Dec 17, 2022 at 6:30 AM

Cave Creek Thriller

37019 N Lava Ln

Cave Creek AZ, 85331


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Entry Fee $30
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $90
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 50K
  • 5K
  • 24K, 11K

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 400

Starting Elevation: 1600

High Point: 2500

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2010

Men's Record: 4:06:11 Travis Swaim (50K, 2016)

Masters Men Record: 4:25:55 Van Patterson (50K, 2015)

Women's Record: 5:24:31 Kristina Pham (50K, 2016)

Masters Women Record: 5:24:31 Kristina Pham (50K, 2016)


Now in its eighth year, the Cave Creek Thriller plays host to four different distances and acts as the first race of the Desert Runner Trail Series. 50K runners will start at the Agua Fria Trailhead near Lake Pleasant and travel along the Maricopa Trail, a short section of the Black Canyon Trail, pass through Anthem along a desert corridor, climb past Spear S Ranch and finally enter Cave Creek Regional Park to finish along the Go John, Quartz & Overton Trails. The 50K will be point to point this year. The 24K is also be point to point. Runners will start from the Anthem Trailhead, following the same route as the 50K runners from there into the finish. 11K & 5K runners will stay entirely within Cave Creek Regional Park on hilly and pristine mountain trails. Expect hot conditions (we typically see temps into the 90’s)! Portions of the trail are steep, rocky, and entirely exposed to the sun with great views of the expansive Sonoran desert.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Dec 17, 2022

Held on Dec 18, 2021

Held on Dec 19, 2020

Held on Oct 12, 2019

Held on Oct 13, 2018

Held on Oct 14, 2017

Held on Oct 15, 2016

Held on Oct 17, 2015

Held on Oct 18, 2014

Held on Oct 19, 2013

Held on Oct 20, 2012

Held on Oct 29, 2011

Held on Oct 30, 2010