Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
1.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
3.5
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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    Tat2loser 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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    4
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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    4
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