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 is sacred to the Navajo people. From the spectacular Horseshoe Bend to the mesmerizing Waterholes Canyon (Ultras distances only), there is something uniquely breathtaking around every turn. Antelope Canyon is a prestigious UTMB World Series qualifier in a stunning location with equally stunning options spanning 100 Mile, 50 Mile, 55K, and a Trail Half-Marathon. The event is produced by Vacation Races, who pride themselves on producing meticulously organized running events at the world’s most breathtaking destinations. Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, is the most famous slot canyon formation in the world, shaped by millions of years of water and wind erosion. The magnificent canyon was named for the herds of pronghorn antelope that once roamed the area.
On these 100 Mile, 50 Mile, and 55k courses, you will experience two of the most photographed land features in the country- Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. After traversing the desert sand and Slickrock to reach these unbelievable features, the run finishes with varying laps on a smooth single track around the plateau that the city of Page, AZ, is built upon, with jaw-dropping views of Lake Powell. 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, runnable ten-mile loop with four 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.
Awards presented at the finish line include a finisher medal and specialty awareness for each course. The Ultras include special awards for the top three male and female finishers. There are aid stations throughout each course, a mix of water-only and full stations with food supplies and medical support. A finish line is a welcoming place with supporters, your fellow participants, and many amenities like a recovery area with food, beverages, and a medical tent.
UTMB World Series is the ultimate global trail running series uniting the sport’s biggest stars and amateur runners through a leading international event series in the most stunning locations. The UTMB World Series gives all trail runners a chance to experience UTMB events worldwide, with 25 events taking place across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas in 2022. It is the only place runners can begin their quest to UTMB Mont-Blanc, home of the prestigious UTMB World Series Finals. The UTMB World Series integrates three levels of events:
- UTMB World Series Finals
- UTMB World Series Majors
- UTMB World Series Events
To qualify to enter the lottery for Finals or Major events, you must collect a “Running Stone” by finishing qualifier events in the 20k, 50k, 100k, or 100M categories. Only 1 Running Stone acquired in the past two years is mandatory to enter the lottery. Running Stones are cumulative, have no expiration date, and each Running Stone gives you an additional chance to be drawn. Collecting Running Stones is the only way to access regular runners’ UTMB World Series Finals. Discover the 25 events that will allow you to collect Running Stones in 2022 to enter the UTMB Mont-Blanc lottery from 2023 onwards here.