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Overall Rating (21 Reviews)
4.9
(21 Ratings) 🏆 (21 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.3
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4.9
PRODUCTION
4.8
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4.6
The Antelope Canyon Ultras 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 a sacred region for the Navajo people. From the spectacular Horseshoe Bend to the mesmerizing Waterholes Canyon there is something … MORE
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    ydonna FIRST-TIMER '22

    Tough course for a first time Ultra Half!! The views were spectacular- the 2.5 miles in the sand at the end was definitely a game changer- stay hydrated and be … MORE

    Tough course for a first time Ultra Half!! The views were spectacular- the 2.5 miles in the sand at the end was definitely a game changer- stay hydrated and be prepared minimal facilities for bathroom use! But as with every Vacation Race excellent staff and volunteers all was great!!

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    deesauriol FIRST-TIMER '22

    I will do this again but shorter distance. The terrain made it so tough for me. About 65 % sand, steep climbs with not much traction for balance but oooooohhhh … MORE

    I will do this again but shorter distance. The terrain made it so tough for me. About 65 % sand, steep climbs with not much traction for balance but oooooohhhh SO BEAUTIFUL. I didn’t make 15 hour cutoff even though I raced my butt off. I should have known how tough it would be since it’s a UTMB qualifier. Felt like there were more course markers than 2021 Zion 100k. Great race organization! Race fee includes race photos.

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    gnarlynori FIRST-TIMER '22

    How do I even begin?! Wow. If you are not one for crowds but want to experience the beauty of Page, AZ - this race provided exactly that. Not only … MORE

    How do I even begin?! Wow.
    If you are not one for crowds but want to experience the beauty of Page, AZ – this race provided exactly that. Not only were we in the presence of sandstone giants, we were able to glide past Lake Powell, traverse down, through, and up Slot canyon, and look down upon the beauty of Horseshoe overlook (scarily close!)

    This was my first Ultra- tough in every way but the beauty of the community both running and local, the challenge that was relieved by the surrounding breathtaking of the scenery . This will be a difficult race to top for me! The 55k gave me more than I could have imagined and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity vacation races has provided to allow the world to experience these beautiful places like no other!

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    neyra FIRST-TIMER '22

    Lots of sand to enjoy. Lots of Ahhmazing scenery to take in. Great route. Great run. Great staff. The supporters were lively. The race was very well executed. MORE

    Lots of sand to enjoy. Lots of Ahhmazing scenery to take in. Great route. Great run. Great staff. The supporters were lively. The race was very well executed.

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    tricia.boomer FIRST-TIMER '22

    I had NO idea if I could actually finish the 55k going into it. I went with the thought of "just go with it, it's an adventure, enjoy the day". … MORE

    I had NO idea if I could actually finish the 55k going into it. I went with the thought of “just go with it, it’s an adventure, enjoy the day”. The scenery was inspiring, incredible, and stimulating the entire race. Vacation Races had plenty of aid stations with good vibes, great treats, and music to sing in your head with as a distraction to keep going. I finished in a time I could not be more proud of and felt really great the whole time. Might have even been able to have gone the 50m!

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    brittanywilson FIRST-TIMER '22

    I could not have picked a better first ultra marathon! The course was absolutely beautiful, and the trail was both really fun (bouldering down into the slot canyon!) and really … MORE

    I could not have picked a better first ultra marathon! The course was absolutely beautiful, and the trail was both really fun (bouldering down into the slot canyon!) and really hard (sand!). This made it feel like more than a race but a crazy adventure. Course support was awesome, medals/swag totally excellent. I can’t wait for my next ultra (eyeing Bryce Canyon next year!)

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    cgabbert FIRST-TIMER '22

    They did an outstanding job on this race: Course marking: outstanding Volunteers: outstanding Water stops: outstanding Bib pickup: outstanding This was a difficult race, the course is challenging, a lot … MORE

    They did an outstanding job on this race:
    Course marking: outstanding
    Volunteers: outstanding
    Water stops: outstanding
    Bib pickup: outstanding
    This was a difficult race, the course is challenging, a lot of sand and rocks, a couple of challenging climbs and declines, but totally worth it. The views were breathtaking and the challenge of the course made it that much more fun. I was amazed at how well the course was marked, the volunteers were extremely energetic, the race village was set up great, plenty of support after the finish. We are looking forward to doing another Vacation Race run.

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    prevotj FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is an incredibly beautiful and incredibly challenging course. I am usually a road marathoner, this was my first ultra and trail race. It was run flawlessly. The course organization … MORE

    This is an incredibly beautiful and incredibly challenging course. I am usually a road marathoner, this was my first ultra and trail race. It was run flawlessly. The course organization was great, everything was very clearly marked. The aid stations were very well stocked. My crew member had no issues navigating the course. The course was very challenging with sand and slick rock but with epic views the entire way which made it more than worth it!!! Will definitely do another vacation race event.

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    schreiner69 FIRST-TIMER '22

    If you run this planning on setting a PR, you are missing the best parts of this race. The scenery is worth every cent of the registration. Stop, take pictures … MORE

    If you run this planning on setting a PR, you are missing the best parts of this race. The scenery is worth every cent of the registration. Stop, take pictures soak in the views. Enjoy running (or walking) in a place that most people will never see.

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    pontzjason FIRST-TIMER '22

    Attended as a father/son team traveling 2,600 miles to attend. My son dnf’d at mile 27 so I went with him. Even with a short race it was the most … MORE

    Attended as a father/son team traveling 2,600 miles to attend. My son dnf’d at mile 27 so I went with him. Even with a short race it was the most spectacular race I’ve ever been in!! Scenery, participants and race workers
    were so incredible. Even getting extracted was fun! The 2 gentlemen who got us were wonderful and made us feel better despite our bad spot we were in. DEFINITELY coming back in 2023!!

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    ladyleanne FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful views! Nice 10 mile loop around the rim, but beware at mile 11, you’re in sand until the end! Save up your energy for the final push. MORE

    Beautiful views! Nice 10 mile loop around the rim, but beware at mile 11, you’re in sand until the end! Save up your energy for the final push.

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    shakallen FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race is absolutely worth it. It’s worth the training, it’s worth the travel, it’s worth the money. This was my first 50 mile attempt, my first DNF, and I’d … MORE

    This race is absolutely worth it. It’s worth the training, it’s worth the travel, it’s worth the money. This was my first 50 mile attempt, my first DNF, and I’d do it again. Lots of slick rock and sand. The race is organized well. The volunteers and aid stations are fabulous. Should be on every trail runners bucket list.

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    monson4223 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first 50 mile race and a chose it because of the beautiful course and I was not disappointed. The course runs through 4 slot canyons, horseshoe bend … MORE

    This was my first 50 mile race and a chose it because of the beautiful course and I was not disappointed. The course runs through 4 slot canyons, horseshoe bend and Page rim trail. The views are stunning. There is lots of sand, and some scrambling up and down rocks. There were big puddles in Waterholes Canyon that were too big to jump over and got our feet wet, but it was all part of the experience. This is a very scenic race that will challenge you!

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    katbaum REPEAT RUNNER '22

    For this race, lots of sand. The views are amazing. Be prepared to climb and do some ninja moves to get through the course. Well worth the experience. MORE

    For this race, lots of sand. The views are amazing. Be prepared to climb and do some ninja moves to get through the course. Well worth the experience.

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    cjohnchavis FIRST-TIMER '20

    It was great scenery and a good production. Course issues caused a couple of women to get lost due to markings, but we were told that would be fixed. First … MORE

    It was great scenery and a good production. Course issues caused a couple of women to get lost due to markings, but we were told that would be fixed. First and last 2 miles are sand and poor footing. Making it tough. Course was actually 13.6 miles.

    Finish is great. Medals were well designed. Would’ve loved to received something for getting 2nd in my AG.

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    asr117 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This course was much harder than I anticipated. There were hills to climb up and down, rocks to climb over and around, ramps to run down and ladders to climb … MORE

    This course was much harder than I anticipated. There were hills to climb up and down, rocks to climb over and around, ramps to run down and ladders to climb up, ledges to run along, and so much sand to run through. There were also some of the most incredible views I have ever seen!! It was an amazing journey and I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this race when so many others were canceled.

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    thtgirl609 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Vacation races is already amazing. So this was not surprising. Great aids. Good variety of hot and cold food. Great course markings. Amazing views. Tough challenging course and well put … MORE

    Vacation races is already amazing. So this was not surprising. Great aids. Good variety of hot and cold food. Great course markings. Amazing views. Tough challenging course and well put together race. Can’t wait to go back.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 30, 2020 at 5:49pm

    Congrats, Sallie! Glad you were able to squeeze in one last finish line before social distancing kicked in... and the fact it was with Vacation Races is a bonus. I… MORE

    Congrats, Sallie! Glad you were able to squeeze in one last finish line before social distancing kicked in... and the fact it was with Vacation Races is a bonus. I never thought I'd run a virtual race, but I've actually signed up for their Staycation Races Home Half Marathon, since it's the most clever take I've seen on the concept. Be well, take care, and fingers crossed life resumes its normal ebb & flow soon! LESS

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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my fourth ultra and by far the most difficult! The front half is deep sand and lots of scrambling up and down rocks. Running through the slot canyon … MORE

    This was my fourth ultra and by far the most difficult! The front half is deep sand and lots of scrambling up and down rocks. Running through the slot canyon and views of Horseshoe Bend were spectacular, though. And support on the course simply amazing.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 16, 2019 at 8:34pm

    Well done on ultra #4 Amy and YES, Horseshoe Bend is just incredible — to be able to see that during a race would be amazing and worth having to… MORE

    Well done on ultra #4 Amy and YES, Horseshoe Bend is just incredible — to be able to see that during a race would be amazing and worth having to shuffle through all the sand! LESS

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    splintergirl Mar 10, 2019 at 4:33pm

    Would you recommend sand gaiters would that even help?

    Would you recommend sand gaiters would that even help?

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    amy.schaumburg Mar 10, 2019 at 5:17pm

    Sand gaiters would definitely have helped. I just had on the regular trail gaiters which did help. I didn’t have as much problem with sand in my shoes, just running… MORE

    Sand gaiters would definitely have helped. I just had on the regular trail gaiters which did help. I didn’t have as much problem with sand in my shoes, just running in the shifting sand was...tedious LESS

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    mdlutz FIRST-TIMER '19

    Amazing run. The first couple of miles are deep sand and uphill. I was not prepared for the that at all. The rest was single track, not too steep and … MORE

    Amazing run. The first couple of miles are deep sand and uphill. I was not prepared for the that at all. The rest was single track, not too steep and just beautiful.

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    Solupia FIRST-TIMER '19

    Antelope Canyon 100 is one fun race to remember. I had a lot of fun running it. It's very scenic. There wasn't a whole lot of elevation gain, which is … MORE

    Antelope Canyon 100 is one fun race to remember. I had a lot of fun running it. It’s very scenic. There wasn’t a whole lot of elevation gain, which is undoubtedly why I got my new 100 mile PR here.

    The race first brings you through Antelope Canyon, which is usually limited to tour access only. Then you travel through Navajo reservation to overlook the Horseshoe Bend, a route claimed by the Native Americans, i.e. no crazy tourism interruption. Finally, for the 100 milers, we get to run around the Page Rim Trail 6 times, viewing the gorgeous landscape surrounding the town of Page, and overlooking Lake Powell.

    The course is relative easy due to the only 6400 ft elevation gain. While the sandy terrain can be quite exhausting to maneuver, the sandstone can give you quite a painful pounding.

    As the usual me, I am always running a little late even though I am sleeping at the start line. I swear the race started 2min earlier than the official 6am.

    The race came into a bottleneck fairly quickly after a 1000ft of jogging. Warning: This course requires cliffhanger and rock climbing to complete successfully! Ok, maybe not that extreme… but you will need to have the gut to run up a slick sandstone with a 45% grade and add a little class 2 technical trail with a slight scrambling using your hands. Personally, I think this just boosted my morale about this race from a boring flat race to a little bit of adventure.

    Comparing to my previous 100 mile races, I believe I ran the most during this race. My feet and knees didn’t give up on me, though my ankles were getting sore from stabilizing each step in the sand. No altitude sickness because I am used to 4000s from my work in SoCal. However, I have yet to learn how to combat stomach problem and sleeplessness.

    Faithful Challenges of Ultrarunning and Lesson Learned:

    1) Bib belt sucks in a 100-mile race. Couldn’t find my safety pins last minute in the dark before 6am start time, I put on my bib belt. 20 miles in the race, i can feel the constriction of the belt bruising yup my abdomen. At that point, I knew it could be a problem later on. My concern was chaffing around my waist. However, that seems not the case. As it continued to be a bothersome in the race, i was able to receive some safety pins from a fellow runners to pin the bib to my shorts at around mile 48. However, the damage has been done. By mile 64, I began to have the ultra runner stomach issue. Ingesting food without getting nausea was almost impossible. Thankfully, Coke and pineapple were still on my menu. Too bad pineapple soon became a scarcity. Though I have tried ginger chew, which was supposed to work wonders to stomach problem, it didn’t work this time. By mile 74, I could no longer jog. Power hike or walking was my only option, since any fast pace movement would induce puking sensation. I tried to throw up, however, nothing would come out. I thought I was overnutrition, yet I couldn’t make a dump to yield more room inside my body. At mile 99, my hypothesis was confirmed when I finally able to relief in the compost toilet. What came out of the body is pure blackness of unwanted byproducts. Surely, the race has done a good deal of damage inside out. Never again would I use a bib belt in an ultra race.

    2) I have yet to figure out how to deal with this dilemma. The only logical conclusion to the little crazy old me is run faster next time. You wonder what I am talking about? It’s sleep depravity. The lack of sleep in a race going over 24 hours is always a challenge. The hardest hours fall between 3am and 4:30am. This is against your circadian rhythm to be awake at this ungodly late hours. So what my body decided to do? Sleep walking! This is a particularly hard race to do that. With cliff and desert constantly accompanying you along the night trail, I can only wander so far before I must safe myself from some sort of death or stray away from the course. The last 20 miles of my race were surely slow and dreamy. XD

    3) If we need to talk about one thing all ultrarunners hate the most, it has to be chaffing. Blisters, we will just deal with it. Sore muscles and painful feet, we will suck it up. Stomach issue? Well, let’s just stop and try to rest up and eat something a little bit at a time. But oh man, I think I have heard more people DNF because of chaffing than anything else. It’s the one thing you can prevent yet cannot control once it occurs. It can happen in many locations, and if you have been running long enough, you know where to apply the anti-chaffing creams on. And surely like a “seasoned” runner, I would have done the same thing. But I left out one spot, which I thought of at mile 8, but it becomes an additional nightmare at mile 80. The unwanted ungodly location decided to have chaffing. And surely enough, my night through the Page Rim Trail had been eventful, and hopefully I would learn my lesson to wake up earlier to be more prepared for my race start.

    Finally, to conclude, I actually did pretty good at the race overall. Though i am still beating up myself (figuratively) for not being in the top 10, I ended up with a #18 out of 115 participants and first in my age group. 47 people finished within the 32-hour cutoff. It’s not an easy race for many. But I wish I could have done better. In fact, I knew I could have ran better if I for once can have a perfect race. It was closed. I was aiming for sub-24hr, but when the stomach and chaffing called me off guard… Maybe next one?! Honestly, considering my “exceptional” training regime, I should be happy that I even finish the race. For most people, they wouldn’t have lasted the race as long as I did if they train like me. That’s something I should at least be thankful for.

    *****
    Personal Course Difficulty Rating 7/15
    Altitude 2/5 – 4000+ft above sea level
    Elevation Gain 2/5 – 6400+ft
    Terrain 3/5 – Sandy desert mix with hard sandstone outcrop with occasional class 2 technical trail scrambling (may require assistance of hands)

    Race Swag 4/5 – Though the buckle is nice and made individually and each unique on its own. Man, I would love to get those pretty 50-miler finisher medal, which looks way cooler. I guess I am pickier on the design than many others.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 16, 2019 at 8:33pm

    Wow, love reading your reviews Solomon — I appreciate your descriptions and candor, and your own experience will help a lot of other ultrarunners, especially those tackling 100 miles for… MORE

    Wow, love reading your reviews Solomon — I appreciate your descriptions and candor, and your own experience will help a lot of other ultrarunners, especially those tackling 100 miles for the first time. Such a key point you make about oversights like the bib belt and chafing, things which normally would not be a big deal in shorter races but which can become major issues during longer ultras. And yet even with those issues, you managed a PR and an age-group win... imagine what you could do if you trained for it! 😉 Huge congrats on yet another hundo finish, now rest and recover well — Hellbender looks like it lives up to its name! LESS

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