Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountain – AZ, presented by Salomon, is the overnight desert trail running adventure that southwest runners cannot miss. Held in the McDowell Mountain Range, just northeast of Scottsdale, teams will conquer the course at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
With over 50 miles of breathtakingly diverse trails, this area provides majestic mountain views, epic desert flora and fauna, and some seriously fun trails! Swooping descents, rocky climbs, and smooth star-lit, sandy washes await you and your team. You may even catch a glimpse of the elusive Javelina while you are serenaded by the songs of howling coyotes during your run. With one of the most transformative sunrises in the series, this course will not disappoint! Cool desert air at night, warm, clear sunny skies during the day, and miles of epic trail running are all part of the deal!
Ragnar Trail Relays are everything you loved about summer camp as a kid. Mix in incredibly scenic trail running, billions of stars overhead, the smell of campfire, and a festival-like experience that will leave your heart happy. We can’t promise it will be easy, but what we can promise is an unforgettable weekend with friends. You’re not just getting a race entry, prepare yourself for a two-day adventure. Here’s what to expect:
Three incredible trails to challenge your mind, body and soul. It’s rare that runners will have the leg and lung power to run all three loops like they would running on the road. Most runners do a combination of trail running and hiking as they take in the sights.
A free camping experience on Friday night with your teammates, and any friends or family that also want to join. Think: family camping trip meets festival with friends.
Solace, peace, and a chance to conquer your fear of the dark during the night run.
Free Salomon Trail Running shoe demos. Trail running requires a different kind of shoe that can withstand rocks, roots, dirt and other natural obstacles.
Ragnar Village – A central area where teams unite around bonfires and soak up the party atmosphere.
A free meal on Friday night for every participant. Vegetarian options available.
Free s’mores, hot coco and coffee starting Friday night into Saturday morning.
A Friday night movie, games and sponsor goodies and freebies at Ragnar Village.
Yoga throughout the day on Friday and Saturday to warm up or help recover muscles.
A fully staffed medical tent to help with any ailments.
Portable toilets, water, designated sleeping/camping area, massages, and parking.
Access to a free mobile application that will keep you up to date with important information, provide you with maps and help you navigate the course.
A finisher tee-shirt, car decal and temporary tattoo for every participant.
The best medal ever.
Well-marked courses that are fun and easy to navigate.
Sore legs, dirty feet, clothes that smell like campfire and memories that will last forever.
Sounds fun, right? Here’s how to build your team for the one of a kind overnight trail running relay adventure known as Ragnar Trail Relays