Run where no marathon has gone before…through “The Petrified Forest National Park”. Through an exclusive partnership between the City of Holbrook and the National Park Service we are able to provide runners with this opportunity.
Your journey will take you past petrified wood that are millions of years old and through the majestic Painted Desert. Come run and experience one of the most unique marathons in the world.The Petrified Forest Marathon takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course during the cool fall air. It starts on the north end of the Petrified Forest National Park and, goes straight south winding through the park to the south end. The road through the Petrified Forest National Park is 26 miles long and is ideal for a Marathon. Not ready for the full marathon yet? Then the half marathon is just for you!
There are only 150 spots available for our 4th Annual race so register now before all the spots are gone.
Event details and schedule
PACKET PICK-UP - October 20, 2017
Packet pick- up will be held October 20th from 5pm - 7:30pm in the lobby of the WIgWam Motel, located at 811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook. If you cannot make it Friday evening please let us know and will get your packet to you before you get on the bus.
PRE-DINNER - October 20
Holbrook Youth Basketball League will be offering a spaghetti dinner during packet pick up from 5pm - 7pm at the WigWam's. The cost is $5 a plate. They would like an apx. head count so if you think you want to eat with them please let Kathleen know at firstname.lastname@example.org
FULL MARATHON - October 21
The Petrified Forest Marathon will take place on October 21, 2017. The full marathon will start at 7:15AM from the north end of the park and finish at the south end. You will park your cars at the South side of the Park, just as you pull off Hwy 180 there is the Petrified Forest Gift Shop. The owner has granted permission to use his parking lot. We will have someone there directing traffic. Runners will then be bused to the north end for the start of the race. The buses will load at 5:50am from the Gift Shop's parking lot. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. At the end of the race we will have 4 vans that will be shuttling you back to your vehicle. As you wait for the shuttle take advantage of the masseuse that will give you a rub down before going home.
HALF -MARATHON - October 21
The half-marathon will begin at 8am at the Blue Mesa Look-Out. Check in for the half marathon will be from 6:45am - 7:15am at the South side of the Park, just as you pull off Hwy 180 there is the Petrified Forest Gift Shop. We will be parking on the West side of the road in the Gift Shop's parking lot. At 7:15am we will get on the bus and transport everyone to the starting line. At the end of the race we will have 4 vans that will be shuttling you back to your vehicle. As you wait for the shuttle take advantage of the masseuse that will give you a rub down before going home.
COURSE & WEATHER
The Petrified Forest Park opens at 7:00am, any family or friends that are coming to watch will need to pay the Park entrance fee. There are plenty of pull offs for family and friends to stop and cheer the runners on. The course has lots of small hills and has a net altitude loss of about 400 Feet from the start to the finish. There will be 15 aid stations along the route, below is the list of water stations and there mile marker. (See Map http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/461913732)
The weather this time of year has an average high of 69 and an average low of 37 so it is very comparable to the St. George Marathon so plan accordingly. Runners will be given a bag to put extra layers of clothing in which can be dropped off at any aid station and returned to the finish line at the end of the race.
POST RACE DINNER - October 21
The WigWam Motel has graciously offered a free after race dinner held in the back parking lot of the WigWam Motel located at 811 W Hopi Dr. Just show them your racing bib or shirt and they will hook you up. It is a great chance to unwind and chat with fellow runners. We have people coming from all over the United States so sit back and relax a little.
Petrified Forest Marathon
Starting at mile marker 0
1) 2.0 Painted Desert Inn + Bathrooms
2) 4.2 Whipple Pull-out
3) 5.6 Route 66 Pull-out
4) 8.0 mile marker - dirt road - Left side
5) 10.8 Puerco Pueblo + Bathrooms - Left side
6) 13.8 pull out
7) 15.5 Blue Mesa - Left side - Porta Jons
8) 17.1 small dirt turn off - Left side
9) 18.4 Jasper Point turn off
10) 20.1 Crystal Forest -Left Side
11) 22.0 dry wash -Left side
12) 23.2 Flattops - Left side
13) 23.9 South no name Pull-out
14) 25.3 dirt pullout - Left side
15) 26.2 Finish Line - Bathrooms
Race Director: Kathleen Smith
Office # 928-524-6227 Cell phone # 480-415-5504
City of Holbrook