Beginner's LuckSloan Canyon on April 9, 2016

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We're once again taking over the McCullough Hills Trail, now with cooler temperatures and the same great courses. Test yourself on the difficult 55K course and compete for one of the cash prizes!

Race Distances

We will be offering a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and 25K, on an out and back course along the McCullough Hills Trail and the 601 trail, along with a 55K using McCullough Hills Trail and Anthem East Trail.

Race Schedule

Distance Start Time Time Limit Awards Ceremony
5K 8:00am 5 hours, 45 minutes 8:45am
10K 7:45am 5 hours, 45 minutes 9:15am
Half Marathon 7:30am 6 hours 10:00am
25K 7:15am 6 hours 10:30am
55K 6:00am 10 hours 1:30pm

Prizes & Awards

The big prize for the Henderson Trail Classic will be a pair of $500 cash prizes to the overall male and female winners of the 55K course.

There will be other prizes from our sponsors (announced as the race gets closer) for the overall winners of all distances, along with medals for the top 3 males and top 3 females of each distance.

All finishers will receive a custom Trail Classic medal created specifically for this year's race, and all registered runners will receive a Trail Classic tech tee, in either unisex or ladies-fit*.

*To be guaranteed a ladies-fit tech tee, you must register by April 10, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations serving the 10K, Half Marathon, 30K and Marathon at the locations listed below. There are no aid stations on the 5K course.

Race Race Mileage Aid Stations
  No aid stations
  Mile 2.5 Henderson Aid Station
Mile 3.5 Henderson Aid Station
Half Marathon
  Mile 2.5 Henderson Aid Station
Mile 5.5 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 7.5 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 10.6 Henderson Aid Station
  Mile 2.5 Henderson Aid Station
Mile 5.5 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 8 Anthem Aid Station (turnaround)
Mile 10.5 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 13.5 Henderson Aid Station
  Mile 5 Henderson Aid Station
Mile 8 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 10.5 Anthem Aid Station
Mile 14.5 Crescent Heights Aid Station (Water/Tailwind Only)
Mile 16.5 Black Mountain Aid Station
Mile 20.7 Black Mountain Aid Station
Mile 22.7 Crescent Heights Aid Station (Water/Tailwind Only)
Mile 26.7 Anthem Aid Station
Mile 29.2 Overlook Aid Station
Mile 32.2 Henderson Aid Station

All aid stations will be stocked with water in water jugs (you must carry your own water bottle), an electrolyte drink provided in cups, energy gels, and an assortment of munchies and goodies to eat.

We have a very firm belief that true trail runners are explorers at heart and minimalists in many ways, therefore, our aid stations are self-serve, meaning no little cups for water! You must bring a hydration system of your own to fill up.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

To guarantee a shirt in your size, you must register by April 10, 2015 at 11:59pm.

  5K 10K Half Marathon 30K 55K
Early Bird Entry
Until March 13, 2015 at 11:59pm
$45 $55 $65 $75 $95
Standard Entry
Until April 10, 2015 at 11:59pm
$50 $60 $70 $80 $100
Late Entry
Until April 23, 2015 at 11:59pm
$60 $70 $80 $90 $110

Bryce Erekson Breakfast Buffet

Henderson Trail Classic was created in honor of Rob and Ryan's younger brother Bryce, who passed away in 2011. One of his favorite activities was hiking in Sloan Canyon in the area where McCullough Hills Trail was eventually created. His favorite thing to eat at any time of the day was breakfast, so we've created the Bryce Erekson Breakfast Buffet in his honor.

The breakfast buffet is complimentary for all race participants after their race. Spectators can partake of the breakfast buffet for a very small fee.

Race Parking

Parking for all race participants and spectators will be at Foothill High School 800 College Dr., Henderson, NV 89015. The shuttle service will start at 5:00am and will continue with the last bus leaving Foothill High School at 6:45am for the race.

Shuttling will continue after the race with a bus leaving the start/finish area every 30 minutes until approximately 2:00pm. Runners finishing after 2:00pm will be driven back to Foothill High School by race staff.

If you are having somebody drop you off at the race, they can proceed to the race start/finish area, located at the McCullough Hills Trailhead at 295 E. Mission. We will also have an area to secure bikes if you choose to ride a bike to the race.

Parking at the race start/finish is for volunteers and Desert Dash staff only. All others will be redirected to the remote parking area at Foothill High School approximately 2 miles east.

Bag Check

A bag check will be provided at the race to check any belongings you do not wish to leave in your car during the race, with the reusable Desert Dash drawstring bag given out at Packet Pickup.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be available the day of the event at the start/finish as well as on Friday, April 24th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at City of Henderson's Black Mountain Recreation Center, located at 599 Greenway Road, Henderson NV.

Refund Policy

We will provide a 100% credit towards a future Desert Dash event up to 6 weeks from the event (March 13, 2015) if notified via email at or via phone at (702) 329-0262.

From 6 weeks up to 2 weeks before the event (April 10, 2015) we will issue a 75% credit towards a future event if notified via email, and from 2 weeks up to 48 hours before the event (April 23, 2015) we will issue a 50% credit.

No credit will be issued within 48 hours of or anytime after the event. There are no refunds given.