Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
3
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
5
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
3
The Monument Valley Marathon races include a Marathon, Kids Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and Wildcat Trail Fun Run, all on dirt roads and/or trails. Registration includes long-sleeve tech shirt, race poster, age-group awards, finisher’s medals, professional timing, race-day breakfast, and on-course support. Runners will also enjoy a post-race meal and … MORE
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    gfbv FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is one of the most beautiful courses I can imagine. It is absolutely stunning. The race organizers did a good job with preparations. It was particularly motivating to have … MORE

    This is one of the most beautiful courses I can imagine. It is absolutely stunning. The race organizers did a good job with preparations. It was particularly motivating to have Navajo veterans in attendance and to hear some traditional Navajo music was really stirring.
    However in my opinion race is not for average runners. 5 out of 5 difficult does not express how hard this course is. The first 6 miles or so we’re just what I would expect from a trail run. Hilly terrain with a mix of rough surfaces: dirt road, some sections with pockets of gravel that evened out deep potholes, sheer bedrock, and some shallow sand (couple inches). However from mile 6 to about mile 11 there were long stretches of very fine, loose and very deep sand. Most of those 5-6 miles were sand. There are two climbs on sand dunes / very sand steep paths that will sap whatever life your legs have left. Though both lead you to remarkable views of the valley.

    For context I’m an average runner but felt well prepared for my first marathon. To get ready for the marathon I followed a Strava 12 week training plan to the letter and had an achievable race plan/pacing strategy. My goals for the race were modest (1) to finish the race, (2) run the entire distance, and (3) finish slightly under 4 hours. However I was utterly spent before the half way point of this race. After the halfway point the running surfaces were better (no deep sand) but sadly I was exhausted and could only muster running intermittently. Several people along the way spontaneously say this is the hardest thing they’ve done in their life. Overall in terms of placement among finishers I finished in middle of the pack (37 out of 84) so I’d have to think other runners shared my opinion.
    If I had to do it all over again I would honestly consider not pushing as hard / or even walking on the sandiest areas and/or go out of my way to do some trainings runs on sandy beaches. Personally i would have benefitted from more detailed information about the terrain and will inform the race organizers about that. In the mean time I hope this review helps some folks out there.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    M_Sohaskey Dec 04, 2019 at 8:26pm

    Thanks so much, Guillermo! I'm one of those folks who's eyeing this race — in fact, I got a notification about your review because I have Monument Valley in my… MORE

    Thanks so much, Guillermo! I'm one of those folks who's eyeing this race — in fact, I got a notification about your review because I have Monument Valley in my Future Races table. So I appreciate your posting this. In a state that likes its downhill marathons, MV sounds like a totally unique experience. And thanks to your review, I'll now approach this (if/when I commit) with eyes wide open. Your description of running in sand reminds me of the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico; there were similar stretches there, but nothing like what you describe... and certainly no sand dunes on the course! That said, let's not bury the lead — congrats on conquering your first marathon! You picked a doozy for sure, and I'd say chances are good your second marathon will be a bit easier... unless you happen to have Pikes Peak in your sights. 😊 LESS

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    Joerobe Dec 03, 2019 at 11:31am

    Way to go!!! This is a tough course...congrats on getting it done and getting that first marathon!

    Way to go!!! This is a tough course...congrats on getting it done and getting that first marathon!

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '17

    Overall Rating: Good. No issues, and started on time. Cold start, but warmed up nicely once into the canyon. Way more challenging than I thought it was going to be. … MORE

    Overall Rating: Good. No issues, and started on time. Cold start, but warmed up nicely once into the canyon. Way more challenging than I thought it was going to be.

    Course Difficulty: Really hard. Steep hills, lots of loose sand, about half trail and half packed dirt road.

    Course Scenery: Some of the best in the US…made the challenge worth it.

    Race Production: Good. A few things didn’t go as planned, but nothing to do with the race, just the extras.

    Race Swag: Good medal and nice long sleeve tech shirt.

    My Performance: I’m satisfied with it. I always have trouble running in high altitude, and combined with the demanding terrain, this one was pretty hard, so I’m happy with my performance.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 27, 2017 at 2:32pm

    When I read the scenery is some of the best in the US, I add the race to my wish list. Plus, I'm always looking for the next challenge –… MORE

    When I read the scenery is some of the best in the US, I add the race to my wish list. Plus, I'm always looking for the next challenge – though most folks would argue 26.2 miles is plenty of challenge. Assuming Monument Valley is your last marathon of 2017 (and even if it's not), you've had an amazing run this year, Keith. And I look forward to seeing where your travels take you in 2018. Happy holidays! LESS

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