McDowell Mountain Frenzy
07 December 2019
Fountain Hills is a small, scenic desert community located east of Scottsdale and about 45 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. The town is surrounded by mountains with sweeping mountain views including Four Peaks, the Superstition Mountains and the McDowell Mountains, and boasts a natural desert landscape. With a name like Fountain Hills, of course there is a fountain. But not just any fountain. Built more than 30 years ago, this dramatic landmark is a centerpiece of the town in Fountain Park. The fountain is located in the middle of a man-made 28-acre lake in the heart of Fountain Hills. One of the world's highest fountains, the 560-foot tall plume of water, shoots to the sky and is visible for many miles.Fountain Hills is home to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which hosts the annual McDowell Mountain Frenzy. This year’s 50 Mile course include rolling single track trails within McDowell Mountain Regional Park and a traverse of the McDowell Mountain Range within the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 50 Mile runners will get a chance to see the Maricopa Trail heading North towards Brown’s Ranch and climb to the top of Thompson Peak.
The 50 Mile out and back course will run along the 50 km route but also includes a lollipop towards Saguaro Nest Trails and and out and back to the top of Thompson Peak.
Saguaro Lake McDowell Mountain Regional Park River of Time Museum Fountain ParkMaricopa TrailBrown’s RanchThompson Peak
The park charges a $6 park entry fee per vehicle.
Drop bags for 50 Mile runners will be allowed at Granite Tank, Dixie Mine, and Start/Finish Aid Stations.
Aid stations every 3-10.5 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit. Please plan to run with at least one bottle of water.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers 76 individual sites for tent or RV camping. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45′ RV and is a “Developed Site,” with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. All restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. The south loop of the campground also offers handicapped-accessible restrooms. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Awards to top 3 male & female finishers at each distance. All finishers will receive a finisher award. Points earned in the Desert Runner Trail Series.
Post race food (bagels, fresh fruit).