March 6

2023 Antelope Canyon Ultras Race Guide

This 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 (Ultras distances only) there is something uniquely breathtaking around every turn. These beautiful locations are well worth visiting as you take in the local culture and spend quality time with those closest to you as you prioritise sightseeing and relaxation.

To get prepared for this race, please read our race guide and listen to the audio version of the guide. Both resources provide a comprehensive overview of what to expect from this event. 

When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:

  • Pages 2-3: Race Expo + Bib Pick-up
  • Pages 4-6:  100 Mile Race Details
  • Pages 7-9: 50 Mile Race Details
  • Pages 10-11: 55k Race Details
  • Pages 12-13: Half Marathon Race Details

Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.


Antelope Canyon is made up of two magnificent slot canyons that lie on land belonging to the Navajo Nation and is part of a series of Navajo Tribal Parks preserved and managed by the Navajo People. It is considered a sacred site and can only be visited with a permit. Antelope Canyon was formed over many hundreds of years by water that ran through sandstone, giving it its unique geography. Upper Antelope is called Tsé bighánílíní in Navajo, which can be translated to “The place where water runs through rocks” in English. Antelope Canyon got its name from the belief that Antelopes once grazed within the canyon in the winter, marking it as a place of shelter and solitude.

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The 2023 Antelope Canyon Ultras Race Guide offers an adventure of a lifetime, combining the thrill of half marathons and longer-distance adventure races all within the beauty of one of the most beautiful places to run in the world. Antelope Canyon's unique geography and breathtaking landscapes make it a bucket list destination for runners seeking memorable adventures. With the Navajo Nation's preservation efforts, runners have the opportunity to experience the sacred region's beauty and solitude while respecting its cultural significance. Join runners from all over the world in this extraordinary race, and be captivated by the enchanting Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell

Fun Facts

  • For 53% of you, this is your first Vacation Races event

  • For 46% this is your first time running the 100 Mile distance

  • For 53% this is your first time running the 50 Mile distance 

  • For 54% of you, this is your first time running the 55k distance 

  • For 14% of you, this is your first time running the Half Marathon distance

  • For 78% of you, this is your first time visiting Lake Powell

  • We have runners from 50 states and 14 countries


Antelope Canyon, Race Guide

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