Escalante Canyons Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run

Race Day:  Saturday, October 14, 2023



We hope you all had an extraordinary race-day experience!  It was a beautiful day weather-wise, and we worked hard to ensure that your race went smoothly.  If you have any comments or helpful suggestions, we’d love to hear back from you via

Race results have been posted!  Please look for the link on the Race Results page, and savor your success!

Photo links will also be posted soon.  We’re hoping for sometime this week, if possible.   I’ll update this message when we’re there.

Finally, we’ll be opening registration for 2023 soon.  It’d be great if you could join us again next year!  And thanks for running this year!

Race Day: October 14, 2023

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.


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