Pemberton Trail 50K & 25K


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Pemberton Trail 50K and 25K ~ Saturday, February 10th, 2018

THANK YOU to all 50k and 25k participants, volunteers, sponsors and spectators for a GREAT day!

  • Results are not yet uploaded to the UltraSignup site but can be viewed here:  50k (pdf) / 25k (pdf)
  • Don’t forget — all Pemberton finishers are eligible to participate in the McDowell Mountain Cup series!

Big thanks to Jeff Fox and Osprey for bringing some awesome race packs for runners to see, demo, and win. We can’t wait to see what’s new next year!

the start of the 2018 Pemberton Trail 50k/25k

the start of the Pemberton Trail 50k/25k races ~ 2/10/18

Pemberton is a fast 25k or 50k run completely on trails in the beautiful McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Fountain Hills, Arizona. Gently rolling hills, great volunteers, good food, mild weather… It’s a great day in the desert!

NEW for 2018: The Pemberton Trail 50k race is part of Trail Runner Magazine’s Winter Warrior Trail Series (More information here).   

Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park on McDowell Mountain Road, four miles NE of Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Limit: 200 Runners

Awards: Overall male and female, Masters male and female, and 1st place in age group.


Entry Fees:
50K Individual: $75 entry until Jan. 1st | $90 Entry After Jan. 1st
25K Individual: $60 entry until Jan. 1st | $75 Entry After Jan. 1st

No refunds | Shirts not guaranteed for registrations received after January 5, 2018

BQuickRunning launched its own McDowell Mountain Cup series in 2017. This three-race challenge starts with the Pemberton Trail 50k/25k races and is followed by the Stoneman 14k, and the Snakebite 30k / 10k. Races are two weeks apart and all take place in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Join us again in 2018 for this fun series!

Race day details

Parking Permit:  There is a modest entrance fee for McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Note: As of 2017 the fee is $6 per vehicle, but the county is discussing a small increase.

Weather: In February, Arizona weather can be 35° to 90°. Be prepared for all weather conditions and dress accordingly.

Packet Pick-Up: Race day, 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM at the start/finish area.

Course Briefing: Race day, 6:45 AM

Markings: This course is a well-traveled hiking trail and is marked with brown signs that say “Pemberton Trail.”  No additional markings will be placed on the trail.

Aid: You will need to carry a water bottle. Aid stations will be approximately five miles apart. There will be a total of 5 aid stations. We will provide water, Gu Hydrate & Recover, Coke and some food items. Drop bags at start/finish area.

Lunch is provided for race participants (and guests — a donation is appreciated)

Cut-Off: 8 hours. This is strictly enforced. The finish line closes at 3:00 PM. Runners in the 50k must complete the first loop in 4 hours or less. An early start (6:00 AM) is allowed for runners who expect to take longer than 8 hours, but be aware that the first aid station will not be set up!


Camping is available at the start. Showers are available at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park for a minimal fee.

Fountain Hills hotel accommodations:

Comfort Inn Fountain Hills – 48 Rooms
Phone: 480-837-5343

Lexington Inn Hotel and Suites – 104 Rooms, Suite and Spa Rooms
Phone: 480-837-6565

Courtyard Mayo Clinic –

Inn at Eagle Mountain – 42 Mini-Suites
Phone: 480-816-3000

Thank you to our sponsors!

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50k Course Records: Paul DeWitt [2007] 3:11:55; Kristina Pham [2012] 3:47:02

2018 50k results (pdf)  2018 25k results (pdf)

2017 50k results (pdf)  2017 25k results  (pdf)  [and click here for 2017 McDowell Mountain Cup results]


2014 – Ian Torrence
2013 – Ian Torrence
2011 – Ian Torrence
2010 – OfficialIan Torrence
2009 – Jamil Coury
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