Antelope Canyon Ultra Marathons

14 Mar 2020 (Sat)

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80.47km, 21.10km, 160.93km, 55km

Antelope Canyon Ultra Marathons

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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock.

On this 50m course you will experience two of the most photographed land features in the country; Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. After traversing the desert sand and slickrock to reach these unbelievable features, the run finishes out on smooth single track around the plateau that the city of Page, AZ is built upon, with jaw-dropping views of Lake Powell.

Course Highlights

Runners start with a 5 mile desert traverse on a sandy doubletrack with a little slickrock and a slot canyon mixed in. Near mile 4, runners will drop into the first slot canyon of the day, at the bottom of which is Antelope Aid Station. After the aid station you'll enter a large open wash, which you will follow south for about 3 miles to the entrance to the incomparable Upper Antelope Canyon.

Navajo guides will be posted along the route, as travel on tribal lands requires their presence in order to visit the sacred sites. After passing through the slot canyon, runners will climb over a sand dune and pass through another small slot canyon on the return (since the canyon isn’t wide enough for two way traffic.) You’ll return to the Antelope Aid station for the second time, then retrace your footsteps back towards the starting line for about 3.5 miles, where you’ll split off from the way you came and head west toward the Horseshoe Bend/Waterholes Canyon leg. Slickrock Aid will be about a mile into the desert after crossing S. Coppermine Rd.

From there, runners will traverse another open desert for about 3 miles before reaching the famous Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. An aid station will be set up near the parking lot of this spectacular overlook (Horseshoe Bend Aid). The next section weaves through slickrock along the rim of the Colorado River, in an area that few humans have traveled which offers views that are beyond words. After crossing back over Hwy 89, runners will fuel up at the Waterholes Aid station before dropping into another gorgeous slot canyon. The aid station is located near the bridge.)

After about a mile in the slot, runners will exit and head back towards the city of Page on a long, exposed, and sandy desert traverse which takes you through the Horseshoe Bend and Slickrock aid stations for a second time. Upon entering Page and climbing up onto the plateau which the city is built upon, the route ties into the smooth singletrack of the Page Rim trail. This is a fast and very runnable ten mile loop with spectacular views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. There is a short out and back trail that you'll need to take in order to access the Lake Powell Aid Station (0.18 miles each way)

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Practicalities

Accommodation

Lake Powell Resort is a luxury resort located on Lake Powell, a ten minute drive from the starting line.

After Race Services

There will be the following amenities present at the finish line to keep you comfortable- seating, fire pits, Navajo tacos, pizza heated tents, drink recovery tent, medical tent, and a camping area.

Aid Stations

The 50 miler will pass through 10 fully stocked aid stations.

Award Medals

A variety of hand made finishers awards will be available, including Navajo jewelry pieces, ceramic mugs, and various crafts handmade in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Each of our awards is unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you. Special awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.

Equipment Storage

All drop bags must be left in designated drop off location by 8PM the night before race day. Generally all bags come back about 1 hour after the aid station closes. There will be a "Return to Start Line" area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area,

Maximum Time

15 hrs

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