Running from an Angel Marathon, 1/2, 10K, 5K, & 50 Mile Run

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The Running From an Angel Marathon, 1/2, 10K, 5K and 50 mile ultra is run completely inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This is the sister event to the Running with the Devil races in June. Contrary to the Running with the Devil races which challenge athletes to contend with extreme Mojave Desert heat, the Running with an Angel races enjoy perfect winter desert temperatures.

The course is an out and back on the very scenic Lakeshore and Northshore Drives, and is run completely on pavement. Aid stations will be well stocked along the course.

All races start and finish at the Boulder Beach Special Events Beach, which has ample parking. The course is continual rolling hills with some long (about a mile) gradual ascents and decents ranging from 1-8% in grade. Some shorter rollers may be a bit more steep. See the race specific mileage descriptions below.

** Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a "fee" area. Vehicles entering the park are subject to a $10 entry fee or display of a National Parks Annual Pass (ID must match the Pass!). This entry fee is not included in the race entry fee. Carpool to save money.

*** Since the park is federal lands for the public, the roads must remain open. Signs will be posted warning motorists that runners are on the road, but you must stay on the lakeside shoulder of the road at all times. Please request that your spectators keep their driving along course to a minimum for the benefit and safety of all runners.

1/2 MARATHON COURSE **

Departing the Boulder Beach start line there is a gradual climb of about a 1/4 mile until you turn right onto Lakeshore Drive. The next 3.5 miles are a series of rollers and flat-ish sections. Then comes a series of 1 mile long stretches of downhill, uphill, downhill repectively taking you to your course turn around. There you will reverse the stretches of 1 mile sections going uphill, downhill, uphill. Mile 9.5- roughly 12.9 is a series of rollers again leading you to a strong downhill finish the last 1/4 mile. ** This course has a 7 hour cut-off.

MARATHON COURSE **

Departing the Boulder Beach start line there is a gradual climb of about a 1/4 mile until you turn right onto Lakeshore Drive. The next 3.5 miles are a series of rollers and flat-ish sections. Then a series of 1 mile long stretches of downhill, uphill, downhill repectively taking you to the 1/2 marathon course turn around- keep going straight! You'll continue with another 1 mile downhill. Then miles 7.7 to mile 10 are a series of rollers with a slight net gain. At mile 10 take a right onto Northshore Drive. A 1 mile downhill preceeds a series of rollers which lead you to your course turn around. Heading back you'll cover rollers for about 2 miles, climb 1 mile back to Lakeshore Drive (you are now at mile 16.2) Roughly 2 miles of rollers with a net loss leads you to a 1 mile climb. Now you again start the stretches of 1 mile sections going uphill, downhill, uphill. Mile 22.5- roughly 26 is a series of rollers again leading you to a strong downhill finish the last 1/4 mile.

50 MILE ULTRA **6am START TIME

Departing the Boulder Beach start line there is a gradual climb of about a 1/4 mile until you turn right onto Lakeshore Drive. The next 3.5 miles are a series of rollers and flat-ish sections. Then a series of 1 mile long stretches of downhill, uphill, downhill repectively taking you to the 1/2 marathon course turn around- keep going straight! You'll continue with another 1 mile downhill. Then miles 7.7 to mile 10 are a series of rollers with a slight net gain. At mile 10 take a right onto Northshore Drive. A 1 mile downhill preceeds a series of rollers which lead you to the marathon turn around- keep going straight! The next 11.9 miles to the turn around are a series of rollers and "flat" sections. The turn around is at mile 25 (duh), though ironically denoted by a highway milepost 15 Be sure to give your bib number to the "clipboard volunteer", turn around and come on back. You have a series of rollers and "flat" for 14 miles until a 1 mile climb takes you back to a left hand turn back onto Lakeshore Drive (you are now at mile 40) Roughly 2 miles of rollers with a net loss leads you to a 1 mile climb. Now you again start the stretches of 1 mile sections going uphill, downhill, uphill. Mile 46.5- roughly 48.8 is a series of rollers again leading you to a strong downhill finish the last 1/4 mile. ** This course has a 13 hour cut-off.

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