Running With The Devil - June 29, 2024
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About the race: Back by popular demand, and reincarnated in 2016 at a new venue to bring you a new challenge! Pure Mojave Desert running at its finest! Come join us on this PAVED and scenic course which covers rolling terrain.
**We will be offering both morning AND 12pm NOON start times for the 5K and 10K. Join for just one, or double down and run both! Any morning race distance is eligible!
Thru Dec 31
Jan 1-Apr 30
May 1-Jun 27 @ 12 p.m.
*ALL race distances include technical shirt, finishers' medal, event timing, post race food, overall/ age group award eligibility, EMS on site, aid stations, and on course provisions to help keep you cool.
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Pure Mojave Desert running at its finest! Come join us on this PAVED and scenic course which covers rolling terrain.
Commencing at an elevation of roughly 4500 feet, runners will experience high desert vegetation to include Joshua Trees, Pinion-Juniper, Mountain Rose, Sagebrush, and a relatively lush Toiyabe National Forest not commonly associated with Las Vegas. The road twists and turns thru the canyon; a true treasure of the Spring Mountains N.R.A. enjoying temperatures ~10 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley.
Still an extreme heat race, expect daytime highs ~95- 100 degrees and overnight lows ~75. On course provisions will help keep you cool!
This running festival offers something for everyone! We offer the chance to run two events without the headache of travel in between! There are many options: Saturday Half Marathon in the morning + Saturday NOON 10K; 1/2 Marathon in the morning and 5K at NOON; Saturday 10K in the morning + Saturday NOON 5K... you get the idea! OR of course you can just come and run one event. But if you have ever been "ultra curious" this is a great way to expand your boundaries!
**NOTE: There are two 10Ks and two 5Ks at this race! One on Saturday morning and one on Saturday at NOON. Both are exactly the same course. This is to provide runners the opportunity to run back to back events. If you are running one only, it is preferred that you run on SATURDAY MORNING to keep the field most competitive. Or run both! Saturday NOON awards for 10K and 5K will go to the top 3 overall male and female finishers + 1 deep male and female overall grand masters (50+) per distance only. Age group awards will only be included on Saturday morning for these distances. Please pay attention to the different start times when you register!
*Start/ Finish Line: Lovell Canyon Road and Highway 160 Junction, just ~30 minutes drive from the Strip.
5K: 8am Start time OR 12pm NOON, Start Time
The 5K runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 1.55, retracing their steps back to the finish line. 2 hour cut off.
10K: 8am Start time OR 12pm NOON Start Time
The 10K runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 3.1, retracing their steps back to the finish line. 2 hour time cut off.
1/2 Marathon: 7:30am Start time
The 1/2 Marathon runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. Runners turn around at mile 6.55, retracing their steps back to the finish line. 12.5 hour time cut off, but half marathon specific aid stations will shut down on a 3.5 hour pace.
Marathon: 7am Start time
The Marathon runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road for roughly 11 miles twisting and turning covering rolling and gradually uphill terrain. At mile 11 marathoners will turn around and run 2.1 miles out and back along the same paved road, before returning to this same aid station. You will turn around again and return the 11 paved miles back to the finish line. The course is very easy to follow and will be well marked. 9 hour time cut off, but marathon specific aid stations will shut down on a 7:30 hour pace.
50K: 7 am Start time
The 50K runs along the paved Lovell Canyon Road as it twists and turns covering rolling terrain. Lovell Canyon Road is ~11 miles in length. You will run the first 26.2 miles together with the marathoners. At mile 11 marathoners and 50K runners will turn around and run 2.1 miles out and back along the same paved road, before returning to this same aid station. You will turn around again and return the 11 paved miles back to the finish line (Aid station "Homebase" for 50K runners). You'll then have a second shorter out and back of 4.8 miles (out 2.4, back 2.4) to complete the 50K distance. 50K runners may have a drop bag at mile 26.2 at the "Homebase" aid station. No one climb is too long and for many reasons makes for a great first 50K, a possible PR at the distance, while offering a challenge to seasoned runners. No pacers allowed for the 50K. Total climbing is roughly 2400' with a net zero gain. 9 hour cut off.
** Calico Racing reserves the right to make any necessary course changes required per the permitting body and is subject to final permit approval.
*** This event is held on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, under a special use permit. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement can be found HERE. "And Justice for All" can be found HERE.
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ALL aid stations will have water and Hammer HEED (Electrolyte Drink- various flavors) available in cups, though aid stations will be happy to refill your water bottle, should you chose to carry one.
Aid stations designated "ultra" aid stations will be provisioned additionally with fruit, sweet and salty snacks, basic first aid, ice, cold towels, Hammer Gel, and other provisions.
"T"= Toilet; "U"= Ultra aid station; "SS"= Self Serve; "DB"= Drop Bag
5K Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (T)
10K Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (T), 3.1, and 4.65 (T)
1/2 Marathon Aid Station Locations: Mile 1.55 (T), 3.1, 4.6, 5.8 (T & U), 7.3 (T & U), 8.5, 10, and 11.55 (T).
***MARATHON and 50K RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY A HYDRATION SYSTEM WITH A MINIMUM OF 24 OUNCES OF WATER***
Marathon Aid station Locations: (T @ 1.55), 3.1, 5.8 (T & U), 8.9 (T & U), 11, 13.1 (T & U), 15.2, 17.3 (T & U), 20.4 (T & U), 23.1, (T @ 24.65)
50K Aid Station Locations: (T @ 1.55), 3.1, 5.8 (T, U), 8.9 (T, U), 11, 13.1 (T, U), 15.2, 17.3 (T, U), 20.4 (T, U), 23.1 (SS after 2pm), (T @ 24.65), 26.2 (T, U, DB Homebase), (T @ 27.75), & (T @ 29.45).
* 50K Runners may have 1 drop bag, accessed at the "Homebase" aid station at mile 26.2 as noted above. The 50K is entirely paved. Please use your own bag and have it clearly marked with your name on it. You can drop off your bag race morning before your race start.
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Schedule and Packet Pickup
** RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP ONLY. PLEASE LEAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET CHECKED IN.
Saturday, June 29, 2029:
• 6am: Runners may start checking in at the start line and picking up their packets.
• 6:45am: 50K drop bags must be received at the start line no later than 6:45am.
• 7:00am: Marathon and 50K Start time
• 7:30am: 1/2 Marathon start time
• 8am: 10K & 5K start time for the morning 10K and 5K.
• 12PM: 10K & 5K start time for the 12pm NOON 10K and 5K.
• Finish line food will be provided
• Awards will be handed out for the at the finish line as runners are finishing
• 4pm: Course officially closes.
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2024: Parking will be at/ near the start/ finish line. Please follow the parking volunteers' directions.
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AIRPORT & CAR RENTAL
Las Vegas' Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) services the Greater Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and surrounding areas. It is serviced by numerous carriers and has on site car rental companies. This airport is located within 10 minutes of "The Strip", and approximately 30 minutes to the race venue at Lovell Canyon.
** For those traveling from out of town- there is NO bus transportation from The Strip to Lovell Canyon. Please see "Directions". I suggest renting a car, as rates are reasonable and you'll be able to experience Las Vegas' surrounding areas with much more leisure. Why not check out Red Rock Canyon on your way back if you're not too beaten up from the run! Alternatively, Uber and Lyft are also options.
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Please also note that food, water, and provisions are for registered athletes only. There are no concessions at Lovell Canyon so please come self sufficient with your own food, water, shade, and necessities.
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* All finishers get medals (50K, Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 5K).
** Awards will be something inspired by nature and/or the surrounding area and the theme of the race.
Overall: Male and Female winners for each event (50K, Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 5K) go 3 deep. Overall winners will be taken out of the running for age group and overall grand masters awards.
Overall Grand Masters: 1st Place Male and Female winner for the 50K, and NOON 5K & NOON 10K races only. Age 50+ on race day.
Age group: Male and Female winners for select events (Morning 5K & 10K, 1/2 Marathon, and Marathon) goes to first place only. 10 year age groups as follows: under 20; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. Youth age groups for the 10K & 5K only will include male and female 0-9; 10-14; and 15-19.
***Note that NOON 10K & 5K will only have overall awards, no age groups.*** Also note there are no age group awards for the 50K race***
NOTE: Overall and Age Group awards are determined based off of GUN TIME.
NOTE: Awards will be handed out at the finish line very shortly after runners start finishing, and will continue as award winners come in. Please listen for your name to be called if you think you may have placed. Awards not collected on site will be subject to a shipping charge if they are requested to be mailed (USA only) no later than 1 week after the race. Payment of $15 per award is to be made via Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and award in the memo. *Please read the above award categories to ensure you are eligible for an award*
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Running with the Devil Future Anticipated Dates
- June 28, 2025
- June 27, 2026
- June 26, 2027
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With many different appetites for hotels, for this race I have chosen to not have a host hotel, but rather suggest a number of hotels that are most convenient to Lovell Canyon. You can book your rooms directly with the hotels. Note: there no hotels close to Lovell Canyon, so the hotels listed here are mostly in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Camping is available at the race venue. It is primitive and there are no facilities. For more information please search on the web under Spring Mountains N.R.A. and Lovell Canyon.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES: 6220 S. Rainbow Blvd/ Las Vegas; (702) 871-4453. This is likely the closest hotel to the race start/ finish, about 18 miles away, and conveniently located just off the I-215 Freeway. It is NOT in the middle of the Strip action, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby.
HOTELS ON THE STRIP: I suggest choosing one on the south end of the strip to be closest to Lovell Canyon. A few suggestions are:
• Mandalay Bay: (877) 632-7800
• The Luxor: (877) 386-4658
• MGM: (877) 880-0880
HOTELS OFF STRIP IN THE SOUTH VALLEY:
• The Silverton: (866) 946-4373
• South Point: (866) 791-7626
• The Orleans: (800) 675-3267
• Doubletree Club Las Vegas Airport: (702) 948-4000
• Stations Casinos (several properties throughout the valley. Try Red Rock Station Casino for true pampering approx. 32 miles to Lovell Canyon.)
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Lovell Canyon is located southwest of the Las Vegas Valley and is accessed via Lovell Canyon Road off Highway 160 to the north, roughly 13 miles west of the junction between Highways 159 and 160. A gorgeous part of the Spring Mountains N.R.A., Lovell Canyon can be considered the backside of Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.
- As a courtesy, the below Google Map link is provided for those who choose to follow GPS. Please note this is a courtesy only, and we accept no responsibility for you not arriving at the proper location. Following the clear and easy written directions below will get you to the race.
- GOOGLE MAP
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from The STRIP:
Take I-15 South to I-215 West to Durango. Exit Durango heading LEFT (South). This is a local road thru a few traffic lights for a couple of miles. At Blue Diamond Highway (Rt. 160) go RIGHT heading toward Pahrump. After several miles you will come to the junction of 160 and 159 (to Red Rock Canyon)- GO STRAIGHT (remaining on highway 160). Beyond this point you will continue another 13 miles, passing the summit of Mt. Potosi. You will come up to Lovell Canyon Road on your right. This is the start/ finish line. Total distance from most areas of The Strip is 30 miles. Plan on about 30-40 minutes drive.
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Henderson, Boulder City, East Las Vegas:
Follow directions above (from The Strip) starting with I-215 West. From my house in Green Valley, Henderson it is 35 miles and takes me around 35-40 minutes.
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Summerlin:
Take Charleston Blvd (159) West crossing over the 215. Continuing South on Highway 159 you will pass Red Rock Canyon, Bonnie Springs, and the town of Blue Diamond. At the junction of 159 and Highway 160 (Blue Diamond Highway) take a RIGHT heading west toward Pahrump. From this junction it is roughly 13 miles to Lovell Canyon Road; ~3 miles after reaching the summit of Mt. Potosi you will come up to Lovell Canyon Road. From Red Rock Station Casino at Charleston and the 215 it is roughly 32 miles and 35-40 minutes drive.
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Southern California:
Take 1-15 North to I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Utah:
Take 1-15 South to I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
DIRECTIONS TO LOVELL CANYON ROAD AND HIGHWAY 160: from Arizona:
Crossing over Hoover Dam bypass bridge continue along Highway 93. This will become 93/95/515. Continue to Lake Mead Parkway and head West. This will become I-215 West. Follow directions above (from The Strip).
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There will be a tarp laid out at the start/ finish line for you to leave your gear bags. Please use your own bag and label it with your name. Please not these are not checked nor guarded, so no valuables please. Please also remember to retrieve your bags after the race, as bags will not be mailed after the event.
50K Runners may have 1 drop bag on course, accessed at the "Homebase" aid station at their mile 26.2.
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Heat Training Racing
Training and racing in the heat involves serious risks, including death, and as a result necessary precautions must be taken to ensure your safety, relative comfort, and the achievement of your goals. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke pose a serious threat and you should learn to recognize these signs. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, stomach issues, kidney failure, and footcare problems can all quickly put an end to your event.
You are HIGHLY encouraged to read more about these topics. Numerous articles posted on the web are available.
**PLEASE join us on Facebook by "liking" Calico Racing on Facebook.com. We will have a discussion group on there covering all topics you will need to consider for race day success.**
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