Fri, May 06 | Tonto National Forest

Sunny Arizona

Get ready to witness jaw-dropping vistas and incredible sights as you push your body through some of Arizona’s most gorgeous and challenging terrain. If you’re preparing for the Zane Grey 100K event, join us to run sections of that trail to see what has so many ultramarathon fans heading to Arizona.
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Sunny Arizona

Time & Location

May 06, 2022, 2:00 PM – May 09, 2022, 2:00 PM
Tonto National Forest, Christopher Creek, Arizona

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Come lay down your personal Fastest Known Time (pFKT) with Aly in the sunny woods of Tonto National Forest in Arizona. The AZ forests are one of the finest destinations for running that the Western US has to offer.

Learn new skills and test yourself on the Mogollon Rim with Aly. Check out the trail details below & sign up for an adventure of a lifetime!

Payson Stewart Pocket Loop          4.24 miles   486ft

Barnhardt Trail 43 Waterfall             5.96 miles   1499ft

Highline the Old  15.85 miles  1493ft

Derrick High Horton Loop                8.3 miles  1680ft

Totals                                            34.35 miles  5,158ft

Zane Grey 100k and Highline Trail

Come explore one of the USA’s most rugged and challenging trails to run. For the past 30 years, some of the finest ultra runners have used this area to see what they’re made of. The Highline trail follows the Mogollon Rim, one of the defining geographical features of Arizona. The Mogollon Rim is a bluff at the southwestern edge of the colorado plateau. You will surely enjoy the Limestone cliffs and sandstone that define this area.

The Highline trail itself dates back more than 150 years when passages connected early settlers’ and pioneers’ homesteads. The natural beauty of the area is staggering, and one of the reasons that the Forest Service designated this trail as a National Recreation Trail in 1979.

The Zane Grey Highline Trail 100K is so rough and rugged that it’s almost exclusively suited to advanced ultramarathoners. This level of difficulty means that scoping out the trail to see if you can make the distance is a solid idea before signing up for an event.

So run this iconic trail with Aly. It’s the best way to “try before you buy.”

Horton Loop

Enjoy a non-stop showcase of beautiful waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, berries, and a forest of maples as we run along the Horton Loop, one of the most outrageous hikes in Arizona’s Rim Country.

This run is strenuous but well worth it, taking on the Derrick Trail & part of the Highline Trail.

Payson Arizona (Stewart Pocket Loop)

Payson is the gateway to Arizona’s high country, offering outstanding recreation all year long. Locals call it “the Rim,” short for Mogollon Rim, the Colorado plateau’s very edge. Cutting across the state, the Rim is a beautiful destination for wilderness adventures.

This fantastic part of the US has captivated Western novelist Zane Grey and actor John Wayne’s attention. Gorgeous lakes dot the scenic mountains where the pine forest meets the canyons and deserts of lower elevations.

While many people know about Sedona’s Red Rocks, few are aware of Payson’s Pink rocks. The Stewart’s pocket area is the hidden gem that few non-locals get to experience. The views and the trail running are fabulous!

Barnhardt Trail 43 Waterfall

This trail has it all—cliffs, geological wonders, remarkable botany, and water in the desert! This trail also offers impressive views of the Rye Valley, framed by the mountains surrounding it.

The Barnhardt Trail is considered one of the “expressways” to the Mazatzals Mountains— the mountain range 30-45 miles northeast of Phoenix. It starts at the Barnhard trailhead and heads west to the ridge of the range. There you intersect part of the Arizona Trail and a network of trails that could keep even the highest-volume runners busy for years.


This competitive runcation will max out at 6 runners for a 4 day running event. (Please be willing to abide by the 6' rule and wear masks when needed)

Included with price:

Camping site for 4 days/ 3 nights (1 vehicle shared per runner and their guest)


Drawing for finishers prize (... if you finish all four runs)

Group runs food and drink

Drinking water for entirety of runcation


Posted Results and Bragging Rights  for your pFKT (a small group run YES, but if you are connected to Strava your results can be matched against ANYONE...I will be uploading run segments to Strava)

Use of GoFindMe GPS Trackers while out on group runs

The camping will be shared sites, but with enough room for everyone to keep the 6' social distance that is recommended. This site does not allow RV's (Camper Vans, Pickup Campers, and tents are allowed).

The trail running terrain will be moderate to difficult. Runs will range between 4 and 16 miles.

Runners are allowed to bring 1 guests for an extra $30 fee (fee will be waived if guests would like to volunteer some of thier time during Runcation to help Motivational Movement's Runcation Guide). Guests are allowed to run with Runner but will have to supply their own running food and drink, do not get included in results, no shirt, no chance for finishers prize, and no pictures.

More info will be shared in Runcation Packet that will be emailed 2 weeks before race date. (Hard copies will also be given at camp upon arrival)

Other fantastic things to do in the area:

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Water Wheel Falls ...waterfalls

Shoofly Indian Ruins

Mogollon Rim take in the views

Kayak, paddleboard, or canoe at Woods Canyon Lake 

Picnic at William Springs Lake or Green Valley Park

Paleo Site Monument

Get a Massage -Travel'n Hands Massage Therapy (please call and make appointment ahead of time)

**By selecting "Checkout" you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by Motivational Movement LLC's Terms & Conditions, found under "Read the Fine Print", and agree with the Waiver & Release. If you sign on behalf of other participants and/or guests, you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept these Terms & Conditions and the Waiver & Release on behalf of the others in your party.**