Race Info

Race Day: October 12, 2019


Registration for all events will remain open until October 11th at midnight. Two things to keep in mind: First, we can make arrangements for late packet pickup; let us know if you need this by emailing us at mary_parkin@msn.com. Second, although we’ll try our best to accommodate, not all T-shirt sizes may be available for last-minute registrants.


MARATHON: 7:30 A.M. HALF-MARATHON: 9:00 A.M. Both races will close at 1:30 p.m.

5K FUN RUN: 1:30 P.M. The 5K start follows the marathon and half marathon closing times.

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, 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 5K Fun Run: Free


  • T-shirt (for the 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
  • Shuttle transportation
  • Pre- and post-race drinks and fruit
  • SERIOUS bragging rights!


Marathon: $2,100 purse
  • $600 each for overall male and female winners
  • $300 each for second place male and female winners
  • $150 each for third place male and female winners
Half-Marathon: $500 Purse
  • $125 each for overall male and female winners
  • $75 each for second place male and female winners
  • $50 each for third place male and female winners

Both races: Winners medals for overall winners and division winners of both races. Second and third place division finishers will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.

5K Fun Run: Finisher medals for the first 40 registrants, and we will also offer any T-shirts not claimed for the marathon and half-marathon to 5K’ers, first come-first serve.


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 travgar@color-country.net. You can also check out the Local Info and Attractions pages on this website.


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. We’ll have a shuttle ready in front of the Peoples Exchange, where you can pick up your race bibs at 1 pm, to take you to the start line. If you choose to drive, 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 the marathon and half marathon, we will include a cast-off bag with your bib number in the race pickup bag. You’ll 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 on the start-line shuttle bus (whether or not you used the shuttle), and we will drive them to the finish line. If you want to discard items of clothing, water bottles, etc., along the course route, please do so at an aid station; we’ll then put them in a bag with your bib number and shuttle them to the finish line. We encourage you to discard all unnecessary items within the first aid station or two of the race, as this will better ensure that your items will be waiting for you when you’re ready to pick them up at the finish area. We’ll have a specific table set up with all the bags awaiting retrieval.

For the 5K, we’ll also provide a cast-off bag, but please make sure you leave it with a race volunteer at the start line in order to ensure that we get it to the finish area on time.


Marathon Start: Shuttles will be available from Escalante City Park to the marathon start line at 6:15 a.m.

Half Marathon Start: Shuttles will be available from Escalante City Park to the half-marathon start line at 8:00 a.m., and from Boulder (near the marathon start line) to the half-marathon start line at 7:45 a.m.

Finish Line Shuttles: Shuttle cars will be available from Escalante City Park back to Boulder following both races, based on individual need. We can make these arrangements at the clothing bag pickup area.

5K: If you want a shuttle to the 5K fun run start line, meet in front of the Peoples Exchange (across from Escalante City Park) at 1 p.m.


Parking will be available at the Boulder marathon start line and at the Escalante finish line. 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.

For the 5K, you can drop off runners at the start line up Pine Creek Canyon, but please be aware that we will not offer a finish line shuttle back to the start line to pick up parked cars.


Bib packets can be picked up on Friday, October 11, between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For the first time, packet pickup will be offered in conjunction with Escalante Heritage Day events at the Hole-in-the-Rock Escalante Heritage Center on Route 12 — look for the covered wagon! If you need to make other accommodations for packet pickup, please contact mary_parkin@msn.com.


A pre-race dinner will be held for runners, friends and families, and volunteers, along with community members in conjunction with packet pickup. This year, the pre-race dinner will be offered at the Escalante Heritage Center from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The menu has been set by the Heritage Days committee, but we’ve made sure that a traditional pre-race pasta dish and other runner-friendly food will be on hand! The price per plate will be: $10 for registered runners, $12 for other adults, and $6 for children 12 and under.


All 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 want to catch a shuttle back to Boulder, look for the shuttle pickup sign near the picnic pavilion or ask any of the volunteers (in red volunteer 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 finish line, and awards will be presented soon after the overall and division winners cross the line (see PRIZES above) finish. This year, there will be additional activities in concert with the Escalante Heritage Days. Prepare to relax and recuperate after your amazing achievement!


For the first time, we are offering a Beer Garden, in conjunction with post-race activities, at the Escalante Showhouse. The Beer Garden will offer beer and soda along with popcorn and an array of other goodies, all at a nominal cost. It will open at noon on race day, October 12, and go until 4 or 5 pm, depending on interest. The entrance will be in the rear of the Showhouse, which can be accessed directly from Escalante City Park. As this is our first year for the Beer Garden, we encourage you to support it so that we can continue it for future races!


Marathon and Half Marathon: Along with refreshments at the start lines of each race and the finish line, we’ll have 13 aid stations along the marathon course, with the last 6 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, energy gels, and jelly beans. 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 — 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.