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E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K

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Running along the fringe of the mysterious Area 51, this stretch of highway (375) has an overwhelming number of reported UFO sightings. So much so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named highway 375 the "Extraterrestrial Highway". The ET Highway has become a gathering place for UFO enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With elevations ranging from roughly 4000-5600 feet, the high desert will enchant you with gorgeous vegetation, surrounding mountains, and stunning vistas. An additional treat is the cooler temperatures. Rachel, NV is generally 15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley; coupled with a midnight run, temperatures should be in the 60's in August!

The Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, 5K & 51K are run on the weekend closest to the full moon, starting at midnight for the marathon.

How to enter the E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K

  1. 51K

    Run 51km
    $115
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  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2km
    $110
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $90
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  4. 10K

    Run 10km
    $55
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  5. 5K

    Run 5km
    $55
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E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K routes

51K: In the spirit of Area 51- a 51K race! This course starts with the marathoners at midnight at the Black Mailbox. For description, see below. The additional milage is made up with a further turn around point than the marathoners before returning to the Little A'le'Inn finish line. 8 hour cut off.


Marathon: USATF Certificate #NV08009DCR (pending re-certification for 2019): The marathon starts at 12am from the "Black Mailbox" (which is ironically white). Runners will run on the shoulder of the road against traffic. Marathoners will climb to the Coyote Summit at 5591 feet and then descend into the town of Rachel at 4970 feet. From the start, the town of Rachel is roughly 20 miles. Marathoners will PASS by the Little A'le'Inn restaurant (the finish line) and go another roughly 3.1 miles. At roughly mile 23.1 marathoners will turn around and run the remaining 3.1 miles back to the Little A'le'Inn Restaurant and finish line where the BREAKFAST SPREAD awaits! 8 hour course cut-off.


1/2 Marathon: USATF Certificate #NV08010DCR (pending re-certification for 2019): The 1/2 Marathoners will gather at the "Black Mailbox", which is the 51K & Marathon start. 1/2 Marathoners will be bused to their start line after the 51K & marathoners start their race. (If you are driving yourself and parking at the Black Mailbox, there is no charge for the 7 mile bus ride to the 1/2 start. The paid contracted bus is only if you are on the bus to/ from Las Vegas). The 1/2 Marathon start is exactly 13.1 miles straight shot to Rachel and the Little A'le'Inn restaurant and finish line where the BREAKFAST SPREAD awaits! The 1/2 Marathon course climbs the first 6 miles to Coyote Summit. The climb is steady, with its steepest point being from 4.5 to 6 miles. From there you're rewarded with a descent off of Coyote Summit at 5591 and finishes in the town of Rachel at 4970 feet. Start time is 12:30am.


10K: USATF Certificate #NV08011DCR (pending re-certification for 2019): The 10K runners will gather at the Little A'le'Inn Restaurant in Rachel, which is the finish area for all of the distance races. The 10K race departs the Little A'le'Inn restaurant and heads west along the Extraterrestrial Highway 3.1 miles, turns around and comes back. The finish line is the Little A'le'Inn Restaurant where the BREAKFAST SPREAD awaits!

5K: The 5K runners will gather at the Little A'le'Inn Restaurant in Rachel, which is the finish area for all of the distance races. The 5K race departs the Little A'le'Inn restaurant and heads west along the Extraterrestrial Highway 1.55 miles, turns around and comes back. The finish line is the Little A'le'Inn Restaurant where the BREAKFAST SPREAD awaits! The town of Rachel is at 4970 feet; this course is mostly flat. The 5K course is not certified. Start time is 1:05am.

Event Details

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All runners are REQUIRED to wear a 360 degree reflective vest AND carry a handheld flashlight or wear a headlamp; glow-bracelets will be provided. A 360 degree reflective vest can be pre-purchased for $9 during the registration process and will be collected at packet pick up. If you have one of your own you may wear that instead, but it must be a 360 degree reflective vest. Nathan Sports has several items to choose from. We encourage you to additionally maximize your visibility with ankle or arm bands.

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