Escalante Canyons Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon  & 5k Fun Run

Race Day:  October 10, 2020


Many race events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have also pondered the wisdom of holding the Escalante Canyons Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Fun Run.  We have decided that, unless Covid trends worsen to the point of “no return,” we can take the necessary precautions to allow the ECM to go forward.  

To do this, we will need the cooperation of our participants and volunteers.  By design, the ECM does not draw large crowds of either runners or spectators, making us well situated to socially distance and practice the safety measures needed to minimize the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

So the ECM will be even more low-key than usual, but the essential experience will be there for every participant!  The USATF-certified marathon course, chip timing, high elevation and challenging terrain, pure beauty of the courses, pristine air and brisk temperatures, dedicated volunteers and community spirit – none of these elements is affected by the virus.

IF we must ultimately cancel, we will offer either a full refund or a deferred registration for next year’s ECM (October 9, 2021), and we will provide enough notice to allow for changing travel plans.  If the race is held, individual cancellations will be subject to our refund policy of offering deferrals but not refunds.

We are actively updating this website, so stay tuned for more race details, especially regarding Covid precautions, and we hope to see you in October!




$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