Red Rock Canyon - February 24, 2018

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As appearing in Runners World Brazil, February 2015

As appearing in Runners World, January 2015

As appearing in Runners World, March 2012

As appearing in Runners World, March 2009


Registration

5K1/2 MarathonMarathonOptional Strip Bus
Early Entry
Thru Sep 30
$40$70$90$30
Standard Entry
Oct 1-Jan 29
$45$80$100$30
Late Entry
Jan 30-Feb 16 @ 12 p.m.
$50$85$105$30
On Site
Cash Only
$60$95$115N/A

**ALL race distances include technical shirt, finishers' medal, post race food, overall/ age group award eligibility, onsite EMS, aid stations, and a fun time!

CLICK HERE FOR MAIL IN ENTRY FORM: Not yet open for 2018


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Course

Majestically framing the west side of the valley, Red Rock Canyon is the most notable natural treasure in the Las Vegas area. Federally designated as a Backcountry Scenic Byway, the 13 mile paved scenic drive traverses some of the Mojave Desert's most stunning vistas. Sandstone formations, desert vegetation, and wildlife bring this place to life. The birthplace of Calico Racing! The trailheads "Calico Hills" inspired the namesake and dictated the company logo colors. viewtherace_120x65

MARATHON COURSE- 6:15am start time: USATF Certificate #NV08003DCR; The Red Rock Marathon is an official Boston Marathon Qualifier!

The Marathon course starts at the EXIT of the paved scenic drive at roughly 3800' elevation. Runners will run against traffic making a left hand turn down a short out and back section on Oak Creek dirt road (total 0.7 mile). Rejoining the scenic drive just after mile 1, runners will continue running against traffic and gradually climbing to the summit overlook at 4771' by mile 8.6. Descending off the overlook you'll cruise the next 4 mile downhill, run up to the Visitors Center (elevation 3740'), make one complete loop around the Visitors' Center the rejoin the scenic drive. Now running with traffic you'll put in some work as you climb back up to the summit overlook at mile 18.4. The course continues over downhill, flat and rolling terrain where you can pick up the pace to the finish line back where you started at the EXIT of the scenic drive. 7 hour cut off

CLICK HERE FOR MARATHON MAP AND PROFILE

1/2 MARATHON COURSE-*7am start* 

The 1/2 Marathon course starts at the Visitors Center (elevation approx 3740 feet), roughly 2 miles from the marathon start (also your finish) at the Exit of the scenic drive. You'll run a complete loop around the Visitors Center before joining up with the paved scenic drive. You'll run with traffic climbing to the summit overlook (4771' elevation) by mile 5.3. The course continues over downhill, flat and rolling terrain where you can pick up the pace to the finish line at the EXIT of the scenic drive. 6.25 hour cut off

CLICK HERE FOR HALF MARATHON MAP AND PROFILE

5K COURSE- *7:45am* The 5K course starts at the EXIT of the paved scenic drive at roughly 3800' elevation. Runners will run against traffic 1.55 miles to their turn around; retrace their steps and return to the finish line at the EXIT of the scenic drive. 5.5 hr cut off

* Since this is a race held on public lands the course is open to vehicular traffic. The course will be coned so as to allow us 1/4 of the roadway. Runners will be coming from both directions; please stay to your right, allow others to pass, and if running greater than single file it is up to you to make room for others to pass in either direction. PLEASE ask your spectators to keep their driving on course to a minimum.

** Calico Racing reserves the right to make any necessary course changes required per the permitting body and is subject to final permit approval.

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Aid Stations

Aid Stations will be available at the miles splits listed below. ALL aid stations will have WATER and Hammer HEED (electrolyte drink; various flavors) available in cups, though refill of water bottles is preferred to minimize waste. Certain Aid Stations will be considered *ULTRA* aid stations and will have the full spread of provisions to include: WATER, Hammer HEED, Hammer Endurolytes (electrolyte pills), Hammer Gel (various flavors), salty snacks, sweet snacks, basic first aid (EMS Ambulance is onsite the entire event dispatched out of the Exit of the scenic drive) and portable toilet.

MARATHON AID STATIONS
approximate locations Cumulative Mile Elapsed Distance Approx. Location
1.6 1.6 Wash by Oak Creek
3.0 1.4 By Pine Creek
4.3 *ULTRA* 1.3 Red Rock Wash Overlook
5.3 1.0 Ice Box Canyon
6.3 1.0 The Wall
7.5 1.2 White Rock
8.6 *ULTRA* 1.1 Summit Overlook
9.6 1.0 By BLM Milepost 4
10.7 1.1 Calico 2
12.2 1.5 Calico 1
13.1 *ULTRA* 0.9 Visitors Center
13.7 *ULTRA* 0.6 Visitors Center
14.9 1.2 Calico 1
16.3 1.4 Calico 2
17.4 1.1 By BLM Milepost 4
18.4 *ULTRA* 1.0 Summit Overlook
19.5 1.1 White Rock
20.5 1.0 The Wall
21.7 1.2 Ice Box Canyon
22.7 *ULTRA* 1.0 Red Rock Wash Overlook
24.0 1.3 By Pine Creek
25.6 1.6 Wash by Oak Creek
26.2 0.6 Finish Line
1/2 MARATHON AID STATIONS
approximate locations Cumulative Mile Elapsed Distance Approx. Location
1.8 1.8 Calico 1
3.2 1.4 Calico 2
4.3 1.1 By BLM Milepost 4
5.3 *ULTRA* 1.0 Summit Overlook
6.4 1.1 White Rock
7.6 1.2 The Wall
8.6 1.0 Ice Box Canyon
9.6 *ULTRA* 1.0 Red Rock Wash Overlook
10.9 1.3 By Pine Creek
12.5 1.6 Wash by Oak Creek
13.1 0.6 Finish Line
5K AID STATIONS
approximate locations Cumulative Mile Elapsed Distance Approx. Location
0.7 0.7 Wash by Oak Creek
2.4 1.7 Wash by Oak Creek
3.1 0.7 Finish Line

Please use the trash cans provided and keep our treasure clean!

DRY CLOTHES BAGS: A location will be provided near the marathon start/ finish area for you to drop your bag of warm up clothes and post race provisions. Please use your own bag and label it with your name and bib number. Do not include any valuables!! Half Marathon runners may drop their bags at their start line and they will be transported to the finish line for you.


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Schedule and Packet Pickup

SCHEDULE: TENTATIVE : Will be updated for 2018

*Packet Pick Up* YES- someone else can pick up your race packet, but ONLY if they have your signed Desert Tortoise Waiver, as NO packets will be released without it! I only need the signature page-  attached HERE

Friday February 17, 2017

  • 5- 9pm: Packet Pick-Up: Suncoast Hotel & Casino located at 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145. *New area at Suncoast for 2017* We will be upstairs near the convention rooms. NOTE: The EAST SIDE surface parking lot is the closest accessEntering the EAST SIDE doors, go up the short escalator to the gaming floor. Walk straight ~75' and go up the long escalator, following signs toward "Bingo, Bowling, and Banquets". We will be at the top of the long escalator to your left.

Saturday February 18, 2017

  • LAST RESORT! Packet Pick-Up race morning at your start line. PLEASE do everything possible to make it to packet pick up on Friday!! Race morning is VERY busy and should be used as an ABSOLUTE last resort to pick up your packet. PLEASE do not email or call to ask for permission.
  • If you PURCHASED the bus ticket from the STRIP- YES you may pick up your packet race morning, as both packet pick up locations are about 20 minutes drive from the Strip.
  • 4:45am: Buses will begin departing the pick up area to transport runners to their start lines.  Main FREE location is at Suncoast Hotel & Casino located at 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145, near valet. Buses will run on a rotation.
  • 4:45am: Marathon bus departure from THE STRIP for those that have purchased the STRIP bus ticket. Pick up location: Bally's Hotel and Casino on the Flamingo Road side.
  • 5:30am: Half Marathon bus departure from THE STRIP for those that have purchased the STRIP bus ticket. Pick up location: Bally's Hotel and Casino on the Flamingo Road side.
  • 5:30am: Final MARATHON START bus from main pick up point.
  • 6:15am: Marathon start time!
  • 6:15am: 5K bus departure from THE STRIP for those that have purchased the STRIP bus ticket. Pick up location: Bally's Hotel and Casino on the Flamingo Road side.
  • 6:20am: Final HALF MARATHON START bus from main pick up point
  • 7am: 1/2 Marathon start time!
  • 7:05am: Final 5K bus from the main pick up point
  • 7:45am: 5K start time!
  • 7:15am- 8:15am: Spectator Buses run from the main pick up point to the finish line only.
  • 8am: Possible first place 5K runner finishes
  • 8:15am: Possible first place 1/2 Marathoner finishes
  • 9am: Possible first place Marathoner finishes
  • 9:30am: Spectator bus departs MAIN FREE lot TO finish line
  • 9:15am: Bus back to the STRIP departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 10:15am: Bus back to the STRIP departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 11:15am: Bus back to the STRIP departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 11:45am: Bus back to the STRIP departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 1:15pm: Course officially closes
  • 1:25pm: Bus back to the STRIP departs the finish line. Approx.
  • Buses will run continuously once full to return runners to their cars at the MAIN FREE parking.
  • 1:25pm: Last bus returns to the main parking area.

** Please note that bus times after the race are approximate. It is my high priority to get you where you need to go in a timely fashion, but your cooperation is appreciated as we tend to everyone's needs.

Finish line refreshments will be available and awards will be handed out at the finish line area for registered athletes only. Spectators should note that there are no concessions at the finish line and should come prepared to be self sufficient with food, water, and warmth.


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Parking

THERE IS NO PARTICIPANT OR SPECTATOR EVENT PARKING AT RED ROCK CANYON!!! Everyone MUST be bused from one of 2 locations: (OR Dropped off at the canyon)

1- FREE: This area is closest to Red Rock Canyon. The MAIN FREE parking and busing is from Suncoast Hotel & Casino located at 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145, near valet. Parking is available in the parking garage or surface parking areas. Look for the contracted buses, which will be loading on the ALTA side of the property near the covered overhang. This one way trip to/ from the race is approximately 15-20 minutes.

2- STRIP BUS: For those that purchased a Strip bus ticket only. Bally's Hotel and Casino at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd, using the FLAMINGO ROAD side for pick up.

Your cooperation is appreciated and expected.


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Travel

AIRPORT AND CAR RENTALS Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS) serves the Las Vegas Valley. Red Rock Canyon is roughly 20 minutes from the airport. Numerous air carriers and rental car companies service this airport.


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Spectators

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, while minimizing the congestion for casual park users. I ask that you PLEASE have your spectators adhere to these offered services, as this is CRUCIAL in determining the renewal of my permit for next year.

THERE IS NO RACE SPECTATOR PARKING AT RED ROCK CANYON!

Bus transportation is available for spectators, as provided for the runners. Runners and spectators all catch the bus at the same location. Main FREE location is at Suncoast Hotel & Casino located at 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145, near valet OR available from THE STRIP- SEE BELOW). Buses will run on a rotation to get everyone to their start lines.

Bus transportation FROM THE STRIP is available for runners and spectators for $30 rt/pp. Pick up location is Bally's Hotel and Casino at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd, using the FLAMINGO ROAD side. Race morning bus DEPARTS at 4:45am for marathoners and their spectators; 5:30am for 1/2 marathoners and their spectators; and 6:15am for 5K Runners and their spectators. Post race STRIP return to the same location is at APPROX 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, 11:45am  & 1:25pm. Slight changes may be made to these times.

When loading the buses on race morning, marathoners (6:15am start), then 1/2 marathoners (7am start), then 5K runners (7:45am start), then spectators will have priority when boarding the buses. Please have your spectators be respectful of your fellow runners when boarding the buses and use of port-a-potties.

You may have your spectator drop you off at your start line, then have them proceed to the busing area. This will alleviate demand on the buses and ensure smooth sailing on race day.

I ask that spectators allow ALL runners be transported first for an on time race. I anticipate all runners having been transported to their start lines by 7:15am, at which time spectators will start boarding the bus. Only if a bus is about to roll with an empty seat- and no runner is waiting, can a spectator go first. Buses continue to run on a rotation.

**Please, no spectators to the 1/2 Marathon start line**

Schedule is tentative for 2017, please check back as the race gets closer **

7:15am- 8:15am** Spectator Buses from the main FREE lot to the finish line.

**8:15am- 9:30am: NO BUSES Running Spectators

**9:30am** Final Spectator Bus from the main free lot to the finish line.

As with runners, spectators will be bused back to their cars after the race. Buses will run on a rotation when demand dictates.

*Also note* There are no concessions at the park, and race provided food and beverages are for registered athletes only. Spectators should come prepared to be self sufficient with food and water.

PLEASE NOTE: This service is FREE to spectators. Calico Racing is paying for their entry into the fee area park. YES- this means it is very important that you please make use of this service. The only way I will knowingly give the go ahead for a spectator to drive their own vehicle is if they are willing to volunteer for a portion of the race. Contact me at info@calicoracing.com for details. Thank you for your cooperation!


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Awards

* All finishers get medals. ** 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, and 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 and 1/2) goes 1 deep. 10 year age groups as follows: under 20; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

Age group (5K) Male and Female winners goes 1 deep. Age groups as follows: 0-9; 10-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

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: calicoracing@hotmail.com  with your shipping address and award in the memo.


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Hotels

HOTELS:

STRIP hotels closest to the contracted ($30 rt/pp) STRIP bus pick up at Bally's (3645 Las Vegas Blvd South on the FLAMINGO ROAD side).

STRIP bus purchased ticket includes race morning packet pick up eligibility, as the packet pick up locations are about 20 minutes drive from the Strip and I assume if you are taking the Strip bus you won't have a car.

HOTELS CLOSEST TO THE CONTRACTED "STRIP BUS" ($30 rt/pp): within 1/2 mile:

  • Bally Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Westin
  • Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
  • Jockey Club
  • Bellagio
  • Travelodge Las Vegas South Strip
  • Raintree Polo Towers
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Host Hotel:

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Suncoast Hotel & Casino will be the host hotel for the 2017 Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. The Suncoast has many on site dining options, and is also within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants at Boca Park and Tivoli Village. The Suncoast also offers an AIRPORT SHUTTLE (CLICK FOR SCHEDULE. Reservations Required.) Alternatively you may consult the RTC Westcliff Express Bus. The Suncoast is located at 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145; it is the location of the FREE bus and Friday's packet pick up. A block of rooms has been held for the race for Wednesday ($65), Thurs ($65), Friday ($135), Saturday ($135), Sunday ($65); and Monday ($65) nights + $15.99 required resort fee per night + tax; single or double occupancy. To book your room click the link above or call the hotel directly at 866-636-7111 and follow the prompts to reservations. Group reservation ID "A7RRC02". Rooms will be held until January 16, 2017, so book early!

Camping is available in a designated camp ground near Red Rock Canyon, roughly 2 miles from the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive entrance. The campgrounds are accessed off highway 159 (Charleston) and Moenkopi Road. Camping is available on a first come first served basis and offers basic bathroom facilities (I don't think showers are available). 2 tents and 2 vehicles per site max. Exact change only for self serve check in. A camp host is on site.


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Directions

DIRECTIONS: *Red Rock Canyon is roughly 20 minutes from downtown and "the strip" and within 10- 45 minutes of most residential areas of the valley.

Directions to the MAIN FREE bus pick up/ drop off area & Friday's Packet pick up: Suncoast Hotel & Casino: 9090 Alta Drive/ Las Vegas, NV 89145.

  • FROM HENDERSON and South Las Vegas Valley: Take I-215 to FLAMINGO Road (exit 21) and keep to your right. Turn LEFT onto S. Fort Apache Road and continue 3.1 miles, until S. Fort Apache Rd becomes Rampart, continuing another 0.6 mile. Turn LEFT onto ALTA Drive.
  • FROM NORTH LAS VEGAS: Take I-15S to I-95N, exit 42. Continue 5.4 miles to SUMMERLIN PARKWAY (exit 81A). Merge onto E. Summerlin Parkway and continue 1.8 miles to the RAMPART exit. Take a LEFT off the exit onto N. Rampart and continue 0.9 mile to ALTA. Go RIGHT on Alta.

Directions to THE STRIP pick up/ drop off area: ONLY those runners and spectators who have purchased the STRIP bus ticket will use this location!  This pick up location is at Bally's Hotel and Casino located at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Use the FLAMINGO ROAD side of the property to board the bus. Look for the contracted bus. This location is within walking distance to many Strip hotels or a few dollars taxi ride. If you are standing on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Road, with Bally's Hotel on your right side, turn RIGHT and walk about 200' along Flamingo Road. There is an incline in the sidewalk to the bus loading area.

DROP OFF: If you are having someone drop you off for the race, or are taking a taxi- you may have them DROP you off at the race start. This will also help alleviate the workload for the buses. For the Half Marathon, this is at the Visitors' Center for Red Rock Canyon (see directions below). The gates will be closed until 6am, but you can be dropped at the gate and walk thru up to the Visitors' Center (about 0.5 mile). If you are running the Marathon you can be dropped off at your start line, which is at the exit of the scenic loop. Follow the directions below, but continue past the entrance about 2 miles along Highway 159. You will see a dirt lot at the exit of the loop- this is your starting area.

From the Las Vegas Valley: I-215 beltway to Charleston Blvd. Exit WEST and continue on Charleston/ 159 heading west 4-5 miles to the entrance of Red Rock Canyon.

From Southern California: I-15 North to I-215 beltway WEST. Exit onto Charleston Blvd, heading WEST. Continue on Charleston/ 159 heading west 4-5 miles to the entrance of Red Rock Canyon.

From Arizona: Over Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge continue on 93 North toward Henderson and Las Vegas. Exit onto Lake Mead Parkway (NOT into Lake Mead N.R.A) heading WEST which later becomes I-215 beltway. Continue WEST and exit onto Charleston Blvd, heading west. Continue on Charleston/ 159 heading west 4-5 miles to the entrance of Red Rock Canyon.


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Contracted Bus

"The STRIP Bus Option" For those preferring to stay on The Las Vegas STRIP, contracted bus service is available! The cost is $30 round trip per person and includes race morning packet pick up eligibility (no need to come out on Friday night, as packet pick up is 20 minutes off Strip). You may also purchase SPECTATOR bus tickets for the same price. There are no "tickets"- but the driver will have a list of names of those who've paid for this service. Race morning we will be awaiting your arrival at the start line with your packets.
The pick up location is at Bally's Hotel and Casino located at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Use the FLAMINGO ROAD side of the property to board the bus. Look for the contracted bus. This location is within walking distance to many Strip hotels or a few dollars taxi ride. ***If you are standing on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo, with Bally's Hotel on your right side, turn RIGHT and walk about 200' along Flamingo Road. There is an incline in the sidewalk to the bus loading area. The one way trip takes about 30-45 minutes via bus depending on traffic.
DEPARTURES from the Strip TO the race start: 4:45am (Marathoners and their spectators) and 5:30am (1/2 Marathoners and their spectators) and 6:15am (5K and their spectators)
RETURN DEPARTURES back to the Strip from the finish line: 9:15am, 10:15am; 11:15am, 11:45am, and 1:25pm APPROX
**This information is subject to slight changes, so please check back as the race gets closer *** If you would like to purchase a bus ticket, you can do so when you register online, or you can select that option on your mail in entry form.

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Gear Bags

WARM CLOTHES

Race morning is cold! Expect temps in the 40s while you wait for your race start. The day will warm up perfect for running, likely in the 60s. I recommend disposable layers to discard at the aid stations ONLY. Items disposed of on course at the aid stations will be donated- please do not plan on getting those items back. You may have a warm clothes bag. Please use your own bag and label it clearly with your name. Be sure to collect your bag after the race, as NO bags left behind will be mailed, and will be immediately donated.

1/2 marathoners: you will leave your bag at your start line and they will be transported to the finish for you. Bags are not checked or guarded, so no valuables please! At the marathon/5K start & ALL races finish- bags will be laid out on a tarp for your collection. Tarps will have some sort of order to them to ease in your finding them, TBD. This will be clear race morning- likely by alphabet.


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Desert Tortoise

DESERT TORTOISE

Please CLICK HERE to review the Desert Tortoise Information. You will be required to sign a waiver at packet pick up acknowledging that you have read, received, understand, and will abide by this information during the race. Your cooperation is appreciated and expected. Long live the desert tortoise! To download the Desert Tortoise Acknowledgement form please CLICK HERE. You only need this if someone else is picking up your packet.


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Photos


Results

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