Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.3
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
2.6
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.8
Running along the fringe of the mysterious Area 51, this stretch of highway (375) has an overwhelming number of reported UFO sightings. So much so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named highway 375 the “Extraterrestrial Highway”. The ET Highway has become a gathering place for UFO enthusiasts and … MORE
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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I finally was able to check this race off my list. Over the years I have registered for this event four times, but finally this year I was able to … MORE

    I finally was able to check this race off my list. Over the years I have registered for this event four times, but finally this year I was able to attend and finish. I work at a university and this race is normally right up against the start of the academic year, but this year the start was moved back two weeks, which allowed me to actually run it. As a writer of cryptozoology and paranormal adventure books, I have been wanting to complete it for several years.

    This was also my first time running a race that started at midnight. Figuring out when to eat and sleep was challenging. I only was able to sleep 2 hours prior to going to the hotel to pick up the packet and catch the bus from Las Vegas to Rachel. It is about a two hour ride to the start. After the run I was able to catch about an hour of sleep on the return to Vegas. We stopped at the black mailbox outside if the Area 51 grounds to do off the full marathon and 51k runners. The half marathon started seven miles up the road.

    After about ten minutes your eyes get used to the dark and you can see everything. The road is open, but not many cars come by. The headlamp and the reflective vests are a must, more for the drivers then for you. It is amazing how much light there is in the open desert under the full moon. While running I saw my shadow, which is unusual at night. I didn’t see any wild cows and unfortunately no aliens. The run was very peaceful along the extraterrestrial highway. Three temperature were mid-60s; cool, but not chilly. The course is a straight line to the Little a’le in for half marathoners. For the longer distances, runners go three miles past the inn before turning back and ending there. Pancakes, coffee, outage juice, and bananas were waiting there for us. I took my time on running because I knew I wouldn’t make the bus that left for a return at 3:30 am and I would have to wait until the 5:00 bus. Very first course with the exception of one hill from about mile 4.5-6, but I didn’t feel it was too difficult.

    The medal was great. I wish I would have stuck it around the neck of the alien at the finish line, but I wasn’t thinking of it at the time. I would recommend this run just for the experience of running at midnight in the neighborhood of Area 51.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 25, 2021 at 4:37pm

    Glad you finally got the chance to make this happen Mark, and that it lived up to expectations! I was actually hoping to see a few of those cows get… MORE

    Glad you finally got the chance to make this happen Mark, and that it lived up to expectations! I was actually hoping to see a few of those cows get uploaded by an alien tractor beam when I ran, but alas. This really is a unique race, and even more so I'm sure for someone with your interest in the paranormal. Definitely a good time & place to let your mind relax & wander, so hopefully you came away from Area 51 with a few new plot ideas... though I'd recommend you keep 'em hush-hush for now, since you never know who may be listening. 😉👽 LESS

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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '21

    It was a 30-hour experience from flight into Nevada through a quick breakfast before finally getting to sleep. Packet pick-up was easy, busses out to start were great, start line … MORE

    It was a 30-hour experience from flight into Nevada through a quick breakfast before finally getting to sleep. Packet pick-up was easy, busses out to start were great, start line was unique and wonderful. Special shout-out to Mother Nature for the full moon, clear skies and PERFECT overnight running temperatures!

    The only negative for us was that one of our group that was racing with us got pretty sick and decided to drop around mile 10. There was no clear way to us how to get her off the course. The aid station person was happy to have her hang out with her until she drove to the finish line (this was around 2 a.m.) but that was all we could do. Even the police officer that happened by declined to allow my friend to get in his car or call for some help. The aid station volunteer had zero cell reception and no radio to communicate with anyone. I’m very glad my friend wasn’t in worse shape because I’m not sure what we would have done.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 25, 2021 at 4:37pm

    Wow, nicely done Amy! 30 hours is a long day even without a marathon in there. I remember well the solitude of running in the darkness along that highway, it… MORE

    Wow, nicely done Amy! 30 hours is a long day even without a marathon in there. I remember well the solitude of running in the darkness along that highway, it could be a bit unnerving at times. And your friend certainly isn't the first person to have to drop along that course, so a few more medical personnel probably wouldn't be a bad thing. Glad everything turned out ok. Congrats on notching Nevada, and recover well... I'm guessing the whole experience seems a bit surreal in retrospect! LESS

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    Mell FIRST-TIMER '16

    I ran the 51k and it was neat but we runners could have gotten more for our money. The volunteers and local law enforcement were great. You are definitely paying … MORE

    I ran the 51k and it was neat but we runners could have gotten more for our money. The volunteers and local law enforcement were great. You are definitely paying for the unique location and that’s all – the quality of things like the post race breakfast was so cheap it was inedible (pretty bad because I’m never picky and a hungry monster after 31 miles…). Running at midnight and on into the sunrise was fun. This is a quirky race experience, I ran it because I happened to be in the area. If the staff spent a little more time on the quality of the experience for runners it has the potential to be something really great.

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    Race was excellently coordinated, communicated and executed. I drove myself (vs taking the bus from Vegas) parking was easy, and people that took the bus said it was also good. … MORE

    Race was excellently coordinated, communicated and executed. I drove myself (vs taking the bus from Vegas) parking was easy, and people that took the bus said it was also good. Tough race for me due to the time of day (food timing) and elevation 5000ft… really enjoyed the challenge. Shirt and medal were sweet!

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    Cindy REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Calico racing I found really gives the runner a challenge plus awesome swag. Fun volunteers and repeating workers that do a great job setting up, encouraging, and clean up. Kudos … MORE

    Calico racing I found really gives the runner a challenge plus awesome swag. Fun volunteers and repeating workers that do a great job setting up, encouraging, and clean up. Kudos to everyone!

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    Starts at Midnight in the middle of nowhere along the Extra-terrestrial Highway! Busses are provided from Las Vegas. COURSE: It's pitch black on the course! All you can see are … MORE

    Starts at Midnight in the middle of nowhere along the Extra-terrestrial Highway! Busses are provided from Las Vegas.
    COURSE: It’s pitch black on the course! All you can see are the flashing lights of runners around you and up the road ahead of you. It was a bit scary at first, but you get used to it. We stayed together the whole race. Running alone would have been a little unnerving! No houses, no buildings, no power lines… NOTHING! At Mile 20, you pass the finish line and do a 10K out and back. We were having stomach issues (tried to eat dinner early, but when you are running instead of sleeping from midnight-5am, your stomach gets a little confused!) and had to take out time. So be prepared for that.
    We finished around 5:15 am right before the sun began to come up.
    FINISH LINE: Very basic (water, snacks, breakfast type items). The finish was at the Little Ale-inn bar & “hotel.” This was a neat little roadside stop with “alien” themed everything. Pretty cool place.
    This was a fun experience. If you like races that are unique and adventurous, try this one out. My friend chose this race as her 50th state. This is a small race with no frills or extras.

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    rob.whittemore FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was my leap from halfs to ultras. I only trained about 3 weeks for this race and it was a really fun run for me. I love running at … MORE

    This was my leap from halfs to ultras. I only trained about 3 weeks for this race and it was a really fun run for me. I love running at night and the temp was good.

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    FLTLBrun REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Unusual and quirky fun marathon (or opt for the 51k, half marathon, or 10k) starting at midnight in the high desert of Nevada near the famed Area 51. While the … MORE

    Unusual and quirky fun marathon (or opt for the 51k, half marathon, or 10k) starting at midnight in the high desert of Nevada near the famed Area 51. While the Expo is at the Hard Rock in Vegas, the only lights you’ll see during this race with a midnight start is from the glowing, blinking and flashing of the lights the runners are wearing on their bodies to see and be seen as they run on the Extraterrestrial Highway. Runners meet in the parking lot of the Hard Rock to catch the race provided buses for their 2 1/2 hour ride to the “Black Mailbox” (which is now painted white) for the start of the race at the stroke of midnight on the Saturday in August closest to the full moon – thus the name of the race.

    The first 13 miles is a gradual but unrelenting uphill (which you can’t see because it is dark). This is followed by an equally gradual downhill to mile 20 where you reach the Little A’le’Inn (Rachel, NV). From here you run an additional 3 gently rolling miles out and back returning to the Little A’le’Inn and the finish line. The reward for slower runners, like me, is that you get to see an amazing sunrise to your left as you are running the last three miles.

    Water stops are well placed throughout the course. There are no bands, no spectators, the occasional cow mooing in the distance. The scenery, rated 3 above, is really lovely but you don’t see it during the race (since it’s dark), you do however see it on the 2 1/2 hour bus ride back into Vegas.

    I’ve done this race 4 times and each shirt was technical material and a nice design. The theme on the shirt is carried onto the finishers medal which has in past years has had a “glow in the dark” element.

    You really can’t go wrong with any race produced by Calico Racing.

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    Katie_Ho FIRST-TIMER '13

    Having never run at night or in the dark, I was a little apprehensive going into the race, and it didn’t help that I couldn’t turn on my borrowed headlamp … MORE

    Having never run at night or in the dark, I was a little apprehensive going into the race, and it didn’t help that I couldn’t turn on my borrowed headlamp minutes before the start. A volunteer assured me the full moon would provide sufficient lighting, and she was right! (Note: I’d still highly recommend using a headlamp… I got mine to work just as I crossed the start line.)

    The 10K starts at the finish line and is the same course as the final 10K of the marathon (the half marathoners turn in, but the marathoners continue out-and-back 10K before finishing). Though the race is run entirely on the nearly mile-high paved “Extraterrestrial Highway” (Nevada Highway 357) with (obviously) not much to see, running by the full moon was quite surreal and soothing. In fact, I may have closed my eyes during a few stretches near the end.

    The runners were a rowdy, animated bunch, many dressed in costumes and/or decked out with glow stick necklaces & bracelets.

    The breakfast buffet at the Little A’Le’Inn was a surprisingly diverse spread and the kitschy alien-themed merchandise in the main building was amusing. The glow-in-the-dark alien medal is one of my favorites. Overall: festive ambiance, well-orchestrated and a unique race experience.

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    CSohaskey FIRST-TIMER '09

    This is a very different race. It runs next to the notorious Area 51 on the Extraterrestrial highway and starts at midnight under a full moon. Most people stay in … MORE

    This is a very different race. It runs next to the notorious Area 51 on the Extraterrestrial highway and starts at midnight under a full moon. Most people stay in Las Vegas and take the 2.5 hr race shuttle to the start. When you get off the bus you are given glow necklaces and it is strange to see them moving around in the dark.
    You are required to have a headlamp but I turned mine off after a few minutes because the moon was so bright I did not need it. The course is really pretty (as you will see on the ride back) but in the middle of the night you can’t see anything. Except falling stars.
    The finish was at the Little Ale’Inn in the city of Rachel (population 80). They provided breakfast and every kind of alien souvenir you could ever want to buy.
    My only complaint about this race was the two cattle crossings. These should be illuminated or at the very least there should be some warning. I almost tripped on one. But the race was well run with lots of aid stations. The shirt and glow-in-the-dark medal are probable the best I have ever seen.

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