in each of the events, this epic race will have you suffering but upon finishing, addicted and back the next year only to question why you would ever subject yourself to the pain again.

The 100K route begins by climbing out of the ski resort (10,500 ft) and links into pristine singletrack at the base of Mt. Holly. The trail skirts around the side of the mountain, and mile four peers off a high point along the ridge into the backside of Mt. Delano. After dropping down into and traversing a vast valley, you’ll climb up to the Alunite Ridge Aid Station near some old mining ruins around mile 8. When the trail peaks out the top of the ridge at 11,400 ft, you’ll be rewarded with a view of several more peaks, including Copper Belt Peak, which you’ll climb later in the day.

You’ll then drop down into the south side of the rugged Bullion Canyon, made famous by a mining community that transformed the canyon into one of the “wildest and wooliest places on earth.” Over the next 4 miles, the singletrack will take you by abandoned mine shafts and cabins that leave you wondering how they got their equipment into these areas and how they survived in this steep, unforgiving country.

After a 2,000 ft climb, you’ll reach the summit of Mt. Delano (punch your bib!), the high point of the course, and then descend nearly the same distance before hitting the doubletrack that you’ll follow downhill for less than a mile down to Skyline aid station at mile 15.5. You’ll then descend another mile to a trailhead near the Big John Flat camping area and climb 5 miles of gorgeous singletrack up to Mud Lake aid station at mile 21.5. After a quick out-and-back to the aid station, you’ll climb over a pass that opens up views of the towering Mt. Baldy and Mt. Belknap. You’ll descend 5 miles and 2,000 ft to the aptly named Blue Lake, followed by a 2,000 ft climb on an old forest service access road to the Bullion Pasture Aid Station at mile 28.5.

From here, you’ll descend the famous Paiute ATV trail 3 miles and 1,500+ feet down to the Copper Belt Peak Aid Station at mile 31.5, where you’ll check in and continue to tackle Copper Belt Peak. After summiting (punch your bib!) and returning to the aid station at mile 38, you’ll climb back up to the Bullion Pasture Aid Station at mile 41 and then will drop down Bullion Canyon, descending nearly 4,000 ft to the Miner’s Park aid station and passing by the gorgeous Bullion Falls en route.

From just past the mining ruins at mile 48, you’ll climb back up the 4,000 ft that you just lost, this time on the south side of the canyon, all the way up to Edna Peak just before reaching the Alunite Ridge Aid Station to complete the loop at mile 55. After taking a few minutes to process how that climb could be harder, you’ll head back to the finish on the same trail you began your race on 12+ hours prior.

Now under Aravaipa Running, a highly regarded race-directing service with superior event quality and attention to detail, this event is a must-do. What separates Aravaipa Running events from others is their incredible event organization, spectacular courses, and event atmosphere. With aid stations at every 3 – 8 miles, chip-timed race results, scenic yet challenging courses, and post-race celebrations, their attention to detail set the bar high, and although you’ll be hurting, you’ll most likely be back the next year for more.


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