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February 25, 2017
50 Mile, 55k, & HALF MARATHON Trail Run
50 miler- On this course you will experience two of the most photographed land features in the country- Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. After traversing the desert sand and slickrock to reach these unbelievable features, the run finishes out on smooth single track around the plateau that the city of Page, AZ is built upon, with jaw-dropping views of Lake Powell.
Average low temperature: 34 degrees Farenheit
Average high temperature: 60 degrees Farenheit
Runners start with a 5 mile desert traverse on a sandy doubletrack with a little slickrock and a slot canyon mixed in.
Near mile 4, runners will drop into the first slot canyon of the day, at the bottom of which is Antelope Aid Station.
After the aid station you'll enter a large open wash, which you will follow south for about 3 miles to the entrance to the incomparable Upper Antelope Canyon. (This is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world.)
Navajo guides will be posted along the route, as travel on tribal lands requires their presence in order to visit the sacred sites. After passing through the slot canyon, runners will climb over a sand dune and pass through another small slot canyon on the return (since the canyon isn’t wide enough for two way traffic.) You’ll return to the Antelope Aid station for the second time, then retrace your footsteps back towards the starting line for about 3.5 miles, where you’ll split off from the way you came and head west toward the Horseshoe Bend/Waterholes Canyon leg. Slickrock Aid will be about a mile into the desert after crossing S. Coppermine Rd.
From there, runners will traverse another open desert for about 3 miles before reaching the famous Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. An aid station will be set up near the parking lot of this spectacular overlook (Horseshoe Bend Aid).
The next section weaves through slickrock along the rim of the Colorado River, in an area that few humans have traveled which offers views that are beyond words.
After crossing back over Hwy 89, runners will fuel up at the Waterholes Aid station before dropping into another gorgeous slot canyon. The aid station is located near the bridge.)
After about a mile in the slot, runners will exit and head back towards the city of Page on a long, exposed, and sandy desert traverse which takes you through the Horseshoe Bend and Slickrock aid stations for a second time. Upon entering Page and climbing up onto the plateau which the city is built upon, the route ties into the smooth singletrack of the Page Rim trail. This is a fast and very runnable ten mile loop with spectacular views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.
***Note that there is a short out and back trail that you'll need to take in order to access the Lake Powell Aid Station (0.18 miles each way)
The 55K will begin at 7:00am and will run directly to Slickrock Aid station and then out to Horseshoe Bend and Waterholes Canyon and finishes out with a lap on the Page Rim trail.
The HALF MARATHON will begin at 8:00am and runs around the slickrock formation that the starting line is next to, then links up onto the Page Rim trail and does a single loop. It then returns to the starting line via the more direct route that the other race distances will use to get up onto the mesa.
***Please note that the 55K does not pass through Upper Antelope Canyon. It does pass through Waterholes slot canyon. Only the 50 mile courses run through Upper Antelope Canyon.
Check in from 2-8PM at the slickrock ampitheatre, off of Coppermine Rd and Hwy 98. Click here to view map
6:30pm- Course Overview Meeting (optional)
7pm- Fireside Chat on local geology/history with guest speaker
5am- Last minute checkins
6am- The 50 mile runners begin at the slickrock amphitheatre staging area.
7am- The 55K starts at the slickrock amphitheatre staging area.
8am- The Half Marathon starts at the slickrock ampitheatre staging area.:
50M - 15 hrs
55k - 11 hrs
Half - 4 hrs
Aid Station Info:
You can leave a drop bag for any aid station that you’d like (ultramarathon distances only), following these guidelines:
-All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in. Trying to label your bags on race morning is not a good idea. It is often dark and busy.
-All drop bags must be left in designated drop off location by 8PM the night before race day.
-No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
-Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
-Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags..
-Maximum size: Shoe box for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffel or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.
Getting your drop bag back: Generally all bags come back about 1 hour after the aid station closes. There will be a "Return to Start Line" area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area, Crew or volunteers cannot sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.
The 50 miler will pass through 10 fully stocked aid stations, the 50K has 8, and the Trail Half has 2.
Hammer Nutrition Heed is our sponsoring electrolyte drink which will be served at each of the aid stations.
Pacers & Crew:
Crew access is allowed at the Horseshoe Bend, Page Rim, and Lake Powell aid stations. However, due to limited parking and high runner numbers, crew must be shuttled in to the Horseshoe Bend aid station from the start/finish area. Shuttles will pick up/drop off crew approximately every 15 minutes while the aid station is open.
Crew can walk up the trail from the start/finish parking area to the Page Rim aid station or crew their runner from the parking lot.
Click here for directions to Lake Powell Aid Station. Park along 20th street.
Pacers can be picked up for the 50 mile and 50K races when the runners pass near the start/finish area on their way to the Page Rim Aid Station.
You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.
Due to the remote location of this race, we will not be able to provide live updates for your friends/family to follow you from home. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event. If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out.) If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text, leave it in airplane mode, or carry a small battery backup device. There are also apps available such as Endomondo which will automatically update your whereabouts when you come into a reception area. (These apps tend to drain your cell phone battery and the use of a battery backup device will be necessary if you plan on leaving it on for the duration of the event.)
rules and guidelines
The main route will be marked with pink flags. Any route variations unique to your distance will be marked with the color of your bib. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station.) Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, not only will you be responisble for all related search party costs, but you will not be allowed to enter any future UA events.
Zero Waste Event:
All UA events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill. We have created a system that recycles/reuses everything. We also use composting toilets which conserve water, eliminate the use of harmful chemicals, and create a nutrient rich soil amenity..Please place trash in the appropriate containers. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.
PRE/Post Race Meal:
For the race meal, you'll have the choice of a Navajo Taco or wood fired pizza. You must present your bib stub to redeem your meal, which will be availabe at checkin on Friday or from 2-10pm on Saturday. Crew and spectators can purchase a Navajo taco for $8 (includes drink). This Navajo family will also be selling some of their hand made jewelry at the start/finish line.
Lodging / Camping:
Click here to view a list of hotels located in the small city of Page, AZ. Each of these hotels offers quick access for your crew to meet you while you’re running the Page Rim trail, which encircles the mesa that the city is built upon.
We will have portable composting toilets set up from Thursday through Sunday at the slickrock amphitheater staging area for runner use.
Las Vegas International Airport is about 4 hrs from Page. A quick scenic detour would be to drive through Zion National Park on Hwy 9 to Hwy 89, then south to Kanab and east to Page. (This would add about an hour of driving time.)
It is about 4 1/2 hours from Phoenix to Page, but the south rim of the Grand Canyon is next to this route, making it easy to plan a side trip.
Salt Lake City is 5 hrs and 45 min, but this route passes within 15 minutes of the entrances into both Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, making it convenient to detour and see these places.
Make sure to participate in our Antelope Canyon Trifecta Challenge to really get aquainted with this beautiful region!
Awards & SHWAG:
A variety of hand made finishers awards will be available, including Navajo jewelry pieces, ceramic mugs, and various crafts handmade in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Each of our awards is unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you. Special awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.
We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers. One of our goals this year is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends. To make this possible, we will have the following amenities present at the finish line to keep you comfortable- seating, fire pits, Navajo tacos, pizza heated tents, drink recovery tent, medical tent, and a camping area.
From Jeffrey Genova: http://jg-events.smugmug.com/Antelope-Canyon-UItr…/i-Cgq2qLR
From Matt Williams:https://carousel.dropbox.com/photos/cc/VhCl3lnseFqJRw5
From Lynn Melichar:http://selections.wickedinnocence.com/event/1249109
2016 Race Reports
If you are unable to attend the race after registering, we are happy to rollover your race credit towards any future Ultra Adventures' event within 2 years of the original race date. The amount credited will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us, since many costs involved with the race are incurred early. If you notify us prior to 60 days before the race, you are eligible for a 100% rollover towards any Ultra Adventures event. If you notify us prior to 30 days before the race- a 75% rollover or will be issued. If you let us know up to 7 days prior to the event- a 50% rollover can be applied. Within 7 days of the event- no rollovers will be issued. Any changes to runner registrations will incur a $10 processing fee.
THings to do and see while you're here
We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer. Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of these unique areas. We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that incredible overlook that is not part of the course. Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where races are not permitted as part of the management plan. These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting. It is our hope that through a more in depth exploration of the area, you will become more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.
Here is our list of favorite trails in the surrounding area:
Buckskin Gulch: (distance varies, minimum- 3.5 miles out and back from Wire Pass trailhead to petroglyphs and Buckskin confluence)- Take picture anywhere in Buckskin Gulch- can be accessed from Buckskin Gulch trailhead or Wire Pass trailhead. Click here for trail description. If the conditions are right, you can make it all the way to the Paria Confluence. If there is a lot of standing water, turn back. Attempting to run a through route this time of year is NOT RECOMMENDED. Click on this story to read why. You will need to pay the$6/day hiking fee to the BLM for this leg (envelopes available at the trailhead).
Cable Trail to Colorado River- Take picture at the Colorado River. This one is easily accessible from Page, located just across the bridge on the opposite side of the canyon. Click here for trail description. Click here for a video clip
- Cathedral Wash, Jackass Canyon, or Soap Creek to the Colorado River- Choose just one or all three of these canyons to access the Colorado River within the boundaries of Grand Canyon national park. If Hwy 89 is still washed out and not operational at the time of the 2014 event, you may want to do one of the alternate Trifecta options listed below as the current alternate route adds an extra 45 minutes driving time. Take a picture at the river. Click here for trail descriptions
- Paria River- Your feet will get wet on this one, but you really should check it out if you have the time. February is not the ideal time of year to go deep into the Paria due to the cold and ice, but it is amazing nonetheless.
- Wahweap Hoodoos/Toadstools- These hoodoos are pretty unique. Big boulders balanced on tall, narrow bases.
- Navajo National Monument- While the guided hikes into the canyon to see the ruins up close are not offered in the winter months, you can still get an amazing view from the opposite side of the canyon via a trail from the visitor's center that's about a half mile. This would be a nice and easy post-race hike to do, and I highly recommend driving through Shonto if you're coming from Page.
- Lower Antelope Canyon - Must be accompanied by a Navajo guide. Price is between $25-$30, depending on the company.
- Kayaking Lower Antelope Canyon (kayaks can be rented in Page and fastened to almost any vehicle).
- Kayaking the Colorado River above Lees Ferry - Unbelievable!! Your only chance to paddle the Grand Canyon is between Lee’s Ferry and Glen Canyon Dam, where it’s not officially part of the national park. Due to limited permits issued to rafting companies, the waiting list and price make rafting the Grand Canyon out of reach for most. Click on the link for info on kayak rental and a ferry/tow upriver service.
- Rainbow Bridge National Monument (via boat or trail)- While this one is pricey ($125) due to the 3 hour scenic boat ride (each way) to access it, the arch (natural bridge) is unlike any other you’ll ever lay eyes on. Boat trips are limited to Saturdays in the off season unless we get 20 runners to sign up for a Friday trip. Contact Lake Powell Resorts if interested.
- Navajo Mountain to Rainbow Bridge- (35 miles round trip)- This can take the place of 3 trifectas as it will require a lot of planning and is truly epic, traversing sacred lands to the largest natural bridge in the world. I will be very jealous if you're able to get this adventure in during your trip as it has been high on my bucket list for many years. Make sure you get appropriate permits and have maps and supplies for the worst case scenario. It would be best to hire a Navajo guide for this one.
- The Wave (Coyote Buttes)- I wish it were possible to include this at the top of our list. Such an amazing hike and it's so close (shares the same trailhead as the Buckskin Gulch/Wire Pass hike). But the BLM only gives out ten permits a day and has up to 90 applicants, so there is a daily lottery, for which you must drive to Kanab and be present just to be in the lottery. Call the BLM office found in the above link for more info.
- White Pocket- This is almost as cool as the Wave (from what I hear)- Only problem is that it's a long 4wd approach so it's very difficult to reach.