2014 Escalante Canyons Marathon & 10-Miler

Event Date

Sat, Oct 11, 2014


Escalante, UT

About This Activity


This race is like no other race out there. Not only is it challenging, but the panoramic views and scenic vista's cannot be matched. 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.


Event details and schedule





Finisher medal
Shuttle transportation
Post-race drinks and fruit

Serious bragging rights!


Marathon:   $1200 purse — $300 each for overall male and female winners, $200 for second place winners, $100 for third place winners


Bib packets can be picked up on Friday, October 11, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Packet pickup will be at the Escalante City Park.  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 our website for more info).

Our website has more information about accomodations, restaurants, and local attractions. We will also be posting updates and such on the sites blog. If there are specific questions use our "Contact Us" page on our website.

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