Escalante Canyons Marathon

Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k Fun Run

Race Day: October 10, 2020


You have our utmost admiration for completing the Escalante Canyons Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K!  We hope you enjoyed the course, the community, and the complete experience.

We want to celebrate our marathon and half marathon winners, including the overall winners — Jake Krong for the marathon and Nick Cunkelman for the half– as well as our intrepid women overall winners — Heidi Webb for the marathon and Callie Brode for the half.  Please check the Race Results page!  And although the 5K is non-competitive, we also want to send a shout-out to Tyler LeDuc, age 11, who crossed the finish line first both this year and last.

We’ll be posting race photos for the marathon and half marathon within the next few days.  We also greatly appreciate the feedback we’ve already received about this year’s race, and we’ll be sending a short survey to all those who participated with a few questions that we hope will help us continue to improve this singular event.

We especially want to thank our volunteers. our Escalante Heritage Days partners, and the great professionals without whom this small-town event wouldn’t be possible.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We’re now thinking about the 2020 race (not that one … our marathon, scheduled for October 10, 2020!) and will provide details within the next month.

For now, our gratitude to all, and again, congratulations to each and every runner!!!


Photos are posted – Gallery

Cash Prizes


$2100 purse — $600 each for overall male and female winners, $300 for each 2nd place winner, and $150 for each 3rd place winner


$500 purse — $125 each for overall male and female winners, $75 for each 2nd place winner, and $50 for each 3rd place winner

Race Day: October 10, 2020

Marathon Course – USA Track & Field Certified

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


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