Antelope Canyon Ultras – February 1st, 2014
Both the 50 mile and 50k distances will begin at the John C. Page park on the corner of S. Navajo Dr. and S. Lake Powell Blvd.
50 mile: ~4,350′ gain, same loss
50km: ~3,150′ gain, same loss
After running 1/2 mile of pavement 50 mile runners will reach the red dirt. Here they will begin a 5 mile desert traverse on a sandy doubletrack with a little slickrock mixed in.
Near mile 6, runners will enter the first aid station (Antelope Canyon) and shortly thereafter will drop into a slot canyon of the day, which lasts just under a mile. You will be decending a fixed ladder about half way through the canyon.
The slot canyon opens up into a large open wash, which runners will follow south for about 3 miles to the entrance to the incomparable Upper Antelope Canyon.
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world.
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 turn around and climb over a sand hill on the return (since the canyon isn’t wide enough for two way traffic.) After 3 miles you’ll return to the Antelope Aid station and then head out for a 2 mile out-and-back up a beautiful wash and then back to Antelope Aid one last time. About half way back to the starting line, you’ll split off the original course 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 Page.
Runners will pass through the Horseshoe Bend and Slickrock aid stations for a second time. From there, 50 milers will run a ten mile loop along the Page Rim singletrack before finishing at the park where they started. The 50k runners will be running this section as the first leg of their run. It is a fast, smooth, and very runnable trail with spectacular views of Lake Powell.
The 50k will begin at 7:30am and will run west for 1/2 mile on pavement before reaching the singletrack near the golf course. The Page Rim loop (approx. ten miles) will be run clockwise before runners head south of town and meet up with the 50 mile route at the Powerlines Aid Station. From here, runners will traverse the open desert for about 5 miles before reaching the famous Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. An aid station will be set up at the parking lot of this spectacular overlook (Horseshoe Bend Aid). The next 8 miles weave through slickrock along the rim of the Colorado River, in an area that few humans have traveled, offering 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. After about a mile in the slot, runners will exit and head back towards the finish line in Page.