About the Flagstaff Sky Race
On Friday, challenge yourself to Arizona’s highest foot race at the Flagstaff Vertical Kilometer. You will climb a total of 1000 meters over a 3 mile course, finishing at the top of Arizona Snowbowl! Don’t worry, you’ll be able to ride the scenic chairlift down after your race!
Races feature a mix of mostly single track trails and some cross country scrambling with significant amounts of climbing! The 55K and 39K start near Flagstaff and traverse point to point courses across Mount Elden and the Dry Lake Hills, the base of the San Francisco Peaks before a final brutal 4,000 foot climb up to the top of the 11,500 foot Agassiz Ski Lift of the Arizona Snowbowl. Then take one final descent to the finish at the Agassiz lodge for post race food and party. Both races are in the US Skyrunner Series in 2017 and serve as the Series finale.
The 2017 Flagstaff 39K SkyRace will be part of the North American Continental SkyRunning Champs where you can earn points towards the World SkyRunning Circuit.
Friday, October 6, 2017
9:00 AM – Packet Pickup at Arizona Snowbowl (VK only)
10:30 AM – Vertical Kilometer Start at Agassiz Chair Lift
1:00 PM – Vertical Kilometer Course Closed
2:00 PM – Awards
Saturday, October 7, 2017
4:50 AM – Bus Pickup for 55K at Arizona Snowbowl
5:00 AM – Race Day Packet Pickup Starts (4529 N Hamblin St)
6:00 AM – 55K Start at Elden Base
6:50 AM – Bus Pickup for 39K at Arizona Snowbowl
8:00 AM – 39K Start at Elden Base
2:00 PM – Awards ceremony for 55K & 39K
8:00 PM – Race Cutoff at Arizona Snowbowl
9:00 PM – Post-race party in downtown Flagstaff
The finish for all events will be located at the Agassiz lodge of the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Saturday races will both start near Flagstaff following brand new point to point courses finishing at the ski resort. All Sunday events will begin at the Agassiz lodge. Shuttles will be available for the 55K and 39K on Saturday (and included with race entry) on race morning to take you from the finish line at Arizona Snowbowl to your start line.
ARIZONA SNOWBOWL – ONE OF THE OLDEST, CONTINUALLY RUN SKI AREAS IN THE U.S.
Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff, 2 hours from Phoenix, and 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. The resort opened in 1938 and is now one of the oldest continually operated ski area in the country. Arizona Snowbowl Website
The 55K Ultra will begin at 6:00 AM near the Elden Base in Flagstaff. There is extremely limited parking available here and we ask and encourage all runners to please take the race provided shuttle bus from Arizona Snowbowl. Runner entry includes a pre-race shuttle bus ride from the finish (Arizona Snowbowl). The bus will leave Arizona Snowbowl promptly at 4:50 AM.
The 39K Sky Race will begin at 8:00 AM near Elden Base in Flagstaff. The start will be in the dirt lot across the street from this address: 4529 N. Hamblin. There is EXTREMELY limited parking available for the 39K start and we ask that if you are racing to please take the race provided shuttle from Arizona Snowbowl. If you have a crew and will be dropped off there, please be respectful of the neighborhood. Runner entry includes a shuttle bus ride from the finish (Arizona Snowbowl). The bus will leave Arizona Snowbowl promptly at 6:50 AM.
Vertical Kilometer Start & Finish
The Vertical K will start at the Agassiz Triple Chair Lift at the Arizona Snowbowl and finish at the very top of the ski resort boundary at Grandview Terrace (Elevation 11,600 feet). As far as we know this will be the highest organized footrace in Arizona! Finishers will then ride the scenic chairlift down to the Agassiz Lodge.
You may pick up your bib number & shirt Friday, October 6th at Run Flagstaff (204-A East Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ) from 4-7pm or on race day (see below).
55K Race Day Pickup
Will be available race morning at the Start beginning at 5:00 AM. You will need to pick-up your shirt at the finish line if you pick up your bib on race morning. Our best tip for these races is to pick up your bib and shirt at the scheduled packet pickup from 4:00pm – 7:00 pm at Run Flagstaff on Friday, October 6th. This will allow ample time for pre-race rituals on Saturday morning before the start.
39K Race Day Pickup
Will be available race morning at the startling line. You will need to pick-up your shirt at the finish line if you pick up your bib on race morning at the start.
VK Race Day Pickup
Will be available at the start line at AZ Snowbowl starting at 9:30 AM. Please have your summit drop bag ready to go prior to race start at 10:00 AM.
Crewing is permitted on Saturday during the 55K & 39K at Schultz, Kachina & Arizona Snowbowl aid stations. A high clearance vehicle is highly recommended to reach the Schultz Aid Station. When parking, please do not block any road ways and follow the instructions from aid station volunteers. Please only park on one side of the road at Kachina & Schultz so we do not block traffic.
55K runners may have a drop bag for Schultz and Kachina Aid Stations. We will collect these at the start line at 6:00 AM.
39K runners may have a drop bag for Kachina Aid Station. We will collect these at the start line at 8:00 AM.
Vertical K runners may have a finish line drop bag for the top of the mountain. These must be given to us at the start line by 10:00 AM to be transported to the top of the mountain.
Pacers are not permitted for any distance.
Spectators are welcome at our three crew locations (Schultz, Kachina & Arizona Snowbowl). We discourage spectators at any other aid station or checkpoint during the race, but do encourage you to take the Scenic Chairlift to the top of the mountain (Agassiz Checkpoint) on Saturday or Friday during the Vertical K. Scenic Chairlift tickets are sold at the Agassiz Lodge.
The following cutoff times will be strictly enforced on race day:
Sunset Aid Station (2nd time for 55K) – 11:00 AM
Schultz Aid Station – 12:30 PM
Fort Valley Aid Station – 2:45 PM
Kachina Aid Station – 4:00 PM
Snowbowl Aid Station – 6:00 PM
Finish – 8:00 PM
Aid Stations Vs. Checkpoints
Aid stations (Sunset, Schultz, Fort Valley, Kachina & Snowbowl) will have water, Gatorade, fruit, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bean burritos, potatoes, salty snacks and sweet snacks.
Checkpoints (Elden Base & Agassiz Summit) will only have water.
$4,500 Total Prize Purse
55K Ultra SkyMarathon
1st Male & Female = $1,000
2nd Male & Female = $250
3rd Male & Female = $100
1st Male & Female = $500
2nd Male & Female = $150
3rd Male & Female = $100
1st Male & Female = $100
2nd Male & Female = $50
UTMB Points, 2018
55K = 3 Points
30K = 3 Points
About Altra US Skyrunner Series
After the International Skyrunning Federation has brought some of the toughest alpine racing experiences to runners in recent years, 2014 was the start of the Altra US Skyrunner Series. Consisting of races in three Skyrunning disciplines (Sky, Ultra and Vertical), the Series combines existing mountain races with new events created in the true spirit of Skyrunning. Find out more at US Skyrunning.
There will be fully stocked aid stations along the 55K & 39K courses featuring water, carbohydrate drink, fruit and other snacks.
Gender specific race shirt
Chip timed race results displayed at the finish line
Points in the Altra US Skyrunner Series
Prize money to the top 3 male & female runners in each distance (top 2 in Vertical K)