The Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile run is one of (if not the most) difficult 50 mile races in the country. It is an advanced degree run for EXPERIENCED ultrarunners. This means if you have never participated in an ultra distance run before (sorry…triathlons don’t count) then do one of the MANY other ultra runs around the country BEFORE running the Zane Grey 50. There are sections of this course where you are out on your own for very extended periods of time WITHOUT aid. You have to have proven that you can be self-sufficient. Race management would like to avoid having to send out search and rescue to retrieve runners on the course. We’ve had to do this several times in the past (We’re not kidding).
course_map-300x189East. From the Pine Trailhead to the Two-Sixty Trailhead.
Average high temperature 74 degrees (88 degrees record high)
Average low temperature 36 degrees (20 degrees record low)
Sunrise 5:42 a.m.
Sunset 7:05 p.m.
NO! Even the most experienced ultramarathon runners have difficulty completing this event. Combining the elements of difficult terrain, heat, elevation, and challenging navigation makes this not a good choice for a first-timer. Aravaipa Running has a trail running series. All of their trail 50K runs are excellent qualifiers.
No. By registering you are agreeing that entry fees are necessary to meet the costs of preparation months in advance of the Run, and that if the Run is cancelled because of fire, drought, storms, acts of war, acts of God, or other circumstances beyond the control of the race management, the entry fee will not be refunded.
No, race management does NOT provide transportation to or from the race. The race is a point-to-point run starting in the town of Pine, finishing in Christopher Creek. If you cannot manage the logistics of either getting there or getting home, do not run this race. There will not be transportation back to Pine provided from the finish.
Yes, from the 33-mile aid station (Fish Hatchery) to the finish.
Two minimum (40 oz total). Many runners use 3 bottles (60 oz total), especially between miles 23.5 and 33, and between miles 33 and 44. Expect to take 3 to 4 hours to get to mile 44 from 33. This is the hardest stretch.
The fluids will include: Water, Electrolyte Drink , Cola and Ice (I know, Ice is not a liquid). Last year the food included GU (Strawberry Banana, Vanilla & Triberry), bananas, oranges, potatoes, chips, cookies, PB&J sandwiches, salt, pretzels, and your drop bag (except mile 23.5) if you provide one. If there is a particular item you feel you must have, then put it in your drop bag.
Drop bags are allowed at the finish line and all the aid stations except Hell’s Gate Canyon, mile 24).  All drop bags to be used in the race will be collected at the start line.
No, the website and descriptions of the race have been updated to reflect a more accurate representation of what the actual mileage is at the aid station location.
No.  This is due to the nature of the course and terrain and the interest of the safety of all participants.