presents the 26th Annual
DEATH VALLEY TRAIL MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
December 6, 2014
OFFICIAL ENTRANT NEWSLETTER
Dear DEATH VALLEY TRAIL runner,
Congratulations on your entry in the 26th annual DEATH VALLEY TRAIL MARATHON &
scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014. We hope your training is going well and that you're getting excited about experiencing
the extraordinary beauty of Death Valley!
This is the OFFICIAL ENTRANT NEWSLETTER, containing all
of the details you'll need to plan your race weekend. Please read this information carefully, so you'll be well-prepared for race day.
Nothing will be mailed to you prior to the event. All participants will pick up bib numbers during
MANDATORY RACE DAY CHECK-IN (details below). The National Park Service has asked that we pass along their Principles for participation. Please review them online here.
THIS EVENT IS ALMOST SOLD OUT!
Be sure to tell your friends to hurry up and register! The dramatic beauty and enticing challenge of the Titus Canyon will once again make for a sold-out event.
Due to strict limitations by the National Park Service, we will not be
able to accept additional entries on race day. Only registered runners may start
the run and receive aid during the run. If we are in violation of our permit, we jeopardize our good relationship with the National Park
Service and the future of this event. Thank you for helping to enforce this.
MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW!
Hotel rooms are limited in Death Valley. The group rate discount at our headquarters hotel -
The Furnace Creek Ranch & Inn - is no
longer available. There are still a few rooms available at each
Friday and Saturday nights. Please make your
reservations immediately to avoid adding stress to your trip planning! See the
Travel and Accommodations section of this email for more details.
RACE DAY DETAILS
MANDATORY RACE DAY CHECK-IN
Runner Check-In & Bib Number Pick-Up will be held from 6:15-7:00am at the
CORKSCREW SALOON at Furnace Creek Ranch.
To receive your bib number and participate in this event YOU MUST BRING $10 National Park admission fee
or have proof of payment (i.e. a receipt from the Visitor's Center or a National Parks Annual Pass).
Every runner MUST attend this Check-In (even if you have family/friends driving you to the race start).
Our chartered buses will depart Furnace Creek Ranch bound for Titus Canyon at 7:15am.
There will be buses designated for MARATHONERS ONLY which will be heading to the
east end of Titus Canyon and buses designated for HALF MARATHONERS ONLY which
will be heading to the west end of Titus Canyon. Please make sure you get on
the correct bus! Return buses will transport finishers from the
west end of Titus Canyon Rd. back to Furnace Creek Ranch at demand-based intervals.
Anticipated start times are 8:15-8:30am for the Marathon and 8:15-8:30am
for the Half Marathon.
Please try to limit the items you bring with you on the bus to the race start. At most, keep it to a small backpack.
You may leave your unneeded gear on the bus and it will be transported to the race finish for you. Take extra care to ensure your
bag is well marked with your name and a phone number. We will have luggage tags available for this purpose, but when it's done
ahead of time, you'll have one less detail to sweat before your race.
An informal ceremony to announce overall and age-group winners will be held at 5pm at the
CORKSCREW SALOON. In the interim, you can swim in the mineral-fed pool, take a nap or go
sight-seeing. Attendance is not mandatory as personalized awards will be mailed to the top-three finishers of each age group a few weeks after the event, but it is a great gathering to share your various adventure stories with your fellow athletes.
Proceeds from this race benefit the STUDENTS OF BEATTY HIGH SCHOOL. The young volunteers and
accompanying parents along the course are among the beneficiaries. Be sure to thank them for their participation!
Runners wearing headphones will be disqualified, it is a safety issue and a rule of the National Park.
Aid stations will be located at approximately 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.
Our aid stations will NOT have energy gels (i.e. Gu, ClifShot, etc.). If you will be using energy gels, we ask that you
respect the park and dispose of the wrappers at one of the aid stations along the course. You may NOT accept aid or support from friends
biking or driving through the canyon. No private cars may escort any runner along the course. No private support allowed.
Facilities will be located at the start, miles 15 and 23 of the Marathon and at the start/finish, miles 3 and 10 of the
6-Hour MARATHON cutoff. This reflects a minimum pace of 13:45-per-mile.
6-Hour HALF MARATHON cutoff. This reflects a minimum pace of 27:30-per-mile.
If you are falling too far off the pace, you may be required to accept a ride in a support vehicle. This vehicle might move you ahead to a more favorable
location to allow you to complete the event. Failure to accept this ride or any disrespect of race staff will result in an automatic race disqualification.
- Both courses go through Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park.
Click here for course map.
- The Marathon is a point-to-point course that begins on Titus Canyon Rd. at Hwy. 374 at 3,400 feet and climbs its way to Red Pass at mile 12 (5,200 feet),
before descending 5,000 feet over the final 14 miles to the finish (200 feet) at Scotty's Castle Rd.
- The Half Marathon course is the final 6.5 miles of the Marathon. This run starts at
the west end of Titus Canyon Road at Scotty's Castle Rd, goes up the canyon to
mile turnaround and then comes back down to the finish at Scotty's Castle Rd.
- If your family or friends plan on biking or driving the route, they MUST head out and stay AHEAD of the runners.
This rule is enforced for the safety and enjoyment of all runners. Anyone planning to drive through the canyon should check with the
Visitor's Center for current road conditions. These vehicles MAY NOT stop at any point along the route.
- If you have friends who plan to mountain bike through the canyon, we ask that they be courteous to your fellow
runners; no one wants to be eating dust at Mile 20. Once again, you may NOT accept aid from anyone biking the route.
Private support is NOT allowed!
ABOUT DEATH VALLEY
Winter temperatures are typically moderate (between 40 and 70 degrees), but the desert can be
unpredictable, so come prepared for rainy, windy or colder conditions.
Click here for the weather.
Desert conditions may warrant starting out with more clothing (long sleeves,
etc.) than you'll need by, say, Mile 20. You may abandon unneeded clothing at any aid station and it will be transported
back to the finish after the aid stations close down. If your items don't make it to the finish line before you
head back to the Ranch, we will bring all unclaimed gear to the Awards Ceremony
(5pm at the Corkscrew Saloon). If you plan to abandon clothing at an aid station, take the extra precaution of writing your name on an
inside tag to ensure it is returned.
No matter what the temperature, one thing remains constant: Death Valley is dry! Take care to stay hydrated
before, during and after your race. We strongly recommend you carry at least 1 water bottle for hydration between aid stations.
Death Valley is one of our national treasures; it takes at least two days to truly begin to explore its splendors, so plan to come early and/or stay after
your race! Visit the
Death Valley National Park website to start planning your trip.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
If you are flying in for this event, the closest airport is Las Vegas (LAS), which is about a
2.5-hour drive from Death Valley. We HIGHLY recommend that you stay in Death Valley and NOT in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Driving Directions are posted on the event website. Note! DO NOT rely on MapQuest, Yahoo! Maps or similar online map providers. Death Valley is remote and many times
these programs will send you on unnecessarily circuitous routes to get there. Also note that many
Sierra mountain passes (i.e. Tioga Pass) are
closed for the winter.
FURNACE CREEK RANCH
Furnace Creek Ranch is our Headquarters Hotel. It is the location of
Check-In (race day morning) and the Pick-Up/Drop Off point for the provided bus transportation to the start
and from the finish. The Group Rate discount is no longer available, but you can still make reservations by calling 760-786-2345.
FURNACE CREEK INN
Four-star accommodations are available at the Furnace Creek Inn (about 1 mile up the road from Furnace Creek Ranch).
The Group Rate discount is no longer available, but you can still make reservations by calling 760-786-2345.
For information regarding campsites call 760-786-2331.
These accommodations are located about 25 miles from Furnace Creek race Start/Finish. Call 760-786-2387 for reservations.
There are no dining facilities at this location, but they do still have
Beatty is located about 40 miles from Furnace Creek race Start/Finish.
Beatty Chamber of Commerce 775-553-2424.
These accommodations are located about 40 miles from Furnace Creek race Start/Finish.
Longstreet Inn & Casino Call 775-372-1777 for reservations.
PLANNING YOUR RACE DAY NUTRITIONAL NEEDS
IMPORTANT! If you are arriving late Friday night, please note that the restaurants stop serving and the
General Store closes at 9:00pm. The store does not open before our buses depart for Titus Canyon (Wrangler Buffet opens at 6:00am,
Forty-Niner Cafe opens at 7:00am). Be sure to bring the appropriate food and drinks for your pre-race needs and plan
FURNACE CREEK INN has a fine-dining restaurant that is open to the public.
Advance reservations are recommended (760-786-2331) and appropriate dressy/casual clothing (no sweats or running outfits) is required.
FURNACE CREEK RANCH offers more informal dining at its two restaurants: The
WRANGLER STEAKHOUSE and the FORTY-NINER CAFE. The Ranch also has a GENERAL STORE with a
limited variety of food and
In closing, we'd like to share a recent newspaper article describing Death Valley:
". . . the most deadly and
dangerous spot in the United States. It is a pit of horrors--the
haunt of all that is grim and ghoulish. Such animal and revile
life as infests this pest-hole is of ghastly shape, rancorous nature
and diabolically ugly. It breeds only noxious and venomous
things. Its dead do not decompose, but are baked, blistered and
embalmed by the scorching heat through countless ages. It is
surely the nearest to a little hell upon earth that the whole wicked
world can produce." (1894)
SEE YOU SOON!
We look forward to seeing you in Death Valley!
Dave & Wendy Horning,
Michelle Ruettinger and the entire ENVIRO-SPORTS TEAM