Pemberton Trail 50K & 25K


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Pemberton Trail 50K and 25K Run

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 7:00 AM

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills AZ

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).  ALSO – we are proud to announce that Osprey is a sponsor and will have some race packs on hand for demo!

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: $50 entry until Jan. 1st | $65 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 trail challenge starts with the Pemberton Trail 50k/25k races and is followed by the Stoneman 10k, and the Snakebite 30k / 15k. Each race is 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, 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 for this race!

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

2017 50K (PDF)  2017 25K  (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
2008 – Official