About the 8K Trail Run

Race Day: January 19, 2019

Featuring an approximately 8K route, the inaugural Trail run is a showcase of Maricopa Trail diversity. A few climbs, and tricky descents, not much flat, navigating rocks, sand, and roller coaster single track are all part of the fun of this challenging trail run course.

You see, the Prickly Pedal isn’t just a great event, it’s an opportunity to support development of a world-class 300-mile multi-use recreational trail that rings Maricopa County and links many of its regional parks. Proceeds from the Prickly Pedal support the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation (MT+PF), a nonprofit organization which strives to provide sustainable financial support to the newly constructed Maricopa Regional Trail System.

Besides being a challenging, exciting, trail run, why does the Prickly Pedal exist? To pour every dollar of race revenue into efforts that will add more pristine miles of Maricopa Trail for users to enjoy.

The race features a couple short, steep, rocky climbs and descents…some of which will may require you to walk. This is timed, and competitive. Estimated completion times for most riders are estimated at less than an hour. Be prepared for a hard, fun run through the desert. This is a trail run at its desert best.

The Prickly Pedal 8K Trail run features a start on Old 87th Ave near the Pleasant Harbor Marina. Approximately 1.5 miles north of SR74 on Pleasant Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to the start location on Old 87th Ave. There will be an aid station at the start stocked with water, sports drinks, fruits and HAMMER Nutrition Products.

Participants will enjoy a free snack on event day provided by Hickman’s Egg Ranch and free entry into the After-Party and Award Ceremonies at Lake Pleasant Regional Park Ten Lane event from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The After-Party will include refreshments, a free raffle ticket, a beer garden, live music and a free kids mountain bike race.

All participants, and their fans, friends and family are encouraged to join us at Lake Pleasant Regional Park for the After Party and Awards Presentation.

There will be a shuttle from the After Party back to the start at Game and Fish Headquarters for riders. Riders can check their bikes into a secure bike corral at the After Party while the shuttle takes them to retrieve their vehicles at the start line.

Course Map




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Run Details

8K Trail Run Schedule

6:30am – 7:30am
Runner check-in at the start. Old 87th Ave near the Pleasant Harbor Marina. Approximately 1.5 miles north of SR74 on Pleasant Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to the start location on Old 87th Ave.

8:00am
Run start

8:45am
First runner expected at Lake Pleasant Ten Lane finish line.

9:00am – 4:00pm
Prickly Pedal Event After Party, Ten Lane Boat Launch Lake Pleasant Regional Park

8K Trail Run Registration Fees

Juniors (13-18)

$20.00 November 1, 2018 to January 15, 2019

$30.00 January 16, 2019 to January 19, 2019

Adults (19+)

$40.00 November 1, 2018 to January 15, 2019

$50.00 January 16, 2019 to January 19, 2019

All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, water bottle, great swag and the pride that goes with knowing you are supporting the mission of the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation (MT+PF).

Participants have the option of making an additional tax-deductible donation to support the MT+PF during registration.

Online registration closes January 18, 2019 at 9:00pm.

8K Trail Run Packet Pick Up and Starting Line

Starting Line/Last Minute Registration:

Saturday, January 19, 2019

87th Ave near the Pleasant Harbor Marina. Approximately 1.5 miles north of SR74 on Pleasant Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to the start location on Old 87th Ave.

6:30am to 7:30am

The Finish Line and Post-Race Party

Get your party on at Ten Lane Boat Launch area, Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

Enter the park via the main entrance, and proceed to the Ten Lane Boat Launch area.

The After-Party will include refreshments, food trucks, free entry to the beer garden, and live music.

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Places to Stay

Hotels

Visit the Town of Cave Creek’s lodging page

Comfort Suites Peoria Sports Complex

Camping in Cave Creek

Cave Creek Regional Park is located about 10 miles from the long and short course finish line. Camping areas inside the park include:

  • Family Campground – There are 38 individual campsites in the family campground equipped with parking for 45′ RVs, water and electrical hook-ups, grills and more. Restrooms with hot water showers are also available.
  • Group Campground – This campground is great for large groups and requires a reservation. It features a restroom with hot showers, ramadas with picnic tables, a fire ring and activity area.

Check out the camping fees or reserve your spot.

Camping at Lake Pleasant

Long course participants may choose to camp at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, which offers 3 separate campgrounds near the long course starting line:

  • Roadrunner Campground – Located closest to the long course starting line, this campground and picnic area has 72 developed (i.e. electricity and water-equipped) campsites.
  • Desert Tortoise Campground – This campground has a total of 76 campsites: 25 developed, 41 semi-developed and 10 for tents.
  • Group Campground – Large groups can make a reservation for the group campground, which includes picnic tables, ramadas and an RV parking area.

Check out the camping fees or reserve your spot.

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Weather

With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, Cave Creek and the greater Phoenix area offer near-perfect weather that will make your ride exhilarating. Average daily highs in January reach the high 60s, and nightly lows are in the high 40s. Since it is a desert climate, humidity and average rainfall are very low and it is recommended you drink extra amounts of water to stay hydrated. See current weather in Cave Creek.