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Antelope Canyon Ultras

100 Mile / 50 Mile / 55K / Half Marathon (Trail)

  • Location: Page, AZ
  • Date: March 12-13, 2022 
  • Terrain: Trail
  • Difficulty: Moderate (3.5 stars)

March 12-13, 2022

Page, AZ

Difficulty:

Dirt trail

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Race Info

Dates: March 12-13, 2022

*All races begin on the 12th (Saturday). The 100 Miler finished the following day.

Race Times: Check the course descriptions for start times



Expo & Bib Pickup

Friday, March 11, 2022

John C. Page Park

11am - 7pm

Course Overview

Requirements? Previous marathon recommended within last 2 years


Strollers allowed? No

Disability Friendly? No

Dogs allowed? No

Please train accordingly, terrain makes a significant impact on run times and physical endurance.

Course Photos

Get a feel for the terrain and landscape that await you out on the course!

Course Descriptions & Maps

This is a stunningly beautiful early season race through the spectacular Arizona desert landscape. The Antelope Canyon region is one of the most photographed places in the country and a sacred region for the Navajo people. From the spectacular Horseshoe Bend to the mesmerizing Waterholes Canyon there is something uniquely breathtaking around every turn.

UTMB Qualifying Distances: 55K (2pts), 100K (3pts), 100 Mile (5pts)

UTMB is in the process of updating their points system. We anticipate changes to our upcoming races and should have more information January 2022.

  • Half Marathon

  • 55K Ultra

  • 50 Mile Ultra

  • 100 Mile Ultra

THIS DISTANCE IS SOLD OUT!

Register for a charity bib or take a look at our Zion Ultras Half Marathon and Bryce Canyon Ultras 30K


Course time limit: 5 hours    
Race start time: 7:30 AM (March 12th)

New! Training Recommendation

The Trail Half Marathon runs around the slickrock formation that the starting line is next to, then links up onto the Page Rim Trail which the city of Page is built upon. The runners will complete a single loop. The Page Rim Trail is smooth singletrack. This is a fast and very runnable ten mile loop with 4 road crossings and spectacular views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. It then returns to the starting line via the more direct route that the other race distances will use to get up onto the mesa.

*Note - the half marathon distance does not run through slot canyons. We recommend booking a tour before or after the race.

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Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.

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Volunteer with Us!

Our amazing volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merch tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race.

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)

HOW TO PREPARE

Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a zero-waste event. Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Antelope Canyon Race Details

This is your go-to section for race guidelines! Please take the time to review information as you prepare for your race.

New! Requirements for Registration
Please review our qualifications (mandatory) and recommendations (suggested) before registering for a bib!

ACU 100 Mile
Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that runners interested in registering for the 100-Mile race complete at least one 50-mile race within two years of race day.

ACU 50 Mile, 55K, & Half Marathon
Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that runners interested in registering for either of the 50 Mile, 55K, or half marathon races train on technical trails prior to race day. These are technical trail courses and should not be your first introduction to this type of terrain.

Have questions about the best gear for your Ultra?  Check out our recommended gear list for useful guidelines. We update the list regularly to help runners better prepare for your experience.

Race Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please refer to the race guide and pre-race emails for final information closer to the race.

Friday

11am-7pm- All race distances may pick up their bib via a drive-thru bib pickup located at John C Page Paek

Saturday

5am - Race day bib pickup opens


5:45am - 50 Mile race begins
6:00am - 100 Mile race begins

7:00-7:30am- 55K race begins
7:30-8:00am- Trail Half Marathon begins

12:30pm - Half Marathon time limit
7:00pm- 55K time limit

8:45pm- 50 Mile time limit

Sunday

12:00pm - 100 Mile time limit

*All events start and finish at the Page Shores Ampitheater

Bib Pickup & Expo

Bib Pickup Options

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet. When you register, we 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.

Option #1: Race Expo (recommended)
We’ll have our race expo the Friday before the race. We’ll have our merch table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
We will have limited race morning packet pickup. If it can be avoided, please do not pick your packet up the morning of the race.

Option #3: Shipped Before the Race ($30)
You can add a shipped bib to your registration for a fee until one month before the race by logging into RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, and Add Ons.

Refunds: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.

Race Expo

Our race expos are a great chance to get your bib, browse merchandise, and meet other runners before the big event! It is also your opportunity to submit drop bags (Ultras only).

Date: March 12, 2022 (Friday)

Hours: 11 am - 7 pm 

Location:  John C Page Park in Page, AZ.

Parking & Shuttles
We're still finalizing the best parking & transportation options for this race. Please check back closer to the race day for more information!
Parking

Page Shores Amphitheater*

Page, AZ


*Due to parking changes in the area, we'll have multiple lots for runner parking around Page, AZ. 

There will be shuttles available to the start line.

Shuttles

We will have shuttles from the parking lots to the start line on race morning. More info coming soon.

Due to the remote nature and lack of area parking at Horseshoe Bend Aid Station, we will have mandatory shuttle service for spectators, crew, and pacers between parking and this aid station.

Aid Stations

At our ultra marathons the aid stations play a critical role in getting you across the finish line!

The 100 miler will pass through 20 fully stocked aid stations.
The 50 miler has 10 aid stations.
The 55K has 8 aid stations.
The Trail Half Marathon has 3 aid stations.

Ultra Marathon Aid Stations

Before mile 26, we have a more basic set of foods available at each aid station including things like:

  • Water
  • Gnarly Hydrate electrolyte drink
  • Fresh-cut fruit
  • Soda
  • A variety of both salty and sweet items

After mile 26, the aid stations will also have real food that may include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tortillas w/ Nutella
  • PB&J
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Dill pickles
  • Chips
  • Candies

All aid stations are stocked with self serve aid stations supplies such as anti-chafing agent, and sunscreen. In addition, we will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps, and electrolyte caps. 

If any item is of critical importance to your ability to finish, please consider putting it in your drop bag. While we want to do our best to help each runner finish the race, food selection is often a guess as to what each runner will want or need, and we occasionally guess wrong. For example, if you always need a Coca Cola soda at mile 80, do not count on the aid station to provide this; you should put it in your drop bag.

At our busiest aid stations we try and staff a medical volunteer to help with larger issues. See your race guide for more details.

Ultra Marathon Aid Station

All aid stations have composting toilets!

Drop Bags (Ultras only)

Antelope Canyon aid stations accepting drop bags: Horseshoe Bend, Water Holes, Page Rim, and Powell.

For any ultra marathon distance you may use drop bags. You can leave a drop bag at designated aid stations. Please observe the following rules: 

  • All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
  • All drop bags must be left in the designated drop off location (near the start line) by 8pm the night before the race.
  • No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
  • Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
  • Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags.
  • Maximum size: Shoe box size for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffle or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.

Half Marathon runners should not use drop bags. Please speak with a race official if this will create a problem for you.

Getting Your Drop Bag Back

Generally all bags come back about 90 minutes after the aid station fully closes (all distances that pass through it). There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area at all aid stations that allow drop bags. This is an area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it from that particular location and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area. Crew or volunteers are not allowed to sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.

If you do not want to stick around, we can mail your drop bags to you after the race for $10 per bag.

Offline Course Maps (Avenza)
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Now you can use our maps offline with a gps-enabled device!

We plan to mark the course with such rigor that you should not need your own map to help you find your way. However, we have experienced blown down signs and vandalism in the past. We recommend downloading the free Avenza app (available for iOS, and Android devices) before the event. There you can find our uploaded maps that work without cell coverage.

Here's how:
1. Download the free app "AVENZA MAPS" to your smart-phone or tablet while your device is online. It’s compatible with iOS, and Android devices.
2. Open the app > Tap "Store" (Shopping Cart Icon) > Tap "Find Maps" > Search for the specific distance you would like to download. Type your search exactly as it appears below:
     Antelope Canyon 100 mile Ultra
     Antelope Canyon 50 mile Ultra
     Antelope Canyon 55km Ultra
     Antelope Canyon Half Marathon
3. Tap on the label on the map > tap "install" and the map will begin to download.
4. The map is now ready to use “offline”. Simply open the app, click on the Map and your GPS location will appear on the map.

Timing Requirements

All who cross the finish line will receive a finisher award regardless of finish time. However, if you finish past the minimum pace time, you will be disqualified from the race and receive a DNF.

During the race, any runner may drop down to a short distance to receive the shorter distance’s finisher award. Doing so will disqualify the runner from the original distance and will be listed as a DNF at the original distance.

We publish a minimum pace time as a reference for the minimum pace you must maintain to finish before receiving a DNF. The Race Officials have the right to remove anyone from the race for any reason.

“Grim Reaper” check points are certain times cutoffs in the race that you must pass before the posted time or you will be required to drop out of the race. Non-Compliance with the Race Officials instructions will result in a DNF and may result in a ban from future events at our discretion.

Overall awards will be scored based on gun time. Both gun time and chip times will be published.

Minimum Pace and Cutoff Times

Your time starts from the moment you cross the start line! Please keep this in mind, as it means your minimum pace timeline may be different from another runner.

100 Mile, Overall cutoff - 30 hours
50 Mile, Overall cutoff - 15 hours
55K, Overall cutoff - 12 hours
Half Marathon cutoff - 5 hours

The link above is a guideline to help you gauge how you are doing in the race. Beating these times will help you avoid a DNF. If you find yourself consistently behind these minimums, your chances of finishing before the official close of the race will be small, but you will be allowed to continue as long as race officials believe you are in good health. Finishing after the minimum pace time at the finish will result in a DNF. HOWEVER, due to our staggered starts your individual pace times will be based on the time you officially cross the start line NOT the overall wave start time.

Don't Fear the Reaper: On the aid station cutoff sheet, there is a column for Grim Reaper times. Where applicable-specific Grim Reaper locations on this course. These are checkpoints that if missed, even by 1 second, will result in immediate disqualification from the race. There is no negotiation or exceptions under any circumstances.

A race official will be on site to ensure all runners are past this checkpoint before the Grim Reaper shows up. Runners must exit the aid station before the posted Grim Reaper times in order to beat the reaper.

Pacers & Crew

Pacers & Crew

Crew access is allowed at the Horseshoe Bend, Page Rim, and Lake Powell aid stations.

Crew access to Horseshoe Bend AS
Due to limited parking and high runner numbers, there is NO PARKING at Horseshoe Bend. Crew must be shuttled in to the Horseshoe Bend aid station from the start/finish area. Shuttles will pick up/drop off crew approximately every 15 minutes while the aid station is open. Please respect this rule. Parking at Horseshoe Bend for the race will jeopardize the entire event which allows participants to run in some of the most unique areas of this desert.

Crew access to Page Rim AS
Crew can park at the staging area (start/finish) and walk up a side trail up to the mesa where Page Rim aid station is located. We will put a few signs or markers up to direct crew up to the aid station from the parking lot of the staging area. If crew needs to park closer, they can park along Sage Avenue, Veronica Court, Cheryl Avenue, or Diane Court and walk over to the aid station. Directions to parking near Page Rim aid station.

Crew access to Lake Powell AS
Crew can park along 20th Avenue and walk over to the Lake Powell aid station. There is also a small gravel parking lot on the corner of 20th Avenue and Ridge Way. DO NOT PARK ALONG RIDGE WAY. Additional parking can be found at the Lake View Elementary School nearby. Directions to parking near Lake Powell Aid Station

Pacers

Pacers must register with the race on Friday at the expo or Saturday morning before the race starts. Pacers must have their PACER bib visible at all times. Runners may have more than one pacer during the duration of the race, but only 1 pacer is allowed on course at a time. Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of the runner being paced.

Pacers for both the 50-mile distance & 100-mile distance can join their runner at the 2nd pass at the Horseshoe Bend Aid Station, Page Rim Trail or Lake Powell Aid Station. Pacers joining at Horseshoe Bend cannot drive to the aid station but will need to take the shuttle, as there is no parking at Horseshoe Bend. Pacers may drive to Page Rim and Lake Powell Aid Station.

Note: You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.

Due to the remote location of this race, we will not be able to provide live updates for your friends/family to follow you from home. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event.

If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out.)

If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text, leave it in airplane mode, or carry a small battery backup device. There are also apps available such as Endomondo which will automatically update your whereabouts when you come into a reception area. (These apps tend to drain your cell phone battery and the use of a battery backup device will be necessary if you plan on leaving it on for the duration of the event.) 

NOTE: There is NO PARKING at the Horseshoe Bend aid station. Crew members wanting to meet their runner at Horseshoe Bend can take a shuttle from the race staging area. Shuttles will pick up/drop off crew approximately every 15 minutes while the aid station is open. Failure to observe this may jeopardize the entire event.

Finish Line & Awards
Finish Line

We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers. One of our goals is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends. We will have many amenities available to you at the finish line, including food and beverages, a recovery area, and a medical tent. 

Awards & Swag

100 Miler finishers will be awarded a hand-crafted belt buckle. Each are made using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. Other distance finishers will be awarded their choice of either a locally-made award or a finisher medal. The locally-made awards include Navajo jewelry pieces, ceramic mugs, and various crafts handmade in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Special awards will be given to the **top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well. A Navajo family will also be selling some of their hand made jewelry at the start/finish line. 

**At our ultras we base the overall winning times off gun time, not chip time. Here's why: we offer a larger, more unique overall winner prize and if we waited to for all chip times to make sure we have the fastest we wouldn't be able to give out any of the awards and would have to ship them. These awards don't ship well, and we want to be able to give them out in person at the race - it's funner that way. If you are interested in competing for a top award you will need to line up at the front at the starting line so your chip time and the gun time are the same. 

Packing List
Packing List

Whether this race will be your first ultra marathon, your first trail race, or your first time running in this area of the country- we recommend coming prepared. We've created a packing list to help you think through what you may need for your race, so you can minimize stress and feel prepared. 

Race Results and Photos
Rules & Guidelines
Please review these guidelines so you know what to expect during the race!

Course Marking
For course marking all distances/courses will be marked with pink flags and ribbons. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.

Checking in at aid stations
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station). Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, you will be responsible for all related search party costs.

Dropping
Any runner dropping out of the race MUST hand their bib over to the aid station captain where they are dropping. Failure to do so will result in a 2 year suspension from all Vacation Races events.

Medical
At each aid station there will be a tent with self serve medical items like bandaids, salt tabs, etc. We will have trained medical personnel at the finish line as well as strategic aid stations throughout the course (more info coming soon!). If you find yourself in an emergency, call 911. You will be personally responsible for any costs associated with medical dispatch. If the problems are not urgent, please contact race personnel. We are equipped to respond quickly to problems on course that are not life threateningly urgent.

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