Race Info



MARATHON:  7:30 A.M.
10-MILER:   9:00 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.


Marathon:   $80
10-Miler:   $50

Watch for promotions!  Registration will be open through midnight the day prior to the race.


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

10-Miler: $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 10-Miler 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.  For the 10-miler, the start line will be at the Head of the Rocks Scenic Outlook, which is 10 miles east of Escalante.  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 also available at the start line of each race and the first two aid stations — 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 10-miler start line at 8:00 a.m.  Shuttles will be available from Boulder (near the marathon start line) to the 10-miler 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 10-miler 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 7, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Packet pickup will be at the Historic Escalante Showhouse, located at 50 Main Street.  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) at the Escalante Showhouse on the Friday, October 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  The Showhouse hosts, Jenifer and Shannon Steed, will offer a classic pasta menu and dessert, and local citizens will also provide a vegan alternative and homemade goodies.  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 10-miler.  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 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 — 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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