Death Valley Trail Marathon & Half Marathon™ - 26th Annual
|Distances: 26.2 & 13.1 miles
Sat Dec 6 2014
Start time: 8:00am
Cutoff times: 6 hours
Entry fees: $125
Oct 1 2014
Entry fees go up to $150
Nov 6 2014
Last day for to request a rollover credit.
T-shirt for all participants.
Medals to all finishers.
Personalized award plaques to 1st place individual finishers, male and female, in each 5-year age group.
Personalized award ribbons to 2nd and 3rd place individual finishers, male and female, in each 5-year age group.
|This scenic wilderness trail run is on a gravel jeep road from Beatty, NV through the picturesque Titus Canyon, finishing in Death Valley (entire run is in Death Valley National Park). The desert is beautiful this time of year with mild temperatures; lows at night between 30 and 40 degrees and highs during the day from the low-60s to mid-70s. This is our most spectacular trail event of the year and well worth the weekend away. Truly, an experience you won't forget. The event is limited to 300 participants and sells out months in advance so don't wait too long to register! NOTE: After a 21-year history of taking place in early February, this event has been moved to this December date.
IMPORTANT: In the 25 years that we've produced this event, nature has forced us to run an alternate course outside the canyon five times and cancel the race completely once. By signing up for this event, participants acknowledge the possibility of a last-minute course change and agree to run the alternate course or, if not, agree to abide by the rules set forth by the Death Valley National Park Service (i.e. if the road through Titus Canyon is posted as closed, registered participants of this event must abide by the closure as any other park visitor).
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You will pick up bib numbers on race day morning during Athlete Check-in at the Corkscrew Saloon in Furnace Creek . Details on this check-in and all other race day details will be discussed in the ENTRANT NEWSLETTER, which will be e-mailed to all registered participants about two to three weeks prior to race day as well as posted online here. If you did not supply a valid e-mail address when you registered, or if your e-mail address has changed, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
will be located at miles 5, 10, 15, 20 & 23 along the Marathon and at miles 3, 6.5 and 10 along the Half Marathon. Aid stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, sports bars, bananas and a variety of sweet and salty snacks. We highly recommend that you carry water and any of your preferred nutritional aids with you.
*There is a 6-hour course wide cutoff; for marathoners, this is approximately a 13:45-per-mile pace.
*The Marathon starts at 3460 feet of elevation. It climbs to 4900 feet over the first nine miles then descends 500 feet before climbing to the highest point on the course at 5250 feet of elevation. The last 14 miles are DOWNHILL to the finish line at 250 feet.
*The Half Marathon course is the final 6.5 miles of the Marathon. Starts at the west end of Titus Canyon Road at Scotty's Castle Rd, goes up the canyon to the 6.5 mile turnaround and then comes back down to the finish at Scotty's Castle Rd.
* Buses will shuttle participants from Furnace Creek Ranch to the race start (about a 30-minute drive -- See Course Map), OR participants may get a ride with friends or family.
*Return buses will shuttle participants from the race finish back to Furnace Creek at intervals based on demand.
*There will be no transportation back to the race start after the event. Do not leave your car parked at the race start; you won't be able to get back. Get a friend or family member to drive the car to the finish for you.
* NO HEADPHONES! Runners wearing headphones will be disqualified.
* NO PERSONAL SUPPORT! Your friends and family members may not drive along the course during the event - not to provide support, not to take your photo, not even to watch/cheer. We're sorry, but vehicles carrying spectators end up leap-frogging the same group of runners for the entirety of their run. No one wants to dodge cars and eat dust for 26 miles. Runners who are linked to vehicles along the route will be disqualified.
Travel and Accomodations
Furnace Creek Ranch & Inn (Event HQ Hotel) 760-786-2345
Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328
Hotel reservations must be made by phone at least one month (by Nov 4, 2014) in advance to receive group rate (Book your rooms early – they sell out well in advance!):
* For our Group Rate use booking number 670954 for rooms at the Furnace Creek Ranch ($139/night)
* For our Group Rate use booking number 670956 for rooms at the Furnace Creek Inn ($260/night)
Stovepipe Wells Village 760-786-2387
25 miles from Athlete Check-in at Furnace Creek
No Group Rate
Beatty Hotels (Beatty Chamber of Commerce) 775-553-2424
40 miles from Athlete Check-in at Furnace Creek
No Group Rates
Death Valley National Park 760-786-2331
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport 760-786-2331
From Las Vegas (2.5 hours): Take I-15 South and turn West on Hwy. 160 to Pahrump. (DO NOT turn left towards Shoshone at Hwy 372.) Continue on Hwy. 160 approx. 3 miles to Belle Vista Rd. Follow signs to Death Valley.
From the San Francisco Bay Area (9 hours): Take I-5 South to Bakersfield. Exit Hwy. 58 East to Mojave. Take Hwy. 14 North to Hwy 395. Take 395 North to Olancha. Take 190 East into Death Valley.
From L.A. (5-6 hours): Take Hwy. 14 through Palmdale, Lancaster and Mojave. Take Hwy 14 North to Hwy. 395. Take 395 North to Olancha. Take 190 East into Death Valley.
From San Diego: Take I-15 East to Baker. Turn North on Hwy. 127 to Death Valley Junction. Take Hwy 190 into Death Valley.
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