Monument Valley Ultras – March 15th, 2014



Where does the race start and finish?  The race will begin and end near the visitor’s center of Monument Valley Tribal Park.

What time does my race start?  7:00am official start time for 50 mile 7:30AM for the 50k.  Coffee and hot chocolate will be ready by 6am.

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 Goulding’s Trading Post Museum, a privately owned museum just outside of the tribal park.  Many runners will be staying at Gouldings Lodge or at their campground, (which offers showers and a swimming pool.)

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 5.5-9.5 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 each time they pass through the centrally-located aid station.  **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. Runners will also have access to traditional Navajo food (mutton stew and Navajo tacos) at the aid station and finish line.  This food and pizza will also be available for sale to support crew, with the proceeds raising money for the local Navajo youth organization preparing it.

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.

Where are the nearest/best accommodations?  The View Hotel is the nearest hotel and the only one located inside the tribal park, with the starting line within walking distance.  The historic Goulding’s Lodge is also nearby, at less than 5 minutes away.  Goulding’s also offers a beautiful campground which includes hot showers and a swimming pool.  If traveling from the north, Mexican Hat offers lodging options and is just 20 minutes away.  If traveling from the south, Kayenta is also 20 minutes from the starting line and has lodging options.

Where is the nearest airport?   Are you ready to see some beautiful country? It is about 6 hours from Phoenix to Monument Valley, but a quick side trip to the Grand Canyon half way along the route might make traveling this route worth your time. The approach from Salt Lake City is about 6 hrs 45 min but the route passes through Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands about half way through the trip.  A 7 hour drive from Las Vegas takes runners near Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks as well as the Grand Staircase National Monument and Lake Powell.  Grand Junction, CO is under 5 hours with the route passing through Moab, Arches, Canyonlands, and Mexican Hat. Looping back through Mesa Verde National Park and through the San Juan mountains to Grand Junction would arguably be the ultimate road trip.

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 35 degrees and normal high is around 60 degrees at the time of the race.

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?  Most of the course is sandy to some degree.  We will be running on many trails used only by Navajo horses and will stay on the doubletrack when the horse trails are too sandy.

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 for most of the course.

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’ll have handmade wood fired pizza made to order and traditional Navajo foods along with various beverages at the finish line.

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

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

$98 thru Jan 15
$109 thru Feb 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.

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