Rio Salado Trail Run: Course Information:

About the 15K Course, 10K Course and the 5K Course

The 15K, 10K, and 5K are mixed terrain looping courses with varying elevations and are approximately a 50/50 split between paved and dirt paths. The trails wind up and down along and across the Rio Salado Salt River and its banks. Each consists of paved and dirt paths with a few small jaunts across areas of the river basin containing river rocks. These courses are a perfect way to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Rio Salado, a hidden gem in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

You have 3.75 hours to finish the 15K, 10K or 5K.

You may register to use a sports stroller, running chair, hand cycle, sports wheelchair, walker, or cane on any course, and will start with the runners and walkers. Please position yourself behind faster runners at the start line so that everyone gets off to a good start. When choosing to use one of these apparatuses, please keep in mind that these courses are on trails with different terrain and elevations.

You may register to run or walk with a leashed pet on any of the courses, and when doing so must adhere to all park pet custodian rules including keeping your pet leashed at all times, immediately cleaning up after your pet, and properly disposing of its waste.

Each course may vary slightly on race day and will be well marked to help keep you on course.

15K Course Directions

From the 15K start line on the south side of the East Riverview Drive cul-de-sac just east of South 18th Place, head south on the paved path immediately taking the first dirt trail west. Continue west past the burrowing owls nesting area to its end at the connecting paved North Overbank Trail. Continue west on the North Overbank Trail. Approaching the South Central Avenue overpass, remain on the North Overbank Trail taking the left fork in the trail to go under the South Central Avenue overpass and continue west toward South 7th Avenue. Approaching the South 7th Avenue overpass, exit the North Overbank Trail on the right to use the South 7th Avenue overpass to cross the Salt River. Use the South 7th Avenue overpass sidewalk on the east side to crossover. Once on the south side of the overpass, use the dirt path switching to paved path as it approaches the South Overbank Trail. At the South Overbank Trail, head west to the 10K turnaround point turning around and heading back east exiting the South Overbank Trail to the left on the dirt path on the east side of the South 7th Avenue overpass. Head east on the dirt trail continuing until it reconnects with the South Overbank Trail on the west side of the South 7th Avenue overpass. Head east on the South Overbank Trail under the overpass reentering the dirt trail to the left on the east side of the overpass. Head east on the dirt trail passing the Salt River dam crossing west of the South 16th Street overpass. At the west side of the South 16th Street overpass, head south diagonally under the South 16th street overpass and enter the South Overbank trail heading east from the east side of the overpass. Head east on the South Overbank Trail using the trail to the left as you approach the South 24th Street Overpass to go under the overpass. Take the first trail to the left on the east side of the overpass using it to cross over the Salt River dam. Use the dirt path directly across the dam and follow it east and then west as it winds and connects to the North Overbank Trail. Head west on North Overbank Trail to the turnaround and then back east to the dirt trail to the dam. Use the dirt trail to cross the dam and then use the dirt trail directly across the dam to reconnect to South Overbank Trail. Head west on South Overbank Trail taking the first trail to the right as you approach the South 16th street overpass and follow it under the overpass and to the Salt River dam crossing. Cross the dam and head east on the dirt trail on the north side of the Salt River until it winds around and reconnects to the North Overbank Trail. Take the North Overbank Trail east immediately taking the next adjacent dirt path on the south side and continue on the dirt trail east until it winds around and reconnects to the paved path at the start and finish line.

10K Course Directions

From the 10K start line on the south side of the East Riverview Drive cul-de-sac just east of South 18th Place, head south on the paved path immediately taking the first dirt trail west. Continue west past the burrowing owls nesting area to its end at the connecting paved North Overbank Trail. Continue west on the North Overbank Trail. Approaching the South Central Avenue overpass, remain on the North Overbank Trail taking the left fork in the trail to go under the South Central Avenue overpass and continue west toward South 7th Avenue. Approaching the South 7th Avenue overpass, exit the North Overbank Trail on the right to use the South 7th Avenue overpass to cross the Salt River. Use the South 7th Avenue overpass sidewalk on the east side to crossover. Once on the south side of the overpass, use the dirt path switching to paved path as it approaches the South Overbank Trail. At the South Overbank Trail, head west to the 10K turnaround point turning around and heading back east exiting the South Overbank Trail to the left on the dirt path on the east side of the South 7th Avenue overpass. Head east on the dirt trail continuing until it reconnects with the South Overbank Trail on the west side of the South 7th Avenue overpass. Head east on the South Overbank Trail under the overpass reentering the dirt trail to the left on the east side of the overpass. Head east on the dirt trail passing the Salt River dam crossing west of the South 16th Street overpass. At the west side of the South 16th Street overpass, head south diagonally under the South 16th street overpass and enter the South Overbank trail heading east from the east side of the overpass. Head east on the South Overbank Trail and use the first path on the left to loop back around and head west on the dirt trail to the Salt River dam crossing. Cross the dam and head east on the dirt trail on the north side of the Salt River until it winds around and reconnects to the North Overbank Trail. Take the North Overbank Trail east immediately taking the next adjacent dirt path on the south side and continue on the dirt trail east until it winds around and reconnects to the paved path at the start and finish line.

5K Course Directions

From the 5K start line on the south side of the East Riverview Drive cul-de-sac just east of South 18th Place, head south on the paved path immediately taking the first dirt trail west. Continue west past the burrowing owls nesting area to its end at the connecting paved North Overbank Trail. Continue west on the North Overbank Trail past the South 7th Street overpass to the turnaround point turning around and heading back east just past the South 7th Street overpass. On the east side of the South 7th Street overpass, take the adjacent dirt path on the south side of the North Overbank Trail and continue on the dirt trail east until it winds around and reconnects to the North Overbank Trail. Take the North Overbank Trail east immediately taking the next adjacent dirt path on the south side and continue on the dirt trail east until it winds around and reconnects to the paved path at the start and finish line.

15K Course Map

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15K Course Elevation

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10K Course Map

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10K Course Elevation

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5K Course Map

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5K Course Elevation

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Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Map

Additional park facilities (Restrooms & Water)

View the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area website.

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