Course Info - Rock CanyonFebruary 25-26th, 2022
Rock Canyon Course
Running Up for Air (aka RUFA) Rock Canyon is a 6, 12 and 24-hour winter endurance challenge that takes place within Rock Canyon and summits Squaw Peak east of Provo, Utah. Each “lap” starts and finishes at the Rock Canyon Trailhead located at 2620 North 1450 East, Provo, UT. Parking is available at the trailhead but we encourage participants to carpool, walk or bike to the event.
The race begins at the pavilion by the Rock Canyon parking lot, continues up Rock Canyon for 1.7 miles, then forks left for 2 more miles to the Squaw Peak summit. A small aid station and check in awaits at the top. Follow your footsteps (likely in snow) back down to the base station. Each lap is 7.5 miles long, with 2,800’ of elevation gain. Repeat this route as many times as possible. The time of year (February) is intentional as it coincides with the latter part of the winter inversion season.
This is an open course and the trail must be shared with other trail users on foot. Please be courteous to other trail users.
***Given the time of year the route is very likely to be either muddy, icy, entirely snow-covered, or a combination of these conditions. As a result, traction devices (such as Black Diamond Access Spike or Kahtoola MICROspikes) are highly recommended. Staying on-trail at all times will be mandatory.***
At the start/finish pavilion (base station) there will be a heated and fully-stocked aid station. There will be an area to leave a drop bag with extra layers. Please bring a reusable cup/mug/plate/bowl to help reduce waste! There will be a very small aid station and check in atop Squaw Peak to provide relief for participants.
Base Area Aid Station Fare
• Electrolyte drink
• Gummy Bears
• Trail Mix
• Other solid food rotated throughout the day
RUFA Rock Canyon is a cupless event!
Please plan on bringing a bottle, cup, and/or mug for use at the base area (we’ll have coffee, cocoa, broth, soup, water, etc.).
Location & Parking
We strongly encourage all participants and volunteers to carpool, walk, or bike to the event! The female winner of the 2020 6 hour event ran from her apartment south of campus to the trail head. Amazing athlete! There will be ample parking at the Rock Canyon trailhead for all volunteers and participants.