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TRAIL RUNNING ESCAPES

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Questions and Answer...

camps and races in sedona & the santa monica mountains  

​Where the heck is Sedona and how do I get there? Sedona, Arizona is located approximately 2 hours north of Phoenix in the Red Rock District of Coconino National Forest. The closest airport to Sedona is Pulliam Airport located in Flagstaff and serviced by American Airlines and United. Otherwise, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has many airlines servicing it daily.


What is the elevation of Sedona? Sedona is located 4,500' above sea level.


What time zone is Sedona in? Sedona is officially in the Mountain Time Zone and does NOT observe Daylight Savings.


​When is sunrise on Race morning? Sunrise on March 25th is at 6:24 AM and March 26th is 6:22 AM. 


What is the weather like in Sedona in late March? Average high temperatures range from 68-76 degrees F. Mornings many be cooler, so wear a layer and leave it at the start line area.


Where should I stay? Our host hotel is Los Abrigados located in Tlaquepaque Village. If you are interested in staying here with our discounted rate, we have posted a link to their registration site on our Home page. Otherwise, there are many other options in town and neighboring Cottonwood, AZ; from camping to AirBnB's. Visit the other links on the Red Rocks of Sedona Home page. Click the tab above.


​Where do I pickup my Race bib on Friday, March 24th? Bibs will be available for pickup on Friday, March 24th at Yavapai College ~ located at: 4215 Arts Village Drive Sedona, AZ 86336 from 12 Noon to 5 PM. If you would like someone else to pickup your bib, please email us to let us know. Parking is available on the street adjacent to the college or in the dirt lot area along Cultural Park Place.


Can I pickup my Bib race morning, Saturday March 25th? Yes. Bibs not picked up on Friday, March 24th will be available for pickup at Saturday's race start ~ United Methodist Church starting at 5:30 AM. UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road Sedona, AZ 86336. Parking is limited here, so please consider carpooling.


​Where do the races start on Saturday, March 25th? Saturday races start at the United Methodist Church located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road Sedona, AZ 86336. Parking is limited here, so please consider carpooling or getting dropped off. We are finalizing our overflow parking area. Soon as it's confirmed we'll post it here. More details will be sent to you in your Runner's Guide prior to race day. 


When do the races start on Saturday? The 55K race starts at 6:30 AM. The 35K race starts at 6:45 AM and the 19K race starts at 7:00 AM.


Where do the races start on Sunday, March 26th? Sunday races start at Yavapai College located at 4215 Arts Village Drive Sedona, AZ 86336. There is NO runner parking here. Runner parking will be located across the street at the Sedona Red Rock High School parking lot. Located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road Sedona, AZ 86336. More details will be sent to you in your Runner's Guide prior to race day. 


When do the races start on Sunday? The 55K race starts at 6:30 AM. The 35K race starts at 6:45 AM and the 17K race starts at 7:00 AM.


Is there a time limit for the races? Yes, the course closes at 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. That is 9 hours from the start of the 55K races.***55K racers ONLY*** At Saturday's race, you must complete the first 20.5 Miles by 12 Noon; that's 5.5 hours from your race start. If you miss this cutoff, you will be sent back to the Finish and receive a time for the 35K race. At Sunday's race, you must complete the first 15.5 Miles by 10:30 AM; that's 4 hours from your race start. If you miss this cutoff, you will be sent back to the Finish and receive a time for the 35K race.


Will there be Aid Stations on course? There will be several Aid Stations on course both days. Once the courses have been approved, you will be able to click on the Course Maps tab above to see each race's layout with AS locations. This is a "cupless" race. You will be required to carry a handheld bottle or hydration pack with bladder.


Where will the Restrooms be located? Restrooms will be located at the Start/Finish area on both race days. Some Aid Stations will have restrooms. Locations along the course are TBD.


Will there be Medical on course? We will have an EMT at the Finish Line. All Aid Stations will

have First aid kits to assist you in the event of a fall. Our volunteers will contact us, if you are unable to finish the race and need to be transported. In the event of an emergency and you cannot get yourself to the nearest Aid Station, please call 911.


Will GPX Files be available? Yes. We will create GPX files that you will be required to download to your device of choice. We use Ride with GPS mapping software when we create our course maps. We will require all runners to download the Ride with GPS app to their phone to follow the course. If you do not carry a phone, but wear a watch...we will be creating GPX files you can download to your device as an alternative. The Ride with GPS app can be downloaded for free and offers "voice navigation", prompting you when to turn; you will not have to look at your phone. Simply turn the volume up and place it in your hydration pack front pocket or waistband. Ride with GPS also offers "live tracking", so your friends and family can see you on course. You will be emailed all GPX files weeks prior to the race, so you can download them to your device/phone. We highly reccommend using the Ride with GPS app for navigation and will be sending you a special link created specifically for this event with all 6 race course files and more. You can still record your run with Strava or your Garmin. The Ride with GPS app is for navigating/following the course only. If you have any technical issues, please email us. You will need these digital maps (GPX files) to follow the course, as we will only be marking important junctures and flagging minimally.


Will the courses be marked? Minimally. We will be marking the course with pin flags and directional arrows at trail junctures when neccessary. Last year, we had issues with markings being removed/tampered. So this year we will be marking minimally. With less markings on course, there is less of a chance they will be tampered with and less likelihood that someone will get off course. Your safety is our first priority. So this year, we are requiring every participant to download and run with our GPX files for navigation. Printed cue sheets will be available at each day's start line. These will contain the names of the trails in your race and which way to turn. We HIGHLY recommend you carry a copy of these in the event that your device or watch dies. We go more into detail about the GPX files on our GPX Files page (see tab above).


What are the trails like in Sedona? If you have never run in Sedona, you are in for a special treat. The trails here include nearly all trail terrain. Sedona's trails are technical, so be mindful when you run. It is soooooo easy to catch a toe. You will encounter sandy washes, slick rock and narrow single track trails. Did we mention the views??? OMGeeeee.


Will the trails be closed to other users during the race? No. All trails will be open to the public during the race and they are heavily trafficked by hikers and mountain bikers. PLEASE be aware of your surroundings and be patient with other users if you run up on them and they do not hear you. I guarantee you, they are taking in the views and may need a moment to move. Please announce yourself with enough time for them to get off trail. Trail use will pickup as you approach trailheads and it will dissipate as you get further out into the Wilderness. Please be patient...I know it's a race, but if you encountered people so did the guy/gal behind you!


Wanna take a picture? As we mentioned, the trails in Sedona are technical. Some trails are narrow with drop offs. We ask that if you would like to take a picture, PLEASE STOP. It is so easy to catch a toe here and go down. We'd like you all to return to the Finish line in good condition :)


Can I have a drop bag if I am running the 55K or 50K? We will not allow drop bags this year. Sorry for any inconvenience.


Can I leave a bag at the start line area? Yes, we will have an area to leave a bag while you run.


Does everyone receive a Finishers medal? Yes, all Finishers receive a medal. Woohoo!


Will there be awards for Top Finishers of each race? Yes, HOKA will be recognizing the 1st Female and Male finisher of all races each day. That's 6 races and 12 pairs of sneakers! So eat your Wheaties and show us whatcha got :)


Will there be awards for Top Finishers of the 2 Day Stage Race? Yes, the 1st Female and Male finisher of each 2 day race combo will earn a free entry into the 2024 RRS Stage Race :) There are 9 race combos, so it will take us a bit to calculate the combined race times from each day. Once we have tallied each runner's times from each race combo, we will announce the winners on social media. Typically within 24 hours post race.


Does everyone receive a Race shirt? Shirts will be handed out at the Finish line, NOT at Bib pickup. You can pickup your Finishers shirt post race on Saturday OR Sunday depending on whether you are doing a single day or both days. Shirts will not be handed out at Bib pickup.


What if I need to drop down in race distances prior to race day? NO PROBLEM! You can make changes to your registration online at Ultrasignup. If you are having difficulties or it is after registration has closed, simply email us.


What if it's not my day and I can't finish my race? If you are not feeling it and can't finish your race, no worries. Make your way to the nearest Aid Station and we'll take care of you.


What if my plans change and I cannot make the race? Do you offer refunds? We do not offer refunds, but your registration can be rolled over to next year or applied to one of our trail running camps.


What if the race is cancelled? If the race is cancelled due to unforeseen reasons, we will try to reschedule it for another date that year. If we are unable to reschedule it for the same year, we will roll everyone's registration fees over to the next year. 100% guarantee. Pinky promise.


Post race "Kick~back"? You bet! We'll be hosting a "beer garden" post race on Sunday, March 26th from 11 AM - 4 PM. So stop by the "back patio" of the Yavapai College (that's where the race starts) and grab your complimentary beer! Beer will also be for sale if you're still thirsty or you have friends and family joining you to help celebrate your success. Simply bring a photo ID and we'll let you in! No ID? We will not be able to give you a wristband to drink. In addition, we'll have Not Your Routine Poutine on site for some tasty unique dishes. NYRP was on site at our last race "kick~back" and a huge hit with runners. Pre-purchase your NYRP food voucher on line at Ultrasignup and you won't need any cash.