Race Info

Race Day: October 9, 2021



 Online registration for all events will remain open until midnight on October 7, 2021.  Onsite registration will be offered during packet pickup on October 8th.  




MARATHON:  7:30 A.M.  at Hill & Hollows in Boulder, Utah.

HALF MARATHON:  9:00 A.M. at Mile 13.1 of the Marathon course.

Both races will close at 1:30 p.m.

5K FUN RUN:  1:30 P.M. (following the closing time of the other races) three miles up Pine Creek Canyon.

Please Note:  For all races, 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.


Except for the 5K fun run, we cannot accept entries for participants to use bicycles, skates, strollers, baby joggers, roller blades, or other wheeled equipment or to run with pets.




5K FUN RUN:  $25


T-shirt (for the 5K Fun Run, runners will be able to choose a marathon or half marathon shirt at the end of the race, with sizes subject to availability)

Finisher medal

Pre- and post-race drinks and fruit

SERIOUS bragging rights!


MARATHON:  $3,000 purse

$650 each for overall male and female winners

$350 each for second place male and female winners

$175 each for third place male and female winners

HALF MARATHON:  $650 Purse

$150 each for overall male and female winners

$100 each for second place male and female winners

$75 each for third 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 always 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 [email protected]


We are building a page with a full list of available accommodations along Route 12 in decent proximity to Boulder and Escalante – stay tuned!  Note that motels in both Boulder and Escalante fill up quickly for race weekend.  If you have difficulty finding lodging in these towns and need to go farther afield, Ruby’s Inn and other accommodations in Bryce Canyon City, Tropic, Cannonville, Panguitch, and Torrey should be readily available.

For the hardiest souls, backcountry camping is abundantly available; please obey Escalante Canyons National Monument and Dixie National Forest rules.  If you want to camp at an improved campground, such as Calf Creek or Deer Creek or the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, it’s highly advisable to make reservations.


MARATHON:  The marathon starts 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.  

HALF MARATHON:  The half marathon starts at the marathon’s halfway mark, at a staging area about 1/2 mile west of the Escalante River — look for the start line banner. Race volunteers will be on hand by 8:15 in anticipation of the 9:00 am start time.  

5K FUN RUN:  This run starts up Pine Creek Canyon, just beyond Turnabout Ranch.  We’ll have the start line clearly marked.  Pine Creek Canyon is accessed by driving north on Third East in Escalante and bearing right at the fork just past the Escalante River.  Follow the road past pastures and up the canyon until you see the start line banner.  


For all races, we will include a cast-off bag with your bib number in the race pickup packet.  You will be able to put jackets, hats, and other items that you don’t want to wear or carry during the race in these bags.  At the start line, you should put your bag in the designated area, and we will drive them to the finish line.  You will also be able to leave cast-off items at the first two aid stations for each race for retrieval at the Finish Line area.

At the Finish Line area, we will arrange the bags on a lawn area for self-pickup.


Bus shuttles will be provided to the Marathon and Half Marathon start lines.  Details will be posted closer to race day but no later than October 1st.  Finish line shuttles also will be provided to individuals based upon prior arrangements.



MARATHON:  Parking is available at the Boulder marathon staging area near the start line, along Route 12 north of the staging area, and at the Escalante finish line.

HALF MARATHON:  Parking is NOT available at the half marathon start line, although private vehicles may drop racers off.

5K FUN RUN:  Start-line parking is available along the roadside of Pine Creek Canyon.

In Boulder and Escalante, please refrain from parking in either the Hills & Hollows or Griffin Groceries parking lots.  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.



Bib packets can be picked up on Friday, October 9, between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Escalante City Park picnic pavilion.  If you need to make other accommodations for packet pickup, please contact [email protected]



A pre-race dinner will be offered at the Escalante Showhouse (50 West Main Street in downtown Escalante) for runners, friends and families, and volunteers, along with community members.  Details will be provided closer to race day but no later than October 1st.



All races will end at the Escalante City Park.  Refreshments will be available for runners, and awards ceremonies will be held near the Finish Line.  There are restrooms and a picnic area at the park.  Details about activities such as the beer garden and vendors will be provided closer to race day but no later than October 1st.



MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON:  Along with refreshments at the start lines of each race and the finish line, we’ll have between 10-13 aid stations along the marathon course, with the last 5-6 stations serving both the marathon and half marathon.  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 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.

5K FUN RUN:  We will offer Gatorade and water at the start line, and we’ll have one aid station, around mile 2, along the course.



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 and safety management — 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.  In the race packets, we will provide information about how to download photos.