Escalante Canyons Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run

Race Day:  Saturday, October 8, 2022

 

CONGRATULATIONS, 2021 RUNNERS!!

To all those who crossed the marathon, half marathon, and 5K finish lines on October 9, 2021, we offer our heartfelt congratulations.  We admire your grit, your willingness to participate in a small, home-grown event, and your plain old joy of running!  We hope you enjoyed the race, and we hope you’ll join us again in the future.

We know you’re awaiting race results, race photos, and medals.  Here’s the scoop on each of those:

RACE RESULTS — While we’re in the process of incorporating results onto this web site, you can check race times on https://bluedometiming.com/results/.  We’ll get the results published on our Race Results page ASAP, promise.

RACE PHOTOS — We have photos from both the course and finish line and are in the process of posting them on this web site.  This should be accomplished within the next day or two.

MEDALS — We’re still caught up in the supply-chain issue, but we’re in touch daily with our supplier and will let you know as soon they arrive.  We’ll immediately mail each of you your finisher medal, and we’ll mail winners’ medals separately.  They’re on their way …

And a couple of special notes:

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE OVERALL ECM WINNER WAS A FEMALE!!

Special congratulations to Morgan Chidester, who beat the rest of a strong marathon field by almost 12 minutes!  This was an unprecedented accomplishment, and we trust it won’t be the last time it happens.  Go girls!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE 2021 ECM!

As an all-volunteer, community-driven event, we couldn’t do it without participants from near and far, our sponsors, particularly the Garfield County Travel Council and the State Bank of Utah, our dedicated and hard-working volunteers, our safety personnel, and the communities along Route 12, especially Escalante and Boulder.  You can’t get more rural than our neck of the woods (and rocks), so per capita we both need and appreciate the time and talent of a good proportion of our community members, and we can’t thank you enough.

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU

While it seems like you can’t make a move these days without being asked to “take a short survey” or “provide immediate feedback,” we’d like to invite you to let us know about your experience at your leisure, if you feel like it, by posting to our Facebook page.  We welcome hearing about your personal experience, and what worked or didn’t work for you (as we want to build upon the former and fix the latter).  With thanks!

 INFO ABOUT 2022 COMING SOON!

Registration for the 2022 event, coming on October 8, 2022, will open within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.  We’ll be diligent about updating the race information pages as soon as registration opens.

MEANWHILE …

We hope all those who joined us this year had safe travels home and left with some great memories.  No matter what, we bet you had an unforgettable time, and again, our congratulations!

Race Day: October 8, 2022

Marathon Course is USA Track & Field Certified

Come and experience races like no others.  The Escalante Canyons Marathon and Half Marathon Run 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.

WE WISH ALL THOSE RUNNING THE 2021 BOSTON MARATHON ON OCTOBER 11TH AN AMAZING RACE!

Marathon

The marathon follows Utah’s All-American Scenic Highway 12, which has been called one of the the world’s most beautiful roadways. The race starts in Boulder, Utah, and finishes in Escalante. You will experience canyons lined with majestic sandstone cliffs, the famous Hog’s Back ridge, and the spectacular Calf Creek Canyons. After crossing the Escalante River, you’ll climb through rich red rocks that lead to unique limestone slickrock hills and washes …

Half Marathon

The half-marathon follosw the last half of the marathon course You will find the first three miles of the course to be a challenging uphill run through some of the most amazing slickrock vistas in Escalante Canyons, followed by a long downhill stretch to the finish line through sagebrush rangelands bounded by a background of cliffs (the “staircase” of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument) …

What Runners Are Saying

“This is the most brutal  — beautiful! — marathon you’ll ever run.”

~Rich Webb, past  participant 

“I loved the small community of runners who gathered in a sparsely populated area to run one of the most beautiful roads in the country!”

~Heather Parke Zamora, 2014 participant

“This race was breathtaking — the views and inclines, whew! The volunteers were entirely too kind. Every runner was awesome.”

~Kelsey Lynett, 2014 Participant