Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs 50 Mi, 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, & 8k

Saturday, March 9, 2024 Waddell, Arizona

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs 50 Mi, 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, & 8k course in Waddell, Arizona

Located within White Tank Mountain Regional Park, the Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs is a host of runs comprising of the 50 miler, 50k, 30k, and the half marathon (+ the 8k and kids fun run). 

As the seventh and final run Aravaipa Desert Trail Running series, the Mesquite Canyon Trail Run is arguably the most anticipated of the events. 

With challenging climbs comes epic views, and that’s exactly what you get when registering for this half marathon! 

Comprising typical desert trails along a single-track course, this event hosts runners for an amazing adventure through the White Tank Mountain Range where they’ll be accompanied by desert sand, cactus, and worldly views of Phoenix.

The race begins at 7:30 am. Expect challenging climbs, steep descents, and desert terrain as you embark on the daring yet ever-rewarding Mesquite Canyon Trail Run course.

Taking runners through Mesquite Canyon, Slick Rock Canyon, and Willow Canyon, the half marathon adventure begins at the competitive track, taking runners toward the Waddell Aid at which they’ll turn right persisting toward Mesquite Aid as they journey through Willow.

Finally, it’s a left onto Slick Rock before looping back in a lollipop-like fashion, heading back toward Mesquite Aid, Waddell Aid, and back to the start line where they’ll cross the finish. 

While aid stations throughout will be stocked with water, electrolyte drinks, and snacks, it’s strongly encouraged to come prepared to be self-reliant and self-sufficient regarding hydration and safety; Plan for hot sun and dry air…

Notably, this is a cupless event, so be sure to bring reusable water bottles or a hydration pack to avoid litter and maintain the integrity of the course. 

Race Weather & Climate

Waddell, Arizona, is located in the northwestern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The nearest major city is Phoenix, approximately 25 miles to the southeast, making Waddell a suburban enclave within the Greater Phoenix region.

In early March, Waddell experiences mild and pleasant weather. Daytime temperatures average around 74°F (23°C), with nighttime lows cooling to approximately 49°F (9°C). Precipitation levels are typically low during this time.

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs Race Results

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs Course Map

See the race route map for the Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs course map here.

Starting Time

  • The 50 Mile start time is 6:15 AM.
  • The 50K start time is 6:30 AM.
  • The 30K start time is 6:45 AM.
  • The half marathon start time is 7:30 AM.
  • The 8K start time is 8:00 AM.
  • The Kids Fun Run start time is 10:30 AM.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is a $170.00 fee for the 50 Mile.
  • There is a $130.00 fee for the 50K.
  • There is a $90.00 fee for the 30K.
  • There is a $70.00 fee for the half marathon.
  • There is a $40.00 fee for the 8K.
  • There is a $8.00 fee for the Kids Fun Run.

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs Race Website

Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs Website

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