june 16-18, 2023
52K • 26K • 11K • VK • TRIPLE CROWN
IRON FACE CHALLENGE • KIDS RACE
26K BROKEN ARROW SKYRACE
Please note that exact course changes slightly each year due to snow conditions.
The Broken Arrow 26K covers a world-class loop that showcases some of Oympic Valley's most famous terrain. From the valley floor at 6200 feet, runners will ascend nearly 5,000 feet as they circumnavigate the heralded terrain of North America's most rugged and extreme ski resort. The course is characterized by a plethora of vertical gain over a technical and physically demanding landscape that is mostly above treeline.
Along the way, runners will be treated to numerous iconic California trail running landmarks. These include Emigrant Pass (elevation 8750 feet), made famous by the Western States 100 Endurance Run, the jagged terrain of KT-22, unrivaled views into Granite Chief Wilderness and a the famous Stairway to Heaven ladder, featured on the cover of UltraRunning Magazine!
The price for the 26k is $130.
Please note that you must be 16 years of age or older to run the 26K.
The Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k distance is the Golden Trail National Series Final for North America. While the GTWS aims to gather together the best international athletes, the GTNS aims to get the best national athletes together and give them an opportunity to be invited to the GTC.
The aim of the national series is to give an opportunity to any strong athletes to take part in the most prestigious international trail running championship the following year and measure themselves against the world’s best athletes.
Each national series will highlight the countries’ best races & best athletes with a formula of 2 to 5 races + a national finale and an overall GTNS Grand Final gathering the best of each GTNS.
The Broken Arrow Skyrace is proud to have received approval from Trail Sisters, an organization seeking to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running and hiking through inspiration, education and empowerment. Click HERE to learn more about this awesome organization.
The course for the Broken Arrow 26k starts from the European arch in front of Coffeebar in the heart of the Squaw Valley Village. After the start gun runners head through the Village and east up single track trails along the Western States trail toward CA Highway 89. This relatively smooth 3.25 mile section may be the fastest and most runnable section of the course.
The course stays in the woods and turns back westward for ~2.6 miles, climbing ~1200 ft. along more single track trails and beautiful two-track ski area access roads to the top of Snow King. Runners then ascend and traverse the Red Dog Ridge with outstanding and technical single track and excellent views of Lake Tahoe. This ridge wraps around the backside of KT and links into the saddle.
After descending the ridge from the KT-22 ski lift runners traverse for one mile and 1,000 feet of vertical gain along a mix of open single track across the saddle between KT-22 and Squaw Peak. At this point is one of the more challenging and spectacular climbs on the course as runners ascend up steep trails to the top of the Headwall lift. At this point, the climb scrambles up the ridge line between the top of the Headwall Lift and the top of Squaw Peak. It is here that the course traverses an exposed rocky ridge to the "Stairway to Heaven" ladder. It has craggy views and steep drop offs on either side. It represents one of the most iconic sections of running/scrambling in the entire race and is the high point of the race at approximately 9,000-feet.
Runners then descend and traverse about 1200 ft. in ~ 2.5 miles from the top of Squaw Peak down into Shirley Basin. Along the way, runners will pass through the Siberia Aid Station at mile 8.85. The Shirley Canyon sections is always the the snowiest section of the course. From the bottom of Shirley Basin the runners climb another snowy ~550 vertical ft. in about .9 miles back up to the High Camp Aid Station at mile 11.75. From High Camp, racers descend back down the Thunder Mountain single track to the finish line at the KT Sun Deck.
Trekking poles are allowed and encouraged, although they must be carried the entire length of the route. Headphones are allowed as well but are HIGHLY discouraged due to the extreme nature of the course. Traction devices such as MicroSpikes are allowed and race organizers will have hand lines installed where needed due to snow patches and/or steep talus. Please come prepared for a serious run in a mountainous environment and bring your desired personal needs in order to stay comfortable. We are strongly encouraging each runner to carry at least 12oz. of water but this is not required.
There is no opportunity to utilize a drop bag in the 26K distance. Additionally, pacers are not allowed at any Broken Arrow Skyrace distance.
All athletes who participate in National Championships and Team USA competitions are subject to drug testing performed by the(USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing."U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The Broken Arrow Skyrace is a proud supporter of the Clean Sport initiative, a non-profit partner striving for honesty, transparency and integrity in sport through the absence of performance enhancing drugs. To show our commitment, elite entry to the Broken Arrow Skyrace is PERMANENTLY PROHIBITED for any athlete who has been found guilty of a USADA or WADA drug violation, regardless of sport.
At the Broken Arrow Skyrace, whether you finish first or last, YOU are a rockstar. This mantra is also true with how you are treated at our aid stations. We've partnered with some of best groups out there who understand that race day is YOUR time to shine. These partners routinely pull out all the stops to make your day a fantastic experience. We hope you will enjoy our best-in-class aid station service from the following groups:
In addition to best-in-class "regular" aid station food, each Broken Arrow pit-stop will have tasty snacks from Gelvio, energy date balls from Bahamii, PB&J from Trail Butter and nutritional products from Spring Energy and Tailwind Nutrition. Three different flavors of 100-calorie gels will be supplied by Spring Energy, while drink mix will be supplied by BOTH Tailwind AND Spring.