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The Hoover Dam Marathon

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Take in some spectacular views of Lake mead and the historic Hoover Dam during this multi-terrain race. There are 4 different race options, so runners of all abilities are encouraged to get involved. There will be a celebration at Boulder Beach after the race.

How to enter the The Hoover Dam Marathon

  1. 10 K

    Run 10km
    $45–$65
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $80–$100
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  3. 5 K

    Run 5km
    $35–$55
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  4. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
    $95–$115
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  5. Marathon Relay

    Run 42.2km
    $115–$135
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The Hoover Dam Marathon routes

18 miles away from Las Vegas, this race provides stunning views, including over Lake Mead, which is the USA's largest man-made lake. Running through the National Recreation Area, you'll take in some historic sites along the way.

The course:

Starting at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead, you start gradually uphill before turning onto the paved River Mountains Loop Trail. You then undulate through the stunning Mojave Desert, and at mile 3 you join the historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. On the dirt track, you'll pass through 3 of the 6 tunnels used in the 1930s during the building of the Hoover Dam. The ridge looks down over the Lake and marina. After passing the power plants, you witness the race's highlight, as 6 switch-backs lead you down to the upper level parking garage at Hoover dam. You will have incredible views over the Hoover Dam and Bypass Bridge. You then retrace your steps all the way back, and then at Boulder Beach there is an extra 0.6-mile out-and-back section before finishing.

  • Half Marathon runners do 1 lap of this course
  • Marathon runners to 2 laps of this course
  • 10k runners do an out-and-back route along this course
  • 5k runners do an out-and-back route along this course

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Race tops
  • Goody bag
  • Chip timing
  • Fully-marked course
  • Snacks after the race
  • Awards:
    • 1st/2nd/3rd Men and Women Overall in each distance
    • 1st/2nd/3rd Men and Women Over 50 in each distance
Raceday Logistics

Friday 13th December:

  • 15:00 - Packet pickup opens at McGhie's Ski Bike and Board, 19 S. Stephanie St Henderson, NV 89012
  • 18:00 - Packet pickup closes

Saturday 14th December:

  • 07:00 - Packet pickup opens at Boulder Beach Picnic Area
  • 07:55 - Pre-race briefing from Marathon Race Director
  • 08:00 - Marathon starts
  • 08:05 - 10k race starts
  • 08:30 - Half Marathon starts
  • 08:35 - 5k race starts
  • 09:00 - Prize-giving for 5k
  • 09:15 - Prize-giving for 10k
  • 09:15 - Packet pickup closes
  • 10:30 - Prize-giving for Half Marathon
  • 12:15 - Prize-giving for Marathon
  • 14:05 - Official closure of course
Kit List

Trail running shoes are not essential, but sturdy trainers are recommended above flat running shoes, since the terrain is mixed and uneven.

Volunteers

You are welcome to sign up to be a volunteer. If you are under 13, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout your shift. To volunteer or inquire, please get in touch with [email protected], including your contact details, age, and availability.

FAQs

What will be stocked at the aid stations?

You will get water and Hammer Head electrolytes. There will be cups, but you can also bring your own bottles and refill them along the way.

Can I enter on the day?

Yes, if there are still places available, you can enter on the day at an extra cost of $5.

The Hoover Dam Marathon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

64°F
Predicted highs
44°F
Predicted lows

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