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50K | 24K | 11K | 5K
Now celebrating 10 years, the Cave Creek Thriller plays host to four different distances and acts as the first race of the Desert Runner Trail Series. What began as a looped course within the Cave Creek Regional Park years ago, 50K runners will have the unique opportunity to connect two regional parks in one day! Starting at the Agua Fria Trailhead near Lake Pleasant, you’ll travel along the Maricopa Trail, a short section of the Black Canyon Trail, pass through Anthem along a desert corridor, climb past Spear S Ranch and finally enter Cave Creek Regional Park to finish along the Go John, Quartz & Overton Trails.
NOTE: It never fails that each year 50K runners go out too fast during the first 15 or so miles as it is very runnable and end up in trouble as they begin climbing around mile 18 and the sun starts beaming down on them. Please race smart and you’ll find yourself crossing our finish line with an Ultra finish!
The 24K willalso be point to point. Runners will start from the Anthem Trailhead, following the same route as the 50K runners from there into the finish.
11K & 5K runners will stay entirely within Cave Creek Regional Park on hilly and pristine mountain trails.
Expect hot conditions (we typically see temps into the 90’s)! Portions of the trail are steep, rocky, and entirely exposed to the sun with great views of the expansive Sonoran desert.
We also hold the Thrasher Night Runs at this park the same day as Thriller. Finish any distance at both races and receive a unique custom medal for completing our Double Down! Races for Thrasher begin at 6 p.m. and include a 5K, 11K, 22K, and 33K.
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