This 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 four options: 100 Mile, 100K; 50K; and a Half-Marathon. The 100 Mile Ultra is a qualifier event for the prestigious UTMB World Series and the Western States 100. The event is produced by Vacation Races, who pride themselves on producing meticulously organized running events at the world’s most breathtaking destinations.
Each route spans some of the earth’s most scenic mesas and desert trails. Each distance includes unique vistas of the thousand-foot sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. Seeing the sun rise and set over these towering cliffs is hard to beat. The 100 Mile Ultra has a rolling start on a double-track dirt road towards Gooseberry Mesa, a beautiful single-track trail section that begins at mile 5.2. There is a mix of uphill and downhill trail loops with creek crossings and even extremely steep, rocky descents where trekking roles are recommended, or ropes are placed to assist in the downhill. The most popular trails within the course include Hurricane Rim loop, Smith Mesa climb, Guacamole Trail, and Mondo Z climb. This route is marked with pink ribbons that racers must finish in 36 hours and has a total of 21 aid stations; 16 full and five water-only.
The 100K course heads west on a double-track dirt road toward Gooseberry Mesa until you hit the Goosebump Aid Station (mile 5.2). From here, you will begin running on one of the more iconic trail sections of this course- Gooseberry Mesa. This is a beautiful single-track trail section with amazing views of Zion and its surrounding areas. The 50K course heads west on a double-track dirt road toward Gooseberry Mesa until you hit the Goosebump Aid Station (mile 5.2). From here, you will begin running on one of the more iconic trail sections of this course- Gooseberry Mesa. The Trail Half Marathon course heads west on a double-track dirt road toward Gooseberry Mesa until you hit the Goosebump Aid Station (mile 5.2). From here, you will begin running on a modified portion of the iconic Gooseberry Mesa Trail.
Awards presented at the finish line include a finisher medal and specialty awareness for each course. The Ultras include special awards for the top three male and female finishers. There are aid stations throughout each course, a mix of water-only and full stations with food supplies and medical support. A finish line is a welcoming place with supporters, your fellow participants, and many amenities like a recovery area with food, beverages, and a medical tent.
The Western States 100 is the grandaddy of ultra-running events. It 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 race, starting in 1974 as one of the ultimate endurance tests. Over the course, runners will climb more than 18,000 feet and descend 23,000 feet. See the dedicated Western States Endurance Run website for details on the lottery process, training, support, and volunteer opportunities. Participants must qualify for the race within two years and enter the lottery. If you are selected as part of the lottery, you are officially sent details to register within two weeks. If not completed in time, the registration will be available to runners on the waitlist of 50-75 people. Nearby qualifying races include Black Canyon Trail Run, Moab Trail Marathon & Half Marathon, and Canyon Endurance Runs. Register and plan for the ultimate experience that will challenge your endurance.
UTMB World Series is the ultimate global trail running series uniting the sport’s biggest stars and amateur runners through a leading international event series in the most stunning locations. The UTMB World Series gives all trail runners a chance to experience UTMB events worldwide, with 25 events taking place across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas in 2022. It is the only place runners can begin their quest to UTMB Mont-Blanc, home of the prestigious UTMB World Series Finals. The UTMB World Series integrates three levels of events:
- UTMB World Series Finals
- UTMB World Series Majors
- UTMB World Series Events
To qualify to enter the lottery for Finals or Major events, you must collect a “Running Stone” by finishing qualifier events in the 20k, 50k, 100k, or 100M categories. Only 1 Running Stone acquired in the past two years is mandatory to enter the lottery. Running Stones are cumulative, have no expiration date, and each Running Stone gives you an additional chance to be drawn. Collecting Running Stones is the only way to access regular runners’ UTMB World Series Finals. Discover the 25 events that will allow you to collect Running Stones in 2022 to enter the UTMB Mont-Blanc lottery from 2023 onwards here.