Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4
The Bryce Canyon Ultras feature scenic, mountain courses running along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. The race is run at high elevation, with most of the miles on this rugged course between 8,000 – 9,000 ft. The 100 mile course starts … MORE
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    diverdude0075 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first ultra marathon. With more than 5,000 feet in elevation change ranging from 6-9k feet, it was tough. I’m glad I did it. It was the most … MORE

    This was my first ultra marathon. With more than 5,000 feet in elevation change ranging from 6-9k feet, it was tough.

    I’m glad I did it. It was the most difficult run I’ve ever done! The scenery and aid stations were amazing!

    What set this race apart though were the other runners and volunteers! Everyone was positive, encouraging and helpful! I can’t wait to do another Vacation Races event!

    I loved that there was an option to camp at the start/finish line!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    jonoringading FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran this as part of a birthday party for a friend who turned 50. The course had a lot of climb, and was quite technical in places, but also … MORE

    I ran this as part of a birthday party for a friend who turned 50. The course had a lot of climb, and was quite technical in places, but also had some very runnable sections. The course takes you through hoodoos, which are some of the coolest rock formations on the planet!
    Vacation Races had excellent aid station support, with plenty of porta-potties, water and other beverages, and a really good selection of foods. (fruits, M&Ms, chips, etc.)
    the main negative, was that the half marathon was going in the opposite direction on Single Track at the same time as we were going as slower 50k’ers this created a dangerous situation where we had to stop and let people by.
    We were blessed with great weather on Saturday, with the start a chilly 26 F, but no snow, hail or rain. (which did hit the 100 miler runners who left on Friday.)
    The Medal is pretty cool, with a relief of the letters, and a very substantial Ribbon with the distance and dates.
    The shirts are also of very good quality.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Shak38 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I don't have anything to compare this to since it was my first ultra, but I'm already searching for my next ultra so I guess that says something about this … MORE

    I don’t have anything to compare this to since it was my first ultra, but I’m already searching for my next ultra so I guess that says something about this race. The communication and organization was top notch and there aren’t words to describe the beauty of the scenery. The race is just quite a bit more difficult than I had expected, and the terrain was more mountainous when I was anticipating more slick rock or desert-like trails. The aid stations were well run, perfectly spaced and had everything that a runner could want – and then some. I loved being able to have drop bags along the course and not having to rely on finding friends to “crew”. The race did make a huge deal about the composting port-a-potties but truly they were just as gross as any other bathroom I think they are just probably better for the environment. The shirts were attractive and you got a choice of a medal or a mug for finishing (I chose a medal as it was super cool looking and it was my first). There was also a lot of swag to purchase and I bought a good looking trucker hat (since I guess I’m an official ultra runner now – ha ha)! This race also had a generous finish time – 14 hours for the 60K. The only reason I’m giving swag a 4 instead of a 5 is because I only have road races for comparison and most bigger races offer something else to commemorate your experience. We got an Airbnb about half an hour from the start and stayed 3 nights, enjoying some restaurants and sights in the area. Based on this experience only, I would highly recommend any race done by vacationraces.com.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    Solupia FIRST-TIMER '18

    Bryce Canyon 100 locates just west of the actual Bryce Canyon National Park. Overall Production and Race Swag 10/10 Race director was great. I felt welcoming. The T-shirt is really … MORE

    Bryce Canyon 100 locates just west of the actual Bryce Canyon National Park.

    Overall Production and Race Swag 10/10
    Race director was great. I felt welcoming. The T-shirt is really cool with all participants’ names on it. 100 mile finisher received a buckle. 50 mile finisher, or in the case of your truly DNF the 100 mile but ran over 50 mile got the special made ceramic cup. Since I dropped at mile 85.5, I was escorted back to start line in a vehicle, so that I won’t need to run back.

    Course Scenery 5/5
    No question asked. This is BEAUTIFUL will all the unique rock formation. I love outdoor nature!

    Course Difficulty 9.5/15: Altitude 3.5/5 Elevation Gain 3/5 Technicality 3/5
    This is my very first race above 8000 ft. Highest Point is at Pink Cliff at around 9400ft. Runners spend majority of the time going up and down between 8000 and 8500 ft. For a sea-level dweller, the sudden change of altitude without acclimation, I was experiencing high altitude sickness during middle portion of the course. I had never feel this weird sensation of a lagging robot in the mountains. I had so much energy, but my body seemed to have its own mind for not moving according to command. Near midpoint, I got the dry cough and had to puke a couple of time. I was unable to ingest any more artificial sustenance. The transverse during nightfall was miserable when I was enable to pick up my pace and my body temperature dropped substantially. By the time I was finally acclimated to the atmospheric pressure, my body was too worn to make any comeback pace for the final finish. I had to drop at mile 85.5 knowing I will miss the cutoff by 30-60 min. I know I got my first DNF here, but it was not the hardest race out there, and I am going to come back in 2019 to redeem myself,

    Lesson Learned:
    1) Acclimate if I plan on racing above 7000 ft
    2) Have extra warm clothes ready for nightfall in drop bags, since fatigue runner seldom able to produce enough heat to sustain through the night in the mountains.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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