Red Rock Canyon - February 23, 2019

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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/ Host Hotel Bus
Early Entry
Thru Aug 31
$45$75$95$30
Standard Entry
Sep 1-Jan 31
$50$85$105$30
Late Entry
Feb 1-Feb 21 @ 12 p.m.
$55$90$110$30
On Site
Cash Only
$60$100$120N/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


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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! (pending re-certification for 2019)

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
7.1 1.8 White Rock
8.6 *Ultra* 1.5 Summit Overlook
 10.7 2.1 Sand Quarry
12.8 *ULTRA* 2.1 Scenic Drive/ VC
14.2 *ULTRA* 1.4 Scenic Drive/ VC
16.3 2.1 Sand Quarry
18.4 *ULTRA* 2.1 Summit Overlook
19.9 1.5 White Rock
21.7 1.8 Ice Box Canyon
22.7 *ULTRA* 1.0 Red Rock Wash
24.0 1.3 By Pine Creek
25.5 1.5 Wash by Oak Creek
 26.2 0.7  Finish Line
1/2 MARATHON AID STATIONS
approximate locations Cumulative Mile Elapsed Distance Approx. Location
1.1 1.1 Scenic Drive/ VC
3.2 2.1 Sand Quarry
5.3 *ULTRA* 2.1 Summit Overlook
6.8 1.5 White Rock
8.6 1.8 Ice Box Canyon
9.6 *ULTRA* 1.0 Red Rock Wash
10.9 1.3 By Pine Creek
12.4 1.5 By Oak Creek
13.1 0.7 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!

  • Calico Racing reserves the right to make minor modifications to the above aid station locations in accordance with permit and environmental considerations.

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 (loaded directly onto a specific bus) and they will be transported to the finish line for you.


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Schedule and Packet Pickup

SCHEDULE, tentative

Friday February 22, 2019

  • 5pm- 8:30pm: Packet Pick-Up: Located at the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Inside, follow signs for "Tower Rooms" #3348. This is on the third floor of the Tower Rooms Area. Yes, you may collect for a friend, but please ensure they know you are doing so.

Saturday February 23, 2019

  • 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.
  • 4:45am: Buses will begin departing the pick up area to transport runners to their start lines.  Main FREE location is at WEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY located at 11945 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Buses will run on a rotation. Buses load on the EAST side of the building. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
  • 4:45am: Marathon bus departure from THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL for those that have purchased the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL bus ticket. Pick up location: Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
  • 5:30am: Half Marathon bus departure from THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL for those that have purchased the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL bus ticket. Pick up location: Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
  • 5:20am: Final MARATHON START bus from main pick up point.
  • 6:15am: Marathon start time!
  • 6:15am: 5K bus departure from THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL for those that have purchased the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL bus ticket. Pick up location: Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
  • 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/ HOST HOTEL departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 10:15am: Bus back to the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 11:30am: Bus back to the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL departs the finish line. Approx.
  • 1:15pm: Course officially closes
  • 1:25pm: Bus back to the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL 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 (approximately 30 minutes drive from the Strip). The MAIN FREE parking and busing is from WEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY located at 11945 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. This area is conveniently located on Charleston Blvd just west of the I-215. We will be loading on the EAST side of the building. CLICK HERE FOR MAP. The one way bus ride will take ~10 minutes.

2- STRIP/ HOST HOTEL BUS: For those that purchased THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL Bus Ticket. Pick up location: Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.  Parking is available at Silver Sevens in the parking garage or surface parking, regardless of overnight stay.

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 WEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY located at 11945 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135; OR available from THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL- SEE BELOW). Buses will run on a rotation to get everyone to their start lines.

Bus transportation FROM THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL is available for runners and spectators for $30 rt/pp. Pick up location is at Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.  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/ HOST HOTEL return to the same location is at APPROX 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:30am, & 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. NO spectators will be transported TO the race from the main pick up area at WEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY located at 11945 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 until all runners have been transported, after 7:15am.

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. 

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

**Schedule is tentative for 2019, 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 calicoracing@hotmail.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. *Please read the above award categories to ensure you are eligible for an award*


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Additional Info

Planned Future Event Dates for Red Rock Canyon Marathon, ½ Marathon, and 5K:

  1. February 23, 2019
  2. February 22, 2020
  3. February 27, 2021
  4. February 26, 2022
  5. February 25, 2023

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Hotels

HOST HOTEL:

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Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino and Calico Racing are proud to offer host hotel accommodations for the 2019 Red Rock Canyon Marathon! Silver Sevens is the location of Friday's Packet Pick Up & Saturday's optional paid STRIP/ HOST HOTEL Contracted Bus.  Silver Sevens is located at 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 and is conveniently situated within 1 mile of the famous Las Vegas Strip, and minutes from the airport. The Silver Sevens offers free shuttle service to/ from McCarran Airport (LAS). Visit their FAQ on their website: http://www.silversevenscasino.com/

The Silver Sevens has been chosen and designed to provide the most seamless race experience for those traveling from out of town to participate in the race without worrying about logistics. The easiest logistical option is to purchase a STRIP/ HOST HOTEL Contracted Bus Ticket ($30 rt/pp) to pick you up AT the hotel on race morning to take you to and from the race. Alternatively, you can drive (~30 minutes) to the free bus pick up point closer to Red Rock Canyon.

A group block of rooms has been negotiated for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights (Feb 21 thru 25). Thursday and Sunday rates are $35 + $20.99 required daily resort fee and tax, double occupancy. Friday and Saturday rates are $89 + $20.99 required daily resort fee and tax, double occupancy. To reserve your room please call the hotel directly at 800-640-9777 and tell them you are with "REDROCK2019".  These rooms will be held until January 31, 2019 or until sold out. After this date the rates will only be honored if availability still exists.

STRIP Hotels within 1.5 miles of Silver Sevens, in approximate order of proximity:

  • The Westin
  • Ballys
  • The Cromwell
  • Bellagio
  • Paris
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Caesars
  • The Linq

Hotels closest to the Free Bus pick up:

  • Red Rock Casino Resort Spa; 1.1 miles
  • Suncoast Hotel and Casino; 3.6 miles
  • JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa; 3.6 miles
  • Hampton Inn and Suites Las Vegas Red Rock/ Summerlin; 4.25 miles

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 30 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

WEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY located at 11945 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. This area is conveniently located on Charleston Blvd just west of the I-215. The one way bus ride will take ~10 minutes.

Directions to THE STRIP/ HOST HOTEL pick up/ drop off area: ONLY those runners and spectators who have purchased the STRIP/ HOST HOTEL bus ticket will use this location!  This pick up location is at Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.  Parking is available at Silver Sevens in the parking garage or surface parking, regardless of overnight stay. This location is within walking distance to many Strip hotels or a few dollars taxi ride.

DROP OFF: If you are having someone drop you off for the race, or are taking a taxi or rideshare- 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). *You must be wearing your bib number or show your race confirmation to gain entry into the park on foot. If you are running the Marathon or 5K 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/ HOST HOTEL Bus Option" For those preferring to stay on or near The Las Vegas STRIP, contracted bus service is available! The cost is $30 round trip per person. 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. The contracted Strip/ Host Hotel Bus makes for an extremely seamless race experience- we take care of the logistics for you!

The pick up location is at Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino; 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Buses load on the south side of the property. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.  Parking is available at Silver Sevens in the parking garage or surface parking, regardless of overnight stay. The one way trip takes about 30-45 minutes via bus depending on traffic.

*You may purchase bus tickets to use this service no matter if you are staying at the host hotel or another nearby Strip hotel.
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/ Host Hotel from the finish line: 9:15am, 10:15am; 11:30am, 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 (directly on a specific bus) 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.  We are no longer required to have athletes sign the previous Desert Tortoise Waiver, but you will be required to abide by this information during the race. Your cooperation is appreciated and expected.


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Photos


Results

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