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“Welcome to the third annual Pine Trail Run! We look forward to your
participation. The run is scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020, and we are excited to see you there!”

Thanks to local runner Cynthia for these action shots on the route of the Pine Trail Run on May 5, 2018

Join us at the Pine Trailhead in the Tonto National Forest just off Highway 87 about a quarter mile south of Pine, Arizona (map). The 5K and 50k are loop races that start and end at the Pine Trailhead. The 9 mile race starts in Pine Canyon and also finishes at the Pine Trailhead.


Participation in the Pine Trail Run is open to runners twelve years of age and older. The 5K and 50k races each have a 75 runner limit and the 9 mile race has a 150 runner limit. Register to race now!

Portable restrooms are located at the finish line and parking area. A restroom will also be available at the 9 mile race starting line.

No pets are allowed on the race course. Music is allowed but volume must be low enough to allow a passing request from another runner to be heard.

Getting to the Start Line

There is free parking for all runners, family and friends located off of Hwy 87, about a half mile south of the Pine Trailhead (.1 mile north of mile marker 266 – look for the event signs).

All runners are required to be transported to the starting area from the parking area via bus. There is a mandatory pre-race brief near the buses prior to boarding.

These racers look rather excited to get to the start line.

Each bus full of runners is a starting wave. So make sure to get on the right bus! Each runner’s bib number is recorded when they enter their starting corral to ensure accurate starting times.

There is a gear drop at the starting line (use your swag bag; it will have a bib tag attached).

Buses are also available to transport family & friends from the parking area to the Pine Trailhead after the start of the race and back to the parking area for everyone until about 11am. Only service animals are allowed on the buses.

Parking is not allowed for runners or spectators at the Pine Trailhead as the space is needed for bus turnaround.


Free camping is available in the Tonto National Forest near the parking area.

The turnoff to the parking area is to the west about 1/10 of a mile north of Hwy 87 mile post 266. It is not marked, so look for the dirt road. You are in the right area if you see a water bladder after crossing a cattle guard. Follow any of the dirt roads leaving the large open parking area to locate a camping spot.

Note that this is not an established campground. Port-a-potties and a hand wash station are placed in the parking area Friday afternoon for your use. Be sure to check the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department for fire restrictions prior to your arrival.

Age Grading

The Pine Trail Run calculates an age-graded time for all runners.  Age-Grading is a way of adjusting your running performance by taking into account your age and gender. We use the age factors from the 2015 Road Age Factors tables approved by the World Masters Athletics & USA Track & Field organizations.  These tables are available at Race times are multiplied by the age factor specific to the runners’ age resulting in age adjusted times.  For female runners, the age adjusted times are then multiplied by the gender factor to arrive at the age & gender graded time.  Examples:

Example for Female Runner

A 45 year old female runs the 9 mile course in 1:50:00, which is 6600 seconds.

Per the table the age factor is .9293.  6600 x .9293 = 6133.38 seconds.

Applying the gender factor, the final adjusted time is 6133.38 x .8959 = 5494.90 seconds, or 1:31:34.9.

Example for Male Runner

A 45 year old male runs the 9 mile course in 1:40:00, which is 6000 seconds.

Per the table the age factor is .9344.  6000 x .9344 = 5606.4 seconds, or 1:33:26.4.


  1. The 5K race uses the 6K road factors to approximate the effort of the 5K mile trail race and uses a gender factor of .8795.
  2. The 9 mile uses the 20K road factors to approximate the effort of the 9 mile trail race and uses a gender factor of .8959.
  3. The 50K race uses the 50 road factors and a gender factor of .9094. 
  4. Note that the factors for the distances of 10 miles through the half marathon varies by less than .1%.
  5. The gender factor is calculated by dividing the fastest male time in the table by the fastest female time.  For the 9 mile race, the fastest male divided by the fastest female is 3315/3700 = .8959.
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