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January 3 thru January 31, 2021 Home Base - Maricopa, AZ 85342 US


The DIY Prickly Pedal Virtual Challenge revenues support the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation.

Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the renowned traditional Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Challenge route winds through the northern section of the Maricopa Trail, the Valley’s emerald ring—a seamless connection of beautiful desert and challenging terrain with scenic views and near-perfect riding conditions.

Complete the your Challenge between January 3 and January 31 on the "route"  from Cave Creek to Lake Pleasant.


On the Actual or Your Own Virtual Prickly Pedal Route
Home Base - Maricopa, AZ US 85342



The Maricopa Trail winds through the county, connecting the 10 Maricopa County Regional parks on a 315 mile scenic and diverse route. The parks that are connected through the trail are: Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, South Mountain Regional Park, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Usery Mountain Regional Park and White Tank Mountain Regional Park.



Complete your online challenge entry and as you do - please consider making an additional direct donation to the Maricopa Trail Foundation.  Your automatically generated RunSignUp confirmation message includes your receipt and all of the important details.  One detail is that you will be immediately assigned and provided with a participant bib number.  AND - you can follow the provided link to print out your custom bib number for ID when on your route and as a fun commemorative.  You will also use the bib number as your results ID when you go into  your RSU profile, Prickly Pedal, and log your activity miles. 

Invite your friends, training partners, family to join you in this challenge.  Word of mouth is great, and the social media sharing tools are also ready for you as you complete your entry as well. 



The 2020 Virtual Prickly Pedal is expanding the participation and welcomes activities of all types.  Cycling, Running, Hiking, Walking, Equestrian - however you choose to cover the 32 miles,  we want you to join in the efforts to be challenged - to stay fit, to be outdoors, to support the Maricopa Trail Foundation.  

You have the entire month of January to participate EITHER directly on the traditional Prickly Pedal Maricopa Trail or on any route of your choosing -- in any city, state country!  When you log your miles into your profile in the Virtual Results process, you will "see" your progress along the trail  map.  Wherever you get it done, be safe, obey all rules of the road and trail, and enjoy every minute your challenge. 


As the beginning of the challenge period approaches, you will receive an email (separate from your confirmation) that contains a direct link to post your miles.

 These instructions describe the several ways to fill in your miles log: 
* from the RunSignup Race Page-- Navigate to the RunSignup race page > select the Results tab > select Submit Virtual Result.  Search for your registration, select Submit Virtual Results > enter in your miles and if you recorded it, your time > select Submit/Update Results.
* from Your RunSignup Profile -- Navigate to your RunSignup profile by selecting the Profile Icon at the top right hand corner.  Under your Upcoming Events > select Submit Virtual Results > enter in your time > select Submit/Update Results.
* from your Prickly Pedal RunSignup account -- Log in to your RunSignup account and select Prickly Pedal Manage Registration.  On the footer of the page, select Virtual Race. select Submit/Update Results.

Check it out!! 
When you are in the RESULTS page, search for / click on your name.   Once you load your result and get a Success message, you can see your activity, add another activity (miles run!) edit or update a past activity, delete an activity, all for yourself.  And updating activities can be completed quickly without a full log-in by entering your E-mail or last 4 digits of your phone number!

When you have completed the 32 miles and logged them, click on the link to print out your custom 2020 Virtual Prickly Pedal Finisher Certificate!

This is also the spot from where you can load up your great photos -- share the fun!


Challenge Contact Info

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