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Escalante Canyons Marathon

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Come and experience races like no others. The Escalante Canyons Marathon and Half-Marathon offer wildly scenic vistas across a landscape of unmatched ruggedness, a course with dramatic topography, pristine air, and a profound sense of serenity. The full marathon course has been certified by the USATF and is a Boston Marathon qualifying event.

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4.3
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Linda D
"This was the most beautiful half marathon I have run recently. It had a very..."
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How to enter the Escalante Canyons Marathon

  1. 13 1 M Run

    Run 5km
  2. 26 2 M

    Run 26.2mi
    $55
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  3. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    $80
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Escalante Canyons Marathon routes

Marathon
With the course adjustments this year, the marathon will start near Hills & Hollows in Boulder, Utah (elev. 6300 feet). The entire course is on Scenic Byway 12 between Boulder and Escalante. It runs in a southwest direction and is mostly downhill until Mile 11, where the road crosses the Escalante River (elev. 5275). It then turns northwest and is mostly uphill until Mile 17 (elev. 6200). From Mile 17 on, the course is a gradual westward descent (with a few inclines) to the finish line at Escalante City Park, Utah (elev. 5770 feet). You can view the course map and elevation profile below.

The marathon will be run on the westbound lane of Utah’s Scenic Byway 12, and all runners will complete the course on the right-hand side of the road. The course will include 14 aid stations in addition to refreshments (sustenance!) at the start and finish lines. All aid stations will offer water, and selected aid stations will offer energy drinks, energy gels, and fruit. Start and finish line shuttles between Boulder and Escalante will be available for runners.

Course highlights include the mile-long Hogsback, where the road runs along a rock spine that drops off precipitously on both sides, the rock canyons near Calf Creek Falls, the extraordinary S-curve that announces the longest uphill stretch of the course, and the Boynton and Head of the Rocks scenic overlooks. No matter where you are on the course, though, you will enjoy unparalleled vistas.

Half Marathon
The entire half-marathon course is on Scenic Byway 12, covering the last half of the marathon course. The start elevation is approximately 5500 and is mostly uphill through beautiful slickrock country until mile 3.1 (elev. 6200). From Mile 3.1on, the course is a gradual westward descent (with a few inclines) to the finish line at Escalante City Park, Utah (elev. 5770 feet).

The half-marathon will be run on the westbound lane of Byway 12, and all runners will complete the course on the right-hand side of the road. The course will include 7 aid stations in addition to refreshments at the start and finish lines. All aid stations will offer water, and selected aid stations will offer energy drinks, energy gels, and fruit. Start and finish line shuttles will be available for runners.

Course highlights include the extraordinary S-curve that near the beginning of the half-marathon, the Head of the Rocks scenic overlook, and the backdrop of Straight Cliffs as you come into Escalante. No matter where you are on the course, though, you will enjoy unparalleled vistas.

Event Details

What’s Included
Tee-shirt
Finisher medal
Shuttle transportation
Pre- and post-race drinks and fruit
Raceday Logistics
For the marathon and half marathon, we will include a cast-off bag with your bib number in the race pickup bag. You’ll be able to put jackets, hats, and other items that you don’t want to wear or carry during the race in these bags. At the start line, you should put your bag on the start-line shuttle (whether or not you used the shuttle), and we will drive them to the finish line. Likewise, if you want to discard items of clothing, water bottles, etc., along the course route, please do so at an aid station; we’ll then put them in a bag with your bib number and shuttle them to the finish line. We encourage you to discard all unnecessary items within the first aid station or two of the race, as this will better ensure that your items will be waiting for you when you’re ready to pick them up at the finish area. We’ll have a specific table set up with all the bags awaiting retrieval.

For the 5K, we’ll also provide a cast-off bag, but please make sure you leave it with a race volunteer at the start line in order to ensure that we get it to the finish area on time.
Spectators
Aside from a few cows (and hopefully a few cowboys) and our ever-ready aid station volunteers, local spectators will be sparse between Boulder and Escalante. Runners will be enthusiastically welcomed at the finish line, and we encourage friends and family of racers to find a place to park along the race course to cheer their favorites on! Highway 12 will be open — with a travel advisory — during the race, as there is no alternate route for travelers between Boulder and Escalante.

Escalante Canyons Marathon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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Escalante Canyons Marathon reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
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    Linda D

    Did the 13 1 M Run in 2019

    This was the most beautiful half marathon I have run recently. It had a very friendly small event feel. The course is pretty tough but so beautiful that you don't mind. Exceeded my expectations.
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