Race Info



MARATHON:  7:30 A.M.

The courses for both races will close at 1:30 p.m.  The Escalante Canyons Marathon reserves the right to remove a runner from the course at any time if, in our judgment, the runner’s health or safety may be endangered through continued participation.


Entries for participants to use bicycles, skates, strollers, baby joggers, roller blades, or other wheeled equipment or to run with pets will not be accepted.


Individual Marathon:  $80

Individual Half-Marathon:  $55

Team Marathon (two runners):  $150

Team Half-Marathon (two runners):  $100

August 1-15, we are offering a team promotion!  Team Marathon:  $75, and Team Half-Marathon:  $50.

Watch for other promotions!  Registration will be open until October 13 at midnight.  We can make arrangements for late registrants to pick up their rack packets.  Please be aware that although we’ll try our best, not all t-shirt sizes may be available for last-minute registrants.


Finisher medal
Shuttle transportation
Pre- and post-race drinks and fruit

Serious bragging rights!


Marathon: $2,000 purse

  • $600 each for overall male and female winners
  • $300 for second place male and female winners
  • $100 for third place male and female winners

Half-Marathon: $300 Purse

  • $100 each for overall male and female winners
  • $50 each for second place male and female winners

Both races:   Winners medals for overall winners and division winners of both races


Regional weather conditions are almost always  favorable during October.  According to weatherbase.com, the average October temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit in Boulder and 51 degrees in Escalante, which will of course vary depending on time of day.  The average high temperature for October in Boulder is 78 degrees and the average low temperature is 37.5 degrees.  In Escalante, the average high is 67 and the average low is 35.  The chance of sunshine is high, while the chance of precipitation is low.  Rain or snow may fall in October on an average of 2 days in Boulder and 3 days in Escalante.  Air quality is clearly pristine!


The start of the marathon in Boulder is 6300 ft (1920 m) above sea level, and the finish in Escalante is at 5774 ft (1760 m).  The half-marathon starts at approximately 6200 ft (1890 m) above sea level, with the same finish elevation as the marathon.  Altitude and hill training are advisable for both races.


The Escalante/Boulder area is approximately a five-hour drive from both the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas international airports, and a three-hour drive from the St. George, Utah.  For further tourism information, contact the Garfield County Office of Tourism at 435-676-1161 or 800-444-6689, or email travgar@color-country.net.  You can also check out the Local Info and Attractions pages on this website.


The marathon will start near the Hills & Hollows store on the outskirts of Boulder; look for the start line banner.  Race volunteers will be on hand at 6:45 am, and we will do our best to start the race right at 7:30 am.  The half-marathon will start at the marathon’s halfway mark, about a staging area about 1/2 mile west of the Escalante River.  Race  volunteers will be on hand by 8:15 in anticipation of the 9:00 am start time.  Bags for cast-off clothing and other items will be provided in your race packets and will also be available at the start line and the first two aid stations of each race.  We’ll have your bags waiting for you at the finish line.


Shuttles will be available from Escalante City Park to the marathon start line at 6:15 a.m. and to the half-marathon start line at 8:00 a.m.  Shuttles will be available from Boulder (near the marathon start line) to the half-marathonn start line at 7:45 a.m.  Shuttles will be available from Escalante City Park back to Boulder following both races, with specific times to be announced.  We can accommodate individual shuttle needs at the finish line!


Parking will be available at the Boulder marathon start line and at the Escalante finish line.  Please note that NO parking will be available at the half-marathon start line, although private vehicles may drop racers off.  In both Boulder and Escalante, please park in designated areas.  In Boulder, off-road parking will be available at the staging area near the start line, and along the road north of the staging area.  In Escalante, parking will be available on 100 North adjacent to the City Park.  Note that Center Street along the finish line area will be closed for parking during the races, and we ask that you refrain from parking in either the Hills & Hollows or Griffin Groceries parking lots.


Bib packets can be picked up on Friday, October 13, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Packet pickup will be at the Historic Escalante Showhouse, located at 50 Main Street in Escalante.  This historical building in the middle of town was recently renovated as a center for local music and community events.  If you need to make other accommodations for packet pickup, please contact mary_parkin@msn.com.  You may want to pick up your packet in conjunction with the pre-race dinner (see below).


A pre-race dinner will be held for runners, friends and families, volunteers, and community members will also be held (in conjunction with packet pickup; see above) at the Escalante Showhouse on the Friday, October 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  The Showhouse hosts, Jenifer and Shannon Steed, will offer a classic pasta menu and dessert.  The cost of the dinner is $10 per plate, payable by cash or check at the Showhouse.  We hope to see you there!


Both races will end at the Escalante City Park.  Refreshments will be available for runners, and a medical tent will be set up in case any needs arise.  If you need to catch a shuttle back to Boulder, look for the shuttle pickup sign near the picnic pavilion or ask any of the volunteers in neon orange t-shirts to point you in the right direction. There are restrooms at the park, and if the weather is on the warm side, you can take advantage of the splash fountain at the playground.  The award podium will be near the picnic pavilion, and awards will be presented soon after the overall  and division winners (see PRIZES above) arrive.  Prepare to relax and recuperate after your amazing achievement!


Along with refreshments at the start lines of each race and the finish line, we’ll have 14 aid stations along the marathon course, with the last 7 stations serving both the marathon and half-marathon.  We’ll space the aid stations more closely on the uphill portions of the course, and the first station for each race will be 2-3 miles from the start line.  All aid stations will provide Gatorade and water, and those along the more challenging parts of the course will also have fruit and energy gels.  Porta-johns will be available at several points along the course.  The race packet will include course maps marked with aid station and porta-john locations.


Aside from a few cows (and hopefully a few cowboys) and our ever-ready aid station volunteers, local spectators will be sparse between Boulder and Escalante.  Runners will be enthusiastically welcomed at the finish line, and we encourage friends and family of racers to find a place to park along the race course to cheer their favorites on!  Highway 12 will be open — with a travel advisory — during the race, as there is no alternate route for travelers between Boulder and Escalante.


We will have a photographer on the course as well as at the finish line.  We will provide information about how to order photos in the race packets.

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