The Shiprock Marathon course is certified by USA Track & Field (#NM14011JF). The Marathon and 5-person coed Marathon Relays begin near Red Valley, less than a mile from the border with Arizona on Route 13. The point-to-point road course passes by the spectacular Shiprock- the core of an ancient volcano- which is visible during most of the Marathon. The Finish Line is in the town of Shiprock. The course has a few hills, mostly long gradual inclines. A Marathon course map with photos at various mile markers is available, as is a detailed altitude graph of the entire course. The Marathon begins at an elevation of almost 6000', peaks at 6070', and finishes at an altitude of 4800'. It is of special note that the final six miles are a gentle downhill grade. Water/energy drink stations will be available every 2 miles. Fruit, snacks, and energy gels will be available at stations throughout the course.
The first 20 miles of the Marathon course take place on Route 13. This road will be closed during the events.
The Half-Marathon begins at the Shiprock itself - and travels the last half of the Marathon course.
The non-competitive 10K Trail Walk and Run follows a graded path towards the Shiprock, winds around a mesa (“Blueberry Hill” to locals), then climbs to the mesa top for some tremendous views of the surrounding landscape. A single, large refreshment station will be visited twice on this looping 6.2 mile course. Water and fruit will be available. This trail begins and concludes at the Finish Line area for all events.
Take a look at the Road Map, and Elevation Profile.(29.3k pdf)