Race Info

Race Day: October 10, 2020

RACE DATE:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Online registration for all events will remain open until October 8th, 2020, at midnight. Onsite registration will be offered during packet pickup on October 9th.  Please keep two things to keep in mind: First, while we are striving our utmost to hold the ECM as planned, if we are compelled to cancel because of COVID-19, we will do so by September 25th at the latest.  If we do cancel, we will offer you either a full refund or defer your registration until next year’s event (October 9, 2021).   Second, although we’ll try our best to accommodate, not all T-shirt sizes may be available if you register after September 20th.

STARTING TIMES

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.

RACE ELIGIBILITY

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.

BIB FEES

MARATHON:  $100

HALF MARATHON:  $70

5K FUN RUN:  $20

ALL RUNNERS RECEIVE…

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!

PRIZES

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.

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WEATHER

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!

ELEVATION

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.

TRANSPORTATION TO BOULDER AND ESCALANTE

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.

LODGING

Within the next few days, we will post a full listing of available accommodations along Route 12 in decent proximity to Boulder and Escalante – stay tuned!  Note that motels in both Boulder and Escalante are filling up quickly.  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 more 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.

START LINE INFO

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.  PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19 PAGE FOR START LINE PRECAUTIONS!

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.  PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19 PAGE FOR START LINE PRECAUTIONS!

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.  PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19 PAGE FOR START LINE PRECAUTIONS!

CAST-OFF CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

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, and we will drive them to the finish line.  PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO COVID-19, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING CAST-OFF ITEMS ONLY AT THE START LINES.

At the Finish Line area, we will arrange the bags on a lawn area, with at least a foot between each bag to minimize the risk of Covid exposure.

START AND FINISH LINE SHUTTLES

THIS YEAR ONLY, TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE ASK THAT YOU MAKE YOUR OWN WAY TO THE RACE START LINES WITH THE HELP OF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.  IF YOU ARE TRAVELING SOLO OR HAVE OTHER HIGHLY EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES, PLEASE CONTACT MARY PARKIN AT mary_parkin@msn.com PRIOR TO THE RACE DATE, OCTOBER 10TH, AND WE WILL MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

 

PARKING

MARATHON:  Parking is available at the Boulder marathon start line at the staging area near the start line, and along the road 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.

 

PACKET PICKUP

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 mary_parkin@msn.com

 

PRE-RACE DINNER

A pre-race dinner will be offered at the Escalante Showhouse (50 West Main Street in downtown Escalante) from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm for runners, friends and families, and volunteers, along with community members.  FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO GET A TAKEOUT DINNER TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF COVID-19 EXPOSURE, BOX DINNERS WILL BE OFFERED, AND THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE CITY PARK TO EAT WHILE SOCIALLY DISTANCING.  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.  No reservations necessary.

 

POST-RACE INFO

PLEASE SEE OUR COVID PAGE FOR ALL FINISH LINE AND POST-RACE PRECAUTIONS. 

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.  FOR YOUR SAFETY, WE ARE NOT PLANNING FOR ANY VENDORS OR POST-RACE ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK THIS YEAR, BUT WE INVITE YOU TO RELAX AND RECUPERATE IN A SOCIALLY DISTANCED WAY!  There are restrooms at the park, and if the weather is on the warm side, you might be able to take advantage of the splash fountain at the playground.

 

AID STATIONS

PLEASE SEE OUR COVID PAGE FOR AID-STATION SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.  WE ENCOURAGE RUNNERS TO CARRY THEIR OWN HYDRATION AND NUTRITION SUPPLIES TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE.

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.

 

SPECTATORS

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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

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 downloading photos.