Beginner's LuckSloan Canyon on April 8, 2017
Race Schedule › Beginner's Luck
We're once again taking over McCullough Hills Trail with three all-new courses to go along with the 55K, one of the toughest ultras in Las Vegas!
Running through beautiful Sloan Canyon on one of the most popular trails in the valley, running from the Palm Hills area of Henderson to Anthem near Del Webb Middle School, the McCullough Hills trail is a wide, groomed trail that is great for novice and advanced runners alike.
2K Lil' Dashers Course1.2 miles, 175 ft of vertical climb
The Lil' Dashers 2K course is an out-and-back on McCullough Hills Trail for 0.6 miles where the runners hit an aid station and return to the finish line.
5M Course5.1 miles, 600 ft of vertical climb
The 5M course starts out along McCullough Hills Trail to the first shade structure serving as an aid station and turnaround point. Return back on the McCullough Hill Trail for a short spell and then head uphill on the nothside of 601 and back to the trailhead and the race finish.
11M Course10.6 miles, 1250 ft of vertical climb
The 11M course starts out along McCullough Hills Trail to the past the first shade structure and aid station, up the switchbacks and to the second shade structure, serving as another aid station and turnaround point. Return back on the McCullough Hill Trail and then head uphill on the northside of 601 and back to the trailhead and the race finish.
30K Course18.6 miles, 2000 ft of vertical climb
Starting at the Mission Trailhead of McCullough Hills Trail, the 30K runs the south section of the 601 trail, a mix of sandy washes and singletrack. After meeting back up with McCullough Hills Trail just past 4.7 miles, the course continues running the entirety of McCullough Hills Trail to the aid station and turnaround near Del Web Middle School. Return back on the McCullough Hill Trail and then head uphill on the northside of 601 and back to the trailhead and the race finish.
55K Course34.7 miles, 6500 ft of vertical climb
Starting at the Mission Trailhead of McCullough Hills trail, the 55K runs the south section of 601 trail, a mix of sandy washes and singletrack. After meeting back up with McCullough Hills Trail just past 4.7 miles, the course continues running the entirety of McCullough Hills Trail to the turnaround near Del Web Middle School. The course then continues up a very steep mile before heading south on the Anthem East Trail for some steep rolling hills capped off by a mild climb around the Park Peak loop via the 404/Black Mountain Trail, then returning back north on Anthem East Trail. A second stop at Del Web Middle School before returning on McCullough Hills Trail and finishing on the singletrack of 601.
Lil' Dashers 2K Kids Run
Have a budding trail runner at home? Bring them out! At 11:00am on race day we'll kick off the Lil' Dashers 2K, an introductory trail race just for kids 12 and under. With an aid station serving water and lots of encouragement along an easy-to-follow out-and-back course, Lil' Dashers runners will get the full Desert Dash trail race experience! All entrants receive a Lil' Dashers water bottle with straw and all finishers receive a custom Lil' Dashers finisher medal.
|Distance||Start Time||Time Limit||Awards Ceremony|
|Lil' Dashers 2K||11:00am||1 hour||TBA|
|5M||7:30am||2 hours, 30 minutes||9:00am|
|11M||7:00am||5 hours, 30 minutes||9:30am|
|30K||6:30am||8 hours, 30 minutes||10:00am|
Prizes & Awards
There will be prizes from our sponsors (announced as the race gets closer) for the overall winners of all distances, along with custom-built awards for the top 3 males and top 3 females of each distance.
All finishers will receive a custom Beginner's Luck medal created specifically for this year's race, and all registered runners will receive a Beginner's Luck tech tee, in either unisex or ladies-fit*.
*To be guaranteed a ladies-fit tech tee, you must register by March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.
There will be aid stations serving all distances at the locations listed below.
|Race||Race Mileage||Aid Stations|
|Mile 2.5||Henderson Aid Station (turnaround)|
|Mile 2.5||Henderson Aid Station|
|Mile 5.5||Overlook Aid Station (turnaround)|
|Mile 8||Henderson Aid Station|
|Mile 5||Henderson Aid Station|
|Mile 8||Overlook Aid Station|
|Mile 10.5||Anthem Aid Station (turnaround)|
|Mile 13||Overlook Aid Station|
|Mile 15.5||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), Tailwind Endurance Fuel 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 March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.
Early Bird Entry
Until February 25, 2017 at 11:59pm
Until March 24, 2017 at 11:59pm
Until April 5, 2017 at 11:59pm
Bryce Erekson Breakfast Buffet
Beginner's Luck 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.
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 6:30am 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.
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 will be available the day of the event at the start/finish as well as on Friday, April 7th from 2pm – 6pm at REI's Henderson location in The District at 2220 Village Walk Drive Ste 150, Henderson, NV 89052.
We will provide a 100% credit towards a future Desert Dash event up to 6 weeks from the event (February 25, 2017) if notified via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (702) 329-0262(702) 329-0262.
From 6 weeks up to 2 weeks before the event (March 24, 2017) we will issue a 75% credit towards a future event if notified via email, and from 2 weeks up to 72 hours before the event (April 6, 2017) we will issue a 50% credit.
No credit will be issued within 72 hours of or anytime after the event. There are no refunds given.