2016 Escalante Canyons Marathon

800 E Hwy 12
Escalante, UT 84726

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Come and experience a race like no other. The Escalante Canyons Marathon offers wildly scenic vistas, dramatic inclines, unmatched ruggedness, and a sense of serenity like nowhere else. Come and experience a breath of fresh air at the Escalante Canyons Marathon. Sign up today and run the race of a lifetime. This is a USATF certified course.

The marathon starts near Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah (elev. 6300 feet).  The entire course is on Scenic Byway 12.  The course runs in a southwest direction and is mostly downhill until Mile 12, where the road crosses the Escalante River (elev. 5275).  It then turns northwest and is mostly uphill until Mile 18 (elev. 6200).  From Mile 18 on, the course is a gradual westward descent to the finish line in Escalante, Utah (elev. 5774 feet).  You can view the course map and elevation profile on the USATF website, click here.  You can also search for the Escalante Canyons Marathon route by going to the USATF search menu and search for routes in Escalante, Utah under America’s Running Routes.

The marathon will be run on the westbound lane of Utah’s Scenic Byway 12, and all runners will complete the course on the right-hand side of the road.  The course will include at least 12 aid stations in addition to refreshments (sustenance!) at the start and finish lines.   All aid stations will offer water, and selected aid stations will offer energy drinks, energy gels, and fruit. Shuttles will be available for runners between Boulder and Escalante before and after the race.

Course highlights include the mile-long Hogsback, where the road runs along a rock spine that drops off precipitously on both sides, the rock canyons near Calf Creek Falls, the extraordinary S-curve that announces the longest uphill stretch, the Boynton and Head of the Rocks scenic overlooks.  No matter where you are on the course, though, you will enjoy unparalleled vistas.


This race starts at the Head of the Rocks Scenic Overlook on Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 and ends at the Escalante High School track in Escalante, Utah.  After an uphill start, the course runs mostly downhill until Mile 5.5, where it levels out to a series of flat stretches and rolling hills.  Like the marathon, the course runs first southwest, then northwest.  You can check out the entire route and zoom-in on the Heritage Center loop by clicking here.

The course will be run in the westbound (right-hand) lane of Byway 12.   Six aid stations are planned for the course in conjunction with the marathon aid stations.

Slickrock and canyon vistas grace the beginning of the course, which then traverses the Escalante Flats, high plateau terrain with constant views of the Straight Cliffs against the unending sky.


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Finisher medal
Shuttle transportation
Post-race drinks and fruit

Serious bragging rights!


See escalantecanyonsmarathon.com for prize and additional information. 

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