When and Where
The most recent Fire On The Rim was September 17, 2016. See below for what you missed, links to results, and highlights. Stay tuned for information about next year's race.
Interactive map for location of all Fire on the Rim Events (northwest corner of Bradshaw Dr and Old County Road, Pine AZ)
What’s New for 2016?
- Improvements to the venue area – finish line in front of bandstand and music stage in a larger area with room to set up chairs
- Course improvements – reroutes of single track on the upper part of Trail 15 and where it descends into Pine
- New locations for tent camping and parking – see the location map
- Official Sports Energy Sponsor – Glukos is the official sports energy supplier for the race
- More vendors – See all vendors who are setting up booths including food and beer from title sponsor THAT Brewery and new in 2016 is vino from Fire Mountain Wine.
- Three Bands – live music on our new stage area by Vinyl Nova, Plum Krazy, and the John Scott Band
- Silent Auction – we have more great baskets and offerings than ever before
- Bike Raffle – get your tickets for the raffle, we have 4 bikes donated as prizes
- Outdoor Game Area – more fun things to do
- Kids Race – we have information and a new signup form
General Schedule of Events
- 12:00 PM Campsite Opens
- 4:00 PM Beer Garden Opens
- 5:00 PM Italian Feast • Silent Auction start
- 6:00 PM Late Registration • Packet pickup / Check in • Live Music by Vinyl Nova
- 8:00 PM Registration Closes
- 6:00 AM Late Registration • Packet pickup/Check in • Food Wagons Open
- 7:15 AM Registration Closes
- 7:30 AM 45 MILE RACE Start
- 7:45 AM 30 MILE RACE Start
- 8:00 AM 15 MILE RACE Start
- 11:00AM Beer Garden Opens
- 2:00 PM Kids Race Start • Live Music by Plum Krazy
- 2:30 PM Awards Ceremony • Bike Raffle drawing • Silent Auction closes
- 6:00 PM Live Music • Live Music by John Scott Band
- 9:00AM Ride new sections of trail
- 3:00 PM Campsite Closes
About the Race Course
Course Notes and Pre-Ride Dates
The course will be open for pre-rides on August 27, 28, September 10 and 11 including the portions on private land. The course route will be marked. Come on up and check it out!
The start and finish is at on Bradshaw Drive west of Old County Road in Pine, where all the event locations are happening (see map above).
- A section of the course on top of Strawberry Mountain is private ranch land and will be open ONLY for the pre-ride dates and the race. To ride most of the course at any other time, you can bypass the private land by taking FR 428 (Hardscrabble) all the way to Fossil Creek Rd and turning right into Strawberry. With a map of Strawberry you can pick the course back up at the corner of Fuller & Ralls Rd. You can even backtrack up the mountain from there to the ranch fence to pre-ride the downhill. Otherwise just continue on toward Hwy 87 and head south to the Strawberry Trailhead for the single track.
- Pre-rides are not part of the organized event; it’s an opportunity for individuals to review the race course on their own. Riders assume complete liability for their own safety.
New Location: Tent Camping for the Weekend
The location for camping has been moved from the open field we used in previous years (the location for RVs is the same, adjacent to the venue). For tent campers, “Camp Sprocket” is located next to THAT Brewery on Highway 87. This location has more shade and there is a dedicated bike trail from the camping to the race area.
There is no cost for camping. As it is on private land donated for use in this event, we ask you to be especially considerate by cleaning up after yourself. Also, no open flames are allowed in either location.
The camping area will open at noon on Friday before the race. No hookups or dumping are available. Restrooms are on site for your use, free showers are available a short bike ride away at Pine Elementary School and 24 hour security is provided. Enter Camp Sprocket at the north end of the THAT Brewery parking lot (look for signs):
You can also find free camping in Tonto National Forest areas within a short bike ride of the venue. Again, it’s very important to clean up after yourself.
Plan to use Camp Sprocket for the weekend and enjoy all the pre and post race activities without the hassle of having to drive from elsewhere. Pine is a gateway community to the Arizona Trail, just a short distance from your campground, and many restaurants, facilities and shops are all within walking distance. Park your car and spend your down time enjoying the cool mountain air and exploring what the small town of Pine has to offer.
Food and Drink
We are totally stoked to be able to offer another outstanding Italian Feast on Friday evening created especially for you by, in our humble opinion, the most talented Italian chef in Arizona! Chef Gerardo Moceri, who apprenticed in Venice and has worked in restaurants all over Italy, brings the real deal to Fire on the Rim. Cost is $10 a plate for race participants. The meal is also available to non-racers for $15 each – and it’s oh so worth it!
On Race Day (Saturday) we have a lot of options to satisfy hunger than thirst for racers and race supporters.
Our Title Sponsor, THAT Brewery, not only will sponsor the beer garden this year but is also bringing goodies from their kitchen- including burgers, brats, chili, and breakfast burritos.
Be sure to sample the phenomenal local THAT brews on tap, and don’t forget – you can contribute to the Arizona Trail from the comfort of the beer garden just by purchasing an Arizona Trail Ale a portion of all sales of this beer are donate to the Arizona Trails Association)!
See the full list of food, arts and crafts, and organizations who will have booths in the vendor area.
Live music will be available Friday and Saturday featuring these great bands. Bring your lawn chairs, we have a new stage area with more space to watch and dance.
- Vinyl Nova “Evolving from an acoustic coffee shop trio in the mid-1990s, Vinyl Nova has been performing in Arizona for nearly two decades as a 5 piece band. The uniqueness of this group is its rich three-part harmonies, blended with dynamic guitar hooks and melodies. Vinyl Nova’s performances will grab your ear from the start, and its eclectic collection of songs will range from the nostalgic to modern with a twist.”
- Plum Krazy is a classic rock cover band, playing from Johnny Rivers to Radio Head and everything in between…
- John Scott Band “a dynamic group of guys who play high energy Blues. They bring a unique arrangement of all sorts of different Blues, R&B and original material”
Kids Kamp will be open this year during the race on Saturday from 6:30 am to 2 pm! While you race worry-free, your kids will get to play games, do crafts, read stories, and eat lunch under the watch of child care specialists.
The fee for Kids Kamp is $10 per child. You can sign up along with your race registration or you can sign up the day of the race.
Note: if your child requires constant one on one care or has separation anxiety, please realize that you may need to be present during Kids Kamp or make additional arrangements.
But Wait, There’s More!
A Silent Auction of many wonderful items donated by local businesses brought in $7700 for fire prevention efforts, thanks to all of our donors.
Raffle tickets for bikes and more were awarded after race. Vendors on site will have art for sale as well as hydration products, bicycle gear, and t-shirts.
Also new this year is an outdoor gaming area with giant Jenga, cornhole, Yardzee, and more.
The All NEW Fire on the Rim Kids Race was an AWESOME race last year and is back again. See the details and pre-register your kids now.
The perfect way to end your weekend in Pine / Strawberry is to get in one last ride in the cool forests of the Rim Country. And the perfect ride is to check out all the trail work that’s been going on in the Pine Strawberry area. There’s a newly redone loop designed with bikes in mind. And wait till you ride the new downhill section of Pine Canyon Trail – it’s CRAZY fun!! Location to meet up will be posted.
Got brilliant ideas or want to volunteer for the event? Contact us!
If you are interested in FOTR, riding the race, volunteering, or being part of the event itself, or have any other questions, please use our contact form. You can also email us directly: