Bootleg BeatdownBootleg Canyon on June 15, 2019

Race ScheduleBootleg Beatdown

Covering the toughest trails available, this is the ultimate Bootleg Canyon challenge! Traverse the most technical trails and toughest climbs as you test your legs and your resolve.

Those of you that run our Dirty Doubles and Happy Hour Challenges, this is for you! If you run tough hills and mountains as much as possible, this is for you! If you've ever wanted a 5-mile run to feel like you just ran 10 miles (or a 10-mile run to feel like 20 miles), then this is for you! Want something shorter? Take on one of the toughest 5Ks in the country! Beginner trail runners are highly discouraged from registering for this event.

Race Distances

5K Course

3.5 miles, 1000 ft of vertical climb

One of the toughest 5K courses on the west coast sharing the brutal climb up Ginger with the 5M and 10M — a climb that requires both your hands AND feet at times — before taking a very steep descent down Snakeback, returning to the finish line.

5M Course

5 miles, 1,000 ft of vertical climb

The most physically challenging course, the 5M starts out running down Middle Lake View until it hits Ginger, at which point things get fun! The next 3/4 mile consists of an 850ft climb that requires both your hands AND feet at times. The reward for finishing the climb up Red Mountain is running down Hike-A-Bike followed by a trek down the most technical trails in Bootleg Canyon: Skyline and East Leg.

10M Course

10 miles, 2,000 ft of vertical climb

The most mentally challenging course, the 10M starts by running the physically challenging 5M course, then continues on Upper Lake View to the G-String downhill trail, to Lower Lake View, and finally to the River Mountain Hiking Trail and the grinding climb towards and up Bootleg Canyon's infamous switchbacks. Once the switchbacks have been conquered, your run will continue up Hike-A-Bike to the top of Red Mountain before descending down Snakeback, a 800-ft drop over 1.1 miles.

Race Schedule

Distance Start Time Time Limit Awards Ceremony
5K 7:00am 1 hour, 30 minutes 8:00am
5M 6:30am 2 hours, 30 minutes 8:15am
10M 6:00am 3 hours, 30 minutes 8:30am

Prizes & Awards

There will be custom awards for the top 3 males and top 3 females of each distance.

All finishers will receive a Bootleg Beatdown water bottle for conquering the race, and all registered runners will receive a tech tank top.

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations serving all distances at the locations listed below.

Race Race Mileage Aid Stations
  2.4 miles Red Mountain Aid Station
  2.4 miles Red Mountain Aid Station
  2.4 miles Red Mountain Aid Station
4.9 miles Gazebo Aid Station
8.5 miles Red Mountain 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, 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.

Race Sponsors

Registration Fees & Deadlines

  5K 5M 10M
Early Bird Entry
Until May 10, 2019 at 11:59pm
$45 $55 $65
Standard Entry
Until May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm
$55 $65 $75
Late Entry
Until June 12, 2019 at 11:59pm
$65 $75 $85

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.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will only be available the day of the event at the start/finish area.

Refund Policy

We will provide a 100% credit towards a future Desert Dash event up to 6 weeks from the event (May 10, 2019) if notified via email at or via phone at (702) 329-0262.

From 6 weeks up to 2 weeks before the event (May 31, 2019) 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 (June 12, 2019) 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.