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Welcome to the third annual Pine Trail Run! We look forward to your participation. The run is scheduled May 7th, 2022.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks to local runner Cindy for these action shots on the route of the Pine Trail Run

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 finishes at the Pine Trailhead.

Participation

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.  The 50K course will have portable restrooms at aid stations #2 and #3.

No pets are allowed on the race course. Music is not allowed as passing requests from other runners need 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.

Each bus full of runners for the 5K and 9 mile runs is a starting wave.  You will be preassigned a wave but you can switch.  We will take an inventory of runners in each wave just prior to the race start for timing purposes.   All 50K runners will start at the same time but you will be assigned to a wave for bus transportation only.  There is a gear drop at the starting line (use your swag bag, it will have a tag with your bib number attached).

A bus will provide transportation between the parking area and trailhead for runners, family and friends until about 11 :30 AM.  Only service animals are allowed on the bus.

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

Camping

Free camping is available in the Tonto National Forest adjacent to 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. Portable restrooms and a hand wash station will be 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 2020 Road Age Factors tables approved by the Masters Long Distance Running (MLDR) of USA Track & Field (USATF).  These tables are available at GitHub – AlanLyttonJones/Age-Grade-Tables: Tables for grading road-running performances based on gender and age.  Race times are multiplied by the age factor specific to the runner’s 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 .9318, so  6600 x .9318 = 6150 seconds is the age-graded time.  Applying the gender factor, which is .8938 for the 20K, the final adjusted time is 6150 x .8938 = 5497 seconds, or  an age & gender-graded time of 1:31:37.

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 .9308, so  6000 x .9308 = 5585 seconds, or an age-graded time of 1:33:05.

Notes

  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 .8785.
  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 .8938.
  3. The 50K race uses the 50K road factors and a gender factor of .9172. 
  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 (world record) male time in the table by the fastest female time.  For the 9 mile race, the fastest male divided by the fastest female is 3298/3690 = .8938.
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