Lake Powell Half Marathon
Page, AZ | Oct. 10, 2020 | 6:00 am
Run along the rim of Page, with views of Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain, the Vermillion Cliffs and more! This all trail course starts near the Navajo Village Heritage Center and finishes in a natural sandstone amphitheater!
Registration is Open!
Early $99 (Jan. 10 – Apr. 26)
Regular $119 (Apr. 27 – Aug. 9)
Late $139 (Aug. 10 – Oct. 9)
*There are a limited number of entries and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.
Start: 6:00 am
End: 11:30 am
The National Park Service hasn't really permitted any events since COVID nationwide and so every NPS agency is hesitant to be the first. Unfortunately, they still haven't told us one way or another so we have decided to move forward with our Plan B course and run the Page Rim Trail. The race will start and end at the Page Shores Amphitheater.
This is a wonderful course that provides lots of beautiful views of Lake Powell, Tower Butte, and the Vermillion Cliffs on the backside of Page (the best two miles of our usual Lake Powell Half Marathon course are on this trail!). But it is different - it will be all trail. That said, trail shoes are not necessary. If you have them, wear them but don't feel like you need to go out and buy them specifically for this race. It's not super technical.
Please be aware that the first and final stretch of the race has a significant amount of sand! The sandy areas begin shortly after the start line until you reach the top of the rim at the first aid station (mile 1.5 mile), as well as the descent off the Page Rim as you return to the finish line (mile 11.8 to the finish). Take your time, and pick a path with the most hard-packed sand.
We know last-minute changes like this are not always fun but we are confident you will enjoy this course and its views just as much as the original.
*Note: Due to the deep sand as well as rough slick rock sections of this course, strollers are not allowed.
2020 Course Map
All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record!
*Since the 2020 course has changed, new records will be set during the race this year. The names below represent our original course records.
Male Overall: Teo-Sean White 1:12:12 (2019)
Female Overall: Allison Baca 1:25:02 (2019)
Male Masters: James Holt 1:18:37 (2016)
Female Masters: Valerie Ingersoll 1:36:28 (2018)
Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more.
All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free HydraPouch when you register.
Bib & Packet Pickup
When you register, we'll ask you to indicate when you plan to pick up your bib. If you plans change, don’t worry about it. We only ask to help us plan in terms of numbers.
Your choices to pick up your packet are:
Option #1: Race Expo Drive-thru Bib Pickup (recommended)
We recommend picking your bib up at the drive-thru bib pickup on October 9, 2020. This will take place outdoors near the Page Shores Amphitheater in Page, AZ! Bib pickup will go from 11 am to 6 pm.
You’re welcome to pick up your friend's bib for them as long as you have a picture of their photo ID. Even a picture on a phone will do.
**Be sure to double check time zones! Page is right on the border of Utah and Arizona. Since Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, it is in hour behind Utah. Clocks on your phones tend to jump around from timezone to timezone in Page, so be sure to have a watch, or set the timezone manually.
Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
You can pick up your bib on the morning of the race, but you’ll need to be there before 5:45am, which is when we will close pickup. Race day bib pickup will be by the starting line. Please come early- morning bib pickup begins at 4:30am! You must have a photo ID with you to pick up your bib, even on race morning.
Option #3: Shipped To You (US residents only)
There is a cost of $20 if you want to have your bib and shirt mailed to you. We do this as a convenience for runners not wanting to drive out to Lake Powell early. This option is only available before the final price jump!
NOTE: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.
Bring Your Own Bag
In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up at the race expo.
If you're unhappy with the fit of your race shirt or couldn't order the size you wanted we'll host a shirt exchange at the finish line on race day. Note that sizes and quantities will be limited.
We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Here are some helpful links and general information. We’ll be updating the links and information below over the next several months. Some good sites to check out are the Horseshoe Bend website and the Antelope Canyon website.
Where to Fly
There is a small airport in Page (PGA) that has direct flights from Phoenix. You can also fly into Flagstaff (FLG) which is about 2 hours south.
St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
This is the closest airport by far (approximately 2 hrs. 45 min.), but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta/United services St. George connecting from Denver, Phoenix, or Salt Lake City so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Las Vegas is the next closest at about 4 hours away. It’s an interesting drive through the desert and then a beautiful drive through the Virgin River Gorge. Just follow the driving directions from Southern Nevada above. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive in Las Vegas, and most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good deal should be simple. If you have the time, 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 (The Zion detour would add about an hour more of driving time).
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Phoenix might make sense for many traveling to this area. It is about 4 1/2 hours from Phoenix to Page, but the south rim of the Grand Canyon is next to this route, making it easy to plan a side trip.
Salt Lake International Airport (SLC)
Salt Lake is another option that will work for some. It's nearly roughly 5 hrs and 45 min away, but depending on your pre or post-race activities, it may be a good option for you. This route passes within 15 minutes of the entrances into both Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, making it convenient to detour and see these places. Salt Lake City serves most major airlines and is a Delta hub. Car rentals are cheap and the airport isn’t huge so it’s very easy to navigate.
We’ve put together some general driving directions for getting to Page, AZ from various departure points throughout the west.
From Las Vegas, NV
I-15 N (131 miles) to
State Hwy 9 E, exit 16 toward Hurricane/Zion (10 miles) to
S 100 E turn Right (0.1 mile) to
UT-59 S/E 100 S turn Left (22 miles) to
AZ-389 E toward Fredonia/Kanab (33 miles) to
US-89 Alt N turn Left, toward Kanab (7 miles) to
US-89 S/E 300 S turn Right, toward Page (73 miles)
Page is past the lake when coming from this direction
From Phoenix, AZ
I-17 N toward Flagstaff (140 miles) to
I-40 E, exit 340A toward Albuquerque (5.5 miles) to
Country Club, exit 201 turn Left, toward US-89 N/Page (0.5 mile) to
US-89 N second Right (79 miles) to
US-89T (45 miles)
From Salt Lake City, UT
I-15 South (211 miles) to
Exit 95 towards Panguitch (20 miles) to
South on Highway 89 S towards Kanab (78 miles) to
US-89 S/E 300 S turn Left, toward Page (73 miles) to
N Lake Powell Blvd. turn Left (1.5 miles)
Hotels & Camping
Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
We’re happy to have Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas hosting us again! They have extremely comfortable rooms right by the lake and excellent on-site dining options. Keep in mind, since the course has changed for 2020, the resort is not near the finish line. It's about a 20 minute drive from the resort to the start/finish, but it's still a great place to stay and enjoy the lake! Rooms are limited, so book today! Use the promo code MARATHON and save 10%!
***Please make sure to book the Wahweap location - Bullfrog is a few hours away***
Standard: $184.00+ / Marina View: $214.00+
Valid Dates: Oct 8, 2020 to Oct 12, 2020
Runners who book an advance purchase of a traditional room (no cancellation allowed), rates are as low as $157.75 per night.
Other Camping Options
The nearest campground is at Lone Rock. The cost is $10 per night to camp and that does not include entry fees to the park. There are no sites at Lone Rock, you just show up and find a place to camp/park your RV/sleep in your car.
Booking.com is a travel metasearch engine for lodging reservations. Search for nearby lodging!
Things to See & Do
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours provides quality guided tours, sightseeing tours and photographic tours, into slot canyons that are within the Antelope wash basin located on the outskirts of Page, Arizona. The slot canyons reside within the Navajo Nation reservation boundary. The Navajo nation has its own Tribal Park who maintains the slot canyons, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park.
NOTE: Due to Covid-19, slot canyon tours and private tours to Horseshoe Bend are currently closed. However, you can still visit Horseshoe Bend via the side that is managed by the NPS. If you come to the race, we highly suggest you see it!
Make a difference and make a donation through Wander Project to help the Navajo Nation and Glen Canyon Conservancy!
COVID-19 has impacted our brothers and sisters of the Navajo Nation in a very bad way. Lacking resources and also being a vulnerable community, they are (understandably) being cautious and not allowing tours or other events on the reservation.
However, you can support local communities through fundraising and service by donating to Wander Project, the official non-profit organization for Vacation Races. Donations are distributed through a grant process at the end of the year to help address local issues. Your donation will go to organizations such as Navajo YES! and the Glen Canyon Conservancy which supports the community in and around Page, and the Navajo Nation! Donations made the week before, during the event, and after the Lake Powell Half Marathon will directly benefit the communities in and around Lake Powell.
*Wander Projects is an official 501(c)3. Donations made to the Wander Project are tax-deductible.
Here's a tentative schedule of events:
4:30 am – Parking opens for first starters & morning bib pickup opens
5:30 am – First starters should be parked
5:45 am – National Anthem
6:00 am – Race starts & final wave of runners should be parked
7:30 am – Final wave of runners (pink wave) begins race
Race finishers will receive a finisher medal, a food box (filled with snacks), a banana, and a chocolate milk. We welcome runners and spectators to at the finish line to watch your runner finish. However, we ask you not too linger and to maintain social distance. After the race, go explore Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell!
TIME ZONE NOTE: Bib pickup and the race takes place in Page, Arizona. However, this city is very close to the border of Utah and your phone may hop back and forth between the two different time zones. All times listed for the event are based on Arizona time (PDT). We recommend manually setting the time on your cell phones, vehicle clocks, etc. to maintain the correct time throughout the event.
NOTE: As the 2020 event has needed to shift to an alternative course there will no longer be shuttles for the race. The Lake Powell Half Marathon will start and finish near the Page Shores Amphitheater. The information below will be updated soon!
Parking & Drop-off
We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners. Parking for the race is located at the Page Shores Amphitheater on Coppermine Rd. The parking lot is just a short walk from both the START LINE and the FINISH LINE.
Runners can be dropped off in the same area as the dirt parking lot. See the map and chart below. Please be dropped off no later than the time listed on the schedule of when your wave should be parked by.
Staggered Start Schedule
A staggered start will help spread out the crowds to start the race. In an effort to minimize groups congregating and making the event safer and compliant, runners will be segmented within their assigned wave into groups of 50 people or less. These groups will be starting every 10 minutes beginning at 6:00 am on Saturday morning. To know what time you start, you can look up your wave ahead of time, or look at the colored dot on the top of your bib
Type in your name to look up your registration.
The color of your wave will be listed next to Corral.
Once you know which wave you are in, use the chart below to plan accordingly so you can park and walk over to the start line que on time.
Medals and Age Group Awards
Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall, as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal: 11 and younger, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and older.
**There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race. However, we will not have an awards ceremony- Award medals will be mailed out after the race.
Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree Runner
Club Hikes & Trifecta
We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hikes and trifecta. We have 2 club hikes plus a less-intense, three-part trifecta!
We have two club hikes for the Lake Powell Half Marathon: The Antelope Club and The Rainbow Club.
The canyon is located just east of Page, Arizona. It runs north, across Hwy 98, into Lake Powell. In order to enter the canyon you must book a tour through a Navajo tour group. There are Navajo park fees and tour fees as well. There are several options of tour agencies. Our contacts in Page recommended Antelope Canyon Tours. Most we’ve seen have varying rates with children 5 and under being free (some are 6 and under).
There is the Upper Canyon (the most commonly photographed) and the Lower Canyon. Each have their own tour. You should look into it and see which one is more interesting to you.
Due to Covid-19, slot canyon tours into Antelope Canyon are closed. Venues and tours on Navajo Land are not available. We will not accept entries for this club hike at the 2020 event.
Rainbow Bridge is located north of Wahweap Bay. Proceed to the mouth of Forbidding Canyon (buoy 49) and travel about 2 miles to a sign that points the way left through a narrow passage. Be careful approaching the dock and go slow. Rainbow Bridge is a 1-2 mile hike from the water’s edge.
Rainbow Bridge can be accessed by private boat or rental. There are also boat tours that leave from The Lake Powell Resort. You may backpack to Rainbow Bridge across Navajo Nation lands; A permit from the Navajo Nation is required.
What do I get?
Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club, and receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is submit a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:
- A clear view of your face
- Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
- Your finisher medal in plain view
- Clear background showing where you are
These hikes are meant to be difficult and they can sometimes be dangerous. If you choose to attempt any of these hikes, you need to take them seriously. Please bring lots of water (more than you think you need), check the weather forecast, and take any precautions before beginning your hike.
Prizes & Requirements
Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club and receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:
- A clear view of your face
- Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
- Your finisher medal in plain view
- Clear background showing where you are
Lake Powell Trifecta
For those looking for something less strenuous, we have the Lake Powell Trifecta! The Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
Horseshoe Bend is a breathtaking overlook at the Colorado River flowing from Lake Powell towards the Grand Canyon. It is a short drive outside of Page (just over 4 miles south) and just a 3/4 mile hike to the overlook! It is such a great thing to see. Seriously, if you come all the way to Lake Powell and don’t go see it, it would be a real waste.
Swim in the Lake
This one is simple. Jump in the lake. Just go for a swim! Go cool off! The water is still warm this time of year, so go enjoy it. Remember, your bib and finisher medal need to be visible in the picture! Don’t worry, the bibs are waterproof.
Tour Glen Canyon Dam Alternative: Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
Because the dam tours are not currently being offered, our alternative is to visit the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. Take your picture from the overlook and try to include the dam in your background. Please use caution!
Prizes & Requirements
PRIZE & REQUIREMENTS » You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 locations with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us* 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will receive a commemorative pin!
Past Race Results & Photos
If you see that you placed, but didn't stick around for the awards ceremony, no worries! You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!
If you have questions about your placement or results, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race photos are available the Friday following the week of the race. We will send out an email when they're posted to the album as well as place the link below. This year we are offering race photos FREE to all our runners!
Award Ceremony Photos
Award ceremony photos are posted within a week of the race. You can find a link to the award ceremony photos below:
Share your experiences with us!
Be sure to use #LPHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!
Exclusive Lake Powell Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store.