Broken Arrow Skyrace

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THE BROKEN ARROW SKYRACE, "WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET THE SKY" The Broken Arrow Skyrace, presented by Salomon, is a three-day, eight distance event held at world-famous Palisades Tahoe. On June 20-23, 2025 elite and recreational participants will experience an unforgettable trail running experience “where the mountains meet the sky.” The Broken Arrow consists of eight iconic distances (plus a kid's race) that showcase the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Jewel of the Sierra Nevada. Designed in the vein of classic European Skyraces, the Broken Arrow Skyrace represents a unique style of mountain running, characterized by off-trail scrambling on steep terrain with massive amounts of vertical gain and loss at altitude....with exposure, hand lines, a ladder and snow slopes thrown in for good measure! The Broken Arrow Skyrace features eight distances: a 46k, 23k, 18k, Vertical K, 11k, Triple Crown (Vk/23k/46k), the Iron Crown (IFC/23k/46k), the Iron Face Challenge, and a kids race. These races are unique in California as most of the terrain is above tree line. Runners will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Tahoe’s emerald-blue waters and Palisade Tahoe's unmistakable high-alpine terrain. Elite and recreational participants will run and then celebrate together with first-class food, craft beer, music, seminars, films and fun activities for the whole family.
Date:  2024-06-21
Distance:  VK, 23K
City:  Palisades, Tahoe
Registration Cost:  $95, $145
State:  California
Hosted By:  BRENDAN MADIGAN
Pros
  • Welcoming to all abilities with generous cut-offs
  • Great swag
  • Clearly marked course=fast times!
  • Awesome aid stations and volunteers
  • 6 distances plus a kid's race
  • Festival area with a variety of activities/entertainment
  • Generous prize money for the VK, 46K, and 23K (5 deep)
  • Ring das bell at the finish line!
Cons
  • Somewhat high-altitude (tops out at 9K ft above sea level), so consider that when signing up/training
  • Sells out FAST!

Summary

A weekend of serious type 2 trail racing fun! Broken Arrow Skyrace offers 3 premier events--the VK, 46K, and 23K--and an 18K, 11K, and iron face challenge. Although the elite field is deep, the race prioritizes inclusivity & celebrates ALL finishers!
Posted Jun 27, 2024
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