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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.5
True Adventure The wild red rock canyons and rainbow hills around Richfield, Utah offer endless exploration and adventure. The Crimson Canyons Ultra links together several canyons and remote ATV trails into a unique trail run. Run up a slot-like red rock canyon, trek atop a packed natural clay fin under … MORE
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    RedjacketRunner REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I ran the 50k which includes the loop the half marathoners run plus an additional 20 mile loop. The 50 milers run the same course with the addition of 4 … MORE

    I ran the 50k which includes the loop the half marathoners run plus an additional 20 mile loop. The 50 milers run the same course with the addition of 4 extra, smaller loops. The half marathon loop was more difficult than the 20 mile loop with several steep climbs (there’s only 1 steep climb on the 20 mile loop) followed by steep descents. I took poles on that loop and was glad I did!
    The course is very scenic (the race website does a good job of representing the race). It is typical Utah desert redrock and includes a slot canyon or two.
    The race does a good job with their aid stations and the volunteers are fantastic!
    I highly recommend the race website. They do a great job describing the course and there are even YouTube videos of parts of the course.
    I enjoyed the race and will definitely consider running it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    I course swept for the ultra loop (first loop for the ultra runners- the loop the marathoners don't see). No one could possibly accuse the race director of not marking … MORE

    I course swept for the ultra loop (first loop for the ultra runners- the loop the marathoners don’t see). No one could possibly accuse the race director of not marking the course well enough! As the final runner through this loop, I had no problem finding the route, even though it criss-crossed the stream several times. The stream was dry and there were several signs or tape at each possible intersection to make sure no one got lost. The scenery was fantastic- think Moab without crowds- and the fall colors were beautiful! The pictures on the website are absolutely what you will see!
    Aid stations were well stocked with everything from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, to pickles to red velvet cookies! There was soda, water, and electrolytes at the aid stations as well. The volunteers were super friendly! I left feeling like I had new friends!
    The medals this year were made of wood and looked really fantastic. You can see them if you look up the race on facebook. The first and second place winners in each of the different races had an additional tag on their medal that said “first place” or “second place.”
    There was homemade chili made by the race director’s mom, who was there visiting with all the runners at the finish. There was also artisan bread and more cookies! It was a very small town race, with world-class scenery! The race starts and ends at the town park (plenty of parking and shade) right next to the town swimming pool. The mayor welcomed all the runners the night before at the pre-race packet pick-up/dinner (I don’t think it’s worth it to buy the pasta dinner). The mayor invited all the runners to enjoy the pool for free while in town. I felt like that was nice and know some runners took advantage of the showers at the pool before heading out of town.
    The only suggestion I would have for this race would be to have more “cold” food items at the park aid station/finish line. The weather this year was pretty warm and it would have been nice to have something like watermelon or grapes for the runners who would be hitting that aid station in the middle of the day before heading out on their next loop. And maybe an even earlier start time just so the ultra runners can get through the exposed section before it gets too hot out. (I’m a pansy in the heat- maybe it wasn’t a problem for anyone else.)

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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