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- it was here on a 15 mile run that I decided to launch Calico Racing, whose namesake was inspired by Red Rock's "Calico Hills" trailheads, and sandstone colors dictated the logo colors.
Commencing just before sunset, run through Red Rock Canyon while enjoying the stunning sunset as day falls into night. Sun is replaced by stars and moonlite lights the way. The omnipresence of the surrounding canyon under the moonlit stary night is magical! Joshua trees dance in the shadows and the neon lights of Las Vegas can be seen in the distance from the Scenic Summit Overlook. An enchanted late summer evening run.
1/2 MARATHON COURSE- 6pm start
The 1/2 Marathon course starts at the Visitors Center (elevation approx 3740 feet), roughly 2.5 miles from the finish line 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. 3 hour cut off.
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5K COURSE- 6:45pm start
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.
* All runners are REQUIRED to wear reflective clothing (front and back) AND carry a handheld flashlight or wear a headlamp.
** The Scenic Drive will be open to casual users until 8pm, thereafter there WILL still be limited traffic on the road (volunteers, course support, park rangers, and late exiting hikers/ climbers. You are required to stay to the inside edge of the loop and remain alert for any traffic.
** Calico Racing reserves the right to make any necessary course changes required per the permitting body and is subject to final permit approval.
**** There is NO EVENT PARKING at Red Rock Canyon! All runners will be complementarily bused to their start lines and back to their cars after the race.