Devil After Dark - September 15, 2018
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Over the years, one of my favorite times at our Running with the Devil extreme heat race in late June is when the sun sets, and the night air just beckons you to be outside and run! Devil After Dark brings you that magic with a late summer evening run.
Commencing just before sunset, run through Lovell Canyon while enjoying the stunning sunset as day falls into night. Sun is replaced by stars and moonlight lights the way. The omnipresence of the surrounding canyon under the moonlit starry night is magical! Pinion Juniper trees dance in the shadows and the neon lights of Las Vegas are just minutes away. An enchanted late summer evening run.
Thru Dec 31
Jan 1-Aug 26
Aug 27-Sep 13 @ 12 p.m.
** ALL race distances include technical shirt, finishers' medal, post race food, overall/ age group award eligibility, aid stations, and a fun time!
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Commencing at an elevation of roughly 4500 feet, runners will experience high desert vegetation to include Joshua Trees, Pinion-Juniper, Mountain Rose, Sagebrush, and a relatively lush Toiyabe National Forest not commonly associated with Las Vegas. The road twists and turns thru the canyon; a true treasure of the Spring Mountains N.R.A. enjoying temperatures ~10 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley, under the late summer nighttime sky.
*Start/ Finish Line: Lovell Canyon Road and Highway 160 Junction, just ~30 minutes drive from the Strip.
Marathon: USATF Certification #NV09003DCR: The Devil After Dark Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier! 5pm Start time.
The Marathon runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road for roughly 11 miles twisting and turning covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. At mile 11 marathoners will turn around and run 2.1 miles out and back along the same paved road, before returning to this same aid station. You will turn around again and return the 11 paved miles back to the finish line. The course is very easy to follow and will be well marked. 7 hour time cut off
1/2 Marathon: USATF Certificate #NV09002DCR: 6:30pm Start time
The 1/2 Marathon runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 6.55, retracing their steps back to the finish line. Total paved= 13.1 miles. 6 hour time cut off.
10K: USATF Certificate #NV09001DCR: 6:45pm Start time
The 10K runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 3.1, retracing their steps back to the finish line. Total paved= 6.2 miles. 5.75 hour time cut off.
5K: 6:45pm Start time
The 5K runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 1.55, retracing their steps back to the finish line. Total paved= 3.1 miles. 5.75 hour time cut off.
**Sunset is at 6:45pm** The course is unlit, and therefore all runners on the course after 7pm are required to be reflective from front and back AND wear a headlamp or carry a hand held flashlight.**
** Calico Racing reserves the right to make any necessary course changes required per the permitting body and is subject to final permit approval.
*** This event is held on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, under a special use permit.
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Aid Stations locations are noted below. Water and Hammer HEED (Electrolyte Drink- various flavors) will be available in cups, though aid stations will be happy to refill your water bottle, should you chose to carry one. Every aid station will have water and energy drink. Aid stations designated "ultra" aid stations will be provisioned additionally with sweet and salty snacks, basic first aid, Hammer Gel, and other provisions.
Aid station locations are dictated by their minimum impact on the Toiyabe National Forest vegetation. Please do your part in preserving our National Forest by using the trash bins provided. No littering will be tolerated! Use of personal water bottles is highly encouraged to reduce waste. Thank you for your cooperation.
Portable toilets will be available at the start/ finish line and at the miles on course noted below.
5K Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (toilet)
10K Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (toilet), 3.1 (toilet), and 4.65 (toilet).
1/2 Marathon Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (toilet), 3.1 (toilet), 4.6, 5.8 (ultra & toilet), 7.3 (ultra & toilet), 8.5, 10 (toilet), and 11.55 (toilet).
Marathon Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (toilet), 3.1 (toilet), 4.6, 5.8 (Ultra & toilet), 7.5, 8.9, 10 (toilet), 11 (Ultra), 12 (toilet), 13.1, 14.2 (toilet), 15.2 (Ultra), 16.2 (toilet), 17.3, 18.7, 20.4 (Ultra & toilet), 21.6, 23.1 (toilet), and 24.65 (toilet).
*Calico Racing reserves the right to make modifications to the above aid stations as needed and appropriate.
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Schedule and Packet Pickup
** RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. PLEASE LEAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET CHECKED IN.
Saturday, September 15, 2018:
- 4pm: Runners may begin arriving at the start line to collect their packets.
- 5pm: Marathon start time
- 6:30pm: 1/2 Marathon start time
- 6:45pm: 10K & 5K start time
- Finish line food will be provided
- Awards will be handed out at the finish line as runners finish.
- 12am: Course officially closes
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**2018 Parking will be determined as the race gets closer depending on the size of the field.
2017 UPDATE: Parking will be at/ near the start/ finish line. Please follow the parking volunteers' directions. Note: We will NOT be running the shuttle from Sandy Valley Road this year.
** Slight changes to parking and shuttle details may be made closer to race day.
Parking at the start/ finish line is reserved for marathon runners only.
All other participants and their spectators will park in the dirt lot off Sandy Valley Road and Highway 160. Directions are below. This parking area is 2.5 miles further west than Lovell Canyon Road, so for those of us coming from Las Vegas you will PASS the start line. You'll see us set up right there off the highway. If you are carpooling- I suggest the driver dropping off the remaining runners at the start line, then proceeding to the parking area. This will reduce the number of people being bused, and will speed up the process for everyone. There will be a few buses running on a rotation to get you from this lot to the start line (about 5 minutes drive). Buses will run continuously to return runners to their cars after the race as demand dictates.
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Las Vegas' McCarran Airport (LAS) services the Greater Las Vegas area. It is serviced by numerous carriers and has on site car rental companies.
The Las Vegas McCarran Airport is located within 10 minutes of "The Strip".
** For those traveling from out of town- there is NO bus transportation from The Strip to Lovell Canyon. Please see "Directions". A few taxis may take you out there, but you'll be hard pressed to get one back into town after the race. I suggest renting a car, as rates are reasonable, and you'll be able to experience Las Vegas' surrounding areas with much more leisure. Why not check out Red Rock Canyon on your way to the race!
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Spectators are an important part of any race- they give you that boost of energy when you need it most, encourage you when you're feeling low, and can pep you up to fly into the finish line! Calico Racing wants you and your spectators to have a fun and safe experience.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no concessions at the race venue, and race provided food and beverages are for registered athletes only. Spectators should come prepared to be self sufficient with food and water, if desired.
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* All finishers get medals (Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 5K)
** Awards will be something inspired by nature and/or the surrounding area and the theme of the race.
Overall: Male and Female winners for each event (Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 5K) go 3 deep. Overall winners will be taken out of the running for age group awards.
Age group: Male and Female winners for each event (Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 5K) goes to first place only. 10 year age groups as follows: under 20; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. Youth age groups for the 10K & 5K only will include male and female 0-9; 10-14; and 15-19.
NOTE: Overall and Age Group awards are determined based off of GUN TIME.
NOTE: Awards will be handed out at the finish line very shortly after runners start finishing, and will continue as award winners come in. Please listen for your name to be called if you think you may have placed. Awards not collected on site will be subject to a shipping charge if they are requested to be mailed no later than 1 week after the race. Payment of $10 per award is to be made via Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and award in the memo.
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With many different appetites for hotels, for this race I have chosen to not have a host hotel, but rather suggest a number of hotels that are most convenient to Lovell Canyon. You can book your rooms directly with the hotels. Note: there are no hotels close to Lovell Canyon, so the hotels listed here are mostly in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Camping is available at the race venue. It is primitive and there are no facilities. For more information please search on the web under Spring Mountains N.R.A. and Lovell Canyon.
Camping is also available at Red Rock Canyon Campground.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES: 6220 S. Rainbow Blvd/ Las Vegas; (702) 871-4453. This is likely the closest hotel to the race start/ finish, about 18 miles away, and conveniently located just off the I-215 Freeway. It is NOT in the middle of the Strip action, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby.
HOTELS ON THE STRIP: I suggest choosing one on the south end of the strip to be closest to Lovell Canyon. A few suggestions are:
HOTELS OFF STRIP IN THE SOUTH VALLEY:
The Silverton: (866) 946-4373
South Point: (866) 791-7626
Wingate by Wyndham (Henderson location): (702) 568-0027
- The Orleans: (800) 675-3267
- Doubletree Club Las Vegas Airport: (702) 948-4000
Coast Casinos (several properties throughout the valley)
Bonnie Springs: for a Wild West feel away from The Strip. This is actually one of the closest hotels: approx. 21 miles to Lovell Canyon
Stations Casinos (several properties throughout the valley. Try Red Rock Station Casino for true pampering approx. 32 miles to Lovell Canyon.)
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Lovell Canyon is located southwest of the Las Vegas Valley and is accessed via Lovell Canyon Road off Highway 160 to the north, roughly 13 miles west of the junction between Highways 159 and 160. A gorgeous part of the Spring Mountains N.R.A., Lovell Canyon can be considered the backside of Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from The STRIP:Take I-15 South to I-215 West to Durango. Exit Durango heading LEFT (South). This is a local road thru a few traffic lights for a couple of miles. At Blue Diamond Highway (Rt. 160) go RIGHT heading toward Pahrump. After several miles you will come to the junction of 160 and 159 (to Red Rock Canyon)- GO STRAIGHT. Beyond this point you will continue another 13 miles, passing the summit of Mt. Potosi. You will come up to Lovell Canyon Road on your right. This is the start/ finish line. Drop your other runners, and driver continue along highway 160 another roughly 2.5 miles. On your LEFT you will see Sandy Valley Road (dirt road). Take this LEFT, then follow the volunteer's instructions to diagnol park along the east side of Sandy Valley Road. Total distance from most areas of The Strip is 30 miles. Plan on about 30-40 minutes drive.
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Henderson, Boulder City, East Las Vegas:
Follow directions above (from The Strip) starting with I-215 West. From my house in Green Valley, Henderson it is 35 miles and takes me around 35-40 minutes.
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Summerlin:
Take Charleston Blvd (159) West crossing over the 215. Continuing South on Highway 159 you will pass Red Rock Canyon, Bonnie Springs, and the town of Blue Diamond. At the junction of 159 and Highway 160 (Blue Diamond Highway) take a RIGHT heading west toward Pahrump. From this junction it is roughly 13 miles to Lovell Canyon Road. A few miles after reaching the summit of Mt. Potosi you will come up to Lovell Canyon Road. Follow the directions above (from The Strip). From Red Rock Station Casino at Charleston and the 215 it is roughly 32 miles and 35-40 minutes drive.
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Southern California:
Take 1-15 North to I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Utah:
Take 1-15 South to I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
DIRECTIONS TO THE DIRT LOT AT SANDY VALLEY ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Arizona:
Crossing over Hoover Dam bypass bridge continue along Highway 93. This will become 93/95/515. Continue to Lake Mead Parkway and head West. This will become I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
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There will be a tarp laid out at the start/ finish line for you to leave your gear bags. Please use your own bag and label it with your name. Please note these are not checked nor guarded, so no valuables please. Please also remember to retrieve your bags after the race, as bags will not be mailed after the event.
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