Antelope Canyon Ultras – February 1st, 2014

We want to hear your suggestions on how we can make the Antelope Canyon a better experience for you.  Post questions/comments below or send emails to info@ultra-adventures.com  You can also get in touch via our Facebook page.  The FB page has the most up to date photos and happenings related to the race.

Where does the race start and finish?  The race will begin and end at Into The Grand, a privately owned museum (148 6th Ave. Page, AZ 86040). MAP

What time does my race start?  6:00am official start time for 50 mile 7:00AM for the 50k.  Coffee and hot chocolate will be ready by 5am.

No early start times.

How are the races timed? All distances are professionally timed with live tracking and immediate results.

When and where is the pre race check in?  Friday evening from 5-8PM at Into The Grand, a privately owned museum (148 6th Ave. Page, AZ 86040). MAP

Is there a pre-race meeting? Not a set meeting, just important information handed out at pre-race check in.  Your goodie bag will have updated handouts.  Make sure to give yourself time to read them over.  Any remaining questions can then be addressed with the race staff.  If you are unable to make it, your packet will be available race morning before the race from 6:00-6:45AM

How often are the aid stations?  Between 5-7 miles.

When will drop bags will be accessible? You can leave a drop bags at pre-race check in Friday night and race morning before 6:30AM.  Drop bags will be available at mile 31 for the 50 mile and mile 20 for the 50k.  **Clearly mark your drop bag with your name and race distance**

What will be available at the aid stations?  Aid stations will be stocked with: water, ice, Heed, Gatorade, Coke, ginger ale, gel packs, fruit, boiled potatoes, broth (both vegan and chicken), tortillas w/ Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, chips, Ensure (or similar drink), coffee, hot chocolate, hard candies, granola bars, fig newtons, anti chafing agent, sunscreen, first aid supplies.  We will have some electrolyte caps, but not enough to supply all runners if they rely on us as their only source.  If you run out or need a few at each aid station, they’re there for your use, but please plan to supply your own.  Same with gels.  We will supply an average of one gel per runner per aid station, but that’s obviously not enough to cover every runner if they are fueling only with gels and relying on our supply.

The post race meal is organic, wood-fired pizza made to order along with various beverages.

If you have a favorite item that you can’t live without at the aid stations, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Can I have a pacer?  Due to permitting and land use agreements, pacers will not be allowed on this course.  Time to step up to the challenge!

What percentage of the course is run on single track trail/dirt roads/paved roads? All trails and double track trails.  1 mile of pavement (1/2 mile at beginning and end of race to get to/from the park.)

Where are the nearest/best accommodations?  Lake Powell Resort is a luxury resort located on Lake Powell, a ten minute drive from the starting line. They are offering an outstanding deal to our runners during their stay in Page, AZ.  These rates are valid from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3.  Standard and Lakeview rooms for $59.00.  This rate is available in central reservations and online reservations.  Promo Code: ULTRA14

This rate is available in central reservations and online for reservations.


The Holiday Inn Express($82) and Knights Inn($36) are also across the street from the start/finish line.

Within 2 blocks are Debbie’s Hide A Way, Red Rock Motel, Lulu’s Sleep Ezze Motel,  Roadway Inn, and America’s Best Value Inn.  Within 4 blocks are the Page Boy Inn, Travelodge Page, Quality Inn Lake Powell, and Best Western Lake Powell.  For luxury accommodations right on Lake Powell (ten minutes from starting line), special rates for runners and their crew will be offered at the Lake Powell Resort.

Things to do during your trip to Page, AZ:

-Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch

-Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (R2R2R)

-One of these unfrequented day hikes (runs) to the Colorado River

-Rainbow Bridge 

Where is the nearest airport?   The St. George airport is about 2 hrs and 40 mins from Page, AZ.  Las Vegas International Airport is about 4 hrs from Page, AZ but it’s a beautiful drive. A quick scenic detour would be to drive through Zion National Park on Hwy 9 to Hwy 89, then south to Kanab and east to Page.  (This would add about 2 hours of driving time.)  It is about 4 1/2 to 5 hours from Phoenix to Page, but a quick side trip to the Grand Canyon might make traveling this route worth your time.

What are the awards like?  We’re working with local Navajo artisans to create handmade finisher awards.  Special awards to top three male/female in both races.

What are the average temperature highs and lows?  Normal low is around 30 degrees and normal high is around 50 degrees.

What are the cutoff times?  50 mile cutoff is 14 hrs.  50k cutoff is 10 hrs.

Do I need to purchase a pass to get into the park?  Nope. Admission and Navajo guide fees are included with your race entry.

Am I required to prove that I’ve completed a race of another distance in order to qualify to register?  Nope.

What will be used to mark the trails? High visibility flagging (no more of the cheap stuff), removable paint, flour,  high intensity reflective tape, LED lights, and signs to mark junctions.

How technical is the trail?  Much of the course is sandy, with some technical slickrock sections.  You will be running along the canyon edge overlooking the Colorado River, through three slot canyons (AMAZING), even climbing a fixed ladder to get out at one point! The Page Rim section is ten miles of buffed singletrack overlooking Lake Powell!

What do the shirts look like?  Race apparel has our race logo on it with the race name and date.  At this point we are using high quality organic cotton t-shirts.

Is there cell phone reception on the course?  Cell coverage is good with the exception of the sections inside the slot canyons.

Will it be possible to track runners online during the race?  Twitter updates will be provided at the finish line and results will be posted within 24 hrs of completion of race.

What are the post race festivities? We will now be heading over to Into The Grand museum where we’ll have handmade wood fired pizza made to order and various beverages.

Will the registration price increase after a certain date? Yes. Here are the price increases and dates:

50 mile
$138 thru Dec 15
$153 thru Jan 15
$169 thru race day

$98 thru Dec 15
$109 thru Jan 15
$123 thru race day

Can I get a refund if I’m not able to run? The amount refunded will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us as many costs involved with the race are incurred early.  By 60 days before race-Roll over to next year.  By 30 days before race-50% refund.  Within 30 days-no refund.  You may also transfer your entry to another person with a $30 transfer fee.  One chance of getting the full amount of your money back is if the race is sold out and there are people on the waiting list, we’ll put you in touch with the next person and you can make arrangements for them to pay you directly (and pay us the $30 transfer fee).  Once this transaction has taken place, you’ll let us know and we’ll delete you from the racer’s list and add the new person’s info.  This saves us time and hassle in mailing out checks and ensures that we have a paying participant to take your place.  Many runners sign up for the waiting list, but when it comes down to it, only about half of them seem to be serious about running the race when they are contacted about a vacancy.

Is there a cap on the number of runners allowed to enter in 2014?  Not really.  There is but it’s high enough that we don’t anticipate being anywhere near it.  We will post on our Facebook page and website if we feel there may be a chance of reaching capacity.

Are there age group prizes?  No, overall winners only.  (1st-3rd, M/F- for each distance)  Age group places will be posted on your ultrasignup.com profile.  Awards will be handed out individually after runners cross the finish line.

Can I run the course while I’m in town? Yes. We’d love to have you come and join us on any of our group runs.  The group run schedule will be posted on the blog in the fall.  If you’re in town and want to run, post on the Facebook page and chances are we or another local will join you since a few of us are usually out running the trails on weekends.

The Facebook page is the best place for current events/discussion surrounding the Antelope Canyon 50 and 50k.