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Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run

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June 3, 2017 (Saturday)
50 Mile
Vivian Park, Provo Canyon
Provo, Utah
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Applications Available online at website on NOV 1st. RACE FILLS. 370 CAP

COURSE:

It is a very challenging, difficult and scenic loop course through the Wasatch Mountains above Provo, Utah. The trail will be marked. It consists of - dirt trails (43%), dirt roads (38%) and some paved (19%). The paved sections are: The first 2.1 miles from the start at Vivian Park down the Provo River Trail to the first Aid Station. Then at the 22.7 mile mark, for 3.7 miles when you come out onto the Hobble Creek Road, and the last 3.7 down to the finish.


There is over 12,700+/- ft. of elevation gain and loss, with 5 major climbs varying from 1100 ft to nearly 3000 ft. The first starts at mile 2.1. A series of climbs takes you up 2700 ft. over 5 miles to an overlook of Squaw Peak. Check out the Trail Map and Course Elevation Profile page to see what the course looks like. The last and most difficult climb takes you from the top of Berryport Canyon, to the high point of the course just before and above Windy Pass at about 9300 ft.
Depending upon which topo map you look at there are two different trails in this section. On the 7.5 minute series (1:24000) the trail around peak x9297 goes around to the north. Both 30X60 minute series (1:100,000) maps I have used, show the trail going across the south face of peak x2834 (meters). The one on the south side is the trail we use on Race day by which time there should be little if any snow on this side, as you approach the high point of the course about a mile before Windy Pass . From here the course drops almost 4000 ft over the next 9+ miles back to the Finish at Vivian Park.

*NOTE* There can be sections of the course that are covered with snow. At about mile 11 after passing Rock Canyon, for about 2+ miles and then the section's on and off approaching Windy Pass ('9000) for about 4 miles and the next 2 after the pass. About a mile after coming off the pass there are a couple of areas where you cross the snow that are fairly steep and can be un-nerving for some people. In '99 we put up a rope accross these 2 short sections to provide safety and security for those that needed it. And it paid off, even this years winner took a spill and the rope stopped his slide, which by the way, would be a shortcut. I told him afterwards "if he hadn't have been flying across it he might not have slipped!" Anyway, those of us that are used to these conditions, as one women runner put it after the '98 race, ..."you runners that run up here all the time probably don't even think twice about crossing stuff like that..." The figures given, of course, are approximate and will vary depending upon our winter. Our first 2 years were El Nino winters with alot of snow. The '99 run was a more mormal snow year. The runners who had run in '98 and then again in '99, had a finishing time that was on an average over an hour faster. The 2000 race, the times again went down as there was literally only about 30 steps of snow up around the Windy Pass area. The snow was the same for the 2001 and 2002 races, with very little snow and new course records for both the men and women.

Event Start Location
Vivian Park, Provo Canyon, Provo, UT - 15 minutes from host Hotel

Course Description
See above

Awards
Hand Carved Navajo Stone Sculptures for Overall and Masters. Medals for all finishers

Packet Pickup / Expo
AT Fri dinner

Timing / Results
Yes/Yes

Post Race Activities
Food, music, awards, friends and a Great Time

Directions
on web site

Parking
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Results
Year: 2007     Participation      
    Total finishers: 198      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Kevin Schilling   50 Mile Men 7:59:30 9:35  6.26 mph 
 Birgitta Johnson   50 Mile Women 10:08:36 12:10  4.93 mph 
 Allen Belshaw   50 Mile Masters Men 8:20:28 10:01  5.99 mph 
 Nancy Hendrickson   50 Mile  Masters Women  10:56:18 13:08  4.57 mph 
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Results
Year: 2006     Participation

Men 

159 men competed in the 2006 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 159 (78.3%)
    Total finishers: 203

Women 

44 women competed in the 2006 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 44 (21.7%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Allen Belshaw   50 Mile Men 8:01:36 9:38  6.23 mph 
 Darcy Africa   50 Mile Women 9:10:33 11:01  5.45 mph 
 Todd Schmidtke   50 Mile Masters Men 8:52:55 10:39  5.63 mph 
 Nancy Hendrickson   50 Mile  Masters Women  10:25:31 12:31  4.8 mph 
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Results
Year: 2005     Participation      
    Total finishers: 174      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Kevin Shilling   50 Mile Men 8:40:00 10:24  5.77 mph 
 Darcy Africa   50 Mile Women 9:40:00 11:36  5.17 mph 
 Leland Barker   50 Mile Masters Men 9:01:00 10:49  5.55 mph 
 Lorie Hutchison   50 Mile  Masters Women  10:44:00 12:53  4.66 mph 
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