SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013 at 7:30 A.M..
We are pleased to announce that the marathon course is now USATF-CERTIFIED!
The certification code is UT13015GAN. This makes the Escalante Canyons Marathon a Boston qualifier and provides you with the assurance that you are indeed running an accurately measured course.
Videography by Malcolm Judd: mjfilms.net
The marathon starts near Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah (elev. 6300 feet). The entire course is on Scenic Byway 12. The course runs in a southwest direction and is mostly downhill until Mile 12, where the road crosses the Escalante River (elev. 5275). It then turns northwest and is mostly uphill until Mile 18 (elev. 6200). From Mile 18 on, the course is a gradual westward descent to the finish line in Escalante, Utah (elev. 5774 feet). You can view the course map and elevation profile on the USATF website, using the following link: http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=493433. You can also search for the Escalante Canyons Marathon route by going tohttp://www.usatf.org/routes/search and looking for routes in Escalante, Utah under America’s Running Routes.
The 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 at least 12 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. Shuttles will be available for runners between Boulder and Escalante before and after the race.
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, the Boynton and Head of the Rocks scenic overlooks, No matter where you are on the course, though, you will enjoy unparalleled vistas.
The courses for both races will be closed at 1:30 p.m. See the Terms of Service
See more details on our race info page.