Cactus Hugger

Cactus Hugger

Desert Canyons
May 16, 2020

One of the Most Scenic Desert Courses

The race will utilize much of the Desert Canyons Trail System, which is a new favorite in Utah for its fast, flowing nature. It utilizes Pushing Tin and Secret Sauce connected for an 8.5 mile lap of ripping terrain.

Tips for pre-riding the course

Access the course in Desert Canyons just off of the Southern Parkway in St. George. Take I-15 to Exit #2 and then Exit #6 off the parkway. Turn left and go under the Parkway, the trailhead is on the north side.

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Our policies and procedures are being updated. Below are a few changes you will need to adhere to on race day.

  • We plan to adhere to all state and local guidelines for mass gathering numbers. We are also flexible and willing to adhere to any regulations that each venue may have.
  • All racers are encouraged to bring their own hydration.  We will have hydration available, but no self serve.
  • We plan to do starts according to categories and with categories larger than 16, we will do heats within those categories. We will create a start time by wave and category specifically for each racer.
  • We will separate the starts for each category 3-5 minutes apart to reduce traffic on trails and reduce grouping and passing. Staging will be marked so racers stay separated before taking off.  We will also separate the two waves by  2 hours.  More if necessary.  We are also starting races earlier depending on the venue to manage racers more efficiently.
  • No on-site registration at all (just numbers pick up).  Online registration will close Thursday, May 14th at 2 pm MST
  • All racers will need access to a personal device to download and activate the QR code to track results on their private devices. All results and protests will go through the QR code/google documents.  Final winners can pick up medals and prizes at the BFCT.  No podium.
  • After finishing, racers are encouraged to cool down and return to their vehicles while awaiting results and protests.  Protest period will be 20 minutes.
  • Race is capped.
Venue: Desert Canyons Trails
Address: St. George, UT
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Lap Distance
8.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

Race Results Now Available

Course Map

Race Info


Advance Registration: Ends May 12th at 11 PM

Elite Men and Women - $55
Other Adult - $50
Junior Men and Women - $40

Late Registration Ends May 14th at 2 PM.

Elite Men and Women - $65
Other Adult - $60
Junior Men and Women - $50

Friday, May 15, 2020: Packet Pick-Up

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Desert Canyons
Off Southern Parkway at Secret Sauce Trailhead Parking Lot.
St. George, UT

**The race starts very early, If possible, please pick your packet up on Friday.**

Saturday, May 16, 2020

1st Wave Packet Pickup 6 to 7 am

2nd Wave Packet Pickup 8 - 9 am.

Packet pick-up on race morning will be right next to the starting line.

Start Time / Distance

Wave 1

Start Time Category Lap(s) Distance*
7:15 a.m. Shredder Boys (Up to 12) 1 4.8 miles
7:18 a.m. Shredder Girls (Up to 12) 1 4.8 miles
7:30 a.m. JV Boys 2 16 miles
7:33 a.m. Fresh/Soph Boys 2 16 miles
7:36 a.m. Sport Women Open 2 16 miles
7:39 a.m. Sport Women 35-49 2 16 miles
7:42 a.m. Sport Women 50+ 2 16 miles
7:45 a.m. JV Girls 2 16 miles
7:48 a.m. Novice Men 1 8 miles
7:51 a.m. Fresh/Soph Girls 1 8 miles
7:54 a.m. Novice Women 1 8 miles
7:57 a.m. JH Boys 1 8 miles
8:00 a.m. JH Girls 1 8 miles

Wave 2

Start Time Category Lap(s) Distance*
9:15 a.m. Elite Men 4 32 miles
9:18 a.m. Varsity Boys 3 24 miles
9:21 a.m. Expert Men (Open) 3 24 miles
9:24 a.m. Expert Men (40-49) 3 24 miles
9:27 a.m. Elite Women 4 32 miles
9:30 a.m. Singlespeed 3 24 miles
9:33 a.m. Varsity Girls 3 24 miles
9:36 a.m. Expert Men (50-59) 3 24 miles
9:39 a.m. Expert Women Open 3 24 miles
9:42 a.m. Singlespeed Women 3 24 miles
9:45 a.m. Expert Women 40-49 3 24 miles
9:48 a.m. Expert Women 50+ 3 24 miles
9:51 a.m. Expert Men (60+) 3 24 miles
9:54 a.m. Expert Women (60+) 2 16 miles
9:57 a.m. Sport Men Open 2 16 miles
10 a.m. Sport Men (35-49) 2 16 miles
10:03 a.m. Sport Men (50+) 2 16 miles
*Lap distance subject to change.
**If there are less than 10 racers in each category, categories may be combined.

Race Day

Race Day Schedule

Time Event
6 -7 am 1st Wave Check In, Registration, Packet Pickup
7:15 am 1st Wave Races Start
(See the "start/distances" tab for specific category time)
8 - 9 am 2nd Wave Check In, Registration, Packet Pickup
9:15 am 2nd Wave Races Start
(See the "start/distances" tab for specific category time)

Race Start Location

Desert Loop Trailhead
St. George, Utah

Directions to Start/Finish:

From St. George head South on I-15. Take the Southern Parkway Exit #2. Take Southern Parkway to Exit #6 for Desert Canyons. Turn left and go under the highway, the start/finish line will be in front of you. There you will find us!



Dispersed Camping Available

From the Southern Parkway, take the River Road exit and head south toward the Arizona Strip. There are plenty of undeveloped spots to camp and it's only a few minutes from the venue.


There are convenient hotels right off the Southern Parkway and in St. George has many hotels and other places of accommodation near the racecourse. For more options, please see the St. George Area Tourism Office
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