camps and races in sedona & the santa monica mountains
Questions and Answer...
email us if you have any further questions, not answered below.
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.
What is the weather like in Sedona in early April? 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, email us and we'll send you a PDF on how to register. 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, April 1st? You can pickup your Race bib from the Run Sedona store on Friday, April 1st from 11am - 6pm. Run Sedona is located at: 150 State Road 179, #5 Sedona, AZ 86336 ~ (928) 862-2145. If you would like someone else to pickup your bib, please bring a photocopy of their ID with you for pickup.
Can I pickup my Bib race morning, Saturday April 2nd? Yes. Bibs not picked up on Friday, April 1st will be available for pickup at Saturday's race start located at Yavapai College ~ 4215 Arts Village Drive Sedona, AZ 86336 starting at 5:30 AM.
Where do the races start on Saturday, April 2nd? All races start at Yavapai College in West Sedona. Yavapai College is located at: 4215 Arts Village Drive Sedona, AZ 86336. There is NO RUNNER parking available at Yavapai College. All runners and guests will park at the Red Rock High School adjacent to Yavapai College. Red Rock HS is 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 Saturday? The 50K race starts at 6:30 AM. The 35K race starts at 6:45 AM and the 17K race starts at 7:00 AM.
Where do the races start on Sunday, April 3rd? All races start at Verde Valley School in East Sedona. Verde Valley School is located at: 3511 Verde Valley School Road Sedona, AZ 86351. Runner parking is available on site. Please follow directional signage and volunteers instructing you where to park on campus.
When do the races start on Sunday? The 50K race starts at 6:30 AM. The 25K race starts at 6:45 AM and the 16K race starts at 7:00 AM.
Is there a time limit for the races? Yes, the course closes at 3:00 PM on both race days for all races. That is 8.5 hours from the start of the 50K race. ***50K racers ONLY*** You must complete the first (16) miles of your race on Saturday AND Sunday within 4 hours. If you have not reached the 16 Mile Aid Station by 10:30 AM, you will be not be allowed to finish the 50K course. You will be sent back to the Start/Finish area. 4 Hours from your race start is an approximate 15 minute/mile pace average.
Will the races have chip timing? Yes :) Each bib will have a chip on the back, please do not remove it.
Will there be Aid Stations on course? There will be several Aid Stations on course both days. Aid stations will never be more than 6 miles apart. Please 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 are located at Trailhead parking lots. Some of those Trailheads have restrooms. We will not be placing additional restrooms along the course.
Will the courses be marked? HECK yes :) We will personally be marking all courses. We will use orange ribbons attached to trees along the trails and directional arrows at trail junctures. In addition, we will be creating "pocket size" laminated cheat sheets. These will contain the names of the trails in your race and which way to turn. We HIGHLY recommend you carry these during the race in the event that markings are tampered with. We will also be creating GPS files for you to download to your device.
What are the trails like in Sedona? If you have never run in Sedona, you are in for a special treat. The trails here capture 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 also 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. This is our first year producing Red Rocks of Sedona and we would LOVE to be able to produce it next year. Which means we need a good report from the National Forest and other permit holders (Outfitters) who use these trails. We want to hear that our runners were polite and did not interfere with other trail activities. 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 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? You must complete both days of the Stage Race to receive your Finishers medals. Medals will be handed out on Sunday, April 3rd at the Finish line. Woohoo!
Does everyone receive a Race shirt? You must complete both days of the Stage Race to receive your Finishers shirt. You can pickup your Finishers shirt post race on Sunday at the EXPO. They will not be handed out at Bib pickup.
Will there be Awards? We will recognize both Female and Male winners of all (9) Race combinations.
When does the EXPO open and where is it located? The EXPO will open Saturday, April 2nd at 9AM. The EXPO will be located at Yavapai College (Saturday's race start location): 4215 Arts Village Drive. The EXPO will stay here all weekend. It does not move on Sunday to the race start.
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.